July 25: Mark Nepo
Mark Nepo is a poet and spiritual adviser who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over 40 years. With over a million copies sold, Mark has moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. A beloved poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” “a consummate storyteller,” and “an eloquent spiritual teacher.”
Mark’s message: “Inside Everything” – Things always come together and they always fall apart. And every generation is faced with making it whole again. Now, it is our turn to re-knit the kinships that hold life together. When all else fails, we are called to turn to the eternal resources that are inside everything. MORE INFO
August 1: Gregg Levoy
“What Trusting the Universe Really Means”
These tumultuous times—from pandemic to political unrest—could be seen as an unfolding process that requires you to “trust the universe.” But what exactly does that mean? What aspects of the universe are you trusting when you say you trust it, and is it a skill you can build?
Gregg will go in-depth on the topic with an afternoon Webinar from 12:30 to 2:30. More info to follow.
Gregg Levoy, author of Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life (Random House)—rated among the “Top 20 Career Publications” by the Workforce Information Group—and Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion (Penguin), is the former “behavioral specialist” at USA Today and a regular blogger for Psychology Today. His website is www.gregglevoy.com.
All of creation reminds us that change is integral to life. But while we might appreciate witnessing the ebb and flow of the tides or the changing seasons, in the turning of our own lives, change often feels challenging. How do we find roadmaps for being open to the changes in our individual lives and our lives in community? How do we recognize the gifts to be found in the moments of transition, especially if those “moments” stretch into months? Can we learn to welcome the liminal spaces, the thresholds of transition between what has been and what will be? Brigid Beckman will explore these questions in her service talk on 8-8-21.
Reverend Brigid Beckman was ordained in 2016 through One Spirit Interfaith Learning Alliance, an international program based in NYC. A heart-centered minister and teacher, Brigid leads from relationships and embraces experiential interactions. For decades, Brigid has dedicated herself to helping others find their joy through creating opportunities for deep reflection on their own journeys and shared communal experiences.
August 15: Anne Samson
“Journaling as a Spiritual Practice”
This simple yet profound habit, done mindfully and with intention, is guaranteed to enrich your prayer life, increase your gratitude, and help you connect with the Creator’s deep love. Anne will encourage and inspire you on your journaling journey. Journal and communicate with the God of your understanding. Listen and be prompted by your own flashes of inspiration. Miracles abound!
Anne Samson has taught Journaling as a Spiritual Practice classes and retreats for numerous years, as well as a variety of 12-Step and Energy Healing classes. She has written several books: Journaling as a Spiritual Practice, Abba House and Me: Prayer Changes Everything, and My Memories: Island Roots, Sailor Dreams (a memoir told to her by her late husband José). She has been in 12-Step Recovery programs for nearly three decades, is a Holy Fire III Usui and Karuna Reiki master teacher and a former special education teacher. Anne is also a freelance magazine writer who has been published in Reiki News, Guideposts, and the Grapevine magazines.
“Be Still and Know that I Am God” (Psalm 46:10) and “Ye are Gods” (John 10:34)
Affirmation: I let go of fear and doubt, and I trust the Divine Being I AM.
“Rev. Faerie” Elaine Silver is a seasoned performer, songwriter, touring musician and recording artist (22 CDs) with the voice of an Angel. She is a trans-denominational minister, licensed Science of Mind Practitioner (RScP) and Ordained Divinity Priestess. For many years she has combined her beautiful voice and lively Spirit with Truth teachings of Spiritual Principles and Universal Law to present healing concerts, music-inspired Sunday church lessons, workshops, and celebrations.
September 5: Linda Martella-Whitsett
Winner of The 2011 Best Spiritual Author competition, Linda Martella-Whitsett is an inspiring, respected Unity minister and spiritual teacher. Linda’s message about our Divine Identity inspires people across cultures and faith traditions to meet life’s circumstances with spiritual maturity. Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett is Vice President of Unity Prayer and Practice at Unity World Headquarters, serving Unity’s 24/7 prayer ministry Silent Unity. For fourteen years prior, Rev. Linda was senior minister at Unity Church of San Antonio. She formerly served Unity Church of Omaha in many leadership roles over seventeen years. Rev. Linda is a highly regarded role model in the Unity Movement, she has taught classes at Unity Village, as well as other Unity churches. She has mentored other Unity Ministers in Unity’s Field Licensing Ministerial Training Program. Linda’s books, How to Pray Without Talking to God: Moment by Moment, Choice by Choice and Divine Audacity: Dare to be the Light of the World, are available on Amazon.com.
Linda’s website: www.ur-divine.com
September 12: Linda Martella-Whitsett