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Formation of Alumni Groups
The Living School encourages and supports two kinds of groups for Living School alumni:
• Spiritual Support Groups
• Thematic Groups
The purpose of both groups is to support alumni spiritually in their contemplative living and in their active engagement with the world. Groups are organized and facilitated by Living School alumni and may meet in-person, by phone, or online.
If you wish to form or join an alumni group, please email [email protected].
Spiritual Support Groups:
Each spiritual support group is formed of committed members, perhaps your original peer group, and serves as a safe space for ongoing sharing and reflection on each member’s sacred journey. As in spiritual direction, members ask questions and offer reflective listening to help each other reframe experiences and explore more deeply their relationship with the Holy.
Spiritual support groups are:
• long term;
• generally closed to new members unless the group decides to open to new membership;
• comprised of people who can meet face-to-face on occasion, as well as by phone or online;
• formed by the Living School Spiritual Life Coordinator (SLC).
Please also read the guidelines for spiritual support groups.
Thematic groups allow alumni to explore areas of particular interest to them through a contemplative lens, with the goal of enriching and strengthening their service to the world. For example, a group might study a certain author’s work, introduce or deepen a specific contemplative practice, explore the contemplative life in relationship to a particular line of work or peace and justice issue, etc. Groups may also review the entire Living School curriculum.
Thematic groups are:
• focused on a topic or contemplative practice;
• limited in duration;
• open to anyone who wants to participate (whether or not new members could join after the study has begun would be determined by the group);
• generally held online and/or by phone.
Please also read the guidelines for thematic groups.