Online Fall Enrichment Program

September 13 – October 24

The Fall Enrichment Program is a 6-week small group experience designed to bring people together and help them grow in spiritual awareness through study, sharing, and connecting. We will meet virtually online in groups up to 10 people and dive in to the book The Five Invitations – Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully by Frank Ostaseski.

Sunday Talks

Don’t Wait

Don’t Wait

Sunday, 9/20 @ 10:00 am

With Rev. John Riley and music by Sharon D Henderson & Reflection, featuring Mark Rickey on keyboard and Lee Henderson on bass. on live-stream at www.UnityPaloAlto.org/live

Don’t Wait: Embracing what is, I open the door of forgiveness to endless possibilities. I step out authentically in grace to make my world a brighter place. This is part 2 of our 6-week Fall Enrichment Program based on the book “The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully” by Frank Ostaseski.

Theme for September: Intention – I affirm and start each day with light and love in my heart.

Dive Into the Deep Endwith Rev. John Riley

Dive Into the Deep End
with Rev. John Riley

Sunday, 9/13 @ 10:00 am

With Rev. John Riley and music by Deborah Winters and Russell Norman on live-stream at www.UnityPaloAlto.org/live

There is a source of love within you that is deeper and more expansive than your personality. It is a beingness that has certain attributes and essential qualities that live as potentials with you. Tap into those innate qualities and utilize them in the service of greater freedom and transformation.

Theme for September: Intention – I affirm and start each day with light and love in my heart.

Study Group Signup

Select a group that looks interesting to you and that works for your schedule. The host/facilitator will contact you with the links. Your commitment is to come to each group prepared and ready to participate!

Small groups begin the week of 9/13 and meet once a week for 6 weeks. You may find it helpful to use a journal when you read the book and during your group meetings to capture the ideas that are meaningful to you. Before the first meeting, please read the book Introduction and download:

Mondays, 9/14 – 10/19
@ 7:00 – 8:00
with Christine Musselman

September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Up to 6 participants on Zoom

Wednesdays, 9/16 – 10/21
@ 7:00 – 8:00 pm
with Valerie Nilson

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Up to 8 participants on Zoom

Wednesdays, 9/16 – 10/21
@ 7:30 – 8:30 pm
with Christine Oliver

September 23 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Up to 10 participants on Zoom

Thursdays, 9/17 – 10/21
@ Noon – 1:00 pm
with Rev. John Riley

September 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
This group is full

Thursdays, 9/17 – 10/22
@ 6:30 – 7:30 pm
with Casey Wicker

September 24 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
This group is full

Thursdays, 9/17 – 10/22
@ 7:30 – 8:30 pm
with Sarah Ann Gaevert

September 24 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Up to 8 participants on Zoom

THE FIVE INVITATIONS

Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully

Life and death are a package deal. They cannot be pulled apart and we cannot truly live unless we are aware of death. The Five Invitations is an exhilarating meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present consciousness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves.

An internationally respected Buddhist teacher, Frank Ostaseski is the visionary cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project and Metta Institute. He has sat on the precipice of death with more than a thousand people. He has trained countless clinicians and caregivers in the art of mindful and compassionate care. In The Five Invitations, he distills the lessons gleaned over decades of selfless service offering an evocative and stirring guide that points to a radical path to transformation.

The Five Invitations:

  • Don’t Wait
  • Welcome Everything, Push Away Nothing
  • Bring Your Whole Self to the Experience
  • Find a Place of Rest in the Middle of Things
  • Cultivate Don’t Know Mind

The Five Invitations are mutually supportive principles, permeated with love that are reliable guides for being with dying. And, as it turns out, they have a relevance for all of us in living a life of integrity, meaning and purpose. They can be understood as best practices for anyone navigating a life transition, coping with loss or serious illness or a personal crisis. They guide us toward appreciating life’s preciousness. The Five Invitations is a powerful and inspiring exploration of the essential wisdom dying has to show about waking up fully to our lives.

FRANK OSTASESKI

Author of The Five Invitations

Frank Ostaseski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and visionary cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, and founder of the Metta Institute. He has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, leading corporations like Google and Apple Inc., and teaches at major spiritual centers around the globe. Frank is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Humanities Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

He has accompanied over 1000 people through the dying process and trained thousands of healthcare clinicians and family caregivers around the world. His groundbreaking work has been featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series On Our Own Terms, highlighted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and honored by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully.

How It Works

Read the Book

The book for the Fall Enrichment Program is The Five Invitations – Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully by Frank Ostaseski. Each week, we will discuss one of the ‘Invitations’ presented by the author. While reading the book is helpful, it is not required. You can learn more about the book and the author below.

Due to COVID-19, we encourage you to purchase the book through Amazon Smile by making Unity Palo Alto your charity of choice. When you do, Amazon will donate to Unity Palo Alto.

Learn more about Amazon Smile at smile.amazon.com.

Buy the book through Amazon Smile at https://smile.amazon.com/dp/1250076749

Hosts & Facilitators a Group

Do you want to host or Facilitate an Enrichment Group? Do you have Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, or some other way 8-10 people can come together online?

As a host, you provide the method for people to meet, such as Zoom or Google Meet, and you determine the day of the week and time for the group. You communicate with the participants and ensure everyone has what they need to connect.

As a facilitator, you help guide the participants through the provided class outline and ensure everyone has time to share. We provide a study guide, you provide gentle guidance. A facilitator follows our defined agenda and ensures everyone has an opportunity to speak. Heart agreements are provided and agreed upon by the group.

You can be a host and facilitator, or you find a partner to create this powerful experience. Attending the Host & Facilitator Orientation is required.

Questions?

Ask your question at the next Spiritual Coffee Talk or email connecting@unitypaloalto.org

Join a Group

Select a group that looks interesting to you and that works for your schedule. The host/facilitator will contact you with the links. Your commitment is to come to each group prepared and ready to participate!

Small groups begin the week of 9/13 and meet once a week for 6 weeks. You may find it helpful to use a journal when you read the book and during your group meetings to capture the ideas that are meaningful to you. Before the first meeting, please read the book Introduction and download:

 

Sunday Services

Each Sunday Service Talk during the program will center around the theme for that week. It is often a nice high-level overview that will empower your group to dive deeper.

Fall Program Kick-off
Sunday, 9/13 @ 10:00 am
during the Sunday Service
with Rev. John Riley

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