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Priory’s Insight Series forum continues Jan. 28

January 23, 2015

Woodside Priory School’s Insight Series is a forum for learning and discussion for parents, educators, and religious leaders in local Bay Area communities. The series embraces social, political and spiritual topics with both guest speakers and resident faculty at the Priory. Free and open to the public, events are held in the Father Christopher Room, Founders Hall, Woodside Priory School, 302 Portola Valley. Call (650) 851-8221 for general information. For questions on the series or to RSVP, contact Carrie Rehak, crehak@prioryca.org.

Jan. 28, 7-9 p.m.: “Water: A Sacred Trust,” with Dr. Mary E. McGann, RSCJ. In this presentation, Mary McGann, adjunct associate professor of liturgical studies at the Jesuit School of Theology and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, will explore both the beauty of God’s sacred gift of water and the senseless degradation of this precious resource in today’s world. It will propose attitudes we might have toward water drawn from Catholic social teaching and offer many strategies for living in deeper mutuality and care for this beautiful creature of God.

Feb. 25, 7-9 p.m.: “God, Grace of the World,” with Brother Ivan Nicoletto, OSB Cam. In a world in which humanity can create and destroy life, what grace may God have for our lives and our communities? Interweaving cosmological, artistic, and mystical dimensions, Brother Ivan will take us on a contemplative journey, with an evolutionary God. Brother Ivan Nicoletto, a Benedictine Camaldolese monk from the Hermitage of Camaldoli, Italy, has been living at Incarnation Monastery in Berkeley since 2011.

March 25, 7-9 p.m.: “Restorative Justice: An Alternative Path,” with Jack Dison, Ph.D. As human beings we are very good at getting crossed up with each other, but we are not very good at resolving conflict in ways that are beneficial for the parties involved. Jack Dison presents on Restorative Justice as a way to move from brokenness to at least some degree of healing and wholeness, even in very difficult situations such as violent crime. Restorative Justice provides ways of conceptualizing and practicing justice which differ from typical justice patterns in contemporary cultures.

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