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Conversations For the Common Good: Spiritual Poetry

  • The Bier Abbey 613 Union St Schenectady, NY, 12305 United States (map)

In a world that is so often divided by political lines,  personal interests, and religious beliefs we often lose sight of the common good that we can pursue together. “Common Good” is anything that increases the well-being for all people without harming others. Join us for a series of discussions about various topics that promote the common good. 

Each event will go from 7-9pm and will take place at the Bier Abbey (613 Union St.).


The root of “spirit” is the Latin spirare, to breathe. Whatever lives on the breath, then, must have its spiritual dimension— including all poems, even the most unlikely. 

-Jane Hirshfield, “Spiritual Poetry:  Nine Gates”. ( Poetry Foundation)

The word has been with us since the beginning. Words have come down to us through time as speech, as song, and as poetry. Poetry is another expression of words, and we raise it up as part of our spiritual life. In this session, join us with poet David Walsh as we discuss the many ways poetry is an expression of our own lives, and how poetry can move us in unseen ways. People are invited to bring an example of a favorite poem to share with the group.