OCT. 26 Women and Power in the Church. Our guest speaker will be Sister Maria Horning, a Medical Mission Sister here in Philadelphia, currently focused on Interreligious dialogue, who in August attended the Leadership Conference of Women Religious assembly in Nashville, TN. The LCWR is the largest leadership organization for in the U.S. women religious. According to the National Catholic Reporter newspaper, the Catholic Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has ordered the LCWR to reform its statutes and has appointed a bishop to oversee those changes. After this event speakers at LCWR events must be approved by the bishop leading the reform agenda. Rev. Susan Manning will lead this celebration.
Sister Maria had a distinguished career, beginning as a pharmacist/nun in Africa. In Nigeria, she served a 3-year term as District Superior of West Africa, then Sector Superior in Africa and finally North American Sector Coordinastor. After her years in leadership, she felt called to return to college and get a master's degree in Religion, with a focus on Interreligious Dialogue. She wrote a book, "Encountering Other Faiths," published by Paulist Press.
In 2005 Sister Maria began working as Coordinator of Interfaith Education at the Interfaith Center of Philadelphia. In 2009, she traveled to Indonesia as part of a special U.S.-Indonesian Fulbright exchange program.
Nov. 2 Life-Work and Spirituality, featuring OmPrakash Gilmore, who writes: "In various native and pre-industrial societies there wasn’t a name for work. Work was something that took place in the community; it was not separate from ordinary life.
"Today we find that work, life-work, has been replaced with the concept of a job or profession, but what is one’s real life-work? Why are we really here? Life-Work is working to allow one’s creative nature to enhance the life of the community in which one finds him or herself as the creative being that he or she is, and to help us grow mentally and spiritually. We can convert our jobs to life-work no matter where we are. We can become reflections of the divine while performing any task, and even use our jobs to cultivate our spirituality if we systemically work to do so.
"By applying our creative nature to our job situations, we can not only change ourselves, but everyone with whom we come in contact. We can do this with any job, and in any place. We will explore Life-work and Spirituality and how we can apply simple principles in order to make what we do not just our jobs, but our life work."
NOV. 9 Joyti Kessler and One Love Chant-Throughout the ages and across cultures, devotional chanting has been a powerful vehicle for connecting with the presence of Spirit. Although the Divine has many names and forms, the power of chant is universal. It is also a simple and direct way to access the wellspring of love that lives within every human heart. In this service, Interfaith Minister and musician Jody Kessler (Jyoti), along with her band, One Love Chant, takes us on an experiential journey into the world of chant, with a sampling from many traditions. Come prepared to sing and be moved in this musical celebration of global prayer!
NOV. 16 Africa Fund
NOV. 23 Thanksgiving
NOV. 30 First Sunday of Advent: The Gifts we Bring!
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