Schedule 2006-07

Word and Life

Fall 2006

Religion in Exile:
A Spiritual Homecoming
by Diarmuid O'Murchu (New York: Crossroad, 2000)

For millions throughout the world, religion no longer provides hope or meaning. Exile and alienation are two words that constantly recur in the literature of our time. Religion fails to deliver on the bigger picture that is awakening in the soul of humanity. In fact, it is religion itself that is largely responsible for the exile and alienation we often experience.

Religion in Exile is a challenging, but profoundly inspiring, contribution to the evolving spiritual consciousness of our time and an invaluable resource for those trying to make sense of the new spiritual awakening which many people experience today.

Diarmuid O'Murchu, a priest and social psychologist living in London, lectures internationally and has written extensively on spiritual issues of our time.

All sessions will be on Thursdays from 10 AM to 12 noon at the Holy Cross Church Parish Hall, 1740 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA. The series fee, including the book and all handouts, is $50 per person; financial aid is available. When arrangements can be made, we provide audio recordings of some of these presentations for the convenience of those who missed them. Click the blue links below as they become available to review the presentations. Be patient while the MP3 files download, as they are large (around 5-6 MB each in size). You can listen through your computer with headphones or speakers.



Sept. 14 Registration and overview Alice MacDonald, MA
Sept. 21

Chapter One: Faith that no longer sustains.
Chapter Two: Religion and the Sacred Place
Alice MacDonald: Introduction to the Fall series
Alice MacDonald: Introduction to Cynthia Bourgeault
Cynthia Bourgeault's "Be still and Know" meditation
Cynthia Bourgeault's presentation, part 1
Cynthia Bourgeault's presentation, part 2

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault
The Contemplative Society
Sept. 28 Chapter Three: Words about the Word
Chapter Four: Exiled from the Earth
Fr. Bruce Correio
Oct. 5 Chapter Five: From Chaos to Cosmos
Chapter Six: After Exile: The Pilgrim's Journey Home
Introduction to Fr. O'Murchu, by Alice MacDonald
Diarmuid O'Murchu's presentation, part 1
Diarmuid O'Murchu's presentation, part 2
Diarmuid O'Murchu, MSC*
Oct. 12
Chapter Seven: The Homeward Journey:
     From Separation to Connection
Chapter Eight: Creation is a Place Called Home
Marilyn Rudy, CSJ
Maureen Murray, RSHM
Oct. 19 Chapter Nine: Reconnecting with
     Our Relational Selves
Chapter Ten: Re-membering the Dismembered Body
Appendix 1: The Great Mother Goddess:
     Fact or Fiction?
Alice MacDonald: Introduction to Barbara Marx Hubbard
Barbara Marx Hubbard's presentation, part 1
Barbara Marx Hubbard's presentation, part 2
Barbara Marx Hubbard
Foundation for Conscious Evolution
Oct. 26 Chapter Eleven: Political Responsibility for the
Homeward Bound
Thomas Heck's presentation, part 1
Thomas Heck's presentation, part 2
Thomas Heck, Ph.D.
Click here to see his PowerPoint
(Takes a few minutes to download; click screen or use "Page Down" button to advance the slides.)
Nov. 2 Chapter Twelve: Rediscovering Spirituality on the
Homeward Journey
Appendix 2: Being a Theologian as People Come
Home from Exile
Fr. Virgil Cordano, OFM
Nov. 9 Elisabet Sahtouris, Ph.D.
Lifeweb Living Systems Design

*Diarmuid O'Murchu will be speaking the evening of October 5, 7-9 pm, at the Old Mission, sponsored by Spiritus: A Mind and Heart Forum. His topic is "Beyond Intelligent Design: The Divine Awakening in Creation's Story" ($10 at the door).