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Shalom Spirituality Center Programs


March—September 2019



Artisan Souls Creativity Group
Monthly Lifelong Learners

Facilitator: Mary Potter Kenyon & Guest Presenters


Monday April 1 & Monday May 6
6:30PM-8:30PM. Check-In Begins At 6:00PM

Were you the daydreamer in grade school? The child who stared out the window, entranced by a world that existed only in your imagination? Maybe you were the 'troublemaker' who read books hidden in your lap beneath the desk, or consistently colored outside the lines. Whether you’re ready to reinvigorate your childhood passion for all things creative, want your box of crayons back, or are looking for a way to connect with your inner artist and others who think outside the box, this new monthly group welcomes you! No artistic talent necessary, just an interest in discovering your particular gifts and having fun.




April 1: Whimsical Painting with local artist Mary Jacobsen.

On this April Fool’s Day, there’s no such thing as a foolish painting, but there is something to painting with whimsy. That means exploring acrylic painting. Bring a photo or idea of what you’d like to paint. (add $20 materials fee)




May 6: Repurposed Art with Kristina Beytien of Upcycle Dubuque. 

Kristina will discuss her business that specializes in recycling items into art that would otherwise end up in landfills and share some examples of these upcycled art projects.



Offering: $10 Base Price Per Session. Plus Additional Materials Fees Where Noted.


Register & Prepay By The Friday Before Each Session




TaizE Prayer

Jim Brimeyer, Sr. Carol Hemesath OSF, Sr. Marie Therese Kalb OSF, & Monthly Guests



Thursdays, 7:00PM-8:00PM
April 4, May 2,
June 6, no July or August meetings

A characteristic trait of Taizé Prayer is the use of repetitive prayers set to simple musical lines. Repetition is not a new phenomenon nor unique to Taizé. The use of repetitive prayer has a long history in Christian spirituality and liturgy (think: the Rosary). What is unique to Taizé Prayer is the adaptation of the repeated form to simple musical lines and gospel texts that can be sung. Those assembled are to immerse themselves in the simple but profound harmonies, letting themselves be carried by sung prayer. Another characteristic trait of Taizé Prayer worship is its use of silence, a very important dimension. The use of silence in Taizé reminds us to incorporate more silence into our daily worship rather than filling every moment with words or music.



Jim, Sr. Carol, & Sr. Marie Therese


The monthly prayer themes are as follows:

April 4th: "Jesus, Precious Savior"

May 2nd: "Jesus Is Risen, Alleluia!"

June 6th: "God’s Mercy — Our God Is in This Place"

July 4th: NOT MEETING!

August 1st: NOT MEETING!


No Offering Required To Attend


Registration Not Required




Centering Prayer

Facilitator: Marilyn Dansart


Mondays, 7:00PM-8:00PM
April 15, May 20,

June 17, July 15, no August meeting

Monthly Centering Prayer gatherings at Shalom begin with 20 minutes of quiet, wordless prayer together. We then read together a short piece related to contemplative prayer, contemplative worship, or other topics on contemplative living, which is followed with time to share our thoughts and reflections regarding the reading. Centering Prayer is much more about what God can do in us than what we can do for God. Centering Prayer calls us to a spirit of openness and receptivity to God. Newcomers to the Centering Prayer Group are always welcome.


Marilyn has completed a 3-year Spiritual Direction Preparation Program at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, WI.

No Offering Required To Attend


Registration Not Required




Prayer Project
Coffee, Conversation, And Intentional Prayer

Facilitator: Mary Potter Kenyon


Tuesdays, 9:00AM-10:00AM
March 26; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7

Based loosely on The Weekly Prayer Project book and following seven types of prayer found in the Bible, from gratitude and thankfulness to prayers of lament and intercession, each session of this seven-week series invites participants to be intentional in how they seek God as they pray for themselves and others in the group with specific prayer requests.


You Are Welcome To Attend Just Some Of The Sessions, Or All Of Them.

Offering: Freewill


Registration Is Appreciated, But Not Required






Faith Writers
Mini Writing Workshops

Facilitators: Mary Potter Kenyon & Sherri Edwards


Tuesdays, 6:30PM-8:00PM
March 26, April 30, May 28, & TBD

Have you always wanted to write for publication? Is it your dream to someday see your byline in a magazine or your name on the cover of a book? Writing exercises will be included in each class. The series culminates with an opportunity to share writing for feedback and critique, and the option to continue as a monthly writer’s group.


March 26: Expressive Writing Science. Science has proven that expressive writing can contribute to emotional and physical health. It can also lead to publication.


April 30: Breaking Into Publication By Writing Shorts. Learn why and how to get your smaller pieces published in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, even while you are working on a book.


May 28: Business Basics Of Writing For Publication. Writing is a craft, but publishing is a business. Learn the best way to submit, how to write a query letter and synopsis, and the basics of marketing and promotion.


TBD: Writing, Reading, and Critiquing. Bring a sample of your writing to read for feedback.


Mary & Sherri

Offering: $10 Per Session.


Register & Prepay By The Monday Before Each Session





Film Screening:

"The Sultan And The Saint"


Thursday, March 28, 6:30PM-8:00PM


Presenting an award-winning 2016 PBS film.

The Sultan and the Saint tells one of the great, lost stories from history. Set in a past period of East-West conflict, it speaks with urgency to our present. Two men of faith, one an itinerant Christian preacher, the other the ruler of a Muslim Empire, bucked a century of war, distrust, and insidious propaganda in a search for mutual respect and common ground.


Enjoy free popcorn during the film and join in a group discussion following the movie.

Offering: Freewill


Registration Is Appreciated, But Not Required






Bible Art Journaling


Facilitator: Sharri Burggraaf


Saturday, March 30, 1:00PM-4:00PM


You don’t have to be a trained artist to use Bible journaling as an expression of worship. Attendees will learn techniques of Bible Journaling as a form of expressing God’s word and faith.



Offering: $20
A Limited Number Of NIV Beautiful Word Journaling Bibles Are Available At A Discounted Cost Of $20

(For A Total Of $40).


Otherwise, Please Bring Your Own Bible, Sketch Book, Or Notebook.


Register & Prepay By Tuesday, March 26





Peacemaking In Today’s Culture:
Interfaith Discussion Panel


Panelists: Sr. Rita Goedken OSF, Alan Garfield, & Dr. Adib Kassas

Tuesday, April 2, 6:30PM-8:30PM


Local representatives from three different faith traditions will share how their individual faith has incorporated peacemaking into its core beliefs and practices. Peacemaking has always been a need throughout history just as much as it is today. When misunderstandings and diverse viewpoints lead to situations of conflict between people, then conciliation needs to take place. We are all called to make peace within ourselves and with others.

About The Panelists:


Sr. Rita Goedken OSF is a Dubuque Franciscan who has an MA in Franciscan Studies from St. Bonaventure in New York. She was a Program Coordinator & Teacher at Excel Learning Center in Morton, Mississippi. Excel furthers education, promotes building community, encourages volunteerism, and fosters healthy lives.


Alan Garfield is Chair of the Computer Graphics and Interactive Media Department at the University of Dubuque. He is a member of Temple Beth El, a Reform Jewish Congregation in Dubuque. His interests outside of work & worship include poetry, art, and Holocaust studies.

Dr. Adib Kassas is a psychiatrist affiliated with Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. He received his medical degree from Damascus University Faculty of Medicine in Syria, and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He serves as the volunteer imam, or spiritual leader, at the Tri-State Islamic Center in Dubuque.

Offering: Freewill


Registration Is Appreciated, But Not Required






T’ai Chi Chih
A Series Of Six Weekly Classes

Instructor: Sr. Marian Klostermann OSF


Wednesdays, 9:00AM-10:00AM
April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8

T’ai Chi Chih is a combination of 20 movements that are slow, gentle, and easily done by anyone regardless of their age or physical condition. By circulating and balancing the “chi” or vital energy within us, the T’ai Chi movements promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual harmony and well-being. T’ai Chi Chih is a modified form of regular T’ai Chi. This class is for beginners and practicing learners of T’ai Chi Chih. Guided repetition of T’ai Chi Chih movements provides practiced learning of this wellness technique. As movement is non-strenuous, participants will be comfortable wearing “street” clothing.


Sr. Marian has practiced & instructed T’ai Chi for more than 28 years.

Offering: $45 (Total For The Six Classes)


Register & Prepay By Monday, April 1st







Confronting The Collective Dark Night
& Journeying Toward Hope

Director: Br. Don Bisson, FMS


Friday, April 12, 7:00PM—Sunday, April 14, 1:00PM

Unconscious content is highly disturbing. This includes phenomena like the rising expression of hate speech in our public life. We live in a time of tremendous upheaval and our response will determine whether this current eruption of darkness will bring about expanded consciousness or set loose great destruction in our world. Join us in exploring these living dynamics and the kind of authentic, transpersonal hope that is available to us as an imperishable resource for times like these.


Br. Don, a Marist brother, is a spiritual director, formation supervisor, and national & international speaker on topics of spirituality. Br. Don received his theology degrees from Notre Dame and Loyola University and a degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton, his pastoral certificate from University of San Francisco, and his MA in Transpersonal Psychology with an emphasis on Spiritual Perspectives from Menlo Park, CA.

Overnight Offering: $225. Includes 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 supper.
Commuter Offering: $175. Includes 2 lunches, 1 supper.

$50 nonrefundable deposit required.


Registration Deadline: Friday, April 5






Administrative Professionals Luncheon

"Recognizing Life's Milestones"

Presenter: Rebecca Christian, Telegraph Herald Columnist


Wednesday, April 24, 11:30AM-1:00PM

Bring your office staff to our annual luncheon honoring those who, through their service, are really the heart and soul of what happens within your organization. We will honor these good people with a delicious lunch, followed by an affirmative message by Rebecca before we send you on your way back to work well-fed & inspired!



Offering: $15


Register & Prepay By Friday, April 19


NOTE: At time of registration, please include the names of everyone attending from your workplace.







Faith At Work

Presenters: Ryan Howard & Chris Kelly


Saturday, April 27, 9:00AM-12:00PM

God cares about the work we do and wants to see us put our faith into action with confidence and purpose. Learn how to connect your faith to your daily work in this workshop. Learn how to partner with God in whatever profession you have chosen, walking in boldness in the workplace, while seeking God’s direction.


Chris & Ryan

Offering: $18


Register & Prepay By Tuesday, April 23







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For Programs/Retreats With Meals:

NOTE: Dietary Needs — Inform our cook Margie by telephone at 563-582-3592 of any diagnosed food allergies (not food preferences), including wheat & dairy, at least 7 days in advance of your stay. Fruits & vegetables are served with every meal to accommodate vegetarian & vegan diets. Any food desired beyond a typical omnivore diet is the responsibility of the individual if a doctor has not diagnosed an allergy/intolerance.



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