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.
March 9, 2014 - The day has finally arrived…Dr. Jonathan Ellerby is presenting his first service as our new, full-time minister and spiritual director. The talk is aptly titled “A Prayer for the Future”. Drawing on the roots of tradition and mysticism from around the world, Jonathan explores how an aspiring and inspiring innovation in spirituality might look in our spiritual community and the world. Come, be a part of this exciting time and help welcome Jonathan to our community.
A very large and representative portion of our community participated in the weekend retreat held on the 15th and 16th of February, facilitated by our minister-in-waiting, Jonathan Ellerby, PhD. We discussed the history of our church, what we love about the church and what our fears are about going forward under new leadership. Consensus was built around our mission/goal for ourselves and for our community. Priorities were set for the first six months and the process of deciding on a new name was begun. It was an exciting opportunity to get to know Jonathan and each other. We feel we can go forward confident in our knowledge that traditions will be honored and that we will each be given the opportunity to learn and grow in our consciousness.
As mentioned in the preceding post, under the leadership of Jonathan Ellerby, our new spiritual director, we are holding a two day retreat to discuss our future direction as a spiritual community. It is important that all members and friends of the church participate and let Jonathan and the board know what they love about the church, along with their fears, hopes and expectations.
· Attendees are welcome to come and go as they need. Please expect the schedule to be full and the days to finish later, rather than earlier. We will try to honor the schedule as it is for people who are making plans to only attend certain parts.
· Bring a bottle for water
· Bring snacks if you feel you may need them
· Dress comfortably
· Sessions will be held on the main “stage” in the Sanctuary, with the exception of the Saturday meditation which will be in its usual location.
The schedule is as follows:
Saturday, February 15
9:00 – 10:00 Silent Meditation
10:00 -11:30 What We Love: reviewing the history and present state of the community
11:30 – 1:30 What We Dream Of: ideal future and goals
1:30 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:30 Concerns, Fears and Limits We Choose
4:30 – 5:30 What’s In A Name?
Sunday, February 16
1:30 – 3:30 Setting Priorities
3:30 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 5:00 Next Steps, Stages and Expectations
5:00 – 5:30 Vision Review and Closing Comments
In our 116th year, we welcome Dr. Jonathan Ellerby as the spiritual leader of our community. His unanimous selection by our Board and his unanimous approval by the community testify to our open-hearted support for him and his ministry. Jonathan begins his service to our community by conducting a retreat open to and for everyone associated with us on Saturday and Sunday, February 15 and 16. The agenda for this auspicious beginning is posted separately. He will return Sunday March 9 to formally assume his position here.
Rev. Dr. Jonathan Ellerby has spend more than 20 years dedicating his time and attention to studying and personally experiencing the transformative, creative nature of Consciousness, inspired by diverse settings and teachers around the world. A lifelong traveler on the mystical path, he begins this ministry with us through developing inward disciplines of prayer, meditation, contemplation, and cross-cultural practices. He also serves as a teacher and guide, leading classes and workshops, developing new programs, and offering spiritual counseling and private coaching – all to nourish the head and the heart, while enlightening the soul.
Jonathan comes to this vocation with a strong educational path, holding a doctorate in comparative religion in which he focused on health and spiritual awakening. He has met and studied with healers, spiritual masters and personal growth experts in more than forty cultures around the world. Most recently, he devoted the past three years to creating and founding the TAO Inspired Living Center, a wellness and event center sixty miles south of Cancun in the Rivera Maya. Prior to innovating that unique community, he created the successful Spiritual Care Department for the acclaimed Canyon Ranch Health resorts in Tucson and Lenox. He also served as the Spiritual Care Director for the Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Out of this life of creating and serving, have come five books: Working With Indigenous Elders (2000); God Works: Why God is Nothing You’d Expect and Everything You’ll Need (2012),and The Promise of Paradise: Life Changing Lessons from the Tropics (2012), including two international best-selling books: Return to the Sacred: Ancient Pathways to Spiritual Awakening (2008) and Inspiration Deficit Disorder: The No-Pill Prescription to End High Stress, Low Energy and Bad Habits (2010) . He also created the audio self-study program Your Spiritual Personality: Finding the Path that’s Right for You (2009).
Rev. Dr. Jonathan’s passion for true spiritual awakening, combined with his simple, practical and personal approaches to inspired and soulful living, blending the sacred and the secular, are the heart of the forces that brought him to us and us to him.
Sunday, December 8th, we will kick off our annual Adopt-A-Family gift-giving celebration. Pick up a gift card from the tree under the West Balcony. The card will contain the name of a child along with information on what gift will fulfill that child’s dream or need. You get to do the shopping and wrapping and then place the gift (with the gift card on the package to be sure it gets to the correct family and child) under the same tree by December 15. Time is short this year so be sure to get your card tomorrow.
Our Annual Holiday Fundraising Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 13. Music will be provided by the Eli Owens Trio and Improv Comedy by The Black Actors Guild. If you attended last year, you know what fun it was…and will be! Please bring a potluck dish to share. The suggested donation is $35. All proceeds will go toward improved outdoor lighting around the church.
We are very excited to present a workshop with Jonathan Ellerby in the library following our fellowship lunch on Sunday, November 24. The Heart of Inspiration is based on one of Jonathan’s best selling books, Inspiration Deficit Disorder. Join our guest speaker, Jonathan Ellerby PhD, as he takes us on a journey through the dimensions of human development, helping us to understand how we get stuck, showing us how to access our power, connect with Spirit and live a full and resilient life. Topics include wisdom vs. wounding, creating an inspired lifestyle, and how we heal and stay connected to Spirit. The fee is just $25 for an experience you won’t want to miss.
We have a full calendar of events to celebrate the winter holidays this year.
November 27 – 6:00-6:30 pm Thanksgiving Eve communion service
December 1 – following our Fellowship Luncheon (which follows our service), we will be decorating the church for Christmas. All are invited to participate in this fun event.
December 13 – Our Holiday Fundraiser will again feature the Eli Owens quartet playing old favorites and holiday music. In addition, we will be again be entertained with improvisational comedy by the Black Actors Guild. It promises to be every bit as much fun as last year. Everyone is invited – from our youngest to our oldest supporter. This is always a festive and fun event. This year we are raising funds to upgrade our external lighting for the safety of all.
December 24 – 7:00 pm Our annual Christmas Eve service will again offered with an amazing array of musical talent. More information will follow.
December 31 – 5:00 am We participate in a world-wide meditation on peace, synchronized throughout the world so that we are all meditating at the same time. We begin meditating at 5:00 am the morning of December 31st. Additional information will follow.
We can choose to have as our objective that of living consciously, knowing that we are Spiritual Beings living in the World. Can we live outside of the fascination with national politics, office politics, family politics; outside our daily resentments, jealousies, and judgments? How do we affirm with faith that Spirit is present and always bringing forth good for all concerned rather than living with fear that we are alone? How do we affirm the Spirit of optimism, and why should we? Our speakers during October and November will address this provocative question.