Fall 2013 LECTURES

Join us for an exciting Fall 2013 Lecture schedule. All lectures are located at:

First Divine Science Church,
14th Ave. and Williams St.
Cost: free to members,  $15 at the door,
$10 students and seniors


At 75: Archetypal Aspects of Aging

a lecture by Linda Leonard

September 6th, 2013 at 7 p.m.

 Where do we look for inspiration as we age in a culture bound to youth and materialism? What are the limitations of aging and the possibilities opened up? Approaching middle age and beyond, we begin to face questions regarding the aging experience. Linda Leonard will talk about stages that she  sees in the aging process, the tension of opposites between despair and hope, themes of loss and “identity theft”, and the transformation of serenity. In the presentation she will use film clips, images, music, and personal stories to illustrate these themes.

Linda Schierse Leonard, Ph.D. is a Jungian Analyst with a private practice in Boulder, Co.  She is the author of 6 books – some now in 18 languages.  Her books include, “The Wounded Woman: Healing the Father-Daughter Relationship; On the Way to the Wedding: Transforming the Love Relationship; Witness to the Fire: Creativity and the Veil of Addiction; Meeting the Madwoman: Empowering Feminine Spirit; Following the Reindeer Woman: The Path of Peace and Harmony; and The Call to Create: Celebrating Imagination.  Linda has a doctorate in philosophy and graduated from the C.G. Jung Institute in 1972.  She was the first Jungian Analyst in Colorado and is a Founding Member of the Inter-regional Society of Jungian Analysts.  She was an associate professor of philosophy at The University of Colorado, Denver, and  California State University, San Diego. 


Guanyin: Archetype of Liberation and Love

a lecture by Deborah Bowman 

October 4th, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Focusing on the qualities of selflessness central to Guanyin, we will explore her incarnation as the folk legend Miao-shan, and compare her to the Handless Maiden in the western fairy tale.  Pertinent to our lives today, these stories ask soul-searching questions.  What is sacrifice and what is unconditional love?  How is the feminine liberated from patriarchal dictates?  How do we discover boundless love?

 Miao-shan is adolescent girl. As an adult figure, Guanyin has mastered the teachings of the Buddha. She wears an Eternal Buddha at her forehead and gestures with her left hand in a teaching mudra.  Like Sophia, she a feminine representation of wisdom.

 Deborah will share inspiring photographs of Guanyin sculptures in Asia and explore the symbolism associated with her gestures and accoutrements.  We will connect the dots to the compassion that arises from her knowing and our own lives.

Deborah Bowman, Ph.D., is a psychologist, photographer and professor at Naropa University where she founded the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology Program and the Wilderness Therapy program.  For 25 years, she has worked as a Gestalt and Jungian oriented psychotherapist.  Buddhist practice and passion for Guanyin guided her travels in Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Cambodia and Myanmar. She is author of The Luminous Buddha and The Female Buddha: Discovering the Heart of Liberation and Love.

Fate, Destiny and Choice

a lecture by Jeff Raff 

November 1st , 2013 at 7 p.m.

In this lecture, Jeff Raff will differentiate between fate and destiny. He will discuss fate as the force that appears outside of ourselves, often impersonal, but with such power that it dominates our lives leaving us little choice but acceptance or resistance. Destiny, on the other hand, he sees as the drive that pushes us to become ourselves and to embrace our own totality as a way of being. Unlike fate, destiny compels us to honor our nature and find ways of expressing it in life. Choice is essential to realize our destiny, but our choices are limited by the very nature we are trying to express. Jeff will discuss the ways in which we can make informed, conscious choices that allow our destiny to express itself, as well as the barriers to making these choices.

Dr. Jeffrey Raff has been in private practice as a Jungian Analyst in the Denver area for 36 years. He is the author of four books, including Jung and the Alchemical Imagination, and numerous articles. He has given classes and seminars all over the country as well as internationally.

Exploring the Archetypes: Divine Doorways into the Unconscious Part 2

a lecture by Sharon Coggan

December 6th, 2013 at 7 p.m.

 Last December, the Jung Society presented a lecture by Dr. Sharon L. Coggan that centered on the exploration of the archetypes of the psyche as expressed in ancient Greek myth.  We began with the multi-faceted God Hermes, the Message-Bearer.  We intended to move on from Hermes to the spirited Goddess Artemis.  But alas, Dr. Coggan tried to cover too much, as usual.  We realized that each lecture in this series on Greek myth should really be devoted to a single deity.  Now we will deliver on our promise to investigate Artemis with this December’s lecture.

 We moderns may find surprising resonance with this magnificent Goddess, the Divine Archer who shoots from afar. Among other aspects, Artemis can offer serious insight into the common syndrome of holding vast potential for future development in a hundred directions, without ever being able to channel it so as to actually realize it. This lecture will continue our series on exploration of the vast wealth offered in classical mythology for a nuanced understanding of the archetypes of the unconscious.

Sharon L. Coggan holds a B.A. from the University of Denver, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, an M.A. from Stanford, and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University.  She teaches at the University of Colorado Denver, where she serves as Director of the Religious Studies Program, which she created. She offers a range of classes on religion and Jungian thought, including Myth and Symbol, Classical Mythology, Perspectives on Dream Analysis, and the Hero’s Journey.

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