Gifts of the Darkwood Brew

Gifts of the Darkwood Brew


Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - Tuesday, December 6, 2016    
1:30 pm - 9:00 pm


St. Laurence Anglican Church
5940 Lakeview Drive SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3E 5S8

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Gifts of the Darkwood Brew is based on themes explored in Eric Elnes’ book, “Gifts of the Dark Wood”.  This DVD-based series explores the proposition that our best help on life’s journey often comes from the most unlikely and misunderstood of places, a place known famously, or infamously, as the Dark Wood.

Join us on Tuesdays, either 1:30-3:00 pm or 7:30-9:00 pm at St. Laurence from October 11-December 6, 2016.  The program is free to attend. Please email Anna Greenwood-Lee at to register.

“Though commonly understood as a place to be feared and avoided, the Dark Wood is the surest place to meet God.  It is a place where you may feel uncertain, empty, lost, tempted and alone.  Yet, these feelings – these gifts of the Dark Wood – can be your greatest assets on your journey because they invite you to probe, question and discover.  According to the ancients, you don’t need to be a saint or spiritual master to experience profound awakening.  You don’t even have to be ‘above average’.  All you really need to be is struggling.”

Gifts of the Darkwood Brew

Nine Blessings for Soulful Skeptics (and Other Wanderers)

Session 1: The gift of Uncertainty with Brian McLaren

Session 2: The Gift of Emptiness with Chuck Maronhnic

Session 3: The Gift of Being Thunderstruck with Melvin Bray

Session 4: The Gift of Lostness with Diana Butler-Bass

Session 5:  The Gift of Temptation with Parker Palmer

Session 6: The Gift of Disappearing with Winnie Varghese

Session 7:  The Gift of the Misfits Part 1 with Jacob Slichter

Session 8:  The Gift of the Misfits Part 2 with Lilian Daniel

Session 9:  The Gift of Failure with Frank Schaeffer