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Event:**VIRTUAL** Book Discussion
Date:January 21st to February 11th, 2021.
Time:10:30 AM to 11:30 AM


Virtual Book Discussion:
On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Creativity & Getting Old, by Parker J. Palmer

January 21, 28, February 4 & 11 – Friday mornings, 10:30-11:30am
Led by Jo Ann Bourquard

For anyone interested in aging as a passage of discovery and engagement. From bestselling author Parker J. Palmer, a book for all who want to age reflectively, seeking new insights and life-giving ways to engage in the world.  The author explores what he’s learning about himself and the world, inviting us to explore our own experience in prose and poetry.  Palmer writes about cultivating a vital inner and outer life that bring new life to young and old alike.

A Zoom link will be sent just prior to the discussion time.


Facilitated by JoAnn Bourquard


JoAnn Bourquard is a seasoned spiritual director who believes that spiritual companioning is a means of healing the soul and, ultimately, the world.  She holds the belief that “an unreflected life is not worth living” and that sharing our life story with one who is trained to listen deeply is a path toward personal growth and connection with the Divine.

JoAnn is a retreat director and workshop facilitator. She has a particular interest in journaling and using literature as a means of awakening the soul. With a Master’s Degree in Spirituality and a certificate in Women’s Leadership, JoAnn is a Supervisor to those in formation to become spiritual directors and trains other supervisors. She especially connects with nature as a way into deeper contemplation and joy. She is also experienced in teaching the Enneagram.
JoAnn presents a range of programs throughout the Northeast and is involved in the spiritual discernment process with individuals and groups in transition. She accompanies people of all faiths, including those seeking but not identifying with a particular tradition. She has accompanied men and women with serious illnesses, those who are dying, and people dealing with grief and loss of all types.


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Do What I Can
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain: If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain.
— Emily Dickinson