|Sophia’s Well of Wisdom Newsletter
|Welcome to 2011! Today is 1/1/11 and much can be said about the number one repeated four times. It speaks to new beginnings, in a BIG way! However, in numerology, 2011 is a “four” year. Four has the vibration of a square and wants everything done right this time around.
Collectively, we strive to build a stronger foundation based on right relationship with ourselves and with others. We strive for right action in our lives as we seek to be the change we want to see in the world. The Buddha’s Eightfold Path and the Christ’s Sermon on the Mount have much to teach us about the right way to build a strong foundation. Either or both would be a worthwhile contemplation for the new year ahead.
We have a most exciting month ahead and extend an invitation to you to join us in anchoring an interspiritual center in our lovely Sierra foothill communities. Join us as often as you can.
To all who shared yourself with us in 2010, we are most grateful for your support and participation. Read on to discover some of the events planned for 2011 and especially for this month. The charge to “think globally and act locally” is more important than ever if we dare to Dream a New World and see it manifested in 2011.
Penny Adkins shared with me the following New Year’s Recipe.
Take twelve whole months,
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate, and jealousy,
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.
Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or
thirty-one different parts,
but don’t make up the whole batch at once.
Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.
Mix well into each day one part of faith,
one part of patience, one part of courage,
and one part of work.
Add to each day one part of hope,
faithfulness, generosity, and kindness.
Blend with one part prayer,
one part meditation, and one good deed.
Season the whole with a dash of good spirits,
a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play,
and a cupful of good humor.
Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thoroughly over radiant joy,
garnish with a smile,
and serve with quietness, unselfishness,
You’re bound to have a Happy New Year!
Although we don’t know who the author is of this whimsical bit of wisdom, it is a recipe for spiritual blessings.
Blessings for a Peaceful and Prosperous 2011,
|Please join Sophia’s Well of Wisdom on Monday January 17 to express our appreciation to all of you at our Annual Community Meeting.
We begin with a Meet & Greet at 11:30 a.m. followed by a catered luncheon at noon. After lunch at the Community Meeting, we will share a brief review of 2010 and the Advisory Committees plans for 2011.
A highlight of the day will be the Dedication Ceremony to inaugurate the Sophia School of Wisdom. Pictured above is Rev. Susan Hamilton, D. Min., who will provide the keynote address. Come to meet Rev. Susan, Dean of Sancta Sophia Seminary and find out about the seminary and the opportunities for sacred education at SWOW.
Please RSVP to Rev. Patsy at 209-418-9003 or email sophiaswell to have an accurate count for the catered luncheon provided by SWOW.
Annual Community Meeting
Monday January 17 at 11:30 a.m.
|Sophia’s Well of Wisdom is a tax-exempt non-profit interspiritual center with a focus on wellness of body and soul. It is chartered by the Light of Christ Community Church in Tahlequah, OK.
What does InterSpiritual mean?
Many have asked for a description of SWOW. Some have nicknamed it “The Well,” which is a fitting symbol as wells have long been places of community interest and well being, where all come, regardless of their background, to draw water and interact with others. A community well draws from the rivers of water deep within Mother Earth and is also associated with being sacred places for activating healing and spiritual energy.
InterSpirituality is the common heritage of humanity’s spiritual wisdom drawn from mystical resources and contemplative practices nested within the world’s major religions. Mystical spirituality has many expressions, each valid in its own time, culture, and developmental life experience. Mysticism means direct, immediate experience of God (or whatever word one uses to represent the Spiritual Source of All That Is). It is this genuine spiritual experience that each of the world’s religions is founded upon.
However, interspirituality as is used today, is more than an interfaith approach through dialogues and efforts at inclusion. It goes much deeper to the heart of the spiritual experience as not only respect for, but also a sharing of our experiences of Oneness of God and unfolding Life in its diverse manifestations.
We are rapidly entering what some are calling the “InterSpiritual Age” where people are no longer isolated within their own familial and cultural traditions, but are reaching out to other traditions to find what is useful to their own growth as spiritual beings. The InterSpiritual Path is a good way to work toward global peace and good will to all near and far.
Spirituality is a way of life that increasingly affects the way “we live, move, and have our being.” It refers to a holistic spirituality that includes nature, art, spiritual practice, service to others, and the body as sacred. The inner commitment to search for the divine within leads to contemplative practices that cultivate an inner union with God that is ultimately manifested in outer life. InterSpirituality strives to enable all who are ready to follow their own Path of the Soul to the divine realization within themselves.
But, you may ask, what faith tradition does SWOW represent? Come to a Sunday Wisdom Circle or Wednesday Spiritual Practice Circle and find out for yourself!
Sophia’s Well of Wisdom
8 Court Street in Jackson
at the Motherlode Holistic Connection
Rev. Patsy Walker Fine, Minister
Sophia School of Wisdom
Operating as an extension center of Sancta Sophia Seminary, SWOW is now permitted to teach ten courses for full or partial credit. The courses are open to all, for credit or for personal growth.
Students completing these courses may receive a Sophia School of Wisdom Certificate, which is transferable for course credit upon registration in one of the many structured study programs at Sancta Sophia Seminary.
This new program will allow student to take classes locally, without enrolling in the Seminary, yet get credit later if they should decide to continue their studies. It combines the convenience and flexibility of home study with scheduled classes, reading and a project.
SWOW will offer several courses this year aligned with the trimesters at SSS. Religions East and West will be offered in the first trimester beginning in February. It will focus on the study of comparative religion and spirituality. The introductory Meditation I course will run continuous through all three trimesters combining practice and study.
Rev. Patsy Walker Fine, MA/MEd is the Director and primary teacher of the spiritual education program. Additional teaching support is provided by Rev. Tracy Johnson and Rev. Marilyn Beuhler, both SSS graduates from the Sacramento area and active in spiritual service. Other guest teachers will share their expertise in courses of study related to their disciplines.
For more information come to the Dedication Ceremony on January 17 and pick up a school brochure. or call Rev. Patsy at 209-418-9003.
|This Month at SWOW
Mediation at 10 a.m.
Wisdom Circle at 11 a.m.
January theme: Dreaming a New World!
1/2 The Power of Dreaming
1/9 Dreaming a New “Me”
1/16 Dreaming a New “We”
1/23 Dreaming a New Earth
1/30 Living the Dream!
9:30 – 11 a.m.
1/5 Healing/World Meditation
1/12 Meditation Practice (E)
1/19 Compassionate S/L
1/26 Meditation Practice
A Course in Miracles
Study Group with
Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
with Rev. Patsy
Thursday 1/6 at 6:30 p.m
Wednesday 1/5 at 9:30 a.m.
Monday 1/10 at 6:30 p.m.
Chi Movement Meditation
Join Marilyn on 1/13, the second Thursday of the month, at 9:30 to practice this amazingly simple and effective movement meditation that Marilyn teaches from her
work with Capacitar International.