A Summer 2022 Series for All

“The God that we were brought up on is not big enough to be God. To be both religious and spiritual, modernity must be able to absorb the notion of a cosmic and evolving God. This notion redefines the place and purpose of humanity itself. The old notions of who is in charge, who is superior and whose theology is paramount is in a state of flux. Unless, or until, this new vision comes into play, directs our hearts, guides our business, underlies our technology, the world itself is not ready to understand or survive the horizon of Newness on which it stands.” – Joan Chittister

On 6 Thursdays, we will meet outdoors in the back yard of the Vernon family at 7 Elizabeth Court, Oak Park, IL.

We will share rituals, reflections, contemplative prayer & meditation, prayerful sacred movement, and some inspiration from important thinkers, like the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Joan Chittister. Our structure will reflect “The Eight Pillars of Joy” from the 2016 Book of Joy co-authored by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu.

  • June 30 – Perspective & Humility
  • July 14 – Humor & Acceptance
  • July 28 – Forgiveness
  • August 4 – Gratitude
  • August 11 – Compassion
  • August 25 – Generosity

We’ll offer just one session each listed Thursday from 1:30 to 3:00 pm. We meet in-person only. (There is no Zoom capacity.) No need to attend every session. Join as your schedule permits. No need to register in advance. We will be outside, but a restroom is available. Chairs will be provided. Bring your own beverage. Dress for the weather, and we’ll proceed if at all possible. Past sessions have been held in light rain with meaningful results.

Sessions will be co-facilitated by Shelby Boblick, on behalf of The Well Spirituality Center, and Br. Joseph Kilikevice, OP, on behalf of The Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality.

Parking – Please park on Kenilworth Ave or on Forest Ave. and walk ½ block to 7 Elizabeth Court. Carpooling is encouraged.

Entrance – Please enter the yard using the left sidewalk. It leads to the backyard, which is handicapped accessible. The driveway is shared and must be kept open for cars for both families.

Questions? – Call Shelby Boblick at 630-240-2765 or Christine Vernon at 708-212-0645.