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May 2, 2022, Adrian, Michigan – A statement by Mahatma Gandhi that there is one truth but many paths to that truth “seems to be the consensus of millions, even billions, of people in the 21st century.”
That was the opening statement of Sister Susan Van Baalen, OP, in her April 21, 2022, spirituality presentation on world religions, “One Truth, Many Paths.” The live streamed event was part of a monthly series of presentations on spirituality sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Spirituality Committee.
Noting that we are “all on our personal journey,” Sister Susan invited her audience to open themselves to the spiritual gifts of other faith traditions – while maintaining their fidelity to their own faith tradition, the one that God is calling them to follow.
“Even if I believe my tradition is exactly right for me, I can also believe that their tradition is exactly right for them,” she said. She described this as an inclusive stance to world religions. A further step on this path, she added, is religious pluralism, which leads people to “embrace some of the rich practices” of other traditions while remaining true to their own.
Sister Susan said that most world religions have common values. “There are as many commonly used names for the union with God as there are faith traditions,” she said. “In each, [religious practice] stems from a journey of letting go of all that is not of God – all thoughts, words, and actions of this world – and living in unconditional love.”
Sister Susan spent much of her talk describing the different practices and common principles of Eastern spiritualities, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism and the “people of the book,” including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Watch Sister Susan’s entire presentation below.
April 4, 2022, Adrian, Michigan – In celebration of National Poetry Month, Weber Retreat and Conference Center offers an afternoon of Prose, Poetry, and Potpourri from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 21, 2022.
The program will begin with a talk by Dr. Julieanna Frost, Associate Professor of History at Siena Heights University, on her passion for writing and her inspiration for various topics. She will also read from her own selected works. The program will continue with the sharing of poetry, readings, songs, or tunes from participants.
The event is free and will include refreshments for those participating in person. Registration is not required. All guests will be screened for COVID-19 and are required to wear masks when not eating.
The program is also offered through live stream at https://webercenter.org/poetry.
Weber Center is located on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse, Adrian. For information, call Weber Center at 517-266-4000.