Spirit Circles


Four Thursdays In June

The Friends of the Wendell Meetinghouse 2021 programming began with four Spirit Circles presentations, all were free, open to the public, and accessible via Zoom during four evenings in June. Spirit Circles, one of the Meetinghouse’s four domains offers presentations and gatherings that support the diverse spiritual lives of its participants through shared exploration, celebration, and practice.

June 3, 2021 – with Kai Carol Jud
Spirituality Out of the Box

In this interview, Kai shared the practical spirituality that carried her through traveling on the road with her husband for seven years, his subsequent death and her eventual awakening into a more deeply grounded and erotic celebration of life. To view the recording, click here.

Kai Carol Jud is a mystic wanderer of the cosmos, traveler on the edge, and storyteller. She is a psychotherapist, retreat leader, and tarot reader whose embodied spiritual path and study of shamanism have taken her through the ecstasies and challenges of life and death.

June 10, 2021 – with Chris Queen
Finding Your Place in the Circle

From city child to seeker in a hemlock forest way up north, meeting radical divinity students across the county and untouchable Buddhists in India, Chris Queen’s spiritual journey led him to Wendell, where old traditions fade, transform, and spawn new life. Recording coming soon!

Chris Queen taught Biblical studies and world religions and held administrative posts at Northfield Mount Hermon School, Boston University, and Harvard University. He edited and contributed to four volumes on socially engaged Buddhism and served as board chairman of the Brookline Music School and Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.

June 17, 2021 – with Joe Laur
Come Sit in the Rebbe Chair

In traditional Hasidic circles, the “rebbe,” teacher, would sit in a special chair at the head of the table and hold forth with spiritual wisdom. In this ritual, each of us will take our turn in the Rebbe Chair, to impart a learning from deep within ourselves, and to lift the circle higher. To view the recording, click here.

Joe Laur is an entrepreneur, artist, builder, lapsed Catholic, part time rabbinic student, full time Jew, and a dog of G!D – scratching, sniffing, howling, and running toward the Divine.

June 24, 2021 – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. with Court Dorsey
The Twelve Mysteries

In his early 20’s, Court went to India, and studied with Swami Ashishananda, an enlightened disciple of Ramana Maharsi. During that time, Court uncovered The Twelve Mysteries, based loosely on the “Twelve Days of Christmas,” which he later expressed in twelve sonnets. Court read the sonnets and introduced the Mysteries during his presentation. To view the recording, click here.

Court Dorsey is a writer, theater artist and conflict resolution consultant.  Raised as a Methodist, he has practiced meditation in Hindu, Christian and Buddhist traditions since he was an adolescent.