SoL Center Classes: Winter/Spring 2017
This discussion makes a case for the importance of faith-based organizations’ involvement in community justice. Community resistance is fueled by myths about
offenders, a focus on public safety, and feelings of danger. A starting point for an educational process should be with faith-based organizations, which are a nexus for most communities. The discussion will present information on their involvement with faith-based initiatives, or community justice initiatives.
Wednesdays, Mar. 1, 8, and 15, 12-1:15 p.m., $25/3 sessions
The Power of Dialogue is the “flagship workshop” of Essential Partners (EP), formerly known as The Public Conversations Project. As EP describes it, “This is a comprehensive ‘deep dive’ into our time-tested method for transforming conflicted conversations about divisive issues.” Highly experiential, the first day and a half combines a series of exercises and accompanying lectures that lay out the foundations of a dialogue practice. Relying heavily on reflective practices to glean learnings from group activities, this intimate training of up to 20 participants meets people at all levels of practice. The second day and a half is an extended role play based on an actual case from our own practice. Participants will act as a facilitation team invited to intervene in a community conflict and certain participants will enroll as community members. The workshop concludes on the third day with a simulated 2.5-hour dialogue that will give participants an experience and sense of the heart of this important work. Co-sponsored with UTSA College of Public Policy and the Nehemiah Community Reentry Project. Participants will also work on a plan to apply their learning to situations in their own communities.
DATE CHANGE. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES. 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., $575-$625/3 day Workshop
The White Shaman is an ancient rock panel which can be seen today in a cave located in the Lower Pecos region of Texas on the Pecos River. Perez will talk about the White Shaman Panel’s visual narrative of the indigenous Coahuiltecans’ world view and creation
story. Co-sponsored by Headwaters at University of the Incarnate Word.
Monday, Mar. 6, 7-9 p.m., $10/1 session
Panelists will discuss how their respective traditions, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim, both have and have not fostered the full dignity of women. A joint venture with Women’s Global Connection of the University of the Incarnate Word, in celebration of Women’s History Month, the conversation will explore the problems and possibilities for women amid the structures of religion. Discussion will be held at University of the Incarnate Word. Co-sponsored by Women’s Global Connection (WGC) of the University of the Incarnate Word.
Thursday, Mar. 9, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Free/1 session
When is the time to act on your sense of call? In that gap year before college? As a salve to mid-career burnout? In the post-work years when horizons seem more open? In this course Burnam and Gonzalez will explore how life, call, and vocation emerge in different ways and at different times.
Mondays, Mar. 20 and 27, 7-9 p.m., $30/2 sessions
Join Sarwat Husain and Simran Jeet Singh, Ph.D., in a much needed discussion of the realities and possibilities facing Muslim and Sikh communities in the United States today. This discussion will explore the basic tenets and worldviews of each tradition. Learn how each might navigate, contribute to, and transform the shape of America in 2017 and beyond. The experiences of Husain and Singh, as activists, teachers, and leaders of inter-religious dialogue, will also inform the conversation.
Wednesday, Mar. 22, 7-9 p.m., $25/1 session
Join us as we walk the newly built trail at Bulverde Oaks Nature Preserve, an urban land holding of Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas. Just ask how amazing this experience is from the folks who attended last term!
Saturday, March 25, 9:00 a.m.-noon, $25/1 session
Participants begin with a simple and universal insight: the world is not as we wish it to be. In responding to the call to remake the world, we face the complexity of the issues at hand, the enormous weight of the past, and the recalcitrance of the social and political systems in which we do our work. But of all of these obstacles, cynicism is among the most stubborn and debilitating. The cynic asks us quite bluntly: “why bother?” In this course participants confront cynicism head-on, seeking to understand what it is, where it comes from, and what we can do about it. We will explore several varieties of cynicism, focusing on two mainstream (and often warring) types of cynicism — religious cynicism and scientistic cynicism. Each offers us the same self-fulfilling cynical prophecy: we are fools to believe and act as though this world might be made better.
Wednesday, April 19, 7-9 p.m., $15/1 session (DATE CHANGE)
Many people have popularized Asana (postures) as yoga. However, yoga is about stillness “of the mind.” In this retreat the aim is to experience what it would be like to live in an ashram, or monastery. We will practice physical yoga and pranayama, learn how to align in
postures, experience reading the yoga sutras and meditate to the sound of Tibetan bowls. There will be a vegetarian potluck at mid-day.
Saturday, Apr. 29, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., $30/1 session
Music is one of the most engaging, and ever-present features of Jewish worship, celebrations and life-cycle events. Uncover the rich history and variety of musical
language with Cantor Jeremy Lipton, as he explores the multi-cultural strands that comprise the Jewish musical experience.
Please join us in a time of fellowship and dialogue as we break bread together. In sharing a meal, we will also share stories of our faiths and traditions. We can learn so much from our Arab neighbors. This promises to be a unique time set apart to strengthen ties and friendships across faiths and communities.
Friday, May 12, 7-9 p.m., $17/1 session