Retreats and Programs


GRATEFUL: Being Grateful In Difficult Times An online video series featuring Diana Butler Bass
GRATEFUL: Being Grateful In Difficult Times
An online video series featuring Diana Butler Bass with facilitated discussion by Maureen Connors and Rebecca Bass
Thursdays, March 11, 18, 25, April 8, 15, 22, 2021
2:00 ~ 4:00 p.m.
We all know the joy of a surprise gift, good news, or a great achievement -- all of those things eliciting feelings of gratitude. But these days, full of grief, worry, and uncertainty, do not easily nurture a sense of thanks. Indeed, they seem to be gnawing away our hearts and our hopes.
So, what of gratitude now? When we don't feel grateful? In this course based on her recent book, Grateful, Diana Butler Bass takes us into a video recorded journey to understand what gratitude is, how it can strengthen us as individuals and in community, and the surprising ways in which it subverts hopelessness and injustice. Mini-practice sessions to make gratitude part of our daily spirituality are also included.
In this course, participants will:
  • Explore the definitions and structures of gratitude, and how what we think about gratitude shapes our actions;
  • Learn practices of gratitude that open us to new levels of awareness and awakening;
  • Discover the power of collective gratitude practices for your community or organization;
  • Understand gratitude in relationship to difficult circumstances and injustice; and
  • Uncover how gratitude becomes the soil for genuine creativity for individuals and communities. 
This series will be co-facilitated by Maureen Connors and Rebecca Bass, both spiritual directors and retreat leaders. Diana and Rebecca are sisters-in-law.
Fee: $50.00 for series & license fee (no refunds)
Diana Butler Bass, Ph.D., is an award-winning author, popular speaker, inspiring preacher, and one of America’s most trusted commentators on religion and contemporary spirituality. She holds a doctorate in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of ten books, including Grateful: The Subversive Power of Giving Thanks. Her bylines include The New York Times, the Washington Post,, USA Today, Huffington Post, Christian Century, and Sojourners. She has commented on religion, politics, and culture in the media widely including on CBS, CNN, PBS, NPR, CBC, FOX, Sirius XM, TIME, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and in multiple global news outlets.
Rebecca (Becca) Bass, M.A
Becca's ministries include spiritual direction, retreats, bereavement support and chaplaincy. Her experience is rooted in both Catholic and Protestant traditions, providing a breadth of understanding. She holds a Masters degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University and a certificate in Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats from the Wellstreams Ecumenical Training Program. Becca is now affiliated with the Audire Spiritual Direction Training program in Orlando and is a member of Spiritual Directors International and the Federation of Christian Ministries.
Maureen Connors, Ph.D.
She serves as a spiritual companion, retreat leader and meeting facilitator and lover of stories with several assisted living clients.  Maureen is the former Co-Director of Programs at the Center where she has offered numerous programs over the years. As an octogenarian, she is facing the challenge of last third of life issues and trying to do it with grace and courage!