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 Donna Ross at donnaross@charter.net .

Coming Program

Laudato Si (the Pope's encyclical on the environment)
Thursdays, August 20 – September 24 at 10 am

“LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs”. Those are the opening words of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. You’ve heard the media’s take on it. This class is an opportunity for us to go beneath the hype in order to consider what the Pope is saying and how it relates to our own understandings of the challenges facing humanity today. The class will be led by the Rev. Caroline Hall, Bob Pelfrey, Carol McPhee and other members of the Hollister Team.. We will probably take one chapter each week: 
• What is happening to our Common Home? 
• The Gospel of Creation 
• The Human Roots of the Ecological Crisis 
• Integral Ecology 
• Lines of Approach and Action 
This is an exciting document and the conversation will pick up some of the themes from Johnson’s “Ask the Beasts” and expand into areas of economics and development. It promises to be an exciting conversation. Thursdays at 10am starting August 20 for six weeks.

For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Caroline Hall

Continuing Programs

Dream/Spirituality Group
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 (bobpelfrey@charter.net).

For those interested in a year-long study

see the Education for Ministry program