W&L as a ZOOM Community

It is a time-honored truism that as one door closes another opens. We’re missing our physical meetings as a community (at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Barbara) but discovering an equally vital connection online through the Zoom platform of video conferencing. Click here for more information about Zoom.

In MARCH, 2020, due to the Covid 19 outbreak, our last presentation of Rohr’s Universal Christ was held on our first Zoom platform.  Dr. Tim Burnette, Presenter and Zoom-Master

IN APRIL, Catherine Weissenberg created a spontaneous gathering of W&L members on Tuesday mornings. Every week since, volunteer speakers have been offering inspiration and teaching based on the intelligence of the heart. – guiding us to live more meaningfully through the restricted weeks of summer.

IN MAY, David Richo’s expertise and wisdom translated brilliantly through the Zoom format.  His lectures and discussion on “Triggers: How we can stop reacting and start healing”  are available here


FALL 2020  The approach we’ve chosen as we journey together through ten tumultuous weeks of this pre-election season is one of conscious purpose: to direct our learning, discussion, and subsequent action toward Healing The Heart of Democracy.

WINTER 2021 (January)  The focus of Word and Life’s Winter Series is Anti-Racism. Anti-Racism is a transformative concept that reorients and re-energizes the conversation about racism – and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. We’ve selected two seminal books on the subject which will provide the foundation to study and discuss this vital issue: Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited and Ibram X. Kendi’s How To Be An Anti-Racist.

OUR SPRING 2020 SERIES ON ZOOM, featuring Dr. David Richo and his recent book, Wholeness and Holiness, will guide us through a three-step journey to psychological soundness, spiritual wholeness, and saintly holiness. We have body-minds that can be psychologically healthy, but it is up to us to nurture this process. When we do, we feel wholesome, body and mind. We have spiritual consciousness, but it is up to us to be aware of it and act in accord with it. When we do, we feel whole, body and mind. We are imprinted with a calling to sanctity, and yet, it is up to us to be open to its heroic demands. When we do, we feel joyously full of grace, body and mind. The goal throughout this journey is to attain both wholeness and holiness. For this to be achieved, a person must work at all three.

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