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Still on: Evening of Reflection with Chris Hyde: Quaker Wisdom, Discerning personal thoughts from divine leadings

Common Threads: God and Therapy Evening Series
Weaving the Wisdom of God into our Daily Lives

"We have been watching the weather forecasts closely.  The snow will not start until 10 or 11 PM Monday evening.  Heavy snowfall is not expected until midnight.  We will hold the Evening of Reflection tonight as scheduled.  We hope that you can attend." 


Topic for March 13th Evening of Reflection:  Quaker Wisdom: Discerning personal thoughts from divine leadings.  

Quakers believe that people have “that of God” inside them, something spiritual which sometimes creates insights or leadings.  These leadings aren’t the product of ordinary thinking but are likened to a prompting or clarity from an inner light.   Which raises the question: how can you tell whether an idea is a leading or just another ordinary thought?  Quakers use silent worship to open to their inner light; they use clearness committees to help discern whether an idea is inspired by the inner light.  This talk explores Quaker methods, among others, for discerning the light of a particular leading. 

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Cost: A free will offering of $15 is suggested; you may make a free will offering below or at the door.  All offerings go to support the programs of the Jesus House. Light refreshments will be provided. 

To Register for this evening: Please fill out the form below or call the Jesus House office at 302.995.6859. 

Common Theme of the Series
A series of informal gatherings will explore how spiritual insights can enhance our understanding of ourselves. The main thread of these meetings is weaving together spiritual and psychological wisdom. We often face anxiety, disconnection, anger and hopeless in our lives; we also experience the joy of closeness with another person, humble service, curiosity and creativity. Both spirituality and psychology address these issues, but their contributions are not always integrated. Each evening’s topic will integrate a specific spiritual teaching with concepts and wisdom from psychology. The goal is to enrich our approach to both the difficulties and joys of life.

Monthly Topics:

  • 1/9/17 Teresa of Avila: Integrating our spiritual and psychological sides
  • 2/13/17 Thomas Keating: We are a mixed bag: True Self and False Self
  • 3/13/17 Quaker Wisdom: Discerning personal thoughts from divine leadings
  • 4/10/17 Gerald May: Desire and connection with God
  • 5/8/17 Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz; Jesus Scholars: The Kin-dom of God
  • 6/12/17 Harville Hendrix, John Gottman: Couples Therapy and our relationship with God
  • 7/10/17 Martin Buber: Friendly Universe or Personal God? (I-It or I-Thou relationship?)
  • 8/14/17 Tone Matters: Reverence; Tone in relationships
  • 9/11/17 Neuroscience and Attunement: Deeply Knowing the Another’s Spirit
  • 10/9/17 Marcus Borg: Psychological implications of his theology
  • 11/13/17 Teresa of Avila: Our Pearl of Great Price
  • December no meeting

A Warm Welcome to All: People from all religious traditions are welcome at these meetings. Wisdom from all traditions will be included as appropriate to the topic. 

For more information: Email Chris Hyde at or phone at 410.398.1993. 

Dr. Chris Hyde, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked in various settings: therapy services in inner city schools, the adolescent judicial system as well as traditional clinics; he has done physiological research on ADHD and aggression; he does program evaluation for trauma treatment. He has studied classical and modern spirituality for many years.He currently provides private-practice psychotherapy as well as Spirit-informed coaching in his office near Newark, DE.

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