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Spirituality Beyond Religion

July 11

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Jeff Tretsven

Nonviolent Communication

Jeff Tretsven was interested in nonviolence as demonstrated by Gandhi.  He had adopted a vegan lifestyle and then found Nonviolent Communication (NVC).  Jeff found that Nonviolent Communication is what’s missing from many spiritual practices that talk about being compassionate, loving, and kind but don’t tell you how to do it.  After discovering NVC in 2006, Jeff took as much training as he could and knew he wanted to teach it.  He has been teaching it since 2006 and is currently involved in starting a nonprofit to teach NVC in prisons and to other underserved communities.

July 18

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Dara Fogel

The Foundations of Morality

Dara Fogel PhD, is a philosopher, author and educator. She holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Oklahoma and has taught philosophy, religious studies and humanities at several universities and colleges in the southwest. Fogel underwent a series of spiritual awakenings following a life-threatening illness in 1990. She has published four books inspired by her experiences, including her bestselling steampunk conspiracy series, the GrailChase Chronicles, and one non-fiction book. A confirmed geek, she bridges the gaps between popular culture, cutting edge sciences, mysticism, philosophy and dramaturgy, to bring a deeper perspective of self-knowledge and ancient wisdom to new audiences. Her essay, “Life in the Holodeck,” is included in Blackwell’s volumes, The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy, published spring 2016 and in the forthcoming textbook Philosophy and Popular Culture, due out this fall. Although there are no new ideas under the sun, there are infinite combinations and understandings of the recurring cycles and patterns of the underlying oneness of life.

July 25

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Miss Desmond Clark

Becoming The Crone

Miss Desmond is a military brat, a recovering Catholic, an entertainer, a former Rosicrucian AMORC student, Master Mason (European vein), interfaith Minister (1993), a Centers for Spiritual Living spiritual practitioner, and a mystic who has been studying esoteric studies for quite some time. Today’s talk “Becoming The Crone” relates her journey from a military brat to a more spiritual conscious awareness – and still flowering!

August 1

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Dana Soulen and AJ Thomas

Stories from Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care

Dana Soulen, LMSW (she/her/hers) is an Oklahoma City transplant originally from New Jersey. She is the current Support Services Director at Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care. She has 3 years of experience as a medical social worker, as well as background in nonprofit management and clinical therapy education. Dana obtained her Bachelor’s of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma and her Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Dana holds a Mental Health Certificate and is Licensed through the Oklahoma State Board of Social Workers. She is an active hospital advocate for the YWCA of Oklahoma City and a volunteer at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Dana also works with college students and serves as a section chair for Alpha Phi Omega, the nation’s largest co-ed community service organization.

AJ Thomas (he/him/his) is a current Chaplain with Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care. He was born and raised in Doha in the Middle East to Indian-origin parents. AJ moved to India following the Kuwait Invasion of 1991, and then relocated to the US to pursue his seminary education. AJ currently lives in Yukon, Oklahoma with his wife and their twin daughters. AJ completed his education through Dallas Theological Seminary.

August 8

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Melissa A. Harjo-Moffer

Spirituality: Native Perspective

Visions, dreams, and spiritual visitations are common in the life of most Natives but they hesitate to share their experiences to the non-native society due to the fact of being ridiculed.  We are all God’s creations and HIS spirit dwells within us all, no matter the ethnicity or race.   Today you hear the experiences of Spirituality in the life of a full blood Mvskoke Native.

Melissa A. Harjo-Moffer is a Muscogee (Creek) citizen from Wetumka, Ok. She belongs to the Fuswvlke (bird) clan and the Koasati or Quassarte Tribal Town.  Her first language is Mvskoke and still speaks fluently. She taught herself to read and write in the native language.  She is knowledgeable of her culture and traditions of her people.

Melissa was sent to a boarding school near Wyandotte, Oklahoma, at the age of six along with two older sisters where she was forced to learn English. During the years of 1958-1967, the school consisted of students from the Cherokee, Choctaw, Seminole, and Creek tribes who were mostly non-English speakers.   She and the other students were treated as if they were in a military school.  They wore government issued clothes during their stay at the school and were forbidden to speak their native language.

Although Melissa was forced to live the life of a non-native, she still remembered herself, her ethnicity and race.  Her grandmother insisted and persuaded her to never forget who she was… a Mvskoke, including her spirituality, cultural values, and traditions.  Today, Melissa works for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in Okmulgee, Oklahoma in the Historic and Cultural Preservation department as the Archives and Records Technician, and uses the qualities with which she was born.

August 15

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Macrina Cowan, PhD DMin

The Vowed Life as a Journey Home

Macrina will share her journey of finding a spiritual home as a queer woman and of the transformative power of accompanying her parents in their transition from this life. She will reflect on the importance of vows, that is the intentional expression of the source of meaning and the ways in which one lives in keeping with that “transcendental purpose of life.”

Macrina’s work at Osage Forest of Peace blends her long interest in contemplative solitude and intentional community, spiritual care of others, creativity and healing. She began her work life as a clinical psychologist after completion of her PhD from Oklahoma State in 1974. Her work over the next twenty years included teaching and supervision, psychotherapy, and consulting. The desire to further integrate art and spirituality led her to return to school to do graduate work in pastoral care and ministry. After completion of her DMin in 2000 from Andover Newton Theological School in Boston, Massachusetts, she served as Administrative Director of the Center for Faith, Health and Spirituality and of the Theology & Arts Program at the seminary. She completed her training in spiritual direction at the Shalem Insitute for Spiritual Formation in  Silver Springs, Maryland. Macrina worked  for several years as a psychologist/career counselor for a religious nonprofit organization working with clergy and seminarians before retiring to enter a monastic community in Cambridge, New York.

In 2012 she came to Oklahoma to help care for her parents and found the call to serve as chaplain at the nursing center of the retirement community. The Forest of Peace was a place of physical and spiritual renewal during that time of caregiving. Macrina lived in residence as Forest Steward in 2016-2017. She continued to serve as spiritual director to students of the school and to guest retreatants. In July 2020, Macrina returned to serve as Director of the School of Spiritual Direction.  Macrina has been a vowed religious in both the Episcopal Church and at New Skete, an Orthodox monastic community. She has had a long interest in monastic spirituality and in inter-religious monastic dialogue, which is how she initially learned of Osage Forest. Currently she lives out her vocation as a vowed new monastic  and in her work at the Forest continuing the vision of the monk as an universal archetype regardless of religious tradition.

August 22

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Misty Nasalenko

Let’s Talk About the Vision Calibration Workshop

As a certified Dream Builder Coach with the Brave Thinking Institute: Premiere Training Center for Transformational Coaching, Misty specializes in helping heart-centered difference-makers find their purpose in making an impact in the world while experiencing a whole new sense of freedom and enjoyment in their lives.

For over a decade, Misty has overcome many trials, tribulations, successes and failures that ultimately helped open her eyes to her purpose in the world. For the past year, Misty has been studying and implementing transformational success principles into her life to become a sought after speaker, teacher, and certified coach to help other people break through limitations and step into their true power in order to achieve more freedom and fulfillment  than they’ve known before.

There is a language to the results in your life that you’ve been receiving and to the results that you would love to have. Once you are aware of this language, you can apply it to any area of your life, whether it be your health and well-being, love and relationships, vocation, or time and money freedom.

We live in a Universe that speaks to us through two growth signals: our longings and our discontents. The feeling of longing for something we haven’t created yet, and the feeling of discontentment with current circumstances are what spark us to grow. You can be pushed by pain or pulled by a vision.

In the Vision Calibration Workshop, Misty’s intention is to introduce “The Results Formula” and Three out of the Ten DreamBuilding Tools to help you skyrocket your success when you apply them to your life. You’ll walk away with greater clarity on what those dreams are, and you’ll feel even more confident in the power that breathes you to achieve those goals and dreams. One of my favorite quotes in this perfect moment of inspiration is by Max Depree. It reads: “We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.”

August 29

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Leslie Vennochi

Oppression of Women

Leslie Vennochi is a member of our Morning Star community. She holds a Masters Degree of Human Relations and 2 Baccalaureate Degrees: one in Accountancy and one in Public Administration. Leslie has worked at The University of Oklahoma in the Financial Aid Department for several years. The loves of her life are her grandnephew and grandniece. On Sunday, Leslie will share her research on the Oppression of Women.

 

 

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The virtual meeting room will be open at 9:30 a.m. for virtual visiting and the service will start at 10:00 a.m. We are trying different methods to improve our sound issues, so please be patient with us.  If you have trouble connecting or have technical issues on your end, please don’t worry or concern yourself about it.  Just disconnect, go on about your Sunday, and wait for the recording to be posted on Facebook and the website.

Instructions for you to download ZOOM and connect are included below.  This Morning Star service will be recorded in full and made available to the community on our public Facebook page (Morning Star Center for Spiritual Living) and on our website (www.morningstarcenter.org) under the Speaker’s tab.  So, if you cannot make it Sunday morning LIVE, rest assured you can watch the recording later at your convenience.

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  5. On Sunday morning, click on this link around 9:30 to join the meeting. We want to be sure everything is working. Be on time so we can help you out! https://us04web.zoom.us/j/441871663
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