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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Introducing the Enneagram: Retreat

the Enneagram:  A Practical System
for Self-discovery and Spiritual Growth
What makes you uniquely you?
How do you unlock the virtues of your deepest nature?
How can we relate to one another with more compassion?

The personality-typing system called the Enneagram gives us insight into these questions. 

Each of us looks at the world through one of nine different personality lenses.  When we understand the dynamics of these ways of seeing, we gain insight into why we do what we do, and how to grow.

The Enneagram provides us a way to deeper self-understanding, freeing us to expand spiritually, and leading us to more fruitful and joyful relationships.

Join us for a time of deep exploration using this elegant and powerful tool:
the Enneagram.

Saturday, February 26, 2011;
  9 am – 7 pm
(coffee & pastries, lunch, and dinner provided)
At the Villa Pauline Retreat Center
352 Bernardsville Road
; Mendham, NJ 07945
Cost: $90/person, if you register by February 8; $100 thereafter.
Seminary Student discounted cost $60
This day-long retreat will:
               Describe the nine personality types, including their strengths and challenges.
               Help you identify your own type.
               Give you some experience in working with the Enneagram, including practices for self-discovery,             stress management, and communication.

Leaders:   Susan Joseph Rack and Paul Rack have been students and practitioners of the Enneagram for several years.  They are being certified by Don Riso and Russ Hudson, of the Enneagram Institute, Stone Ridge, NY.

To register please respond to:

We recommend acquiring a copy of the book, The Wisdom of the Enneagram, by Don Riso and Russ Hudson, which includes a short Enneagram personality test to prepare for this retreat.  Or you may take the RHETI personality test (for a small fee) at  We will also have a test available at the retreat.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Spiritual Doom.

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom --Martin Luther King, Jr.

He said that like 45 years ago.  At what point do we realize that we have stopped "approaching" spiritual doom and have actually arrived at it?  Is it when we invade and devastate countries "preemptively," killing many thousands?  Is it when we can't regulate weapons of mass destruction (assault rifles, etc.) even when we have regular massacres?  Is it when the richest 2% of the people have 25% of the wealth, and everyone else's income has remained stagnant since the late 70's?  Is it when a large number of our leaders don't "believe" in a scientific fact as well-attested as climate change, and refuse to do anything about it?  And so on.  And we still spend WAY more money on the military than on programs of social uplift. Spiritual doom is not approaching.  It is here.  It is the status quo.