Hi all! There has been a lot going on at BeguineAgain.com lately and I want to share it with you! We are joining forces with IntoTheBardo.wordpress.com to come together as a team to provide what we have been, spiritual practices within a daily context. But! And this is the exciting part, in addition to our daily practices, we will be publishing a monthly/semi-monthly (we haven't fully decided) that will focus on core disciples like simplicity, abundance, the earth...things like that! And in a creative way. Creative like photography, poetry, essay, stuff like that! Cool! So look for more writers to come over and for me to update things like the contributors pages and such. Can I get an Amen?
Second, we have several offerings planned as online classes that will coincide with closed discussion groups to facilitate conversation.
As you know, Sabbath is a core practice at BeguineAgain.com. We will be offering "Entering Into Holy Time: Preparing Ourselves for Life" from November 22 to January 3. This roughly corresponds with the Christian season of Advent and with the first half of the winter season (winter solstice December 21). This a traditional time of preparation for many faith traditions and we will be walking through it with a unique curriculum developed by Rev. Katie Ladd of The Well. This curriculum is not available anywhere else. It is from a Christian perspective, but you need not be Christian to participate. In fact, we'd be honored to have other voices chime in regarding their practices. The class will be available as a pay-as-you-can fee schedule and a link to sign up will be here on November 1. See the graphic for more information! We will be synchronizing our online study with an on-the-ground study at Lake Washington UMC in Kirkland. The video curriculum features scholars Walter Brueggeman, Norman Wirzba, Ellen Davis, Dorothy Bass, Robin Jensen, Lauren Winner, Amy-Jill Levine, Jack Sasson, Ched Myers, Brian McLaren, and Bill McKibben.
During Advent, we will be offering special reflections from the community focused on "preparation." I would invite you to send me an email if you are interested in joining in the shared community! The more the merrier. I just need a bunch of folks that want to offer their own interpretation of preparation--in whatever way they want! Via video, poem, essay, photo...it is open season. Please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org . Deadline is November 15. This, of course, is part of our "regular" content.
Starting January 1, we will offer a 52 week series titled "Spiritual Practices." This will introduce one new practice per week for you to contemplate and use (or discard). The practices will be co-taught by Colin Stewart, pagan, and Terri Stewart, Christian. But the focus is on the practice, not your particular religion. The cost of this series is $20 per month for a weekly notification about what Spiritual Practice and a monitored/facilitated discussion group. After 52 weeks, we will start over again at the beginning.
Also in January, James Cowles, will be offering a class on Religion and the Constitution. Look for more to come about his well-researched and thoughtful class from our lovable, curmudgeonly skeptic!
And one more thing...Robert Stewart will be offering a discussion group on favorite and troublesome Christian scripture. His particular p.o.v. is that of an interrogator of the text. Asking questions that make us uncomfortable! That might be irritating in a partner, but it is a good thing in a facilitator!
I lied, there is another thing! We will be doing the 40 day journey, "Are You Willing" developed by Deborah Globus (LaPadre.com) and Terri Stewart (BeguineAgain.com) roughly corresponding with the Christian season of Lent (February 18-April 2). The 40 days excludes feast days, of course! (i.e. Sundays off). This is not a Christian journey, but it is designed to take us deeper into our willingness to love and serve the world.
Thank you so much for riding along with us on this journey. It is my honor to travel with you.