March 9 “The Deep Well of Human Need” Rev. Thea Nietfeld

READING - two readings from the Wedding Book I give couples when we develop their one-of-a-kind ceremony from Introduction to Marriage Vows: The vows you are about to say to one another belong entirely to you. The words I speak have no magical powers, and nothing that I or anyone

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Feb. 2nd Salina – Mystery and Meaning (presented as Look For…)

READING: from Jim Holt's Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story (p. 277-9) This excerpt is from the epilogue, (which might also stand-in as prologue) of the book: “After the party (French philosopher Claude Levi-Strauss's 90th birthday), I leave the College de France and go out into

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February 9 To Love and to Share

Paul Sprecher We light this chalice for the web of life which sustains us, For the sacred circle of life in which we have our being, For the Earth, the Sky, Above and Below, and For our Mother Earth, and for the Mystery. PRAYER (Written at Blue Deer Center, during Ancient Wisdom Rising, August 2013)   May I

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January 26 Evolving Ourselves

"Goodness is not a doctrine or principle. It is a way of living." Phillip Hallie Ethicist Phillip Hallie, who died in 1994, tells the story of Julius Schmaling, the major of the German army whose responsibility it was to keep the French region around LeChabon free of

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January 12 – Mandela’s Walk and Our Own

Opening Words/Chalice Lighting Nelson Mandela died on December 5 and this coming King Holiday is a great time to remember him. Nadine Gordimer is a Nobel-prize-winning (1991) South African novelist. This is some of what she wrote from Johannesburg on Dec. 6.: “How to conceive of a South Africa-no,

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November 10, 2013 Community Spirit

READING Is there any value in New Age thinking? Transformation Website Michel Bauwens 7 October 2013 , Is a Belgian national living in Thailand and developing P2P or Peer to Peer processes that follow nature's model of interdependence rather than a human command and control or hierarchically-controlled model of relationships of

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October 27, 2013 “The Possibilities of Yes”

I found myself on the “heathcare.gov” website the other day, completing endless security and personal information questions on my way to the health marketplace, where I hope to be able to find affordable health care insurance: the Affordable Care Act is in action. When each identity question was confirmed

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October 13 Our Never Ending Story

READING (At the Crossroads, Waging Nonviolence) This is from nonviolence writer Ken Butigan's blog of May 12, 2012 in honor of christian theologian Walter Wink who died that week. Wink’s universal insights... emerged out of his patient exhumation of the often suppressed nonviolence of Jesus. By

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September 8 “Salvation and Being Right”

READING: Excerpts from The spirituality of Imperfection by Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham “Spirituality begins with the acceptance that our fractured being, our imperfection, simply is: There is no one to 'blame' for our errors-- neither ourselves nor anyone nor anything else. Spirituality helps us first to see, and then to

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September 22 Restorative Justice

Chalice Lighting – With people from all over the world, we light our chalice for the possibilities of transforming ourselves and our systems so that harm can be repaired without using force or violence. Social oppression, crime, and lesser aggressions cause hurt; when we have been hurt we have

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