Sunday, July 19th, 5 PM
Finding the Spiritual Treasure in Our Most Shameful Emotion
Envy is a universal emotion, says author and presenter, Josh Gressel. Yet people are very reluctant to confess their envy of another. It is our shame at admitting we feel inferior to another that keeps our envy so hidden. But envy can, in fact, be seen as meaningful and useful in our daily lives, even a spiritual wellspring.
Josh Gressel, PhD,, is a local clinical psychologist in private practice, and a student to Jewish mysticism. He will present his thoughts and engage our group in interactive discussion, based on his recently published book by the same title as this program.
Always a free event, open to everyone. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Newcomers always welcome. The 2015 Calendar of Gatherings is here.
UNBOUND: Freedom, Liberty & the Gift of Liberation
In observance of Independence Day, 2015
Liberty and Freedom: People – especially politicians, it seems – frequently use the two terms interchangeably, as if they were the same thing. But while civil liberties can be legislated and personal freedoms can be infringed upon, there is something autonomous about personal choices and actions that can never ultimately be denied or encumbered. “Freedom is not something that anybody can be given,” the late author and civil rights activist, James Baldwin, once said. “Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be.”
An earlier commentary considered the two ideas of conscience and consciousness as a spiritual component and practice of human experience. These comments are written as we approach our nation’s annual observance of the Independence Day holiday; exploring what might constitute a progressive Christian perspective of a kind of liberating “freedom” that is comprised of loosing the bonds of all the little deaths we die, and binding oneself to that which can irrepressibly spring once more to life.
You can read this latest commentary Here.
In the last four decades, John Bennison has been a teacher, preacher, lecturer, 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 a faith-based non-profit organization.
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 volunteers as Director and President 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.