2018 Programs

  Shalom Center for Continuing Education
Shalom Center for Continuing Education is a not-for-profit, tax exempt, education center providing opportunities for holistic
education on behalf of SHALOM (wholeness, health, and peace)


THE PATH OF DESCENT IS THE PATH OF TRANSFORMATION
Excerpts of Richard Rohr’s Conspire 2018 Conference
Led by Mark Canfield retired sociology professor and UCC Minister

Saturday, September 15th
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Break for lunch (brown bag or order from May’s Cafe upon check-in)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Conspire Conference is a weekend of contemplative teachings, practices, reflection, and conversation. It looks at questions such as How do we change and grow? How do we become our most whole selves, deeply connected with God and others? How do we learn to experience ourselves as interconnected so that we can truly love?
The Shalom audience will view extended segments and discuss ideas presented during the Conspire Conference in Albuquerque (https://cac.org/conspire2018/). The speakers include: Richard Rohr, Barbara Brown Taylor, Brian McLaren, Mirabai Starr, and Barbara Holmes.

These are among the most popular and thoughtful contemporary religious speakers/authors with significant insights on how uncertainty, failure, relapse, suffering (personal and communal), and woundedness are our primary teachers. The mystics of many spiritual traditions teach the path of descent—surrender, generative self-emptying, dying before you die—as the way of transformation. Barbara Brown Taylor has written “I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light.”

Through his own journey, Jesus modeled this counter-intuitive wisdom: “Unless the grain of wheat dies, it remains just a grain of wheat. But if it dies, it bears much fruit.” To avoid the death of our small, separate self is to avoid transformation into God, into union with one another, into something more. We must lose our life to find our life.

Shalom Center for Continuing Education
www.ShalomCenterPleasantHill.com
  Meeting at Adheads Hall (lower level of Fletcher House, Uplands Village campus), 86A Church Drive, Pleasant Hill, (just off Main street across from Pleasant Hill Elementary)
There is no charge to attend, although a freewill donation is suggested.


Shalom Center for Continuing Education

Shalom Center for Continuing Education is a not-for-profit, tax exempt, education center providing opportunities for holistic education on behalf of
SHALOM (wholeness, health, and peace)


Saturday Seminar
The Dynamic Wholeness in the Universe 
Saturday, June 23 

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Break for lunch
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Ed Olson will discuss the reality of a conscious universe from the perspective of his new book, And God Created Wholeness (Orbis Books, 2018). The book identifies a three strata wholeness model. As stated by Dr. Olson:
"As a metaphor, I developed a Wholeness Model – a three-strata model of Surface, Middle, and Bedrock to investigate the similarities in the three dimensions of Body (life), Mind (consciousness) and Soul. Our experiences in the tangible physical world (the Surface stratum), our inner sensations, emotions, and images (the Middle stratum) and the strange reality of quantum activity (the Bedrock stratum) are all connected. As we cycle through these strata we are transformed as new insights from the unpredictable possibilities in the Bedrock change our emotions and feelings in the Middle and lead to new behavior on the Surface.
The Wholeness Model describes a process that brings together the empirical reality of science, speculations about consciousness, and the wisdom of the world’s religions, especially the Christian religion with which I am most familiar."
This new paradigm has significant implications for deep personal development, relationships, ecology, moral leadership, community, and the integration of science and religion. 
Ed Olson, Ph.d, taught in colleges and universities for 40 years. Currently, he leads workshops for churches and the Chautauqua Institution in applying complexity and quantum theory to issues in science, spirituality, and religion. The book ($28.00) will be available for purchase at the seminar.

Shalom Center for Continuing Education
Seminar in Adheads Hall (lower level of Fletcher House, Uplands Village campus), 86A Church Drive, Pleasant Hill, (just off Main Street across from Pleasant Hill Elementary)


There is no charge to attend, although a freewill donation is suggested.



Rabbi Rami Shapiro Presents Perennial Wisdom and Cup of Wisdom

Friday, March 16: 5:30 pm potluck dinner; 6:30 - 8:00 pm presentation 
Saturday, March 17: 8:30 am complimentary continental breakfast; 9:00 - 10:30 am, presentation and QA
In Adshead Hall (lower level of Fletcher House on the Uplands Village Campus)
86A Church Dr, Pleasant Hill, 38578, (just off Main St. across from Pleasant Hill Elementary School)


Note: If you plan to attend the potluck supper before the presentation, don’t forget to bring your own table setting:plates, cups and cutlery! Those who don’t choose to attend the supper are more than welcome to come just for the program that begins at 6:30




Rabbi Rami has led workshops around the world. He is a witty, insightful, and engaging presenter. He is the editor of The World Wisdom Bible: A New Testament for a Global Spirituality.
Friday evening’s program, Perennial Wisdom, will look at the four points of the perennial wisdom at the mystic heart of each of the world's religions.


Saturday morning’s program, A Cup of Wisdom ​, presents a single premise: that conversation can be transformational and is a powerful platform for cultivating inclusion, love, and understanding.          

Rabbi Rami Shapiro earned rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College– Jewish Institute of Religion, and a Phd in religion from Union Graduate School; he served as a chaplain with the USAF for 3 years; led Temple Beth Or in Miami, FL for 20; taught religious studies at Middle Tennessee State University for 10; and published over thirty books on religion and spirituality. He currently guides the One River Foundation, writes the Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler ​ column for Spirituality & Health magazine, and hosts the magazine’s weekly radio show, Essential Conversations with Rabbi Rami .