Aurora Living Module 2
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.
For full information on Aurora Living visit starofthenorth.ca/aurora-living
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) starofthenorth.ca/leadership
Online Early Bird deadline December 14, 2021
Commuter Early Bird deadline December 14, 2021
Live In Early Bird deadline December 14, 2021
Life is an exodus, sometimes an exterior journey a long way from home (eg. the immigrant experience) and always an extraordinary interior journey. Exodus is the transformation of our consciousness through a time of personal or collective "wilderness"; an experience of distinct steps of awakening to the reality of Spirit. In this module, we will hear the valued perspective of indigenous knowledge of natural law as this applies to inter-generational effects of residential school and of how the land heals us.
We are faced not with two separate crises,
one environmental and the other social,
but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental.
Laudato Si’ Nº 139
- January 7-9, 2022 — Opening Retreat
- Rabbi David Zaslow & Devorah Zaslow, From Slavery to Freedom to the Promised Land: The Journeys of Our Lives
- January 29, 2022 — Saturday Gathering 1
- Ron Rolheiser, OMI, Creation & Incarnation
- Sue Wilson, CSJ, Our Response to Human Trafficking
- Lucie Leduc, The Serpent & The Wood: Facing Our Demons With Grace
- February 26, 2022 — Saturday Gathering 2
- Morningstar Mercredi, Intergenerational Effects of Residential Schools
- Daphie Pooyak, How the Land Heals Us
- March 19, 2022 — Final gathering
- Rabbi Gila Caine, The Year of Jubilee: Leviticus Revisited
- Rabbi David Zaslow has been the spiritual leader of Havurah Synagogue in Ashland, Oregon since 1996. He is the author of the award winning book Jesus: First-Century Rabbi, and leads interfaith conferences to help bring Jews and Christians closer together. His 2017 book Reimagining Exodus examines the journeys of the Israelites from slavery to freedom as a template for our own lives.
- Debra Zaslow taught storytelling to educators at Southern Oregon University. She has an MFA in writing from Vermont College, and is the author of Bringing Bubbe Home, A Memoir of Letting Go Through Love and Death. Along with her husband of forty-two years, she teaches in a program that certifies Jewish storytellers. Her CD entitled Return Again features many of her favorite stories.
Morningstar Mercredi is a storyteller, actress, social activist, poet, playwright, researcher and multi-media communicator. Her memoir Morningstar: A Warrior’s Spirit is the powerful story of victory over abuse, poverty, and discrimination. She has done extensive acting work in film, television, radio, and on the stage.
Daphie Pooyak, is a traditional teacher, and cultural presenter via arts and dance. Through Eagle Woman Consulting, she has facilitated several workshops, presentations and outdoor camps within Saskatchewan and Alberta, featuring storytelling, medicinal teaching, ceremonial protocol, traditional arts, Native American teaching of the land, animals and plants and respect for creation.
- Sue Wilson, CSJ, holds a doctorate in moral theology in the area of social ethics, and is the co-director of the Office of Systemic Justice at the Canadian Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada. She advocates with the Sisters on a variety of initiatives: global issues on poverty reduction in Canada, climate change (environmental issues), migrant workers, anti-human trafficking and women’s issues.
- 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.
- Lucie Leduc, has worked in retreat ministry for 23 years, including the last nine as director of Star of the North. She has an MA in spirituality and is a spiritual director.