Spirit Circles

thursdays at the wendell meetinghouse presents

Thursdays at the Wendell Meetinghouse is a new series running every Thursday evening in May and June at the Wendell Meetinghouse.  Admission to these events is free with donations strongly encouraged.  Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Wendell Meetinghouse and support the continued renovation of this historic structure.

june 8th 7 pm: called to wendell: how did we end up here with Alistair macmartin

How did we end up in Wendell?  Some stories are almost mystical – it was destiny, the universe conspired to make that happen. Others tell of an instant recognition, a sense of coming home, being drawn by multiple forces. For those who were born and bred in Wendell, perhaps you know what lured your ancestors to Wendell and what kept you in the community.

All are invited to an evening of storytelling with your neighbors. All are welcome to share. Alistair’s hope is that we will discover themes that tie all our stories together because it doesn’t feel like an accident. The event is free, with donations strongly encouraged to support Meetinghouse renovations and programming.

upcoming 2023 Thursday at the Wendell Meetinghouse presentations include:


Spirit Circles, one of the four domains of the Wendell Meetinghouse, are talks, circles and other presentations by guest presenters, on the topic: “What does spirit mean to me, personal spiritual journeys, or what gets you through the night?”  Spirit Circles call on us as common citizens to share our spiritual visions and guide each other as peer seekers.

Previous spirit circle programming:

Four Thursdays In June 2021

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. To view the recording, click here.

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.