Her first book, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A COURSE IN MIRACLES, is considered a classic in the realm of modern spirituality. Her other books include Age of Miracles, Everyday Grace, A Woman’s Worth, Illuminata, and Healing the Soul of America. She has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America and Charlie Rose.
Never before in Pittsburgh, tickets for this singular event will sell quickly, SoRESERVE YOUR SEATS NOW to ensure that you can be a part of this exciting time in our wonderful city!
OMA Center for Mind, Body, and Spirit began about 15 years ago as a vision of an inner city community wellness center and a rural retreat center that would complement each other. Both would provide holistic services for anyone regardless of their socioeconomic, cultural, or spiritual/religious background.
Our vision is created upon a commitment to provide for all individuals, a holistic approach to facilitate wellness of self, family, and the community. OMA will integrate a variety of healing and therapeutic modalities in the areas of wellness, fitness, health, therapeutic and educational programs.
Active board members create an atmosphere of commitment, dedication and never-ending love for people. The board is comprised of licensed therapists, social workers, practitioners, life coaches, educators and writers who all come together unified in helping people begin a journey towards wellness and wholeness in mind, body and spirit.
It is such a joy to be a part of this incredible organization! Our first Food for the Soul encounter is coming this week and I’m thrilled to be one of the hosts!
Join us at the Twentieth Century Club in the heart of Oakland for a wonderful opportunity to share thoughts, ideas and needs on each other’s journey in the realm of Mind, Body, and Spirit in a comfortable setting of like-minded individuals.
In this ultramodern world we can lose ourselves in a number of ways with busy lives, stressful jobs, financial burdens and mindless entertainment as an escape. At times we feel like life is a crazy, tedious grind and there’s just got to be something more. Let’s talk about that…
Since the death of my mother, I have made a decision to remain in Pittsburgh. While here I’ve begun to exercise my muscles as an investor in the growth and development of people in my home city. One organization I have partnered with is the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1999 to support the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County. Over the years, the role of HCEF in the community has developed and expanded to meet these needs.
So, my first major project in my home city is a mentoring workshop designed to expand the role of academic tutors to include the underlying principles of “Everyday Mentoring”. I am working with an incredible development team and will be facilitating a Tutor Mentoring Workshop on Saturday December 9.
“The SOAR is to fly fearlessly with vision and purpose.” —Anita D Russell
Holistic education for well-being of self, family, community
I was recently invited to join the board of the OMA Center for Mind Body Spirit in Pittsburgh, PA, my home city. I’m very excited to be a part of a long-term vision of holistic education for well-being of self, family and community.
As I was coming of age in my hometown of Homestead, a small suburban community of Pittsburgh, civic engagement was pretty much an expectation. I am a child of the sixties, raised duing the Civil Rights Movement by a single black woman who was a mother and an activist. Needless to say there was a lot going on .
One of the classes I enjoyed in high school was POD, Problems of Democracy. It was during this class that I read the consititution in its entirely for the first time and actually discussed its contents, giving me much deeper insight into what was going on around me. I liked the class title because of its inherent implication that there were indeed problems in our democracy as evidenced by the social climate, but more importantly, that civic engagement was viewed as a crucial component to solving those problems. So, civic engagement became a part of my lifestyle. But really what it boils down to is my love for people and communiity, way beyond just my own.
I found this description of civic engagement in Wikipedia and it pretty well sums how I viewed civic engagement then and how I view it now.
Civic engagement or civic participation, according to the American Psychological Association, is “individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern”. It can be defined as citizens working together to make a change or difference in the community. Civic engagement includes communities working together in both political and non-political actions. The goal of civic engagement is to address public concerns and promote the quality of the community. https://en.wikipedia.org//wiki/Civic_Engagement
I also like the New York Times definition:
Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes. www.nytimes.com/ref/college/collegespecial2/coll_aascu_defi.html
Leave a comment and share your defintion of civic engagement .