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Event:**ON-SITE & ONLINE** Sister Joan Chittister, OSB - In Honor of Genesis’ 45th Anniversary
Date:July 18th, 2021.
Time:2:00 PM to 3:30 PM


Exclusive Genesis Event!

Spiritual Life: It’s All About Relationships

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, catalyzes movement forward, out of the pandemic, rooted in spiritual life. Sister Joan offers a light to guide us in this time of contradictory values and upheavals in every major institution of society as well as within the hearts of individuals.  To do this she calls on the hallmarks of the Rule of Benedict to bring to today’s world an antidote to the destruction of relationships and the narcissism that typifies our culture.  The values and treasures of this 1500-year-old philosophy are as fresh and pertinent today as they were then.


What is the Rule of Benedict? 

The Rule of St. Benedict was written almost fifteen hundred years ago. It addresses the qualities which make up a valued life - humility, patience, simplicity, solitude, caring for others, and living in community. These specifics of the Rule, and the framework it provides, have great meaning for people who are seeking to live a mindful, spiritual life in the world today.


Cost for Zoom presentation: $30.  Link will be emailed to you closer to the time of the presentation. We encourage you to invite others to watch the online presentation with you, wherever you are.  

Cost for on-site event: $45.  Includes watching Sister Joan's online presentation in community, engaging in group dialogue afterward, joining a brief celebration for Genesis's 45th anniversary, and enjoying snacks from Chef Jen.


How retreat centers can join us in community

If your retreat center would like to gather in community to watch this event, please contact Deb Ondo at Genesis for special arrangements. Call 413-562-3627, Ext. 106 or email dondo@genesisspiritualcenter.org


Live Zoom presentation faciliated by Sister Joan Chittister, OSB


Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, is one of the most influential religious and social leaders of our time. For 50 years she has passionately advocated on behalf of peace, human rights, women’s issues, and church renewal. A much sought-after speaker, counselor and clear voice that bridges across all religions, she is also a best-selling author of more than 60 books, hundreds of articles, and an online column for the National Catholic Reporter. She has received numerous writing awards and honors for her work, and is a noted international lecturer as well as a former fellow at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University, England.

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It is the duty of every cultured man or woman to read sympathetically the scriptures of the world. If we are to respect others' religions as we would have them respect our own, a friendly study of the world's religions is a sacred duty.
- Mahatma Gandhi