New Name, New Website

Dear First Divine Science Church Family and Friends,

 It is with great pride that we introduce you to the next step in our journey as a community of seekers, teachers, healers, and peacemakers. To reflect our core Divine Science roots and to honor our passion for service and true spiritual growth, we have changed our name to the “Althea Center For Engaged Spirituality”.

 To learn more about this next step in our mission, please visit (and save) our new website and Facebook page. You will find all of our current and ongoing updates and information there.  We will no longer be updating this site.

 www.altheacenter.org

 www.facebook.com/altheacenterdenver

We look forward to your involvement and in sharing this amazing journey with you!

 

Week of April 27th, 2014

Jonathan Ellerby, PhD will be continuing and expanding on his topic of the previous week “What is Engaged Spirituality (Really)?” this Sunday, May 4th.  It is not necessary to have been at last Sunday’s service to enjoy and learn from this week’s further examination of the topic.  Please join us at 10:30 for what will be an interesting and provocative exploration.

Tuesday April 29, 12noon to 1pm

Spiritual Tools for Managing Stress, Building Energy, and Creating Life Balance

This short, powerful session will give you practical tools and perspectives for a happier, healiter life that is rooted in a sense of meaning and Spirit. This session is led by Jonathan Ellerby PhD, a wellness expert, and two time best-selleing author of Inspiration Deficit Disorder and Return to the Sacred.

Wednesday April 30th  **SPECIAL CLASS**,6:30 to 8:30

IF YOU COULD ASK ANYTHING: SPIRITUAL Q AND A

If you could ask any question about any topic relating to spirituality and consciousness, what would you ask? If you could learn more about any spiritual topic possible, what would you want to know more about? Our new director and lead minister has a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion, has studied spiritual healing systems and holistic psychology for over 20 years and has traveled, studied and experienced spiritual practices within more than 40 cultures around the globe. Join us for a very special, stimulating and surprising night of deep reflection and engaging wisdom. You will be able to ask questions anonymously and ALL questions will be answered! Don’t miss out.

Thursday May 1, 2:30 to 4pm

The Journey of Death and Dying

This is a further session exploring themes and topics relating to death, dying, and the human experience of each as care givers and spiritual seekers. No prior experience or sessions are required; this is an ongoing topic of exploration at Althea, hosted by our lead minister and director, Jonathan Ellerby, PhD.

 

PRIVATE SCREENING OF THE NEW DOCUMENTARY “SMOKIN’ FISH”

 

Monday April 28, 2014

6:30 Welcome

6:45 – 8:30 Showing of the film, followed by questions.

 Join the writer/director Cory Mann, along with our lead minister and community, for a special chance to watch this thought-provoking, heart-warming and funny documentary. Exploring many themes around Native identity, as well as the universal themes of family, spirituality, progress and finding our true home, this movie has already received critical acclaim and has been nominated for several awards. Join us and meet its creator and stay for questions and conversations afterwards.

Special Event…Circle Singing with Ben Silver, Wed 4/23

*SPECIAL EVENT*

Wednesday April 23, 2014,  6:30 to 9:00pm, Basement Theater      

CircleSinging with Ben Silver, New York

Optional $25 donation (give what you can, more or less)

Don’t miss this special workshop!! Innovated by the renowned musician Bobby McFarrin as a tool for community building, personal growth and the enjoyment of music. CircleSinging is a form of facilitated Vocal Improv which could be described as “a drum circle for singers” or “improvised choral music.” During the course of the ever-changing chant, the leader develops and gives parts to a circle of singers, which in turn supports individual solos. Both participating in and witnessing the creation of the music that emerges is an exhilarating and joyful experience.

Our Guest Facilitator is Ben Silver. Ben’s music slides through R&B, folk, funk, jazz, and more. He runs a monthly CircleSinging Series in NYC and has been performing, leading CircleSinging events, teaching Vocal Improvisation, ensemble skills and other singing workshops in various parts of New York State, the Mid-Atlantic, New England, California and the Pacific Northwest for over 25 years.

 

Classes for Week of April 28, 2014

Classes for the week of April 28 to May 3, 2014

April 28, Monday, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Private Screening of the NEW DOCUMENTARY “SMOKIN FISH”.  Join us and the writer/director of this newly released and critically acclaimed documentary about Native American life in Alaska; tradition vs. modernity and the search for home and identity. It’s compelling, moving and good fun!

April 29, Tuesday, 12:00 noon to 1:00pm

Spiritual Tools for Managing Stress, Building Energy and Creating Life Balance.  A continuation of previous class; new students are welcome.

April 30th, Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:30PM

 If You Could Ask Anything: Spiritual Q AND A

If you could ask any question about any topic relating to spirituality and consciousness, what would you ask? If you could learn more about any spiritual topic possible, what would you want to know more about? Our new director and lead minister has a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion, has studied spiritual healing systems and holistic psychology for over 20 years and has traveled, studied and experienced spiritual practices within more than 40 cultures around the globe. Join us for a very special, stimulating and surprising night of deep reflection and engaging wisdom. You will be able to ask questions anonymously and ALL questions will be answered! Don’t miss out.

May 1, Thursday, 2:30pm to 4:00pm

The Journey of Death and Dying.  Join Jonathan Ellerby PhD for a stimulating and meaningful discussion about our relationship to death and dying. Jonathan will talk about spiritual views of death, spiritual practices relating to dying, and will lead an open discussion and stories that explore these topics and more.

Maundy Thursday Communion Service at 6:00PM on April 17, 2014

Our Maundy Thursday Communion Service is being held at 6:00PM on Thursday, April 17th, in the church sanctuary. It’s a lovely service and leaves one with a sense of belonging and a deep connection with the Divine.  Please join us.

Classes offered during week of April 6, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Reflections, Transitions, and Insights at the End of Life

Join Jonathan Ellerby PhD for a stimulating and meaningful discussion about our relationship to death and dying. Jonathan will talk about spiritual views of death, spiritual practices relating to dying, and will lead an open discussion and stories that explore these topics and more.
Please enter through side entrance.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

6:00pm to 7:30pm

 Visualization and Guided Imagery as a Tool for Healing and Awakening

 Join our minister Rev. Dr. Jonathan Ellerby for a powerful session exploring many of the fundamental philosophies and practices involved in the use of visualization and guided imagery, along with a guided experience that will offer a sense of healing and connection.

Queen City Jazz Band Returns for Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Queen City Jazz Band will once again perform at the First Divine Science Church on April 20th as our joyous acknowledgment of the Easter Season.  Starting at 10 AM the band, including vocalist Wende Harston, will play it’s traditional Dixieland Jazz.  The QCJB has been delighting audiences for over fifty years not only in Denver but at major Jazz/Swing festivals all over the country.  We welcome you to feel the Spirit with us at our annual, unique celebration of Easter.  Following the service, a bounteous lunch will be served in the dining room.

Annual Meeting this Sunday, March 30, 2014

Be sure to attend our Annual Meeting, held in the dining room following lunch.  There are three vacancies to be filled on the board this year so the attendance and input of all active members is important.  The nominating committee has put forth names to fill the vacancies and nominations are accepted from the floor under standing rules as noted in the By-Laws.

Come join us as we mark yet another milepost in this exciting year of change.

Two One-Day Classes offered by Dr. Ellerby Week of March 9, 2014

 

TUESDAY MARCH 11 ~ EVENING CLASS

AN ANCIENT BALANCE:

EARTH-BASED TRADITIONS & THE FUTURE OF SPIRITUALITY

Understanding Native American, First Nations and Indigenous Traditions and Their Role In The Contemporary Advancement of Consciousness and Global Spiritual Growth.

With Rev. Dr. Jonathan Ellerby

6:30pm to 8pm

Meet in the main Sanctuary.

 

 

THURSDAY MARCH 13 ~ DAYTIME CLASS

ENLIGHTENMENT AND THE EVERYDAY:

HOLDING THE JOURNEY OF AWAKENING CONSCIOUSNESS

WHILE AGING, MANAGING A FAMILY, OR MOVING THROUGH THE STAGES OF LIFE

With Rev. Dr. Jonathan Ellerby

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Meet in the main Sanctuary.