VOTF hosting talk on women and Vatican II
The public is invited to St. Rose of Lima Church in Topsfield on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 7-9 p.m. to hear Francine Cardman, Ph.D. from Boston College. Her talk is “Vatican II, Women, and the Church Today.” The lecture will look at the council’s legacy in regard to women: their presence at Vatican II, participation in ecclesial ministries, authority as theologians, changing familial roles and social roles, and the implications that they have for theology and church practice. This presentation will be the second lecture of the faith education series by the North Shore Seacoast VOTF Affiliate in collaboration with Boston College Theology and Ministry School.
Refreshments served and free-will offering always appreciated. For further information, call Mo Donovan, 978-518-0133, or Eleanora Paciulan 978-462-4882, or John and Barbara Gould, 978-535-2321.
Intro to meditation classes offered
The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport will offer a drop-in beginner’s meditation class on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7-8:30 p.m,, $15; there will also be a five-week class entitled “An Introduction to Insight Meditation” starting Thursday, Nov. 7, 7-8:30 p.m., $95. The classes are designed for anyone interested in learning Insight Meditation (Vipassana). Vipassana is a simple practice that steadies the mind by grounding attention in the present moment; it originated in the Buddhist tradition more than 2,500 years ago. For registration information visit www.imcnewburyport.org.
ALPHA Parenting Teenagers offered at Hope Church
The Parenting Teenagers Course is for any parents, step-parents or caregivers of children aged 11-18 years. Meeting teenagers’ deepest needs, setting healthy boundaries, helping to develop their emotional health and teaching them how to make good choices takes skill and dedication. Taking time to reflect on the end goal can help build relationships with teenagers now. The course will be held at Hope Community Church, 11 Hale St. in Newburyport from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for five weeks beginning Monday, Oct. 14. The course costs $40, but scholarships are available. To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church at 978-463-4673.