Grow the Soul Classes
Sundays, September 22-December 8, 9:45 a.m.
The Sunday Morning Book Group continues! We will start with the book, "Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do?" by Michael J. Sandel. "Justice" relates the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of our time. Always open to new and returning participants, this Book Group will be facilitated by Jean Bahle and others.
A Way: Out, Through, and Into
Level I: Eight Sessions, Sunday mornings, October 20-December 9, 9:00 a.m.
Cost: $300.00, ($100.00 for Awaken to Ego graduates)
Maximum course size is 20 participants
Has your life felt mechanical, monotonous or empty? Have you been trying various forms of self-improvement or spiritual practices, but haven't noticed any lasting progress? A Way: Out, Through, and Into is an 8-week session, psycho-spiritual program that offers participants a simple, yet life-changing process for moving out of limiting, painful ways of living and into more natural, authentic, transparent, and enlivening ways of being. The course draws on the inspiration and guidance of the great sages throughout history who know this path intimately and many of our contemporary spiritual teachers who know how to walk this path and navigate the challenging landscape of our current times, (i.e. Thomas Merton, Richard Rohr, Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, and Mark Nepo). Through integrating psychology and spirituality, we open up to a whole new way of being where we discover our deepest callings and true gifts. This course will be facilitated by Mark Walstrom.
Friday Morning Poetry Group
Reading and discussion of American and International Poets in a small group setting, open and welcoming to all. We read poetry rather than write it, although some have been known to do it quite well! This group is facilitated by Louisa Nally. Fridays, 10:00 a.m.
Exploring Beliefs and Questions
One of FSC's longest-held traditions, Exploring Beliefs and Questions is a casual, unstructured discussion group that meets every Sunday. We cover a wide range of topics, including science, emerging technologies, and politics in addition to the staple FSC subjects of spirituality, ethics, and philosophy. Have something you want to talk about? We are more than happy to accomodate you. The topic of the day is whatever is on our member's minds. This group is facilitated by Sherron Collins and Max Blaine Erskin. Sundays, 9:45 a.m.
Writing the Winds of Change
Writing can help us access our own deep wisdom and find our inner compass, which is especially useful during times of transition. Join Nessa McCasey for support and encouragement as you travel through difficulty into transformation. "I wheeled with the stars; my heart broke loose on the wind." ~ Pablo Neruda ~ 1st Thursday of each month, 10:00 a.m.
If you haven't yet given yourself permission to write, are a writer who is experiencing writer's block, or if you would benefit from companionship on your journey of personal growth, come along as we awaken the writer and storyteller in each of us. All skill levels are welcome, from beginning to proficient. During the monthly sessions, group members listen to and discuss selected poetry, prose, or stories, learn poetic forms and writing techniques, and write from intriguing prompts. More discussion follows when group members volunteer to share their written responses. Because we do not critique, an atmosphere of support and acceptance prevails. This group is facilitated by Nessa McCasey. 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, 7:00 p.m.
This class is a class for special needs. All skill levels are welcome, from beginning to proficient. During the monthly sessions, group members listen to and discuss selected poetry, prose, or stories, learn poetic forms and writing techniques, and write from intriguing prompts. More discussion follows when group members volunteer to share their written responses. Because we do not critique, an atmosphere of support and acceptance prevails. This group is facilitated by Nessa McCasey. 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month, 10:00 a.m.
A Course in Miracles Study Group
Newcomers are always welcome! This is a self-study course, (sometimes done in groups), that explores the miracles that occur when we forgive. We learn to become aware of our judgements of ourselves and others, beginning to question the reality of these judgements. As we overlook/let go of these mistaken perceptions, which usually equate to anything ffrom annoyance to fear, anger, hatred, unhappiness, we begin to see differently. This is the key to the course. It is about removing our ego judgements.. This group is facilitated by Lin Anderson. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Newcomers are always welcome! The purpose of this class is to teach the practice of "miracle-mindedness", the Course's simple method of opening to and sharing love, and to apply it to our daily lives. Happier relationships, joy, purpose, and peace will be the result for all participants. As the Course says: "Teach only love, for that is what you are" and "Deep within you is everything that is perfect, ready to radiate through you and out into the world." Prior experience with the Course is not necessary. This groups is facilitated by George Bartnick who is a native Grand Rapidian and 30-year student of the Course, a certified Yoga Instructor and former resident of the Kripalu Center For Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA. Mondays, 7:00 p.m.
Connections is a small-group Ministry at FSC. Groups of 8-10 people meet weekly for 9 weeks, using a theme as a foundation for discussion and Circle Process as a format for those discussions. Within a Connections circle process discussion, all members are equal. No one individual is the teacher, no group of individuals the students. All are both. Members are given the opportunity to both speak and to listen, to teach and to learn. Each meeting consists of the following parts: an opening ritual, member check-in, theme discussion, process observation, member check-out, and closing ritual. Connections is a Ministry as we are both nurturing other members and being nurtured by them through the discussion and the rituals of the circle process. Additionally, each group chooses a community outreach service in which to participate. This could be within FSC, the greater Grand Rapids community, or a global concern.