Spiritual Community as Spiritual Practice
with Rev. Joyce Duffala
A Spiritual Enrichment Course
Dates: Four Tuesdays, April 6 to April 27
Time: 4pm to 6pm
Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa
2075 Occidental Road
These classes are currently offered online only (using Zoom) due to the coronavirus restrictions. Students will be notified if, and when, it is possible to participate with in-person classes at The Center.
How important is the spiritual community to living a spiritual life? In Buddhism, spiritual community (“Sangha”) is co-equal and synonymous with Buddha (Awakened Mind) and Dharma (Buddhist teaching and practice).
In the language of Science of Mind, this roughly means Spirit, spiritual practice and living, and the spiritual community are the same thing. On the one hand, this makes sense according to our philosophy which considers spirit to be in, through, and as everything and everyone. On the other hand, many of us Science of Mind types are individualistic, perhaps even sometimes viewing other people as a distraction to the spiritual life.
So how can we make sense of the idea of “being community” as a spiritual practice which is an essential ingredient for the path of spiritual living? How does interrelating with people of a similar spiritual focus enhance and uplift each of us? This class considers these and other questions concerning our spiritual interdependence.
Handouts will be provided.
Rev. Joyce Duffala has had a life-long career in teaching adults, and began teaching at the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa in 1999. Having served as the Center's Assistant Minister for fifteen years (2005-2020), Rev. Joyce continues ministry through volunteering at the Center, and offering classes, guest speaking, ceremony officiating, and one-on-one Practitioner sessions. Rev. Joyce holds a Doctorate in Multicultural Education (University of San Francisco, 1992), and is co-author (with Edward Viljoen) of Seeing Good at Work as well as the audio CD, Rise in Joy, Sleep in Peace.
Please make sure that your current email address and phone number are entered when you register. Necessary information for you to log in and participate in the class will be emailed to you prior to the beginning of the class.
Online registration for this class will end Monday, April 5, at 5 pm.
Registration for this class includes a non-refundable $20 processing fee.
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