Aurora Living Module 1
Aurora Living: Formation Through Word & Creation© is presented as a cycle of nine modules. Each three-month module includes:
- an opening online/onsite weekend retreat
- a monthly online/onsite Saturday retreat (x3)
- a monthly two-hour formation meeting, with celebrations and practical activities (x3)
- weekly required readings and videos
- Optional spiritual direction
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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YEAR ONE MODULES
- Module 1—Creation: Stories of Beginnings (October to December 2021)
- Module 2—Wilderness: Between Slavery & Freedom (January to March 2022)
- Module 3—Leadership: Empowered for Service (April to June 2022)
CREATION: STORIES OF BEGINNINGS
Each culture has a creation story, much like our own Judeo-Christian story in the book of Genesis. In this module we rely on the core stories from the Book of Genesis to explore themes of:
- self image and self expression,
- images of God, land conflicts
- and God’s blessing on our journeys as tribes, cultures and peoples formed in the image and likeness of God.
We will also dialogue with the indigenous culture, learning from them, their worldview of creation.
LS nº13: “The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development.”
LS nº85: “God has written a precious book, “whose letters are the multitude of created things present in the universe. The Canadian bishops rightly point out that no creature is excluded from this manifestation of God: ”From panoramic vistas to the tiniest living form, nature is a constant source of wonder and awe. It is also a continuing revelation of the divine.”
- October 1-3, 2021 — Opening Retreat
- Maureen Wild, A Weaving Together of St. Francis, Laudato Si’, and the New Cosmology
- Leslie Ross (Bent Arrow Society), We Are Star People
- Mariangel Marco Teja & the Aurora Team
- October 23, 2021 — Saturday gathering
- Harry and Germaine Lafond, When the First Light Came / miskâsowin (self-discovery)
- Archbishop Emeritus Sylvain Lavoie OMI, Sacred Wrestling
- November 20, 2021 — Saturday gathering
- Steve Heinrich, "We Are All Here to Stay": Reimagining Promised Land
- Rabbi Gila Caine, The Key of Rain, of Birthing, and of Resurrection
- December 11, 2021 — Final gathering
- Ron Rolheiser OMI, Creation & Incarnation
- Maureen Wild SC, M.Ed., is an international speaker, master teacher and retreat guide with a focus on Spiritual Ecology—the weaving of spirituality, justice, ethics and Christianity with insights from new cosmology and ecology. Maureen’s experience includes serving as director of two ecological learning centres in Canada and the USA. She is featured in the book Green Sisters: A Spiritual Ecology (Harvard University Press, 2007) and is currently developing online Pax Gaia Educational & Retreat Initiatives. Maureen currently lives on the BC coast of Vancouver Island.
- Harry Lafond is an advocate for Indigenous Peoples and the Cree language. He has a range of experience in politics and academics, and served as the executive director of the Office of the Treaty Commissioner and as chair of the Board of Trustees First Nations Trust. He has served his nation as chief, and worked as the Director of Education and as the principal of Kihiw Waciston School. Harry is also a university lecturer who guides his students in developing visions for reconciliation in their own lives, and inspires participation beyond the classroom.
- Steve Heinrich is a Settler Christian from Winnipeg, Manitoba—Treaty 1 territory and the homeland of the Métis Nation. The director of Indigenous-Settler Relations for Mennonite Church Canada, Steve is a student of activism who loves to march with his partner, Ann, and their children, Izzy, Aiden, and Abby. In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Steve has edited a number of books on the roles and responsibilities of the church. His latest is Unsettling the Word: Biblical Experiments in Decolonization (Orbis, 2019).
- Rabbi Gila Caine graduated the Hebrew University with an M.A. in Contemporary Judaism and received her rabbinic ordination in 2011. Her rabbinic thesis explored liturgical, spiritual, and ceremonial aspects of birth in Jewish tradition and contemporary practice. She is one of the founders of the Israeli rabbinic women’s group “B’not Dinah” – creating a female and feminist rabbinic tradition of healing after sexual trauma. Rabbi Caine now serves as rabbi at Temple Beth Ora congregation in Edmonton, where is lives with her husband and children.
- Ron Rolheiser OMI, is an internationally-known writer, retreat leader and spiritual theologian. Born in Macklin, SK, he is author of numerous books including Sacred Fire: A Vision for Deeper Human and Christian Maturity and is well-known for his regular newspaper column carried worldwide. He is a former professor at Newman Theological College in Edmonton and past-president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.
- Sr. Margo Ritchie CSJ is congregational leader of the Sisters of St. Joseph Canada. Ritchie was elected president of Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada in 2009 and received the London Community Foundation Ivey Award for Excellence in 2010. She will speak about divestment from fossil fuel portfolios to clean and renewable energy projects, including investment in retraining for workers affected by job loss in fossil fuel production.