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Teaching Wisdom: Offering the Wings of Awakening

  • March 17, 2016
  • 4:00 PM - 6:15 PM
  • St John's Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver, CO 80203


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In the Zen Buddhist tradition it is believed that teachers cannot teach their students how to wake up; they can only provide them with the wings of awakening. This is true for spiritual directors as well. We need to remember that we are not teaching wisdom, rather we are offering our directees the wings of awareness. This workshop we will explore what those wings might be, discuss gentle ways to offer them, and discover together how the qualities of authenticity, humility, surrender, and humor can facilitate the birth and growth of wisdom.


Rev. Jane Vennard was called to the ministry of teaching and spiritual direction and ordained by the United Church of Christ. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, Stanford University, and San Francisco Theological Seminary. Jane is a spiritual director in private practice, leads retreats internationally, and is adjunct faculty at the Iliff School of Theology. She is the author of eight books, the latest of which is Teaching – The Sacred Art.

  • Cost: $15 to $35, as you are able. Those who can give more support SDCO scholarships.
  • Information: 720-290-4771 or
  • Registration: Please register online and pay using your credit or debit card.

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We envision a Colorado where spiritual guidance permeates peoples’ lives, faith communities and human organizations, transforming life for all, especially the most vulnerable.

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