Shuck and Jive

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Original Blessing Workshop!

This is going to be great. Make plans to join us May 21st and 22nd.

Here's the deal:

Original Blessing Workshop scheduled for May 21 & 22.

What is spiritual practice? Have you struggled with meditation? How often is enough? “Am I doing it right?” and “I’m not cut out for this!”...

Maybe you have had these questions or others? Join us for this time together as we look at our world from the perspective of Original Blessing and explore pathways to inner peace from ancient traditions and modern teachings.

Original Blessing offers a post-modern understanding of Divine Mystery appropriate for today’s world. Matthew Fox, inspired by the work of 13th century mystic Meister Eckhart, offers seekers of today an alternative to our culture’s traditional relationship with God. Books, thoughts, discussions may raise our awareness, but...there is more. This workshop will offer participants the opportunity to experience Original Blessing through a variety of spiritual practices.

As we learn new ideas our old patterns of thinking and being are not easily discarded. Learning how to integrate new ideas and change remains a challenge. The Masters of the world’s religious traditions have taught spiritual practice to disciples to bring inner peace. Meditation, chanting, body prayer, ritual, silence, art and singing will all be experienced during the workshop as pathways of the heart and inner peace. During the workshop we will talk, listen and practice together, learning from each other and the Wisdom of the circle.

Event Details

Schedule: We will gather Friday evening from 6:30 - 9:00 pm, returning Saturday morning at 8:30 am, ending at 6:00 pm.

For Your Meals: bring a sack lunch on Saturday and a dish to share for a pot luck supper. (Refrigeration, microwave, etc., are available. Light snacks will be provided.

Workshop Leaders

Wayne Schwandt

Wayne recently completed all requirements to earn his D.Min from Wisdom University in June 2010. His dissertation, Innovation: The Journey to Creation Spirituality shares background on Creation Spirituality, sermons, and Creation Spirituality’s impact on the spiritual journey of his community, the Metropolitan Community Church of Chesapeake, in Annapolis, MD., where he has served as the founding pastor since 1998. Wayne is an Associate Member of the Jesus Seminar and has attended numerous meetings over the past decade on the historic Jesus, Christian origins and Paul. In 2008 Wayne and his partner of 26 years, Chuck Riley, were married in California. They have four sons and five grandchildren between them and live in Washington DC.

Rebecca Nunley

Rebecca began her studies of Original Blessing at First Presbyterian Church in 1999 and has continued with classes at the University of Creation Spirituality and then its successor, Wisdom University. Currently, Rebecca is completing the Abwoon Interspiritual Leadership Program with Neil Douglas-Klotz. She is also a Certified Dance Leader of the Dances of Universal Peace. Rebecca is a dentist in Johnson City and lives in Unicoi, TN with her partner, Richard, and daughter, Kirby Brosmore.

Click to download the complete brochure with registration form. You may also register by sending an email with your name, address and phone number or by calling the church at 423.543.7737.


  1. This does sound great, John. Would it make sense for me to drive down from Louisville, or is it mostly going to be folks from your church?

  2. It would make sense! It would be an honor to have you visit us and certainly worth the trip! This is for anyone!

    Hope to see you!