Full Circle EcoHouse of Prayer

CURRENT PROGRAMS

Seasonal Celebrations

Special celebration in Winter. In Spring & Summer please join us for seasonal rituals. Free will donation.

Winter Open House: Fri. Dec. 22, 6:30pm
Spring Equinox: Tues. Mar. 20, 6-8pm
Summer Solstice: Thurs. June 21, 6-8pm

A Music & Poetry Adventure
The first of two adventurous evenings will introduce Langston Hughes and his lyrical jazz poetry. Hughes wrote of rivers, change, hard reality, a potential time of great cultural transformation. This will invite discussion about incorporating music and feelings into poetry. With this encouragement, participants will be be stimulated to find their own music/poetry connection to contribute to the second workshop for a poetry reading and discussion of their personal experience as they listened to music and found their own muse. Valerie Benson, facilitator, enjoys music and poetry. She discovered jazz poetry while doing research for the 2017 poetry slam held last season at Full Circle.
First Evening: Mon. Oct. 30, 6-8
Second Evening: Mon. Nov. 13, 6-8

Register for both sessions by Oct. 16
Suggested Donation $20 for one evening, $35 for two

Music of Our Lives III
Through music we define ourselves. Music carries us over, under and through life’s vital moments. Bring a piece of music that has helped bridge memorable times in your life. Vinyl, CD, MP3, all welcome. Facilitated by Rene Rousseau-Wilson and Denni Lesinski, Full Circle’s closet DJs.
Sat. Dec. 2, 10-1
Register by Nov. 18
Suggested Donation $20

SPECIAL MID-DAY OFFERING:

Abounding in Kindness

Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, is one of the best theologians of our time. Abounding in Kindness: Writings for the People of God published in 2015 is a treasure house of writings and lectures she addressed to university students and adult audiences. Full Circle has chosen her lecture “Atheism and Faith in a Secular World” as a starting point for a workshop series. As Johnson writes, “It may be winter when luxurious foliage no longer clothes the trees with piety. But the bare branches enable us to see deeper into the woods. There we glimpse the gracious mystery of God...who abides as the plenitude of Love embracing the world in its agony and joy.”
Mon. Dec. 11 & Mon. Jan. 8, 1-3
Please register by Nov. 20
Suggested Donation $20 for one session, $35 for two sessions

 

Choose Peace, Find Joy
Please join others during two evenings of reflection in the search for ways to choose peace and walk in joy in the midst of the struggles found in our ever-changing lives and world. The first session will focus on peace; the second on joy. Each evening will include quiet, music, sharing, listening, and journaling as wisdom emerges from thoughts, ideas, and experiences found in common. Perhaps, we may then be better able to notice our self-defeating behaviors and open ourselves to the peace and joy given us in the midst of everyday life. Colleen Dowd, facilitator, is a happily retired educator, who enjoys walking pathways of tranquility.
Mon. Jan. 22 & Mon. Feb. 26, 6-8
Please register by Jan. 8
Suggested Donation $20 for one evening, $35 for two

Trees & Plants in Communion
Recently, we at Full Circle, came across two interesting books, The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohlleben and Planting in a Post-Wild Word: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West. Would you like to join us as we take time one evening to listen as trees and plants teach us about living caringly in relationship? Thurs. Feb. 1, 6-8
Register by Jan. 18
Suggested Donation $20

Life: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena*
It is in gathering together that we are strengthened. You are invited to create Sacred Space with Denni & Rene within which to explore Vital Phenomena of our own lives. By sharing experiences we open ourselves to greater possibilities. Rene Rousseau-Wilson and Denni Lesinski, self-determined Crones/Elders, long time presenters at Full Circle EcoHouse of Prayer will facilitate.
* A. Marra
Sat. Feb. 17, 10-12
Register by Feb. 3
Suggested Donation $20

Personal Transformation in An Evolving World
The world seems to be evolving at an ever increasing, unsettling pace. According to Ilia Delio, OSF “To participate in the world’s becoming we must have faith in one another and faith in the world. This is what it means to have faith in God. That is, a common faith among all the world’s religions must include faith in humanity, faith in the world, and faith in the future as our common bond.” As we have seen recently, this requires many personal and social transitions, not an easy task . Energetic, passionate, hopeful are words that best describe Bernadette Beach, workshop facilitator. A graduate of Richard Rohr’s Living School of Action and Contemplation, this RN, a health promotion educator, conducts conferences and retreats on stress management and promotes Karen Armstrong’s Charter for Compassion.
Mon. Mar. 12, 6-8
Register by Feb. 26
Suggested Donation $20

Love Is the Very Structure of All That Is
Everything that ever existed is a manifestation of God. There is no sacred or profane, everything belongs. The pattern of transformation in the universe occurs when smaller differentiated particles say “yes” to the invitation to become part of a larger integrated whole (death to new life). Humans often resist this transformation to transcend and include due to the illusion of a “separate” self. To invite conversation, Dorothy Ritter, seeker of One Truth, will share insights from Richard Rohr, OFM. and other spiritual teachers on meditation and transformation from the webcast, Conspire 2017: Transformation. In life she tries to integrate loss and love with awe and wonder of the Cosmos.
Thurs. April 12, 6-8
Register by Mar. 29
Suggested Donation $20

An Exploration of the Second Half of Life
Srs. Conce and Veronica often suggested passages to retreatants at Full Circle from Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life published in 2011 by Richard Rohr, OFM. Given the focus for this workshop season several friends have proposed using the book for discussion. We wonder if you might like to join us as we delve into the book and into life transitions more deeply during two and perhaps more sessions?
Mon. April 23 & Mon. May 21, 6-8
Register for the two sessions by April 9
Suggested donation $35

Layers of Life: An Art Journal Experience
Need, research and experience led Susie Babcock, workshop leader, to use art journaling to express and explore emerging life patterns. Come enjoy the transitions that occur as you layer during the creation of your art journal, with Susie’s guidance, and through the communion of a shared experience. All materials will be supplied...bring only yourself, your wonderful life journey and perhaps an image, poem or quote you’d like to include in your journal!
Thurs. May 10,6-8
Limited to the first six who register by April 26
Suggested Donation $20

Sacred Questions: Communion in Conversation
Life is more about questions than answers. It is in the questions that we understand the mysteries of ourselves, others, holiness, and the wonders of creation. It is in communion with others through conversation that we journey together for direction, understanding, and compassion, perhaps discovering answers along the way. Please join Sue Wolfe, Diane Torello Moger and Rene Rousseau Wilson for an evening of sacred questions and communion conversations.
Thurs. June 14, 6-8
Register by May 24
Suggested Donation $20

 

NOTE: If you want to participate but are financially challenged please know that you are welcome.

Our annual program season typically runs from September through June and is announced in late summer.

Updated 9/19/17