Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer online programs: information and registration

Summer Online Offerings
July 6 to September 26


 (c) Jane Redmont
Registration is now open for the first three retreats of the summer.
See below for announcement of all the retreats and for links to each retreat's information-and-registration page.

Hurry Up and Slow Down:
Spiritual Practices for Daily Life

A six week online retreat
offering
techniques and inspiration
for slowing down
in this busy world
and 

for living more mindfully --
wherever you are,
whoever you are,
whatever your schedule.

offered twice!
early summer: July 9 - August 18
late summer: August 16 - September 26
see here for full details and registration

Novena Retreats

with inspiring companions
 
For many of us, it may be easier to commit to a shorter length of time (in this case, nine days, hence the name "Novena") during which there is focused reflection, meditation, and prayer each day.

You may, of course, take more than one of these short online retreats.

Each retreat uses as its inspiration 
the life and writings
of a contemporary Christian
who has combined deep spiritual roots and practice
with active commitment to the work of justice.

July 6-14 ~ Howard Thurman       Registration has begun. See here for details.


July 20-28 ~ Dorothy Day              Registration has begun. See here for details.

Aug. 3-11 ~  William Stringfellow              details/registration forthcoming
Aug. 17-25 ~ Ada María Isasi-Díaz             details/registration forthcoming
Aug. 31 - Sept. 8 ~ Dorothee Soelle           details/registration forthcoming
Sept. 14-22 ~  Pauli Murray                           details/ registration forthcoming

These are retreats, not classes.
There are readings, 
but the readings are short: 
they are meant to be pondered 
and used as a springboard 
for prayer and action.

Thich Nhat Hanh


Taking Care of Ourselves
While 
Taking Care of Others

A month-long 
combination of 
retreat, support group, and resource sharing
for caregivers: 
parents and foster parents, 
adult children of aging parents
people caring for a sick partner or spouse, 
professional caregivers 
(social workers, therapists, psychologists, nurses, clergy),
community organizers and teachers,
and anyone 
who expends a lot of time and energy
with and for others.

Topics will include time, sleep, community, solitude,
living with difficult feelings, and spiritual practice.
(Persons of any and no religious affiliation are most welcome.)

July 17-August 20                    details/ registration the week of June 28.
plus an optional extra week, Aug. 21-27



Do you have questions or concerns after reading the retreat descriptions, here and on the linked pages with more details? (Make sure you read those.) E-mail me.

(Re)discovering Howard Thurman: a 9 day online retreat.

Longing for some prayerful and reflective time in your busy life?

Interested in (re-)discovering the work of a wise guide?

Join us!
Howard Thurman: 
An Online Novena Retreat
July 6-14, 2015


Howard Thurman (1899-1981), a philosopher, educator, theologian, and pastor, was an African American born in the segregated South during the Jim Crow era. Nourished by the rich traditions of the Black Church and ordained as a Baptist minister, he was deeply influenced by Quaker thought, especially the mysticism and nonviolence of Rufus Jones. He was also a pioneer in interreligious understanding. His writings --books, prayers, meditations, and sermons-- are rooted in Christianity yet accessible to and pertinent to whose wisdom path is "spiritual but not religious."

Howard Thurman exercised a deep influence on some of the  Civil Rights Movement's leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He traveled to India to meet Gandhi in the 1930s with the first group of African Americans to do so. Thurman served as the first Black Dean of Marsh Chapel, the university chapel at Boston University, and founded the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, a multicultural, multiracial, and interfaith congregation in San Francisco which is still in existence today.
Thurman's book Jesus and the Disinherited predated Black liberation theology by a generation.

What, when, where

* An online nine-day spiritual retreat, July 6-14, 2015, with the help of the writings of Howard Thurman (1899-1981).

* Simple and accessible:
one quote per day
one spiritual exercise per day
one prayer per day
* At home, in your daily life: read, meditate, and pray in a way that suits your schedule.

* You'll need just 20 minutes a day of focused time and a computer or tablet with internet access.

* Spiritual refreshment, nurture, and challenge.

"Novena retreat" ?

A novena is a sequence of nine successive days of prayer–usually prayers of either petition or thanksgiving. It is generally a public and popular spiritual practice and is found most often in the Roman Catholic religious tradition.

I am using the word “novena,” meaning nine days, as part of the description of this retreat to indicate that it is nine days long and involves daily meditation and prayer.


This novena retreat is ecumenical, accessible to Christians of any background or affiliation, and open to all. It is a new twist on the traditional novena.


An online retreat? How does that work?

* The retreat offers daily resources (the quotes, spiritual exercises, and prayers mentioned above, with some images as well to nourish you visually) online on a blog. More specifically, a closed blog.

* What's a closed blog? It's a blog like this, but it is not public: it is open only to those whom the blog owner-administrator (that's me) has signed in. In other words, it is not open to anybody wandering around the internet. It is not "searchable": random web surfers will not be able to view either the blog or our conversations in the comments.

* Once you register for the retreat by e-mailing me your intention to participate, I will send instructions for the one-time-only sign-in mechanism. After that, the blog will always recognize you.

Registration

To register, write me, Jane Redmont, stating your intention to take the retreat, and make your payment. 

Cost and payment

* $60 if you register by Tuesday, June 30.
* $75 if you register between Wednesday, July 1 and Monday, July 6, the day the retreat begins.
It's best to register before July 1, but you are still welcome if you sign up at the 11th hour!
Some discounts are available for those in financial hardship. Talk to me.

* Payment is non-refundable and due upon registration, by check or online electronic payment.

If you prefer to pay by check, I will send you the mailing address when you write me to register.

If you prefer to pay online by credit card or PayPal, please click below to pay via the Redmont Retreats secure PayPal account. (Note: you don't have to have your own PayPal account to use this secure online payment method.)


Retreat fee (choose one)



Privacy and community

During the retreat, you can remain private and just read the blog and use the quotes, spiritual exercises, and prayers on your own.

or
  
If you are more extroverted and communal or in need of companions on your retreat, you can  share your thoughts, experiences, and questions via the comments function on the blog and engage in conversation with other participants and with the retreat facilitator.


A full list of online retreats for summer 2015 is here.

"Hurry Up and Slow Down" -- offered twice this summer

We are offering the online retreat
 "Hurry Up and Slow Down"
twice this summer*
*or winter, if you are participating from the southern hemisphere

(c) Jane Redmont 2013

What, when, where

* A 6-week online retreat offered twice this summer:

Early summer: July 7 to August 17
Late summer: August 16 to September 26

* At home, in your daily life, 15 minutes a day

* Simple, accessible, gently focused on practice, with spiritual exercises

* Each week of the retreat has an anchoring theme:

mindfulness
breath 
place 
time 
community
earth

* Suitable for those who are religiously affiliated as well as for those who consider themselves spiritual, but not religious.

* If you think you don't have time for "Hurry Up and Slow Down," you're exactly the person who will benefit from it.
You are, of course, most welcome if you do have time!

See below for details.
 
 
Hurry Up and Slow Down is a spiritual retreat accompanying your daily life. It offers guidance, but it is not an academic class with a lot of reading. It is simple, accessible, and gently focused on practice -- the "how" of living every day mindfully and reverently, in a way that suits our own circumstances and takes into account how busy we are. Each week will have a theme or anchor. The weekly themes will be rich and basic:

 

* mindfulness * breath * place *
* time * community * earth *
 
These themes can be building blocks of spiritual practice, whether we are religiously affiliated or not.

Every week, with the theme of the week, will include four components, offered each Sunday and accompanying you throughout the week:


1. Awareness of the week's theme:
Taking stock, naming, asking and answering questions, doing a little writing (or drawing if we are more visually inclined).
2. Inspiration:
A short reading, an image, an insight, a bit of wisdom about the theme for us to ponder during the week.
3. Practice:
An exercise related to the week's theme, a concrete how-to that we can incorporate into our daily life throughout the week.
4. Tradition(s):
Some insights into the week's theme from the experience and wisdom of more than one religious tradition. We are not the first to grapple with the themes of our retreat and we are not alone.

Registration

"Hurry Up and Slow Down" is offered twice this summer! (or winter, if you are in the Southern Hemisphere)

The early summer retreat begins Tuesday, July 7.

The late summer retreat begins Sunday, August 16.

Registration will remain open till the first day of each retreat, but please note that cost is lower if you register early!

To register, please e-mail your intention to take the retreat to Jane Redmont.



Cost

$110 if you register by Monday, June 29 for the early summer retreat (HUASD I) or
by Monday, July 21 for the late summer retreat (HUASD II).

$125 if you register between Tuesday, June 30 and Tuesday, July 7 for the early summer retreat or from between Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 16 for the late summer retreat.

Some discounts are available for those in financial hardship. Talk to me.

Payment

 Payment is non-refundable and due upon registration, by check or online electronic payment.

If you prefer paying by check, I will send you the mailing address when you write me to register. 


If you prefer to pay online by credit card or PayPal, please click the appropriate button below (early summer or late summer)  to pay via the Redmont Retreats secure PayPal account.  (Note: you don't have to have your own PayPal account to use this secure online payment method.)

EARLY SUMMER HUASD I RETREAT (begins Tuesday, July 7, 2015)


Retreat fee (choose one)



LATE SUMMER HUASD II RETREAT (begins Sunday, August 16, 2015)


Retreat fee (choose one)



An online retreat? How does that work?

An online retreat offers retreat resources (themes, quotes, images, videos, guidelines for spiritual exercises, and more) online on a blog. More specifically, a closed blog.

What's a closed blog? It's a blog like this, but open only to those whom the blog owner-administrator (that's me) allows in. In other words, it is not open to anybody wandering around the internet. It is not searchable on the web. Random web surfers will not be able to view either the blog or our conversations in the comments. Once you register for the course, I will send instructions on the one-time sign-in mechanism. After that, the blog will always recognize you.  


Privacy and community

Do I have to talk to other people on the retreat? I'm a very private person.
 
and/or
 
Can I get some support here? I'm not sure I can stick to this all by myself.

The retreat will offer you a choice in finding your preferred balance between the solitary and the communal, between privacy and solidarity.

1) You can be private and just read the blog and use the exercises, practices, and quotes on your own.  

 
or
 
2) If you are more extroverted and communal or in need of companions on your retreat, you can  share your thoughts, experiences, and questions via the comments function on the blog and engage in conversation with other retreatants and with the retreat facilitator.

Either way, in your participation on the blog, silent or speaking, you must respond respectfully to others and protect the privacy of participants. It's fine for you to say to people outside the retreat "someone in a group I'm in mentioned [issue, insight, dilemma]" but not the name or identifying characteristics of the person or the story.


(c) Jane Redmont
This online retreat is meant to help you find time and opportunity
 to breathe and pause in your busy life,
but not to make you feel guilty when you struggle to do so.
 
Begin where you are, not where you "ought to be."

(c) Jane Redmont 2014
 
A full list of online retreats for summer 2015 is here.

Nine days with Dorothy Day: an online retreat

Longing for some prayerful and reflective time in your busy life?

Interested in radical Christian commitment, justice, and mercy?



Dorothy Day: 
An Online Novena Retreat 
July 20-28. 2015

Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day (1897-1980) is best known as the co-founder of the Catholic Worker, an anarchist, pacifist, lay Catholic Christian movement, and of the newspaper by the same name. Journalist, activist, mother, speaker, she was also a person of prayer whose Roman Catholic religious observance cannot be separated from her work for social and economic justice and peace and from what Christian tradition calls “the works of mercy.”

Click here for 30 interesting facts about Dorothy Day.



What, when, where



* An online nine-day spiritual retreat, July 20-28, 2015, with the help of the writings of Dorothy Day (Nov. 8, 1897 - Nov. 29, 1980).
Dorothy and daughter Tamar Theresa
* Simple and accessible:
one quote per day
one spiritual exercise per day
one prayer per day
* At home, in your daily life: read, meditate, and pray in a way that suits your schedule.

* You'll need 20 minutes a day of focused time and a computer or tablet with internet access.

* Spiritual refreshment, nurture, and challenge.

"Novena retreat" ?

A novena is a sequence of nine successive days of prayer–usually prayers of either petition or thanksgiving. It is generally a public and popular spiritual practice and is found most often in the Roman Catholic religious tradition.

I am using the word “novena,” meaning nine days, as part of the description of this retreat to indicate that it is nine days long and involves daily meditation and prayer.


Dorothy Day was a Roman Catholic, but the novena retreat is ecumenical and open to all. It is a new twist on the traditional novena.


An online retreat? How does that work?

* The retreat offers daily resources (the quotes, spiritual exercises, and prayers mentioned above, with some images as well to nourish you visually) online on a blog. More specifically, a closed blog.


* What's a closed blog? It's a blog like this, but it is not public: it is open only to those whom the blog owner-administrator (that's me) has signed in. In other words, it is not open to anybody wandering around the internet. It is not "searchable": random web surfers will not be able to view either the blog or our conversations in the comments.


* Once you register for the retreat, I will send instructions on the one-time sign-in mechanism. After that, the blog will always recognize you.

Registration

To register, write me, Jane Redmont, stating your intent to participate in the retreat. I will send you full registration instructions and  online sign-up information

Cost and payment

* $60 if you register by Sunday, July 12.
* $75 if you register between Monday, July 13 and  Monday, July 20, the day the retreat begins.

It's best to register before the 24th, but you still welcome if you arrive at the 11th hour!

Some discounts are available for those in financial hardship. Talk to me.

Payment is non-refundable and due upon registration, by check or online electronic payment.

If you prefer paying by check, I will send you the mailing address when you e-mail me to tell me you wish to register.


If you prefer to pay online by credit card or PayPal, please click below to pay via the Redmont Retreats secure PayPal account. (Note: you don't have to have your own PayPal account to use this secure online payment method.)


Retreat fee (choose one)




Privacy and community

During the retreat, you can remain private and just read the blog and use the quotes, spiritual exercises, and prayers on your own.

or
If you are more extroverted and communal or in need of companions on your retreat, you can  share your thoughts, experiences, and questions via the comments function on the blog and engage in conversation with other retreatants and with the retreat facilitator.


A full list of online retreats for summer 2015 is here.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Beyond "Selma": Faith and the Freedom Movement -- online class registration continues through THURSDAY, Feb. 26

BEYOND 'SELMA'
FAITH AND THE FREEDOM MOVEMENT

An eight week online course* on
 
religion, racial justice, nonviolent action, and community
 
in the Civil Rights Movement

February 18-April 12, 2015
accepting registrations through February 23 26!

* See also the bottom of this announcement 
for a local Boston version, 
live and in person!
Have you seen the movie "Selma"?

Whether you have or not, how much do you know about the long and fruitful years of struggle that make up the Civil Rights Movement?


(Some prefer to call it the Freedom Movement.)



You know about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but have you read his "Letter from Birmingham Jail"? Or the "I Have a Dream" speech in its entirety, including the parts that don't usually get quoted? Or any of his sermons?
Do you know how he understood the connection between racial injustice and poverty, between poverty and war? What happened when he began to oppose the war in Vietnam? 

How were his Christian faith and his formation as a minister vital to his civil rights leadership? 
How was religion woven into the Civil Rights struggle?

Why and how did the music matter?

Do you recognize other names besides Dr. King's? Ella Baker? Bayard Rustin? James Lawson? Fannie Lou Hamer? Diane Nash?


What about the movement dimension of the Civil Rights Movement?
And the communities where popular movements for freedom and justice arose and grew? 

You've heard of the Greensboro Sit-ins, but what about the large wave of sit-ins in Nashville? And the involvement of Nashville students in the Freedom Rides?

Christianity was woven into the Freedom Movement, but there's more to the story. Why and how did Malcolm X and others choose Islam as their path of faith and practice? How did their identities and lives as Muslims help to maintain their integrity as African Americans?

Who were some of the Catholic and Jewish participants in the Civil Rights movement?


Readings, music, film!

The course takes place on a blog which is accessible only to those people who have registered for the course. The technical part is fairly simple if you are used to being online and your friendly instructor is available to help you trouble-shoot if you run into any problems.

We'll watch some movies and movie clips (some are free and accessible online and those will be required; others are commercially accessible and participants will be encouraged to see them) and listen to some music, and of course, there will be reading! Not as much as in a college class, and you don't have to be college-educated to take the course. You do have to commit two to four hours a week (not all at once - you're in control of how and when) to reading, watching, and listening to the resources and to thinking about them. You may wish to spend more time than the minimum required, but that is up to you.

I am mixing the media because we all learn in different ways and because film and music teach us as much as reading. Together the reading, music, and movies will give us a more textured sense of this important period in U.S. history.

 

This course is open to all
regardless of religious or academic background.

"Beyond 'Selma': Faith and the Freedom Movement" is a good program for the Christian season of Lent, but you don't have to be a Christian observing Lent to take this class.
The course will include, in an easily identifiable thread, some reflections (questions, spiritual exercises, meditations) geared specifically toward those who are observing Lent and Holy Week, and Easter Week, but that "Lenten thread" is not required and is there as an option. This is a class and primarily a community of study and learning.
Registration and fees

Registration is now open.
Regular rate: $250
Discounted rate: $175
Benefactor rate: $350
To register, write me, Jane Redmont, at readwithredmont@earthlink.net if you plan to pay by check: I will acknowledge your registration and send you the mailing address. I will also notify you when I receive your check.

OR

If you are paying by credit or debit card or PayPal, simply register and pay by using the PayPal button below. (You can use this button and its secure connection to pay with a card even if you don't have a PayPal account.)

The PayPal payment will record your name and e-mail address and serve as your registration. You will receive an acknowledgment from me within 24 hours.

Payment is non-refundable and due upon registration.
If you are in a situation of financial stress, please write me and we can arrange for a discount or scholarship.
If you wish to help make more scholarships possible, just check and pay the "benefactor" rate below.


Registration fees (choose one)



 Focus Days

The course begins on Wednesday, February 18. (This is Ash Wednesday in the Western Christian Calendar.) It ends on Sunday, April 12.

Focus days throughout the course are Monday and Friday.

A "Focus day" is
1. The day on which new materials and resources are posted and available to you for reading, viewing, or listening.
2. The day you can begin asking or answering questions about that material or commenting upon it.
You will then have until the following focus day to do your reading, listening, watching, and reflection, on your own schedule.
This gives you flexibility and enables you to adapt the course to your own life and way of learning.
Once you register and are signed on to the course blog, you will receive more details. We are keeping the structure simple and regular so that you can get used to it easily.

There are no formal papers, no exams, and no grades, and our goal is to be a community of learning and conversation. There are a few requirements:
* Do the reading/watching/listening assignments.
* Use the course blog's comments sections to share your responses to the material.
* Read other course participants' comments with an open mind and heart.
* Write a paragraph or two as the course begins and a page or two after the course is over to reflect on what you have learned.
* NOTE: A "Live and in person" version of this course for people who live in the Boston area will be available if at least five people are interested.
Meetings will be held once a week in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston. Write me here if you are interested. The cost is the same as the online course, but a delicious homemade vegetarian dinner is included at every meeting! If we get snowed out, you can follow the course online -- but it goes into early April, so we should be fine most of the time.


Jane Redmont is also offering an online retreat 
on the life and wisdom of Thomas Merton 
for Lent and Holy Week,
beginning February 18.
See here for further information and registration.



About Jane Redmont
teacher and facilitator of
Beyond 'Selma': Faith and the Freedom Movement

Jane Redmont designed a new course in African American Religion and Theology for Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina in 2005 and taught the course there for seven years, often more than once a year because of its popularity.

A graduate of Oberlin College, Jane received her M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and studied for the Ph.D. in theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. During her time in North Carolina, she chaired the Bishop's Committee for Racial Justice and Reconciliation of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. She is the author of two books, Generous Lives: American Catholic Women Today and When in Doubt, Sing: Prayer in Daily Life.

Jane is in the ordination process in the Episcopal Church, into which she was received in early 2002. For 25 years before that, she was a  pioneer among women in professional ministry in the Roman Catholic Church, serving as a campus minister at SUNY-Stony Brook, as the first woman chaplain at St. Paul's University Catholic Center in Madison, Wisconsin,  and as Social Justice Minister at Boston's Paulist Center, and as a popular speaker and committed social activist. She has also directed and served as a consultant to nonprofit organizations addressing intergroup relations, public health, and the causes and consequences of poverty, especially in cities.

A preacher and spiritual director, Jane has lectured and led retreats and workshops around the U.S., including Texas, California, Hawaii, Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and several other states. Raised in France in a family of American journalists, she lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where she currently spends a lot of time shoveling snow.