December 21, 2017

What's Happening This Week at

Editors' Pick   

Directed by Luca Guadagnino
This astonishing coming-of-age drama -- one of most spiritually literate films of the year -- explores the exhilarations and anxieties that accompany first love. The father's speech to his adolescent son at the end is one of the most beautiful examples of grace and love you will ever see in a movie.

Fellowship Opportunity 

Are you a graduate student, or do you know someone who is? Here is an opportunity to explore how democracy as a way of life can be strengthened and deepened through spiritual practices. We will craft Fellows' involvement based on skills and interests in such areas as networking, creating program plans, and developing social media campaigns. Learn more here:


Winter Solstice

John Matthews, a lecturer on Celtic and Arthurian traditions, writes that Winter Solstice "is a time of quietude, of firelight, and dreaming, when seeds germinate in the cold earth, and the cold notes of church bells mingle with the chimes of icicles." Here we offer poetry, prayers, personal explorations, spiritual practices, and more to help you celebrate.
African-American theologian and Christian mystic Howard Thurman appreciated the multivalent meanings of Christmas and wrote often about them. Here are four readings by him, including one on The Work of Christmas with a sung rendition of this passage about finding the lost and healing the broken.  

A new e-course by Jan Phillips        
January 1 - 26, 2018 
Looking for a way to shine more light in the world, to translate your compassion into powerful action? This course leads you down a path to your own personal wisdom through photographic images, poetry, stories, and creative prompts. Read more and sign up: 
An e-course by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat  
January 1 - February 9, 2018  
Start your year with teaching stories and a variety of ways to apply their wisdom in your daily life. These short stories help us rehearse life strategies, face our shadow and laugh at ourselves, and respect the great mysteries. Read more and sign up:
Contemplative Outreach Year-long Programs  

A formation program by Contemplative Outreach      
January 8 - December 27, 2018

Receive education and formation in Christian contemplation, along with support and connection to an intentional global community. Read more and sign up: 
Word of the Week 2018
By Mary Anne Best
January 7 - December 30, 2018 
Sunday emails encourage you in the contemplative practices of Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Welcoming Prayer, active prayer, and more. Read more and sign up: 

Directed by Scott Cooper

Cold-hearted Captain Joseph Blocker detests following orders to escort Yellow Hawk, a dying Cheyenne war chief, from New Mexico to his tribal lands in Montana. But Blocker begins to see that he and Yellow Hawk have both lost friends, making them forever connected.

More Films: Darkest Hour, Molly's Game

Directed by Stephen Frears 

In this delightful dramedy that draws out the many aspects of English ritual and racism, Queen Victoria forges a deep friendship with Abdul Karim, a charming and knowledgeable Muslim.

More DVDs: Detroit, Dunkirk, Karl Marx City, National Bird, A Trip to Spain, Viceroy's House  

Things that Join the Sea and the Sky
By Mark Nepo  
Nepo calls this book of brief, poetic journal entries "a travelogue of my conversation with the Universe, a mix of inner reflections, questions, and stories that have come to teach me how to be here."

More Books: Buddha's Little Book of Life, The Empathic Civilization, Happier?, How We Talk, Silence, Who Reads Poetry? 

Ritual Space Blog
By Darren C. Polito
Use your handwriting and a special origami fold to turn fears into affirming phrases and then into a diamond. 

Process Musings Blog
By Patricia Adams Farmer  
Our spirits long for fresh manifestations of Christmas -- tiny bursts of hope, swaddled in vulnerability and gentleness, which we can bring forth like midwives.
Elder Spirituality Project

By Frederic Brussat
Falls are the leading cause of death by injury in people over 60 years old. Here are some helpful tips on maintaining balance and lessening the impact of a fall. 

From Our Wisdom Archive   

By Thomas Moore 
This little book helps us ponder the deeper meanings and wonders of Christmas, which Moore believes has plenty to offer to Christians and non-Christians alike.
Read an excerpt on Santa Claus's mantra. (But first, can you guess what it is?) You can also watch a   Spiritual Literacy Series video about thanking Santa Claus -- on a grand scale. 
A Thought to Carry with You  

As we pause in this moment following Hanukkah, at the Winter Solstice, and before Christmas and Kwanzaa, please let us wish you a season full of joy, peace, wonder, and love. We also wish safe journeys to those of you who are traveling for the holidays.  
Your companionship on the spiritual path lights our lives and gives purpose to our work. Thank you for your steady stream of kindnesses to us and for your presence here at Spirituality & Practice. May all be well with you and yours!   
Your Spirituality & Practice Team 
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat 
Patricia Campbell Carlson 
Darren Polito