Spirituality and Theology

Interactive classes


Centered on the spiritual journey of individuals, these classes rediscover the wisdom tradition in Christianity.



WINTER 2021


  • Becoming More Human: A Spiritual Exploration

  • Paul: Mystical Jew and Reluctant Revolutionary

  • The Reality of Evil in Our Times

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WINTER/SPRING 2021


Becoming More Human:

A Spiritual Exploration

a series of online interactive meetings

with Gianluigi Gugliermetto


True spirituality is about transformation.

It challenges one's notions about divinity and humanity.

It consists in reframing one's life story in order to move forward in compassion and creativity.


This series of weekly meetings is for people of any age and walk of life who are interested in processing their inner journey through listening, reflecting, and sharing with others. Each week we will focus on a theme from Matthew Fox's seminal text and classic of creation spirituality, Original Blessing, which presents a spirituality of joy and transformation based on the recovery of biblical and medieval sources, integrated with insights from psychology and art.


This is the class for you if you can check at least one of the three following boxes:


  • you are looking for a group of reflective and deeply respectful people to process some aspects of your inner life;

  • you know that you share some ideas with Matthew Fox, but you would like to know more about his theology;

  • you are curious about how Christians can develop a mystical and non-dogmatic spiritual path.


The convener of this class is Gianluigi Gugliermetto, a theologian who has a deep understanding of Fox's thought, having translated many of his works into Italian. He is also the leader of Creation Spirituality Italy and the director of the Center for Spirituality in Ontario. Full bio here.


Monday 5pm PST or Monday 7pm PST (your choice)

Enrollment is continuous throughout the year, you can join at any time

If you are interested in starting a third group at another day/time let us know.


For questions and enrollment please write to Ashanti Smalls: asst.director@centerforspiritualityontario.org


Suggested donation: $7 per meeting, payable at your convenience through the website donation button or with a check.

If you can, please consider giving more to support our mission.

WINTER 2021

Paul: Mystical Jew

and Reluctant

Revolutionary

An online class based on the letter of St. Paul to 1st century Christians in Rome

with Jim Dunkly and Gianluigi Gugliermetto


Is the popular image of St. Paul as a misogynist and an anti-Semite correct?

Or was something much more interesting going on in his life and his times?

In this class we will :


  • Examine Romans as a window onto the spiritual reality of an early Christian community

  • Explore the historical figure of Paul

  • Look at the history of the main theological themes in Romans and their interpretation


Dates and topics:

January 14, 2021 Who was St. Paul? What sources are available for answering this question?

January 22, 2021 Jews and Gentiles: understanding Paul's rhetoric (ch. 1-3)

January 28, 2021 The New Adam, i.e. the new humanity (ch. 4-5)

February 4, 2021 The End of Condemnation: Faith, Works, and Justification (ch. 6-8)

February 11, 2021 Israel is not excluded! Paul as a Jew (ch. 9-11)

February 18, 2021 The Living Sacrifice of Praise and Paul as a Mystic (ch. 12-15)


Six meetings online, Thursdays 6:30pm - 8:30pm, starting January 14

Donation: $200


For enrolling: asst.director@centerforspiritualityontario.org


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St.Margaret slays the dragon with prayer

WINTER 2021

The Reality of Evil in Our Times

with Peter Fritsch

a series of four online conversations


Session One. Introduction of participants. An overview of the historic development of the understanding of evil in Judaism and Christianity. A review of the 20th-21st century's prevalent worldviews and how they help or hinder our recognition and understanding of evil. We will look also at the Anglican insistence on the integration of prayer and social action in resisting evil.

Session Two: How to identify the characteristics of evil in the lives of individuals. Teaching regarding the Jungian/Christian understanding of psychological and spiritual shadow. How to discern the ways in which evil does or does not affect one's shadow.


Session Three: How to understand the formation of collective societal evils to avoid participating in them unconsciously. There will be particular attention given to the collective shadow-elements in institutional Christianity and how to manage them.


Session Four: How to orient one's prayer life to bring God's grace to situations of individual and collective evil for the possibilities of change. How to hear the guidance of the Holy Spirit through one's intuition and informed discernment to bring healing, transformation, and bring goodness where evil once prevailed. Discussion about what to do when evil is not overcome.


Saturday, February 6, 10am PST

Saturday, February 13, 10am PST

Saturday, February 20, 10am PST

Saturday, February 27, 10am PST



Instructor Peter Fritsch will also be available for one individual session per participant.


Suggested donations: $125

Scholarships available


For enrolling: asst.director@centerforspiritualityontario.org

Dr. James Dunkly studied theology at Oxford University (UK) and Brite Divinity School of Texas Christian University before completing a PhD at Vanderbilt University (1982).

He taught New Testament for many years at Nashotah House, The Episcopal Divinity School, and the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. He also specializes in theological libraries, having served as librarian for three different Episcopal seminaries over forty years. Now retired, he still teaches at Bloy House, the theology school for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, and collaborates with the Center for Spirituality in Ontario on a regular basis.

Dr. Gianluigi Gugliermetto has studied music, philosophy, and theology both in his native country of Italy and in the United States. He was granted his PhD in philosophy of religion and theology in 2008 (Claremont Graduate University).

He is an Episcopal priest, rector of Christ Church, Ontario, and director of the Center for Spirituality.

He has published in the fields of inter-faith dialogue, the history and theology of Anglicanism, and theology and sexuality (theology of desire). He also enjoyed a brief flirt with film studies.



Peter Fritsch is a vigorous proponent of the inner life and listening to one’s intuition. Peter is an Episcopal priest and spiritual director to many.

He has his Masters of Divinity from The Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, and his Bachelor's of Music Therapy from The University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA. He is married to Dr. Mónika Farkas, MD.

Peter Fritsch is the author of several books, and he is presently engaged in the study of evil from a spiritual perspective.