2020 Program Archive

“Christ Our Light Has Come”
37th Annual
Diocese of Reno Conference
January 3-4, 2020

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Session One by Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.

On Us a Light Has Arisen!

We will reflect on and study Matthew 4: 12-17. Jesus has been formed by the powers of Heaven and Earth in his birth, exile, baptism, temptation, and ascension into Galilee. These verses are unique to Matthew as they define the person and work of Jesus who comes into Galilee as “light shinning in the darkness,” to use a verse from St. John. Conditions in Galilee were oppressive as Jesus rises to the occasion to confront the powers of greed, corruption, and expediency. His work provides the model for how we might be light in our own time, place, and situation.

Session Two by Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.

You are the light of the World!

Matthew presents Jesus as the Light of God’s presence dawning on the inhabitants of Galilee. The deeds of compassion and his words of justice challenge those who dwell in the darkness of injustice to see the light of a new day. This reflection, based on Matthew 5: 13-16 challenges faithful disciples to be true to themselves. The light within them is destined to bless all those who suffer injustice and rejection. These two presentations are independent from one another. The notes of each session will be distributed to all in each session.

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

The Interfaith Peace Project
Pittsburg, CA

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St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church
Elk Grove, CA

The Gospel of St. Matthew
Emmanuel Comes to The People of God

Our four-part series on the Gospel of St. Matthew helps us to savor the Ordinary Gospel readings for the Liturgical Year “A” which began on the First Sunday of Advent.  Our series will explore St. Matthew’s Gospel as a unified presentation of the words and deeds of Jesus.  Each section is independent so participants need not attend every session to benefit from the teachings and reflections.  Our reflections will help us prepare for the Season for Lent and the Passion of Jesus.  Notes will be provided for your personal study and reflection. 

Mondays
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

EMMANUEL GIVES OF HIMSELF

January 7, 2020
The Great Parables of the Kingdom of God – Matthew 13: 1-52
The Cross as Parable of the Providence of God

January 14, 2020
Upon this Rock – Matthew 13: 53 -18: 35
The Priority of Service and Care

January 21, 2020
Radical Forgiveness – Matthew 18
The Community Rule of Forgiveness

January 28, 2020
The Self-giving of Emmanuel – Matthew 26-28
We are his Risen and Loving Presence in the World

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Brentwood Center for Inspired Living
50 Sand Creek Rd #60
Brentwood, CA 94513

January 8, 2020
7:00 – 8:30 pm
January 9, 2020
10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Location:
Antioch Center
The Interfaith Peace Project

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St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
9085 Calvine Road
Sacramento, CA

Interfaith Spirituality
The Theory, the Practice, and the Possibility

Four Fridays
10: 30 am – 12 Noon

January 10, 2020
The Why and Purpose of Interfaith Spiritual Practice
Some Essential “Definitions” and a Few Stories
“All one needs to do is walk down a street”

February 7, 2020
Five “Essential” Elements Influencing Interfaith Spiritual Practice
Pondering the “Location” of such a Practice
“I am a better me because I met you!”

March 6, 2020
The Dialogue with Self
The Mind, Heart, and Soul of Interfaith Spirituality
“You make a Difference in My Life!” 

April 3, 2020
The Dialogue with “Others”
The Mind, Heart, and Soul of Interfaith Practice
“We do Together what no one of us can do Alone!”

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GOSPEL JUSTICE IN THE BIBLICAL AND JESUS TRADITIONS

 SS. Peter and Paul Church
Rocklin, CA

 FOUR WEDNESDAY MORNINGS
9: 30 am – 11:30 am

January 15, 2020
The Biblical Roots of Gospel Justice in the Hebrew Traditions
Appreciating Jesus as Hebrew Prophet
Exploring how we might understand the term “Gospel Justice”

  January 22, 2020
The Special Case of Matthew 25: 31 ff  
What is the essence of following after Jesus
Love as that Charity that expresses itself in Justice

 January 29, 2020
The Teachings of the Second Vatican Council
An exploration of Contemporary Church Documents
The stated values provide a basis for on-going reform and response

 February 5, 2020
The American Bishops establish the Principles for Gospel Justice
A program for correcting the past as we respond to the present day
How circumstances influence teachings and understandings

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THE BOOK OF REVELATION
ST. JOHN OF GOD – SAN FRANCISCO, CA 

SEVEN THURSDAYS NIGHTS
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

October 10, 2019

PART I
THE NATURE AND PURPOSE OF REVELATION
THE INAUGURAL EXPERIENCE OF THE COSMIC CHRIST

 October 24, 2019

PART II
THE SEVEN EPISTLES
THE SEER ADDRESSES THE CHURCHES

 November 21, 2019

PART III
THE HEAVENLY VISIONS
THE CALL TO PRAISE

 December 5, 2019

PART IV
THE PATTEN OF SEVEN – THE COSMIC LITURGY
THE VISION OF HEAVEN AND THE NIGHTMARE

 January 16, 2020

PART V
THE INTERLUDES
INSIGHTS INTO UNIVERSAL SALVATION?

 January 30, 2020

PART VI
THE COSMIC BATTLE
SUDDENLY I SAW THE LAMB

 February 13, 2020

PART VII
BEHOLD I SAW THE NEW JERUSALEM
THE MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB


The Book of Revelation (The Apocalypse) sets the standard for the liturgical praise of God as Cosmic event with Global implications.  In the midst of conflict and division, the Seer of Revelation experiences the peaceful dominion of God in a time of Imperial wrath.  Often feared for its violence and harsh imagery, the Book of Revelation is ultimately a Book of Comfort rallying the Community of Disciples to follow the Lamb whose death is our life.  We are called to stand for what is right and just in the midst of oppression and fear.  Revelation is our definitive invitation to the wedding of the Lamb who comes to marry us in the fullness of time.  This is a Book of Prayer, Praise, Comfort, and Vision.  

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St. Joseph’s Church
Fremont, CA

The Gospel of St. Matthew
Jesus Our Emmanuel

Our eight-part series on the Gospel of St. Matthew helps us to savor the Ordinary Gospel readings for the current Liturgical Year “A” which began on the First Sunday of Advent and concludes with the Feast of Christ the King.  Our series will explore St. Matthew’s Gospel as a unified presentation of the words and deeds of Jesus.  Our series will help participants gain a greater knowledge of Matthew’s Gospel for both public worship and private devotion.  Each section is independent so participants need not attend every session to benefit from the teachings and reflections.  Notes will be provided for your personal study and reflection. 

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

PART ONE – EMMANUEL COMES TO HIS PEOPLE

February 3, 2020
The Birth and Manifestation of Emmanuel – Matthew 1-2

February 10, 2020
The Mission of Emmanuel begins – Matthew 3-4

February 17, 2020
Blessed are the Feet of the One who brings Glad Tidings – Matthew 5, 6, 7

February 24, 2020
May Your Kingdom Come – Matthew 8, 9, 10

 

PART TWO – EMMANUEL GIVES OF HIMSELF

May 11, 2020 by Zoom
The Great Parables of the Kingdom of God – Matthew 13: 1-52

May 18, 2020 by Zoom
Upon this Rock – Matthew 13: 53 -18: 35

May 25, 2020 by Zoom
Radical Forgiveness – Matthew 18

June 1, 2020 by Zoom
The Self-giving of Emmanuel – Matthew 26-28

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Revised February 1, 2020

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

The Prayer of Jesus

 Our Twelve Week series will ponder the Lord’s Prayer and its ramifications in the New Testament and the life of the Church.  We will consider the Psalms as the source of the Prayer of Jesus.  This Prayer of Jesus inspires the Community of his disciples to be his prayerful presence in the World.  Each program is designed to be complete in itself affording participants flexibility of schedule.  Detailed notes will be provided for each session.    

 

THE WINTER SERIES

February 6, 2020
Prayer in the Gospel of St. Luke

February 20, 2020
The Lord’s Prayer According to St. Luke / St. Matthew

March 5, 2020
The Experience of the Father

 

THE SPRING SERIES

The Spring Series continues our reflections on Prayer.  We will focus on the Prayer of Jesus on the Cross.  The richness of the New Testament witness will serve as an inspiration for our own daily prayer as Disciples of the Crucified and Risen Jesus.

May 21, 2020 by Zoom
The Prayer of Jesus on the Cross
Insights from the Gospels of Mark and Matthew

May 28, 2020 by Zoom
The Prayer of Jesus on the Cross
Insights from the Gospel of Luke

June 4, 2020 by Zoom
The Prayer of Jesus on the Cross
Insights from the Gospel of John

 

THE SUMMER SERIES

Our Summer Series will explore the Book of Psalms fund in the Hebrew Bible.  The Psalms are the Prayer of Jesus.  We would do well to always study and consider the Psalms as the basis for our spiritual practice.  The Psalms invite us to the richness of life with courage and wisdom.

August 13, 2020
The Book of Psalms
A Study in Praise

August 27, 2020
The Psalms of Lament
The Cry for Justice

September 10, 2020
The Psalms of Joy
The Song of Creation’s Love for God

 

THE FALL SERIES

St. Paul of the Cross, the Founder of the Passionist Community, invited his followers to gather at the foot of the Cross.  There they would learn the wisdom of Cross and experience the love of God for everyone.  On this, the Three-hundred Anniversary of the Passionist Community, we pause to explore the wisdom of our Founder, St. Paul of the Cross.

October 15, 2020
The Passionist Charism
According to the two St. Paul’s

October 29, 2020
The Passions of Jesus and the Heart of St. Paul of the Cross

November 12, 2020
The Passion in the Christmas Narrative of the Birth of Jesus

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Edith’s Program at the Antioch Center – 2020
Sundays 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm followed by a light supper 

THE APOLOGY TO EVE
CONTEMPORARY REFLECTION ON THE ANCIENT GENESIS STORY

February 9, 2020
Introducing the Book of Genesis 
The Stories of Creation and the “Problem” of Eve

 March 8, 2020
It is not Good for the human to be alone!
The Struggle for Companionship

 April 19, 2020 By Zoom
The Dream comes True!
The Revelation of the Deep Desires of the Heart

 May 17, 2020 By Zoom
The Loneliness of God
The God who Gradually Disappeared

June 14, 2020 By Zoom
The First Theological Conversation
Musing with a Serpent

 July 12, 2020
Their Eyes were Opened!
Becoming like God

September 6, 2020
The Cursing or the Setting Free
The Compassionate God is Born-Again

 October 4, 2020
Becoming like God
Eve’s True Identity

 December 6, 2020
Our Advent Day Together
The New Eve

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Castro Valley, CA
Home-Based Programs

The Sacredness of Sacred Stories and Writings

Seven Tuesday Evenings
7:00 pm – 8:30pm

PART ONE

A SUNDAY IN HONOR OF THE WORD OF GOD

Pope Francis designated the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (The Roman Rite) as Word of God Sunday.  This continues the implementation of the full restoration of the Bible to Catholic life and piety initiated by the Second Vatican Council.  Our three-part program will survey the Pope’s Letter and afford us the opportunity to ponder three important Scriptures influencing his thought.

February 11, 2020
The Road to Emmaus – St. Luke 24: 13-35

March 10, 2020
In the Hearing of the People – Nehemiah 8: 8–12

May 12, 2020 by Zoom
The Transfiguration – St. Luke 9: 28-36


PART TWO

BELOVED SCRIPTURES AND STORIES FROM THE WORLD

We now venture out into the Sacred Writings and Stories of humankind.  The Spirit of God is said to be the inspiration behind and within all Wisdom.  Sometimes the stories handed on by word of mouth touch the hearts of multitudes in every generation.  Our is a generation that can glean from the Wisdom of The Word.  

July 14, 2020
The Beloved Story of Maya – The Buddha’s Mother
Buddhist Scripture of the Buddha’s Fond Memories

August 11, 2020
The Grandmother Tales of the Animals / Creation
Indigenous Grandmother Story – The Muscogee (Creek) Nation

September 8, 2020
The Infant Jesus who Spoke to his Loving Mother
Noble Quran – Surah Maryam 19: 29-34

 

PART THREE

LITURGICAL YEAR “B” – THE GOSPEL OF MARK

We pause to survey the up-coming Liturgical Year “B” during which we will ordinarily hear the Gospel of St. Mark.  We will highlight the Gospel proclamations that will mark this particular rendition of the Year “B” as we discover anew the genius that is the Gospel of Mark.

October 13, 2020
The Gospel of Mark in Liturgical Year “B” – 2021

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St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Walnut Creek, CA

FOUR WEEK LENTEN PROGRAM

Four Wednesday Evenings
March 4, 11, 25, and April 1, 2020

 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

THE SPIRITUALITY OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD
IN THE GLOBAL VISION OF ST. MATTHEW’S GOSPEL

 Session One
March 4, 2020

EXPANDING THE NEIGHBORHOOD BEYOND THE TYPICAL AND EXPECTED
THEY CAME FROM AFAR – MATTHEW 2: 1

 

Session Two
March 11, 2020

WELCOMING THE STRANGER
The Stranger (Matthew 25: 43a) and The Canaanite Woman (Matthew 15: 21-28)


Session Three
March 25, 2020 By Zoom

THE RULE OF INCLUSION
The Call of Matthew (Matthew 9: 9-13 in light of Matthew 18: 17)


Session Four
April 1, 2020 By Zoom

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH REALIZED WHEN WE CROSS THE STREET
Matthew 25: 31-45 Revisited

 

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

interfaithpeaceproject.org
[email protected]
(925) 787-9279

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2020 SAINT BONAVENTURE MEN’S RETREAT
SAN DAMIANO RETREAT CENTER

WHAT I HAVE DONE SO YOU SHOULD DO!

MARCH 6-8, 2020

RETREAT SCHEDULE 

 FRIDAY , March 6, 2020
5:00 PM
“Meet and Greet” Social 
7:00 PM
Dinner
8:00 PM
OPENING SESSION:
Christ Lives In Me
Exploring the Wisdom of St. John and St. Paul

SATURDAY, March 7, 2020
8:00 AM
Breakfast
9:00 AM
SECOND SESSION:
Walking Humbly with God
Exploring Isaiah 58:6-7 – Shared Discussion   
11:00 AM
The Lenten Liturgy – Matthew 5:48
Be as Your Father in Heaven!
12:00 PM
Lunch
1:00 PM
Personal Time for Rest, Study, Quiet, Prayer
2:30 PM
THIRD SESSION
Not My Will But Yours Be done!
Reflections of the Passion of Jesus in St. Matthew
Shared Discussion
4:30 PM
OPEN DISCUSSION with Tom
6:00 PM
Dinner
7:30 PM
PENANCE SERVICE
Based on Matthew 25:31-45
Time for Confessions

SUNDAY, March 8, 2020
8:00 AM
Breakfast
9:00 AM
FOURTH SESSION
Let Your Light Shine!
Insights from Pope Francis on Holiness
Shared Discussion
  11:00 AM
CLOSING LITURGY
Matthew 17:1-9
The Saw No One But Jesus
12:00 PM
Lunch
1:00 PM
Peaceful Farewell

 

WHAT I HAVE DONE SO YOU SHOULD DO!

Jesus challenged his disciples to be the expression and reality of his self-giving love and compassion.  To show forth the strength of what it means to be a fully alive human person, Jesus washed their feet.  This scene from St. John’s Gospel, introduces our survey of St. Matthew’s Gospel.  More than any other Gospel, Matthew explores “the Will of the Father” as the guiding light of the life of Jesus.  Jesus is God’s plan for us.  Through prayer, study, reflection, and honest sharing will we accept the challenge of Jesus to be our best selves no matter what the circumstances of life.

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Sacred Heart Parish Mission
3141 St. Stevens Drive
Anderson, CA 96007

March 13-16, 2020

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Chaplaincy Institute
Berkeley, CA

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Social Teachings of Christianity and Spiritual Care
Christian Women Mystics

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Church of the Assumption
1100 Fulton Avenue
San Leandro, CA 94577

St. Vincent De Paul Day of Reflection
Saturday, March 21, 2020
8:00 am – 3:00 pm

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

March 26
9:30 to 11:30 am

REFLECTIONS ON THE APOSTLE TO THE APOSTLES

In light of the Vatican Document of June 10, 2016, the Liturgical memory of Mary Magdalene was elevated from a Memorial to a proper Feast.  Declared to be “The Apostle to the Apostles”, Mary Magdalene provides the example for the faithful proclamation of the Gospel to the World.  She still stands before the tombs of the slain, the cages of the oppressed, and prisons of the strangers with the tears of her love for Christ.  The example of Mary Magdalene sets the standard for children, women, and men who desire to proclaim Christ in Word and deed.  Our sources for reflections will be the liturgical texts and prayers of her Feast Day, the Gospel of John, and the ancient witness of the Church.  

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Jesuit School of Theology Renewal Program
1735 Le Roy Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 By Zoom
Passion: Matthew’s Gospel

 

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, 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. (two two-hour sessions)

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THE BOOK OF REVELATION
THE BRENTWOOD HOME-BASED SERIES
SUDDENLY I SAW THE LAMB

Our four reflections on The Book of Revelation will strive to convey the passion and hope the Book offers a troubled World.  As a Book of Vision, we see the Lamb, symbolizing Jesus, strong with compassion and comfort in the midst of trouble.  As a Book of Hope, Revelation urges us not to despair in perplexity times.  As a Book of Revelations, The Book of Revelation invites us to envision and see beyond the obvious.  Finally, as a Book of Prophecy, the Last Book of the Christian Bible invites us to a moral integrity reminiscent of Jesus.

FOUR THURSDAY EVENINGS
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

APRIL 14, 2020
VISION  –  WHAT IT MEANS TO SEE, PERCEIVE, AND APPRECIATE
Reflections on Chapter 1

APRIL 21, 2020
HOPE  –  COURAGE IN THE MIDST OF CONFLICT, STRIFE, AND DISASTER
Reflections on Chapters 2-3

APRIL 28, 2020
REVELATIONS  –  THE EXPERIENCE OF THE DIVINE IN THE COURT OF THE HEAVENS
Reflections on Chapters 4-5

MAY 5, 2020
PROPHECY  –  THE CALL TO ETHICAL AND MORAL INTEGRITY
Reflections on Chapters 6-7-8

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

(925) 787-9279
[email protected]
interfaithpeaceproject.org

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THE ENVIRONMENT ACCORDING TO THE INTERFAITH FAMILY

The Interfaith Peace Project Center
4517 Buckeye Court
Antioch, CA 94531

April 26, 2020

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 

              The great Faith, Spiritual/Traditions/Wisdom Traditions of humankind have powerful Worldviews by which they understand the meaning of Life and the human responsibility to live lives consistent with what we now call “The Care of the Earth” and our human responsibility to one another as human persons.  Tonight, we gather to explore some vital aspects of these teachings and understandings as reflected in the diverse Traditions of humankind.  We propose several questions for our consideration: 

  • How does your Tradition understand the Nature Order of Creation? Does your Tradition see a significant difference between the natural and the supernatural? 
  • How do you understand the natural order of the World? Do you have a perspective that enhances or challenges your Tradition?  Please share some detailed insights. 
  • Does your Tradition have teachings about Creation? What would you consider to be the most important aspects of those Teachings?  
  • Do the discoveries from Modern Science influence your understanding of your Tradition’s Teachings concerning Creation and the Natural World? Please provide some detailed insights. 
  • What is your understanding of “Environmental Spirituality”? Does your Tradition provide any perspectives on environmental concerns?  If so, what are some of the more important aspects you would like to share with us?  Are you influenced by evolutionary approaches?  If so, how? 

Thank you for your kind and generous participation.  We look forward to sharing this Evening with you.

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 St. Francis of Assisi Parish Adult Ministry

April, 29, 2020
7:00 – 8:30 pm

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St. Joseph’s Church
Fremont, CA

The Gospel of St. Matthew
Jesus Our Emmanuel

Our eight-part series on the Gospel of St. Matthew helps us to savor the Ordinary Gospel readings for the current Liturgical Year “A” which began on the First Sunday of Advent and concludes with the Feast of Christ the King.  Our series will explore St. Matthew’s Gospel as a unified presentation of the words and deeds of Jesus.  Our series will help participants gain a greater knowledge of Matthew’s Gospel for both public worship and private devotion.  Each section is independent so participants need not attend every session to benefit from the teachings and reflections.  Notes will be provided for your personal study and reflection. 

PART ONE – EMMANUEL COMES TO HIS PEOPLE

February 3, 2020
The Birth and Manifestation of Emmanuel – Matthew 1-2

February 10, 2020
The Mission of Emmanuel begins – Matthew 3-4

February 17, 2020
Blessed are the Feet of the One who brings Glad Tidings – Matthew 5, 6, 7

February 24, 2020
May Your Kingdom Come – Matthew 8, 9, 10

PART TWO – EMMANUEL GIVES OF HIMSELF
NOTE: Time changed to 7:00 pm concluding by 8:30 pm

May 11, 2020 by Zoom*
The Great Parables of the Kingdom of God – Matthew 13: 1-52

May 18, 2020 by Zoom*
Upon this Rock – Matthew 13: 53 -18: 35

May 25, 2020 by Zoom*
Radical Forgiveness – Matthew 18

June 1, 2020 by Zoom*
The Self-giving of Emmanuel – Matthew 26-28

*If you need help with zoom, contact Tom at 925-787-9279

To arrange a program by zoom call or email Tom:
925-787-9279
[email protected]

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THE GOSPEL OF ST. JOHN

YOU WILL DO GREATER THINGS THAN THESE

Four Thursday Evenings
7:00 pm – 8: 30 pm
ON ZOOM

The uniqueness of the Gospel of John has been recognized for Centuries.  The temptation has been to think of the Jesus of St. John in esoteric terms.  Theologians have even invented a “dogmatic” Jesus out of the lush and transformative that constitute this Gospel.  Our four-part introduction will survey the first chapters of this Gospel as we uncover the Jesus who demands that life be given to the poor, marginalized, rejected and threatened of this World.

May 14, 2020
AND THE WORD BECAME FLESH

May 21, 2020
JOHN THE BAPTIZER AND THE FIRST DISCIPLES

MAY 28, 2020
CANA TO CANA (PART ONE)

June 4, 2020
CANA TO CANA (PART TWO)

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THE MERCY CENTER
Auburn, CA

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH
THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

 

Our five-part series will explore the second volume of St. Luke’s two volume work known as “The Gospel of St. Luke” and “The Acts of the Apostles.”  We will read The Acts of the Apostles as the continuation of the story of Jesus in the time of the Apostles featured in St. Luke’s second work.

St. Luke confronts the issue of the return of Jesus by presenting the out-pouring of the Spirit on the Community of the Church as the focal point of his work.  This Community spreads and grows under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  Our series will focus on the work of the Spirit in the ancient Church that we might discern the workings of the Spirit in our own time.   

Please note all presentation are independent.  It is not necessary to attend the previous session to attend the current presentation.  Notes and study guides will be provided.

 

FIVE SATURDAYS
9:30 am – 2:00 pm

 May 16, 2020 by Zoom*
THE TRANSITION FROM GOSPEL TO ACTS
A SPIRITUALITY OF THE ASCENSION

*If you need help with zoom, contact Tom at 925-787-9279

To arrange a program by zoom call or email Tom:
925-787-9279
[email protected]

June 13, 2020
THE PENTECOST EVENT
PETER’S BOLD INTERPRETATION OF THE OUT-POURING

 July 18, 2020
THE VISION OF PETER
GOD SHOWS NO PARTIALITY

 August 29 2020
THE CALL OF PAUL
REMEMBERING STEVEN

 September 26, 2020
THE FINAL DAYS OF PAUL
SHIPWRECK AND BEYOND

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THE FREMONT GATHERING
ON ZOOM

FOUR WEEK REFLECTION PROGRAM

Four SATURDAY EVENINGS
May 16, 23, 30, and June 6, 2020

 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

THE SPIRITUALITY OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD
IN THE GLOBAL VISION OF ST. MATTHEW’S GOSPEL
INSPIRED BY MR. ROGER’S AND HIS NEIGHBORHOOD

 Session One

May 16, 2020

EXPANDING THE NEIGHBORHOOD BEYOND THE TYPICAL AND EXPECTED
THEY CAME FROM AFAR – MATTHEW 2: 1

Session Two

May 23, 2020

WELCOMING THE STRANGER
The Stranger (Matthew 25: 43a) and The Canaanite Woman (Matthew 15: 21-28)

Session Three

May 30, 2020

THE RULE OF INCLUSION
The Call of Matthew (Matthew 9: 9-13 in light of Matthew 18: 17)

Session Four

June 6, 2020

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH REALIZED WHEN WE CROSS THE STREET
Matthew 25: 31-45 Revisited


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

interfaithpeaceproject.org
[email protected]

(925) 787-9279

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St. John the Baptist Catholic Church WINGS
307 Montrose Dr
Folsom, CA 95630

WINGS Spring Tea
Mary and Pentecost

Saturday, May 23, 2020
2:00 pm

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Brentwood Inspired Living Center
50 Sand Creek Road #60
Brentwood, CA 94513

By Zoom
May 24, 2020

Aliveness

The World Scriptures, at the time of Buddha, pondered the nature of the “self”. The question focused on what it meant to be an individual. In fact, the various religious traditions and philosophies of humankind centered on this most important issue. As the ages unfolded, the question was stated this way: “What is the purpose of my life?” There is perhaps no greater question for a human being to ask. Today we may reframe the question: “What does it mean for me to be alive?” “Aliveness” is that sense of consciousness by which we not only discover what it is to be a “self” but what it means to be a child of all that is for the sake of all that is. Let’s spend a few moments exploring what it means to be fully aware, fully engaged, and fully alive.

*If you need help with zoom, contact Tom at 925-787-9279

To arrange a program by zoom call or email Tom:
925-787-9279
[email protected]

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THE BOOK OF REVELATION
by Zoom

THE BRENTWOOD HOME-BASED SERIES

SUDDENLY I SAW THE LAMB

Our four reflections on The Book of Revelation will strive to convey the passion and hope the Book offers a troubled World.  As a Book of Vision, we see the Lamb, symbolizing Jesus, strong with compassion and comfort in the midst of trouble.  As a Book of Hope, Revelation urges us not to despair in perplexity times.  As a Book of Revelations, The Book of Revelation invites us to envision and see beyond the obvious.  Finally, as a Book of Prophecy, the Last Book of the Christian Bible invites us to a moral integrity reminiscent of Jesus.

FOUR THURSDAY EVENINGS
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

JUNE 3, 2020
VISION  –  WHAT IT MEANS TO SEE, PERCEIVE, AND APPRECIATE
Reflections on Chapter 1

JUNE 10, 2020
HOPE  –  COURAGE IN THE MIDST OF CONFLICT, STRIFE, AND DISASTER
Reflections on Chapters 2-3

JUNE 17, 2020
REVELATIONS  –  THE EXPERIENCE OF THE DIVINE IN THE COURT OF THE HEAVENS
Reflections on Chapters 4-5

JUNE 24, 2020
PROPHECY  –  THE CALL TO ETHICAL AND MORAL INTEGRITY
Reflections on Chapters 6-7-8

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

(925) 787-9279

[email protected]
interfaithpeaceproject.org

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THE LODI COMMUNITY
Lodi, CA

FOUR WEEK ZOOM GATHERING
Four Wednesday Mornings  /  June  3, 10, 17, and 24, 2020
10:30 am – 11:45 am

THE SPIRITUALITY OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD
IN THE GLOBAL VISION OF ST. MATTHEW’S GOSPEL

Our series is inspired by the work and life of Mr. Rogers.  His outreach to children in times of trouble and heartbreak has helped thousands of children cope with the harsh realities of life.  Mr. Rogers worked in the medium of television challenging the steady diet of violence that he believed poisoned the lives of real kids.  An ordained Presbyterian minister, Mr. Rogers set the standard for Gospel proclamation that evangelized through justice and kindness.  Our four part series will explore the Gospel of Matthew through the lens of the kindness that makes justice.

 

Session One
June 3, 2020
EXPANDING THE NEIGHBORHOOD BEYOND THE TYPICAL AND EXPECTED
THEY CAME FROM AFAR – MATTHEW 2: 1

Session Two
June 10, 2020
WELCOMING THE STRANGER
The Stranger (Matthew 25: 43a) and The Canaanite Woman (Matthew 15: 21-28)

Session Three
June 17, 2020
THE RULE OF INCLUSION
The Call of Matthew (Matthew 9: 9-13 in light of Matthew 18: 17)

Session Four
June 24, 2020
TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH REALIZED WHEN WE CROSS THE STREET
Matthew 25: 31-45 Revisited

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

interfaithpeaceproject.org    
(925) 787-9279    
[email protected]omaspbonacci.net

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Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center
6520 Van Maren Ln
Citrus Heights, CA 95621

Silent Retreat
June 8 – 12, 2021

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Sacramento Study Group Program

WOMEN AND SCRIPTURE
PART ONE 

Three Thursday Mornings
10:30 am – 12 Noon

ZOOM link will be sent so you may begin to link in at 10:00 am
Notes will be sent the day before in PDF and WORD formats

Our three-part Program will help us explore the Voice of Women in ancient Biblical texts.  We do so to correct the misinformation and outright prejudice that has worked against women down through the Centuries.  As we recover women’s voice in ancient texts, we recover the voice of all people especially the poor, marginalized, and oppressed.

JUNE 18, 2020
The Rise of women’s Voice
A Reconsideration of Genesis 1 and 2

JUNE 25, 2020
Women’s Mystical Traditions
Biblical Considerations
Musings in the Graveyard

JULY 2, 2020
A Mary Workshop
Revisiting Devotion to Mary
Pondering the Mother of Jesus as First Disciple of the Word

Sponsored by

The Interfaith Peace Project
640 Bailey Road #301
Pittsburg, CA  94565

[email protected]
interfaithpeaceproject.org

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THE ST. JOHN OF GOD COMMUNITY
San Francisco, CA

ST. JOHN’S GOSPEL

PART TWO

FOUR THURSDAY EVENINGS

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

June 18, 2020
Had to Pass
I thirst
Insights into John 4

June 25, 2020
The Great Feasts
Replacement and Abundance?
Pondering the Origins of Jesus
The Making of a Disciple

July 2, 2020
The Making of a Disciple
Seeing with the Blind Man (John 9)

July 9, 2020
The Life That Causes Death
The Great Irony
Musings on Chapter 11

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The Interfaith Peace Project
640 Bailey Road #301
Pittsburg, CA  94565

interfaithpeaceproject.org
[email protected]

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St. JOSEPH’S FREMONT SCRIPTURE STUDY

STUDIES IN THE LORD’S PRAYER

FOUR MONDAY EVENINGS
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

A ZOOM link will be sent so you may begin to link in at 6:30 pm
Notes will be sent the day before in PDF and WORD formats

Our four-part series explores the Lord’s Prayer in the New Testament Traditions.  This prayer has become the signature prayer of the followers of Jesus and many other peoples of the World.  Our detailed exploration of the words constituting this prayer will open windows into the nature of prayer in the Scriptures and the experience of God in the heart.

JUNE 22, 2020
Lord, Teach us to Pray
Exploring the context of the Lord’s Prayer
In Matthew 6: 1-18 and Luke 11: 1-13    

JUNE 29, 2020
Our Father
Who is the “our” in the Lord’s Prayer?
Exploring Matthew’s Context

JULY 6, 2020
The Controversy concerning “Lead us not into temptation”
Why would God “lead” anyone into temptation?
Who is the “Father” in the Lord’s Prayer

JULY 13, 2020
For thine is the Kingdom…
The Lord’s Prayer as the Prayer of Praise
Exploring Interspiritual Perspectives

The Interfaith Peace Project
640 Bailey Road #301
Pittsburg, CA  94565

[email protected]
interfaithpeaceproject.org

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FREMONT COMMUNITY GROUP
Private Home-based Zoom Program

EXPLORING THE AUTHENTIC UNDERSTANDING OF THE BIBLE

SIX SATURDAY EVENINGS
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

JUNE 27, 2020
The Tools of Interpretation
Is the Bible a Religious Book?
Are texts “closed” or “open”?

JULY 4, 2020
Exploring the fundamental texts of the Hebrew Scripture
Passover and Pentecost
The Sinai Experience

JULY 11, 2020
Insights from the Theology of Liberation
Truth is expressed in Action – The Example of Joseph (Matthew 1-2)
Pope Francis meets the people who are the victims of homelessness

AUGUST 1, 2020
The Mother of Jesus and her Song of Liberation
Her Song is Gospel – Luke 1: 46-56
Mary as First Disciple and Exemplar of Discipleship

AUGUST 8, 2020
Jesus reads Isaiah the Prophet
Exploring St. Luke 4: 14-30
As Jesus has done, so we must do

AUGUST 15, 2020
Redeemer or Liberator
Insights into St. John 2: 13-22
Consumed by Zeal

The Interfaith Peace Project
640 Bailey Road  #301
Pittsburg, CA  94565

interfaithpeaceproject.org
[email protected]

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REFLECTIONS ON MARY MAGDALENE- ONLINE SESSION ONLY

July 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

REFLECTIONS ON MARY MAGDALENE

Her Prophetic Voice Rising in Our Time

Our three-part series on Mary Magdalene explores her faithful following of Jesus from Galilee to Tomb and Resurrection.  The Liturgical Feast of Mary Magdalene provides the guide for our exploration of her faithful witness.  Mary Magdalene continues to be honored by disciples of Jesus from all over the World.  Her popularity gives us hope and courage as we face the issues of heartbreak, rejection, and violence in our own time.  She is the Disciple of Easter and the exemplar of what it means to be disciple.

Three Tuesday mornings 10:00 am to 12:00 noon (PST)

LOCATION: ONLINE ONLY

Presented by: Fr. Tom Bonacci, CP.

July 7, 2020 (Registration Closes: July 6th, at 10:00 am)

The Gospel Portrayal New of the First Apostle
The Community of Women Disciples and Apostles

 

July 14, 2020 (Registration Closes: July 13th, at 10:00 am)

The Witness of Mark and the Gospel Development
The Faithful Witness of Mary Magdalene

 

July 21, 2020 (Registration Closes: July 20th, at 10:00 am)

The Witness of the Fourth Gospel
Revisiting the Feast Day of Mary Magdalene in the Roman Missal

 

Suggested Donation: $30.00 for access to all three sessions (Sessions will be recorded)

Registration will need to be completed ONLINE ONLY.

CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION

After you register for a session, you will receive the ZOOM Link and instructions via email, the day before the session. Please check your spam/junk mail in case the email is sent there. 

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Castro Valley, CA
Home-Based Programs

The Sacredness of Sacred Stories and Writings

Seven Tuesday Evenings
7:00 pm – 8:30pm

PART ONE

A SUNDAY IN HONOR OF THE WORD OF GOD

Pope Francis designated the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (The Roman Rite) as Word of God Sunday.  This continues the implementation of the full restoration of the Bible to Catholic life and piety initiated by the Second Vatican Council.  Our three-part program will survey the Pope’s Letter and afford us the opportunity to ponder three important Scriptures influencing his thought.

February 11, 2020
The Road to Emmaus – St. Luke 24: 13-35

March 10, 2020
In the Hearing of the People – Nehemiah 8: 8–12

April 7, 2020
The Transfiguration – St. Luke 9: 28-36


PART TWO

BELOVED SCRIPTURES AND STORIES FROM THE WORLD

We now venture out into the Sacred Writings and Stories of humankind.  The Spirit of God is said to be the inspiration behind and within all Wisdom.  Sometimes the stories handed on by word of mouth touch the hearts of multitudes in every generation.  Our is a generation that can glean from the Wisdom of The Word.  

July 14, 2020
The Beloved Story of Maya – The Buddha’s Mother
Buddhist Scripture of the Buddha’s Fond Memories

August 11, 2020
The Grandmother Tales of the Animals / Creation
Indigenous Grandmother Story – The Muscogee (Creek) Nation

September 8, 2020
The Infant Jesus who Spoke to his Loving Mother
Noble Quran – Surah Maryam 19: 29-34

PART THREE

LITURGICAL YEAR “B” – THE GOSPEL OF MARK

We pause to survey the up-coming Liturgical Year “B” during which we will ordinarily hear the Gospel of St. Mark.  We will highlight the Gospel proclamations that will mark this particular rendition of the Year “B” as we discover anew the genius that is the Gospel of Mark.

October 13, 2020
The Gospel of Mark in Liturgical Year “B” – 2021

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Chaplaincy Institute
Oakland, CA

Spiritual Care with Roman Catholics
July 15, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

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Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
295 Benham Street
Hamden, CT 06514

Twelve Reflections on the Gospel of St. Matthew
July 25 – 31, 2020
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THE FREMONT AND BEYOND SERIES

AN INTERPATH PROJECT PRESENTATION
A PROGRAM OF THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT

RACISM – THE STRUGGLE FOR THE SOUL OF A NATION
PAUSING AT THE INTERSECTION OF GREED, POWER, AND VIRUS
JUSTICE SHALL FLOW LIKE A MIGHTY RIVER

FOUR MONDAY EVENINGS
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

A ZOOM PRESENTATION

August 3, 2020
What is Racism?
Recognition and Awareness  /  The Dynamics of Privilege
Biblical Implications – “The Chosen as the Least Among the Nations”

August 10, 2020
Revisiting the “Language and Grammar” of Statues
Wisdom on the History of Oppression
Biblical Implications – “Let My People Go!”

August 17, 2020
Anti-racism
Strategies for The Radical Reconstruction / Consciousness and Action
Biblical Implications – “Create in me a New Heart!”

August 24, 2020
The “Whitening” of Jesus
A Plea at the Border – “Tear Down this Wall!”
Biblical Implications – “Do not hurt the Little Ones!”

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

(925) 787-9279
[email protected]
interfaithpeaceproject.org

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THE LODI COMMUNITY
Lodi, CA

FOUR WEEK ZOOM GATHERING
Four Wednesday Mornings  /  August 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2020

10:30 am – 12 NOON

ATONEMENT AND THE PASSION OF JESUS
THEOLOGICAL AND SCRIPTURAL EXPLORATIONS

Our four-part series explores various theories of what is known as the doctrine of Atonement.  Actually, a more accurate description would be Atonement Theories, since the New Testament is mute as to how the Death of Jesus on the Cross effects salvation, forgiveness and reconciliation.  Theories grew up in the Traditions of the Churches to ponder and solve this enigma.  Our series will reexamine the New Testament witnesses in light of the contemporary situation in which Jesus lived.

Session One
August 5, 2020
IMAGES OF ATONEMENT
BIBLICAL IMAGES / THEOLOGICAL MUSINGS

Session Two
August 12, 2020
THE PASSIONS OF JESUS
The BROKEN HEARTEDNESS OF JESUS

Session Three
August 19, 2020
THE CROSS IN THE LIFE OF JESUS
THE CROSS AS THE SIGN OF RESISTANCE

Session Four
August 26, 2020
RE-READING THE PASSION NARRATIVES
THE SIGN OF THE RESURRECTION OF A PEOPLE

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
The Interfaith Peace Project
640 Bailey Road #301

Pittsburg, CA  94565
interfaithpeaceproject.org     (925) 787-9279     [email protected]

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THE ST. JOHN OF GOD COMMUNITY
San Francisco, CA

ST. JOHN’S GOSPEL
THE BOOK OF GLORY
PART THREE

FOUR THURSDAY EVENINGS ON ZOOM
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

August 6, 2020
Plot, Anointing, Plot
The Great Irony
John 11: 45 – 12: 11

August 13, 2020
Transitioning to The Book of Glory
The Washing of the Feet / The Feeding
John 12: 12 – 13: 38

August 20, 2020
Revisiting John 6: 1-71
My Flesh for the Life of the World
A Graphic Reading

August 27, 2020
The Farewell Discourses
The Paraclete Statements
Pondering John 14: 1 – 17: 26

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The Interfaith Peace Project
640 Bailey Road #301
Pittsburg, CA  94565

interfaithpeaceproject.org
[email protected]

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THE COMMUNITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE
OAKLAND, CA

AN INTERPATH PROJECT PRESENTATION
A PROGRAM OF THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT

RACISM – THE STRUGGLE FOR THE SOUL OF A NATION
PAUSING AT THE INTERSECTION OF GREED, POWER, AND VIRUS
JUSTICE SHALL FLOW LIKE A MIGHTY RIVER

THREE WEDNESDAY EVENINGS
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

A ZOOM PRESENTATION

August 26, 2020
What is Racism?
Recognition and Awareness  /  The Dynamics of Privilege
Biblical Implications – “Create in me a New Heart!”
Committing to Anti-racism

September 2, 2020
Revisiting the “Language and Grammar” of Statues
Exploring the History of Oppression
Biblical Implications – “Let My People Go!”
Restoring Historical Memory

September 9, 2020
The “Whitening” of Jesus
A Plea at the Border – “Tear Down this Wall!”
Biblical Implications – “Do not hurt the Little Ones!”

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

(925) 787-9279
[email protected]
interfaithpeaceproject.org

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Private Retreat
September 11 – September 13, 2020

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THE LODI COMMUNITY
Lodi, CA

The Gospel of Mark
September 15, 22, 29, 2020
October 6, 2020
November 16, 23, 2020
December 14, 21, 2020
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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THE BOOK OF REVELATION
THE BRENTWOOD HOME-BASED SERIES ON ZOOM

SUDDENLY I SAW THE LAMB

Our four final reflections on The Book of Revelation will strive to convey the passion and hope the Book offers a troubled World.  As a Book of Vision, we see the Lamb, symbolizing Jesus, strong with compassion and comfort in the midst of trouble.  As a Book of Hope, Revelation urges us not to despair in perplexing times.  As a Book of Revelations, The Book of Revelation invites us to envision and see beyond the obvious.  Finally, as a Book of Prophecy, the Last Book of the Christian Bible invites us to a moral integrity reminiscent of Jesus.

FOUR WEDNESDAY ZOOM MEETINGS
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

SEPTEMBER 16, 2020
THE COSMIC BATTLE –  THE VISION OF THE “UNHOLY TRINITY”
Reflections on Chapters 12-13-14

SEPTEMBER 23, 2020
CONSEQUENCES  –  THE SONG OF MOSES AND THE AFTERMATH OF THE SEVEN BOWLS
Reflections on Chapters 15-16-17

SEPTEMBER 30, 2020
VISION  –  THE FALL OF BABYLON  AND THE SONGS OF HEAVEN
Reflections on Chapters 18-19-20

OCTOBER 7, 2020
MARRIAGE  –  THE NEW JERUSALEM
Reflections on Chapters 21-22

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

(925) 787-9279

[email protected]
interfaithpeaceproject.org

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Fremont Community

The Gospel of Mark
September 19, 26, 2020
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Monday, September 21st at 7:00 pm
Online by Zoom

Cosponsored by
The Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County
Social Justice Alliance of Contra Costa County
The Interfaith Peace Project.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkf-GprjsuHN0ihlgsXvLQSlaCtulXZtuP

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

International Day of Peace 2020 Schedule

6:50 pm  Welcome and get to know folks

7:05  Welcome, history and opening prayer, as invitation to the practice of peace from Father Tom Bonacci

7:15  Quiet music for the meditative process

7:19  Sing-a-long to Imagine, by John Lennon 

7:26  SOJA Introduction and Welcome, Kristina Martin

7:29  Introduce David Hartsough, Will McGarvey

7:30  Presentation from David Hartsough

8:05  Questions and answers 

8:15  Reading:  Randy Thomas

8:20  Reflection questions:  What did you experience during the program?  Time for a few who have to leave to share…

8:25  St. Francis Prayer in song.   

We will have an option to stay after the song for those who want to stay and share more in reflection and dialogue.  

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THE ST. JOHN OF GOD COMMUNITY
San Francisco, CA

ST. JOHN’S GOSPEL
THE BOOK OF GLORY
PART FOUR

September 24, 2020
October 1, 8, 15, 22
6:30 – 8:00 pm

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THE CHRIST THE KING PASSIONIST RETREAT CENTER
CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA
(Register with the Retreat Center at christthekingretreatcenter.org/ )

 

ON CARING FOR ONE ANOTHER IN TIMES OF TROUBLE
BEREAVEMENT DAY OF REFLECTION

 

Monday, September 28, 2020
10:30 am – 2:00 pm

10:00 am          Begin Sign-In on Zoom

10:30 am          Introductions and the Memorial Altar

Participants are encouraged to arrange pictures of deceased Loved Ones, candles, artifacts, etc. to establish a Memorial Altar near their computer.  We will pause before we begin our time together to “Remember!”

10:45 am          Reflection

John 19: 25-27 serves as the basis for our reflections today.  We have, in these verses, a “window” into the heart of Jesus who ensures his mother and Beloved Disciple are cared for in the time after his passing over to God.  This scene is as beautiful and touching as it is painful and tender.  Perhaps we can identify with the feelings and emotions portrayed and implied in this most powerful text.

12:00 Noon      Break

1:00 pm            Reflection and Sharing

We are a Nation in grief.  The catastrophic effects of the pandemic creates a heart-breaking environment for anyone especially those already coping with grief.  Probing even more deeply in John 19: 25-27, we will discern some insights into how we might cope with the ambiguity of the present moment.

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AFTERLIFE – SOME INTERFAITH PERSPECTIVES
An InterPath Program
of the InterFaith Peace Project

SS. Peter and Paul Church
Rocklin, CA

FOUR WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS ON ZOOM
1: 00 pm – 3:30 pm

September 30, 2020
Gleanings from the Hindu Traditions – Eternal Return
Is Not All One

October 7, 2020
Considerations from the Buddhist Traditions – As It Is  
Cause No Harm

October 14, 2020
Probing the Traditions of Judaism – Remembering
The Lord Is My Shepherd

October 21, 2020
Exploring The Rise Cyber Life – Life On-Line
The future of technology is shaping our understand and
experience of death and afterlife

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Tri-City Interfaith Council
Fremont, CA

The Role of Faith Communities in Racial Justice Reform

October 1, 2020
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Castro Valley Wings
Transfiguration Church
Castro Valley, CA

Spiritual Growth
Gaudete Et Exsultate
On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World

October 1, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

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THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT
AN INTERPATH PROJECT PROGRAM

MONDAY NIGHT FREMONT COMMUNITY

THE GLOBAL QUEST FOR THE BELOVED COMMUNITY
Interfaith Political / Cultural Spiritual Reflections

Our four-part programs explores some of the major contributions and teachings concerning our human responsibilities to one another.  Each session is inspired by a different Faith / Spiritual Tradition.  The various teachings will give us insights into what it might means to foster the rise of The Beloved Community in our time of fear, doubt, and uncertainty.  Each session is self-contained so people can join at any time.  All programs are on ZOOM.  Notes will be provided.

Four Monday Nights on ZOOM
7:00 pm – 8: 30 pm

October 5, 2020
A UNIVERSAL WORLDVIEW
Self-identity reflected in the Hindu Traditions
The quest for the Higher Consciousness
Who am I in relationship?

October 12, 2020
A PRACTICAL ETHIC
A Vision for the World Peace based on the ethics found in the Buddhist Traditions
The Four Immeasurables
How are we related to one another?

October 19, 2020
A PEACEFUL WAY OF LIVING
A practical guide for Global living
Three teachings from the Jain Traditions
On being a Reconciling Presence

October 26, 2020
LOVE BORN OF BROKENNESS
Insights into Compassion from the Quran
The Compassion Project
Forming and embracing the Beloved Community

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Brentwood Inspired Living Center
50 Sand Creek Road #60
Brentwood, CA 94513

CONNECTION

October 11, 2020
10:00 am 

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THE INTERPATH PROJECT
A PROGRAM OF THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT
Castro Valley, CA

Three Tuesday ZOOM Meetings
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

BELOVED SCRIPTURES AND STORIES FROM THE WORLD

We continue to venture out into the Sacred Writings and Stories of Humankind.  The Spirit of God is said to be the inspiration behind and within all Wisdom.  Sometimes the stories handed on by word of mouth touch the hearts of multitudes in every generation.  Our is a generation that can glean from the Wisdom of The Word. 

October 13, 2020
The Story of Creation in the Rig Veda
Insights into the Humility of the Universe
Not even the Most High may know

November 10, 2020
The Transformative Story of Prince Meghkumar
Exploring the Heart of Mahavira in the Jain Traditions
The Elephant as Protector  

December 8, 2020
The Gospel of St. Mark
Overview for the Upcoming Liturgical Year “B”
She did what she could

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THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT
640 Bailey Road #301
Pittsburg, CA  94565

(925) 787-9279
interfaithpeaceproject.org  

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St. Vincent DePaul Day of Recollection
Blessed Mary and Vincentian Women
A Fay of Reflection with
Father Tom Bonacci, C.P.

October 17, 2020
10:00 am – 2:30 pm

You are invited to join us as we celebrate our Ministry in a special way connecting our Blessed Mary with our Vincentian Women. As did our Blessed Mother Mary, our Vincentian Women emptied themselves and allowed themselves to be filled with God.

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THE LODI COMMUNITY
Lodi, CA

The Gospel of Mark
October 19, 26, 2020
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 2020
December 14, 21, 2020
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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Morgan Hill United Methodist Church
17175 Monterey Road
Morgan Hill, CA

October 27: Recognizing Implicit Bias
November 4 Sources of Implicit Bias
Nov 12 Transforming Implicit Bias

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THE MERCY CENTER
Auburn, CA

 THE FALL RETREAT

 BELOVED SCRIPTURES AND SACRED NARRATIVES

October 29, 2020 – November 1, 2020

Our four-day retreat will ponder, celebrate, and explore a survey of “Beloved Scriptures” and “Sacred Narratives.”   After surveying the wonderful idea that the Holy Spirit is at work in everyone everywhere and all the time, we have a basis for sensing the Spirit’s inspiration in the sacred literature and narratives of humankind.  Narratives and writings, songs and stories that come from any Tradition belong by their nature to the human race.  Our survey will provide inspiration for prayer, study, and the profound quiet that blesses and transforms the heart.  We will also relate each of these stories to the experience of Jesus as reflected in the Holy Scriptures and Traditions of Judaism and Christianity.      

How we might “glean” from the Traditions

 Moses and the Burning Bush (Hebrew)

 Grandmother’s Creation Story (Indigenous)

 The Sights of the Buddha (Buddhist)

 The Night Journey of Muhammad (Islam)

 Krishna confronts Arjuna on the Battlefield (Hindu)

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St. Charles Borromeo
Livermore, CA

November 5, 2020

WINGS
9:30 am

Faith, Hope and Harmony

A reflection on John 14:23

Jesus replied: Anyone who loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him and make a home in him.

The three theological virtues are the backbone of our spirituality as disciples of Jesus.  The virtue of charity is the harmony of the Holy Spirit living deep within us.  Moved by the Spirit, we faithfully follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Inspired by the spirit, we become the Hope of Jesus as we feed the hungry, cherish the poor, and welcome the stranger.  Our lives are meant to be in harmony with God’s love for everyone.

Reflection Questions: 

  1. How has the Holy Sprit moved in your life?
  2. What does it mean for you to live in the Harmony of Love for others?

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THE BRENTWOOD COMMUNITY STUDY
THE INTERFAITH PEACE PROJECT

STUDIES IN EXTREMISM  

Four Wednesday Evenings on ZOOM
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Our study will survey the meaning and rise of extremism in our time as we seek to understanding the forces at work in our contemporary situation.  Modern communication and social media technology has fused with the cult of resentment endangering life as we know it.  Our study invites us to understand these forces at work in the World and ourselves.  Self-knowledge is the key to understanding those who would be our enemy.

November 11, 2020
FUNDAMENTALISM
A Modern American Movement

November 18, 2020
TERRORISM
Fundamentalism Fueled by Perceived Injustice

December 2, 2020
EXTREMISM
Exploring the Political, Theological, Ritual, and Social Dimensions

December 9, 2020
RELIGIOUS NATIONALISM
The Worship of Power and The Cult of the Strong Man

The Interfaith Peace Project
640 Bailey Road #301
Pittsburg, CA 94565

San Francisco, CA  /  Cloverdale, CA  /  Mt. Shasta, CA  /  Antioch, CA

interfaithpeaceproject.org
[email protected]
(925) 787-9279

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Chaplaincy Institute
941 The Alameda – Berkeley

Christian Women Mystics
The Social Teachings of Christianity: Integration and Application

November 18, 2020
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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Private 
Day of Spirit: Compassionate Living

Tuesday, November 19, 2020
10:00 am
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The Society of Biblical Literature
Annual Meeting

November 29 – December  10, 2020

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