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The Tears of God: Grief as an Opening to the Divine

April 11, 2003 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Friday Talk:

The alchemy of the grieving process dissolves the conscious mind and its intentions, and in a descent into the soul’s seasons of grief one meets the Oprhan, an encounter which can transform personal loss into a journey of homecoming. Grief can be home-work, and the Orphan, the most homeless of all, can lead us into that place where the wounds to love are the cracks through which a sense of the Divine shines through. The wonder, even miracle, of this moment is the recognition that our human tears of grief are mirrored in the tears of the Divine who hungers for an encounter with us. We grieve because we have dared to love, and we can love again in an expanded way and allow ourselves to be loved because we have taken the time to grieve.

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Robert D. Romanyshyn received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Duquesne University in 1970. After 20 years of private practice and a career as a Professor of Psychology at the University of Dallas, where he co-founded with Robert Sardello and later James Hillman the innovative graduate program in phenomenological and archetypal psychology, he accepted in 1991 the invitation to join the faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute. A Senior Core Faculty member in the clinical psychology program at the institute he also teaches in the program in Depth Psychology with an Emphasis in Psychotherapy.

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April 11, 2003
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
We offer Continuing Education Credit through NASW. The fee for CEU credit is $5 for the lecture, $10 for the workshop, or $10 for both the lecture and workshop. To obtain credits, please sign up before each lecture or workshop at the CEU table in the lobby.


First United Methodist Church, Collins Hall
1838 SW Jefferson Street
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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