What We Offer
- Workshops and Presentations
Note: All of these may be adapted to specific needs and preferences.
Sample topics include:
- The Quest for Meaning, for a Sense of Identity and Worth, Purpose and Belonging
- Spirituality and the Worth of Persons
- Music and Spirituality
- Personal Growth, Friendship, Community, and Social Involvement
- The Arts and Meaning
- Discovering and Changing Our Life Scripts
- Forgiveness and Healing
- Loss and Grieving
- Healing and Hope
- Spiritual Guides for Our Time (E.g.,Merton, Nouwen, Rohr, Moore)
- The Universe Story
Outlines of Selected Previous Presentations
Catholic Women’s League (CWL) Workshops on Music and Spirituality
This workshop explores what is meant by our spirituality and how music may challenge and help us get in touch with that spirituality. The workshop illustrates in practical ways both music and our spirituality are dependent upon how we understand and express our deepest experiences.
Workshops on the Taize Experience, its Prayer, Music,and Spirituality
Taizé is an ecumenical international community in southern France dedicated to peace, trust, and reconciliation. The Taizé Community is especially concerned with helping young adults find meaning and value in their lives.
We have been to Taizé on several occasions and led groups there. Besides offering several workshops on the Taizé experience, we have led Taize style prayer for many groups in diverse settings. Taizé-style prayer is an hour of meditative song, silence, and brief words. This experience leads us gently into our own centre as a sacred place where our worth is affirmed, and where we are connected with others and the silent Mystery.
A Musician’s Journey: Teaching to and from Our Inner Voice. Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Convention. Halifax, NS. 2013
This paper looks at the notion of spirit and inspiration and the elements beyond technique that are essential in the creation of vocal and instrumental music that arises from the inner spirit of the musician and is able to reach the spirit or soul of an audience.
The Arts and the Quest for Meaning. Conference of the Canadian Centre for Arts and Learning. Winnipeg, MB. 2010.
Steal Away Home: The Spirituals as Voice of Hope, Festival500, Academic Symposium. St. John’s, NL, 2009.
Towards a Spirituality of Forgiveness and Healing, Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Religion and Conflict, Assumption University, Windsor, ON. 2017.
Thomas Merton on Social Justice. Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Religion and Conflict, Assumption University, Windsor, ON. 2016
The Sacredness and Dignity of the Human Person: Inter-Religious and Inter-Worldview Perspectives. Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Religion and Conflict, Assumption University, Windsor, ON. 2014
Karl Rahner on Ethics and Interfaith Dialogue. Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Religion and Conflict, Assumption University, Windsor, ON. 2013.
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