Being with the Divine

After rave reviews from attendees, we’re making the recordings of our “Being with the Divine” events available to you.

These Zoom recordings are available for viewing for 60 days by donation. Suggested donation per recording is $20; however, you can donate as little as $5 or as much as you’d like to support the creation of more programs like these. A link to access the recording will be sent to you within 24 hours of your payment.

Being with the Divine

Rabbi Rami Shapiro

A Jewish practitioner of Perennial Wisdom, Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award–winning author of over thirty-six books on religion and spirituality. He received rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and holds a PH.D. in religion from Union Graduate School.

A rabbinic chaplain with the USAF for 3 years, a congregational rabbi for 20, and a professor of religious studies for 10, Rabbi Rami currently co-directs the One River Foundation (www.oneriverfoundation.org), is a Contributing Editor at Spirituality and Health magazine, and hosts the magazine’s bi-weekly podcast, Essential Conversations with Rabbi Rami (www.spiritualityhealth.com).

Being with the Divine

Jan Richardson

Jan Richardson is an artist, writer, and United Methodist minister who serves as director of The Wellspring Studio, LLC. Her work has attracted an international audience drawn to the spaces of welcome, imagination, and solace that she creates in both word and image. Jan’s books include The Cure for Sorrow, In the Sanctuary of Women, and the just-released Sparrow: A Book of Life and Death and Life. She is especially known as a crafter of blessings that enter deeply into our human experience.

Jan makes her home in Florida. She often collaborated with her husband, the singer/songwriter Garrison Doles, until his sudden death in December 2013.

Being with the Divine

Pastor John Garland

John Garland leads a Healing Hospitality ministry for Asylum Seekers and he pastors the San Antonio Mennonite Church a mile south of the city center.
Each morning he leads Psalm-based prayers, works with those held in immigration prisons, and supports the community of asylum-seekers centered in the church.

He is currently doing doctoral work on communal trauma, spiritual resilience, and the Psalms. He is a fellow at the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty. He is the National Association of Social Workers' Texas 2020 ``Public Citizen of the Year.``

Most recently he has traveled extensively in Central America, visiting rural churches on the border of Honduras and Guatemala that are living through violence, poverty, and governmental failures. Mennonites are pacifists. John pastors with an applied theology of Christianity as a trauma-transforming faith movement, he reads Scripture as divinely inspired through--and for--deeply traumatized communities, and understands hospitality, story, and prayer-centered community as the most powerful tools of healing.

John's wife is a high school principal a few blocks from their downtown home and he has two daughters in the elementary school down the street.

Before San Antonio, they taught school together outside of McAllen, on the Texas-Mexico border, where he also pastored a little Spanish-speaking church.

Going Deeper...

Pastor John Garland

Pastor John Garland offered two 1-hour follow up sessions after the initial 90-minute program. In these sessions he was able to spend more time on how best to use the Psalms for healing trauma. We recommend viewing the original session first. If you’re eager for more (as most are), then come back and register for “Going Deeper” for access to both follow up sessions.