Welcome to the Hollister Institute
The Hollister Institute provides opportunities for stimulating discussion and thoughtful exploration for everyone, whether or not they are members of a church. Courses are offered at St. Benedict’s Church in Los Osos. For more information about Hollister courses, contact Lorienne Schwenk at email@example.com.
Lenten Reading & Reflection
Forty Stories to Stir the Soul by Joan Chittister
Tuesdays at 4 pm, beginning March 11
As Lent is a time of special spiritual focus, we will be reading “Forty Stories to Stir the Soul” by Joan Chittister. Sister Joan is a Benedictine nun who is known for her insight and depth of spiritual wisdom, as well as for her activism in advancing women’s rights. As the title suggests, this book contains forty stories, one for each day of Lent. In addition to reading them as part of our individual spiritual practice there will be a group session each week on Tuesdays at 4pm, led by the Rev. Faye Hogan, beginning March 11 at St. Benedict’s. Faye says – “I have copies of the book already and would like a donation of $5.00 per copy if people can give it. I would like to meet with interested people at 5:00 PM on March 4th, give out the books, and explain how we'll cover the conversations we have about same. As for starting to read, not to worry. No need to start before the first meeting. The stories are short, easy, and quick to read. The following Tuesdays we will begin at 4:15 PM and end in time for vespers at 5:30 PM. See ya'! ~ Faye “
Ocean Mind Collective
first and third Mondays, 7:00-9:00 pm
Beginning January 20th Hollister Institute is presenting a new offering. The Ocean Mind Collective is a community gathering to explore spiritual literature. Through the study of mythological, mystical, religious, and spiritual texts, we hope to deepen our understands of that divine source from which all of creation flows. The first book for study is The Upanishads: Breath from the Eternal and the goal is to study within ourselves as well as the contents of the reading. All are welcome; the only requirements being a curiosity to expand one's consciousness and the ability to laugh at oneself. For more information, contact Ian Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will begin a discussion of The Art of Loving, by Erich Fromm, on Monday, March 3, at 7pm. All are welcome.
Ian writes: "Ocean Mind Collective is a community of women and men who coalesce for the passion of exploring spiritual literature. Through the study of mythological, mystical, religious, and spiritual texts, we hope to collectively deepen our understanding of that divine source from which all of creation flows. Our primary purpose is to comprehend and enact the warrior’s path of unconditional love in our daily lives and communities. We seek to turn inward and to meditate upon that golden vein of spirit which like a river flows effortlessly onward through the consciousness of all tribes and cultures since the creation of time. We aspire to remember the archetypal path of the peaceful warrior and divine goddess within us, and to recognize these shape shifting prophets throughout the collective consciousness of all humankind. With optimism, we hope to manifest gratitude, acceptance, and love within ourselves and each other through exploring this sacred literature. Selflessness and solidarity shall be key principles for the ever growing formation and sustainment of this book club."
first and third Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 pm
St. Ben's Drop-in Dream Group meets every first and third Thursday at St. Benedict's. The format is similar to twelve-step meetings: confidentiality is required regarding any dreams shared with the group, and sharing is not required (everyone supports by their presence). The group is "open" to newcomers but there is no commitment to attend on a regular basis. There are no instructional or workshop-related activities unless noted in advance. The interpretative assumptions and language are Jungian (see Robert Johnson's "Inner Work").
Anyone who would like to be notified of future meetings should send an email address to Bob Pelfrey (email@example.com).
For those interested in a year-long study
see the Education for Ministry program