Archived Courses


Winter 2022: Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul — Celtic Spirituality

Based on the new book: Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul Celtic Wisdom for Reawakening to What Our Souls Know and Healing the World by John Philip Newell When: January 13, 2022 through March 17, 2022 Word and Life’s choice of Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul In each cycle of Word and Life’s study and practice we’ve chosen...

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Fall 2021: Love is the Way — Book by Bishop Michael Curry

We invite you to listen and view recordings from our Fall 2021 ZOOM meetings inspired and guided by Bishop Michael Curry's book, Love Is The Way Word and Life took a deep dive last year to explore the troubled currents of our pre-and-post election months and to offer perspectives that helped us experience and understand...

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Spring 2021: Wholeness and Holiness with David Richo

Word and Life May 2021 Online Series: Psychotherapist David Richo explores Wholeness and Holiness How to be Sane, Spiritual, and Saintly (listen to free podcasts on this page) ... Dr. Richo's recent book, Wholeness and Holiness, guides us through a three-step journey to psychological soundness, spiritual wholeness, and saintly holiness. We have body-minds that can...

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Winter 2021: Confronting Racism

This Winter 2021 series was based on two source books: Jesus and The Disinherited by Howard Thurman, and How To Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi ~~~ Anti-Racism is a transformative concept that reorients and re-energizes the conversation about racism – and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about...

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Fall 2020: Healing the Heart of Democracy

HEALING THE HEART OF DEMOCRACY 2020 has turned out to be a year of exceptional challenge both nationally and globally. As we navigate the political currents leading up to our Presidential Election, Word and Life invites you to a 10-week series that looks through a lens focused on Healing The Heart of Democracy and recovering...

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Spring 2020: David Richo on Emotional Triggers

    AUDIO RECORDINGS FOR MAY 7 Introduction and Chapter 1 -- What triggers us and why. If listing on a Mac, please use the SAFARI browser. DATE: MAY 7 -- WEEK 1 -- Exploring David Richo's book, TRIGGERS Introduction and Chapter 1 -- What triggers us and why. PART 1: Series Introduction AUDIO PLAYER:...

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Winter 2020: Richard Rohr book: The Universal Christ

Richard Rohr, THE UNIVERSAL CHRIST How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope for and Believe (Convergent Books, 2019)  The central claim of Richard Rohr’s new book, The Universal Christ, is that there is a fundamental distinction between Jesus of Nazareth, on the one hand, and the Universal Christ, on the other. Jesus...

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Fall 2019: Judith Valente,  HOW TO LIVE: What the Rule of St. Benedict
Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning, and Community.

In this accessible guide to the good life, journalist and poet Valente illustrates how St. Benedict’s sixth-century monastic manual for healthy communal living can address contemporary conundrums, such as the echo chamber of social media, information overload, and the challenges of “Workaholism and Over-Achieverism.” In 22 short chapters, Valente highlights key selections from the Rule...

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Winter 2019: Mirabai Starr, GOD OF LOVE
A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

The Winter 2019 Word and Life series focused on the book by Mirabai Starr:   God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam God of Love is Mirabai Starr’s passionate and personal exploration of the interconnected wisdom of the three Abrahamic faiths. She shares an overview of essential teachings, stories of...

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Spring 2019: David Richo, The Power of Coincidence

May 2019 Lecture Series Meaningful coincidences and surprising connections occur all the time in our daily lives, yet we often fail to appreciate how they can guide us, warn us, and confirm us on our life's path. This book explores how meaningful coincidence operates in our daily lives, in our intimate relationships, and in our...

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Fall 2018: The Spiritual Heart
The Evolutionary Partnership of Heart/Mind Intelligence

This Fall, Word and Life is dedicating its ten-week series to exploring the theology, science, and practice of the “intelligence of the Heart.” The new fields of Physics and Neuroscience reveal that both brain and heart are seats of intelligence. When we learn to stay tuned to the heart’s system of knowing, the brain’s frequencies...

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Winter-Spring 2018

Word and Life --  May 2018 CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTER-FRIENDLY PDF OF THE MAY 2018 FLYER. Click HERE to go to the audio links, Available audio recordings of David Richo's presentations. May 3  Introduction of Dr. Richo by Judith McDermott, Word & Life Coordinator  https://wordandlife.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/20180503intro-Richo.mp3 Presentation, pt. 1 https://wordandlife.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/20180503a-Richo.mp3 Presentation, pt. 2 https://wordandlife.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/20180503b-Richo.mp3 ​ May 10...

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Fall 2017

Word and Life --  Fall, 2017 Click for recordings, or scroll down. The Fall 2017  Word and Life series focused on Richard Rohr's latest book, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation (Sept. 7 - Nov. 9, 2017). The registration fee ($95) included a copy of the book and admission to all Thursday morning sessions. Here is...

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Winter-Spring 2017

Audio Recordings of Dave Richo, May 2017 May 4 - Prologue & Ch. 1 - The divine feminine Click here to view the opening meditation on Mary. 4' 31") Introduction of Dave Richo Dave Richo's talk pt. 1 Dave Richo's talk pt. 2 May 11 - Ch. 2 - A cosmic bigness in ourselves Dave...

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Fall 2016

DATE CHAPTERS - PAGES - TOPICS  PRESENTER Sep. 8 Author's  O V E R V I E W Chapters 1,2,3,4,23,30 Introduction of speaker Mr. Dinan's presentation Discussion, Q & A Stephen Dinan, author, futurist Sep. 15   Ch. 5,6,7,8: Cross-training; etc. Introduction of speaker Mr. Rivers's presentation Further group discussions Dennis Rivers, peace activist, Editor...

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Winter-Spring 2016

Audio Recordings of Dave Richo, May 2016 May 5 - Introduction Introduction of Dr. Richo Dave Richo's talk pt. 1 Dave Richo's talk pt. 2 May 12 - Chap. 2 & 3 Dave Richo's talk pt. 1 Dave Richo's talk pt. 2 May 19 - Chap. 4 Dave Richo's talk pt. 1 Dave Richo's talk

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Fall 2015

Eager To Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi by Richard Rohr, OFM (Franciscan Media, 2014)  I am inspired by Richard Rohr's clear description of the pathway to nondual, mature Christianity. His style is conversational and down to earth, as befits a follower of Francis of Assisi. Friar (Father) Richard makes the revolutionary ways...

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–> Pre-2015 Recordings

Note: See the drop-down menus below the Calendar & Recordings Tab above to revisit topic descriptions and recordings from recent years (since May 2015). Pre-May-2015 calendars and presenters (when available), with many links to free, insightful MP3 audio recordings, can be explored using the table below. Please click the desired link to explore how far Word and...

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