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4/17 Bohm Dialogue — Your Spiritual Backpack

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Blessing-Backpack-Sandwich-SignThe topic for this month’s salon is Your Spiritual Backpack.

Recently Rev. Marjorie shared her thoughts on spiritual backpacks.  Do you have a spiritual backpack?  Is it virtual or physical?  What treasures do you have in yours?  Records?  Books?  Tech? Techniques?  Crystals?  Quotes?  Songs, poems, memories, art/craft supplies?  Instrument?  Tools?  What makes your backpack ‘Spiritual’?

Join us to listen to what others think and to share what you think.  The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue.

For more details about how Dialogue works, please see our January article.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  We meet Sunday April 17th at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.

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2/28 Bohm Dialogue — Racism

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

racismThe topic for this month’s salon is Racism.

Most people agree that racism is a bad thing.  Even most racists refuse to admit it.  Then why does it exist?  Some say it’s innate.  Original Sin.  Some say it has to be taught.  Some blame tribalism.  Henry Louis Gates says it’s economics:

I think that the roots of racism have always been economic, and I think people are desperate and scared. And when you’re desperate and scared you scapegoat people. It exacerbates latent tendencies toward – well, toward racism or homophobia or anti-Semitism.
– Henry Louis Gates

Martin Luther King, Jr refused to believe that it was inevitable:

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join us to listen to what others think and to share what you think.  The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue.

For more details about how Dialogue works, please see our January article.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  We meet Sunday Feb. 28th at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.

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1/17 Bohm Dialogue — Stuff

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

marie-kondoThe topic for this month’s salon is Stuff.  Is your life stuffed with stuff?  We are told to declutter and to keep only what gives us joy.  How much stuff is OK?  Jesus said if you want to be perfect sell all your stuff and give the proceeds to the poor, but you don’t see a lot of Christians rushing to do that.  Why do we have or want so much stuff?  What “higher” purpose does our consumerism serve in the economy, in society?  What are the impacts on the environment, on social justice?

Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you, and in this materialistic age a great many of us are possessed by our possessions.
Peace Pilgrim

The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue.

For more details about how Dialogue works, please see our January article.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  We meet Sunday Dec. 20th at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.

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12/20 Bohm Dialogue — Gratitude

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

gratitudeThe topic for this month’s salon is Gratitude.

The quotation says it well “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life…” so true and so universally espoused by wise people throughout time.  Still as Mark Twain said “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”  Is gratitude all it’s cracked up to be?  Consider this article if you dare: The Downside of Gratitude.

What exactly is gratitude?  Thankfulness plus looking on the bright side plus expressing thanks to others plus …?  Come and share your ideas as we dialogue about gratitude and and related thoughts we individually and collectively bring to our circle.

The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue.

For more details about how Dialogue works, please see our January article.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  We meet Sunday Dec. 20th at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.

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11/22 Bohm Dialogue — Friendship

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

friendshipquoteThe topic for this month’s salon is Friendship.

What is friendship?  Why do we value it so much but so many experience it so seldom?  Are Facebook friend-ships friendships?  Does true friendship require long term commitment, knowing each other well, history together, helping, accepting, being there when, being vulnerable?  What is friendship?

Modern life can make it hard to form and maintain friendships – our survival and status needs get in the way of friendship.  So do spiritual, philosophical, religious, temperament differences.  What was friendship like in a tight-knit hunter-gatherer community?

Come and share your ideas as we dialogue about friendship and and related thoughts we individually and collectively bring to our circle.

The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue.

For more details about how Dialogue works, please see our January article.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  We meet Sunday Nov. 22nd at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.

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10/18 Bohm Dialogue — Work

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Rumi-work-quoteThe topic for this month’s salon is Work.

  • Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. — Theodore Roosevelt
  • Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. — Confucius
  • The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. — Vince Lombardi
  • Immense harm is caused by the belief that work is virtuous – Bertrand Russell

Opinions differ — what do you think about work?  How has work shaped your life?  Come and share your ideas as we dialogue about work and and related thoughts we individually and collectively bring to our circle.

The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue.

For more details about how Dialogue works, please see our January article.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  We meet Sunday Oct. 18th at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.

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