At the Intersection of Science and Spirituality: Contemplative Consciousness and the Zest for Life

Each of us, from our own place in the world, desires to be an engaged participant in the unfolding of our world, while at the same time seeking meaning and authenticity for ourselves. For 3 sessions we will explore the wonder-laden mysteries of the Universe as they allure us into contemplative practice. Join us as we learn the tools of sacred transformation in creating a world of integrity, responsibility, joy, and love.

Session 1: 6/13/21 5-7 P.M. EST
Session 2: 6/18/21 5-7 P.M. EST
Session 3: 6/19/21 5-7 P.M. EST
Cost: $150

About the presenter, Margaret Galiardi, OP:

 Margaret is a Dominican Sister from Amityville, New York.  Her ministries through the years have included teaching grade school, working in parishes and coordinating programs for homeless persons.  She spent almost a decade working at the Intercommunity Center for Justice and Peace in Manhattan, while residing in a convent that was also a shelter for women who were homeless, battered, or released from prison and their children.  She served as Theological Curriculum Coordinator for the lay leadership training program of the Diocese of Rockville Center, and lived in community with undocumented persons at the Oscar Romero Inn.  She is a trained Spiritual Director and served as the Executive Director of the Spiritual Life Center in West Hartford, Ct.

     In June 1995, Margaret was elected to the governing team of her Congregation as Director of Ministry.  At the same time, she responded to an invitation to serve as the Co-Promoter of Justice for North America for the worldwide Dominican Order and, as such served on the Dominican International Commission for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation, requiring extensive international travel.  

     Margaret has lectured nationally on ecological theology and spirituality, the “New Story and the Christian Story,” and the work of Thomas Berry.  In addition, she has created numerous original retreats, workshops and lectures in response to expressed needs.  She has published two books:  Encountering Mystery in the Wilderness:  One Woman’s Vision Quest and Where the Pure Water Flows:  The New Story of the Universe and Christian Faith.  She has written for NCR’s Global Sisters Report.

     Margaret spent the 2009-2010 year in silence and solitude, living with Trappist Sister-Monks in their monastery on the Lost Coast of Northern California in the Redwood Forest.       Currently she is collaborating with Nancy Sylvester and the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue.   Margaret  sits Zazen regularly with Insifada Zen, a Long Island interfaith meditation community. At the same time Margaret offers spiritual direction/ accompaniment both to individuals and groups.  Margaret is available for directed and preached retreats, spiritual direction, workshops and lectures.