UNB’S Whitney Initiative for Spirituality presents: Beginning the Spiritual Journey

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UNB’s Whitney Initiative for Spirituality is proud to announce their inaugural event, a workshop entitled Beginning the Spiritual Journey. This workshop, featuring renowned photographic artist Freeman Patterson, musicians Michael and Joel Miller, and the Rev. David Maginley, chaplain of Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Halifax, NS, will allow participants to engage in artistic and musical conversations on spirituality. The workshop will be held on Saturday, October 31 at Killarney Lake Lodge, and Sunday, November 1, 2015 at UNB’s Memorial Hall.

The Whitney Initiative seeks to advance the study and practice of spirituality at UNB. It is named in honour of Reverend Norm Whitney, PhD, CM, a distinguished scientist, teacher, counselor, mentor and retired member of the UNB faculty.  A biopic about Whitney has been produced by Dr. Matthew Rogers and Ross Leadbetter, and will be screened for the first time at Beginning the Spiritual Journey. The film focuses on Norm’s spiritual wakening, and features an original song composed by Mike Bravener, a friend of Dr. Whitney’s.

On Saturday, October 31, photographer Freeman Patterson will explore ‘the call of creativity’ through two related experiences. First, he will present a talk about the nature of creativity and its impact on our personal lives. Second, Patterson has created an audio-visual presentation in which he uses his own photographs to reinforce the centrality of creativity to our spiritual lives.

Saturday’s programming will also feature Rev. David Maginley, a chaplain with the cancer and palliative care program at the QEII hospital in Halifax, as well as a four-time cancer survivor. Maginley will discuss how his experiences as a chaplain and a cancer survivor have led to explorations of meditation, illness, transformation, and the nature of consciousness. Saturday’s activities will take place from 9AM-8PM at Killarney Lake Lodge.

On Sunday morning, musicians Michael and Joel Miller will present a musical exploration of spirituality, performing original pieces in a concert at UNB’s Memorial Hall (located at 6 Duffie Drive). Sunday’s performance will take place from 10AM-12Noon.  This initial workshop from the Whitney Institute for Spirituality will undoubtedly set the stage for a rich variety of programming to come.

The Whitney Initiative

Beginning the Spiritual Journey Workshop

Saturday, 31 October, and Sunday, 1 November 2015

Saturday, 31 October

Location:  Killarney Lake Rotary Centennial Lodge, 1600 St. Mary’s Street, Fredericton.

8:30 a.m.             Coffee and registration
9:00 a.m.             Beginning the Spiritual Journey—John McLaughlin, President Emeritus, UNB
10:00 a.m.           Nutrition break
10:30 a.m.           The Call of Creativity
                                  Freeman Patterson, Photographer, Writer and Teacher of Visual Design

12:30 p.m.           Lunch

1:30 p.m.              Exploring Spirituality
                                   David Maginley, Chaplain with the Cancer and Palliative Care Program at the QEII Hospital in Halifax
3:30 p.m.              Conversation, reflection and perambulation
5:00 p.m.              Social Hour and showing of Norm Whitney biopic, A Tap on the Shoulder

6:00 p.m.              Dinner

7:00 p.m.              Showing of En Dialogue Avec La Pierre/ Speaking With Stone, “A Spiritual Quest Through Art”--the art of Marie-Hélène Allain
8:00 p.m.              Workshop adjourns

Sunday, 1 November

Location:  Memorial Hall, 9 Bailey Drive, UNB Fredericton.

9:30 a.m.             Coffee
10:00 a.m.           What is Spiritual? What is Creative? Original Compositions and Commentary:
                                  Michael Miller, piano, and Joel Miller, saxophone
12:00 noon          Closing discussion
12:30 p.m.           Workshop concludes

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