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Spirit Journal – November 2016

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In this issue: We take a glance back at the wonderful Annual Fall Workshop many of you attended last month and we look ahead to let you know about several upcoming retreats and workshops.  We share a beautiful new Thanksgiving Prayer written by one of the chaplains at St. Alexius Medical Center, call your attention to an online offering from the national organization of Contemplative Outreach, and offer Insights from Thich Nhat Hanh, Neem Karoli Baba, Desmond Tutu, and Leonard Cohen.

Please don’t forget to give us your input and ideas for future editions of Spirit Journal: use the e-mail address at the end to send your contributions and feedback.

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Spirit Journal – October 2016

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In this issue: We respectfully request that, if you haven’t done so already, you register right away to attend the fifth annual Fall One-Day Workshop – we are getting close to capacity, and may have to cut off registration before the event on Saturday.  Don’t be disappointed!  We also provide a link to our website for Workshop information and online registration, and to the Benedictine University website for directions and a campus map.

In addition, this issue includes information on three interesting events that are coming up in November, brief descriptions of three Contemplative Outreach – Chicago activities planned for this winter and spring, and Insights from Thomas Keating, Ethan Nichtern, Richard Rohr, and Silvia Boorstein .

Please give us your input and ideas for Spirit Journal: use the e-mail address at the end to send your contributions and feedback.

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Spirit Journal – September 2016

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This issue provides more information about our upcoming, fifth annual Fall One-Day Workshop – it’s just a month away now!  There are two articles by workshop session leaders, describing what their sessions will be about, along with links to complete Workshop information and registration.  We also update you on a number of other important events you may want to add to your calendar, November 2016 – May 2017.  In addition, we share Insights from Saint Benedict, Shunryu Suzuki, Wendell Berry and Thomas Merton.

We’d like your input, please!  To give us ideas for Spirit Journal, please use the e-mail address at the end to send your contributions and feedback.

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Spirit Journal – August 2016

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This issue provides more information about our upcoming, fifth annual Fall One-Day Workshop, including two articles by workshop session leaders, describing what their sessions will be about.  We also provide a link to a wonderful short video from Thomas Keating, and share Insights from Tara Brach, Thérèse of Lisieux, Kalu Rinpoche, and Carl Jung.

We’d like your input, please!  Give us your ideas to help improve Spirit Journal and turn it into an even more valuable forum for Chicago-area contemplatives.  Use the e-mail address at the end to send your ideas, contributions and feedback.

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Spirit Journal – July 2016

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This issue features new information about our upcoming, fifth annual Fall One-Day Workshop.  It also describes two events taking place next month: an introductory workshop on the Enneagram and an advanced/post-intensive Centering Prayer retreat in Wisconsin.  We recommend a great book you may be interested in reading, and share Insights from Richard Rohr, Thomas Merton, Lao Tzu, and Alan Watts.

We’d like your input!  Please help us improve Spirit Journal and turn it into an even more valuable forum for Chicago-area contemplatives.  Use the e-mail address at the end to send your ideas, contributions and feedback.

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Spirit Journal – June 2016

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This issue features an important announcement: the topics for our fifth annual One-Day Fall Workshop!  It also offers a new “prayer for the world” by Sam Ogle, and brings you news about several in-person and online workshops and retreats coming up this summer: local, regional, and somewhat distant (Albuquerque?).  Our Insights this month come from Jack Kornfield, Shunryu Suzuki, Ram Dass, and Cynthia Bourgeault.

We invite you to help us make Spirit Journal an even better forum for Chicago-area contemplatives.  Use the e-mail address at the end to send your ideas, contributions and feedback.

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Spirit Journal – May 2016

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This issue features personal messages from our Circle of Service Coordinators – Phil Jackson (outgoing) and Alan Krema (incoming).  It also brings you news about a number of upcoming workshops and retreats: introductory and advanced, local and regional, in-person and online.  There’s a reminder to save the date for our one-day Fall Workshop at Benedictine University on October 15, along with Insights from Dag Hammarskjöld, Contemplative Outreach, Maurice Nicoll, and Simone Campbell.

We’re happy to note that this is Spirit Journal’s first anniversary issue – our online newsletter was first published in May 2015!  As always, we invite you to help us make Spirit Journal an open and interactive forum for Chicago-area contemplatives.  Use the e-mail address at the end to send your ideas, contributions and feedback.

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Spirit Journal – April 2016

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This April issue announces the date for our fifth annual Fall One Day Workshop, provides an introduction to the practice of Lectio Divina, offers a reflection on a recent visit to St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass Colorado, and highlights several upcoming opportunities to deepen your Centering Prayer practice.  It also presents Insights from Cynthia Bourgeault, Thomas Keating, Meister Eckhard, and Richard Rohr.

As always, we invite you to help us make Spirit Journal an interactive forum for Chicago-area contemplatives.  Use the e-mail address at the end to send your ideas, contributions and feedback.

Save the Date: Annual Fall One-Day Workshop Coming October 15!

We know it’s early to ask you to start planning for October, but now would be an excellent time to block out Saturday October 15 so that you can attend our fifth annual Fall One-Day Centering Prayer Workshop, which will take place at Benedictine University in Lisle.

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Spirit Journal – March 2016

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Happy Easter!  This new issue will update you on the outcomes of our March 5 “Discernment Day,” explain an important decision we’ve reached about offering future programs (based partly on what we learned from the recent online program survey), and provide information about a range of retreats and other events available in Illinois and nearby states this spring and summer.  It also presents Part 4 of Alan Krema’s ongoing Wisdom School series, along with Insights from Beck, Susan Salzberg, Shunryu Suzuki, and Thomas Merton.

Please help us make Spirit Journal an open interactive forum for Chicago-area contemplatives.  Use the e-mail address at the end to send your ideas, contributions and feedback.

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Spirit Journal – February 2016

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Our February issue invites you to participate in an important “Discernment Day” on March 5 to help plan future directions for our organization.  It also presents Part 3 of Alan Krema’s discussion of the Wisdom School.

In addition, we offer a final opportunity to complete a quick survey and help design an expanded lineup of 2016 programs, and we provide information about upcoming Centering Prayer workshops and other events at Healing Gardens, suggest three ways you can celebrate United in Prayer Day on March 19, and link to information about an introductory Wisdom School that takes place in Wisconsin in late March.  This month’s Insights come from Dogen Zenji, Black Elk, Cynthia Bourgeault, and Contemplative Outreach.

Please help us make Spirit Journal an interactive forum for Chicago-area contemplatives.  Use the e-mail address at the end to send your ideas, contributions and feedback.

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