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The Wilson Center

updated Wednesday, February 20, 2019

This WEDNESAY, February 20, 2019 from 6-8 pm, Dinner + Dialogue: You are invited to a delicious home-cooked, vegan dinner followed by a discussion of “God at Earthrise: The Spiritual Legacy of Apollo 8” presented by Rabbi Bill Siemers, on what Apollo 8’s bold journey to the moon 50 years ago teaches us about God, Creation and Humanity.

FRIDAYS, 6:30 am, all are welcome to join in morning meditation.

Next MONDAY, 3:45-4:45, you are invited to join the weekly meditation circle at the Wilson Center, led by members of Still Water Sangha. This group is designed for those who are new to meditation and those with an established practice.

Looking for housing now, this summer, or next year?
The Wilson Center has rooms to rent! One room is available March 1 or when the semester ends. A second room may become available in the summer or fall. Contact the Wilson Center or see places4students.com for more details. Please help us spread the word!

2019 SCOPE Grant application is open

The deadline for submissions to the 2019 SCOPE Community Service & Social Justice grants program is March 4, 2019. More details and application are available here: https://umaine.edu/wilsoncenter/2019/02/04/2019-scope-grant-application-is-open/
Contact erin.daugherty@maine.edu with any questions.

Wednesday Dinner + Dialogue, Feb. 27, Forced Migration: A Moral Crisis
Members of Power in Community Alliances (PICA), a Bangor-based organization which is engaged in a sister city program between Bangor and the village of Carasque in El Salvador, will share what they learned during a visit to El Salvador in 2018 about what is driving forced migration from Central America. They will also share some quotes from religious texts and ethical writings that apply to this situation. We will then discuss how our religious, spiritual, ethical, and moral beliefs may inform our thinking and actions regarding immigration.

We’re excited to share these two events at the Wilson Center celebrating Women’s History Month at UMaine and International Women’s Day:
 
Monday, March 4, Interfaith luncheon, 11:30-1, Wearing Faith: Gender and Religious Clothing. Many religious traditions encourage or require particular attire for worship or everyday wear. From Muslim, Jewish, and Christian perspectives, hear how individuals navigate tradition, gender expressions and roles, religious authority, and their own beliefs when they “wear” their faith. Vegetarian lunch provided; seating is limited to 45 people, so an RSVP is required by Feb. 28. 


Wednesday, March 6, Dinner + Dialogue, The Goddess in History and Today. Following our weekly Wilson Center dinner, we will enjoy a presentation and discussion led by Rev. Dr. Anu Dudley, Priestess from the Temple of the Feminine Divine. (She was a panelist for our Interfaith Luncheon in December, and we are eager to hear more from her!)
 
Two more invitations we’re passing on…

Decolonizing UMaine presents “Truth, Healing and Change,” a presentation by Barbara Kates of Maine-Wabanaki REACH, on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 3-5pm in the Arthur St. John Hill Auditorium (165 Barrows Hall). For more details, see the attached flier.

Faith Linking in Action is having a progressive dinner and fundraiser on Sunday, March 3. FLIA is “a group of Bangor-area congregations, people of faith and community groups working together to ‘go upstream”’to address the reasons people are falling into and getting stuck in poverty.” (http://www.foodandmedicine.org/faith-linking-in-action
Learn about local interfaith efforts to “level the playing field” and enjoy a dinner of delicious surprises at faith venues in Bangor beginning at 5 pm. Flier attached with more details. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from Marc Cryer at the Bureau of Labor Education on campus, marc.cryer@maine.edu. Flier attached with more details. Or see the FB event, https://z-upload.facebook.com/events/370935097024156/ 


Rev. Rebecca Schlatter Liberty, Director
The Wilson Center for Spiritual Exploration and Multifaith Dialogue
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