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We're Celebrating 3 Years of
Vibrant Spiritual Life

We're throwing an anniversary party, and you're invited!

On Nov. 7, we will celebrate Center for Spiritual Wisdom's anniversary: three years of promoting Vibrant • Spiritual • Life in Western North Carolina since our founding in the fall of 2016. Please mark your calendars and save this date: Nov. 7 at St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Brevard starting at 5:00 p.m. There will be fine food courtesy of the Kitchen Sisters, live music, a celebration of the Center's past 3 years, and a peek into the future. Tickets will be available for purchase starting in early September.

Not long ago, the Center's leaders clarified and began promoting our simplified mission: to promote Vibrant • Spiritual • Life throughout Western N.C. This led us to delve more deeply into what "Vibrant Spiritual Life" means to us at CSW, and how it will shape our work in the coming months.

Director Rob Field offers these thoughts: "To me, Vibrant • Spiritual • Life is the abundant potential of human being — body, mind, heart, and spirit — waiting to be discovered and embraced. Center for Spiritual Wisdom promotes vibrant spiritual life through programs that help seekers deepen their spirituality and develop their best selves."

Whether you're new to our work, or have been involved since our founding, please let us know what "Vibrant Spiritual Life" means to you, and how we can encourage and support you along the way.

Join Us on Pilgrimage Next Year!
Destination: Israel-Palestine March 5-17

Center for Spiritual Wisdom's second pilgrimage to the Holy Land will be March 5-17, 2020. CSW Director Rob Field will co-lead the group with Jane Hubbard of Atlanta. Rob and Jane were assistant leaders for the center's first pilgrimage to Israel-Palestine in 2018. This pilgrimage is recommended for Christians and for seekers who find meaning in the story of Jesus of Nazareth.

Registrations are now open. A $500 "save my space" refundable fee guarantees a place for you. The pilgrimage will be strictly limited to the first 24 registrants to insure a high-quality experience for all. Our travel will be coordinated by Academy Travel, and our guides in Israel-Palestine will be Shepherds Tours & Travel. Both companies have been arranging pilgrimages for decades. For cost details, additional information, and the link to register, go to this page at the Center's web site.

Pilgrimage is a special journey that focuses on spirituality as we visit sacred places. Unlike a tour, a pilgrimage is a retreat on the move, traveling for the purpose of personal growth. The focus is Israel-Palestine, where we absorb the sights, sounds, smells of an ancient land that is spiritual home to three of the world’s great religions. For people of faith, pilgrimage is a journey of renewal, discovery and transformation. Many past participants say this program is "the trip of a life time”.

'Second Sundays' returns Sept. 8
with Dr. Jim Nourse. He will speak about
his Near-Death Journey

Many people in Henderson and Transylvania counties know Jim Nourse as a healer, counselor, writer and seeker of wisdom. A brain hematoma brought him to the brink of death in 2017, but it turned out to be an unexpected source of blessing and deeper wisdom. Jim has made a full recovery, and continues to reflect on the meaning of his health crisis as well as the global crisis of our time.

Dr. Nourse is a clinical psychologist, acupuncturist, and author of Simple Spirituality: Finding Your Own Way and Opening the Aloha Mind. Jim refers to his present work as "spiritual mentoring" — helping people explore, clarify and if necessary heal the spiritual aspect of their lives. Learn more about Dr. Jim Nourse at his web site.

Come to Elk Haven Wellness Center on Sunday, Sept. 8 to hear Jim speak about what unfolded — and the surprising (and mystical) insights that he continues to receive. Due to the nature of Jim's presentation, we will be modifying our usual Second Sundays schedule. On Sept. 8, our doors will open at 4:45 p.m. for informal conversation and light refreshments. Jim's talk will begin at 5:15, with questions and conversation following at 6:00 p.m. As usual, the gathering will end at 6:30.

Donations will be accepted at the door, and gifts of $10 or more will be acknowledged with a glass of Green Heart organic juice or a Reason to Bake gluten-free cookie. All donations are welcome, and help defray the costs associated with the Second Sundays monthly series.

Coming November 11-14
Falling Upward: A Retreat
Based On the Book by Richard Rohr

Many people have read and loved Fr. Richard Rohr's book Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. Now, there's an opportunity to revisit the book, delve more deeply into its themes, and learn practices to help you embrace its wisdom.

CSW Director Rob Field and CSW Program Director Tom Lewis will co-lead a retreat based on the book Nov. 11-14 at Lake Logan Center near Waynesville, N.C. The theme of the retreat is spirituality for the second half of life. Tom is former Director of the Spirituality Program at Columbia Seminary in Atlanta, GA. He and Rob have led many workshops, conferences, and retreats. They are enthusiastically looking forward to leading a retreat on a subject near and very dear to their hearts.

Lake Logan Center is a comfortable, beautiful conference center in one of the most pristine natural settings in our region. Watch for further details about the Falling Upward retreat and how to register, coming soon to the Center's web site.
If you appreciate what we're doing at Center for Spiritual Wisdom, chances are you might know a like-minded soul or two. Please help us spread the word so we can reach more people. Forward this email to one or more friends, and let them know we send out similar e-news monthly. Anyone can sign up HERE.
Don O'Dell, a friend of the Center, has just completed the revised Second Edition of his book How the Bible Became the Bible.  (Don was a presenter earlier in the year at one of our "Second Sundays" gatherings.) Learn more about Don & his book — including a link for purchase — HERE.
If you like the idea of informal Christian worship surrounded by the natural beauty of our area, you'll want to learn about the Caminamos con Dios hikes led by our friend Bill Livingston. On the last Saturday morning of each month, Bill organizes a brief hike and worship service in a different part of Transylvania or Henderson County. Typically, the experience includes a 3- or 4-mile hike, and worship (in English) is conducted along the way. The experience always includes a celebration of Holy Communion and time for lunch. ALL are welcome to participate, regardless of background. Find details at this Facebook page, or contact Rev. Bill Livingston at
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