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March 2022 Ministerial Miscellany – Rev. Annie Kopko

Ministerial Miscellany March 2022

Now is a good time to think about how we pray. We do not need to pray for an early Spring, that is a given. Early or late, it will always come. I heard the beautiful sounds of the red-winged blackbirds for the first time today. Peace is quite different, we are in charge of our own peace, and we also influence the Peace of others. What if we practice Peace and prayer as if it can influence the whole world. I believe it can. Right now, the world needs our help. I have a hard time accepting that it seems that world leaders (including our own) need to fight and even kill to get what they want and need for their people and their own self interest. The language we hear is one of competition and conflict. Words matter. Albert Einstein said that you do not solve a problem at the level of the problem. War will not bring Peace.

Unfortunately I am not even a good example. Today I was driving my neighbor’s son home. He had been at my house to do some cleanup work. We met his Mother on the dirt road near their house. She was picking up bags of garbage careless people intentionally drop off in the woods. She was angry about the garbage, but she was even more angry about Joe Biden’s decisions as president. I found myself disagreeing, but with nothing to say, as often happens, except to myself. (“Please get me out of here!”) I sometimes find that angry people do not want to hear from anyone, they just need room to express themselves. And it is hard not to react when we feel attacked. When we choose not to react, it is a powerful message of trust in God, in love, and in peace.

Check our website for our peaceful, loving activities, both in person and on Zoom. Especially, join us for our music at Cafe 704, on Saturday, March 12th with Paul Vornhagen and Aron Kaufman. Sign up on https://rsvp.church/r/pI4u8kI2 pay at the door if you will be coming in person or go to https://interfaithspirit.org/events/cafe-704-coffeehouse/ to purchase a ticket for the Livestream on Zoom.
Sending Love and Blessings! Annie

February 2021 Ministerial Miscellany – Rev. Annie Kopko

Ministerial Miscellany February 2021

Relationships?….yes, this is the time of year we pay more attention to our quest to love unconditionally and to whether we think our close relationships are going well or not so well and whether we might give more attention to how we could be doing better. First of all, let’s remember there is nothing to fix. Everything is evolving in divine right order. And we truly have in consciousness everything we have ever needed to become who we were meant to be, that angel of human and divine being. This knowingness is, of course, the carrot hanging over the donkey’s head as we travel our journeys of our lifetimes.

I don’t know about you, but I just “lose it” frequently. I feel as if I overreact way too often. A disagreement may not even last long. But because we live so much in our ego consciousness, we think we are, need to be, and deserve to be in control of our own lives. Well, I think we are in control of how we respond to what is going on. And we are responsible for creating the bigger picture of our lives. However, unless we truly go about understanding everything through the eyes of our Spiritual self, we are just taking a shot in the dark, and whatever peace we find will not last.

We must consider all of our ideas, our intentions, and our decisions from our place of love, wholeness, and joy. My prayer for us is this: May we remember who we are when we stop to take a deep breath several times each day, and breathe that love into the beautiful busy world around us, and bless it all.

Come to our Sunday Services on Zoom each week. Every Monday, Layla Ananda sends out an email with all the links for each of the groups and classes that welcome our participation on Zoom.

Blessings to all for a great month, Annie

2020 Interfaith Center Annual Meeting – Bylaw Change

On Sunday, April 26, the Interfaith Center held its Annual Meeting online, due to the current stay-home, stay-safe order.  We voted to make a change to our bylaws to reflect the current leadership team plan, which so beautifully meets our needs for spiritual and administrative leadership!  If you missed the meeting, or would like to look at the details again, here they are:

ICSG Info for Annual Meeting 2020 edited

Here’s a larger-type version of the above.

Here are the Bylaws before 4/26/20 change.

Pandemic Poem

Pandemic

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.

–Lynn Ungar 3/11/20

Gender Jam Begins at ICSG!

Contributed by Robert Fagerlund
What is Gender Jam, you ask? It is a regular meeting group to provide a nonjudgmental, supportive, not scary forum to discuss and share on gender issues, social sexual roles and expectations, women’s issues, men’s issues, LGBTQ issues, straight issues, and any other related topics. There will be no agenda, no predetermined topic or issue. Conversation will arise from whatever attendees wish to talk about. This will be open to everyone in the community. Attendees participation in sharing or commenting is not required. No one will ever be “put on the spot” or made to feel uncomfortable about speaking or about not speaking.
The first Gender Jam will be on Tuesday, March 13 from 7:00–9:00p. Come on and check it out! Gender Jam is free. Donations to the Interfaith Center will be accepted. 
To get the conversation started, here is a message from Rob Fagerlund, the creator of the group:
Feminism is the best thing that ever happened to men.
Why do I say that? One thing feminism set in motion (and I mean long ago, at least as far back Susan B. Anthony and the other nineteenth century feminists who fought for women’s rights) is a challenge to destructive and oppressive gender roles and expectations for everyone.
And no, the feminist struggle is far from over. But that’s not really my focus here. I would like to make a few observations about feminism and men.

Continue reading Gender Jam Begins at ICSG!

August Happenings

Dear Friends,

The weekend of Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9 will be great days for us to come together, celebrate, and support the Interfaith Center.

On SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 at 8 pm, music director Alaura Massaro is hosting concert with a talented group of musicians and performance artists to benefit Interfaith.   All  musicians, poets, and performers are donating their time and passion, and ALL proceeds will benefit the Center.  We would love you to join us and  fill the room with your great energy.  Invite friends and family too!

On Sunday, August 9,  after the service we’ll hold the Raffle Drawing for Interfaith.  (see Amazing Prizes here and get a batch of tickets if you don’t have them yet — only $2 each for a chance to win the prize of your choice).  Concurrent with this festive occasion, Dave and Judy are hosting a party to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with their Interfaith family. Please join us in wishing them well! Bring a dish of finger foods and your dear self!

Cafe 704 coffeehouse event to benefit the Interfaith Center featuring Alaura Massaro and Friends.To see what else is happening, check out the August Interfaith Inspirer here.

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