POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER. STAY TUNED for RESCHEDULED DATES. Storytelling and Community
Jan
16
to Jan 23

POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER. STAY TUNED for RESCHEDULED DATES. Storytelling and Community

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Dates: Two Tuesdays, Jan. 16 and 23

(16th at SoL, 300 Bushnell Ave and

23rd at Raindrop, 4337 Vance Jackson Rd #203)

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $25 on or before Jan. 9; $30 after

Enrollment: 12 min./20 max.

We all crave a good story. In the greatest stories, the storyteller heals and connects the listeners to the ground of being and to each other. The first evening is a review of writing techniques, a suggested memoir arc and other writing approaches, along with several writing exercises. The second evening expands writing from the individual effort to the collective enterprise, with a consideration of writing as an essential healing and connective tissue in the community. The organizing of such a “community book” will be reviewed, and a bibliography provided for writing exercises throughout both classes.

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Mindful Conversations about the End of Life with Martha Jo Atkins
Jan
22
to Feb 5

Mindful Conversations about the End of Life with Martha Jo Atkins

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Dates: Three Mondays, Jan. 22, 29, and Feb. 5                                                                             Time: 7-9 p.m.
Tuition: $75 for all three classes or $25 per class
Enrollment: 10 min./ 25 max.                                                                                                      Register By: Jan. 15

Ninety percent of Americans say it’s important to discuss their own wishes for end-of-life care, but only 30 percent actually do (The Conversation Project, 2013). In this three-week course, we’ll engage in thoughtful conversations about death, dying, and end-of-life care options. You’ll be given tools to think and talk about what matters to you as you consider spiritual, emotional, and physical questions of mortality. Classes may be taken individually or in the series. If you complete the six-hour course, you will be certified to offer this course in your community by Abode Contemplative Care for the Dying.

Week 1: What Does Dying Well Mean to You? You’ve had a myriad of life experiences informing how you think about death and dying. Using guided meditation and mindfulness practices, we’ll consider your beliefs about dying, what happens when we die, and the best end-of-life outcome you can imagine for yourself.

Week 2: Questions and Answers. Through a series of specific and thoughtful prompts, you’ll be invited to consider questions to help you discern what you need and want at end-of-life. Music? Foot massage? Lots of people around or a few? Feeding tube? Answers to these questions and many more will paint a picture of your needs and wants. We’ll also consider forms required in Texas to help ensure your desires are met.

Week 3: Regrets, Forgiveness, and Memories. Talking with friends and family about our end-of-life needs and wants can be a vulnerable as well as meaningful and deepening experience. In this class, you’ll be led through a series of exercises around releasing regrets, opening space for forgiveness (or allowing the space to remain closed), and memory tagging. Examples of ways to share your end-of-life desires with your family will be shared.

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Funeral IQ: Things to Know Before You Go with Jean Nation of Funeral Consumers Alliance
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Funeral IQ: Things to Know Before You Go with Jean Nation of Funeral Consumers Alliance

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 6

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: Free

Enrollment: Open

Register By: Jan. 30

Many people of all walks of life have given their opinion of what makes a “good death”. Those that seem to have the most peace, emotionally and spiritually, are those who actually planned for the event, with actual written directives. Those who have taken the time and made the effort to think about their deaths are more apt to retain some control and say-so in their final months or days of life. We will be discussing your funeral IQ, having a good death, common funeral myths, advanced care planning, making a bucket list and the specifics about the Funeral Consumers Alliance and benefits of membership.

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Ethical Wills: Leaving a Spiritual Legacy with Marcia Weser
Feb
12
to Feb 19

Ethical Wills: Leaving a Spiritual Legacy with Marcia Weser

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Date: Two Mondays, Feb. 12 and 19

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $30 on or before Feb. 5; $35 after

Enrollment: 12 min./25 max.

Your will can leave your loved ones with much more than instructions for the dispersal of property and money. This course will provide a guide for writing about your values, faith, and hopes for your children and grandchildren with a structure to explore and explain your personal beliefs and hopes for future generations. Drawing on a long history in Jewish tradition, the instructor will give examples from the Hebrew Bible, traditional “ethical wills” from the 18th century, and modern examples. Participants will write, and if they wish, share their own “ethical wills” as part of the course.

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The First Texas Artists: Art and Archaeology in the Lower Pecos Canyons with Jim Sievers
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

The First Texas Artists: Art and Archaeology in the Lower Pecos Canyons with Jim Sievers

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Date: Wednesday, Feb. 21

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $20 on or before Feb. 14; $25 after

Enrollment: 12 min./35 max.

This discussion will introduce the ancient people who lived, loved and died while creating a culture and rock art in the geographic area of southwest Texas known as the Lower Pecos Canyonlands. We will take a close look at the pictographs, the earliest ones in North America, and specifically the White Shaman panel that tells the religious and mythological beliefs of the people who painted it.

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Film Screening: Roxanne, and Discussion--Rising Against Hate with Shahid Iqbal and Atif Ali (Co-sponsored by Muslim Cultural Heritage Society)
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Film Screening: Roxanne, and Discussion--Rising Against Hate with Shahid Iqbal and Atif Ali (Co-sponsored by Muslim Cultural Heritage Society)

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 27

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: Free, donations accepted

Enrollment: Open

Register By: Feb. 20

A young International student, Roxanne, comes to America to study political science. Ridding herself of her feudal family background, she changes her name from Rokhsana to Roxanne, and begins to assimilate in the modern passionate voices of reasoning. She has convictions, loves everyone, and stands for their rights. Justin is no exception when she falls in love, except he’s the only son of a conservative senator from Texas. Life takes a decisive turn when one night, her hijab-wearing Muslim roommate is assaulted on campus. Following the screening, there will be a question and answer time.

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Women, Art, and the Process of Finding Our Voice with Sarah Jones
Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

Women, Art, and the Process of Finding Our Voice with Sarah Jones

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 6

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $20 on or before Feb. 27; $25 after

Enrollment: 12 min./20 max.

Life isn’t perfect! Yet, media and pop culture lift up a particular image of how women and men are to be. Honoring Women’s History Month, this course will explore finding our own voice. We will use dream-tending, animators clay and dialogue as ways of connecting with our own and others’ stories in a more playful, empathic way.

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A Literary Approach to the Hebrew Bible with Francisco Garcia-Treto
Apr
9
to Apr 23

A Literary Approach to the Hebrew Bible with Francisco Garcia-Treto

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Date: Three Mondays, Apr. 9, 16, and 23                                                                                       Time: 7-9 p.m.                                                                                                                                 Tuition: $40 on or before Apr. 2; $45 after                                                                              Enrollment: 12 min./30 max.

This course offers an introduction to reading selected narrative and poetic passages from the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament). Attention will be on their literary forms – how does this approach open new windows to their meaning and help us to understand their message? Suggested reading for folks interested in this discussion: Tod Linafelt, The Hebrew Bible as Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).

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Religion, Race, and the Civil Rights Movement with Lauren Turek
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

Religion, Race, and the Civil Rights Movement with Lauren Turek

Date: Tuesday, Apr. 10

Times: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $20 on or before Apr. 17; $25 after

Enrollment: 12 min./40 max.

How did ideas about race and religion intertwine during the U.S. civil rights movement? In this course, we will reach back into history to look at how religious ideas helped to create modern notions of race. We will trace how Americans incorporated these notions into the legal system of slavery. We will also consider how African Americans drew on beliefs about freedom and dignity rooted in religious traditions to resist their subjugation. We will analyze historical documents, music and film to reveal how religious principles informed non-violent resistance tactics. And we will consider the role of not only Christian churches but also Jewish and Islamic influences on the movement.

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Ancient Wisdom: Shahrazad as Healer with Marga Speicher
Apr
11
to Apr 18

Ancient Wisdom: Shahrazad as Healer with Marga Speicher

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Date: Two Wednesdays, Apr. 11 and 18

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $35 on or before Apr. 4; $40 after

Enrollment: 12 min./25 max.

Humans are storytellers. Across cultures and ages, our tales have served to teach, transmit generational wisdom, warn and entertain. We explore The Thousand and One Nights, a story collection from Persia before 1000 CE. Shahrazad, the storyteller, shows in her being and through her stories how to see another’s pain and how to relate so that healing can occur. What Shahrazad is and transmits can be useful in education, conflict resolution and therapeutic endeavors.

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Yoga: A Deeper Experience IV with Mary Martha McNeel and Friends
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Yoga: A Deeper Experience IV with Mary Martha McNeel and Friends

Date: Saturday, Apr. 14

Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Tuition: $35 on or before Apr. 7; $40 after

Enrollment: 16 min./25 max.

Join us for a dive into an understanding of our inner lives. Emotional hygiene is as important as physical hygiene. We will begin our exploration with a guided "Asana" (posture) practice that will lead into deep relaxation of the mind/body. This will be followed by a short exposure to the Sutras: the Mind Science Map from India. Sam Salazar will then lead an inner exploration of the Energetic Body, the Chakras, from his personal exploration. Finishing the experience, we will be serenaded by Ellen Tisdale and her Tibetan bowl collection. Bring a box lunch and a yoga mat.

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Genocide with Ed Westermann
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Genocide with Ed Westermann

Date: Tuesday, Apr. 17

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $20 on or before Apr. 10; $25 after

Enrollment: 12 min./40 max.

We will examine the issue of genocide from its historical roots as proposed by Raphel Lemkin and codified in UN Resolution 260 to its continuing development within contemporary discourse. Westermann will discuss the changing construction of genocide and the implications associated with the conceptual, legal, and definitional changes to the concept as proposed by some legal and academic scholars.

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Causes and Implications of Rohingya Genocide with Sarwat Husain
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Causes and Implications of Rohingya Genocide with Sarwat Husain

Date: Tuesday, Apr. 24

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $20 on or before Apr. 17; $25 after

Enrollment: 12 min./40 max.

Learn the facts about the ongoing genocide of the Rohingya Muslim community in Myanmar. How did this tragic situation arise? What does it mean for us all? Meet some members of the Rohingya community and hear their first hand stories.

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Explorations of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Izabela Chabinska
Apr
25
to May 2

Explorations of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Izabela Chabinska

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Dates: Two Wednesdays, Apr. 25 and May 2

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $35 on or before Apr. 18; $40 after

Enrollment: 10 min./30 max.

Join Izabela to enrich and elevate your practice through the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. As we delve into the Yoga Sutras, we’ll examine Samkhya philosophy as a background. We will also study the nature of the mind and consciousness, how and why we suffer, and the path to freedom from suffering as laid out in the Yoga Sutras. The class will include gentle stretching and movement followed by discussion of selected portions of the text, breathing exercises (pranayama) and a short meditation.

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Diversity of Faiths: How They Influence Health with Rajam Ramamurthy
Apr
30
7:00 PM19:00

Diversity of Faiths: How They Influence Health with Rajam Ramamurthy

Date: Monday, Apr. 30

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $20 on or before Apr. 23; $25 after

Enrollment: 12 min./30 max.

Explore how faith has influenced the health of a population for centuries, and question its relevance, examining how faith might still influence individual and community health today. Instructor’s opening statements are followed by audience participation and exploration of certain health practices of various faiths. Additional topics explored will be 1) Maternal Mortality and 2) Opioid Epidemic, and how faith might influence addressing these issues.

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Movie Screenings and Discussions Series with Nicole Foy, Rabbi Samuel M. Stahl, and Dhawn Martin
May
1
to May 15

Movie Screenings and Discussions Series with Nicole Foy, Rabbi Samuel M. Stahl, and Dhawn Martin

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Dates: Three Tuesdays, May 1, 8, and 15

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $15 (for panel discussions following films)

Enrollment: 12 min./40 max.

Register by: Apr. 24

Tuesday, May 1: God and Governing. This Texas Tribune documentary explores the role of faith in policy formation in the Texas Legislature. Leading the discussion afterwards is Nicole Foy of the Women’s Global Connection (WGC), a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. 

Tuesday, May 8: Trembling Before G-d. A discussion of this film, which explores the experiences of Orthodox Jews who are homosexual, is led by Rabbi Samuel M. Stahl, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth-El, San Antonio.

Tuesday, May 15: Theologians Under Hitler. The Executive Director of the SoL Center, Dhawn Martin, Ph.D., leads the discussion of this film, which explores the complicity of certain faith leaders and theologies with the Third Reich. 

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Faith and Disability with Melanie Cawthorn, Kameron Chicone, Susan Galindo, and Daniel Izarraga
May
7
7:00 PM19:00

Faith and Disability with Melanie Cawthorn, Kameron Chicone, Susan Galindo, and Daniel Izarraga

Date: Monday, May 7

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $20 on or before Apr. 30; $25 after

Enrollment: 14 min./35 max.

Join an interactive discussion facilitated by Melanie Cawthon, co-founder and Executive Director of disABILITYsa, about faith and the worship experience, and living with a disability in San Antonio. Panelists share their experience in building a community of worship for people with disabilities, personal struggles to find a place of acceptance among believers, and how places of worship can create a more inclusive environment for worshipers of all abilities.

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Spirituality and Mental Health 101 with Doug Beach
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

Spirituality and Mental Health 101 with Doug Beach

Date: Wednesday, May 9

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $15 on or before May 2; $20 after

Enrollment: 10 min./35 max.

Mental illness can often be managed, and individuals can live productive and purposeful lives in recovery. Learn about the hope for recovery and a holistic approach to mental illness. Learn how we all play a role in providing hope for families and individuals affected by a mental illness.

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Yoga: A Deeper Experience III with Mary Martha McNeel and Friends
Jan
13
10:00 AM10:00

Yoga: A Deeper Experience III with Mary Martha McNeel and Friends

Date: Saturday, Jan. 13

Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Tuition: $35 on or before Jan. 6; $40 after

Enrollment: 16 min./25 max. 

Enjoy a mini yoga meditation retreat. Izabela Chabinska will lead us in Yoga Nidra known as IRest Yoga, a guided meditation, followed by an introduction to the Sutras, the Mind Science Map from India. This will be an interactive session including chanting selections from the Sutras. Sam Salazar will share insights into the process of connecting with the Chakras. We will conclude with Ellen Tisdale playing her Tibetan bowls, an enchanting meditation experience. Bring a box lunch and a yoga mat for this journey.

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Building Bridges: Naming and Negotiating Differences
Jan
8
4:00 PM16:00

Building Bridges: Naming and Negotiating Differences

Date: Monday, Jan. 8

Time: 4-9 p.m.

Tuition: Free

Enrollment: Open

Register By: Jan. 4

The SoL Center of San Antonio is privileged to partner with DreamWeek. As described by its organizers, DreamWeek seeks “to lay the foundations of tolerance, equality, and diversity to create a platform where persons across cultures and communities can discuss and exchange ideas, and foster enlightenment for the greater human experience”  (DWSA2018 Brand Guide, pg. 3). DreamWeek coincides with Martin Luther King, Jr., remembrance day. In the spirit of creative dialogue, SoL presents two panel discussions about bridge building across differences, community development, and the common good. Panelists’ conversations will be followed by a Q&A time. Please also plan to attend the reception between the two panels.

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Expressions of Non-Orthodox Judaism with Rabbi Samuel Stahl and Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham
Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

Expressions of Non-Orthodox Judaism with Rabbi Samuel Stahl and Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 5 (one session only)
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Tuition: $20
Enrollment: 12 min./45 max.

Explore how and why Judaism became multi-denominational. Until the late 1700s, there were no Jewish religious denominations. All Judaism was Orthodox. However, when Jews were emancipated from the ghetto, especially in Germany, Reform Judaism was born. It evolved in two phases: first, synagogue ritual was altered to make it more compatible with Western culture. Then, Reform leaders began to justify these changes by emphasizing Divine inspiration rather than Divine revelation. Though Reform originated in Germany, it reached its full flowering in the United States, when German Jews immigrated here in the mid-1800s and established Reform Temples throughout the country. While Reform Judaism continued to make headway in Germany into the late 1800s, a group of rabbis decided that Reform Judaism had gone too far (particularly at the infamous Treif Banquet, when non-Kosher seafood was featured at the dinner celebrating the first Reform Movement’s Hebrew Union College Rabbinical Ordination, in 1883). Thus was Conservative Judaism, originally called Positive Historical Judaism, created. It has the motto of “Tradition and Change.” The movement grew quickly and moved to America soon after its creation. Both Reform and Conservative Judaism thrived in America. Rabbi Stahl will open the course with a presentation on Reform Judaism, and Rabbi Abraham will follow with an exploration of Conservative Judaism. Then both will participate in a panel inviting class
participation.

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Biblical Female Characters as Masks with Bonnie Lyons
Nov
6
to Nov 13

Biblical Female Characters as Masks with Bonnie Lyons

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Date: Two Mondays, Nov. 6 and 13
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Tuition: $40 (Payment includes a copy of the book, In Other Words.)
Enrollment: 12 min./15 max.
 

Are there masks that might liberate in the Hebrew Scriptures? The first session of the course will use Lyons’ book of poems, In Other Words, which contains forty monologues each spoken by a different woman in the Hebrew Scriptures. On the second evening students will bring in a poem they wrote using a biblical mask ( Mary, Mary Magdalene, Elizabeth, etc.) and we will discuss the poems in class. The course will combine lecture and discussion. Participants will sit in a circle and work together as poets. (Participants will need to pick up the course book before the first class.)

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A Morning at the Missions with Bonnie Simons
Nov
2
9:00 AM09:00

A Morning at the Missions with Bonnie Simons

Date: Thursday, Nov. 2 (one session only)
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 noon
Tuition: $40
Enrollment: 14 min./50 max.
Register By: Oct. 26
Enter into the world of San Antonio’s historic and religious landscape. We will board a chartered bus and visit three of our Spanish Colonial Missions. Participants will learn Spain’s motives for the missions and the Native Americans’ challenges as they adjusted to becoming Spanish citizens. As we visit Mission San José, Mission Concepción, and Mission Espada, we will discuss the unique characteristics of each.
Bonnie Simons found a second career as a tour guide following a 30-year career in nursing. It is a natural fit, as she has an innate love for people and San Antonio history. A member of the Professional Tour Guide Association of San Antonio, Bonnie is its chair of education for 2017.

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Creating a Culture of Kindness with Shastri Betsy Pond
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

Creating a Culture of Kindness with Shastri Betsy Pond

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 25 (one session only)
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Tuition: $20
Enrollment: 12 min./20 max.

How might we heal deep divides and the crushing speed of life? Considering kindness as an antidote can sound naïve, yet making kind and gentle inquiries about another can
create a connection, give insights into life, and touch hearts. Genuine kindness is so powerful it can make the world a better place. This class will include teachings on inherent human wisdom and dignity, using meditation/mindfulness as the method of uncovering the same.

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Intercultural Book Study with Sibi Aydelott
Oct
24
10:30 AM10:30

Intercultural Book Study with Sibi Aydelott

Dates: Four Tuesdays, Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 7, and 14
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Tuition: $50/4 sessions
Enrollment: 8 min./12 max.

Join us for good reads and stimulating conversation. We will read and discuss the following works. The Waiting Room, by Lisa Loomer, is both comedy and tragedy.
The play focuses on societal expectations of beauty and their psychological, medical, and political impact on three women from different eras: Forgiveness from Heaven, an 18th century Chinese woman, suffers from the losses and pains caused by foot-binding; Victoria, a corseted woman from the 19th century, battles the diagnosis of “hysteria;”
and Wanda from New Jersey wrestles with the realities of silicone breast implants. The Bridegroom by Ha Jin is a book of 12 stories, with titles such as “Sabatuer,” “Flame,”
and “An Official Reply.” Each story is based in a China experiencing change, transformation, and the birth pangs such change induces. And The Man Who Knew Infinity by Robert Kanigel, tells of collaboration, genius and encounters between two people from very different cultures at the turn of the 20th century, Cambridge University mathematician H.G. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar, of the South Indian Brahmins, whose genius was undeniable. The last session will be devoted to the movie, The Man who Knew Infinity, based on the book.

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COURSE CLOSED.Reformation Dialogue: Scripture and Tradition in the Faith and Practice of Latina Baptists and Catholics with Drs. Renata Furst and Nora O. Lozano
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

COURSE CLOSED.Reformation Dialogue: Scripture and Tradition in the Faith and Practice of Latina Baptists and Catholics with Drs. Renata Furst and Nora O. Lozano

Date: COURSE CLOSED
Time
Tuition
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Scripture and tradition historically have played a major role in Christianity. Dr. Furst (Catholic tradition) and Dr. Lozano (Baptist tradition) will introduce particular ways
in which Latinos/as, as Baptists and Catholics, have related to these two theological sources. This introduction will cover commonalities and divergences, as different
traditions have used these theological sources in specific ways. In addition, cultural issues have affected the understanding of the Bible and tradition.

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Rhythms That Mobilize: Music of the Protestant Reformation with Dr. John Silantien
Oct
15
3:00 PM15:00

Rhythms That Mobilize: Music of the Protestant Reformation with Dr. John Silantien

Date: Sunday, Oct. 15 (one session only)
Time: 3 – 5 p.m.
Tuition: $25
Enrollment: 12 min./150 max.
Register By: Oct. 9
Come to experience the rhythm and rhymes of the hymns and psalms that inspired the Protestant Reformation. In the early 16th century, sacred music in the Catholic Church was sung in Latin by the clergy. Protestant reformers aimed to bring the music to the people via congregational singing. Luther loved music and introduced the use of chorales for congregational involvement in the service. Calvin believed that the poetry of the Book of Psalms was the only proper music for church use. The music of the Genevan Psalter helped spread the news of the Reformation more quickly than the written or spoken word could. This workshop will involve the University Presbyterian Church Choir.

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What's Left to Reform? with Rev. Dr. Theodore J. Wardlaw
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

What's Left to Reform? with Rev. Dr. Theodore J. Wardlaw

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 10 (one session only)
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Tuition: $20
Enrollment: 12 min./45 max.


Rev. Dr. Wardlaw explores the question, “What is left to ‘reform’?” by shifting the concept of ‘reformation’ from noun to verb. Join us as we consider the relevance of this shift in today’s world.

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The Quaker Reformation with Val Liveoak
Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

The Quaker Reformation with Val Liveoak

Date: Monday, Oct. 9 (one session only)
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Tuition: $20
Enrollment: 10 min./25 max.

Focus for this class will be on the beginnings of Quakerism and on the wide spectrum of Quaker expression in the 21st century. Discover how the Religious Society of Friends, formed during the English Civil War (1642-1651), offered a peaceful but strong challenge to both the state church and the violent Puritan forces. During this time, George Fox and others followed the “Christ within” to take pacifist stands and to testify to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, forming a non-hierarchal religious society that challenged not only war, but also inequality, religious persecution, social injustice, sexism, and the roots of poverty. In the ensuing centuries, a relatively small number of Quakers have influenced social movements, such as the abolition of slavery, prison reform, women’s civil and human rights, universal suffrage, relief for victims of war, conscientious objection to war, and living the testimonies of Integrity, Peace, Simplicity, Equality, Community, and Sustainability. The Society went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize after WWII.

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Five Catholic Reform Movements Leading to Vatican II
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Five Catholic Reform Movements Leading to Vatican II

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 3 (one session only)
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Tuition: $20
Enrollment: 12 min./50 max.

The work of Vatican II began long before the council was called. Reform movements addressing liturgy, catechesis (education in the Christian faith), ecumenism, patristics (early Church leaders and priests), and scripture started the “return to the sources” that led to reform at the council. This session will examine each of these movements and their significance on the work of Vatican II.

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WORKSHOP FULL: WAIT-LIST AVAILABLE Dare to Listen Workshop with Texas Public Radio
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

WORKSHOP FULL: WAIT-LIST AVAILABLE Dare to Listen Workshop with Texas Public Radio

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Date: September 27, 2017

Time: 7 - 9 pm

Tuition: FREE

Enrollment: 14 min./ 28 max.

Register By: September 25 

Some believe that people have lost their willingness and their ability to listen to one another. Is that happening in your family, work place, congregation or community? The Sol Center, in partnership with Texas Public Radio’s Dare to Listen, is offering a Listening Workshop on Wednesday, September 27, 2018. Conversations facilitated by Dr. Bill Mitchell and Dr. Dhawn Martin. 

This free workshop is designed to help participants look at their own listening habits and learn strategies to become better listeners. This 60-75 minute session will help people put listening back into their conversations by identify listening barriers and sharing ideas on overcoming those barriers.

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500 Years in the Making: Reflections on the Protestant Reformation
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

500 Years in the Making: Reflections on the Protestant Reformation

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 26 (one session only)
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Tuition: $20
Enrollment: 12 min./50 max.

Drawing on examples from Martin Luther, we will examine how faith reforms and evolves as social, political, and spiritual contexts change. For example, 500 years ago Martin Luther proclaimed that the emphasis of Christians should be on ‘God Who Delivers’ (Gospel) more than on ‘God Who Demands’ (Law), because more emphasis on the Gospel and on the Grace of God was needed at that time. But in our current situation, what is the present time telling us? Join us as we look at other examples and possibilities for emerging understandings of Christian traditions.

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CANCELED--P.E.A.C.E. Is Our Birthright
Sep
23
9:00 AM09:00

CANCELED--P.E.A.C.E. Is Our Birthright

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Date: Saturday, Sept. 23 (one session only)
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(Bring a brown bag lunch.)
Tuition: $60
Enrollment: 12 min./30 max.

Make prayer, not war! Peace gives birth to and nurtures our common-unity, our community. During this one-day experiential learning, participants will explore
peacemaking and organizing through the five simple words: Pray, Educate, Act, Connect, Enthuse (P.E.A.C.E). We will learn to integrate what is already within us and will gain fluency in how we can bring more peace into our families, communities, and world.

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Who Are You? Identity and Intercultural Conversations
Sep
18
7:00 PM19:00

Who Are You? Identity and Intercultural Conversations

Dates: Two Mondays, Sept. 18 and 25
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Tuition: $35/2 sessions
Enrollment: 12 min./30 max.

Explore the path to effective and meaningful intercultural dialogue. How do we identify ourselves and overcome identity threats? In this class we will practice ways to ask questions and listen to each other. If someone were to ask you in a group, “tell me about yourself,” what would you say? Each of us is multi-faceted, and these identity characteristics serve as filters to how we process information, engage with people, and make decisions. Participants will develop their dialogue skills and increase their understanding of others.

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A 1940s Swing Music Afternoon with the Regency Jazz Band
Sep
17
4:00 PM16:00

A 1940s Swing Music Afternoon with the Regency Jazz Band

Get ready to tap your feet and twirl around the floor! If that doesn't tempt you, then surely this will: Frito pie, a San Antonio original.

But that's just one of the delectable treats that will transport you back to the sights, sounds, and tastes of the 1940s.

All for great causes--to benefit the work of the SoL Center and to honor Barry Hubbard and Rev. Ann E Helmke, two individuals who have contributed tirelessly to their communities.

Sunday, September 17, 4:00-6:00 pm, tickets $40; giving levels available

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Yoga: A Deeper Experience II
Sep
16
10:00 AM10:00

Yoga: A Deeper Experience II

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Date: Saturday, Sept. 16 (one session only)
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
(Bring a brown bag lunch.)
Tuition: $35
Enrollment: 12 min./25 max.

Expand mind, body, and spirit! Yoga includes 8 limbs (or steps) and in this workshop we will cover limbs 4-8. The workshop will include one hour of restorative yoga, one hour of breath (pranayama) and visualization, and two hours of introduction to the sutras—the mind/science anthology—emphasizing personal insights and revelations as important steps on the spiritual journey.

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CANCELED:Mystic of the Month: An Invitation to Grow in Prophetic Compassion
Sep
6
10:00 AM10:00

CANCELED:Mystic of the Month: An Invitation to Grow in Prophetic Compassion

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Dates: Four Wednesdays, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1,
and Dec. 6
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Tuition: $50/4 sessions
Enrollment: 8 min./30 max.
Register By: Aug. 30

Explore life, love, and transformation. Participants will learn about the life and teachings of Christian mystics. The love of God and love of neighbor — as perceived by each mystic — will guide our time together. The classes will include still prayer, journaling, teaching and small group reflection, and using the process of mutual invitation to create a community of respect and growth.

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Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews, The 2017-2018 PW/Horizons Bible Study, with Rev. Traci Smith
Jul
25
10:30 AM10:30

Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews, The 2017-2018 PW/Horizons Bible Study, with Rev. Traci Smith

Community, in all its shapes and expressions, will be the primary theme explored in this three session course. Great Cloud of Witnesses, as a rich metaphor for community, is examined and experienced as a continuing and sustaining presence throughout this study. Join us as Rev. Traci Smith leads this discussion of the PW/Horizons Bible Study.

Tuesday-Thursday, July 25-27, 10:30 a.m.-Noon p.m., $35/3 sessions

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Finding the Voice of the Voiceless in the Hebrew Bible with Michal Lemberger
Jul
23
4:00 PM16:00

Finding the Voice of the Voiceless in the Hebrew Bible with Michal Lemberger

What can we learn by looking at the biblical stories of those who were voiceless? We will look past the “winners”—especially King David—to those whose lives are more complicated by loss, betrayal, and politics.  Discover what these stories tell us about the text of the Hebrew Bible and our own culture with poet and scholar Michal Lemberger.

Sundays, July 23, 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m., $17/1 session

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Crafting a Life that Matters: An Interfaith Book Dialogue, Co-Sponsored with Raindrop Turkish House and the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest
Jul
2
1:30 PM13:30

Crafting a Life that Matters: An Interfaith Book Dialogue, Co-Sponsored with Raindrop Turkish House and the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest

Across five Sundays, we will study and discuss Emily Esfahani Smith’s new book, The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life that Matters. Each week we will dive into one to two chapters, exploring Smith’s proposal that creating a meaningful life entails four key elements: belonging, purpose, storytelling, and transcendence. A different member of the group will be asked to lead each week’s discussion. Co-sponsored by our friends at the Dialogue Institute and Raindrop Turkish House, this group is organized by Sumeyra Tek, Gulsum Arslan, Fatma Arslan, and Dhawn Martin. There will be light snacks.

5 Sundays, July 2-30, 1:30 p.m.- 3:00 p.m., $15/5 sessions

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Intercultural Book Study with Sibi Aydelott
Jun
6
10:30 AM10:30

Intercultural Book Study with Sibi Aydelott

Books in this summer course bring to life the indomitable spirit that epitomizes women who faced down racial and gender discrimination in their time. The books we will read and discuss are:  The Whip by Karen Kondazian, Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, and Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.

4 Tuesdays, June 6-27, 10:30 a.m.-Noon p.m., $50/4 sessions

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Building Ties with our Arab Neighbors: An Evening of Conversation, Dinner, and Friendship
May
12
7:00 PM19:00

Building Ties with our Arab Neighbors: An Evening of Conversation, Dinner, and Friendship

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

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CANCELED Jewish Music: A Reflection of Cultures and Faith
May
9
to May 16

CANCELED Jewish Music: A Reflection of Cultures and Faith

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CANCELED. 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.

CANCELED

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The Experience of Yoga
Apr
29
10:00 AM10:00

The Experience of Yoga

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

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Why Bother to Change the World? Challenging the Problem of Cynicism---DATE CHANGE
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Why Bother to Change the World? Challenging the Problem of Cynicism---DATE CHANGE

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)

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Cultural Conversations: Refugees in San Antonio
Mar
27
6:30 PM18:30

Cultural Conversations: Refugees in San Antonio

Have you ever wondered who refugees are — why they fled their home countries and how they're building new lives here? You're not alone. Amid a national conversation on America's refugee policy, join Councilman Ron Nirenberg and others for an open, honest discussion during the event Cultural Conversations: Refugees in San Antonio.

Come enjoy a sampling of foods from different cultures and take part in small group discussions on a number of issues related to the refugee community, including how the refugee program works and how entrepreneurship by former immigrants and refugees is changing the face of our city. Come talk with your neighbors and learn how to separate fact from fiction.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cultural-conversations-refugees-in-san-antonio-tickets-32543576714.

March 27; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; FREE

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