June 5: Shadowlands
Shadowlands is the true story of C.S. Lewis’s later life. C.S. Lewis (Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins) is a world-renowned writer and professor. Unmarried, he leads a gentleman’s life filled by intellectual pursuits, remaining untouched by any great passion until he meets Joy Gresham (Academy Award winner Deborah Winger) and her son Douglas (Simon Birch’s Joseph Mazzello). Joy is a feisty, abrasive New York divorcee whose sharp-edged, no-nonsense attitudes take Lewis by surprise. Bursting unexpectedly into Lewis’ world, Joy shocks his associates and awakens him to deep emotions he has written about but never experienced. Slowly he opens his heart to this woman, and their romance shatters the walls of his cloistered world.
Chris Day and John Eustice are coordinating this movie series. Friday movies start at 7:00pm, with doors opening at 6:30 for pizza and fellowship, followed by an informal discussion of the film. These movie nights are at the Clerics of St. Viator Province Center at 1212 E. Euclid in Arlington Heights. Please let John Eustice know firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-320-8505, if you are attending, so that we can have sufficient food and drink. We look forward to seeing you there.
Wm. Paul Young – author of The Shack – in a 90-minute live Zoom Webinar platform – June 20th 9:00 AM to 10:30 CDT.
Illinois MALEs presents a morning with bestselling author and speaker Wm. Paul Young. Paul has written several bestselling books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller The Shack, which was also made into a major motion picture. Paul was a featured speaker at Richard Rohr’s CONSPIRE Conference, and has always had a significant interest in the unique challenges that men face when trying to connect with God. Because of the distancing requirements by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are trying a new format for everyone’s protection. We will begin with opening remarks from Paul on the topic of male spirituality, and the rest of the time will be open for moderated Q&A with the audience on any topic, from book discussions of any of his titles, to family, spirituality and anything in between.
Once you register you can join from home – we can have up to 100 people on this Zoom Webinar. There is a special discount for the first 50 who sign up. The link to register is here.
It is open to the general public.
For most men, the question of what it means to be a man is perplexing. Most men have a longing for the support and guidance of other men in their journey towards masculinity, maturity, and a deeper experience with the divine. In ancient cultures initiation rites and vision quests were used to help boys make the journey into adulthood.
Opening the door to this journey can start with the Men’s Rites of Passage (MROP) retreat. This retreat can help awaken men to the adventure and mystery of their own masculinity, their deep spirituality, their potential for leadership, and their life’s purpose.
Living a shallow unexamined life is an empty experience. The Journey of Illumination begins with the age-old traditions that teach the five things every man needs to learn before he can fully engage in the adventure and mystery life will bring. MROP opens the door to the adventure.
The retreat is a five-day / four night, deeply prayerful and soulful experience that builds on the classic patterns of male initiation through simple and moving rituals and teaching. Each day includes participating in group prayer, major teachings on central masculine spirituality themes, quiet time for reflection, and sharing in the context of a “home group.”
Men are asked to come with a willingness to participate from beginning to end and not as an observer. All participants begin at point zero with no agendas to live up or down to. All that is required is for a man to come with a “beginner’s mind” and the readiness of a young novice seeking wisdom. Initiation, like life itself, is not a spectator’s sport.
This is not about religion but about spirituality, about age old traditions that guide us into manhood, about coming to trust that there is something much greater at work in our lives than we could ever imagine.
The weekend of Sept 25-27, Brad Pickel, administrator of Illuman, will be offering an in-person weekend in Darien on the Enneagram and the Journey of Illumination. This will be an exciting start to a new academic year, as we reclaim our lives after this pandemic isolation.
Save the Date for Soularize 2020! Illuman will be holding Soularize 2020 A path to Masculine Healing at the Hyatt Tamaya in New Mexico. The event will start on Thursday evening, October 15 and end by 1pm on Sunday, October 18th. More information to come!