Enneagram class to be held at St. Martin's, Columbia
A six-week, free series on the Enneagram will be offered on Wednesdays, starting Aug. 3 and ending Sept. 6. The class will run from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in All Saints' Hall and childcare is available at no charge in the Drop-In Nursery. The class will include DVD instruction with Loretta Brady about this ancient tool for self-discovery. Discussion and journaling also planned. Please email Galen McWilliams at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 309.2341 if you would like to take part.
One idea underlying the Enneagram is that people have two important aspects - essence and personality. Each person has a unique "essential self" that can't be reduced to a category or a number. However, the Enneagram describes nine patterns or themes by which people form a personality, and a social persona, to meet the challenges of love and work. Ideally, personality is an effective way to express ourselves in the world. But problems arise when personality covers up the inner self, or our point of view becomes stuck and rigid.
Please join *** and *** as they show Richard Rohr's DVD. "The Discernment of Spirits," and help you discover your essence, your best self." *** and *** are strong advocates of the Enneagram and can attest to its profound effect on their own spiritual development, especially in forgiving others.
It is understandable that Episcopal priests who, in their pastoral roles engage in a lot of counseling of troubled souls, might find themselves looking for help from whatever is popular in the psychology circles of the day.
Something about Episcopalians makes them susceptible to being attracted to these kinds of pop-psychology scams. I believe it has to do with our general lack of Biblical grounding and its resultant weakness of faith in Jesus as the rock of our salvation.If your Bishop is permitting classes such as this to be held in your diocese, recognize that he/she is not being a faithful pastor to his flock.
Write him/her a letter.
Start a blog.
Keep the faith.