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May 6, 2022, Adrian, Michigan – The Holy Spirit enables us to discern how to continue the Mission of Jesus, enabled by God’s divine presence in our lives. In this presentation, Sister Jamie Phelps, OP, a Dominican Sister of Adrian, invites participants to explore and share their experiences of being attentive and responsive to the Holy Spirit in their daily lives. 

The Holy Spirit’s Presence and Action in our Daily Lives is presented from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at Weber Retreat and Conference Center, and is offered in person and online.

An educator, psychiatric social worker, and Professor of Systematic Theology, Sister Jamie has taught at the Catholic Theological Union and Loyola University, both in Chicago, and at the Institute for Black Catholic Studies of Xavier University of Louisiana. She has lectured and conducted workshops in parishes, dioceses, and universities in the United States, Rome, and South Africa.

In-person guests at Weber Retreat and Conference Center will be screened for COVID-19 and required to wear masks. Sister Jamie’s presentation is also offered through live stream. The presentation is free of cost, but a goodwill donation is appreciated. 

Registration is not required for in-person participation, but those attending online must register to receive a link for the live stream presentation. Registration is available at www.webercenter.org; click on “programs.” Registrations may also be made by calling 517-266-4000 or emailing webercenter@adriandominicans.org

Weber Center is located on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse, Adrian. For information, call the Weber Center at 517-266-4000.

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.”

Sister Susan Van Baalen, OP

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.




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