Sound & Spirit
Occasional Posts from Our Directors
Each month, we will read and discuss a book: biographies, novels, fiction, non-fiction, science fiction, fantasy, wonder tales and memoires.
Stories can awaken wonder and insight, enlighten mind and quicken spirit. Discover long forgotten truths and awaken imagination. From month to month, the group will read "wonder tales": biographies of saints, stories of extraordinary consciousness and experiences mystical and profane.
The group meets monthly on the third Sunday at 7:00 pm for ten months, beginning February 20:
Silent Fire, a Zoom through the Western mystical tradition in ten sessions beginning January 9th. https://www.hartsne.org/silent-fire.html. Time is running out to register!
Thank you to all who attended our first in-person concert on November 20. Thanks to the musicians, Suhail Yusuf Khan and Pranav Ghatraju, for an amazing performance. Our Halcyon Music Institute Director, Michael Harrist, did a wonderful job with sound for which we are grateful. Our Treasurer, Seroya Crouch, attended, and so did a bunch of other Vermont folk who used to attend Stone Church Arts concerts. It was so supportive to see so many familiar faces. Thanks also to the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst for the use of their venue. It really is perfect for us.
Our next concert is coming up soon. Percussionist Fabio Pirozzolo and harpist Shelley Otis have combined their talents to form the duo Harpbeat. Both very talented musicians, together they explore elements of popular and world music. Tickets available now.
We do not yet have concerts planned for 2022, but we will announce some soon! We will likely skip January and February so we do not gamble with the weather, but keep an eye out for concerts in March and April.
We will be staring new online groups in January and February, however, and we invite you to join one or both. Silent Fire explores the mystics of the west from Augustine to Thomas Merton and begins January 9. Our second Spiritual Journeys group is forming and we will read a whole new set of wonder tales. Tuition by donation.
All the Best for the Holidays,
People have asked why groups instead of classes. Yes, a foundational component of our programs in spirituality is "groups". We have specifically adopted "groups" for may reasons.
This is why we have no grades. The basis for evaluation is showing up and participating, mostly just showing up. Only the participant can measure their personal growth and spiritual transformation.
Robert Bowler ("Beau") founded Halcyon Arts to continue doing what he loves, presenting cultural and educational programs in world music and spirituality. He majored in Religious Studies at Reed College with a focus on the western mystical tradition. He earned an M.Div. degree from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California (after a year at Oxford University studying Theology) and is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister.