Enter the Chaos: Engaging Our Differences to Make a Difference

with Nancy Sylvester, IHM, Margaret Galiardi, OP and Vernice Solimar, PhD

Thursday, April 30, 1:30 pm – Sunday, May 3, 2020, 1:30 pm
$500 single occupancy; $465/person double occupancy; $390 commuter

"We draw on the power of God’s call from the future to summon the strength needed to engage in this transformative process in the service of the whole.” – Nancy Sylvester, IHM, founder of ICCD

Join us by the healing waters at Mercy by the Sea for an important new program offered in co-sponsorship with the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue (ICCD). This program is designed to deepen our interior life through contemplative processes. From this contemplative stance, our intention is to integrate the skills learned in order to engage persons with different worldviews including family, friends and colleagues and to heal the polarization and impasse we experience. While it is more workshop than retreat, it is grounded in the contemplative and it is timely.

The time together will draw on the:
transformative power of contemplation;
conscious intent of the values we want to embody;
capacity to exercise contemplative power;
understanding our role in the evolutionary process; and
our willingness to trust and welcome our own ongoing personal transformation.

This time together will include:
communal contemplative practice;
contextualization of our work sourced from a contemplative heart;
understanding the evolutionary development of consciousness;
learning the specifics of the integral theory of spiral dynamics;
learning the skillful means to engage in transformative change; and
applying what we learn to real situations which are characterized by tension among different stages of consciousness and seemingly opposing value systems.

Can we engage impasse and respond to the world as persons committed to contemplation as a transformative process, social justice in all its dimensions, and a shared belief in our interconnectedness as a global community?

Nancy Sylvester, IHM founded the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue in 2002. This work reflects her commitment to dialogue and her belief that the impasse being experienced currently in the work of transformation requires a contemplative response and an expanded consciousness. Nancy served in the Presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, as Vice President of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, MI; fifteen years on the staff of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby, ten years as National Coordinator; and board member to numerous organizations. She is an author and a known speaker nationally and internationally.

Margaret Galiardi, OP, a Dominican Sister from Amityville, New York, has been part of the ICCD staff since 2011. In addition, she offers spiritual direction/accompaniment to both individuals and groups; designs and facilitates workshops and retreats focused around spirituality for the 20th century with an emphasis on ecological theology. While Margaret served in elected leadership, she was also the North American Co-Promoter of Justice for the world-wide Dominican Order. Margaret is a known speaker and author. She spent the 2009-2010 year living in silence and solitude with the Trappistine Sister Monks in the Red Wood Forest on the Lost Coast of Northern California.

Vernice Solimar, PhD was founder and chair of the Integral Psychology MA program, and former chair of Consciousness and Transformative Studies at John F. Kennedy University. With Dr. Monica Sharma, former Director of Leadership Training for Developing Countries at the United Nations, Vernice founded and directed the Leadership for Personal and Social Transformation certificate at JFKU. She has taught courses in El Salvador, Ecuador, and Peru, and visited Liberation Theology communities and environmental groups. She also facilitated programs in Taiwan, Puerto Rico and Uganda among others.

Sessions:  1
Dates:  4/30/2020 to 5/3/2020
Instructors:  Margaret Galiardi OP
Nancy Sylvester, IHM
Vernice Solimar, PhD
Fees: 
$500.00   (Class Fee)
Note: Program has been CANCELED