Sunday, November 12, 2023 at 6:30 pm
All are welcome to this free event via Zoom. This film night is part of the Guild’s “Engaged Wisdom” series of book and film talks. We will hold an open and casual discussion of the recent critically acclaimed and highly-awarded film, Everything Everywhere All at Once.
This film is an example of Jean Gebser’s last level of integral consciousness and aperspectivity. It also serves as a wonderful introduction to the next few workshops planned by The Guild for Spiritual Guidance through the Engaged Wisdom workshop series.
Participants will be invited to watch the film on their own before our discussion. During the gathering, we will invite participants to share their thoughts and feelings about this multi-genre story and its moving themes as they intersect with multiple Guild areas of study: Spirituality, Psychology, Cosmology, and Community.
The discussion will be facilitated by Jean Blackie and LaNell Haydon, both Apprenticeship Program XXI graduates and also current Board members.
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Tuesday November 7, 2023 – 7:00 – 8:30 pm ET – Online Event
The Guild for Spiritual Guidance warmly invites you to explore our vision and mission of integration—that of Spirituality, Cosmology, Mysticism within Community. Lou Savary, a Teilhard lover and scholar, will share the concept of Enstasy: Teilhard’s Path to Mystical Prayer. Teilhard de Chardin was a Jesuit priest and paleontologist who had a profound vision of the cosmic Christ and the evolution of the universe. He was also a mystic who practiced a unique form of prayer that he called enstasy. Unlike ecstasy, which involves leaving the body and entering into God’s presence, enstasy means staying in the body and finding God in all things. Teilhard learned to pray in this way by integrating his scientific work, his religious faith, and his mystical intuition. He called this “contemplation in action” or “finding God in all things”, following the teachings of St. Ignatius and St. Paul. During our time together, we will explore how Teilhard developed his method of enstasy by looking at his personal prayers in The Divine Milieu, The Mass on the World, and his path to Omega through human effort. Please join us as we see how Teilhard’s enstasy can inspire us to live more fully in the present moment and to participate in the ongoing creation of our world.
Presenter – Louis Savary
Louis M. Savary, Ph. D., S.T.D., holds one doctorate in mathematical statistics applied to the social sciences, and another in spirituality and theology. He was a Jesuit for 30 years. He has written and co-authored many books. He introduced the concepts of meditation with music cassettes and recorded over 50 of these for Credence Cassettes. He has served as adjunct faculty in spirituality at six different universities. For over 35 years he has taught courses in Teilhardian spirituality translating his very complex ideas into recognizable human experiences, especially for Teilhardian beginners.
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Cosmogenesis: An Unveiling of the Expanding Universe
Book Discussion: August 13, 2023 -The expanding universe from the big bang to the development of our consciousness has been the human creation story for millennia. Humans are not only physical beings, but cosmological beings. In Cosmogenesis: An Unveiling of the Expanding Universe, Brian Swimme describes how his research led him to disassemble and then reassemble his understanding of this story. Join us for a lively discussion with the Guild’s Evolutionary Cosmology Cultivator, Bernice Marie-Daly, Ph.D. We will be opening much of the evening to your questions regarding this fascinating topic and book, Cosmogenesis: An Unveiling of the Expanding Universe, written by Brian Swimme, Ph.D.
Presenter: Bernice Marie-Daly, Ph.D.
Bernice Marie-Daly, Ph.D., is an educator, author, retreat facilitator, and spiritual guide across wisdom traditions, focusing on the Universe Story and Sacred Activism. She has facilitated in-depth programming in women’s spirituality, justice-making, and the arts and is the Evolutionary Cosmology Cultivator with the Guild for Spiritual Guidance. Bernice holds degrees in Spirituality and Psychology, Counseling, and Philosophy and is a certified Core Energetics Instructor and Practitioner. Author of “Ecofeminism: Sacred Matter/Sacred Mother” (The American Teilhard Association) and co-author of Created in Her Image: Models of the Feminine Divine, Bernice taught interdisciplinary courses in Environmental Studies, Women’s Studies, and World Religions and is co-creator of Cosmic Entanglement Podcast.
Join us as we explore Teilhard’s vision of the evolution of consciousness through the lens of our everyday lives. How do we ‘connect the dots’ between Teilhard’s vision and what we are experiencing in the wider culture? How do you find hope for a future that instills meaning and purpose? How do you deal with the myriad feelings this upheaval provokes? What can we offer our children and grandchildren as they encounter the realities of climate change?
June 27, July 4, July 11, July 18
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm EST
Presenter: Dr. Bernice Marie-Daly • Evolutionary Cosmology Cultivator
Bernice Marie-Daly, Ph.D., is an educator, author, retreat facilitator and spiritual guide across wisdom traditions, focusing on the Universe Story and Sacred Activism. She has facilitated in-depth programming in women’s spirituality, justice-making, and the arts and is the Evolutionary Cosmology Cultivator with the Guild for Spiritual Guidance. Bernice holds degrees in Spirituality and Psychology, Counseling, and Philosophy and is a certified Core Energetics Instructor and Practitioner. Author of “Ecofeminism: Sacred Matter/Sacred Mother” (The American Teilhard Association) and co-author of Created in Her Image: Models of the Feminine Divine, Bernice taught interdisciplinary courses in Environmental Studies, Women’s Studies, and World Religions and is co-creator of
Cosmic Entanglement Podcast.
Pilgrimage to Assisi:
In the Footsteps of Francis & Clare
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FRANCIS & CLARE is an immersion experience in Assisi, Italy — a unique opportunity to contemplate your own spiritual path in companionship with beloved Saints Francis and Clare.
The retreat highlights their life events, spirituality, and writings, explored through talks, meditations, and practices, including questions for contemplation. These help encourage the kind of listening that prompts deeper understanding of your personal story and the ways in which it is woven into the universal story; the ways in which your being touches and impacts all other being and matter; and the ways in which all things are in relationship with each other.
On this pilgrimage, you are invited to nurture body, mind, and spirit by living into the wise ways of Francis and Clare. In doing so, you can call forth what is deepest within you and begin to express that outwardly, within and around the medieval city of Assisi.
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Book Discussion on Race and the Cosmos, January 22, 2023 at 6 pm EST.
All Guild graduates are invited to discuss theologian Barbara A. Holmes’ book, Race and the Cosmos: An Invitation to View the World Differently, on Sunday January 22, 2023 at 6 pm EST. This fascinating book explores the question of what it means to be human through the intersecting lenses of the cosmos, indigenous wisdom, unfolding scientific learning, and divine love. It offers ideas that help dismantle old racial constructs and give hope for new ways of embracing anti-racism in our cultural context.
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Carol Kilby, author of Evolutionary Dancer: Out, In, and on the Fringe of the Church, will present this first Engaged Wisdom course of the new year.
Carol notes that this evolutionary moment calls for the rewilding of our story! The stories of nationhood, religion, and culture have separated us from our larger selves and our relationship to the universe and the earth.
In this time of planetary crisis, it is time for an exodus, time for a new story. Inspired by Sadie Allen Moon’s observation that Jung saw the source of every society’s renewal in individuals whenever they navigate beyond the walls of their culture and bring back to it some novel insight for the collective’s development, the course will investigate how evolutionary rituals, personal practices, and rites of passages can ground our story in the ways of cosmos and nature empowering us to consciously and positively step into the earth’s dance of transformation.
In addition, participants will discover evolutionary rituals that draw on climate science, new cosmology, ecology, and an evolutionary spirituality that re-member our wild and wonder-full selves. Through rewilding our stories, rituals, and selves in the dance of becoming, individuals who contribute to the evolution of the collective.
The course is open to all, both Guild members and non-members. The fee is $30.
This course is now closed.