Chalice of the Heart is a community of artists within the Order of Universal Interfaith (OUnI.)
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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2014 9 AM–12 PM Patterns of Wholeness: Centering with Mandalas In the 11th century, St. Hildegard of Bingen described the creative process as a divine gift designed to channel creative energies toward the awakening of the spiritual self. Working with mandalas can deepen our relationship to the Sacred and help us discover, express and illuminate our spiritual path. Mandala is the Sanskrit word for “circle.” Mandalas are a symbol for wholeness, a pattern that connects us to our soul. Join in a playful, prayerful morning of working with mandalas as prayer, for centering, and exploring your spiritual life. We will use mandalas to explore images and symbols that can illuminate our personal spiritual path, with time for contemplation and reflection. Mandala are used in many traditions, in the art and in religious expression. Mandalas have been used by many cultures to represent the creation of the universe. We see the pattern of mandalas (a circle with a center) throughout the natural world. We witness the mandala’s primal pattern in flowers, spider webs, atoms, our solar system, and our earth, to name just a few examples. Carl Jung said that a mandala symbolizes “a safe refuge of inner reconciliation and wholeness.” He theorized that mandalas represent centering, the unification of the parts of the psyche, and that following the inner images would inevitably leads to one’s own center. Joseph Campbell said that making a mandala is a discipline for pulling all those scattered aspects of your life together, for finding a center and ordering yourself to it. Making mandalas can also be used as a creative practice and can be a beautiful form of meditation. Date and time: Saturday, February 8, 9 am–noon Facilitator: Kathy Gracenin Location: Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage Registration: All are welcome; donations accepted. Sign-up required. Please contact Ellen Spencer by February 5 About Kathy Gracenin Kathy received a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance from the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. She was enjoying a successful career as a dancer, choreographer, and university professor, when she confronted a serious, chronic illness that led her to reconnect to the dancer within for healing and wholeness. Read more » Recent Cathedral Appearances Cathedral Crossroads: Body of Prayer Cathedral Crossroads: Heartcall: Align with the Divine through Movement, Music and Metaphor
Introducing: Rev. Deb Hansen I am an interfaith minister in private practice, an officiant for weddings, funerals and memorial services, a retreat facilitator, and a life and leadership coach. I offer Reiki to hospice patients and caregivers, serve on the board of directors at The Chaplaincy Institute, am active with two women's interfaith groups, and am increasingly involved with social and environmental activism. I was the founder of The Labyrinth Project of Northern Michigan which resulted in the installation of a community labyrinth in the garden of the Petoskey Public library. I split my time between northern Michigan and Florida. My interest in diversity and building bridges of understanding began with language study abroad where I became fascinated by how different cultures varied in their worldviews. Every tradition I have studied has blessed my life with its unique perspective, wisdom, and artistic expression. My spirituality is deeply connected with the beauty and unity of the natural world. The pain that is evoked by our disrespect of the landscape, air, and water is often reflected in my poetry. I enjoy the subtlety of pastels and watercolor, the sensuous lines of calligraphy, and am enjoying experimenting with kumihimo braiding. My grandmother taught me to knit and crochet. The process of art and needlework have become a joyful and contemplative spiritual practice.
Dzieci Company Auditions Sunday, September 22nd