Friday, January 17, 2014

Upcoming Classes with Kim Beyer-Nelson and the North Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Church

Discovering the Roots of Your Own Spirituality:
Sundays, February 2, February 16, March 2, March 16
Poulsbo Public Library, Lower Level
Come join comparative religion scholar Kim Beyer-Nelson on a journey to define the path of your own personal theological system. Based loosely 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:
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.

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