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Study with Reb Chava @ NMC in Traverse City

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UPCOMING! Fall 2014 NMC Courses
Buddhism: Diving Deeper
Buddhism's popularity in the west has grown greatly in the past two decades. Our local community boasts at least 4 sanghas (practice communities), each from a different lineage of Buddhist teaching. In this course we will explore Buddhism through three very short, easy to read books (required texts) from great living Buddhist teachers: Pema Chodron's Making Peace in Times of War, Thich Nhat Hanh's How to Sit and Cheri Huber's The Key: And the Name of the Key is Willingness.
4 Tuesdays, October 7 - 28, 3 to 5 PM

Introduction to Judaism: Treasures in Story and Practice
What is Judaism? Who are the Jews? What are the things everyone should know about Judaism in today's rapidly changing world. In this short course we will touch upon the history and basic ideas of Judaism, spiritual practices and the meaning of being Jewish in the world today. Required Text Judaism: A Very Brief Introduction by Normal Solomon
3 Tuesdays November 4 - 18, 3 to 5 PM


Past Offerings: Winter, 2012 & 2013

Ethical Wills: Beyond the Basics

For those who have already begun the process of thinking about or writing an ethical will, you are ready to focus on diving more deeply into crafting the actual document, using life stories, and exploring values in depth. If you know the basics of the Ethical Will, this course will help you draft the document. Required text, How Then Shall We Live, by Wayne Muller, available at the NMC bookstore.
Registration Code CRN 7507
Meeting dates Tuesdays, Nov. 6 to Nov. 20, 4:00PM-6:00PM
University Center, Room #218
Cost $59

What You Should Know About Major World Religions

Welcome to the wisdom of the world! Explore Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism from the perspective of wisdom and insights each brings to the story. In addition to the text, weíll look at sacred texts and stories to deepen our understanding. Discover how people from many backgrounds can benefit from the insights of other traditions. The text will be available at the NMC bookstore (995-1285): Wisdom of the World, Joan Chittister.
Registration Code CRN 7505
Thursdays Nov. 8 to Dec. 6 (no meeting Thanksgiving Day), 3:00PM-5:00PM
University Center, Room #209
Cost = $79

Coming Winter Term 2013
Mudhouse Sabbath: What Christians Should Know About Judaism

NEW COURSE! Essential Spiritual Practices



PAST COURSE OFFERINGS

Spring, 2012

Mysticism: A Brief Introduction
Mysticism has been defined as the pursuit of communion with, identity with, or conscious awareness of an ultimate reality, divinity, spiritual truth, or God through direct experience, intuition, instinct, or insight. What is the relationship between mysticism and religion? What does mysticism look like in different religious traditions? How do mystics achieve these states of communion with ultimate reality? What are the perils and possibilities of mystical practice for the rest of us? Required text "The Essential Mystics: Selection sfron the World's Great Wisdom Traditions" by Andrew Harvey will be available at the NMC Bookstore.

Registration Code = CRN 12116
Tuesdays, Apr. 17 to May. 1, 3 to 5 PM
University Center, Room #214
Cost = $59

Women and Spirituality: A Journey Inward
Join Rabbi Chava Bahle, Fran Perkett, and Dr. Misty Sheehan as we continue to explore the paths of women's spiritual journeys. How do we find meaning in our cluttered lives? Together we will explore those things that have inspired and guided us and perhaps map out the way we wish to go in the future. How do we share our journey and support others in their quests? Through presentations, guided meditation, individual sharing, and inspirational reading, we take another step in our spiritual journey. Please bring an item from home that represents a special moment/relationship for the sacred space we will create together. Designed as a continuation of the original class but open to all. A selection of box lunches is included.

Registration Code = CRN 12098Friday, April 20, 9 AM to 2 PM
Oleson Center, Room #112
Cost = $79

Writing Your Ethical Will
What is your ethical legacy? What will you leave behind (beyond physical things) that family and friends will truly cherish? If you have not yet taken the time to consider your 'ethical will', this will get you started. With deep reflection and good humor we will create lasting messages for those we love about what we value, what we have learned, and our hopes for the world. Through reading, discussion and journaling, we will create a written legacy of the heart. The required text So Grows the Tree - Creating an Ethical Will: The Legacy of Your Beliefs and Values, Life Lessons and Hopes for the Future, by Jo Kline Cebuhar is available at the NMC Bookstore.

Registration Code = CRN 12117
Tuesdays, May 8 to May 22, 3 to 5 PM
University Center, Room #214
Cost = $59

Click here to register on line or call (231)995-1700 for more information


Fall Term, 2011

Contemplative Living in A Crazy World: 4 Tuesdays beginning September 20, 10 AM - 12 Noon

Welcome to the Wisdom of the World: 4 Tuesdays beginning October 18, 5 - 7 PM

Woman and Spirituality - with Fran Perkett and Misty Sheehan: Friday, October 28, 9 AM to 2 PM

Art of the Personal Journal: 4 Thursdays beginning November 10 (no class 11/24), 10 AM to 12 Noon

Reading the Quran: 3 Tuesdays beginning November 15, 3 - 5 PM


Winter Term, 2011

Mudhouse Sabbath: What Every Christian Should Know about Jewish Spirituality

In her book, "Mudhouse Sabbath", named for the coffee shop in which it was written, Lauren Winner, who converted from Judaism to Christianity, sets out to discover how to incorporate some of her beloved Jewish practices into her new faith. Winner presents eleven Jewish spiritual practices that can transform the way Christians view the world and God. Explore some of these practices and discuss some of the problems with cross-cultural appropriation. The text, "Mudhouse Sabbath", is available in bookstores.

Feb. 8 to Feb. 22, 3:00- 5:00 PM
Cost is $59
Call to register (231)995-1700

Welcome to the Wisdom of the World

What does wisdom mean and what insights do religions of the world bring to the story? Explore Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam from the perspective of wisdom. Using Joan Chittister's book, "Welcome to the Wisdom of the World" as our text, you'll discover how people from many backgrounds can benefit from the insights of other traditions. In addition to the core text, we'll add examples from sacred texts, stories and techniques to deepen our understanding. The text will be available in the NMC bookstore (995-1285).

Mar. 1 to Mar. 22, 3:00PM- 5:00PM
Cost is $75
Call NMC Extended Ed to register (231)995-1700



Fall, 2010 Classes

Reading Sacred Texts
Join Rabbi Chava Bahle for a journey through a variety of inspiring sacred texts from the world's great spiritual traditions, including the Lord's Prayer in Aramaic, the poetry of Sufi poets Hafiz and Rumi, and texts from Judaism, Buddhism and Taoism. She'll provide the texts--you just bring an open heart and an interest in how different cultures approach the sacred word.
Registration Code = CRN 6555
Meeting date = Sep. 28
Meeting days = Tuesday
Meeting time = 01:00PM-04:00PM
Location = University Center; Building & Room = University Center, Room #213
Cost = $39

Meeting Jesus in His Jewish Context

Join Rabbi Chava Bahle as she shares thoughts on the Jewish context of Jesus. Explore why knowing this can help to deepen your understanding of the ministry of Jesus. By looking at Jewish approaches to God, sacred text, and cosmology, you will discover how Jesus taught and why his message was both timely and timeless.
3 Tuesdays, 3 - 5 PM, October 5 - October 19

Basic Hebrew and Beyond
Hebrew is the original language of the biblical scriptures. In this "crash course" you will learn the Hebrew alphabet, some basic vocabulary, and how to decode a few key sentences of the biblical text in Hebrew. This course is designed to be fun, dynamic, and focused. Whether you have taken Basic Hebrew or you have never studied the language before, you will enjoy this fast-paced linguistic adventure!
Registration Code = CRN 6334
Meeting dates = Oct. 26 to Nov. 9
Meeting days = Tuesday
Meeting time = 03:00PM-05:00PM
Location = University Center; Building & Room = University Center, Room #213
Cost = $59




Summer 2010 Past Classes
Tuesdays, June 22 & 29, 9 - 11 AM, Introduction to Mysticism

Mysticism has been defined as the pursuit of communion with, identity with, or conscious awareness of an ultimate reality, divinity, spiritual truth, or God through direct experience, intuition, instinct, or insight. What is the relationship between mysticism and religion? What does mysticism look like in different religious traditions? How do mystics achieve these states of communion with ultimate reality? What are the perils and possibilities of mystical practice for the rest of us?

Registration Code CRN 10678
University Center, Room #209
Cost = $45

Thursday, June 24, 1- 5 PM, Crash Course in Four World Religions: Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Four traditions; four hours! Enrich your mind with a brief look at Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity guided by Rabbi Chava Bahle. Discover inspiring stories, core spiritual practices, and dimensions of the sacred. Leave with a deeper understanding of how each tradition views the world and the place of human beings in it.

Registration Code = CRN 10677
University Center, Room #205
Cost = $49


Spring, 2010 NMC Courses

The Art of the Personal Journal
There are many reasons to writeóto gain personal insight, collect pieces of your story, process your way through difficult times, establish a meaningful practice, and reflect on the world around you. Get started (or restarted) as you learn the basics of journal keeping. Master story teller, Chava Bahle, guides your discovery of mining your experiences to develop ìtellableî tales in written or spoken form. Youíll explore journal styles and work with prompts to get you started. Bring a notebook and writing tool.

4 Tues., April 20-May 11, 3-5 p.m.
University Center Rm. 208
Cost: $75 Code: 10752

Basic Hebrew
Hebrew is the original language of the biblical scriptures. In this ìcrash courseî you will learn the Hebrew alphabet, some basic vocabulary, and how to decode a few key sentences of the biblical text in Hebrew. This course is designed to be fun, dynamic, and focused. Even if you have never studied a language before, you will enjoy this fast-paced linguistic adventure!

4 Tues., May 18-June 8, 3-5 p.m.
University Center Rm. 213
Cost: $69 Code: 10738




Summer, 2009 MiniCourses! Fast and Fabulous!

Friday, June 26, Reflective Tools for Meditationó Boardman River Workshop

Reading, writing, music, reflection, and even drama are useful forms of meditation. Using one of the most well-known and best loved textsóthe 23rd Psalmóyouíll engage in an exploration of historical context and several of the most familiar translations including Zen and Native American. The banks of the Boardman River provide the setting for this workshop that incorporates a ìtime-out,î fresh insights, and tools that can be applied to other writings. Bring a notebook. Lunch is included.

Fri., June 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
NMC Boardman River Cabin on River Rd. south of TC
Cost: $65, includes lunch ($56 with LIFE Discount)

Wednesday, July 1, 8:30 to 12:30 PM, Crash Course in Comparative Religion - 4 Traditions in 4 Hours! Covering Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Fall, 2008 Classes

Comparative Religion: Sacred Tales, Sacred Teachings
Rabbi Chava Bahle explores four great religious traditions through their sacred tales and examination of core spiritual practices. One session each will focus on Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Christian traditions through inspiring stories and a brief examination of some of the practices that the tradition offers to touch the numinous. Leave with a deeper understanding of how each tradition views the world, the sacred, and the place of human beings in it. Discover how each tradition might be enhanced by knowing more about the other.

4 Tues. October 14 - November 4 3- 5 PM

Basic Hebrew
Hebrew is the original language of the biblical scriptures. In this ìcrash courseî you will learn the Hebrew alphabet, some basic vocabulary, and how to decode a few key sentences of the biblical text in Hebrew. This course is designed to be fun, dynamic, and focused. Even if you have never studied a language before, you will enjoy this fast-paced linguistic adventure!

4 Tuesdays 9:30 to 11:30 AM November 18 & 25 December 2, 16,

Introduction to Kabbalah: Madonna and Beyond
In recent years, many celebrities have become involved in the study of Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism. The ancient texts are being translated and circulated with greater frequency, but what is Kabbalah? Why does the law say only persons over 40 may study it? Why was it kept secret for hundreds of years? In this course we will examine some of the basic ideas that shape Jewish mysticism, its practices and places where it has been used to make magic and mayhem, plus a word or two about popular Kabbalistic teachers and schools.
2 Tues., September 16 & 23, 3 - 5 PM

Spring 2008 Class
Wednesday, May 14, Kaleidoscope Campus Day click here to visit this site



Winter, 2008 Classes

Meditative Traditions: Chants, Stories, and Meditative Practices for Creating a Sacred Pause
During the busy winter months, our instinct is often to slow down and turn inward for rest, reflection and inspiration. The pace of society, however, discourages such slowing down. In this three hour mini-retreat, we will explore meditative and spiritual practices designed to help us find our center and the pool of calm and bliss at the center of our being. Through cross-cultural chant, meditation, and inspiration reading, we will explore ways to nurture our hearts and reinvigorate our compassion and empathy for the world.

Sat., Feb. 9, 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.m.
Oleson Center Rm. A
Instructor: Chava Bahle
Cost: $39 ($34 with LIFE Discount)
Code: 9396

Comparative Religion: Sacred Tales, Sacred Teachings
Rabbi Chava Bahle explores four great religious traditions through their sacred tales and examination of core spiritual practices. One session each will focus on Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Native American traditions through inspiring stories and a brief examination of some of the practices that the tradition offers to touch the numinous. Leave with a deeper understanding of how each tradition views the world, the sacred, and the place of human beings in it. Discover how each tradition might be enhanced by knowing more about the other.

4 Tues., Jan. 15-Feb. 5, 3-5 p.m.
University Center Rm. 216
Instructor: Rabbi Chava Bahle
Cost: $75 ($63 with LIFE Discount)
Code: 9389

Scripture Windows: Bringing Biblical Texts to Life through Bibliodrama
Biblical tales were not meant to be contained only in books but were intended to be compelling, living narratives that bring joy, enlightenment, and insight. Guided by Rabbi Chava Bahle, look at four narratives from the Hebrew Bibleóthe exit from Eden, the binding of Isaac, the liberation at the sea, and the book of Jonah. Bring them to life in intriguing ways including study, bibliodramatic techniques, music, and personal reflection. Readers of the Bible, Sunday School teachers, preachers, story tellersótake note, this is for you!

3 Tues., March 4-18, 3-5 p.m.
University Center Rm. 207
Instructor: Rabbi Chava Bahle
Cost: $59 ($50 with LIFE Discount)
Code: 9394

PAST COURSES

Basic Hebrew
Hebrew is the original language of the biblical scriptures. In this ìcrash courseî you will learn the Hebrew alphabet, some basic vocabulary, and how to decode a few key sentences of the biblical text in Hebrew. This course is designed to be fun, dynamic, and focused. Even if you have never studied a language before, you will enjoy this fast-paced linguistic adventure!
4 Mon., Oct. 1-22, 7-9 p.m.
University Center Rm. 215
Cost: $69
Code: 4327

Introduction to Kabbalah: Madonna and Beyond
In recent years, many celebrities have become involved in the study of Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism. The ancient texts are being translated and circulated with greater frequency, but what is Kabbalah? Why does the law say only persons over 40 may study it? Why was it kept secret for hundreds of years? In this course we will examine some of the basic ideas that shape Jewish mysticism, its practices and places where it has been used to make magic and mayhem, plus a word or two about popular Kabbalistic teachers and schools.
2 Tues., Oct. 2 & 9, 3-5 p.m.
University Center Rm. 219
Cost: $45
Code: 4339

Comparative Religion: Sacred Tales, Sacred Teachings
In this new approach to comparative religion, Rabbi Chava Bahle will explore 5 great religious traditions through their sacred tales and examination of core spiritual practices. One session each will focus on Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Native American traditions through inspiring stories and a brief examination of some of the practices that the tradition offers to touch the numinous. Leave with a deeper understanding of how each tradition views the world, the sacred, and the place of human beings in it. Discover how each tradition might be enhanced by knowing more about the other.
5 Tues., Oct. 16-Nov. 13, 3-5 p.m.
University Center Rm. 219
Cost: $89 ($74 with LIFE Discount)
Code: 4537


Writing and Being: The Art of the Personal Journal
Keeping a personal journal can be a journey to insight, healing, and the riches of our life stories. Using the best of journaling techniques, we will explore the themes that shape our lives. In a journal, we may record events, but we also push to understand our relationship to those events. Here we find our power, our choice, our freedom. The goal is to develop a consistent journaling practice and understand the dynamics of the personal essay. Our final class will include the option of students sharing excerpts from their writing. Bring a journal, lined paper and a favorite writing implement. A packet of resource materials will be provided.

4 Tues., Nov. 20-Dec. 11

9:30-11:30 a.m., University Center Rm. 214
Cost: $75
Code: 4330

Call Northwestern Michigan College Extended Education at (231)995-1700 for more information and to register

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