2017 Program Archive

St. Isadore’s Catholic Church
440 La Gonda Way,
Danville, CA 94526

RCIA Program

January 3, 2017
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

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Diocese of Reno Annual Conference Renewed!
The Nugget Casino Resort
Sparks, Nevada

January 6-7, 2017

RENEWED

Father Tom’s 3 Reflections based on Sacred Scripture,
Jesus, Second Vatican Council & the Reno Synod 2015

OLD ENDINGS ARE NEW BEGINNINGS – THE BIBLICAL SPIRITUALITY OF HOPE

In a day and age when so many people feel powerless and anxious, we turn our attention to the courage born of Hope as found in our Sacred Scriptures.  Hope is the hub of the virtues. Isaiah and Jeremiah will be our guides.

TRANSFORMING OUR LOSSES – THE BIBLICAL SPIRITUALITY OF REDEMPTION

Breakdown is Breakthrough! If Jesus redeems us from sin, the Spirit liberates us from oppression.  In every age courageous people have found in adversity an opportunity to benefit the wellbeing of others.  The Gospel of Matthew will be our guide.

SEND FORTH YOUR SPIRIT – THE BIBLICAL SPIRITUALITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The past one hundred years has seen a remarkable shift in Christian self-discovery.  Ours is the age of a New Pentecost.  From the streets of LA to the Second Vatican Council, to the Reno Synod the spirit of God has been and is a raging sea and a gently whisper.  The Gospel of John will be our guide.

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Rossmoor Interfaith Council
1001 Golden Rain Rd
Walnut Creek, CA
Private Program

Big Questions Forum

January 9, 2017

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St. Joan of Arc Parish
2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd.
San Ramon, CA 94583

Growing in Faith Together

“What Unites Us is Much Greater than What Divides Us”

January 11, 2017

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

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 BRINGING FORTH THAT WHICH IS WITHIN YOU
Reflections on the Gospels Other than the New Testament

Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church
9961 Elk Grove-Florin Road
Elk Grove, California, 95624
(916) 685-3681

The Early Cristian Communities where as rich with creativity as they were divided over the “authentic” teachings of Jesus which they believed were handed on to them through the Apostles.  The Canonical and extra-canonical Gospels all claimed the Apostolic Authority.  Our four part series will explore some of these writings with special attention given to one of the most important Apostles of all, Mary Magdalene, whose person and mission is rather constant in the diverse literature of the Early Christian Communities.

Four Friday Mornings
10:30 am – 12:00 Noon

January 13, 2017
THE EARLY CHURCH’S UNDERSTANDINGS OF JESUS
Reflections on the Apostolic Authority of the Didache – The Teachings of the Twelve

February 10, 2017
THE GREAT TEACHER OF THE WAYS OF JESUS
Reflections on the Persona of Mary Magdalene – The Apostle to the Apostles
The Eastern Churches, The Gospel and Sayings of Mary Magdalene 

March 10, 2017
THE GOSPEL OF PHILIP
Reflections on the Nature of Jesus and his Special Relationship with Mary Magdalene  over and against Peter

 April 7, 2017
THE GOSPEL OF THOMAS
Reflections on the “Q” Source found in Matthew and Luke
The necessity and rise of the New Testament as such

 

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
The Interfaith Peace Project
interfaithpeaceproject.org

peace@thomaspbonacci.net
(925) 787-9279

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AN INTERFAITH CONNECTIONS PROGRAM
THE EDITH PROGRAM
AT THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT
ANTIOCH, CA

THE 2017 YEARLY SCHEDULE
SUNDAY AFTERNOONS
BEGINNING AT 4:00 pm

CELEBRATING THE FIVE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE REFORMATION

January 15, 2017
Introduction to the Series
Remembering John Wycliffe, Jan Hus, Martin Luther
The Rise of the Ecumenical Church

March 5, 2017
Introducing and Exploring Martin Luther and the Lutherans

April 2, 2017
Introducing and Exploring John Calvin

May 7, 2017
Introducing and Exploring John Knox and the Presbyterians

July 16, 2017
Introducing and Exploring Huldrych Zwingli and the Swiss Reformed Church

August 13, 2017
The Rise of the Church of England and the Anglicans, the Baptists,
the Puritans and the Methodists

September 10, 2017
Introducing and Exploring John Wesley and the Methodists

October 15, 2017
The Voices of Protestant Women

December 17, 2017
An Advent Evening
Christmas in Protestant New England
in the Age of the Rise of the American Colonies

Thomas P. Bonacci

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The Fremont Series
For the St. Joseph Church Community
Fremont, CA

Mondays
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P,
The Interfaith Peace Project
Pittsburg, CA

 

LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE!

The Gospel of Matthew affords us a powerful opportunity to look back into our roots as disciples of Jesus and see anew that we are a people born of strife and anguish.  For Matthew, that realization is the source of compassion and justice.  As such, Matthew’s Gospel challenges us to be people of justice and compassion as we cope with the issues of our day.  Our continuing series will be influenced by the international scholarship that has recently emerged in Matthean Studies.  The voices of wisdom from the World will bless us as we journey anew through the Parables, Teachings, and Challenges of Jesus our Emmanuel

Studies in the Gospel of Matthew

January 16, 2017
The Spirituality of Beatitude
Reflections on Matthew 5-6-7 in a World gone Global

January 23, 2017
What does it mean to be a Disciple of Jesus
Ecumenical and Interreligious Approaches

January 30, 2017
Matthew and the Church of Today
Moving Beyond anti-Judaism

February 6, 2017
The Church in the Global World of Faith
Beyond Redemption to Liberation in this World
Revisiting the Parables of Matthew’s Gospel

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FUTURE PROGRAMS

May 8, 2017
Enter the Women Anew – Matthew’s Resurrection Accounts
Latest report on Women in the Deaconate

May 15, 2017
The Spirit in the Gospel of Matthew
Tradition and Creativity
Appreciating the Contribution of Matthew the Evangelist

May 29, 2017
The Matthew / Paul Relationship
All are Welcome in the House of Jesus

June 5, 2017
Leadership in the Now and Future Church
All are empowered to the service of Care for one another

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August 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2017
The Biblical Spirituality of the Afterlife and Beyond

October 9, 16, 23, 30, 2017
Encountering the Protestant Reformers
In Preparation for the Five-Hundredth Anniversary of the Reformation

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THE INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF THE PASSION
CHRIST THE KING PASSIONIST RETREAT CENTER
CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA

THE 2017 SERIES OF REFLECTIONS

Tuesday Evenings
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

WINTER SERIES
PREPARING FOR LENT

January 31, 2017
The Passion According to St. John
John 1: 14 and the Wedding Feast of Cana (John 2: 1-12)

February 7, 2017
The “Lifting Up” of the Christ
An Exploration of John 3: 14-15

February 14, 2017
The “Hour” of the “Cross”
Calvary in Light of Cana

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The Chaplaincy Institute

1400 Shattuck Ave Suite 14
Berkeley, CA 94709

January 18, 2017
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Introduction to Christianity and Spiritual Care for Roman Catholics

January 19, 2017
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Teachings and Practices of the Women Christian Mystics

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St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
1315 Lomitas Ave.
Livermore, CA 94550

WINGS Program

Kindled by the Holy Spirit

January 26, 2017
9:45 am to 11:30 am

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Transfiguration Catholic Church
4000 E Castro Valley Blvd.
Castro Valley, CA 94552

WINGS

February 2, 2017
9:00 am to  10:45 am

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OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS
RENO, NV

FEBRUARY 18, 2017

RETREAT DAY FOR MARRIED COUPLES
NO GREATER LOVE THAN THIS

9:00 am              Arrive, Refreshments, Welcome

9:30 am              First Reflection – THE SPLENDOR THAT IS                                                                                                     THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE
(Marriage as Sacramental Vocation)

10:15 am            Break and Time for Reflection and Sharing

10:45 am            Second Reflection – INTRODUCING AMORIS LAETITIA
(JOY OF LOVE) BY POPE FRANCIS

11:30 am            Break and Time for Reflection and Sharing

12 Noon             Lunch

1:00 pm              Third Reflection – SERIOUS PASTORAL PROBLEMS                                                                                      IDENTIFIED IN AMORIS LAETITIA

1:45 pm              Break and Time for Reflection and Sharing

2:15 pm              Questions and Discussion

3:00 pm              Mass for the Renewal of Vows

4:00 pm              Peaceful Farewell

 

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
The Interfaith Peace Project
40 Bailey Road  #301
Pittsburg, CA  94565

(925)787-9279
peace@thomaspbonacci.net
interfaithpeaceproject.org

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St. Columba Catholic Church
6401 San Pablo Ave.
Oakland, CA 94608

Diversity in the Bible

Feburary 8, 15, & 22, 2017

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School of Applied Theology

5890 Birch Court
Oakland, CA 94618

 

The Passion of Jesus
St. Matthew’s Gospel

February 22 2017
10 am to 12 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The Passion motif in the Gospel of Matthew extends throughout the Gospel narrative itself. We will explore three crucial texts to underscore this insight: Matthew 2:16-18 – the slaughter of the innocents, Matthew 8:14-17 – the Cure of Simon peter’s Mother-in-law, and Matthew 27:19 – the distress of Pilate’s wife. The Passion of Jesus is, at one and the same time, in solidarity with the afflicted and the call for that justice by which the Kingdom of God is realized on Earth in the here and now of our lives.

 

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
peace@thomaspbonacci.net
(925) 787-9279

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St. John of God
1290 5th Avenue
San Francisco, CA

 

Four Part Series
THE INTERFAITH JESUS

 

In a day and age when so many powerful political “leaders” are inviting us to fear and hostility regarding the “strangers” in our midst, we turn to Jesus to discern his fundamental attitude of heart regarding the people powerful people fear and dismiss as less than human.  Instead of seeing ourselves as first, we are called, as disciples of Jesus, to exalt the lowly and honor the “stranger” among us.  Our four week series explores the Interfaith Heart of Jesus to help cope with this dangerous tendency to see others as less than ourselves.

Four Thursdays Evenings
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

February 23, 2017
The God of All Peoples

We will survey the “religion of Jesus” attempting to discover from his understanding and experience of Judaism his understanding of the human person, the World, and God.

March 16, 2017
Did I not Set Free Your Enemies?

We continue to explore the “religion of Jesus” from the perspectives of his early life as best as we can discern any historical reality from the New Testament sources.  Even if the New Testament stories were developed or embellished, we might ask why and what do they tell us about the New Testament understanding of Jesus and his openness to people of diverse and varied faiths.

April 27, 2017
Who Touched Me?

Mark Chapter Five has often been called a “Gospel within a Gospel.”  We will explore the journeys of Jesus portrayed in this rather marvelous text discerning the interfaith heart and soul of Jesus and the subsequent Jesus Movement. 

June 1, 2017
Seeing the Way Jesus Died

We conclude our series by returning to the foot of the Cross in Mark 15: 22-39.  In the aftermath of the death of Jesus, we encounter a most remarkable event concerning the Roman Centurion who presided over the execution of Jesus.  We will explore the generous self-donation of Jesus as a model for what it means to be a person and disciple of interfaith love, respect and understanding.

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St. Albert Parish Mission
1259 St. Alberts Drive
Reno, NV 89503

 

Healing from Brokenness

March 7, 8 and 9, 2017

Tuesday

March 7, 2017
Healing from the Brokenness of Fear
Fear not, little flock (Luke 12: 32)

Evening Service
Reading – Matthew 6: 25-34
Reflection: Consider the Birds of the Air

Reading: Matthew 9: 9-13 and 8: 14-17
Reflection: The Call of Matthew and the Healing of the Mother-in-Law

Wednesday

March 8, 2017
Healing from the Brokenness of Life’s Struggles

Evening Service
Reading – Matthew 13: 24-30
Reflection: The Weeds and the Wheat

Reading:  (Matthew 22: 1-11)
Good, the bad, the failed, the ugly, the Beautiful
Go Out to the highways and invite everyone in

Thursday

March 9, 2017
Healing from the Brokenness of Sin

Evening Service
Reading: Matthew 18: 23-35
Introduction to the Gospel
Should you not do the same?

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 MERCY CENTER
AUBURN, CA

The Spring Program

EXPLORING THE COURAGE AND WISDOM OF MARY MAGDALENE
Four Distinct Reflections

March 11, 2017
What does it mean to follow after Jesus?
We will explore the Early Christian understanding of discipleship
introducing the model and example of Mary of Magdalene
The Apostle to the Apostles
Insights from the Liturgical Traditions

May 13, 2017
Exploring the Model of Discipleship
An Exploration of the Gospel in a Person
Mary Magdalene According to the Synoptic Gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John

July 15, 2017
What is the Nature of the Feminine Mystical Tradition?
Mary Magdalene According to the so-called Gnostic Gospels

September 30, 2017
The Future of Ministry and Discipleship in the Community of Jesus
Is there a Global Following of Jesus beyond the traditional Christian Communities?

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Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
The Interfaith Peace Project
640 Baily Road  #301
Pittsburg, CA  94565

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 SS. Peter and Paul Church
Rocklin, CA

MIGRATION AND THE THEOLOGY OF WELCOME

Our four week series on migration will explore the treasures of diversity and difference as key to the communion of persons we call the human family.  Our first reflection will explore traditional Catholic teaching on migration establishing the theological and biblical roots for appreciating people on the move.  Our second reflection will explore the ideal of the family as it is understood and explored in the biblical tradition.  Our third reflection will explore the power of community to shape our individual identities.  The ethical teachings of Jesus will provide the sum and substance of our appreciation of one another and all creation.  Simply, all aspects of our lives are interconnected, interrelated, and interdependent   Finally, we will propose practical ways of encountering the peoples of the World. 

March 13, 2017
YOU SHALL NOT SUPRESS THE STRANGER WITH YOU

The Biblical and Theological foundations establishing Catholic moral teachings concerning the status and rights of people who pilgrim on Earth.

March 20, 2017
TAKE THE CHILD AND HIS MOTHER AND FLEE
What makes a family whole, redeems the World

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, as presented in the Gospel of St. Matthew, provides the basis for our reflection of what it means to be united in love.  

April 3, 2017
THE GREATEST AMONG YOU SERVES THE LEAST
A Reflection on the Samaritan Neighbor of Luke 10: 25-37

The ethical teachings of Jesus are embedded in one of his most famous parable, the Story of the Samaritan neighbor.  This parable powerfully portrays what it means to cross borders.

April 17, 2017
I AM A BETTER ME BECAUSE I MET YOU
You shall not suppress the stranger within you

Our final reflection will offer some practical principles by which we might meet and rejoice in one another.  We are, in the last analysis, citizens of the Earth and Children of the Universe.

 

THOMAS P. BONACCI, C.P.
DIRECTOR OF THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT  
peace@thomaspbonacci.net

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Day of Reflection

St. Vincent de Paul
All Saints Parish
Hayward, CA

March 18, 2017

 

Welcoming the Stranger

Encountering Jesus in the Poor

Matthew 5:14-16

 

We are called to find Christ in the poor, to lend our voice to their causes, but also to be their friends, to listen to them, to speak for them, and to embrace the mysterious wisdom which Go wishes to share with us through them.

The Joy of the Gospel #198

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Unity Center for Inspired Living
50 Sand Creek Rd #140
Brentwood, CA 94510

March 19, 2017
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

The Emerging Spirit in the World
Peace in the Midst of Conflict and Division

Workshop:

The Dynamics of Interfaith Dialogue
Peacemaking Through the Justice of Understanding

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St. Perpetua Catholic Community
3454 Hamlin Road
Lafayette, California 94549

THAT YOU MAY BE ONE AS I AND THE HEAVENLY ABBA ARE ONE
THERE ARE MANY GIFTS IN THIS ONE FAMILY OF HUMANKIND

Our three week series on Unity will explore the treasures of diversity and difference as key to the communion of persons we call the human family.  Our first reflection will explore the ideal of a family as it is understood and explored in the biblical tradition.  Insights from Hinduism and Buddhism will bless our explorations.  Our second reflection will explore the power of community to shape our individual identities.  The ethical teachings of Jesus will provide the sum and substance of our appreciation of one another and all creation.  Simply, all aspects of our lives are interconnected, interrelated, and interdependent.  Finally, we will propose practical ways of encountering the peoples of the World.  Verses from the Quran will touch our hearts.  World peace and security begins in the mind, heart, and soul of each and every one of us.

March 23, 2017

TAKE THE CHILD AND HIS MOTHER AND FLEE – Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
What every parent knows and every child understands
What makes a family whole, redeems the World

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, as presented in the Gospel of St. Matthew, provides the basis for our reflection of what it means to be united in love.  

March 30, 2017

THE GREATEST AMONG YOU SERVES THE LEAST –
Rev. Andrea Goodman

Power as the Service of Caring for one another
A Reflection on the Samaritan Neighbor of Luke 10: 25-37

The ethical teachings of Jesus are embedded in one of his most famous parables, the Story of the Samaritan neighbor.  This parable powerfully portrays the manner in which Jesus lived his own life providing an example for those who would be inspired by his teachings.  Jesus reveals the depth of authentic community living as practical caring one for another.

April 6, 2017

I AM A BETTER ME BECAUSE I MET YOU – Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
You shall not suppress the stranger among you

The wisdom of the Faith Traditions of the World contributes to the well-being of all.  Our final reflection will offer some practical principles by which we might meet and rejoice in one another.  We are, in the last analysis, citizens of the Earth and Children of the Universe.  In the tradition of Psalm 8, we will explore who we are in the sight of God.   

  REV. ANDREA GOODMAN
PRESIDENT OF THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT
goodandrea@comcast.net

THOMAS P. BONACCI, C.P.
DIRECTOR OF THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT
peace@thomaspbonacci.net

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St. Theresa Parish
30 Mandalay Road
Oakland, CA 94618

PARISH LENTEN RETREAT

Go Forth into the Entire World!

The Church as the community of Disciples on
becoming Emmanuel in Everyday Life

March 25 & 26
Weekend Masses

March 27, 28, 29, 30

8:30 am
Mass

9:15 am
Presentation in the Meeting Rooms

7:00 pm
Presentation in the Church

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THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT
AN INTERFAITH CONNECTIONS PROGRAM

HOME-BASED PROGRAM

THE 2017 YEARLY SCHEDULE
TUESDAY EVENINGS
BEGINNING AT 7:00 pm

COMMEMORATING THE FIVE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFORMATION

April 4, 2017
Introduction to the Series
Remembering John Wycliffe, Jan Hus, Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (Erasmus)
The Rise of the Ecumenical Church

May 2, 2017
Introducing and Exploring Martin Luther and the Lutherans

June 6, 2017
Introducing and Exploring John Calvin and the Presbyterians

August 1, 2017
The Rise of the Church of England and the Anglicans, the Baptists, the Puritans and the Methodists

September 5, 2017
Introducing and Exploring John Wesley and the Methodists

October 3, 2017
From Conflict to Communion

November 7, 2017
The Voices of Protestant Women

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.

THAT ALL MAY BE ONE

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 St. Joseph Marello Catholic Church
7200 Auburn Folsom Road
Granite Bay, CA

RCIA Retreat

April 9, 2017

2:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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School of Applied Theology
5890 Birch Court
Oakland, CA 94618

April 18, 24, 26, 20107
10 AM to Noon

Emerging Global Consciousness: An Introduction to World Religions

This course offering provides an introduction to world religious traditions including Judaism, Islaam Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism. It introduces the key beliefs and principles of each  major religion and compares and contrasts the similarities and differences among them. It also opens discussion of the historical and spiritual relationships between these religions and the Christian tradition and Catholic Church.

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A Private Retreat

Christ the King Passionis Retreat Center
Citrus Heights, CA

Walking With Pope Francis
A Light Shining in the Darkness
A Lamb in the Midst of Wolves

April 19 & 20, 2017

Pope Francis offers contemporary Christians an opportunity to see and experience how the Gospel of Jesus can both inspire and challenge every dimension of the Church’s life and mission in the World. Pope Francis lifts up the Gospel of Jesus and Poor to all peoples of the World in such a way as to challenge the people of the Church to be credible witnesses of the Gospel. We will explore Francis’ personl experience of and onversion to Jesus emphasizing that his challenge to Church and World is based on his personal experience of Jesus.

Thomas P Bonacci, C.P.
Christ the king Passionist Retreat Center
Citrus Heights CA

(925 ) 787-9279
peace@thomaspbonacci.net

“The Church is a field hospital where wounds are treated”
Pope Francis

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THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT
AN INTERFAITH CONNECTIONS PROGRAM

 THE AMERICAN RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE

Home- Based Brentwood Series

May 2017
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

May 4, 2017
IS THERE AN AMERICAN RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE?
MEET THE PURITANS
THE SEVEN PERIODS OF THE RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE IN AMERICA

May 11, 2017
FUNDAMENTALISM, TRANSCENDENTALISM AND BEYOND
I LIFT MY EYES TO THE MOUNTAINS
EXTREME TENSIONS AND DEEP CREATIVITY AS MARKS OF THE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT

May 18, 2017
THE SPECIAL CASE OF THE CHURCH OF THE LATTER DAY SAINTS
MEET THE MORMONS
DOES THE MORMON EXPERIENCE CAPTURE THE AMERICAN SOUL?

May 25, 2017
FOUR VOICES OF THE AMERICAN CONTRIBUTION TO THE SPIRITUAL QUEST
SLAVERY / FREEDOM, HUMAN DIGNITY, SOCIAL GOSPEL AND MYSTICISM
POPE FRANCIS ADDRESSES CONGRESS REVEALING THE IDENTITY OF
AMERICAN SPIRITUALITY

Thomas P. Bonacci
The Interfaith Peace Project
640 Bailey Road #301
Pittsburg, CA  94565
(925) 787-9279

peace@thomaspbonacci.net
interfaithpeaceproject.org

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 St. Joan of Arc Parish
San Ramon, CA

The Church as the Community of the Spirit

A Reflection Based on Luke 7:1-10

May 5, 2017
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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St. Marks United Methodist Church
451 Moraga Way
Orinda, CA

Panel Discussion
May 19, 2017
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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St. Joseph Catholic Church
Rio Vista, California

Follow Me: Tools for the Journey

May 20 2017
9;00 am to 2:00 pm

Contact St. Joseph Church for Registration Information

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