Seminars

Reflections in the Spirit of Joseph Campbell

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Joseph Campbell

Joseph John Campbell (March 26, 1904 – October 30, 1987) was an American writer and professor of Literature at Sarah Lawrence College, who worked in comparative mythology and religion. His work covers many aspects of the human experience.

Abbey of the Redwoods founder Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard is deeply influenced by the late Campbell’s work. The Abbey offers quarterly seminars based in the spirit of Joseph Campbell.

God is a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought. It’s as simple as that. Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble.”


“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”


“One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that.”


“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.”

Current Offerings:

When God Was a Woman by Merlin Stone

Beginning Sunday, May 15, 2022

Following Coffee Hour

When God was a Woman: The Feminine Dimension of the Divine

Seminar Outline:

May 15                       Introduction

May 22                      Chapters 1-3

May 29                      Chapters 4-6

June 5                      Chapters  7-9

June 12                      Chapters 10-11

In addition to reading the above chapters, YouTube videos may be suggested in preparation for our discussions.

The sessions will consist of a brief overview on the chapters by Lynn. It will be followed by participant-led reflection on readings along with follow-up discussion. We will also view selected YouTube videos on particular aspects of the topic during the seminar.

Books ($20) still available from Lynn.

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