May is for Manifesting

Maypole with streamersThis month we kick off with a visit from Scott Grace.  Scott is the author of Teach Me How to Love: A True Story That Touches Hearts and Helps with the Laundry.  He is also a transformational musician who has performed at events for the likes of Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Alan Cohen, and Byron Katie.

Come let go of old beliefs about scarcity and struggle, and give a hug to senior minister Dave Bell who returns from Florida on Sunday too!

Topics for the Month:

May 3 – Manifesting With Ease (Scott Grace, Guest Speaker)

May 10 – The Future of God (Dave Bell)

May 17 – Why We Don’t Forgive (Delyth Balmer)

May 24 – Surrender – A Practice (Dave Bell)

May 31 – Joy Is Yours (Dave Bell)

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Letting Go

Each Sunday, members of our Interfaith family lead portions of the service.  Last Sunday Rod Rodriguez shared wisdom from Rumi and Osho to highlight the topic “Letting Go.

The Tent, by Rumi

The Tent, an allegory for meditation practice.

Outside, the freezing desert night.
This other night inside grows warm, kindling.
Let the landscape be covered with thorny crust.
We have a soft garden in here.

The continents blasted,
cities and little towns, everything
become a scorched, blackened ball.

The news we hear is full of grief for that future,
but the real news inside here
is there’s no news at all.

~Translation by Coleman Barks (italics added for emphasis)

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Welcome to the Interfaith Inspirer blog

new-growthLast Saturday, the Interfaith Center celebrated its 17th birthday. In addition to a tasty potluck, games, and reflections from founding minister David Bell,  the Center honored the occasion by launching a new website.  It was a fitting time to unveil this new branch of our community:  not just a birthday, but also the day of the Spring Equinox. Continue reading Welcome to the Interfaith Inspirer blog

Flute Meditation & Hand Pan for Relaxation

Deepest gratitude to our friend Don Allen for these song gifts.

A Child’s Prayer

The Youth Education program introduces children to spiritual traditions around the world. Recently we had fun with activities and contemplation of the following universal values: love, caring, kindness, and prayerfulness (one each week).

In discussing caring and kindness, we were struck by how a small act of kindness can spread to many others.  In considering how we can always take time to pray, we looked at a Christian model:   Pope Francis’ Five Finger Prayer.

Here’s how it works.  When you hold up your hand, the thumb is closest to you. So start praying for those who are closest to you — your family and close friends.  They are the easiest to remember.

This child's hand shows the 5 Fingers Prayer for children, shared in our Youth Education program.
The Five Fingers approach is a very concrete way to teach kids the abstract activity of prayer.
  •  The next finger is the index. Pray for those who teach you, instruct you, and heal you. They need support and wisdom to show direction to others.
  • The middle finger is the tallest. It reminds us of our leaders, the governors and those who have authority. They need Spirit’s guidance.
  • The fourth finger is the ring finger. Did you know it is our weakest finger?  It reminds us to pray for the weak, the sick, or those plagued by problems. They especially need our prayers.
  • And finally we have the smallest of all. The pinkie reminds us to pray for ourselves.  When we are done praying for the other four groups, we are able to see our own needs in a better perspective.

We look forward to seeing your amazing children each Sunday!

Heide and Kellie