Grit--The Power and Passion of Perseverance--An "Interfaith Book Dialog"
Jun
23
to Jul 21

Grit--The Power and Passion of Perseverance--An "Interfaith Book Dialog"

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Grit—The Power of Passion and Perseverance—”An Interfaith Book Dialogue” Co-Sponsored with the Raindrop Foundation San Antonio and the Dialog Institute of the Southwest

Dates: Five Sundays, June 23, 30, July 7, 14, and 21

Time: 1:30-3 p.m.

Tuition: $20/5 sessions on or before June 14; $25 after

Enrollment: 8 min./35 max.

Location: Raindrop Foundation (4337 Vance Jackson Rd., 78230)

Across five Sundays, we will study, break bread together, and discuss Angela Duckworth’s book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. Each week we will dive into one or two chapters, exploring Duckworth’s insights on how a mix of passion and perseverance, which she labels “grit,” combine to foster success and resilience. A different member of the group will be asked to lead that week’s discussion. Co-sponsored by our friends at the Raindrop Foundation San Antonio and the Dialogue Institute, this group is organized by Fatma Arslan, Sumeyra Tek, Dhawn Martin.

Dr. Fatma Arslan teaches electrical engineering at UTSA and is a leader in the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest. Sumeyra Tek is a Physics instructor at UTSA and a volunteer at Raindrop Foundation San Antonio. Dr. Dhawn Martin is the SoL Center’s Executive Director.

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Love Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments  The 2019-2020 PW/Horizons Bible Study with Rev. San Williams
Aug
6
to Aug 8

Love Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments The 2019-2020 PW/Horizons Bible Study with Rev. San Williams

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Dates: Three days, Tuesday, August 6 - Thursday, August 8

Time: 10 a.m. - Noon

Tuition: $35/3 sessions on or before July 30, $40 after (5th person from same group free)

Enrollment: 12 min./50 max.

Location: The SoL Center at UPC

A primary theme that will be explored in this study is to engage the Ten Commandments not as a rigid set of to-do’s and not to-do’s. Rather, author Eugenia Anne Gamble invites folks to encounter the Commandments as a “‘love letter’ from God.” Across these three days, we will explore teaching strategies and theme development for groups to study Love Carved in Stone.

Reverend San Williams, an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), served as Interim Pastor at University Presbyterian Church in San Antonio. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Union Seminary in New York City, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has served Presbyterian churches in Houston, Corpus Christi, and Austin, and most recently served as Interim Chaplain at Trinity University.

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Movie Screening: In the Light of Reverence  In collaboration with Headwaters at Incarnate Word
Jul
10
6:00 PM18:00

Movie Screening: In the Light of Reverence In collaboration with Headwaters at Incarnate Word

Date: Wednesday, July 10

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

Tuition: Free

Enrollment: Open

Location: Sinkin’ Eco Centro (1802 N Main Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212)

Join us for this important screening. As found on the Sacred Land Films Project website, here is the official description of the film’s themes and content: “Ten years in the making, In the Light of Reverence explores American culture’s relationship to nature in three places considered sacred by native peoples: Devils Tower in Wyoming, the Colorado Plateau in the Southwest and Mount Shasta in California. Rich in minerals and beloved by recreational users, these ‘holy lands’ exert a spiritual gravity that pulls Native Americans into conflict with mining companies, New Age practitioners and rock climbers. Ironically, all sides see themselves as besieged.

This award-winning film documents the Lakota, Hopi and Winnemem Wintu efforts to protect their most sacred places. Their battles tell a new story of culture clashes in an ancient landscape.”

In the Light of Reverence is “produced and Directed by Christopher McLeod. Co-Produced by Malinda Maynor. Written by Jessica Abbe. Edited by Will Parrinello. Narrated by Peter Coyote and Tantoo Cardinal. Educational Distributor: Bullfrog Films.” (https://sacredland.org/in-the-light-of-reverence/).

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Introduction to Yoga--In Celebration pf the 5th Annual International Day of Yoga with Shari Miller Gainnie
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Yoga--In Celebration pf the 5th Annual International Day of Yoga with Shari Miller Gainnie

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Introduction to Yoga—In Celebration of the 5th Annual International Day of Yoga with Shari Miller Gaiennie

Date: Thursday, June 20

Time: 6—7 p.m.

Tuition: Free

Enrollment: Open

Location: SoL Center at UPC

Many aspects of yoga will be introduced, including breathing exercises, postures, and meditation. This class is for EVERYONE—it is beginner friendly! Please bring a yoga mat and a bottle of water.

Shari Miller Gaiennie, MA, RYT 500, YACEP, has been practicing yoga since 1996 and teaching in the community since 2009, in the yoga styles of Hatha and Ashtanga.

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Celebrate Iftar with the Raindrop Foundation San Antonio
May
24
7:30 PM19:30

Celebrate Iftar with the Raindrop Foundation San Antonio

Celebrate Iftar with the Raindrop Foundation San Antonio

Date: Friday, May 24

Time: 7:30-9:30(ish) p.m.

Tuition: Free

Location: Raindrop Foundation (4337 Vance Jackson Rd., 78230)

At this event, during the time of Ramadan, we will gather as people of diverse backgrounds, with the purpose of building bridges and cultivating mutual understanding. As you may know, Ramadan is the holiest of the 12 months in Islam during which Muslims fast. Fasting starts at dawn and ends at sunset. During this time, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking (including water), and intimacy. The fast is broken at sunset with a dinner called "iftar" where family, friends, and neighbors gather. The Raindrop community has been sharing iftar dinners with many other communities in our city for the last several years.

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When the Powers that Be Co-Opt Sacred Texts: Dinner and Conversation with Andries Coetzee, Brian LePort, and Ruben Dupertuis
May
14
6:00 PM18:00

When the Powers that Be Co-Opt Sacred Texts: Dinner and Conversation with Andries Coetzee, Brian LePort, and Ruben Dupertuis

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Date: Tuesday, May 14

Time: 6-8:30 p.m.

Tuition: $20 before May. 7, $25 after

Enrollment: 12 min./35 max.

A favorite often manipulated text used by those in power to subject peoples, territories, and ideas is Romans 13. Take as an example, verses 1-2:

“Let every person be subject to the governing

authorities; for there is no authority except from

God, and those authorities that exist have been

instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists

authority resists what God has appointed, and

those who resist will incur judgment.”

In this gathering we will discuss the meanings of the text and how different powers have used one primary interpretation of Romans 13 to subjects others. Join us for a vegetarian meal and conversation.

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Ebru (Water Marbeling) with Nihal Sonmez
May
9
to May 23

Ebru (Water Marbeling) with Nihal Sonmez

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Date: Three Thursdays, May 9, 16, and 23

Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

Tuition: $40 before May 1, $45 after

Enrollment: 12 min./35 max.

Ebru, often referred to as the “dance of color on water,” is an authentic Turkish art that has been considered a spiritual art for centuries. This unique art form is produced by sprinkling color pigments into thickened water and utilizes special brushes to create various designs that are then transferred onto a sheet of paper or other surface. Believed to have been invented in the thirteenth century Turkistan, ebru then spread to China, India and Persia, and Anatolia. Seljuk and Ottoman calligraphers and artists used marbling to decorate books, imperial decrees, official documents. New techniques were perfected in the process and Turkey remained the center of marbling for many centuries. In this class we will explore a variety of techniques that participants will use to create their own masterpieces.

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