Gabriola Ecumenical Society celebrating spiritual diversity

Carol Hemrich

Gabriola Ecumenical Society

Monday, April 28 2014

The much anticipated Gabriola Ecumenical Society (GES) annual Forum’s 2014 topic is “East meets West - Celebrating Spiritual Diversity.” GES values the wisdom, truth and beauty emanating from each of the world’s spiritual traditions. We are fortunate to have within our own Gabriola community persons following a range of spiritual paths. This year’s Forum is divided into three parts. Nick Halpin, who has a lifelong intrigue with Tibetan Buddhism, has studied under Lama Gangchen Rinpoche learning various Tibetan healing practices, Indian and Tibetan Yoga, Qigong and meditation. Gabriola’s Pandit Tejomaya is a Hindu priest in the tradition of the Himalayan Yoga Masters from the Vedic tradition. With his former background as a monk in the Roman Catholic Dominican Order, he will explore parallels between the scriptures of each tradition and the different views of Jesus. Our final presenter will be Shelagh Huston, a Christian Anglican deacon.

Shelagh will delve into Christian spirituality and explore some of the parallels, influences and commonalities among the paths of East and West.  Through personal story, these speakers will share how they have come to embrace their particular spiritual traditions and how they have grown in the spiritual wisdom of these paths. We welcome all the Gabriola community to open up to the richness of the spiritual diversity in our midst.

Join us at the Rollo Centre Friday, May 9, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (with picnic supper), and Saturday, May 10, 9:00 - 3:30 p.m. (includes lunch). Registration and further information is on the website www.gabriolaecumenical.com. Some partial scholarships are available. Pamphlets available at Artworks.