Word and Life —  Winter-Spring, 2016

Richo 2016 Flyer 1

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 pt. 2
May 26 – Chap. 5 & epilogue Dave Richo’s talk pt. 1
Dave Richo’s talk pt. 2




Word and Life —  Winter, 2016

A Religion of One’s Own: A Guide to

Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World

by Thomas Moore (Avery, 2015)

A Religion of one's Own

Something essential is missing from modern life. Many who’ve turned away from religious institutions—and others who have lived wholly without religion—hunger for more than what contemporary secular life has to offer but are reluctant to follow organized religion’s strict and often inflexible path to spirituality. In A Religion of One’s Own, bestselling author and former monk Thomas Moore explores the myriad possibilities of creating a personal spiritual style, either inside or outside formal religion.






All sessions unless otherwise noted will be on

The series fee, $80, includes the book (a $13-$23 value) and all handouts. Financial aid is available to enable those on restricted budgets to attend; contact a member of the Steering Committee for assistance.

Jan. 14 O V E R V I E W.   View together and discuss video interviews & clips with the author, Thomas Moore, about this new book. For a preview, see A Religion of One’s Own. Round table groups, facilitated by the Steering Committee, Word & Life
Jan. 21 Ch. 1, The Spiritual Traditions of Today;  Ch. 2, The Natural Mystic
Introduction of speaker
Jacobsen talk pt. 1
Jacobsen talk pt. 2
Steve Jacobsen, La Casa de Maria
Jan. 28 Ch. 3, Dream Practice
Introduction of speaker
Weininger talk pt. 1
Weininger talk pt. 2
Radhule Weininger, Psychologist
Feb. 4 Ch. 4, Therapy at Home
Introduction of speaker
Gonella talk pt. 1
Gonella talk pt. 2
Elizabeth Gonella, Marriage & Family Therapist
Feb. 11 Ch. 5, Pleasure, Desire, and the Deeply Erotic
Introduction of speaker
Dr. George’s talk pt. 1
Dr. George’s talk pt. 2
Dawn George, Marriage & Family Therapist
Feb. 18 Ch. 6, Spiritual Secularity
Introduction of speakers
Heck/Manzi talk pt. 1
Heck/Manzi talk pt. 2
Thomas Heck, W & L Steering Committee, with Carol Ann Manzi, singer
Feb. 25 Ch. 7, Art as a Spiritual Path
Introduction of speaker
McClure talk
Q & A with McClure
Patricia McClure, Word & Life
Mar. 3 Ch. 12, A Sacred Way of Life; Postlude, Living Your Bliss
Introduction of speaker
Fr. Clarke’s talk
Q & A with Fr. Clarke
Fr. Jim Clarke, St John Seminary
Mar. 10 Selected topics
Introduction of Dr. Fox
Q & A with speaker
Matthew Fox
Mar. 17 Observations to conclude the study
Introduction of speaker
Rev. Schellink’s talk
Q & A with Rev. Schellink
Rev. Larry Schellink, Unity of Santa Barbara


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. Or download the presentation (using the button to the right of each green bar) if you want to listen later, offline. Be patient while the MP3 files download, as they can be large (5 to 10 MB each in size). You may listen through your Web-connected computer any time using headphones or speakers.