Sept. 14, 2014 SpiritJam Weekly Update

Explore the theme of Unity with a DrumJam, a MachineJam, and a MusicJam this Sunday, open to all ages.   


drums9 and 11 a.m. Kindergarten* and up (adults invited too!):  

DrumJam with Michael Newman, SpiritJam leader and Djembe drummer at Naropa Institute. All are invited to participate in a drumming circle!  We will explore the theme of unity as expressed through the art of drumming. In many of the world’s religious traditions, drums are used as an important tool for setting a group pace and establishing a groupmind for raising energy within the context of ritual. We will be using this physical practice as a gateway into extending our physical unity into a mental and spiritual connection.

MachineJam with Rachel Stevenson, SpiritJam leader. Meditation and the Human Body Game, unify with others and create a moving machine.

11 a.m. only –  Music Jam with Clara Kelley. Did you ever wonder what it would be like to sing with the Kids’ Choir? Wanna come jam with us and see? We will share music we love, try out some jazz-style improve exercises, and SING together! No special skills necessary!

*Note: Kindergarteners are invited to choose between SpiritJam and Miss Ari’s class, depending on their comfort level.

9 and 11 a.m. Preschool/Nursery-  Making Chalices with Miss Ari, our new Early Childhood Teacher with helper Talia Ferrante-Roseberry (11 a.m.). Fifth graders and older are invited to be a helper at either 9 or 11 a.m. Sign up online.



  Enso/Zen Circle Meditation  

Special session for adults and youth, 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 Space is limited to 15 participants, cost$20. Register online

Meditation then painting with horsehair brushes on rice paper. The enso,  zen circle, is unity in breath, body and mind.

About the Artist: Lisa Gyako Schaewe engages in creative process as a form of meditation practice.   She is adjunct faculty at Naropa University and facilitates Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction groups and workshops combining contemplative practice and creative process.


Drums and Drummers needed, Sunday, Sept.14, 9 or 11 a.m.  Do you have a drum to loan us for the morning? Would you like to be a part of the drum circle? Bring it in for either service. Thanks!



Apple Harvest Picnic, Sunday Sept. 21, 12 – 2 p.m.

BYO  picnic/sack lunch and a picnic blanket. All ages are welcome!    Pick our apples! Bring some! There will be a cider press.

No RSVPs are required for this event, but if you have questions or if you have any apple processing equipment that you’d be able to bring (peeler/corers; press for cider; dryer, etc.) Contact Martin Ogle at  [We’d like to know what kind of such equipment is available and expected.]

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Peace and Justice Day Camp – Coming to BVUUF in June 2015!

Help the RE staff plan next year’s BVUUF day camp – we’re looking for parents, camp counselors and others who would like to shape the way our kids explore the theme of Peace and Justice through fun and meaningful activities. Be a part of this group that will meet a few times to create content/jams for camp, address some issues that came up this year, and recruit volunteers for next year.

Our first meeting is November 2 at 12:30 in the Pauling room. If you need child care, please let Katie Covey know,

If you’d like to learn more about camp, join the planning committee, or volunteer the week of, please talk to Katie Covey or Rachel Setzke,

Your School of the Spirit Staff:

  • Emily CongerYouth Coordinator, 
  • Ari Flauta, Early Childhood Teacher,
  • Rachel StevensonSpiritJam Teacher and Religious Education Assistant, 
  • Michael NewmanSpiritJam Teacher,
  • Katie CoveyDirector of the School of the Spirit,