Aurora Living: Formation Through Word & Creation© is presented as a cycle of nine modules. Each three-month module includes:
Inclusive of everyone, we invite you to consider joining us on this journey of hope and action! Do you have a higher-education goal? Contact us about how Aurora Living can contribute to your Master’s degree.
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Early-bird online (before September 1)
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Psalms are songs raised to our Creator expressing the whole range of human emotion and experience! Here people find comfort and the hope of transformation. The soul speaks in song, in poetry, in art.
A joy is not truly a joy if we cannot communicate it, increase it, express it, sing it in some way, make it come out of us so that it embellishes the world itself. Suffering, too, needs to be expressed. When suffering is worked through, it becomes a work of art. Creativity often requires a lack, a wound, an emptiness. Songs help to live pain in a healthy way.
For some, artistic expression is also the most sacred expression of relationship with God. Singing and dancing, among Indigenous peoples are a reverential expression towards transcendence, an expression of deep connection with it.
The book of Psalms embraces our emotions, giving us words to express ourselves to God in the most diverse moments of life.
Steve Bell is a songwriter, storyteller, and troubadour for our time. Over the course of a 30 year solo career, he has been sharing a message of love, hope and faith through songs, stories, and writings. He is a purveyor of truth and beauty and champion of kindness, on a focused mission for “refreshing Christian faith and spiritual tradition for the weary and the wary.” He is a mentor to many, and an advocate of numerous meaningful causes. www.stevebell.com
Margaret McKeon is an outdoor educator, a poet and a sessional lecturer at St. Mary’s University in Calgary. She is working toward publishing her PhD research as a book. In this work, as a settler person of Irish and German ancestry, she considers relationships with land, ancestral knowledges and colonialism through story and poetry. This research builds on professional work coordinating an outdoor education program in Western Newfoundland as it transformed to also be a strong Mi’kmaw cultural education program, and Masters studies that theorized on this weaving process of “indigenization.” She lives in Canmore with her partner.
Ron Rolheiser is an internationally-known author, retreat leader and spiritual theologian. His book, Sacred Fire: A Vision for Deeper Human and Christian Maturity was awarded Book of the Year and Best Book in Spirituality at the the Catholic Book Awards in 2015. He is a former professor at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta and past-president of the Oblate School of Spirituality in San Antonio, Texas. www.ronrolheiser.com
DATES & SCHEDULE
Early-bird registration ends September 1, 2022. Group discounts available. All pricing in CAN funds.
|Friday September 23, 2022||7:00 pm - 9:00 pm|
|Saturday September 24, 2022||9:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|Sunday September 25, 2022||9:00 am - 1:00 pm|
|Saturday October 22, 2022||9:00 am - 5:00 am|
|Saturday November 19, 2022||9:00 am - 5:00 pm|