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'Second Sundays' Gathering - TODAY!

Join us today (Sunday) at 5:00 p.m. at Elk Haven Wellness Center for our monthly "Second Sundays at the Center" get-together. Today's speaker is author Donald O'Dell, whose topic is "The Spiritual Danger of Interpreting Scripture Literally".

O'Dell will discuss the experiences he has had that have influenced his changing perception and understanding of how to interpret Jewish and Christian Scriptures.

Elk Haven Wellness Center is located at 100 Elks Club Road, off Park Avenue, in Brevard. All “Second Sundays” gatherings begin at 5:00 with time for informal socializing, with light snacks and beverages. The program begins at 5:30, with questions, answers & conversation at 6:00, ending at 6:30. (Those who attend are encouraged to bring their mothers —  or mothers of their children — along!)

All are welcome to attend, regardless of background. Second Sundays is hosted by Mary Marinucci, an associate of Center for Spiritual Wisdom. There is no admission fee, and donations will be accepted at the door.

Donald O’Dell holds a master’s degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and an undergraduate degree in  history. He was an active Presbyterian minister (PCUSA). Semi-retired, O’Dell now lives in Western North Carolina and is the author of the acclaimed book, How the Bible Became the Bible.

The second edition of O’Dell’s book is for those who want to be true to the spirit of the Christ and want to use the Bible as a guide to their spiritual growth rather than as a literal instruction manual for evaluating and judging external behavior – especially the behavior of others. Spirituality is always an inside job and is always gentle, kind, understanding and accepting – of others and of self.

“Knowing God is an active pursuit of experiential faith,” says O’Dell. The fruit of his book is the presentation of biblical facts, sewn together in the recognition that the Kingdom of God is available to us right now. O’Dell argues this is possible by having experiences where others see God in you; gifting your life with experiences of seeing God in all others; and experiencing Spirit’s daily guidance as you live your life.

Learn more about Donald O’Dell and the second edition of How the Bible Became the Bible HERE.

Wisdom at the End of Life
with Dr. Lani Leary June 22

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Join us for “Wisdom at the End of Life”  on Saturday, June 22nd at Elk Haven Wellness Center in Brevard. The half-day workshop will be led by Dr. Lani Leary, author of No One Has to Die Alone:  Preparing for a Meaningful Death (Simon & Schuster 2012).

“Wisdom at the End of Life” will address the following topics: “What is a good death?”, the needs of the dying, how best to support loved ones as they face the end of life, the grief process, complications, and moving from fear to hope. The workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 12 Noon.

Lani Leary specializes in work with chronically ill, dying, and bereaved clients. She has companioned more than 700 people at the time of death. Lani currently works as a psychotherapist in private practice. For the past 35 years, she served as a psychotherapist, an ICU chaplain, a university professor, a researcher at the National Cancer Institute, and a counselor in 9 hospices across the country. She has spoken internationally at more than 300 conferences and was a 2011 presenter at TEDx in Hawaii. You can learn more about Lani and her work at her web site:

Lani’s 2012 book, No One Has to Die Alone: Preparing for a Meaningful Death, will be available for purchase at the workshop.

Participation will be limited to the first 30 registrants to insure a meaningful experience for all attendees. The cost per person is $65, payable in advance via online payment or by check. To reserve your space and register, click HERE.

The Enneagram for Spiritual Seekers
Retreat June 2-4 near Boone, NC

Led by Rob Field & Paula Benton
The Enneagram for Spiritual Seekers

How differently might we experience each day if we looked at ourselves and each other with fresh eyes?  What if we paid less attention to habitual patterns and behaviors that no longer support us or others? The Enneagram offers us ways to see and embrace the beautiful soul qualities within every human being. 

Join retreat leaders Rob Field and Paula Benton June 2-4 at Valle Crucis Conference Center near Boone, N.C. to learn how to use this ancient system to enhance your inner life and well-being. Cost is $374 per person (program, meals, and lodging inclusive). Valle Crucis Conference Center is known for its rustic-but-comfortable accommodations and gorgeous mountain setting. The retreat will begin in the afternoon on Sunday, June 2nd and end with lunch on Tuesday, June 4.

The Enneagram has been widely recognized for its profound descriptions of nine distinct personality patterns. This retreat is designed to help participants shift their focus from personality-based patterns of emotion, thought and behavior to the soul gifts they already possess, but may have forgotten.

Rob Field is director of the Center for Spiritual Wisdom. Paula Benton has been a student of the Enneagram for many years and is a frequent workshop and retreat leader. Register online HERE.

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