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Sunday Gathering

April 7 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us!

We gather in person every Sunday at Central Park Place. We would love for you to join us.
All events held in the Mackinaw Ballroom in Central Park Place (421 Columbus Ave., GH)

Sunday’s Schedule:

9am Pre-Talk: 
Meet the morning’s teacher in a small group setting for an open discussion of the morning’s theme
10am Gathering:
Welcome, readings, meditation from a community member, teaching, and music
11am Talk Back: 
A chance to share questions, comments and stories related to the morning gathering
C3 Kids: 
Each week we provide a safe and welcoming environment for kids starting at 10am. If you are looking for a Sunday morning experience for your kids that includes C3 Values, creative activities, toys, books, games and outdoor fun (when weather permits), we are here to make it happen! Miss Mary is happy to be spending time with your kids!

Sunday’s Program and Reading

Sunday, April 7, 2024 Damage Done, Damage Undone

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Teacher: Jack Ridl is the author or editor of 14 works of literature. His collections have been named Best Poetry Collection by Foreword Review and The Society of Midland Authors; and he has been nominated 17 times for the Pushcart Prize. Named Michigan Professor of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation, more than 90 of his students have earned their MFA and more than 100 are published, several having won first book awards.


Musicians: Ruth and Max Bloomquist need no introduction to the C3 family; they have been playing at C3 Gatherings for years, and they have been playing music together since 1975! They are “…veritable folk music legends in Michigan, captivating audiences with their songs, their harmonies and their folk-infused charm.” (John Sinkevics)

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Music: Ruth and Max Bloomquist

Gathering Host: Beth Buelow

Music: Ruth and Max Bloomquist

Meditation: Andy Cawthon

Moment of Silence

Reading/Teaching: Jack Ridl


The chickadees would take a seed, fly into the branches of the hemlocks surrounding the house and batter to get to the meat. Time and time again they returned. Peter tried to count then wondered why, stopped and thought about what to plant in the pots, where he would place them within the striped grass that made a nest for the house to sit within. He liked thinking he had nested. He liked thinking everything here could be taken away. He had cosmos, impatiens—no perennials until bloom and loss became a ritual, sacred. There was a breeze. There was the tea. And then there was a goldfinch, just one, at the thistle feeder, its startle of yellow and black seamless within its feathers. Peter watched as it took the seed, sat above him. He watched as the bird flew to the feeder, flew back to the same branch. St. Peter and the goldfinch here in the day’s beginning. He could not bow his head. He knew joy’s coupled sorrow. He knew that this was time. He knew what the earth knew.

—Jack Ridl,  Excerpt from Saint Peter and the Goldfinch


Music: Ruth and Max Bloomquist

Gathering Host: Beth Buelow

Music: Ruth and Max Bloomquist


Talk Back
Small Bites and Coffee Served after Gathering
Talk Back
Talk Back


April 7
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


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Central Park Place, Mackinaw Ballroom
421 Columbus Ave
Grand Haven, MI 49417 United States
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(616) 842-1985
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