CONCORDIA CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING
July 2, 2017
Lesson: Happy Birthday America, where I am still Free and allowed to be Divinely ME.
Lesson By: Rev Ian Taylor
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR: When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every city and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, protestants, and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last, Free at last, Great God a-mighty, we are free at last."
ERNEST HOLMES: We all wish to be free, but at the same time we should realize that liberty is not license. To say that we are free with the freedom of God does not mean that we are free to do that which contradicts the Divine nature. We are free only in that freedom that God is – the freedom to be alive, to enjoy living, to enter into the activities of everyday living with enthusiasm and interest. We are free to love and to be loved. We are free to give full and complete expression to every capacity we possess, provided this freedom harms no one and hurts no thing. This is freedom enough because if we were free to do that which is destructive we should ultimately destroy ourselves. And, in so doing, we would not only deny but would defame the nature of Divinity Itself. Therefore, we always pray, “Thy will be done,” but within this Will we know there is scope enough for self-expression – plenty of room to move around and express life to its fullest.
ERNEST HOLMES: If nature and life are one, if God is one -- and we know that God must be one, for the universe cannot be divided against itself -- then all is tied together into an indivisible unity. We shall have to get back to this unity to find the meaning of freedom. Nothing in any part of the cosmic whole could be considered as freedom which would destroy the liberty of some other part of it. That would be self-destruction, would it not? So we know that true liberty must spring from this great unity.
ERNEST HOLMES: The truth that makes us free, enabling us to claim our freedom, must of necessity be a truth that does not deny the Unity of Good. Our freedom cannot be at the expense of others.
Science of Mind Magazine: Hold your thought steadfast in the realization that God withholds nothing from you. Therefore, prepare yourself for a life of joy, love, happiness, and well-being. Believe in the divine freedom which is yours by birthright.
Science of Mind Magazine: Intellectual freedom and religious liberty are necessary to the unfolding soul. Whatever is true is free to all alike. We cannot cover the Infinite with a finite blanket. It refuses to be concealed. The universe has no pets and knows no privileged class.
Abraham-Hicks Seminar will be Sat, July 8, 1:30pm – 5:30pm
Teenage Spirituality is very vibrant at Concordia. Sponsor a Teen (or parts of a Teen) to go to this year CSL Summer Camp – many options are available – Obtain details at the Teens Information Center in Fellowship Hall.
OUR COFFEE HOUSE RETURNS ON JULY 29th at 7:30pm with Joanne Lurgio and our own Kim Trusty
Joan James will be hosting a mediation group at Concordia CSL, Fellowship Hall each Sunday nights from June 18 - August 20, 2017.
Meditation will focus on the silence conscious mind, allowing the inner self to speak, and the breath and heart to calm, relax, and guide. Guided imagery, breath, visualization, and walking meditations will all be experienced. All are welcome, no experience necessary. The time will be from 7-8 PM. A love offering will be graciously accepted.
The conversations series continue with our next one on July 16th at 11:15am with Bary Fleet
Our coffee house returns on JULY 29th at 7:30pm with Joanne Lurgio and our own Kim Trusty
SUMMER 2017 – CREATIVITY WORKSHOP
Energize your creativity in this introduction to international bestseller The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. This 4-week workshop is designed to re-ignite your creativity and reconnect you to your creative center within. You’ll learn the simple, basic tools of creative recovery, and practice creative activities during workshops as well as during the week on your own.
This workshop series is open to anyone interested in developing or enhancing a creative practice. The only requirements are an open heart and mind, a sense of play and adventure, and a willingness to let go of any expectations of yourself.
“Creativity requires faith. Faith requires that we relinquish control.” Julie Cameron
· Wednesdays, July 12, 19, 26 and August 2
· $75.00 for the entire workshop series (book not included)
· Book Required: The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron
(Available at Presence of Mind bookstore in Fellowship Hall or concordiacsl.com(from here, go to amazon)
· A journal or notebook is also necessary
Some other fun activities are: Abraham-Hicks seminar, creativity workshop, 5 steps to freedom: an introduction to spiritual mind treatment, free your inner dancer and others. Refer to details at the information center
ON GOING PROGRAMS
We are thrilled as we continue to offer a wide variety of spiritual, educational and social programs for all ages in our Community – Details are available at our Community Information Center, the upstairs Foyer, our weekly newsletter and from the persons referenced. You can subscribe to our weekly newsletter today at our Information Center.
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