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The Burkhart Center

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July Issue

The Burkhart Center is a unique vision of First Community providing safe, sacred space for reflection, connection, and personal and spiritual growth. Welcoming individuals from any spiritual tradition, or from no tradition at all, we offer pathways and resources for each person’s unique journey toward well-being and wholeness. We journey and grow together through engaging programs, practices, conversations, and community.

Progressing Spirit
Second Saturday, 9:20 – 11:30 am (Zoom)
Free-ranging discussions on current trends and personal feelings on faith and spirituality, theology and society based on weekly columns by authors of progressive thinking. Subscribe to receive these weekly articles at: www.progressingspirit.comRegister Here

Much Matters Book Discussion
Third Thursdays, 6 – 8 pm (Zoom)
Discussions of new and important Fiction (e.g., On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Middlesex) and Nonfiction works (Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans, and Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, e.g.). Register Here

Contemplative Way Group
Thursdays 11:45 am – 1 pm (Zoom)
The Contemplative Way Group gathers each Thursday for a time of sacred reading and discussion based on Richard Rohr’s daily meditations ( Followed by a group 30-minute silent meditation. This group provides a grounding for our spiritual lives. Register Here

Lecture-Presentation Series
Occasional one-off presentations, these have included Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, chair of psychology at University of California Berkeley and author of Another Kind of Madness: A Journey through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness, and Dr. Linda Mercadante, speaking on the findings of her research in Belief Without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual But Not Religious.

Spiritual Searcher

Spiritual Searcher is The Burkhart Center’s signature programming, bringing over 60 leading voices in psychology, spirituality, religion, science and social justice to central Ohio.

We celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2019 with a word and song message of “Hope in Hard Times,” featuring author-educator Parker Palmer and singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer.

Recent programs have included Care of the Soul author Thomas Moore and Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black. Our day with famed “Momastery” blogger Glennon Doyle, the stimulating author of Love Warrior, drew over 1200 participants.

We’ve experienced Searchers as diverse as Otis Moss III and his Hip-Hop Gospel message, cosmologist Brian Swimme, world religions’ scholar Huston Smith, children’s author Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Sufi teacher Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, and progressive Christian scholars Marcus Borg, Diana Butler Bass, and John Shelby Spong.

Mystic Mondays

Mondays, June 7 - 28, 7-8:30 pm (Zoom)

Rev. David Hett, dean of The Burkhart Center, presents four of past Spiritual Searcher Mirabai Starr’s “Mystics Summit” interviews each Monday evening in June, followed by group discussion. Register Here


Rev. David Hett
Spiritual Director,
The Burkhart Center
(614) 488-0681, ext. 118

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