Good News, 08.07.2013

Friends:

Nothing is more practical than finding God,
than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination,
will affect everything.

It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart, and
what amazes you with joy and gratitude.

Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.”

(Fr. Pedro Arrupe, former Superior General of the Jesuit Order)

This Sunday we will have the Blessing and Sendoff of our Nicaraguan Delegation:  Libby, Gary and John.  Forum will present a 12 minute video about Nicaragua from the film Harvest of Empire.  It will be shown in the Youth Room.  Thank you for all of your donations.  Keep Laurel Galan, Amanda and Memo in your prayers.

“Sing Out!”– our Jazz at Peace Theme Song:   Jazz singer Clairdee and pianist/composer Ken French would like to reproduce this song with a full Community Chorus.  Youth from our Korean Pacific Choir, members of the Jazz at Peace crowd, and  all interested youth and adults from Peace and Beth Chaim are invited to participate.  Next Monday, August 12th a rehearsal is happening  at 7:30 pm. It’s an evening to get acquainted, learn the music and  enjoy the spirit of the music.  Come observe or join in the choir.  Then in early September (date to be decided) Ken and Clairdee will bring in the rest of the band, a sound engineer for the recording of this song and our own Brenda Bos (former Peace Seminarian) for the filming of the performance.  It will be a great addition to our new website.

PS:  Brenda has just completed her Internship at St. Paul’s in Santa Monica.  She will be awaiting a Call in Southern California.  She sends her greetings to everyone.

On August 18 Amar and Sybomar Khalsa, long-time friends from the Sikh Community, will be our music leaders for the day.  You can expect a variety of chants in English and Sanskrit.  Invite others to join you.

August 25: In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington/I Have a Dream our worship will focus on racism and its dismantling.  Our Forum Presenter will be Mark Goodwin, a recent Seminary Graduate (and friend of John’s) whose thesis addresses the spiritual crisis caused by the mass incarceration of people of color in our country.

PS: View or Review the movie “Lincoln” in preparation for worship on the 25th.

Keep in your prayers:  Uncle Jack – 100 year old relative of Gen Estenson who got to celebrate Gen’s 90th Birthday, Mackenzie Dobson who is in India, our Nicaraguan Delegation, Ari, and Elizabeth Wetherell on the death of her husband Rev. Paul Schulze.

Our thanks to Pr. Ruth Lesher and Seminarian John Brett for the worship leadership during July.

God is your being, and who you are, you are in God.” (The Cloud of Unknowing)

Blessings,  Pr. Steve