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Events & Meetings

Join us for all of our exciting events or find the group that makes your heart sing. From thank you events, concerts and fun-raisers to regularly scheduled meetings of our On-Going Groups – it’s all right here!

 

Questions? Contact: Events [at] CSLSJ.org

 

EVENTS


FABULOUS FRIDAY MORNING MEDITATION

With Ann Marshall & Les Lindop
Fridays
Sept 6 – December 27
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Love offering only
Join us for a weekly meditation to ground you for the weekend! 25 minutes guided, a reading to contemplate and 25 minute silent meditation.
This is for all levels of experience with meditation. It's great for newcomers to the Center and to a daily practice of meditation. Being in community with other CSL SJ members is always a plus, too.

YOUTH AND FAMILIES HOSTED MAKER AND CRAFTER DAYS

Facilitated by Michele Young
Sundays
November 3 and 17
12:30 – 4 pm

Open to ALL: Two days available to:

  • Make crafts which you already love to make in the company of others (bring your own supplies)

  • Learn to make new items from materials donated to Youth & Family (supplies provided)

  • Share your gifts and talents, and promote your business, by donating crafts and gifts that you have made on your own!

Holidays from the Heart: Gift Drive for Underserved Seniors, Adults & Foster Teens

Facilitated by Kate Drayson and Outreach team
Sundays (and drop off during the week)

November 3 – December 1

Before first service until after 2nd service on each Sunday
Be Generous This Holiday Season!
Wish Cards for Low-Income Seniors, Adults, and Foster Teens: Many low-income individuals are all alone during the holidays, with no visits or gifts. Fulfill one of their simple wishes and let them know that someone loves and cares about them! Sign up for a specific wish card in Fellowship Hall on Sunday Nov 10, 17 and 24. Gifts must be turned in by December 1.

PET REMEMBRANCE GATHERING

Facilitated by Debbie Belmessieri, RScP
and Rev. Maureen Ross
Sunday
November 17
1 - 2 pm
The Pet Remembrance Gathering is a time for healing, loving, and celebrating the unconditional love we cherish so much with our animal companions. We will be remembering and honoring our animal companions who have gone over the Rainbow Bridge, but who always remain in our hearts.

24 Hours of Reality: Truth-in-Action, a Global Climate Conversation

Facilitated by Gary White
Wednesday
November 20
7 pm – 8:15 pm

Please RSVP, minimum 10 participants required

Gary White is a Climate Reality Leader and activist trained by former Vice-President Al Gore and his Climate Reality Project. On Nov. 20-21 Climate Reality Project will conduct the largest worldwide climate discussion ever, with the goal of delivering 1,000 climate presentations around the world during this period. Our Center will be part of this historic conversation! Gary will provide up-to-date, practical solutions and individual steps that attendees can take to positively impact our planet. Come join in this critical global conversation!

SOJOURN HOSPICE PRESENTS: A COMMUNITY EVENING TO REMEMBER

Facilitated by Rev. Toni Cormier
Thursday
November 21
6:30 pm – 8 pm

GRIEF can be a lonely experience, especially during the holiday season. While others are celebrating, feeling “jolly”, people in grief often feel alone with their feelings of loss and sadness. Please join us for this non-denominational community gathering of reflection, memories, music and hope.

Please RSVP and provide the name(s) of your loved one(s), so we can include them in a beautiful candle lighting ceremony of remembrance.
Contact: Sheila R. Everett at Sojourn Hospice 408-206-1975 or Toni Cormier at tcormier@sojournhospice.com by November 18th. Light refreshments will be provided.

YOUTH AND FAMILIES HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE

Facilitated by Michele Young
Sunday
November 24 and December 1
9 am – 1 pm
Holiday gifts for your family & friends… on sale after both services!!! Proceeds benefit Youth and Family Programs.
Spoil your beloved pets, family members, friends & yourself with the most cherished gifts made with love by our young community members along with beautiful donated items. There is also a gift wrapping center available!
Support the ongoing programs of Youth and Families.
Witness collaboration and community at it’s best!

BOWLS OF THANKSGIVING (B.Y.O.BOWL) & GRATITUDE SERVICE

Facilitated by Bonnie Cartwright & Audrey White
Wednesday
November 27
5:30 pm – 8 pm
Begin your holiday season in community and in gratitude!
Our Thanksgiving Eve meal has become a tradition for our community. This is the evening for you to come and break bread with others, and then express gratitude during our informal gratitude sharing.
Enjoy amazing soups lovingly donated by the members and friends of our Center and a dessert or two.
Now is the chance to share your favorite soup!
Volunteers needed.

Will you donate soup? Please let us know.
Can you help serve, set-up, clean-up? Please let us know.
Everyone welcome! Bring the family, neighbors and kids, and your out of town Holiday guests!
B.Y.O.Bowl (of course, disposable ones will also be provided)

SANTALAND DIARIES

Written by David Sedaris
Adapted for the Stage by Joe Mantello
Directed by Rev. Susan Overland
Friday and Saturday
December 6 and 7
8-10 pm


$30 in advance, or $50 for the Opening Night Champagne Gala and first choice seating.

$35 At the door

Friday

Saturday
When it was first broadcast on National Public Radio, The SantaLand Diaries generated more requests for tapes than any story in This American Life’s history (except the death of Red Barber). Timothy Olyphant brought the story to life on stage off-Broadway, and now Dr. David Bruner once again dons the candy-cane tights for a Center Stage Productions holiday celebration. In this outrageously funny well-loved story by humorist David Sedaris, you’ll hear about the author’s experiences as an unemployed writer taking a job as an elf at Macy’s department store in New York City. The SantaLand Diaries takes a wry, somewhat cynical, often funny look at how the holiday season brings out the best – and the worst – in us all.
NOTE: the production is for mature audiences.

ON-GOING GROUPS

ANIMAL CONNECTION MEETING

With Debbie Belmessieri, RScP
Animal Connection - Get Involved
3rd Sundays
12:30 - 1:30 pm



The purpose of the Animal Connections Group at the Center for Spiritual Living, San Jose is multi-faceted. First and foremost, the Animal Connections Group provides high watch for all of God’s creations in animal form. Whether domesticated or wild, the well-being of all animals is vital to the wholeness for the consciousness of the Global Heart.

Find out about the many different ways to become part of the Animal Connections team

Contact: AnimalConnection [at] cslsj.org or 408-439-8428

BETTER BUSINESS BREAKFAST

With Ken Rowell
BBB
2nd Tuesdays
7 - 8:30 am

Free Admission includes a continental breakfast!
"Success is a state of mind. If you want success start thinking of yourself as success" ~Dr. Joyce Brothers
Join a conversation regarding how success need not be pursued but rather be attracted by the person that inwardly feels and becomes the success he/she is claiming!

We'll share an inspiring exchange of ideas, discussion of various spiritual and business practices as well as support and an expansion of your connections. Each month there is a theme where we discuss a spiritual practice, or a personal or business value.

Contact: KenRowell [at] cslsj.org

CARING FOR OUR CAREGIVERS

With Jennifer Bick, RScP and Mary Jo Garrett, LMFT
2nd Sundays
12:30 to 2:00 pm




An on-going support group for caregivers. Focused on creating a safe place to express the challenges, frustrations, tears and joys of this common, yet unique caregiving experience. In addition, the facilitators wish to create a place where resources are shared and questions are encouraged. And, finally, the focus will be on assisting caregivers in discovering the value of healthy boundaries when you are being pulled in many directions.

Contact: jenniferbick [at] cslsj.org

MEN'S GROUP

With Michael Rodrigues & Michael Emens
Thursdays
Bi-weekly 2nd & 4th
7-8:30 pm



The CSL San Jose Men’s Group will provide the opportunity for men to develop and explore their abilities to openly communicate and support each other in a safe, integrous, nonjudgemental space.

Contact: michaelrodrigues [at] cslsj.org

OUTREACH

With Kate Drayson
2nd Sundays
12:15-1:30 PM



The Outreach Team connects to groups outside the Center community. Creating a bond among communities, they initiate programs that meet on-going needs. For example, they collect stuffed animals for children, have a gift tree for elders, gather food for families in crisis and join up with the Animal Connection to provide food and blankets for pets living at the Humane Society. Their goal is to actively participate in creating a world that works for everyone.

Contact: outreach [at] cslsj.org

PRAYER SHAWL GROUP

With Phyllis Gallagher
shawl
1st & 3rd Sundays
12:30-2:30 pm
Knit and/or crochet prayer shawls to give to our center members who are seriously ill, going through cancer treatments, or are in the hospital or nursing homes.

Bring your Yarn, Needles or Crochet Hooks plus other accessories. A shawl pattern will be handed out. Contact me if you want a pattern earlier.

We will stitch and pray in community and share our gifts with those in need.

For more information contact Phyllis Gallagher via email at phyllisgallagher [at] cslsj.org

BAY AREA OLDER ADULTS LECTURE


1st Thursday
11 am
Lecture/Discussion of topics important to our older community members. Each month introduces a new topic.

CSL Members and Guests may REGISTER FOR FREE: http://www.bayareaolderadults.org/2017-bao-lectures.

Soul Sisters

With Mary Hines
3rd Sundays
12:30-2 pm
If you are missing connection, support, and talking about your spiritual beliefs, then let’s get together and discover the beauty of women empowering women. Your tribe is here and waiting with open arms to lift you up and share our joys, sorrows, and wisdom!

SPIRITUAL AWAKENING (AA Meeting)


Weekly .. Tuesday
7-8 pm

Open AA meeting every week in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome and we can use your support. For more information please contact Dan Jackson @ 408-728-0244 or danjackson92@comcast.net