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.
Starting in January
Whatever Happened to the Church?
Thursdays at 10 am, January 9-February 6
The past thirty years have seen great changes in all the mainline American churches, not least the Episcopal Church. This class will examine those changes through the lens of Caro’s recent book, A Thorn in the Flesh: How Gay Sexuality is Changing the Episcopal Church. Over five weeks we’ll discuss some of these questions: · How and why do groups of people become “outsiders,” and what we can do about it? · Are Christians called to be political activists or to lives of quiet piety? · What does it mean to be “Anglican,” and who gets to decide? · Does God’s love extend to everyone, and if so are there any moral absolutes? · How can liberals who think that everyone has a right to be at the table deal with those who want to chop the table up and burn it? Caro’s book also introduces us to many of the people who had important roles in the changing church. For instance, on January 23, we’ll welcome Dottie Fuller and Gil Grady (you’ll first meet them in chapter 5 of A Thorn in the Flesh) to learn more about them and their ministry in the Episcopal Church.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For those interested in a year-long study
see the Education for Ministry program