Will be repeated in Feb 2018 Dates TBD (7-10pm) - Four weeks
Join us to learn about the life and teachings of an inspiring mystic and visionary!
Dr. Howard Thurman was a guide and mentor for Martin Luther King Jr. and many others in the struggle for freedom and justice. His work speaks directly to today's personal and social issues, highlighting the powerful connection between spirituality and social transformation.
Through readings, discussion, audio and video resources we will explore the relevance and implications of his wisdom for contemporary times, and consider the practical applications of the principles presented for each participant's life journey.
Led by Thurman scholar, Dr. Liza Rankow, this course is appropriate for both newcomers and those with past study of Dr. Thurman.
Oakland location TBD. Sliding scale tuition, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Please RSVP to register: onelife [at] onelifeinstitute [dot] org
Click images to access Transformative Visions page for details.
A "RE-MIX" of the Transformative Visions art exhibition is still on display at Oakstop through the end of June 2017!
Past Classes & Events (partial list)
NEW! Transformative Visions workshop series - Free!
This special three session workshop will introduce the practice of Mu-i Taiji (Fearless Tai Chi), a path to self-empowerment, balance, health and freedom through movement. Saturdays, Nov. 2nd, 9th & 16th 2013 9:00 - 10:30 am
You will learn to:
• Tap into your self-healing & restoration powers • Relax and reduce stress • Restore balance and energy in your life • Reconnect with your life & relationships • Rejuvenate your overall health & well-being
No previous experience necessary! All levels welcome!
Instructor: Zochi Young - is a Taiji / Mindfulness practitioner, teacher, and coach. He has practiced for over 35 years incorporating eastern and western tools and simple strategies to assist you in maintaining a sustainable practice in a busy world.
Tuition: Sliding scale $40 - $120 for the series of three sessions
To register email: email@example.com
Location:Oakland Peace Center, 111 Fairmount Ave, Oakland 94611 (This is the building of the First Christian Church of Oakland, corner of Fairmount Ave and 29th St. Click for MAP) Enter through the parking lot door.
Howard Thurman: Introductory Workshop
Sunday, March 3, 2013, 2-4PM East Bay Church of RSc 4130 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Join us to learn about the life and legacy of this inspiring 20th century mystic and visionary! (See description below.) This special introductory session will feature portions of the video "Conversations with Howard Thurman," and our discussion will consider the profound relevance of his wisdom for the present day.
All are welcome. Free!!
Ten week class begins March 11, 2013...
"Howard Thurman: The Growing Edge"
A visionary religious leader and thinker, Howard Thurman has been called one of the greatest spiritual resources of this nation. His timeless wisdom speaks directly to today’s personal and social issues, highlighting the powerful connection between spirituality and social transformation. Thurman was a guide for Martin Luther King Jr. and many other leaders of the Civil Rights Movement (and beyond!), and he co-founded the nation’s first interracial, interfaith, intercultural congregation. Through readings, discussion, creative activities, and rare video and audio recordings of Dr. Thurman, we will dive deep into his life and teachings and explore their application to our own “inward” and “outward” journeys of the spirit... Come and expand your own "growing edge"!
When: Monday evenings, 7-10PM, March 11 - May 13th at the East Bay Church (address above)
Tuition: $250 - Payment plans and partial scholarships available.
Textbook:For the Inward Journey: The Writings of Howard Thurman, edited by Anne Spencer Thurman. Friends United Press ($24). Will be available for purchase at class.
Instructor: Dr. Liza J. Rankow is an interfaith minister and the founding director of OneLife Institute. She regularly teaches classes on Thurman in community and academic settings, and is a co-editor of the six-CD audio collection, "The Living Wisdom of Howard Thurman."
Register at the East Bay Church ( www.ebcrs.org ) or for more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Standing on My Sistersí Shoulders,"
a powerful documentary about courageous women leading the Civil Rights
movement in Mississippi in the 1950s and 60s, and excerpts of "You Got to Move," featuring profiles of Bernice Johnson Reagon and Bernice Robinson.
Sunday, Feb. 27th, 2:00-4:30PM
Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC
A special free event honoring the 50th anniversary of SNCC
(Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and the courageous women
who risked their lives on the front lines of the Freedom Movement. Come
hear presentations by four Bay Area activists and contributing authors
to the new book Hands on the Freedom Plow -- Jean Wiley,
Cathy Cade, Jane Bond Moore, and Betita Martinez will be signing their
book, and poet Chude Allen will moderate a discussion. Additional guests
include Rev. Phil Lawson and pianist and composer Jacqui Hairston, who
will present history and highlights of the musical spirit that carried
the Civil Rights movement. Donít miss this rare opportunity to meet the
heroines and hear the stories and songs of this pivotal era.
Both events are presented by FACES of the East Bay.
Location for both events: East
Bay Church of Religious Science; 4130 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland,
California. For further information contact Amahra Hicks, 510-758-4212.
Saturday, Nov. 13th, 2-4PM Museum of the African Diaspora
celebrate the release of the new six-CD audio collection, "The Living Wisdom of
Howard Thurman" (see What's New), the Museum of the African Diaspora in San
Francisco is hosting a Saturday Salon around the time of Thurmanís birthday.
Please join us on November 13th from 2:00- 4:00PM for an interactive lecture /
discussion, enhanced by audio and video of Dr. Thurman. CD sets will be
available for purchase at a specially discounted price. For directions or more
information, visit the museum website:www.moadsf.org
OneLife Institute Fifth Anniversary Re-Dedication Gathering
Friday, October 16, 2009 at 7:30PM Join us as we give thanks for five years of growth and service, and plant the seeds of vision for our ongoing work.
Five years ago, on October 16, 2004, OneLife Institute was publicly launched and consecrated in a community gathering at the original Linen Life Gallery.
Friends and supporters of OneLife are welcome as we reflect on the journey thus far and re-dedicate ourselves to sacred purpose. The evening will include an organizational update, musical inspiration, visioning prayer, and opportunities to get more involved with us.
Please RSVP to email@example.com so we can add you to the
On Saturday, March 14, 2009OneLife Institute will host Transformative Visions, a multi-media community arts event concert lifting up a vision of peace, justice, and possibility for our world. Scheduled to coincide with the annual observance of A Season for Nonviolence and the anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, this event is intended to both challenge and inspire, offering a spiritually-rooted response to the troubling and urgent issues of the present day.
With Head & Heart: The Life and Legacy of Howard Thurman
Sunday, November 16, 2008 Museum of the African Diaspora in SF
2:30PM - Refreshments & viewing of Arleigh Prelow's documentary short, "Howard Thurman: Spirit of a Movement" 3:00-5:00PM - Lecture/Discussion with excerpts from video interview "Conversations with Howard Thurman"
This post-election salon, timed to honor Thurman's birthday, will consider the relevance of his wisdom for contemporary struggles and the journey ahead.
A Special Day-long Symposium with Dr. Vincent Harding
Saturday, March 8, 2008 at the Inner Light Center in Soquel, CA
Dr. Martin Luther Kingís "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" is considered one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century. Dr. Vincent Harding, the author of that speech and a foremost authority on the Civil Rights Movement, was an intimate colleague of King who encouraged him to speak out against the war. Dr. Harding will join Inner Light's founding minister, Rev. Deborah L. Johnson, and OneLife Institute's Dr. Liza Rankow for a deep soul searching exploration of King's question, "Where do we go from here?" How do we, as a people, find our moral compass and how do we point ourselves in the direction of social justice based on spiritual oneness? How do we, individually and collectively, reconcile where we have been with where we want to go as a peaceful, just, and empowering people?
"We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent coannihilation.
We must move past indecision to action."
This event is hosted and sponsored by Inner Light Ministries, and co-sponsored by OneLife Institute, Resource Center for Nonviolence, Barrios Unidos, Bob Fitch Photo, GI Rights Hotline, and Nonviolent Communication Santa Cruz. It is offered in conjunction with A Season for Nonviolence and the Association for Global New Thought.
Ten week community class begins Tuesday Sept. 18, 2007 in Oakland
Join us to learn about the life and legacy of this inspiring 20th century mystic and visionary.
Explore key themes in his writing and apply them to your own spiritual journey.
Experience rare video and audio recordings of Dr. Thurman and enjoy the stories of special guests who knew and studied with him.
Expand your own "Growing Edge."
Dr. Howard Thurmanís life and teachings demonstrate the seamless integration of mystic spirituality and social activism, the inseparability of the "inward" and "outward" journey. Thurman was a guide and mentor for Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, and co-founded the nationís first interracial interfaith congregation.
Where: Laurel Office Center, 4173 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94619
Tuition: $150 - $295 sliding scale (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Text: For the Inward Journey: The Writings of Howard Thurman, edited by Anne Spencer Thurman. Friends United Press ($24). Available at class.
TO REGISTER or for more information call 510.595.5598 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructor: Liza J. Rankow, MHS, PhD is
an interfaith minister and the founding director of OneLife Institute. She is a published author
and a popular speaker, teacher, and counselor known for bringing
compassion, creativity, and insight to the process of individual and
cultural healing and transformation. She regularly offers classes on Thurman in community and academic settings.
Please click HERE to download a PDF of the flyer for the class.
For Mapquest directions to the class location click HERE.
On March 10, 2007 OneLife Institute will host Transformative Visions, a multi-media art show and jazz / spoken word concert lifting up a vision of peace, justice, and possibility for our world. Scheduled to coincide with the annual observance of A Season for Nonviolence and the anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, this event is intended to both challenge and inspire, offering a spiritually-rooted response to the troubling and urgent issues of the present day.
Mysticism and Social Change
2:10-5:00 p.m., Thursdays Dr. Liza J. Rankow
This course will explore the powerful synergy between mystic
spirituality and social activism. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, "Only
through an inner spiritual transformation do we gain the strength to
fight vigorously the evils of the world in a humble and loving spirit."
In the urgent and troubling context of current world events, we will
look to the example of "mystic-activists" from diverse cultures and
faith traditions for inspiration. Readings and class explorations will
include Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and indigenous
sources. Through a wholistic approach of both heart and head, we will
consider specific tools and practices to nourish and sustain us in our
ongoing commitment to anti-oppression work and ministerial service.