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Enter the Chaos: Engage the Differences to Make a Difference
Peace and Spirituality Center
Bellevue, WA
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Sep 05, 2019 2:00 PM

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Enter the Chaos: Engage the Differences to Make a Difference

Chaos ... Impasse ... Growing Divisions

A Nation in Search of its Soul

Enter the Chaos will teach participants how to respond to our divisive times as persons committed to:
  • Contemplation as a transformative practice

  • Social justice in all its dimensions

  • Our interconnectedness as a global community

This program is grounded in communal contemplative practices and processes and will invite participants to deepen their interior lives in order to integrate skills for interpersonal and cultural transformation. Drawing from spiral dynamic theory and an understanding of the evolutionary development of consciousness, the workshop will offer practical tools for engaging people from differing worldviews and for working toward the healing of our polarized society. Over the course of these four days there will be time to practice these new skills and apply what has been learned to the real-life situations we all face in our day-to-day lives.

Programming will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 5 and end after lunch on September 8. Lunch and dinner will be provided.


Nancy Sylvester, IHM
Nancy Sylvester, IHM founded the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue in 2002. This work reflects her commitment to dialogue and her belief that the impasse being experienced currently in the work of transformation requires a contemplative response and an expanded consciousness. Nancy served in the Presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious; as Vice President of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, MI; fifteen years on the staff of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby, ten years as National Coordinator; and board member to numerous organizations. She is an author and a known speaker nationally and internationally. Find more information about Nancy, ICCD, and the Entering the Chaos program at

Margaret Galiardi, OP
Margaret Galiardi, OP, a Dominican Sister from Amityville, New York, has been part of the ICCD staff since 2011. In addition, she offers spiritual direction/accompaniment to both individuals and groups; designs and facilitates workshops and retreats focused around spirituality for the 21st century with an emphasis on ecological theology. While Margaret served in elected leadership, she was also the North American Co-Promoter of Justice for the world-wide Dominican Order. Margaret is a known speaker and author.Margaret spent the 2009-2010 year living in silence and solitude with the Trappistine Sister Monks in the Red Wood forest on the Lost Coast of Northern California

Vernice Solimar, PhD
Dr. Vernice Solimar was founder and chair of the Integral Psychology M.A. program, and former chair of Consciousness and Transformative Studies at John F. Kennedy University, (JFKU). With Dr. Monica Sharma, former Director of Leadership Training for Developing Countries at the United Nations, Vernice founded and directed the Leadership for Personal and Social Transformation certificate at JFKU. Vernice is a Founding Member of Ken Wilbers Integral Institute and collaborated with Don Beck in teaching Spiral Dynamics at JFKU. She has taught courses in El Salvador, Ecuador, and Peru, and visited Liberation Theology communities, and environmental groups. She also facilitated programs in Taiwan, Puerto Rico, and Uganda among others.

Arrangements have been made with Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue for those needing overnight accommodations.  Click the link here for more details on the group rate: Red Lion Hotel Bellevue - Sisters of St Joseph of Peace

For more information or to make inquiries please contact us at


Peace and Spirituality Center (View)
1663 Killarney Way
Bellevue, WA 98004
United States


Other > Spiritual

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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