Reflections on the Paris Tragedy


Lifelong Learning features letter from Executive Director and board update on future.
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© 2015 Jean Jullien

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In this issue:  

  • Sympathy and prayers for support and healing for our Paris neighbors
  • Board Strategic Planning
  • Director’s Blog
  • Spring Online Conference
  • Thanks

Thoughts from the Executive Director 

As we watch the horrific reports and pictures from the senseless tragedy in Paris last week, I can’t help but think about the place of spirituality and spiritual care in our world. Certainly, a connection with a higher power (however you may define that), compassion, creativity, and a universal connection with humankind are part of spirituality.

How do we infect a world full of hatred with these viruses?

Join me in a discussion.  We are working on a Director’s blog discussion group, so just send me an email to join: [email protected].

God bless the folks affected by this awful tragedy and may we, as spiritual care givers, find creative ways to address the lower level consciousness of fear, anger, hatred, and the like.

Board Strategic Planning

Your board of directors has been working hard to create a sustainable strategic business plan for 2016. Continued web development, creating a social media marketing plan, staffing to provide good customer service, and providing outstanding programming are all in the plan.

Some goals for 2016

  • Increase our LifeLong Learning email newsletter from 2,000 subscribers to 5,000
  • Increase our memberships from under 200 to 350 and 500 by the end of 2017
  • Achieve financial sustainability through memberships, on-line conferences, noted author presentations, sponsorships, and contributions

In order to achieve the last goal, we must increase our fees without making it impossible for persons to afford. One of the proposals on the table is to leave the annual fee at $165 and add a small fee for each seminar taken during the year. Of course, our current members would have the opportunity to stay where they are now. Please send your thoughts to [email protected].

More information will be forth coming about the strategic planning.

Director’s Blog: November 16, 2015 

A casual glace at a newspaper or the evening news reminds us of the many human problems we as a global community face. Terrorism, senseless violence, devastating physical illnesses, mental illnesses, social injustices, conflicts, war, poverty, and aging are but a few of the spiritual crisis we face. Who and how are we as spiritual care givers both professional and common persons to bring spirituality to these challenges? Read More.

Spring Online Conference 

Plans are moving forward to offer an on-line conference in April on the topic(s) of compassion and mindfulness. What noted authors on these topics would you like to see and hear through our live Adobe Connect technology?

We are also seeking sponsors for the conference. Please contact me at [email protected] if interested or get more information on the sponsorship.


It is time to give thanks. We are grateful for all of our members. Please show your gratitude by renewing your membership and pledging to give a certain amount per month.

For example, if ten members or supporters give $10 per month that would allow us provides seminar support for 5 seminars. Join us NOW.

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If you are interested in writing or helping with our expanding web site, contact [email protected].

If you are interested in becoming part of planning or board work, please contact our Executive Director, Rick Underwood, at [email protected]

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