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Upcoming Events at St. John's:


A Special Day of the Dead Sacred Circle Dance

Wednesday, October 18
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
In the Parish Hall

This month is a special evening honoring El Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). We dance in remembrance to honor the ancestors, the beloveds who have passed.  ou may bring a small photo or memento for the center (optional). No partners or experience needed.The circle is your partner and all dances are simple and taught first. Music comes from around the world.  A donation is requested.


Benedictine Group

Friday, October 27, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
In the Sanctuary

Join us as our contemplative Benedictine Study Group continues. Our gatherings will continue throughout the rest of the summer and year. Laurie Warren and Kayleen Asbo offer an evening of prayer, singing and study, with: Vespers (a service of psalms, prayers and readings with Gregorian Chant), a simple soup supper, Lectio Divina, a reading and discussion on the Rule of St. Benedict, study of Benedictine Spirituality, and Compline, a brief but beautiful musical close to the day. Everyone is welcome-please let us know if you will join us. For more information, contact Laurie Warren: lauriew.sjecp@gmail.com



Friday, November 3, 2017
7:00 p.m.
In the Sanctuary

St. John’s has been hosting Taize services in Petaluma on the first Friday of the month since 2009. These candlelit services of contemplative chant and song offer participants an alternative worship experience to the traditional Sunday morning church service. The Taize service is ecumenical, providing a quiet space for spiritual communion with no preaching, no doctrine, just a calm environment for meditation and for song led by a cantor to the melodious tones of piano and cello.

A donation of $10 is requested, but not mandatory.


Roots of Wisdom
presented by Kayleen Asbo

Thursdays, 11:15-12:30
Norm Cram Hall, Petaluma
Beginning November 2

Six week exploration into the myths, music, art and rituals of the Ancient world, from the Pythia of Delphi to Pythagoras.

​6 week series for $150
$30 per drop-in class 

Session One:  Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia 
November 2: Jewish Prophets and Pagan Sibyls 
November 9: Wisdom of Mesopotamia: Inanna, Isis and Osiris
November 16: Moses, Miriam and the beginning of Egyptian Alchemy 

Session Two: Wisdom of Ancient Greece
November 30: Mysteries of Grief and Transformation in Ancient Greece: Ariadne and Dionysus
December 6: Orpheus and the Eleusinian Mysteries 
December 14: Pythagoras:  The Harmony of Spheres

For more information and to register, click here.


Poetry Circle: Living Word | Creative Spirit

November 10, 2017

The Living Word/Creative Spirit Poetry Circle is on the Second Friday of each month from September thru June, with the first being September 15th, a potluck gathering at Beatriz Lagos' house, (RSVP 628-9870). All subsequent meetings in the chapel.











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