Book Reflection

Eremos Fall 2020 Book Reflection

Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness

By Rhonda V. Magee

“Through mindfulness and deep compassion, any one of us, whatever our heritage, may become clearer about our relationship to racism and how we relate to others in ways that actually, though unintentionally, contribute to it.” – Rhonda V. Magee

The summer of 2020 has brought an awakening to many that we need to do our own “work” to help be part of the powerful call to bring about real change in our communities and country to ensure words, beliefs, acts, and policies of racism are no longer tolerated. We invite you to join us as we individually and collectively strive to be part of the solution through our 90-minute zoom conversation with Ms. Magee on Thursday, October 8th at 7:00pm Central and our five-week immersion into Rhonda Magee’s book.

“Now, with this book, Rhonda Magee offers the world a wise and caring way of recognizing, through the lens of mindfulness, these harmful and imprisoning patterns in ourselves. Mindfulness has the potential to catalyze transformation at the individual, societal, and legal levels when applied to these very issues and to the forces of asymmetric power and misconstrued ‘self’ interest that keep them alive.” –Jon Kabat-Zinn

No experience with the practice of mindfulness is required. Come as you are with your fears, vulnerabilities, and openness to listen and change. There will be time for silence, reflection, and sharing each week.

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Join us for Conversation on Racial Justice
with Rhonda V. Magee

Thursday evening, October 8th from 7:00pm Central to 8:30pm via Zoom.

$40 per person

(Or, $70 for both events)

Book Reflection Details

Five 90-minute facilitated sessions, beginning OCTOBER 2020 ///(dates vary by group).

Sessions include time for silence, reflection, and sharing.


$50 + book.

(Or, $70 for both events)

Partial Scholarships available


See chart below for a complete list of facilitators and the dates/times their groups meet.

For more information about this empowering workshop event, please contact Eremos today.

(90 Minute Sessions)
Dianna AmordeWednesdays from 7:00 – 8:30pmOctober 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, and Nov 4thVIRTUALLY (Zoom)FULL
Regina MoserThursdays from 7:00 – 8:30pmOctober 1st, 15th, 22nd, 29th, and Nov 5thVIRTUALLY (Zoom)OPEN
Annette PearsonTuesdays from 10:30 – 11:30amSept 29th, Oct. 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27thVIRTUALLY (Zoom)OPEN
Barbara Schutz Wednesdays from 12:30pm to 2:00pmOctober 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, and Nov 4thVIRTUALLY (Zoom)FULL

All Time are Central

About the Author

Rhonda V. Magee, MA, JD

A professor of law at the University of San Francisco, Ms. Magee is also trained in sociology and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). She is a highly practiced facilitator of trauma sensitive, restorative MBSR interventions for lawyers and law students, and for minimizing the effect of social-identity-based bias. A fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, Magee has been a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society and a visiting professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley.

Note: All of our facilitators are experts in holding space for different points of view and authentic sharing; however, when it comes to racial justice, they are beginners and eager to learn – with you – what racial justice and anti-racism really mean.

FACILITATOR: Annette Pearson is a spiritual director, writer, and workshop and retreat leader. She loves to incorporate different contemplative practices and various art forms in her programs and enjoys the rich conversations book groups offer.  Annette began her training in spiritual direction at FIND, a program of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, and holds a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.

FACILITATOR: Barbara Schutz was called more deeply into the care of God’s people through the ministry of Spiritual Direction more than 20 years again.  She offers individual and group spiritual direction, retreats, classes, and workshops and has facilitated many book groups for Eremos.  Barbara describes her passion as “creating opportunities for others to encounter God”.

FACILITATOR: Dianna Amorde is the Executive Director of Eremos and has been facilitating these book groups since she arrived 8 years ago. She considers them one of her favorite ways of connecting with and supporting the Eremos community and delights in the opportunity to hear different points of view.

FACILITATOR: Regina Moser is an educator, spiritual director and avid reader who has facilitated book groups for over 15 years. Regina loves sharing the joys of reading, pondering and exploring in reflective groups.  Trusting that listening is Holy, Regina appreciates weaving contemplate practices, journaling and thoughtful questions to delve into the power of sharing stories.

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