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'Tis the Season for . . . Humility?

In the United States, humility is not the first word that comes to mind during the winter holidays.

In our materialistic and consumer-oriented culture, flashiness, "happiness," and excess are typically celebrated by default if not intention. From gift shopping to home decorating, moments of simplicity, humility, and joy often get lost in the shuffle. From Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, it takes conscious effort to carve out time and space to cultivate the sort of quiet humility which is the foundation of contentment and joy.

Since everything else has been so strange in this year of pandemic, I have an off-the-wall proposal: why not approach the 2020 holiday season in a different way? What if we opened our hearts enough to make room for a dash of simplicity and humility? By "humility," I mean the fundamental virtue that all great religious and spiritual traditions identify as a keystone.

- Rob Field

(continued reading this reflection HERE)

photo credit: Markus Spiske on Unsplash


Of Gods and Men Is December Selection for
the Center's Reel Spirit Movie Project


An Online Event: Dec. 17 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern
 

Join us on Dec. 17 at 7:00 p.m. for the Center’s next movie-themed event: a group discussion of the acclaimed film Of Gods and Men (2010). CSW Director Rob Field will lead the online discussion that evening.

Of Gods and Men is based on a true story. It’s a quietly powerful film about a courageous community of Catholic monks. Following threats from an Islamist militia, and after much prayer and soul-searching, the monastic brothers conclude they’re willing to give up their lives for their Muslim neighbors. Based on a true story, the movie won the coveted Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010 in addition to numerous other awards.

For more information about Of Gods and Mensee IMDB here. You can also view the trailer on YouTube here.


Learn more about this free event, including how to register, HERE.
 


2020 Appeal Update: We Are 25% Shy of Our Goal

If You Can Help Us, Please Do
If You've Already Donated, THANK YOU!


DONATE ONLINE HERE

Thanks to dozens of supporters, we have raised $15,000 — just $5,000 shy of our year-end goal of $20,000. The aim of this appeal is to help us pay our 2020 bills and offer CSW a solid foundation for the New Year. We have ambitious plans for 2021 to help bring Vibrant Spiritual Life to even more individuals in the coming months. Many of you have already responded to our appeal. To all of you, we offer our heart-felt gratitude.

Today is "Giving Tuesday." If you are not yet among these Friends of CSW, please consider a tax-deductible gift. We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, and all donations are deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Our greatest need is for generous souls who can make a modest monthly gift of $25, $50 or even $100 to help create financial stability for us. All gifts are needed and very welcome!

You may send a check payable to Center for Spiritual Wisdom to: 100 Elks Club Road, Brevard, N.C. 28712. Or you may make an online gift now using a credit card or Paypal account (note recurring donation option when you give online.) Thank you in advance!

 

 

‘Death Makes Life Possible’ Saturday, Jan. 24th

with Paula Hartman-Stein, Ph.D.


Have you ever wondered about the mystery of death: its meaning, its connection to life, and whether there might be something beyond it?

If your answer to any of the above is Yes, please join us online Saturday, Jan. 24 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. for a special event: Death Makes Life Possible. We will watch the documentary of the same name, followed by a discussion led by psychologist Paula Hartman-Stein, Ph.D. (right) 

The documentary’s subtitle explains its focus: “Transforming the Fear of Death into an Inspiration for Living.” It offers multiple perspectives on the topic, interviewing experts as well as non-professionals. The hour-long documentary will provide a springboard for the discussion that will follow.

Learn more about this event and Dr. Paula Hartman-Stein HERE.
 

We've Got Big Plans for 2021 & Beyond


We are grateful beyond words that Center for Spiritual Wisdom has kept its doors open during this year of pandemic, thanks to event participants and supporters like you. Among the unexpected blessings of the past year has been time to take stock and assess our offerings, past, present, and future.

We created this graphic a couple of years ago to illustrate the many spiritual practices we promote through our programs. And it looks like we're going to need more branches and a bigger tree as we move forward!

The CSW board and our many associates have been meeting, dreaming, planning, and scheming over the past several months. Here's a brief sampling of what's in the works:
  • Contemplative Photography as a Spiritual Practice
  • The Sacred Earth
  • "Alone Together" Online Retreat
  • Introduction to the Spiritual Life
  • Returning in early 2022: International Pilgrimages
  • Monthly 'Soul Friend' Group
  • Ben Long Frescoes Weekend Pilgrimage
  • Enneagram: Intro & Intermediate Level Series
Coming in January:  an online survey to solicit your best ideas for future CSW offerings. Please watch for it and plan to respond online. (We promise it won't take long!)
 
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