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Joyce Rupp's 2011 Schedule

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**New Dates**  
 April - November, 2011

Institute of Compassionate Presence  
Omaha, Nebraska

About the schedule:
While I do have conferences and retreats scheduled for this year, I continue to focus on writing and on personal renewal. This is essential for me if I am to write with depth and quality. I greatly appreciate the invitations that come my way but I simply cannot accept very many of them due to the time I need for writing. In the meantime, I hope that I will meet many of you who visit this web site when you come to one of the following events in 2011.
                                                                                                       -  Joyce Rupp

To schedule an event:
My schedule for 2012 is now complete. All requests for 2013 will be considered only through invitations sent through this web site. Please send requests to Webmaster@JoyceRupp.com or use the form on the Response page. Be sure to include both your full email address and your mailing address.   

Scheduled events are conferences, workshops, or retreats. Check with the local contact person listed for more details.


January - April 2011

February 18-20
Oakland, California

Sophia Center
Holy Names University

Becoming A Compassionate Presence
Weekend Conference

   Compassion can change a heart, change a life, change a world. Joyce Rupp explores the depths of this vital quality from various dimensions, including science, medicine, theology, spirituality, sociology, and psychology. She invites participants to expand and deepen their personal transformation as a foundation for an effective expression of compassion. This program focuses on informing, inspiring and reenergizing participants, encouraging them to be a presence of compassion in a hurting world. The weekend will include conferences by Joyce Rupp, processes of reflection, dialogue and integration, along with creative ritual.

Contact: Jim Conlin
800-794-8813
510-436-1338 (fax)
sophiactr@aol.com
www.hnu.edu/sophia

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February 26
Iowa City, Iowa

St. Patrick Church
Diocese of Davenport
Retreat Day

Growing in Faith Through Difficult Times

Everyone experiences troubling situations at one time or another. Disturbances and difficulties offer an opportunity for spiritual growth. Christianity refers to this experience as the paschal mystery. During Lent, we deliberately reflect on this process of life-death-new-life. because it mirrors the journey of Jesus and is at the heart of spiritual growth. How do we embrace the dying parts of this cycle that precede promised growth? How do we enter into the unknown, keep hope in times of suffering and discouragement? Who and what sustains and supports us until we emerge from the chrysalis of darkness into the birth of fuller love and deeper peace? As Joyce Rupp facilitates this retreat she reflects on these questions. Through creative prayer, conferences, quiet reflective times and group dialogue she will encourage participants to enter into the heart of the paschal mystery with confidence, trusting they will find the peace and hope they desire as they renew their dedication to God.

Contact: IlaMae Hanisch
641-791-3435
hanisch@davenportdiocese.org

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March 3-6
West Des Moines, Iowa

Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway 
3601 Westown Parkway,
West Des Moines IA

Coming Home: writing from the soul
Joyce Rupp and Mary Kay Shanley

A Winter Retreat for Women
(Thursday evening through Sunday noon)

Visualize being with a group of vibrant women who are tending their souls in a light-filled, cozy room with a fireplace glowing on a clear winter’s day. Add to this, the development of writing skills that help express what is hidden within the deeper self.  All this awaits you on this retreat, plus the joy of relating to others equally intent on greater discovery and celebration of their purpose and direction in life.

Joyce Rupp offers her extensive experience of spiritual growth through creative ritual and reflective conferences. Mary Kay Shanley brings her respected skills of teaching at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival and other national writing workshops to lead the group through inventive processes that develop and hone writing abilities.

Limited to 30 Participants
Total Cost: $275

Details available on Registraion Form
Download Registration Information (doc)

Contact: Mary Kay Shanley
mks@marykayshanley.com
515-225-8425

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March 18-20
Anaheim, California

Religious Education Congress

Two presentations / Topics to be decided


Contact:  Jan Pedroza
213-637-7346
213-637-6574 (fax)
JCPedroza@la-archdiocese.org

www.recongress.org

 

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March 25-26
Los Angeles, California

Brentwood Presbyterian Church
Retreat Brochure

All Church Conference
Loss and Suffering

This conference has three components, each
separate but related to the other. Participants
can take part in one or all of the components.

Friday Evening

A Lenten Look at Loss and Suffering

Everyone experiences difficult situations at one time or another. These disturbances offer an opportunity for spiritual growth. Christianity refers to this experience as the paschal mystery, the process of life-death-resurrection. During Lent, we deliberately reflect on this pattern in our life because it mirrors the journey of Jesus and is at the heart of spiritual growth. How do we embrace the dying parts of this cycle that precede promised growth? Who and what sustains and supports us until we emerge from the chrysalis of darkness into the birth of fuller love and deeper peace? As Joyce Rupp reflects on these questions, she encourages participants to enter into the heart of the paschal mystery with confidence and to trust in their own process of life/death/new growth.

 

Saturday Morning

Offering Compassion in Loss and Suffering

Compassion can change a heart, change a life, change a world.  True compassionate presence involves more than extending a hand or a heart to another in loss and suffering. To become intrinsically compassionate, one needs self-awareness and a wholehearted entrance into the process of personal transformation. In this conference, Joyce Rupp explores the vital quality of compassion from various dimensions (science, theology, spirituality, sociology, psychology). She invites participants to ponder their personal experiences of compassion, to open the door of their heart to both themselves and others, and to move deeper into the lived reality of compassion.

 

Saturday Afternoon

The Gift of Hope amid Loss and Suffering

Christian hope finds its roots in the risen life of Christ. It is based on a firm belief that God is for us and never against us. Hope lives fully in the present but also believes beyond today. Hope is not so much finding meaning in hopeless situations as it is a trust and belief that the catalyst of divine power enables us to grow through loss and suffering and discover new life beyond it. We not only survive loss, we grow wiser, stronger, and more compassionate - depending on our approach to what causes us pain and difficulty. In this conference Joyce Rupp explores the reoccurring question of “what does it mean to have hope?” She presents numerous aspects of this virtue that can help one lead a more peaceful and joy-oriented life. She invites participants to enter into a renewed spirit of hope, one that balances the unwanted aspects of life with the powerful energy of hope.

Contact:  Rev. Dr. Roché Vermaak 
(310) 826-5656 x102
RVermaak@bpcusa.org


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April 8
Omaha, Nebraska

Servite Center of Compassion
7400 Military Avenue
Omaha, NE 68134

Second Friday of Each Month
September 2009 - April 2010
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


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Overview of Compassion
# 1 of 8
Registration for Apr. 2010 - Nov. 2010 Sessions now open

Details available on Registraion Form
Download Registration Information (pdf)

Contact: Margaret Stratman
stratman@osms.org
402-571-2348

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Looking Ahead:

Servite Center of Compassion
7400 Military Avenue
Omaha, NE 68134

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The events listed below are part of an eight month program - the Institute of Compassionate Presence.. Participants register for the entire eight sessions. The program formerly was held September to April but has been changed to April to November 2011 to accommodate participants traveling from the four state area who otherwise would have winter roads.  (Program is limited to 50 participants.)

#1 Overview of Compassion
April 8, 2011

#2 Compassion for Self
May 13, 2011

#3 Compassion for Others
June 10, 2011

#4 Compassion in Loss and Suffering
July 8, 2011

#5 Compassion and the Marginalized
August 12, 2011

#6 Compassion Within Organizations
September 9, 2011

#7 Compassion and Healing
October 14, 2011

#8 Compassion for the Environment
November 11, 2011

Download Registration Information (pdf)

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April 10-14
St. Louis, Missouri

The Family Center

Developing Compassion in Your
Personal and Professional Life
A Four Day Program from the
The Institute of Compassionate Presence

Compassion can change a heart, change a life, change a world. Joyce Rupp explores the depths of this vital quality from many dimensions, including science, medicine, theology, spirituality, sociology, and psychology. She invites participants to ponder their personal and professional experiences of compassion, to reenergize their ability to offer loving kindness, and to go forth with a renewed commitment to be a compassionate presence for one’s self and for those who are in the midst of pain and struggle.

This week offers an intensive format in which Joyce Rupp and the participants explore both the theoretical and experiential dynamics of compassionate presence.  The Institute includes topics and components that are a part of a more extensive eight month program held in Nebraska. Content of the week includes an in-depth view of compassion, relational skills, self-care, loss and suffering, compassion in the workplace, and other associated topics.

The ICP utilizes input (conferences, DVDs, articles) and participative processes (quiet reflection, various dialogue formats, music, etc.) each of which contributes to the integration of compassion in the participants’ lives.  This Institute is open to all persons of any religious affiliation or personal belief system.

Contact:  Patience Schock
314-963-9600 ext. 0
Fax: 314-963-9047
thefamilycenterjr@gmail.com
www.tfamilyc.org

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April 16
Des Moines, Iowa

Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Retreat Day
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Culting Kindness:
Growing in Compassion

     This retreat day will explore the many-layered landscape of kindness as it is lived within the hectic terrain of life’s daily situations. We will look at what unites rather than divides us. Various approaches to kindness will  be presented, along with times of meditation and interactive reflections. This is a day to renew our intention to live compassionately. As Sharon Salzberg notes in The Kindness Handbook, “We don’t need to be defined by our daily circumstances... We have the ability to remember kindness as the genuine force of happiness that it is, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in.”  Come and restore your desire to be a healing presence of kindness.  Speakers/facilitators of this day include: Mary Ferring, Kathy Reardon, and Joyce Rupp.

This day is a benefit for Children and Family Urban
Ministries (CFUM). All proceeds will go toward
funding this vital ministry in Des Moines.

Contact: Mary Jones
jones.m@mchsi.com
515-222-0192


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April 18
Des Moines, Iowa

PrairieFire Program
(open to year-long program participants only)

Contact: Kathy Reardon
Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
kreardon@dmpcc.org
515-274-4006


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April 30
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Dubuque Archdiocese Lay Formation
Alumni renewal day

The Liberated Heart

Thomas Merton writes that when we find our true self we find God and when we find God we find our true self. This “finding” is a life-long process of transformation. Authentic spiritual liberation leads to greater compassion and connection with the world beyond self. We are each called to be in the process of personal transformation, yet becoming our true selves is no easy process. We get caught in busyness and non-awareness. We stumble over our doubts and get lost in our confusions. As we seek to be spiritually liberated we meet up with our weaknesses, difficulties, and unexpected turns on the road.  What do we do with these barriers and bumps on the path? How do we embrace our gifts?  What do we need in order to have a healthy and helpful approach to spiritual freedom? Joyce Rupp explores the hindrances and the gifts on the journey of becoming inwardly free.  She provides both theory and practical suggestions from a variety of spiritual traditions as she presents the process of becoming a more liberated and whole human being.


Contact: Marci Blum, OSF
563-556-2580.  x298
DBQCLF@arch.pvt.k12.ia.us


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May - December 2011

May 8 - 13
Maryknoll, New York

Institute of Compassionate Presence

This is a week long program based on the format
and themes of The Institute of Compassionate Presence.

Boundless Compassion:
Living the Heart of the Gospel

“Be compassionate as your heavenly Father is compassionate.” Lk 6:36

This week focuses on compassion, the central quality in the life and teachings of Jesus. Topics include both theoretical and experiential dynamics of compassionate presence. Participants explore the breadth and depth of this transformational aspect of spiritual growth from numerous disciplines including science, medicine, theology, spirituality, sociology, and psychology.  All this is viewed within the context of the gospels. Through meditation, creative ritual, conferences, and use of various media including film and music, compassion is presented as a vital quality for changing hearts, changing lives, changing the world. Each day includes processes such as quiet reflection and small group dialogue in order to strengthen the integration of compassion. This program encourages a renewed commitment to be a compassionate presence for those who suffer and is open to all persons of any religious affiliation or personal belief system.

Contact:  Maria A. Homberg, MM
Maryknoll Mission Institute
Maryknoll, NY  10545-0311
914 941 7575  Ext.  5671
mhomberg@mksisters.org

www.maryknollsisters.org/mmi

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June 10
Omaha, Nebraska

Servite Center of Compassion
7400 Military Avenue
Omaha, NE 68134

Second Friday of Each Month
April 2010 - November 2010
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Contact: Margaret Stratman
stratman@osms.org
402-571-2348

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July 8
Omaha, Nebraska

Servite Center of Compassion
7400 Military Avenue
Omaha, NE 68134

Second Friday of Each Month
April 2010 - November 2010
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Contact: Margaret Stratman
stratman@osms.org
402-571-2348

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July 14-17
Oakland, CA

Holy Names University 
Summer Institute, Sophia Center
Plenary Talk and Workshop

The Expanding Universe and
Our Expanding Hearts

Plenary Talk

     Scientific discoveries reveal that the amazing universe is continually unfolding further in space. At the same time, those who live on planet Earth are recognizing that fearful hearts need to expand to include a lived experience of interdependence and compassion. Joyce Rupp will offer her reflections on the challenges and the wisdom in these current movements of the heart and of the vast galaxies.

She will also lead a workshop, “Coming Out of Exile,”
which will explore the personal dimensions of
greater inner freedom.

Contact: Grace Larra
larra@hnu.edu
www.hnu.edu/sophia

800-794-8813

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August 12
Dubuque, Iowa

Parish Nurse Conference
Keynote: Compassion for Self & Others

Contact: Linda M. Manternach
563-556-2580
DBQCFL@arch.pvt.k12.ia.us


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September 9
Omaha, Nebraska

Servite Center of Compassion
7400 Military Avenue
Omaha, NE 68134

Second Friday of Each Month
April 2010 - Novemberl 2010
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Contact: Margaret Stratman
stratman@osms.org
402-571-2348


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September 24
Marriottsville, Maryland

Bon Secours Spiritual Center

Retreat Day

Contact:   Lynn Lieberman
410- 442-3120
410-442-8219 (fax)
Lynn_lieberman@bshsi.org

www.BonSecoursSpiritualCenter.org


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September 25 - 29
Marriottsville, Maryland
Bon Secours Spiritual Center

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Sunday - Thursday

Registration Limited to
50 Participants

The Institute of
Compassionate Presence

Compassion can change a heart, change a life, change a world. Joyce Rupp explores the depths of this vital quality from many dimensions, including science, medicine, theology, spirituality, sociology, and psychology. She invites participants to ponder their personal and professional experiences of compassion, to reenergize their ability to offer loving kindness, and to go forth with a renewed commitment to be a compassionate presence for one’s self and for those who are in the midst of pain and struggle.

This week offers an intensive format in which Joyce Rupp and the participants explore both the theoretical and experiential dynamics of compassionate presence.  The Institute includes topics and components that are a part of a more extensive eight month program held in Nebraska. Content of the week includes an in-depth view of compassion, relational skills, self-care, loss and suffering, compassion in the workplace, and other associated topics.

The ICP utilizes input (conferences, DVDs, articles) and participative processes (quiet reflection, various dialogue formats, music, etc.) each of which contributes to the integration of compassion in the participants’ lives.  This Institute is open to all persons of any religious affiliation or personal belief system.


Contact:   Lynn Lieberman
410- 442-3120
410-442-8219 (fax)
Lynn_Lieberman@bshsi.org

www.BonSecoursSpiritualCenter.org

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October 6 - 9
LaGrange Park, Illinois

The Well
Women's Spirituality Center

A Women's Writing Retreat
(Thursday evening 7:00 p.m. through Sunday 1:30 p.m.)

Limited to 30 Women

Writing From the Soul

Imagine gathering in a safe, quiet space with a group of vibrant women who have come to tend their souls with creative ritual, songs, dialogue and words. You will share your weekend with others who experience writing as an entrance to the deeper self. Take time to relax, reflect, and rejuvenate through greater discovery and celebration of your direction and purpose in life.

Joyce offers her extensive experience of spiritual growth through creative ritual and reflective conferences. Mary Kay Shanley brings her respected skills of teaching at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival and other national writing workshops to lead the group through inventive processes that develop and hone writing abilities.

Contact: Bridget Sperduto
708-482-5039
bsperduto@csjoseph.org

www.csjthewell.org

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October  14
Omaha, Nebraska

Servite Center of Compassion
7400 Military Avenue
Omaha, NE 68134

Second Friday of Each Month
September 2009 - April 2010
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Contact: Margaret Stratman
stratman@osms.org
402-571-2348

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October 23
Des Moines, Iowa

St. John's Lutheran Church
Women's Retreat
1:30 - 4 p.m.

Open the Door:
A Journey to the True Self

     This retreat, based on Joyce Rupp’s latest book, offers inspiration and encouragement for personal growth. Opening the “door” is a way of speaking about an invisible passageway through which we enter the endless territory of beauty and truth secluded in our interior world. This symbolic door of the heart bears a similarity to physical doors in that it, too, opens and closes. Our heart-door opens inward to the deepest, truest part of who we are. There we find the inherent goodness seeded in us at our birth. The door then opens outward to the world where we bring this giftedness and share it with others. The retreat will include a conference, guided meditation, small group dialogue, and creative prayer experience.

 

Contact: Darla Stiles
darlastiles@stjohnsdsm.org
515-243-7691


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November  11
Omaha, Nebraska

Servite Center of Compassion
7400 Military Avenue
Omaha, NE 68134

Second Friday of Each Month
September 2009 - April 2010
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Contact: Margaret Stratman
stratman@osms.org
402-571-2348

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Now available
:

An overview of compassion
that Joyce presented
at the first all day session of the
Institute of Compassionate Presence
(ICP).

Compassion

     The content of this presentation, “The Heart of Compassion,” offers a wealth of information and inspiration gleaned from Joyce’s research and study of compassion, plus stories of her own lived experience through the years.

   Can be ordered in either two compact discs ($10.00) or a DVD ($18.00).

   This resource is only available for purchase through the Servite Bookstore. (www.osms.org). Click on the links above or when you go to the Servite Bookstore, click on Servite Bookstore,  then Other Resources by Joyce Rupp, and next scroll to bottom of page)



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