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Spiritual Listening. Sacred Response.


The Guild

The New Issue

 

A Letter from the Editor, Christina Carlson AP XIX

12/31/1999. I remember, we were all taking Prince’s advice and partying because it was 1999! Of course, his iconic song was an invitation to have a good time in spite of the uncertainty, even fear, about what would happen when the calendar turned over. That was definitely true in 1999, when there was real concern over Y2K, and how our technology would respond when confronted with all those zeros in 2000. And when the ball dropped and the clock struck midnight? Nothing. We were fine. Everything was okay. We collectively exhaled and got on with life. And life was good in 2000. And in 2001. 

And then, September 11, 2001. It hardly needs stating that, in addition to the shock and horror and tragedy of almost 3000 lives lost, 9/11 changed everything about the way we live our lives, changed our very assumptions about how the world works. Those changes persist as part of our current reality. And I would argue that, although it happened on a seemingly ordinary fall Tuesday, 21 months late, and it certainly wasn’t what we were expecting, September 11th was our millennial crisis, the event that marked “before” and “after”, the event that defined its decade, and continues to make itself felt, in ways big and small. 

Time and history don’t always align the way we might hope. If you are like me, you couldn’t wait for 2020 to be over. Yes, the turning of the calendar page felt more significant this year than most, and we had reason to hope change was coming. Vaccines were already being distributed, and the states got their votes certified. Things were going to get better in the new year. But 2020 had one more dirty trick up its sleeve. Refusing to relinquish its stranglehold on a nation exhausted by the loss of 3000 lives or more every day to Covid-19, on January 6, the tyranny of 2020 made one last stand on the steps of the US Capitol, pitting the hope of 2021 against those who strove to continue a reign of anger, division, intolerance and injustice. As one meme succinctly put it, “well played, December 37, well played.”

The founders of our nation understood the vicissitudes of both time and history better than most, and made provisions for their coordination in our Constitution. Thus, despite 2020’s last stand, a mere 20 days into the calendar year, history caught up with our desires for 2021. An inauguration which embraced science and affirmed truth, celebrated diversity and called for unity, has given us a real chance for a fresh start. There is no way to know what time and history have in store for us down the road, but for now, let’s build on the promise of January 20, 2021 to make this a better year than the last.

Happy New Year…

Upcoming Events

MISFITS, WARRIORS, & HOLY FOOLS: 
SPIRITUAL BIOGRAPHIES TO LIVE BY

Who are these misfits, warriors, and holy fools? Through book talks and movies, we will examine contempory mystics who rose to a level of consciousness enviable to anyone living in these times of personal and communal unrest. We will walk with heroes and heroines, East, West, and Indigenous; gleaning insight to best prepare for what awaits us!     

This is an ongoing series, and each session will cover a different topic. The program will be presented via zoom.

1/28/21 at 11:15 AM: The Way of Chuang Tzu by Thomas Merton,

2/25/21 at 11:15 AM: See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love by Rev. Dr. Jann Aldredge Clanton

3/25/21 at 11:15 AM: Shaping a Personal Myth to Live By by John Yungblut.

No Cost

Register here

For more information, contact Denise Tangney: tangneydenise@gmail.com


 

THE RADICAL PATH OF THE SACRED FEMININE:
A CONVERSATION IN PREVIEW OF OUR SPRING RETREAT

For Apprenticeship Program Graduates, we have a spring pre-retreat conversation about the Sacred Feminine, led by Bernice Marie-Daly.

Who is She to you? What impact has She had in your life? What images/symbols come to mind? What is Her relevance today?

The event is on January 28, 2021 at 7 PM
The cost is $20
You can register 
here
For more information, contact Sue Robinson: graduate.guild@gmail.com


 
DARWIN, DIVINITY, & DANCING WITH THE WIND
Presented as part of The Guild Speaker Series at Wisdom House

This workshop weaves together the latest scientific understanding of our Cosmos with stories from our Judeo-Christian tradition. We will discover that an Eco-Spiritual lens develops a compassionate creative response to the dynamic dimensions of our unfolding Universe.

Saturday, February 13 from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM via zoom

Cost is $40 

You can register here.

For any questions, reach out to Denise Tangney: tangneydenise@gmail.com

 

ENGAGED TRANSFORMATIONAL LISTENING
Presented by Kate Duncan, AP XIX

 

Our listening skills impact our experience of ourselves, others and our world. Most often we hear what we are wired to hear, not necessarily what is actually being shared. This program explores the dynamics of listening, learning about our own 'automatic' listening with the intention of becoming aware of what impede or deepen our connections. At the conclusion of the 5 week program you will have skills to shift one or more listening habits. You will develop skills to listen with love and compassion for yourself and others.

Follow-up
Listening with the Natural World
Nature Based Listening

About the presenter, Kate Duncan:

Kate Duncan is an AP XIX graduate and active Guild member. She was one of the original women trailblazers in the technology industry. Kate’s experience in management for IBM seeded a bold adventure in establishing her own leadership development business serving many Fortune 500 companies. Kate's passion and commitment is to foster deep connections between people. She is committed to sharing her expertise, often pro-bono, as her Sacred Response to the world. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Kate now resides in Connecticut.

5 Sessions, Thursdays from 10-11:30 AM beginning March 4
List of dates: 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1
Registration closes February 25, 2021
The cost is $50
You can register here
 

Coming in 2021

Spring Retreat: The Radical Path of the Sacred Feminine
 

Presented by Bernice Marie-Daly

THE RADICAL PATH OF THE SACRED FEMININE is an emerging story of the evolution of consciousness manifested through and within the archetype of the Sacred Feminine.   She has been with us from the beginning as a primordial image of Sacred Presence expressed through myriad cultures throughout the ages; we can imagine Her emergence today as “Mother Earth,” boldly challenging our way of life in the face of an existential threat to our very existence.  

Sourced though meditation, deep listening, personal experiences and dream imagery; awakened to the realities of unrelenting social upheaval and global devastation, we gather to envision “Mother Earth” guiding us toward a humanity capable of an evolved Love transforming us into “the new human” of the Ecozoic Age.  

Friday, April 23rd through Sunday, April 25, 2021 via Zoom

More information soon

For any questions, contact Susan Robinson at  graduate.guild@gmail.com

Continuing Weekly Gatherings
Three Weekly Opportunities to Gather Virtually with Guild Friends

 In this stressful time of ongoing pandemic and national division, the Guild continues to reach out and to provide opportunities for us to be together in supportive community.  You are invited to join Guild graduates for one or all of these opportunities.

VIRTUAL COFFEE CAFE


These meetings will take place every Tuesday.

Virtual Coffee Cafe is back! Our offering for Guild Graduates will take place on Tuesdays at 10 AM.

There is no cost for these meetings
Join us via Zoom; 
Here is the link that you can save and use every Tuesday:
 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/259451814?pwd=Y0EvQkcrc0NlZTlnbmFsSFdPWXdIUT09


 

CREATIVE OASIS

These meetings will take place every Monday evening.

A sacred, supportive space to engage your creative energy!  Bring your yarn, journal, coloring books, clay, paint, etc. and join us for a time of contemplative, community creating in an atmosphere of support and encouragement.   No artistic experience is necessary or even expected!   The “Creative Oasis” offers a time to put our hands to paint, paper, clay, yarn, whatever; a time to unwind with the creative materials of your choice in the hope of promoting deeper sleep and new insight.  

For more information and zoom link, please contact Cari at:  cari.keith@gmail.com

There is no cost for these meetings
Join us via Zoom Monday evenings 7:30-8:30 

THE COMMUNITY GATHERED IN SILENCE


These meetings will take place every Thursday morning.
 

For me, Holly, one of the sweetest times at a Graduate Circle retreat is our morning gathering before breakfast for silent prayer and meditation.  I love the feeling of Presence in the room as we join our spirits in the silence.  The last three Graduate retreats have been on zoom, and I was delighted to feel that Presence as we sat “together” in early morning quiet  -  each in our own homes.  I still felt connected and supported in a special way.

I invite you to join me on Thursday mornings at 6:30 for time together in quiet.  There is no program, as such.  Log on as close to 6:30 as you can, settle in, breathe, and sit together with your Guild family, holding the world, the Guild, our lives in holy space.  I will close our time around 7:00 with a reading, and then we will each move into our days.  Please know that you are welcome any Thursday morning.

For more information and the zoom link please email Holly at:  hollynelmesmoore@gmail.com

There is no cost for these meetings
Join us via Zoom Thursday mornings, from 6:30 to 7:30.
IN MEMORIAM
 

In response to our annual giving letter, we heard from the families of several Guild members who have passed away. We remember them here, so that they may live on in our thoughts and memories:

Ann Raley, AP XI
Colman Ives, AP I
George Yoder, AP IV
Steve Wignall, AP VI
 

A Guild for the Digital Age
Connect with us via our online platforms!

The Guild is furthering our online presence. In addition to our regular Facebook activity and new website, the Guild is now increasing our presence on Instagram. Furthermore, we wanted to connect more with you, our spiritual community. So we have set up a Facebook group for Guild Graduates. This will be a space for you to connect with us, as well as your fellow graduates. It will be a place to share your endeavors, questions, and thoughts while also keeping up to date on what offerings we have for you. All of these resources will be linked below.

Find us on Facebook
Join our Graduate Guild Facebook Group
Follow us on Instagram

Check out our new website spiritualguidance.org

~Who's Who at The Guild of Spiritual Guidance~

 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chair:  Holly Moore, AP XV
TreasurerStephen Allen, AP XVIII
SecretaryPaul Carbone, AP XVIII
Members:
Christina Carlson, AP XIX
Cari Keith, AP VII
Cindi Mitchell, AP XX 
Apprenticeship Program Coordinator: Dianne Disston, AP XX
Global Outreach Coordinator: Denise Tangney, AP XII
Graduate Circle CoordinatorSusan Robinson, AP XVII 

FINANCE COMMITTEE
Stephen Allen, AP XVIII
Paul Carbone, AP XVIII

APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (also non-voting members of the board)
Coordinator:  Dianne Disston, AP XX
Assistant to the Coordinator:  Dorothée Caulfield,  AP XIX

COMMUNICATIONS
Christina Carlson, AP XIX
Dorothée Caulfield,  AP XIX

Katherine Conner, Administrative Assistant

GRADUATE CIRCLE
CoordinatorSusan Robinson, AP XVII
Steve Allen, AP XVIII
Laura McEvoy, AP
Cari Keith, AP VII


GLOBAL OUTREACH
Denise Tangney, AP XII
Bernice Marie-Daly AP III
Brian Tucker AP XII

GUILD SPEAKER SERIES at WISDOM HOUSE

Holly Moore, AP XV 
Bernice Marie-Daly, AP III


DIVERSITY INITIATIVE
Denise Tangney, AP XII
Brian Tucker, AP XII

eNEWS
Christina Carlson, AP XIX

Katherine Conner, Administrative Assistant

SACRED TRAVEL COMMITTEE
Christina Carlson, AP XIX
Mark D'Alessio, AP XVII
Denise Tangney, AP XII

RECRUITMENT
Dianne Disston AP XX
Jacque Reed, AP XIX
Holly Moore, AP XV
Dorothée Caulfield, AP XIX

AP COMMITTEE
Dianne Disston, AP XX
Dorothée Caulfield, AP XIX
Christina Carlson, AP XIX

ADMINISTRATIVE

Katherine Conner

 
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