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Outward Prayer / Inward Activism
Workshop April 28 with Dan Snyder

How to live faithfully in challenging times, what to think, how to pray, what to do: these have never been easy questions. It’s a three-legged stool, thinking, praying, and acting, and all three are essential. Liberation theologians call this the praxis of faith. Careful thought, serious prayer, and considered action, with each cycle informing the next, make up the ongoing dynamics of faith. Join us for a day-long event exploring these questions.

Saturday, April 28
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with lunch break at Noon

Elk Haven Wellness Center, 100 Elks Club Road, Brevard

Cost: $40 per person (payable at the door)

To register, please send an email to:

Session I (morning): Listening for the Guide:
Spiritual Discernment in an Age of Anxiety

Hearing the “still, small Voice” of the Inner Guide can be very hard when many other voices, both inner and outer, are clamoring for our attention. In this forum we will consider a variety of perspectives on discerning leadings for responsible action. We will hear a variety of voices and perspectives offering wisdom from diverse spiritual teachers.


Session II (afternoon): Acting with Head and Heart:
Bringing Courage and Hope to Social Change

We must be wise as serpents and innocent as doves when “Engaging the Powers.” Let’s harvest some of the fruit of the first two forums and see how our strategic thinking and our spiritual discernment are coming together into action. None of us can move mountains alone, but together we can find our unique place in the web of inter-being and have confidence that our contributions matter.



Beverages and light snacks will be served during the workshop. For lunch, participants are encouraged to bring food to eat on the premises (a refrigerator is available) or go to one of many nearby restaurants during the break.


Daniel O. Snyder holds masters degrees from Earlham School of Religion & Boston University, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He has a private practice in pastoral psychotherapy and spiritual direction in Black Mountain, N.C. He has been a student and teacher of Nonviolence for over four decades and has led many workshops and trainings on the theology, psychology and strategies of social change.


2019 Pilgrimage to Follow the Way of Sts. Francis & Claire.
We returned recently from the Center's first pilgrimage to the Holy Land. More than 2 dozen pilgrims came along, and it was a life-changing experience. We're already planning our next one! Oct. 15-28, 2019, we will follow the way of Sts. Francis & Claire, traveling to Rome, Assisi and the Umbria region of Italy. Franciscan Pilgrimage specialist and author Bret Thoman will be our pilgrimage manager. This will not be be a group tour, but  "retreat on the move", with plenty of time for contemplative prayer, small-group reflection, and rest.
Pre-registration for the Franciscan pilgrimage will open May 1. In exchange for a $300 deposit and your contact information, we will hold one of 24 spaces for you. 

   Wow -- That Was Fast

  • THE NEW DREAM GROUP that begins next week filled up within a few weeks of our announcement. Many thanks to group leader Dr. Vance Reese and our partner, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Brevard.

  • BOOK GROUPS LAUNCHED. Just about as quickly, two women's book groups are already up & running. Big thanks to group leaders Janet Grey, Mary Eichorn and partner church St. Philip's Episcopal in Brevard.
  • ENNEAGRAM SERIES FILLED. Our Enneagram learning series at Elk Haven Wellness Center begins this week. It's also full.
An Enneagram Journey: from Personality to Essence, June 3-5
Join us at the beautiful Valle Crucis Conference Center near Boone, N.C. for an Enneagram retreat in June. This 3-day event will treat the Enneagram as originally intended — as a tool for spiritual practice, not an exercise in personality typing.

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 those we live with?

The Enneagram offers us ways to accomplish this: through recognizing our default patterns and those of others, we can choose to see and appreciate Essence — the beautiful Soul qualities within every human being.
Presenters for the conference will be Dr. Christine King of Fresh Perceptions, Enneagram Workshop leader Paula Benton, and CSW Director Rob Field.
CLICK THIS LINK to register.
FIND MORE INFORMATION about the retreat at this link.

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