2012 SDCO Annual Spirituality Conference
Speaker. Rabbi Rami Shapiro, PhD, is an award winning poet and essayist, whose liturgical writings are used in prayer services throughout North America. He has written over a dozen works of translation, biblical commentary, and nonfiction. Rabbi Rami is a graduate of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and holds a doctoral degree in Judiac studies from Union Graduate School. A congregational rabbi for 20 years, Rami is currently Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Middle Tennessee State University and faculty member of the Upper Room Spiritual Formation Academy.
Theme. We are living in the second century of the 2nd Axial Age, a time of great religious turmoil and potential spiritual advancement. At the heart of the 1st Axial Age (800 to 200 BCE) was the realization that compassion is the core message of all religions; at the heart of the 2nd is the realization that religions must transcend parochialism and the zero-sum world-view of saved and damned, chosen and not chosen, believers and infidels, enlightened and unenlightened, and embrace a nonzero-sum world where spiritual practice rather than religious dogma is the focus of religious life, and aims at expanded our sense of compassion beyond our in-group to embrace all living beings. Rabbi Rami will help us explore the theory of Axial Ages, its unique message for spiritual seekers.
Program. The program will include three major presentations, time for silence, and opportunities for sharing and discussion.
- Friday Evening — 7 p.m.
- Saturday Morning — 9 a.m.
- Saturday Afternoon — 1 p.m.
Brad Berglund, well-known contemplative and Celtic musician, is the conference musician and liturgist.
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