2018 Summer Program
Head over to our website for the complete listing of programs being offered at Sorrento Centre this summer.
Here's a glimpse at some of them:
SUNDAY, JULY 8 – SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2018
The Spiritual Practice of Reconciliation with Mark MacDonald and Melanie Delva
"Reconciliation" is an oft-used and at times little-understood term when it applies to Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (North America). But what is it, why should we pursue it, and how?
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Murdered and Missing Women and Girls Inquiry, and the actions and court proceedings having to do with Standing Rock have brought Indigenous justice issues to the fore. How we got here and where we go from here are complex questions that beg for spiritual answers.
This course will create an open and safe space to begin to explore these questions in depth from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives. Grounding our days together in prayer and ceremony, we will begin by learning about theologies of reconciliation in order to frame our subsequent discussions.
SUNDAY, JULY 29 – SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 2018
Two Opportunities for Life Review:
1) Discovering Your Own Story
2) Life Review: Going Further
with Marv Westwood, Dianne Westwood and Lin Langley
Life Review offers participants the opportunity to explore the wealth and memory of their life experiences. Through a series of writing, reading, interactive and listening exercises participants are guided to expand and deepen their understanding of their own life story.
In Discovering Your Own Story, the introductory Life Review workshop, we explore the themes of Branching Points in Life, the Influence of Family, Work and Career, and Spirituality. Each individual reflects on, writes in response to, reads, listens to and provides feedback on life stories that are read into a small group.
The Life Review: Going Further workshop is for designed for people who have already completed an introductory Life Review or an equivalent process. In Going Further, we delve into new themes that include Early Shaping Experiences, the Role of Stress Over a Life, Unfinished Life Business and the dreams that emerge in our lives.
Limited Registration space!
SUNDAY, JULY 15 – SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018
Making Peace - conflict, hidden violence, and alternative communities
with Matt Balcarras
We cannot be persons of peace on our own.
To be followers of Jesus is to connect ourselves to God, with and through all the people who witness to him. Without this connection via the living body of Christ we cannot know what peace looks like, and we do not have the ability within ourselves to push back against all the systems and entrenched powers that oppose us. Rushing to solutions often perpetuates systems that continue to undermine peace.
In this course we begin with a focus on truth and truth-telling in order to ground in humility everything that comes after. Then with (hopefully) humility, we ask about how we should respond when we see actions and systems that exploit people, damage our communities, and create the conditions that produce violence.
We move from listening to protest, then on to the imagination and construction of communities of peace.
We will work with Peacemaking: A Community Workbook. $10 per participant is payable at the first class.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 5 – SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2018
Spiritual Needs and Our Health with Bob Glasgow
We have three universal spiritual needs, no matter our spiritual or religious background: Relatedness and Belonging; Meaning and Purpose; Forgiveness and Reconciliation.
How we meet these needs and how they become especially important in times of suffering will be our focus.
Suffering tends to make people feel alienated and alone in the world; thus, we are called to a new awareness of our need for relatedness and belonging.
Suffering can pull the rug out from under our feet, the loss of meaning and purpose becoming a central reality of our lives. How do we live with this disrupted vision for a time and then envision new directions for our future?
And how much of what we learn and gain as we transcend suffering actually becomes a large part of our new life?
Suffering invariably brings awareness of our need for forgiveness and, at times, reconciliation. Repressed resentment costs us too much of the energy required to expend on our healing.
This retreat focuses on how we meet these universal spiritual needs which I believe to be through our relationship with God, the relationship we have with ourselves and our community, and the development of healthy core spiritual beliefs.