The Burkhart Center
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.
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.
The Burkhart Center
Second Saturday, 9:30 am – 12 pm
Group discussions on spirituality, religion,radical Christianity, emerging social issues, and more, in open, safe space.
Coffee & A Love Revolution
The outgrowth of our experience with Glennon Doyle, these events are designed to help both men and women feel more connected and more courageous to “lead with love” in their lives and work.
Much Matters Book Discussion
Third Thursdays, 6 – 8 pm
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.).
World Wisdom Coffees
Monthly evening informal gatherings bringing our shared wisdom together on topics of spirituality and life’s bigger questions.
Contemplative Way Group
Thursdays 11:45 am – 1 pm
A 30-minute group silent meditation follows contemplative reading of sacred literature.
Occasional series led by Burkhart Center Spiritual Director David Hett offer practices of teaching, inquiry and meditation toward the development of mature spirituality and soul.
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.
Enneagram Workshop with Russ Hudson
Sunday, April 5, 1-5 pm
First Community South
1320 Cambridge Blvd.
Columbus OH 43212
Workshop Fee – $50 Early Bird; $65 after March 22.