The Universal Call to Contemplation – May 1st, 3:00pm – May 3rd, 1:00pm
Fr. Cyprian Consiglio, OSB Cam
You are invited to a special retreat with Fr. Cyprian Consiglio, a Camaldolese Benedictine monk with a keen interest in meditation and prayer. He is a recognized scholar of the writings of Bede Griffiths and Abhishiktananda. His journey of contemplation and outreach has taken him around the world and it is reflected in his deeply moving music. Join us for what is sure to be a retreat of inspiration and beauty!
For further inquiries call Sharon Nicks at 520-829-3197 or email at email@example.com.
Roots of Christian Mysticism, Sep 13th – May 2015, 9:00am – 12:00pm (Saturdays)
Roots of Christian Mysticism Series, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. fornine Saturday mornings through May, begins September 13 with “17th Century French Mystics ” presented by Rev. Charles J.T. Talar, Ph.D., S.T.D., Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of St. Thomas School of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary.
French Mystics such as St. Francis de Sales and St. Jeanne de Chantal focused on Jesus as the Incarnate Word of God. Fr. Talar will explore how a deeper understanding of the their emphasis on a personal experience of the person of Jesus can enrich both our devotional and spiritual lives.The session will also include discussion and meditation. Dominican Spirituality Center, 6501 Almeda, Houston. Full series tuition $225 ($199 if registered before September 13 or $25 per class at the door.) Need based scholarships available. To register online go to: www.wccm-usa.org/upcoming–
events/For more information contact Martha Keesecker 713 464 0818 or firstname.lastname@example.org .Presented by The World Community for Christian Meditation www.w.ccm-usa.org.
Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit – September 16th 11am – 12:30pm
NOTE THE TIME HAS CHANGED TO CURRENT TIME SHOWN
University of St. Thomas
(Crooker Center, 1st floot, Ahern Room)
Houston TX 77006
Can a person be a Zen Christian?
Dr. Hesse and VM Miao Tsan will give a presentation on interfaith dialogue and discuss possible collaboration and integration of Zen and Christian practices.
Lunch provided, RSVP at email@example.com or call 281-589-0810 ext. 8921.
Click here for brochure.
The Roots of Christian Mysticism: Year Two – Sept 14th-May 3rd
This three-year course offers a unique opportunity to explore, in depth, the history of Christian Mysticism. It is structured and taught by leading scholars and practitioners and focuses on the key figures of the mystical tradition. The syllabus will begin with the Old and New Testament roots of this tradition to the great patristic teachers and then through the Desert Fathers, Meister Eckhart, the English Mystics, the French Mystics, the Protestant Mystics and to modern times with a focus on Evelyn Underhill, Friedrich von Hugel, Simone Weil, Jacques Maritain, John Main and Ede Griffiths.
The second year of our series begins with Hildegard of Bingen on September 14, 2013 presented by Ann Gebuhr, PhD. You need not have participated in the first year to enjoy/benefit from the remainder of the series. Anyone of any spiritual tradition (or none) who wishes to explore Christian Mysticism in depth is welcome to take this course. Tuition is $225 per year and is due each year on or before the morning of the first class.
A complete syllabus, faculty information and application can be found at http://www.wccm-usa.org/retreats.asp
For further information, contact Martha Keesecker at 713-464-0818 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To register online click here, by phone contact at Sharon 520-829-3197
For more information email Martha Keesecker
All is Well (Except for my Anxiety) luncheon – July 19th 9:00 am – 2:45pm
Dr. Bob Hesse and others will be giving a presentation on exercising emotional well-being and exploring resources available to relieve stress and anxiety.
Spiritual leaders, nurses (RNs/LVNs), therapists, community health workers, social workers, chaplains, health ministry teams, and the general public are all welcome to attend.
Free registration, $25 fee for supplies and lunch. Free contact hour certificates for chaplains, occupational therapists, community health workers, others. Additional $10 fee for CEUs for nurses, LMFTs, psychologists, & social workers. Limited to 125 people.
Register online at: http://ALLISWELLShalom.eventbrite.com/ or call Isaac at 409-933-0021
Click here for a program of the days events.
FREE PARKING available, click link provided.
Floor plan for activities once you arrive.
Spirituality of Healing, Seven Steps to Becoming a Healing Presence w/James Finley:
June 20-22nd, Tucson, AZ
Join Dr. James Finley, renowned retreat leader, Merton scholar, and master of the Contemplative Way on a spiritual retreat to find your path on the contemplative way. James Finley leads retreats and workshops throughout the United States and Canada, attracting men and women from all religious traditions who seek to live a contemplative way of life in the midst of today's busy world. He is also a clinical psychologist in private practice with his wife in Santa Monica, California.
His books include: Merton’s Palace of Nowhere, The Contemplative Heart.
To learn more, visit: www.jamesfinleyconference2014.com
Conscience & Consciousness – June 21st 10:00am
The Houston Lodge of the Theosophical Society
1525 Heights Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77008
Consciousness study is on the scientific frontier. Only those in the forefront of deep scientific exploration understand and work in the emerging area of consciousness. Some think consciousness is in the brain while others think it is elsewhere. Yet consciousness, together with conscience, determines our ability to make valid moral judgments. The informed conscience includes the biological, informational, and spiritual, yet often the biological aspect is overlooked in moral theology. This discussion will include how our biology, along with facts and spiritual belief systems, inform and impact our decisions. Hesse makes the case that our loose use of the term “sin” must be tempered especially in light of biological case studies on conscience and consciousness. Prayer, particularly contemplative prayer, will be discussed as a way to overcome “confirmation bias.”
Neuroscience & Neurotheology by Dr. Robert Hesse – Feb 18
Presentation & Discussion
Deacon Robert Hesse, Ph.D.
Tuesday, 18 February 2014, 1½ Hours
Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum, Rome
Advanced degrees are being granted in neurotheology yet there is some debate on the field being substantive. The subject is being driven by the fact that scientists are starting to recognize that near-death and contemplative experiences are both real and similar, and potentially related to neuroscience. Even today there are reports of experiences similar to those described by Sts. & Drs. Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross. This presentation will explore the nature of these phenomena by starting with historical background then discussing the biological brain’s dualities and conflicts including both conscious and unconscious. Comparisons will be drawn between the neurology of both near-death and mystical experiences. Because prayer can lead to contemplative experiences and because of the principle of non-dualism, i.e. that the body and soul are interstitially meant for each other, research will be proposed for studying the effects of cataphatic and apophatic prayer on the brain.
Deacon Robert Hesse, Ph.D.
Friday, 21 February 2014, 2 Hours
Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum, Rome
A frontier of science is the study of consciousness. Some think it is in the brain and some elsewhere. Yet it, together with conscience, determines our ability to make valid moral judgments. The informed conscience includes the biological, informational, and spiritual yet often the biological is overlooked in moral theology. This discussion will include all three and make the case that our loose use of the term “sin” must be tempered especially in light of biological case studies on conscience and consciousness, as they relate to church teaching on the “informed conscience.” One obstacle to an “informed conscience” is “confirmation bias.” Prayer, particularly contemplative prayer, will be discussed as a way to overcome that tendency. As Pope Francis said in his recent interview: “Human self-understanding changes with time and so also human consciousness deepens.” This will lead to a discussion on a better understanding of how the informed conscience can affect bioethical decisions.
717 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056
3rd Annual Conference on Medicine & Religion – March 8th 3:45-5:00pm
at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile
CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER AND EMBODIED HEALING
Panel Scheduled for March 8, 2014, 3:45 – 5:00 PM
CONFERENCE THEME: Responding to the limits and possibilities of the body.
PANEL SPONSORSHIP: This panel submission is made jointly by:
1. THE INSTITUTE FOR SPIRITUALITY AND HEALTH (ISH) (www.spiritualityandhealth.org), at 59 years the oldest such organization in the country. It is located in the Texas Medical Center (TMC), which is the largest medical complex in the world.
2. CONTEMPLATIVE NETWORK (CN) (www.contemplative.net), an interdenominational Christian contemplative prayer network that teaches Centering Prayer (CP) and promotes interfaith dialogue and scientific research.
PANEL PURPOSE: This panel seeks to explore the intersection of contemplative prayer traditions
and health, with special attention to issues of embodiment in contemplative prayer.
CONFERENCE CATEGORY: Interdisciplinary
COHESIVE ABSTRACT: A unique capability of the human body is consciousness and its ability to focus the mind. Capitalizing on this every major religion has a contemplative prayer tradition for example among the Abrahamic faiths there is Kabbalah for Judaism, Mysticism for Christianity, and Sufism for Islam. The generic secular term is meditation, which can take two forms, engagement of the imagination and concentrative focus on a mantra. Practitioners know that contemplative prayer can bring a sense of peace and oneness, which is consistent with the embodied Abrahamic traditions’ worldview that the body and soul are interstitial i.e. non-dual or holistic. Research has shown that secular meditation and separately that theistic belief both promote embodied healing. Studies on combining those results into a theistic contemplative prayer practice have shown that, regardless of the faith belief, contemplative prayer can promote physical, psychological, and spiritual healing. The panel consists of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic prayer practitioners with training variously in medicine, science, and religion, who will give their personal experiences plus teaching and research observations of embodied healing.
Moderator: Alan Astrow, M.D.
1. JUDAISM: Kabbalah is an ancient mystical tradition in Judaism that involves a view of creation as existing on four levels, known as the "four worlds." Traditionally these four worlds are construed to relate to dimensions of action and physicality, emotionality and relationships, rationality and consciousness, and intuition and spirituality. Applying a four-worlds analysis to concepts of health and the process of health care gives us new insights about the interplay between the forces that
shape our health, and directs us to a deeper understanding of how to employ seemingly disparate healing concepts in a cohesive and holistic way. Descriptions of the manifestations of each of the four worlds on the level of the body will be given, as well as the factors that create disturbances in each world, appropriate interventions, and their effects. Examples will be presented of interventions on one world creating healing on another.
Presenter: Rabbi Cindy Enger M.A.H.L., J.D.
2. CHRISTIANITY: Mysticism dates back to the 1st Century as described in the longest work in Christian antiquity The Conferences by John Cassian. A distinction will be made between cataphatic discursive and apophatic contemplative prayer, a.k.a. mystical prayer. The presentation will include the history, theology, psychology, and methodology of contemplative prayer and centering prayer (CP), which is a vestibule to contemplative prayer. CP is a method of prayer to prepare oneself to be in a receptive state for receiving the gift of contemplative prayer. The discussion will address the extraneous thoughts that naturally occur during CP and cover the observed spontaneity of the resulting embodied fruits such as peace, patience, joy, gentleness, et.al. Profound mystical experiences, including out-of-body ecstasy, have been documented by holy people throughout the centuries and continue today. Some can be similar to near-death experiences. Personal experience and observations will be shared on the healing embodiment of the prayer including its effects on the brain and on cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) patients. A brief description will be given on current and proposed research.
Presenter: Robert Hesse, Ph.D. (178 words)
3. ISLAM: Sufism takes its roots from holy book of Islam; Qur’an and practice of Muhammad (pbuh). Sufism is inner, mystical dimension of Islam. A practitioner of this tradition is generally known as a ṣūfī ( ﻲﻓﻮﺻ). This presentation will present the concepts, themes, history, practice and embodied healing effects of Sufi contemplative prayer. The greatest goal for a Sufi is to understand the relation between Allah, human, and existence and his position before God. Major themes of Sufism will be discussed including Imani billah, belief in God’s oneness, Marifetullah, knowledge of God, and Muhabbetullah, love of God. Sufis practice many unique ways to deal with illnesses based on prophet Muhammad’s advise that prayer and medicine be used side-by-side. Embodied healing of different sicknesses will be discussed based on Sufis using different names of God. One of the names of God is “Shafi, Healer”. Repeating those names in certain numbers resembles the teeth on a key which keys, function successfully only with their certain shapes.
Presenter: Faiz Khan, M.D.
Ruah Center's 25 Year monthly gatherings: 7:00-8:00pm
Ruah Center's gathering will begin with a centering prayer session followed by a DVD talk by James Finley (25-30 minutes) from a series called Following the Mystics through the Narrow Gate, a DVD series that explains the experiences of mystics through history, followed by centering prayer. Begins at 7:00 in the evening and will not go later than 8:00.
Tuesday, December 10
RSVP with Janet Troy at 713-928-6053 or jtroy@CCVI-VDM.org beforehand.
James Finley, Ph.D.
Ron Rolheiser, OMI
He created his first website, the “Website of Unknowing” as he called it, in 1996 and has been blogging since 2003. His writing has also appeared at the Huffington Post, Beliefnet, Patheos, as well as in print publications like PanGaia and Evolve.
Carl is a sought-after speaker, teacher, and retreat leader on topics such as Christian mysticism, the contemplative life, monasticism, writing as a sacred practice, Celtic wisdom, and interfaith spirituality.
Join us for this original script and meditative hour of music. Original script by April D. DeConick and Betty C. Adam, music composed and performed by Becky Baxter and Sonja Bruzauskas.
For more information, go to wccm-usa.org or contact Pat King (713 444-6014 email@example.com). Presented by the World Community for Christian Meditation.
All human history is under the influence of the false‐self system that easily moves from our hearts into our families, communities, and nations and then afflicts the whole human race. God invites us to take responsibility for being human and to open ourselves to the unconscious damage that is influencing our decisions and relationships.”
9933 Midway Road
Dallas, TX 75220
Houston Welcomes Brother Emmanuel of the Taizé Community
For the latest updates, please visit “Taize Houston” on Facebook
Taizé Houston Events:
Sunday, October 21st 4:00pm, 5:00pm
4:00pm – Presentation by Br. Emmanuel
5:00pm – Prayer in the style of Taizé
4807 San Felipe
Tuesday, October 23rd 12:30pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm
12:30pm – Mass with Songs of Taize, followed by presentation by Brother Emmanuel and reception outside Basil Chapel
7:00pm – Presentation by Br. Emmanuel, followed by prayer in the style of Taizé
11507 Huffmeister Rd
Wednesday, October 24th 7:00pm
St. John Vianney Catholic Church
7:00pm – Presentation by Br. Emmanuel, followed by prayer in the style of Taizé
625 Nottingham Oaks Trail Houston, TX 77079
Thursday, October 25th 6:00pm
St. Paul's United Methodist Church (Fondren Hall)
6:00pm – Presentation by Br. Emmanuel, followed by prayer in the style of Taizé
5501 Main St.
Friday, October 26th 7:00pm & 7:30pm
Villa de Matel (Chapel)
7:00pm – Presentation by Br. Emmanuel
7:30pm – Prayer in the style of Taizé, followed by reception in the Dubois Conference Center
Saturday, October 27th 6:00pm
Christ the King Lutheran Church
6:00pm – Liturgical Service in the style of Taizé, with reflection provided by Br. Emmanuel
2353 Rice Blvd.
Sunday, October 28st 12:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm
University of Saint Thomas, Basil Chapel
12:00pm – French Mass ("Grande Messe"), followed by meeting with Br. Emmanuel
713 525 3589
Paul Ilecki Presentations on Spirituality
Paul Illecki, a former priest and monk at St. benedict's Monastery in Snowmass, CO, holds a doctorate in adult learning and development. He was assistant dean of the Graduate School at UNC-Chapel Hill. He currently serves on staff of Intensive Centering Prayer retreats for Contemplative Outreach of Colorado, conducts his own meditation retreats and workshops, and teaches reflective journaling using the Intensive Journal® developed by Dr. Ira Progoff for Dialogue House, NYC. He developed Just Noticing (a journaling technique) in response to a felt need for a noticing process that more directly complements contemplative practices.
He is a musician, holding both bachelors and masters degrees, and performs as an expression of his own contemplative passage. He is a copy writer for health, wellness and motivational publications. His hobbies include weaving and spinning. Paul loves to cook. He lives in Buena Vista, Colorado.
Tuesday, November 27th, 6:30pm – Being a Monk in the Marketplace
Maintaining an Inner Experience of God in a World of Action
Join us for the second Cynthia and Judd Oualline Series in Spirituality at Chapelwood United Methodist Church as Paull Illecki speaks about how to maintain an innner experience of God in a world of action.
Note: attendance is free but requires you to register. Email Nancy Sterling at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 21st.
Chapelwood UMC Chapel
Wednesday, November 28th, 6:30pm – The Illusion of Progress
Join us for another talk on the Illusion of Progress in the Spiritual life. Registration for this talk is optional but requested. See above for Nancy Sterling's contact information for registration.
MISSION: As a spiritual network, Contemplative Network shares the method of Centering Prayer and its immediate conceptual background, and includes Christian interdenominational, interfaith collaboration, and scientific research.
INFORMED CONSCIENCE for FAITHFUL CITIZENSHIP
October 14th 9:30-10:15am
This will be a Catholic perspective on the principles of how we make moral decisions and then how we apply those principles to specific faith issues relevant to the upcoming presidential election.
Deacon Robert Hesse, Ph.D.
St. Philip Presbyterian Church
4807 San Felipe Road
Houston, Texas 77056
DATE: Friday, August 17, 2012
TIME: 7:30-9:00 pm
PLACE: St. Cecilia Catholic Parish Auditorium,11720 Joan of Arc, Houston, Texas 77024
Walk with Teresa and John of the Cross
June 18th – July 2nd
Take the spiritual journey of a lifetime for an unforgettable experience of Christian contemplation. A 14-day journey to Avila, Spain with Carmelite Rev. Stephen Payne, OCD for teachings on the contemplative experiences of Santa Teresa and St. John of the Cross. Signup deadline is March 1st.
Learning to Live a Contemplative Way of Life: June 15th – 17th
Presented by Dr. James Finley
Hilton Tucson Conquistador Hotel, Tucson, Arizona
At the age of 18, James entered the Trappist Monastery of the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky. During this time his novice master was Thomas Merton. He spent six years at the monastery living the traditional Trappist life of prayer, silence and solitude under Merton’s guidance.
Through his profound teachings, James allows us to chuckle at our human frailties and accept them as God’s creation as we move through opening our hearts to a larger reality. At this conference, an emphasis will be given to the teachings of the mystics that help us pass through the challenges and graces in which we are awakened to God’s presence in our lives.
Our contemplative stance will be:
• Learning to enter the mind of Christ;
• Learning to ground ourselves in the simplicity and silence of wordless prayer;
• Learning to recognize and yield to the often subtle way that God accesses our mind and heart;
• Learning to bear witness to our spiritual awakening by our Christ-like love for ourselves and others and all things;
• Other fundamentals of Contemplative Living will be introduced.
• Time will be given for group meditation, personal reflection and discussion of the themes presented.
Registration for the conference closes May 31st and if you wish to stay at the hotel reservations must be made by May 23rd.
Also, click here for a glowing review of the recent James Finley DVD, Following the Mystics through the Narrow Gate.
On behalf of Master of Arts in Faith and Culture student Jun Orteza, we would like to invite you to a lecture-workshop entitled “Conscience and Consciousness” to be held on Saturday, April 14th. The lecture-workshop, featuring speaker Robert J. Hesse, Ph.D., will explore the self-awareness, faith and reason necessary to render moral judgment.
5015 Grove West Blvd.
Stafford TX 77477
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
As seating is limited please RSVP at email@example.com with the number of people in your party and what church you attend (optional). On the day of the event, please park in the front of the church and use the front entrance. Thanks.
September 27th 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
6800 Buffalo Speedway
Houston, TX 77025-1499.
September 29th 9:30 am – 11:30 pm – Presentation by Kim Kehoe
Epiphany of the Lord Church
1530 Norwalk Drive
Katy, Texas 77450-4918
Kim Kehoe is a former Jesuit priest, professor at Rice University, and a Chairman of the Contemplative Network
Fr. Robert E. Kennedy, SJ teaches Theology and Japanese at St. Peter’s College, Jersey City. He is a practicing psychotherapist and the author of Zen Gifts to Christians and Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit. He is active in interfaith work, teaching zen to persons of all faiths.
He studied Zen in Japan with the Japanese master Yamada Roshi. Later he continued his study under Maezumi Roshi in Los Angeles and Bernard Tetsugen Glassman Roshi in New York; in 1991 was made Sensei (teacher) and in 1997 was given the title Roshi or Master. He holds doctorates in Theology from the University of Ottawa and from St. Paul University in Ottawa, a Masters in Theology from Sophia University in Tokyo, a Doctor of Ministry in Psychology and Clinical Studies from Andover-Newton in Boston.
This is a silent meditation retreat with formal instruction and teaching. The retreat begins with dinner at 5:30 pm on Thursday and ends at 11:30 am on Sunday morning. Registration begins at 4:00 pm on Thursday.
Cost: $215/person for a private room
$75.00 deposit with email address and phone