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Foundations II: Wisdom from the Margins

Foundations II:

Wisdom from the Margins

One Monday evening per month: Sept 23, 2024 – April 28, 2025

6:30 – 8:30 pm ET (Virtual via Zoom)

Cost:   $425

Foundations II: Wisdom from the Margins is a course and community that reflectively studies the life stories and teachings of great spiritual leaders who have impacted the world from the margins. The hope is to open our minds and hearts to those who have been “othered,” and let their inspirational wisdom challenge, nurture and deepen our spiritual life.

 

Foundations II can be taken after Foundations I (Foundations in Spirituality) and many who have taken the former will want to take Foundations II. However, Foundations II can also be taken as a stand-alone course. We do not require that Foundations I be taken first, nor that Foundations II be taken in order to enter our Spiritual Director Practicums.

Explore the activism born of a deep spirituality in Sojourner Truth and the Grimke sisters; the transformative power of service and reflection in Henri Nouwen and Mother Theresa; the joy of reconciliation in Desmond Tutu; and the inspiring humility of Oscar Romero.

The course introduces the practice of reflective journaling and listening as a spiritual friend as integrating practices for living a richer spiritual life.

We will be reading What the Mystics Know by Richard Rohr before class begins in September and reflectively throughout the course. Please purchase your copy from a book retailer when you register for Foundations II and begin reading.

 

What to Expect

  • Read reflectively What the Mystics Know by Richard Rohr. Please purchase this book at a retailer when you register so that you can begin reading it before the first class on September 23.
  • Journal on prompts weekly throughout the course.
  • Attend and participate in classes via Zoom once a month.
  • Develop your spiritual listening ear as you interact with God, classmates, presenters, and the lives of these spiritual leaders.

The objectives of this course are to:

  • Grow in understanding and appreciation of the diverse ways God has been present to and involved in the lives of the great spiritual teachers and guides who identified with a marginalized group throughout history.
  • Encourage awareness, commitment to, and integration of the spiritual journey in daily life through reflective journaling.
  • Provide opportunity for an introductory study of lives and writings from global Christianity for the purpose of broadening and deepening our individual and communal spirituality.
  • Foster respect for the diversity in past and present theology and spirituality.
  • Help people explore and expand the Love story of God within the context of their own story.
  • Notice encouraging ways of staying faithful through the wrestling of challenging life stories of these particular Spiritual teachers.
  • Develop an understanding of contemplative attitudes and presence as basic to living a spiritual life.

 

Tuition + Fees

  • Program cost $425
  • Program is 6:30 – 8:30 pm ET one Monday a month
  • The text, What the Mystics Know by Richard Rohr, is not included in registration fee. Please purchase the book at a book retailer as soon as you register. Ideally, all will have read the book before the first class on September 23.
  • Financial scholarships and/or payment plans are available, please contact us at programs@grdominicans.org or call 616-514-3325.
  • View Dominican Center’s refund policy.

Dates

All classes will be held virtually on Zoom at 6:30 – 8:30pm ET.

  • September 23, 2024
  • October 28
  • November 25
  • January 6, 2025
  • January 27
  • February 24
  • March 24
  • April 28

A typical class will begin with a contemplative prayer together, a presentation interwoven with small group interactions and prayer experiences.

 

Christ will make His home in your heart as you trust in Him.
Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.
Ephesians 3:17

Facilitators

Kimberley Mulder

Spiritual Director, Program Assistant at Dominican Center

Kimberley Mulder is a Spiritual Director trained through Portland Seminary, having received her Certificate in Spiritual Direction in 2021 and her MDiv in 2023. She moved to West Michigan in 2022 and discovered the Dominican Center shortly afterward, joining the staff in October to utilize her skills in coordinating and facilitating to host souls in their deepening spiritual journey. Her spiritual journey has had home bases in Reformed, evangelical, and charismatic churches while always encountering God through nature, beauty, and goodness.

 

Geralyn Myczkowiak

Spiritual Director, Facilitator

Geralyn Myczkowiak (pronounced mitch cove e ack) is a Spiritual Director. She facilitates Spiritual Companioning and Foundations in Spirituality.

She completed the Spiritual Director Practicum at Dominican Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2019. She practices spiritual direction at Dominican Center, Design Futures, and in her home office. Geralyn leads spiritual book studies and teaches classes on listening, happiness, and Thomas Merton. She is a former Michigan public and private school teacher, ISD administrator, and educational consultant. Geralyn is a mother, sister, daughter, and grandmother. Her intent is to journey with others as they experience God’s love and unity in their daily lives.

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