Monday, September 26, 2016

Sunday Evening Services in October, 7 pm

October -- a month of cooler evenings, more colorful walks, and, on Sunday evenings, conversation about what we trust and what we're passionate about.

There are two special items in October's calendar -- first, there is NO service on Sunday, October 2. Our neighbors at Congregation Shomrei Torah are observing their high holidays at our center.

And, on the Fifth Sunday, we celebrate life with another group of spiritual songwriters, singing and talking about their art.  Join Wayne Haught, Christopher Fritzsche, Bodhi Setchko, Jamylle Carter, and Ali & Warren Mann in the Social Hall that evening. There will be more details soon.

Sunday Evening Services in October:
October 2                               NO SERVICE
October 9      "What Do I Trust?"                                                 Maggie Cole, RScP
October 16    "Trusting Ourselves and Taking Responsibility"        Maggie Cole, RScP
October 23    "What Are You Passionate About?"                         Rev. Tara Steele
October 30    "Spiritual Songwriters Sing"                                    Wayne Haught, RScP & Friends

Thursday, September 22, 2016

"Five Ways To Serve - What's Yours?" Sunday Evening, September 25, 7 pm

In this book, The Hope, Andrew Harvey identifies five ways to be in service to the world:

  • Service to the Divine.
  • Service to yourself as an instrument of the Divine.
  • Service to all sentient beings in your life.
  • Service to your local community.
  • Service to the global community.
Harvey suggests that these five forms are interlinked, "like the five fingers of your hand to stretch out and bless the world".  That is a lovely and powerful image.  For me it is also bit overwhelming to consider doing all of that.  At this Sunday evening's service, join me, Rev. Tara, as we explore starting from and loving where we are.

The service begins at 7 pm in Room 10.  All are welcome. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tikkun Olam - "Healing the World" Sunday evening service, September 18, 7 pm

Our various faith traditions share central themes like Oneness, the power of love, the grace of forgiveness.  How we bring those beliefs into our daily lives varies.  As we focus on sacred activism this month, Rabbi Ted Feldman from B'nai Israel Jewish Center joins us to talk about "tikkun olam", repairing the world.

All are welcome to this conversation within our Sunday evening service.  Rev. Tara will facilitate and invites your questions of Rabbi Ted as well as your observations on your own practices.  We begin at 7 pm, Room 10, North Wing, this Sunday, September 18.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

"Be Yourself -- That's Service" Sunday Evening, September 11, 2016,, 7 pm

This month we explore the meaning of sacred activism and its role in our lives.  On Sunday evening, September 11, Practitioner Maggie Cole reminds us that when we bring our authentic selves, we are in service to God and the world. 

Maggie will  facilitate an exercise that offers an insight into what this means to each of us.  All are welcome. The service begins at 7 pm in the North Wing, Room 10.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

What Is Sacred Activism, Sunday evening service, September 4, 2016, 7 pm

In September at our center, we affirm "a world where communities are meaningfully involved in service to the world."  This month's Sunday evening services explore this topic from several viewpoints.

On the first Sunday in September, Rev. Tara examines what sacred activism is and whether it has a place in our lives.  There's not a simple yes-no answer to this question.  Her thoughts will be based in part on the recommended book for the month, The Hope, A guide to Sacred Activism, by Andrew Harvey.

Come join in the conversation.  The Sunday evening service begins at 7 pm in Room 10, North Wing, at the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa.  All are welcome.

Monday, August 29, 2016

September 2016 - Sunday Evening Services 7 PM

Sacred actism - a reflection of our inner values

September's theme is "Service to the World".  On Sunday evenings in September, we'll look at what this means in Science of Mind as well as how another faith tradition, Judaism, integrates action in the world into their spiritual practice.  Here are our topics for the month -- we look forward to some lively and rich conversations.  Note that Rev. Tara's talks on September 4 and September 25 are based in part on Andrew Harvey's book, "The Hope - A Guide to Sacred Activism".

Services begin at 7 pm, Room 10, North Wing.  All are welcome..

Sep. 4 What is “sacred activism”? Rev. Tara Steele
Sep. 11 “Bringing our authentic selves to the world – that’s service.” Maggie Cole, RScP
Sep. 18 “Tikkun Olam – Repairing the World” An interfaith conversation with Rabbi Ted Feldman
Sep. 25
Five ways to serve – what’s yours?
Rev. Tara Steele

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Seeing Our Beauty, Sunday Evening, August 28, 7 pm

Maggie Cole and Michael Gott, in joy

“Do you know how beautiful you are? I think not, my dear, yet Hafiz could set you upon a stage and worship you forever”             Hafiz

The magnificent and glorious Rev. Dr. Michael Gott joins Practitioner Maggie Cole to bring a beautiful and awesome night of words,  music, joy and depth. It is not to be missed. They bring an atmosphere that is compelling.

Are you willing to see yourself, your whole self, as God sees you? There is an opportunity to do so in every moment. I invite you to take this moment to practice this liberating and transformative practice of realizing the beauty and wholeness that is here already, now, active and alive in each of us.