Good News, 09.30.2011

Friends:

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ~ Dalai Lama — and I think St. Francis would agree!

It will be a wonderful Sunday with our St. Francis Animal Blessing and Festival! Be sure to invite your friends to this day (Noon – 3:00 pm) which brings such joy and healing to so many furry, feathered and scaly friends as well as their two-legged admirers.  Rescue animals, pet adoptions possible – such an affirmation of all of God’s creatures!

This Sunday your Adult Education options are:  Bible 365 or “Christ was not a Christian” (Who is God, Part I) which meets in the Gathering Hall.  (After the Education Hour you are invited to the back of our property to participate in the annual St. Francis Scattering of the Sunflower Seeds!)

October 16 at 4:00 pm – Transforming our World View:  Integral Perspectives linking Body, Mind and Spirit. The Science and Religion Team invites you to a fascinating presentation by Dr. Marilyn Schlitz of IONS (the Institute of Noetic Sciences).   The Healing Prayer Team is co-sponsoring this event which aims to bridge the historical gap between rational, scientific examination and conscious, spiritually aware exploration.  Both require rigorous commitment to help create a  sustainable future.  Dr. Fran Geddes will also be present to introduce Dr. Schlitz and sign copies of his new book Contemplative Healing.  Please invite friends – skeptics, seekers, scientists, mystics – to this rare occasion.

The Taize Contemplative Prayer experience was a blessing to all present.  It will be offered on the 4th Friday of each month at 7:00 pm.

Phil and George send their greetings from Greece. It has been a trying time in Athens.  They are doing well in the midst.

The Jazz Church West begins its 7th Season on October 9 at 5:00 pm with the Erik Jekabson Quartet.  See the attached season flyer.

Our next Small and Tall Family Worship is planned for October 23 at 9:30 am.

Thoughtful Quote: I can’t remember who said it but, “There is no such thing in the US as a poor person, only temporarily frustrated millionaires.  In the land of opportunity, everybody ought to be able to strike it rich, eventually.”  Yet something has changed, and is continuing to change in the world.  Income inequality is indeed deepening, to the extent that the US is now next to Ghana in the rankings.  Not that I have anything against Ghana.  But it seems to me social unrest is created by poor people becoming poorer, not the other way around.  Rev. Brian Stein-Webber of the Interfaith Council

Blessings, Pr. Steve