Friday, January 17, 2014

Spirituality Classes offered in Poulsbo beginning in February

North Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Church
PO Box 1624, Poulsbo WA 98370  -  360-394-3945 (messages only)  -;

To register for any of these offerings, please go to the website above and click the Classes tab.

Courses/Workshops on Comparative Religion and Creedless Spirituality
Open to the Public

Discovering the Roots of Your Own Spirituality: Sundays, February 2, February 16, March 2, March 16; 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.  Poulsbo Public Library, Lower Level:  Join comparative religion scholar Kim Beyer-Nelson on a journey to define the path of your own personal theological system.  Based on the classic Unitarian Universalist adult education program called Building Your Own Theology, this class will use readings, dialogue, small group exercises and informal art and writing to help clarify how you define your spiritual world.  Working from the assumption that experience always precedes ideology, dogma and belief, we’ll look forward into our past so we can better understand the future that nips at our heels.  Please bring a simple journal and a writing instrument of your choice. 

The Four Faces of Buddhism:  Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana and Pure Land; Wednesdays, February 12, February 19, March 5 and March 12; 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  Poulsbo Public Library, Lower Level.  Often we think of Buddhism as a monolithic institution; but that is simply not the case.  The unavoidable pressures of time, culture, geography and the rub of other religions have shaped the streambed of this world religious tradition into clearly different tributaries, each with its own unique and creative features.  Kim Beyer-Nelson, who holds a master’s degree in comparative religion and has practiced meditation for over twenty years, will guide us through the historical forces that created these four faces of Buddhism, as well as touch on the philosophical and practice elements that make each a beautiful and dynamic part of the Buddhist way to wholeness. 
Donations (Dana Offerings) cheerfully accepted.

Understanding the Shia/Sunni Tension in Islam, Wednesday, April 16; 7:00-8:30 p.m., Poulsbo Public Library, Lower Level.  Comparative religion scholar Kim Beyer-Nelson will narrate the historical roots and the unfolding developments of the Shia/Sunni relationship in plain, simple language. Donations (Dana Offerings) cheerfully accepted.

Kimberly Beyer-Nelson holds a master's degree in comparative religion, and a graduate certificate in holistic healthcare.  She also holds certifications in Hatha Yoga Therapy, Spiritual Direction and is a Qigong instructor and Reiki Master.  Kim has written a number of books, including A Little Book of Wholeness and Prayer (published by Skinner House Press, the publishing arm of the UUA), Easing into the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and At Matthew's Knee: A Poetic Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew.  Her poetry and essays have appeared internationally in the award winning Ascent Magazine and the Journal for the Fellowship in Prayer. She has published six science fiction titles to date under the name K. B. Nelson.  She is an avid fiber artist, and loves teaching comparative religion, philosophy, writing and holistic health classes at the college and community levels.  Kim has served two Unitarian Universalist churches as director of education, and has also worked in hospital settings as an integrative health specialist.

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