Lectures and Films

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Holiday Celebration & Film

December 6, 2019 7-9 PM BC3 Boulder Center for Conscious Community, 1637 28th St

Music, storytelling and a short little film, The Danish Poet

Join us for refreshments, food and old-fashion simplicity to bring depth and relief from the commercial focus of the holiday season.


Heroes, Heras and Dorothy’s Epic Journey to Oz: The Path of Individuation

November 1, 2019 7-9 PM First Congregational Church, 1128 Pine St.

Lecture & Discussion by Sharon L. Coggan, Ph.D.    Free for members/ $15 non-members  

This presentation is centered around Jung’s concept of “Individuation,” also sometimes called “Soul Evolution.” The corresponding mythic term for this process is known as “The Hero’s Journey.” We will address this concept, note the parallels to it in alchemy, the differences between the masculine and feminine models of the journey (Hero and Hera) and unpack the symbolism in some of the mythic versions of the tale. Remember that in the story of Dorothy’s journey to Oz, we find out in the end that this was all a dream! So we will be doing dream analysis of this epic, grand Big Dream as well.

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Once and Future Christ: Jung and the Future of Christianity

 October 4, 2019 7-9 PM First Congregational Church, 1128 Pine St.

Lecture & Discussion by Bob Bongiovanni    Free for members/ $15 non-members

Carl Jung was ambivalent about Christianity.  On the one hand, he recognized that, for some people, Christianity mediates a sustained and energy-giving contact with the unconscious. However, the capacity of Christianity to perform this mediation has been in decline, largely due to a long series of missteps and betrayals by Christian theologians and other church leaders. For Christianity to survive and evolve, Jung felt it needed to seek wholeness by evoking three long-repressed aspects of the godhead:  the feminine, matter, and shadow.  In the sixty years since Jung made these observations, there is some evidence that Christianity is rising to this challenge, particularly through the voices of Feminist and Queer theologians, but resistance has been fierce. It remains to be seen if this movement will be sufficient to keep Christianity alive and relevant in the 21st century and beyond.


Dark Gold: The Human Shadow and The Global Crisis

September 6, 2019 7-9 PM First Congregational Church, 1128 Pine St.

Lecture & Discussion by Carolyn Baker, Ph.D.    Free for members/ $15 non-members

Shadow is a necessary first step in both individual and collective healing. It emphasizes and elaborates on the abundant emotional and spiritual treasures that invariably issue from shadow exploration and transformation. Dark Gold challenges us to become courageous enough to be accountable and compassionate enough to love ourselves and the earth community fiercely, even when we feel it will make no difference.


It's Not Trump, It's the Titans

April 5, 2019 7-9 PM Community United Church of Christ,2650 Table Mesa Dr.

Lecture & Discussion by Dr. Mitchell Peritz    Free for members/ $15 non-members

The election of Trump directs the collective's attention to the person, and the negatively polarizing figure he presents. By focusing that attention on the individual we forgo the archetypal backdrop--the myth of the Titans---that has provided the fertile ground for his ascendancy and the waters we unconsciously bathe in daily. A greater understanding of the Titans' presence and their affects clues us into today's current social climate of heightened uncertainty, trepidations, and 'normalization' of the unacceptable. And buried within the myth is a glimpse of the shifting future.


The Alchemical Yellow in Dreams & Images

Friday, March 1, 2019 7-9 PM at Community United Church of Christ,2650 Table Mesa Dr.

Lecture and Discussion by Nancy Ortenberg Free for members/ $15 non-members

An early 16th century alchemist said, “The yellow dawn is the end of night, and beginning of day, and a mother of the sun.” To these medieval alchemists, color represented the phases of the long process of making gold - a metaphor for the individuation process and the changing nature of consciousness.  The yellow, or citrinitas, is a transition or bridge, coming after the blackness of depression and chaos give way to the white of reflective consciousness and calmness.

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Introduction to Alchemy

 Friday, February 1, 2019 7-9 PM at Community United Church of Christ,2650 Table Mesa Drive               Lecture & Discussion by Stephen Foster     Free for members/ $15 non-members

This presentation gives an overview of the basic psychological concepts in C.G. Jung’s approach to Alchemy. It identifies the stages of the process, the substances that react together and the transformation processes that are metaphors for the difficult changes required in therapeutic work, such as mortificatio or death (i.e., a psychological representation of ego death or letting go), putrefactio or decay and purification (i.e., a psychological representation of psychic breakdown) or coagulatio or coagulation (i.e., a psychological represent a coalescing of the ego).  Images from Jung’s alchemical writing are used as metaphors to illuminate present-day psychotherapeutic practice.

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Film and Discussion $10 / $15 a couple

Saturday, January, 2019 1:15-4 PM at BC3 1637 28th St, Boulder

Documentary on the famous Swiss psychoanalyst, Carl Gustav Jung, featuring interviews with those who knew him and archive footage of Jung. ... Carl Gustav Jung, Marie-Louise von Franz, Barbara Hannah.


The Lumen Naturae: Let There Be Light!      

Friday, May 4th 7-9 PM at Community United Church of Christ, 2650 Table Mesa Drive               Lecture & Discussion by John Todd     Free for members/ $15 non-members    

Jung was fond of Paracelsus’ term the Lumen Naturae which means “light of nature”. This light or wisdom is revealed to us via dreams and other manifestations of the unconscious. This lecture will focus on the ego’s relationship to Nature, the unconscious, and images that reflect this relationship such as plants and animals in dreams.  The focus will be on the ego’s relationship with the unconscious, a fundamental concept in Jungian theory.

Saturday, April 7th 9:30-1:30 PM

First Congregational Church, 1128 Pine St.             $45 members/ $60 non-members Facilitated by Jerry Ruhl Ph.D.

It is an audacious notion in this age of science and willful determination that one’s existence is somehow inspired, guided, and even managed by unseen forces outside our control. Whether called fate, synchronicity, or the hand of God, slender threads are at work bringing coherence and continuity to our lives. Over time they weave a remarkable tapestry. Dr. Ruhl considers the role of synchronicity as well as rational planning in shaping contemporary life. What are these slender threads? Being in a particular place at just the right time, meeting someone who steers you in an unforeseen direction, the unexpected appearance of work, money or inspiration. Such patterns give meaning to our experiences. In one-dimensional awareness we leave out of everyday consciousness two essential things: 1) Amazing beauty and, 2) a very deep thing, our identity with the total process of being. 



Slender Threads: Invisible Patterns that Shape and Guide Our Lives


The Power of Sacred Story in the Life of the Soul

Friday, March 2nd 7-9 PM at Community United Church of Christ,2650 Table Mesa Drive               Free for members/ $15 non-members

Speakers: Betsy Hall: Story as Initiatory Rite for Therapists in Training; Nancy Ortenberg: Story Born of Psyche’s Transcendent Images in the Sandtray; Lee Voll: Story as Container, Company, and Guide for Scary Transitions

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Movie viewing & discussion facilitated by Jim Palmer

Saturday, February 17th: 2-4 PM at BC3  Movies $10/ $15/pair

This sweet film showed the compassion of different cultures. The power of sisterhood and friendship help create a tone of care for this movie. In a small Danish village two young sisters grow up under the power of their father and local minister. As they age and their father dies they hire a young woman to be their servant. Her refugee status makes her agree to help these women with whatever they want. Through the film Babett cooks and cleans for the women, but they never let her explore her French culture. When Babett wins the lottery and is able to return to her home in France, she cooks one last meal for the ladies. Her fanciful French cooking is not what these women are used to and by allowing them to try a new culture, they realize how locked away they have been.

Viewing and Discussion facilitated by Martha Harrell and Susan Roberts Movies $10/ $15/pair

Viewing and Discussion facilitated by Martha Harrell and Susan Roberts Movies $10/ $15/pair

James Hillman: Active Imagination

January 13th   Saturday 2-4 PM at  BC3 1637 28th St, Boulder 

The emergence of C.G. Jung’s Red Book from years of storage in a Swiss vault has re-kindled interest in active imagination. This method of self-exploration involves actively engaging one’s own imagination in dialogue, through writing, art, or the spoken word. In this DVD, James Hillman —noted author, psychologist, and the first Director of Studies at the Jung Institute in Zurich — introduces the method and delves deeply into the therapeutic value it offers in an increasingly noisy and demanding world.

Lecture by Jerry M. Ruhl, Ph.D.

Lecture by Jerry M. Ruhl, Ph.D.

Return of the Light:  Depth Psychology Celebrates the Holidays

December 1st 7 PM at BC3 1637 28th St. Boulder

Join the Boulder Friends of Jung community for a multi-faceted alternative program with live Celtic music, meaningful ritual, a brief history of worldwide solstice celebrations, and a presentation by Boulder author and psychologist Jerry Ruhl Ph.D. featuring tips for maintaining healthy family boundaries and resisting social pressure to over-consume and compulsively spend.

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Jerry M. Ruhl, Ph.D.

The Wisdom of Uncertainty

Friday, October 6th   7 – 9 PM

Free to Members         Non-members $15.00

Community United Church of Christ,2650 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, CO 80305

“To this day, ‘God’ is the name by which I designate all things which cross my willful path violently and recklessly, all things which upset my subjective views, plans and intentions, and change the course of my life for better or for worse.” — C. G. Jung

“The great problem of our time is that we don’t understand what is happening to the world … Our values are shifting,  everything loses its certainty … Who is the awe-inspiring guest who knocks at our door portentously?”   –C.G. Jung, Letters, II, p. 590

What does it mean to be human in a chaotic world?  How are we to cope? There are times, personally and collectively, in which we fall back into chaotic states: of anger, fear, confusion, ignorance, meaninglessness. In moments of chaotic breakdown familiar and cherished positions become unraveled.  This lecture explores mythic and psychological patterns to help guide us through uncertain and anxious times.

Jerry M. Ruhl, Ph.D. is a psychologist, teacher, and author living in Longmont, CO.  He maintains a psychotherapy practice in Boulder and lectures nationally.  He served for six years as Executive Director of The Jung Center in Houston. Dr. Ruhl is the co-author with Robert A. Johnson of three books:  Living Your Unlived Life, Contentment: A Way to True Happiness, and, Balancing Heaven and Earth

Patti Gassaway

Patti Gassaway

Revelations from The Freud/Jung Letters 

Friday, November 3rd   7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.               Free for Members         Non-members $15.00

Community United Church of Christ, 2650 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, CO 80305

 If you’ve wondered about the relationship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, here’s an opportunity to learn more about it.  The 1906-1913 correspondence between Jung and Freud highlights their personalities, revealing their blossoming friendship and its eventual disintegration. A panel of artists will read excerpts aloud from these letters that explore the relationship between these two historic figures in psychology as well as other themes, including their comments about Sabina Spielrein, who was a patient of Jung’s, then an intimate friend, and later a colleague. Come listen and draw your own conclusions.

Patti Gassaway has made creativity an important part of her life since she was a child. She has been a member of an international artists’ support group for 30 years. Patti writes and performs her own work, the most recent being “Secrets,” a two-act, one woman play performed at e-Town Hall in Boulder.  Since an artist friend introduced her to Carl Jung by loaning her Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Patti has been intrigued by Jungian psychology.