Judith Valente, HOW TO LIVE: What the Rule of St. Benedict
Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning, and Community.
Hampton Roads Publishing Co., 2018.
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 of St. Benedict, analyzing how ancient directives on topics such as paying attention, living fully, silence, humility, prayer, forgiveness, trust, and leadership can strengthen relationships and communities. . . .These astute reflections on the rule’s tools for nurturing community provide valuable guidance for those seeking balance in a conflict-ridden world.
|DATE||CHAPTERS – PAGES – TOPICS||PRESENTER – HOST|
|Ch. 1 & 2: Living Consciously and Listening with the Heart (not recorded).||Rev. Clement Connolly, ret. Pastor, Holy Family Church, S. Pasadena. Judith McDermott, coordinator and host|
|Ch. 3 & 4: Running With the Light – Using Death as Our Compass
Tim Burnette — Intro
Tim Burnette — Part 1
Tim Burnette — Q & As
|Rev. Tim Burnette, Curator, “The Way Collective.” Thomas Heck, host|
|Ch. 5 & 6: Learning the Craft of Good Works and Silence as the Power Tool.||Paul Chappell, NAPF Peace Literacy Director. Anna Grotenhuis, host|
|Ch. 7 & 8: Discovering the Power of Patience, Humility, and Gratitude||Rev. Adam McCoy, Prior, Mt. Calvary Monastery, S.B. Pat McClure, host|
|Ch. 9 & 10: Fostering Well-being through Building Trust and Community||Rev. David Moore, New Covenant Worship Ctr., S.B. Anna Grotenhuis, host|
|Ch. 11 & 12: Finding Balance: the Urge to Over-achieve and the Need to Forgive||*** Judith Valente***, our author. Judge Charles Reynard, her spouse, reflects on “Contemplation in Courtroom 5 C” after lunch. Judith McDermott, host|
|Ch. 13 & 14: Exploring Healing and ‘Homeness’ – Simplicity and Abundance||Rev. Elizabeth Molitors, Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, S.B. Martha Siegel, host|
|Ch. 15 & 16: Applying the Dynamics of Self-honesty and Group Consensus||Rev. Julia Hamilton, Lead Minister, The Unitarian Society of S.B. Michael Dean, host|
|Ch. 17 & 18: Extending Our Mission as Leaders in the Care of Souls and the Guardianship of the Planet
|Dr. Radhule Weininger – Buddhist perspective on the Rule of Benedict. Anna Grotenhuis, host|
|Ch. 19-22: Living Into the Blessing and Meaning of Right Now, Wherever We Are||Rev. Jim Clarke, Chair, Spirituality Commission, LA Archdiocese. Anne Heck, host|
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