Who we are: We are of people with different backgrounds and interests who are seeking to study Celtic and other forms of Spirituality and spiritual practice; looking for ways to remain creative, or embrace more creative forms of expression; who wish to continue learning through study, and discussion. We gather in the Library, drink a ‘cuppa’ and just talk, laugh and cry a little sometimes:
Winter Women who meet the second Thursday of each month discuss, discern and concern ourselves with issues of sisterhood and are brought together through the study of Celtic Spirituality. This group is open to all ‘mature’ women and ones who recognize the potential of the wisdom-bringers among us.
The Creative Age-ers, open to all genders, strive to understand aging in a world which does not wish to acknowledge it or embrace it. We meet on the fourth Thursday to contemplate what we must learn, offer, and embrace.
The other Thursdays are open to all persons for various activities such as ‘bookless book’ studies, and spirited movies, and one Thursday a month we have gentle conversation while working in our Library.
What we do: We have discussion times for Bible study, Celtic study, Spirituality study, Book study. We have meditation time for Advent, for Lent and ‘Just Because’. We host women’s retreats seasonally, including Women’s Christmas in January. We go on pilgrimage: Iona, Ghost Ranch, New York City are a few. We seek ways to be creative and to live in creative ways. Stir the Soul Café is a concept that is evolving, unfolding, and re-creating.
Come join us anytime but until Covid-19 has been managed so that we can re-open our building for face-to-face contact, we will work with email and zoom to remain in conversation. If you have any questions, email Loraine Tuenge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our motto for this year for Stir the Soul Café Ministries: “In times of bleakness, darkness, fear, hopelessness, there is God, present in blessed acts of Incarnational Work.”
Stirrings Amongst the Stacks Happy Friday, Friends,
I would like to introduce you to another blogger that I have begun following who fits in well with our Wise Winter Women. She is Dr. Sue Boardman:
“It’s been quite a journey since my girls came along. Much like the Velveteen Rabbit, my hair has been loved until it’s sparkly silver and I’m beginning to get pretty real. At least on my good days…I’ve made enough quilts to keep most of my family warm and loved. Developed recipes in honor of the girls. Written three books. And found language for what it is that I’m about.”
Dr. Sue Boardman shares her life with her readers and tells us about one experience she had that changed the direction of her life. She was a young single mother and joined a parenting class at her church. With their encouragement, she began the training to lead this program.
One day while in a lecture hall filled with 3000 other persons in training, she heard this statistic shared by the lecturer: “If a teenaged child has 5 adults who will listen to them and take them seriously and not shame them, or blame them for their questions, that child is practically immune for attempting suicide.” This stayed with her and she held it in her heart trying to determine what to do with this fact. Then she became a grandmother! “I have become The Fiercely Compassionate Grandmother. The “Fiercely Compassionate” part has all come from my girls. They’re growing up in this world. Realizing that changed everything for me. I have become an activist. “I want my girls to have heath care and clean water and real food and good schools. I want them to have art and music and the ability to dream of more than they’ve known so far. I want them to be passionately who they are. (Which is just as well, because these two are well on the way!) “I want to be one of those five people for them. And for as many other kids as possible. I want them to reach out to beings that need help and love. “So, I got involved…Local, sustainably raised food. Compost and a garden in the front yard…Newfoundland Dog rescue…Up to our elbows in art…Social justice…Politics… Hope in the face of dis-heartening news…Telling the truth, as best I know it…Trading old, ineffective stories for new, more resourceful ones…Questions that make all the difference.” She is nourished on this particular journey by a quote from Anne Lamott: “I decided that the single most subversive, revolutionary thing I could do was to show up for my life and not be ashamed.” Friends, remember that we are on hiatus for the Stir the Soul programming until Sept. Keep checking this space.