Winter-Spring 2019


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 creative endeavors. The Power of Coincidence will help you to: interpret a series of similar happenings, open yourself to assisting forces around you, understand how your dreams can guide you through life events, use your creative imagination in life choices—and live in accord with your deepest needs and wishes … as revealed to you by meaningful coincidences.    

Dave Richo 2019 Lecture Series — Recorded sessions:


May  2nd   >>> Moment Becomes Momentum


May  9nd  >>> Synchronicity and Relationship


May 16th  >>> Our Time and Place


May 23th  >>> Our Crises, Synchronicity & Dreams


May 30th  >>> Spirituality

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

(Rheinbeck: Monkfish Book Publishing, 2012).

1/17/2019 Wk. 1 Administrative announcements Tribute to Keith Forster by John Hydar Tributes to Harriet Burke by Mary Rosenfeld et al. I Am (video documentary): “At the core of our existence, there is a genetic capability and need to collaborate and to love one another.” Lively, humorous, and transformative. W & L Steering Committee, Judith McDermott, coordinator and host, with members of the W & L community.
1/24/2019 Wk. 2 p. 1-35 All creation praises God: Stewardship of the earth. Intro of speaker by Judith McDermott Imam’s reflections (Pt. 1) Further thoughts, Q & A’s Imam Yama Niazi, Founding Director of The Blessed Tree Foundation
1/31/2019 Wk. 3 p. 37-53 Reluctant prophets: the divine summons. Intro of speaker by Anna Grotenhuis Rabbi Cohen’s reflections Further thoughts; Qs & A’s Rabbi Steven Cohen, Senior Rabbi, B’nai B’rith; Exec. Director, UCSB’s Hillel Fndtn.
2/ 7/2019 Wk. 4 p. 55-82  Longing for the beloved; the illusion of separation, radical wonderment; faith without proof. Intro of speaker by Pat McClure. Dr. Starr’s reflections (Announcement of the Fr. Virgil Cordano Ctr.) Further thoughts; Qs & A’s Mirabai Starr, PhD (author), adjunct professor of Philosophy and World Religions at U. of New Mexico Taos
2/14/2019 Wk.5 p. 83-101  Welcoming the stranger. Intro of speakers by Anne Heck. Hospitality stories by Dennis & Tensie. Q & A session. Appreciations: Dennis Apel & Tensie Hernandez, Catholic Worker House, Guadalupe, CA
2/21/2019 Wk. 6 p. 103-152  Sacred service; compassionate action. Intro of speaker by Thomas Heck Rev. Burnette’s reflections. Further discussion and questions. Rev. Tim Burnette, Senior Pastor, First Christian Church; Curator, The Way Collective.
2/28/2019 Wk. 7 p. 153-170  The Feminine Face of the Divine. We watched & discussed these videos: We also recommend Patricia McClure, MA,Word & Life Steering Committee, moderating selected videos by Mirabai Starr
3/07/2019 Wk. 8 p. 171-190   The still small voice. Intro of speaker by Patricia McClure Dr. Evans’ reflections Concluding reflections and sharing. Mary Ann Evans, PhD, Neuropsychologist
3/14/2019 Wk. 9 p. 191-208   Fire and wine. Intro of speaker by Michael Dean. Rev. Consiglio’s reflections and songs. Concluding thoughts and music. Rev. Cyprian Consiglio, O.S.B, Prior of the New Camaldoli Hermitage
3/21/2019 Wk. 10 p. 209-219   Afterword: waking the inter-spiritual path. Intro of speaker by Anna Grotenhuis. Rev. Clarke’s reflections Closing thoughts, Qs and As. Rev. Jim Clarke, retreat leader, Archdiocese of Los Angeles

The registration fee ($100) includes a copy of the book and admission to all ten Thursday morning sessions. Single-day sessions are $10 each. Send your check and contact information (phone, e-mail, address) to: Judith McDermott 3731-2 Greggory Way Santa Barbara, CA 93105

For more information about Word and Life: our purpose and history; directions to the venue, and previous and current audio recordings, please visit our website,
AUDIO RECORDINGS When arrangements can be made, we provide digital audio recordings of these presentations for the convenience of those who missed them. Click the “play” button above to hear a specific presentation.  You may listen through your Web-connected computer any time using headphones or speakers.