R.E.A.D. Club (Read, Engage And Discuss)
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Description: R.E.A.D. Club We will use the Benedictine practice of reading, listening and discussing books with “the ear of our heart”. We will share how the stories/books spiritually impact our lives and listen to the wisdom of others. We hope this leads us into a deeper personal growth. Please join us and share your wisdom. Although this is a FREE program, please register online for planning purposes. Books are sold at Benet Gifts (our onsite gift shop).
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R . E . A . D . Club: Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 9:30 am to 11:30 am
September Book: Making Room for God: Decluttering and the Spiritual Life by Mary Elizabeth Sperry
Facilitator: Barbara Neilon, osb Oblate
Feeling like you need to simplify and downsize your life to connect more easily with God? Topics such as materialism, sin, and prayer are explored by Sperry to show how God is waiting for us in the challenges and daunting tasks and how we manage our “stuff.”
R.E.A.D. Club: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 9:30 am to 11:30 am
November Book: Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? by Brian McLaren
Facilitator: Phyllis Aggeler
How do you define your Christian identity in a multi-faith world? Can we end religious rivalry and foster new relationships with a deeper path to ecumenism? McLaren looks at how a new understanding of key Christian doctrines can http://www.benethillmonastery.org/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=eventhelp.
R.E.A.D. Club: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 9:30 am to 11:30 am
January Book: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dali Lama, Desmond Tutu
Facilitator: Sister Naomi Rosenberger, OSB
Explore the nature of true joy and some of the obstacles of joy-from fear, stress, anger, grief, illness and death. Are you open to receive the Eight Pillars of Joy, which provide the foundation for lasting happiness? Learn about the daily practices of joy that can anchor our emotional and spiritual lives.
R.E.A.D. Club: Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2019 9:30 am to 11:30 am
March Book: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
Facilitator: Kathy Dinmore
Learn what research says about maintaining a high quality of life as we age. How can we become clear and oversee our end of life wishes? How prepared do you feel to say and do the right thing for someone you love at the end of their life? Join us as we discuss these and other important topics.
R.E.A.D. Club: Thursday, May 9, 2019 6:00 pm t0 8:00 pm
May Book: The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone
Facilitator: Sister Clare Carr, OSB
Can you look at and explore two of the most emotionally charged symbols and their interconnection in the history and spirituality of African Americans? Noting their powerful evocation of suffering and liberation, this unique book opens up vulnerably about the legacy of slavery and racism, and African American identity in America today.