SoL Center Classes: Winter/Spring 2017
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