CONCORDIA CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING
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CONCORDIA CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING
CSL THEME JULY 9, 2017: From Racism to Gracism
Concordia Service Title: We Are One
Lesson By: Rev Betty Kornitzer
2017 Values Based Spiritual Living
“We stand together in a shared commitment and devotion to our spiritual principles, practices, and values.”
JULY: OPEN COMMUNICATION
We communicate openly with each other in an atmosphere of collaboration and inclusion
Grace: Surrender of the sense of separation does not mean extinction of the individual. It means divine action (grace) flowing freely without the conflict of self-will. Rev. Ellen Grace O’Brian, in Week 5 “Surrendering to Grace” in Practical Mysticism Student Workbook p48
Grace: Jesus said, “empty yourself and I will fill thee” … this is the consciousness you want to embrace…. Possessed by an active, mystical purpose… you follow guidance, releasing your expectations of what the outcome will be … live with great faith.. continue devotion to inner work… Your surrender tells God that you are ready for experiences that few others would understand. P213 in Myss, Caroline, Entering the Castle Finding the Inner Path to God and your Soul’s Purpose.
Racism: …can not be fully explained as an expression of prejudice alone… a system involving cultural messages and institutional policies and practices as well as the beliefs and actions of individuals. Tatum, Beverly, “Defining Racism” in Adams, etal , Readings for Diversity and Social Justice 3rd Ed. (Routledge: New York ) 2013, page 60
We hope that you will join us on Sunday morning in sharing a celebration service of Joy, Love and Grace as we remember that We Are One.
SAVE THE DATE: our annual outdoor celebration service and community picnic is Sunday, August 20th at Canonicus in Exeter. Refer to details in Fellowship Hall
Abraham-Hicks Seminar IS CANCELLED on Sat, July 8, 1:30pm – 5:30pm
Abraham-Hicks Seminar IS RESCHEDULED for Wednesday August 9th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
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 meditation group continues to meet at Concordia in Fellowship Hall each Sunday night and continues until August 20th from 7:00 - 8:00 PM. A love offering will be graciously accepted. Meditation will focus on the silence of the 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 conversations series continue with our next one on July 16th at 11:15am with Bary Fleet
Some fun activities are: Abraham-Hicks seminar, creativity workshop, free your inner dancer and more. Refer to details at the information center
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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