CSL's Open Minds Young Adult Group

 Members of the om group, including om director, jenna yamaguma (center) at "paint nite"

Members of the om group, including om director, jenna yamaguma (center) at "paint nite"

Founded at the end of 2013, the Open Minds (OM) Young Adult Group was a precursor to the development of the Center for Spiritual Life. Comprised of a group of young adults from a variety of faith traditions and spiritual backgrounds, the OM Group meets monthly to collectively inquire into timely questions regarding spirituality, culture, healing, and change. From social events, movie nights, and book discussions, to lectures and workshops on physics, psychism, the Enneagram, creativity, and healing, OM Group topics span a wide array of dynamic themes! If you're interested in learning more about the OM Group, please email centerforspirituallife@gmail.com. 


OM Schedule June – December, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017, 7:00PM: OM and Enneagram. The OM group will have a “refresher” course on this ancient personality system. This session is perfect for first timers as well as seasoned Enneagrammers! Come out and join us as we kick off the summer months. Dinner snacks will be provided!

Sunday, July 30, 2017, 5:00PM: Exploring Alternative Forms of Spiritual Communities. Roger and a Special Guest Speaker will lead a presentation and discussion on alternative forms of spiritual communities. We will explore what it means in this age of the internet and mobility to be “community”. This time together is to learn about different forms of spirituality and community in history and in our own experiences.  

Sunday, August 13, 2017, Noon: Blood, Guts and Dreams (the blood drive is from 9 am - 1 pm, sign up highly recommended). “The Blood”: The OM group is encouraged and invited to participate to the Aldersgate UMC annual blood drive. The Stanford bloodmobile will be at the church from 9 am to 1 pm. Giving blood takes about 30 minutes. It is a great way to give life to others. Please let Roger (rvm878@gmail.com) know if you can give blood. “The Guts”: At noon, OM group will gather for lunch at church. “The Dreams”: After lunch, OM group will explore the topic of dream interpretation. We’re asking folks to try to begin to journal their dreams 1-2 weeks prior to this session; however, journaling is not a requirement to participate. Also, giving blood is not a requirement to participate in lunch and the dream programming. Come join us for this special day!

Sunday, September 17, 2017, Noon at Mitchell Park: Picnic Lunch and Vision Boards. Jenna will lead the group in creating our own vision boards. Rarely do we take the time and opportunity to dream and envision our own hopes and dreams. Vision boards help remind us what gives us meaning. Come and relax and envision with us!

Monday, October 9, 2017, 7:00 PM: Beginning Tai Chi Workshop led by Don Houston. Don Houston is a friend of Sekayi Edwards' and leads Tai Chi every Sunday morning in San Francisco. By profession, Don is an architect but has a deep spirituality rooted in his many life experiences. Don currently work for Mission College in Santa Clara. Don will lead us in a beginner’s session and share with us the concepts and constructs of Tai Chi as a practice and philosophy. Dinner snacks will be provided.

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 5:00 PM: “Psychic Healers” - led by Adelina Tancioco. Adelina has led an OM workshop in the past. This session will focus on her recent revelations and learnings from her trip to the Philippines. Come join us for this interesting workshop from a spiritual healer. 

December - OM take a break but we’re wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday season.

 Director of the Om group, jenna yamaguma

Director of the Om group, jenna yamaguma

Director of the OM Group: Jenna Yamaguma

Jenna Yamaguma was one of the founding members of the Open Minds (OM) group, which was established in late 2013. While Jenna grew up attending church, she always had an interest in expanding her spirituality to a level that is not necessarily covered in traditional church settings. Luckily, Reverend Roger Morimoto of Aldersgate United Methodist Church had an idea that would support her spiritual interests. Jenna had the opportunity to work alongside Roger and others to create the OM group, a unique and safe space for young adults to explore various topics that typically challenge traditional belief systems. With the idea that the present "young adult" generation is moving towards new and different ways of thinking about life, the OM group allows curiosity and exploration to ensue, and oftentimes encourages members to step outside their comfort zones. Jenna hopes to continue to expand the OM group community to those who are interested in broadening their lens of the world.