Upcoming Events

To register for a program, call the Center at (614) 416-1910 or email us at martindeporres@oppeace.org.

 April 16




A Reading of the Letter from Birmingham Jail
A Film by Jamaal Bell

On April 16, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. drafted his now famous letter from a cell in the Birmingham Jail.  Written in response to several white clergy members who, while opposing segregation, accused King of being an outside agitator and inciting violence, the letter became a key text for the American civil rights movement.  In it, King defends the strategy of nonviolent resistance and asserts that people have a moral responsibility to break unjust laws.

The film stars 41 community leaders from Columbus, including educators and leaders from the Ohio State University, reading King’s letter.

No matter how often you may have heard the text of King’s letter, his message is still thought-provoking, still powerful, still challenging.  Join other critical thinkers in listening to the letter again, and grapple with the issues that continue to challenge us.  There will be a discussion following the film, led by director Jamaal Bell.

View a PDF flyer for more information about the program.

A free will offering will be collected. Please register by April 13.

April 25




Creating Effective Boundaries in Relationships 

Do you ever wonder if you have unclear boundaries?  Does it seem that it’s easy for people to take advantage of you?  Do you feel like it’s always your fault when someone’s feelings are hurt?  Setting good boundaries can provide amazing benefits for relationships and support for healthy self-respect.  Unguarded or ineffective boundaries lead to resentment, guilt, feeling taken advantage of, feeling drained, doing things you don’t want to do in order to spare another’s feelings -- and so much more!

Boundary building is a skill and an art that takes courage and practice in order to hear the truth in your heart and to speak compassionately.  It requires continued growth in self-knowledge, which is an integral part of the spiritual journey.  Honoring limits and setting boundaries create space for more honest and caring relationships. 

In this workshop, Sr. Carol Davis, OP will help us explore when to say “yes” and how to say “no”.  And we’ll honor the freedom that results when effective boundaries are created.

View a PDF flyer for more information about the program.

Suggested donation of $15. Please register by April 22.

May 19




A Pause to Reflect on the Aging Process

In his book, The Force of Character and Lasting Life, psychologist James Hillman raises this tantalizing question:  Do you ever wonder what nature and God had in mind when designing the aging process?  We have probably all asked that question and many others around the aging process.  This workshop is an opportunity to pause and ask yourself:  What is aging like for me?  Is it a graced experience or is it one that is life diminishing?  Do I fight the aging process or do I embrace it?

Join Sr. Helen Cahill, OP, who will explore issues that arise in the course of the aging process and give suggestions on how to age well.

View a PDF flyer for more information about the program.

Suggested donation of $15. Please register by May 15.

Ongoing Programs

Second Wednesdays - Turning Leaves and Tea Leaves (book club), 2:00-3:30 pm, This monthly book club is facilitated by Marialein Anzenberger, OP, and Colleen Gallagher, OP. Join us for lively conversation with others who share your love of reading!

Third Mondays - Thomas Merton Study Group, 6:00-8:00 pm, Vespers in Motherhouse chapel are followed by discussion of Merton readings, led by Merton scholar David Belcastro, PhD.

Every Tuesday - Blue Heron Sangha, 7:15-9:00 pm, A mindfulness community in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition. For information, contact Sandy at scoen@columbus.rr.com.