Sunday, March 19th, 5 PM
on the Way:
Art and Dreams as Tangible and Intangible Companions on the Spiritual Path
“An artist has got to be in a constant state of becoming.” – singer / songwriter Bob Dylan
Life is a journey, and some of us seek to discern what we might sometimes call “spiritual” experiences along those paths chosen. Along the way, every encounter in our conscious, external world tells a story; and some of those stories get tangibly expressed and interpreted through creative processes like paint on a canvas, or the lyrics and notes on a musical score.
Other experiences come to us through the unconscious world of dreams and visions. Those stories may be ineffable, intangible, and often elusive; but they too can be understood as revelatory experiences in some way. Exactly what might make them “spiritual” experiences may depend on how we interpret and apply the term, of course. The enriching question to explore is whether it is a deeper process self-discovery within, an encounter with something that is ‘other’ or beyond oneself, or both?
This Sunday, Pathways participant, Carol Held, will share her own experience with the creative process of making collages as an art medium and form of she calls her spiritual process. She will also share something of what she has discovered in the course of doing dream work for decades. The group will be invited to consider and explore those tangible and intangible forms of discovery in their own lives.
Always a free event, open to everyone, but please RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org Newcomers always welcome.
Location: Bennison Residence – 2311 Walnut Blvd. Walnut Creek
A Calendar of 2017 Gathering Dates is here.
The Good Samaritan, artist: HeQi
Stranger As Neighbor in a Promised Land
Contrary to the old adage, fences do not necessarily make good neighbors. In our election campaign season this last year, the winning candidate promised to build a wall and have our neighbor pay for it. We’ll see. Now by presidential executive order, an indefinite ban on all refugees from certain predominantly Muslim countries entering our country has also been put in place. Yet central to the biblical tradition is the repeated reminder, “: “You shall not oppress a resident alien; you know the heart of an alien, for you were once aliens …” ( Ex. 23:9.
It has been argued by some that if you don’t have a wall on your borders, then you don’t have a country. On the other hand, if we don’t treat the alien in our midst as one of “us,” then what kind of a country do we have? And who is our neighbor?
You can read more of what this might mean in this latest commentary Here.
For more than four decades, John Bennison has been a pastor, preacher, teacher, trainer, carpenter, coffin builder, counselor, spiritual advisor, ethicist, writer and lyricist, musician and entertainer, assembly-line union worker, small business entrepreneur, residential real estate specialist, corporate cog and executive director of several non-profit organizations.
He’s authored eight publications on faith and values, and as an ordained minister served as a parish pastor over 25 years. He earned his Doctorate from Claremont School of Theology, as well as his BA degree in philosophy and religion from Lake Forest College.
John contributes his leadership experience as Executive Director and Lead Teacher at Pathways, as he writes the Words & Ways commentaries and blogs on The Christian Progressive, engaging others everywhere in meaningful dialogue. He also serves as the Director of the Mountain Shadow Film Society.
Meanwhile, John also continues to provide professional client services to buyers and sellers of residential real estate in the Bay Area area market (www.imaginecominghome.com).
Having raised two daughters, he resides with his spouse and golden retriever in Walnut Creek, California.