Nov. 13 Talk by Charlie Day & Jan. 18 Half-Day Retreat with Judy Allen

(1)  Nov. 13  talk by Charlie Day The Ecumenical Peace Committee of Des Moines cordially invites you to join us for an evening to learn about and practice meditation as a pathway to peace, led by Charlie Day.

Meditation as a Secular and Spiritual Practice
Leading to Personal Peace and Peace in the World

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 7-9 p.m.
Chet’s Fire Station, 1041 8th St., Des Moines, Iowa

Charlie will lead a meditation method common to all religions and no religion, and he will discuss commonalities and differences between Buddhism, Christianity, mysticism, and spirituality.

All religions have in common basic moral and ethical values that promote well-being, peace, harmony, compassion, and lovingkindness.  Secular humanism shares these values.  Charlie will emphasize the importance of promoting secular peace practices in contemporary society.  Open discussion will follow.

Charlie is a retired psychologist who has been studying and teaching meditation and spiritual philosophies for more than 45 years in the U.S., India, and Thailand.  He is a member of the Des Moines Area Ecumenical Committee for Peace and other peace organizations in the community.

Our hosts, Chet Guinn and the Ecumenical Committee, will provide popcorn and cider and a warm fire in the stove of Chet's "Fire Station" living room.

(2)  Jan. 18 Half-Day Retreat with Judy Allen

Plan ahead to participate in a half-day, 8 am to noon, retreat on Saturday, Jan. 18 with Judy Allen, a teacher of the Des Moines Meditation Group, It will be held at the Friends Meeting House, 4211 Grand Ave., on the northwest corner of 42nd and Grand in Des Moines. Judy will lead sitting and walking meditations and give a dharma talk/reading.  Fred Nelson will lead a lovingkindness meditation. Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome.  There is no charge, and donations are welcome.

(3) Join us for sitting meditation Tuesdays at 7:30 pm at the Friends Meeting House at 4211 Grand Ave. in Des Moines.

Please forward these announcements to anyone who may be interested.  Thanks. Peace, Charlie