Schedule 2012-13

Word and Life --  Fall, 2012

Integral Christianity: The Spirit's Call to Evolve

by Paul R. Smith

This is the first book to describe a model of Christianity that incorporates the insights of a Jesus-centered theology of biblical interpretation, integral philosophy as articulated by Ken Wilber, and over fifty years of pastoral experience in leading evolutionary change in the local church.

Fr. Richard Rohr says "Clarifying, honest, courageous, and genuinely helpful, making the Gospel shine with a new brilliance and beauty! All sincere believers and seekers should welcome this book."

All sessions, unless otherwise noted, will be on Thursdays from 10 AM to 12 noon at the
First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave., Santa Barbara, CA.

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The series fee, $60, includes the book and all handouts. Save $10 and pre-register by contacting BobDoering@wordandlife.us before the first meeting. Financial aid is available to encourage those on restricted budgets to attend; contact a member of the Steering Committee to inquire further.



Sep. 6, Ch. 1-6

A spiritual positioning system: PowerPoint and videos Bob Doering, Chair
Word and Life Steering Committee
Sep. 13, Chap. 7 Levels of awareness in the Bible
Listen to Introduction and Fr. Jim Clarke's remarks
Further remarks and discussion
Rev. Jim Clarke
Sep. 20, Ch. 8-9 The Spirit Zone / states of mystical experience
Introduction by Martha Siegel & blessing
Listen to Pat McClure's reflections
Listen to the discussion
Pat McClure,
All Saints-by-the-Sea
Sep. 27, Ch. 10-11 AM: The early Church in the Spirit Zone /
How to be an everyday mystic
Introduction by Bob Doering
Listen to Paul Smith's reflections
Further reflections and discussion
Rev. Paul Smith (author)

Sep. 27, Ch. 12-13 evening

PM: The Three Faces of God /
Owning Our Divinity
[no recordings available]
Rev. Paul Smith (author)
Oct. 4, Ch. 12 The Three Faces of God: another perspective/
Ken Wilber and Process Theology
[no recordings available]
Prof. David Griffin
Oct. 11, Ch. 13-14 Owning Our Divinity / Centering prayer
Introduction by Thomas Heck
Listen to Rev. Suzanne Dunn's reflections
Listen to the discussion
Suzanne Dunn, RCWP
Oct. 18, Ch. 15 Integral Church / prayer
in the cave of the heart
Introduction by Judith McDermott
Listen to Rev. Cyprian Consiglio's reflections
Listen to the discussion
Cyprian Consiglio, OSB
Oct. 25, Ch. 16 The Shadow knows
Introduction by Elizabeth Ruhge
Listen to Dawn George's reflections
Listen to the discussion
Dawn George, Ph.D.
Nov. 1, Ch. 17-18 AM: Integral Church, Community
Introduction by Bob Doering
Listen to Paul Smith's reflections
Listen to the discussion
Rev. Paul Smith (author)
Nov. 1, Ch. 17-18 evening PM: The missing chapter: "Leading change and causing trouble"
Listen to Paul Smith's message
Listen to the discussion
Rev. Paul Smith (author)
Nov. 8, Ch. 19 You are the light of the world!
Introduction by Anna Grotenhuis
Listen to Jim Finley's reflections
Further remarks by Dr. Finley and discussion
Jim Finley, Ph.D., former Trappist monk


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Winter-Spring 2009 Fall 2009
Winter-Spring 2010 Fall 2010
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