The New Spiritual Exercises
Nov
8
10:00 AM10:00

The New Spiritual Exercises

We have been delving into the writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and finding that we agree with John Philip Newell that Teilhard teaches Celtic Consciousness. We have been immersed in the wonders of divine love all around us. Here is something you can try to experience:

Spiritual Practice: The Luminous World

In order to discover and frequently exercise your new eyes to discern the fire or luminosity within things, start small. Chose one living thing, such as a flower, a bug, a pet, or a baby, and with your imagination picture a kind of glow or luminousness surrounding and penetrating the object of your contemplation. Stay with it for a few minutes, focusing ing not on the external beauty or complexity of the object but upon the glow surrounding and penetrating it, as if that were its source of life and existence. Once you learn to do this, the glow or luminosity will develop a life of its own. Then you can move on to another object of contemplation to witness its glowing luminosity. From time to time, say a word of thanks to this benevolent God who is constantly revealing God's self to you everywhere in creation." - Louis M. Savary. Teilhard De Chardin-The Divine Milieu Explained: A Spirituality for the 21st Century (Kindle Locations 304-305). Kindle Edition. 

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Psalms for Beginners
Nov
7
10:00 AM10:00

Psalms for Beginners

If you want to participate in a devotional reading group, join our Facebook group and  read through the Psalms. 

“The Psalms especially use the language of earth, water, fire, and wind to describe God, to give insight into the multiplicity of God’s qualities, and to celebrate a God who can be found within the matrix of creation.” --- Christine Valters Paintner, PhD Water, Wind, Earth, & Fire: The Practice of Praying with the Elements They also contain the whole range of human emotions. 

We are beginning our 150 day  trek on Tuesday, November 7th. Sign up today. 

A Brief Introduction to the Psalms

As important as the Book of the Psalms is to Jewish and Christian spirituality, scholars continue to debate on the exact nature of the Psalms.  Some consider it a Jewish liturgical (worship) handbook containing prayers, chants, and hymns used in the Temple in Jerusalem.  Others consider it more of a compilation of personal devotions.  In fact, we no longer know whether the Book of the Psalms was an official “publication” used in the Temple or more of a devotional tract.  It is possible that the use of the Psalms changed over time, starting out as being closely connected to the Temple and official state religion and gradually becoming more a book used for personal devotions.

There has also been an ongoing debate over the authorship of the psalms contained in the book.  Tradition and contemporary conservative biblical scholars consider King David to be the author of most of them, but modern mainline scholarship claims that we simply do not know who wrote them.  They note, for example, that the heading “A Psalm of David” attached to many of the psalms could just as correctly be translated as, “A Psalm for David,” meaning a psalm dedicated to a king of the House of David.  By the same token, it is no longer possible to unearth the original dates and circumstances of the individual psalms in the book.  James L. Kugel observes, “In short, the great chronological and geographical span indicated by the Psalms’ language ruled out a single author or even a single period: the Psalms were written in different places and over a long span of time.” [Kugel, 462]

Apparently, the Book of the Psalms that we have today was created out of several older collections of psalms that came from a variety of sources.  Those older collections were themselves assembled out of still smaller collections.  As best we can tell today, the whole process of putting the present Book of Palms together was centuries’ long and carried out by an unknown but probably large number of editors (a.k.a. “redactors”).  Given all of this, the historical context of individual psalms is impossible to recover, and what we have for better or for worse is a blend of diverse time periods, theologies, and concerns.  Whatever their connection to the Temple in Jerusalem, the psalms reflected both the individual voices of their original authors and the blending of those voices by later editors who shaped them for more general use by the many worshippers who used them [Kugel, 464].

The Book of the Psalms divided into five sections:

  • Chapters 1 – 41
  • Chapters 42 – 72
  • Chapters 73 – 89
  • Chapters 90 – 106
  • Chapters 107 - 150

Each section ends with a doxology, and the whole book ends with a set of six doxologies, Psalms 145-150.

    The types of classifications of psalms in the Book of Psalms includes:

  • Hymns of praise
  • Enthronement psalms, which emphasize God’s royal rule
  • Royal psalms, which celebrate the kings of Israel in their relationship to God
  • Prayers in times of trouble including laments of various kinds
  • Songs of thanksgiving to God
  • Wisdom psalms, which provide counsel concerning the problems of life
  • Liturgies
  • Affirmations of faith

In the 21st century, the Psalms continues is used in a variety of ways including as a source for hymns, prayers, and responsive readings in worship as well as the starting point for personal devotions.  In this guide, we are primarily concerned with the devotional and personal spirituality uses of the Psalms.  The fact is that we know so little about their origins and original uses that we have the freedom to treat them in a modern way, seeking to hear the way God speaks through them to us in our day.

Bibliography

Brueggemann, Walter.  Introduction to the Old Testament.  Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003.

Brueggemann, Walter.  The Message of the Psalms.  Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1984.

Hempel, J.  “Psalms, Book of.”  The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible.  Vol. III, 942-958.  New York: Abingdon Press, 1962.

Kugel, James L.  How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now.  New York: Free Press, 2007.

Mays, James L.  Psalms.  Louisville: John Knox Press, 1994.

Rhodes, Arnold B.  The Book of the Psalms.  Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1960.

Weiser, Arthur.  The Psalms: A Commentary. Trans. by Herbert Hartwell.  Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1962.

Wilson, Gerald H.  “The Shape of the Book of Psalms.”  Interpretation 46, 2 (April 1992): 129-142

 

 

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Vigil for the Earth
Sep
22
4:02 PM16:02

Vigil for the Earth

The Autumnal Equinox is 4:02 p.m. on September 22nd and you are invited to pray for the earth and all of us.  We aren't really having a equal day for light and dark because of our atmosphere, but the sun will go in a straight line from east to west. Here are some readings and prayers for celebrating the day and the earth.

In the Forest

On the soft carpet of the forest
to go on velvet footsteps
to sit at your feet
in the dappled sunlight, in silence
Far from the sounds of humans
To listen to the rustling of your leaves…
And to caress alternatively
With my hand and my look…
In a soft voice I call you
Using your magical names:
White-oak,. Forest-aspen.
Maple. Hornbeam.
Black-alder. Willow. White Birch.
My thousand mute friends.
Anjela Duval (16) From the Celtic Reader

Prayer:

As the light of dawn awakens earth’s creatures
and stirs into song the birds of the morning
so may I be brought to life this day. 
Rising to see the light
to hear the wind
to smell the fragrance of what grows from the ground
to taste its fruit
and touch its textures
so may my inner sense be awakened to you
so may may senses be awakened to you, O God. - John Philip Newell Celtic Benediction

TED TALK - There is a Ted Talk called "A dance to honor Mother Earth" by Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, you may enjoy watching. 

For the month of September you can convenient to buy local or organic food. 

You can write a letter to your local or state government about the need for sustainable ecological practices.  

Here Are Pope Francis' Two Prayers on Climate Change
Ryan Teague Beckwith
Jun 18, 2015
Pope Francis released an encyclical Thursday which calls for action to curb climate change, which he says is caused by human activities.
In the papal letter, named Laudato Si’ or “Praise Be to You,” the pope includes two prayers on the issue—one for believers of all kinds and one specifically for Christians.
Here are the text of those prayers:
At the conclusion of this lengthy reflection which has been both joyful and troubling, I propose that we offer two prayers. The first we can share with all who believe in a God who is the all-powerful Creator, while in the other we Christians ask for inspiration to take up the commitment to creation set before us by the Gospel of Jesus.
A prayer for our earth
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.
A Christian prayer in union with creation
Father, we praise you with all your creatures.
They came forth from your all-powerful hand;
they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love. Praise be to you!
Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother, you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world with human eyes. Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!
Holy Spirit, by your light
you guide this world towards the Father’s love and accompany creation as it groans in travail. You also dwell in our hearts
and you inspire us to do what is good.
Praise be to you!
Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love, teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined to everything that is.
God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak, and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light, help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!
Amen.

From Abbey of the Arts

"The autumn equinox is a time when the sun rests above the equator, and day and night are divided equally. It heralds a season filled with change, celebrates the harvest, and ushers in the brilliant beauty of death. Autumn is a season of transition, of continual movement."  --- Christine Valters Paintner, PhD  A Community Online Retreat ~ Sacred Seasons: A Yearlong Journey through the Celtic Wheel of the Year

In this season of change, what changes are you being called to make? Where are the thresholds you are being called to move towards?

 

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Sep
16
1:00 PM13:00

Nature Journaling - The Next Page

Last September was our first venture into nature journaling. We drew, observed and practiced silence and presence. We learned that journaling was another excuse to be outside, to be in nature because we find our place in creation.

You are invited into the experience again this year, to write what is on the next page of your heart. On Saturday, September 16 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.. at The Barn, in Woodgate. Pre-register by contacting Naomi. A wholesome snack will be provided.

Suggested donation $10-15 as you are able 

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Second Sunday Sacred Walk
Sep
10
1:00 PM13:00

Second Sunday Sacred Walk

This month our Sacred Walk will be to Cascade Lake. If you can't be present for the walk, walk in a place near you.

The reading for the month is a blessing by Jan L. Richardson from her book The Sanctuary of Women

"That you will learn to look

and not to look.

That you will focus your attention

and let your focus fade.

That you will give everything to see,

then give it up

finally to be surprised

by the treasure at your feet."

 

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Sacred Walks
Aug
27
1:00 PM13:00

Sacred Walks

Beginning Sunday,August  27 at 1:00 p.m. you are invited to a sacred walk up Maple Ridge. We will meet on the TOBIE Trail behind the school and walk up the hill rain or shine. Dress for the weather and the bugs.

What is a Sacred Walk?

It is a gathering of friends who meet and walk in silence.

You will be given a short verse to ponder as you walk.

At the top we will have time for reflection.

Then, descend back to our homes in silence. 

Each Sunday we will have an opportunity for other sacred walks around the area. Watch for details to come.

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Essential Oils Class
Aug
24
6:00 PM18:00

Essential Oils Class

You are invited to learn more about the uses and versatility of pure, therapeutic grade essential oils on Thursday, August 24th at 6:00 p.m. at 182 Garmon Ave. Sue Castilla, Certified Holistic Health Coach, and doTERRA representative, will lead this class, and answer your questions. Please Contact Naomi Kelly naomikelly58@gmail.com  if you’d like to attend.  

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Making Kokodama Balls
Jun
3
10:00 AM10:00

Making Kokodama Balls

"Kokodama" is a Jananese variant of Bonsai, in which creative gardeners transform houseplants into dangling sculptural objects. We will be creating our own having plants with moss and herbs. Star Livingstone will provide the herbs.

A wholesome lunch will be provided.

Donations appreciated

Register by contacting naomikelly58@gmail.com 

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Foraging
May
13
10:00 AM10:00

Foraging

Which plants are weeds and which are good to eat? In early spring, many plants start and we just pluck them out as weeds because we don't know what they are. Come and learn about the edible plants all around us as we forage for lunch.

Register by contacting naomikelly58@gmail.com 

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Journaling as Prayer
Feb
25
10:00 AM10:00

Journaling as Prayer

  • Westminster Moriah Olivet Presbyterian Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Whether you keep a daily journal, only journal now and then or never pick up a pen, you'll find that holy conversation through journaling can be an illuminating experience. Through guided exercises, dialogue, and quite time we will listen to that still small voice. This class will  be led by Star Livingstone, author, poet and farmer. 

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The Mystic Heart Facebook and On line discussion
Feb
16
to Mar 23

The Mystic Heart Facebook and On line discussion

The Mystic Heart by Brother Wayne Teasdale will be led by Rev. Dr. John Wilde (see www.abundancetrek.com)

WEAVING HOME/ABUNDANCE TREK
presents a book study of The Mystic Heart by Wayne Teasdale, beginning on Thursday, February 16 until Thursday April 6th. You can join this discussion by joining our Facebook group, or by email. Please contact Naomi to register. naomikelly58@gmail.com 

“Humanity stands at a crossroads between horror and hope. In choosing hope, we must seed a new consciousness, a radically fresh approach to life drawing its inspiration from perennial spiritual and moral insights, intuition and experience. We call this new awareness interspiritual, implying not the homogenization of religion, but the recovering of the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.” -- Brother Wayne Teasdale in The Mystic Heart

Rev. Dr. John Wilde will lead this discussion on themes of spirituality, interspirituality, mysticism and more. ”Many spiritual seekers, both exalted and unknown, have crossed over to other traditions while remaining firmly within their own." —The Mystic Heart, p 31

More quotes by Wayne Teasdale:
    •    "To be spiritual means essentially to take responsibility for our inner journey."
    •    "We are created for the spiritual journey."
    •    "Every one of us is a mystic."
    •    "The more interdependent we are, the more we will safeguard the system of the universal society."
    •    " ... most Christian churches barely mention the mystical life, keeping the focus of prayer on the level of worship and devotion.”

Join us on the journey. 

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Book Discussion Group.
Feb
9
8:00 AM08:00

Book Discussion Group.

You are invited to be a part of discussing John  Philip Newell's book "The Rebirthing of God - Christianity's Struggle for New Beginnings."   On Thursday, February 9 at Walt's Diner in Old Forge. 

“The walls of Western Christianity are collapsing in many parts of the West that collapse can only described as seismic…There are three main responses or reactions to this collapse. The first is to deny that it is happening. The second is to frantically try to shore up the foundations for the old thing. The third, which I invite us into, is to ask what is trying to be born that requires a radical reorientation of our vision. What is the new thing that is trying to emerge from deep within us and from deep within the collective soul of Christianity?” - From the Introduction 

 

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