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To build trust and peace among people-with our neighbors, our families, and our brothers and sisters on Earth, we need to be proactive in our thoughts and lives.
<center>Come to DCM  ~  Learn to Cultivate Understanding</center>

Come to DCM ~ Learn to Cultivate Understanding

Map to free parking at Dominican Center

Map to free parking at Dominican Center

Dominican Center at Marywood is offering you FOUR OUTSTANDING PROGRAMS that are all based on the theme of peace through listening, dialogue with others and with God;  and understanding without judging. Consider attending one or more of the below programs. Dominican Center welcomes you, who are of all beliefs and cultures to come together, share, listen and understand. Let us work together to grow peace! Each program's title is a link to the program's online registration page. To register by phone, call the Dominican Center front desk at 616.514.3325.


Presenter: Joachim Lally, CSP ~ Paulist Priest, Artist, Musician, Poet. (To read more about Father Lally's involvement in medical missions and his missionary work in the Dominican Republic, click on his name above.)  This presentation will look at a number of Scripture quotations in regard to judging, including those that contradict one another. We will examine how judging, in many ways, is the original sin—that which separates us from God, others and ourselves as seen in the Genesis account of the eating of the fruit of the tree of good and evil.  The connection between judging and violence will be made, as well as how the false self of Merton is the arena in which judging takes place over and over. Alternatives to judgmental thinking will offer some solid basis for hope that judging does not have to be the controlling factor in our relationships.  Dates: Thursdays, September 12 and 19 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  Cost: $25.00 (covers both sessions with snacks)


Presenter: Mary Brigid Clingman, OP ~ Pastoral Associate at Our Lady of the Lake (Holland, MI), and Chair of the Dominican Sisters committee on Immigration. (To read more about Sister Brigid's experience in the field of immigration and all of its many facets. click on her name above.)
This six-session course, designed by JustFaith Ministries, offers the opportunity for prayer, reading and reflection about the issue of immigration. We will explore public policy positions on immigration, the U.S. history of immigration, Biblical concepts and experiences, Catholic Social Teaching and the effects of globalization on economic systems enmeshed in immigration realities.  Day and Dates: Six consecutive Mondays --  October 7-November 11.  Time:  7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Cost: $60.00 (plus $52.00 for three required books, which will be available before September 24 through the DCM Bookstore. After that date, you may be able to find them at an online book dealer).

  • Oct 7 - The Contemporary Debate and Public Policy
  • Oct 14 - History of Migration
  • Oct 21 - The Bible and Migration
  • Oct 28 - Foundations of Migration – Root Causes
  • Nov 4 - Migration and Catholic Social Teaching
  • Nov 11 - The Human Face of the Migrant


Panelists: Aly Mageed, MD ~ Sheldon Kopperl, PhD ~ Fred Stella ~ Thea Leunk. (To read more about our panelists at this Interfaith event, click on the indivudual names above.)  DCM invites you to celebrate Interfaith Understanding at Tuesday Tabletalk. Participants dine at round tables comprised of persons from varying faith traditions. The evening begins with a brief presentation on a theme common to most faith traditions, followed by discussion among dinner companions as well as large group Q and A. With respect to all religious dietary customs, only vegetarian meals will be served.

  • Aly Mageed, MD, Islamic Mosque and Religious Institute
  • Sheldon Kopperl, PhD, Temple Emmanuel
  • Fred Stella, Pracharak, West Michigan Hindu Temple
  • Rev. Thea N. Leunk, Pastor, Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 17, 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $15.00 for a hot meal, presentation, and Q & A.


Coordina:  Zulema Moret, Directora Espiritual, Poeta, Especialista en Lenguajes Expresivos.(Para obtener más información acerca de nuestro presentador, haga clic en su nombre.)
Español: Viernes 13 y 27 de septiembre, 4 y 18 de octubre, 8 y el 22 de noviembre, de 6:00-7:30 p.m.  Construiremos nuestro diario de vida, a partir de la oración, la reflexión, la lectura, la música, el drama, la pintura y otras prácticas creativas, recapitulando sobre lo vivido, la memoria y la identidad. Español/ Inglés (bilingüe).  Precio: $50.00

English: Fridays, Sept. 13, 27, Oct. 4, 18, Nov. 8, 22, 6:00-7:30 p.m.  This bilingual course offers a creative process of building a Journal through praying, design, music, reading, reflecting and other artistic practices doing a revision of life and time, of memory and id. Price: $50.00

submitted: rsteers, dominican center at marywood

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