Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Free Event: All Is Well 2 - March 29 Program

Stepping Stones Books and Gifts Presents a Free Seminar

All Is Well 2

more stories of guts and grace,
courage and compassion

Date:  Thursday March 29, 2012
Time:  7:00 pm
Center For Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa, 2075 Occidental Road

Dr. David Bruner will discuss how the All Is Well 2 book came to be and how it focuses on the concept of “change your mind, change your life.” It is the second in a series, highlighting 29 stories of people who have met challenges with guts and grace, courage and compassion. The questions that follow each story are thought provoking and gently expand the mind to new potentials and other possibilities.
Dr. Bruner has been a Science of Mind Minister for 16 years and became the Spiritual Director of the Center for Spiritual Living in San Jose in 2000.

David Bruner's irreverent sense of humor and “everyday kind of guy” style makes him adored by his congregation–that and his love of God, people, and animals, Harry Potter and a peculiar fondness for People magazine, Taco Doritos and great neckties.

Being raised with two brothers, seven sisters and one bathroom helped him master the art of effective communication at an early age. His peaceful childhood memories speak to the unending generosity of his parents, Kenneth and Dolores. He loves and adores every one of his siblings and their families—another testimony to his parents’ skill and grace. 

Formerly a supermarket checker and scan-coordinator at a Southern California supermarket, David practiced having a positive impact when working with people. He made it his mission to ....

bring happiness to others while standing in a check stand in a polyester apron and clip-on tie. The joy that came from helping others encouraged him to leave that union job to answer his true calling: ministry.   

David has left a mark of friendliness and service in each position he has occupied on his journey from practitioner, through ministerial school, to assistant minister in North Hollywood, to manager of growth, education and ministries for the denomination, and to Spiritual Director of the Center for Spiritual Living, San Jose. He came to the Center in 1999 to help the congregation identify its next spiritual director, and felt so at home that he applied for the position himself. He has enjoyed creating a welcoming environment there for 12 years. David received his Doctor of Divinity in 2009.

He is a compelling, charismatic speaker known and loved for his humor and his practical, uplifting approach to spirituality. One Sunday he is excitedly pursuing the path of forgiveness following a four-hour experience at the California DMV, the next week he is relaying his escapades in a trapeze class, He relates our day-to-day experiences to personal spiritual growth.  

David lives his ministry and walks the talk. He is always looking for ways to improve himself and, thus, help his congregants improve themselves. He is a visionary leader: creative, passionate, authentic, and above all, a people person.

His current growth edge is the conjugation of Spanish verbs without the use of translation software. He lives in Oakland with his partner and number-one hero, Mauricio Lopez.

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