Embraces people of all cultures, races, religions, and sexual orientations;
Allows people to express their doubts and ask important questions;
Sees science as a window into the wonders of the universe;
Serves and empowers rather than controls and manipulates;
Gives people a chance to serve those in need, here and around the world.
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We come along many different paths to gather here, and you are welcome.
If you are young or old, you are welcome.
If you have brown skin, black skin, white skin, yellow skin, or red skin, you are welcome.
If you are married or single, you are welcome.
If you are sick or well, you are welcome.
If you are gay or straight, you are welcome.
If you cannot hear or see, you are welcome.
If you are a man or woman, you are welcome.
If you are happy or sad, you are welcome.
If you are rich or poor, powerful or weak, you are welcome.
If you believe in God some of the time, or none of the time, or all of the time, you are welcome.
So come, let us worship our welcoming God!
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We are proud and pleased to have received both a Letter of Appreciation and a Certificate of Recognition as an Open and Affirming church.
Thought for Today
"Though the journey through conflict may seem perilous,
we each have available to us a power to ease our way.
This power quells anger, builds bridges of understanding,
and wins us a hearing with even the most stubborn
person. It is freely accessible to us and requires only that
we let go of the need to be right (although some might find
this a steep price). This greatly underused power is that
--Gary Harper (The Joy of Conflict Resolution)
My teaching does not require anyone to become homeless or resign the world unless he wants to, but it does require everyone to free himself from the illusion that he is a permanent self and to act with integrity while giving up his craving for pleasure.
"Laughter - that is something very sacred especially for us Indians."
--John (Fire) Lame Deer, ROSEBUD LAKOTA
Laughter is mental, laughter is emotional, laughter is physical and laughter is spiritual. Laughter helps us find balance. If we get too angry, laughter will turn that emotion in a balanced direction. If we have a mental picture of someone who is too strong, laughter will help ease the tension. If the body is stressed, laughter will release natural relaxants into our muscles and our nervous system. Laughter often changes our attitude. We need to lighten up and laugh more.
Great Spirit, teach me to laugh.
Keep It Simple
We are human. We make mistakes. That is half the fun :)
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Celebrate Christmas Eve with us Service starts at
Healing Moments are the most important moments in our lives. A time when we surround our members with Intensive Spiritual Care. Please keep in your prayers:
The Ghafari Family
All those throughout the world affected by natural disasters
Service personnel and their families
Peace efforts around the world
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Use the link to read the original article from America Magazine, and then below is the response from Sheila. Please feel free to include you thoughts and comments, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio to me?
Firstly, I need to think about who I am to Jorge Mario Bergoglio. At nine
years of age I made my mom proud when I attended my first holy communion as
a confirmed catholic. I attended mass irregularly thereafter and stopped
going altogether once I left home. So I guess you could call me a lapsed
catholic. My knowledge of the bible and of the religion we call Christianity
itself is limited. So there it is...my confession....and I am comfortable
with it, because I know I share my confession with many beautifully
My first impression after reading the whole interview is that this pope is
an intellectual man who could so easily be intimidating with his worldliness
and power, but he possesses a refreshing humility that tears down walls. His
main message throughout the interview is the power of "discernment". He
talks about changes that need to happen in the future and that time and
discernment is necessary. I feel encouraged that this pope may possess the
necessary fortitude to see that some changes for the good will happen in the
future even though he will have to work with conservative cardinals who may
oppose his vision for the future.
I have taken a few statements out of the interview that speak to me of how
refreshingly radical and honest he is. He talks about the universal church;
"We must not reduce the bosom of the universal church to a nest protecting
our mediocrity, ministers of the church need to be fruitful in their
spirituality. Those who have displayed negative behaviors are neither
fathers nor mothers, in the sense that they have not been able to give
He also says;
"The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small- minded
rules and "let us try to be a church that finds new roads".
When asked about Christians who have historically been shunned by the church
such as the divorced and remarried, and same-sex couples, in part of his
reply he states;
"God has set us free; it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the
life of a person".
He states that he is "no one to judge". The person "chosen by God" to be the
pontiff says it is not his job to judge others! We need to take note and
follow his example. To think of ministers as having a responsibility to be
spiritually fruitful, but if they fail in that responsibility they are
spiritually barren is a new concept to me but makes so much sense. Maybe his
words will make it necessary for some to reevaluate their role as ministers
of faith. His apparent ease in talking about the small-mindedness of the
church I feel may lead the way to a more broadminded approach to what people
are looking for spiritually and practically in their lives.
When asked about the future unity of the church, he replies;
"We must walk united with our differences: there is no other way to become
one. This is the way of Jesus". I hope this means not only uniting with our
differences in the Christian faith, but also consider finding connections
with all faiths.
When asked about the role of women in the church he clearly states that
women have an essential role to play in the church and that a "profound
theology of the woman" needs to be developed. "The feminine genius is needed
wherever we make important decisions". He also explains that Mary has more
importance than the bishops. Maybe this pope will start a much needed reform
and inclusion of women within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church.
The pope speaks of finding God in all things and everywhere, and using our
spiritual senses to find God. I am much more comfortable with this idea that
God, or as I prefer to think "the loving spirit" is everywhere and in
everything, rather than an empirical being somewhere in a separate entity. I
especially like what he says about certitude and mistakes;
"Yes, in this quest to seek and find God in all thing there is
still an area of uncertainty. There must be. If a person says that he met
God with total certainty and is not touched with a margin of uncertainty,
then this is not good. If one has the answers to all the questions- that is
proof that God is not with him. It means he is a false prophet using
religion for himself." This statement I believe opens up doors to welcome
those who may feel they should have a more personal line to God, but feel
vulnerable because they are missing it. Even mother Theresa admitted that
she had doubts about her connectivity to God.
I have picked out just a few statements from a long and informative
interview that to me highlights the humility, honesty and overall
"down to earthness" of a learned, venerable, holy man. I see promise of a pope
who has the patience and tenacity to bring Catholism to a place where many
people who have left the church because they felt ostracized can perhaps
once again feel included back into the fold. Time will tell if he can hold
fast and be the instigator of change for the better in a religion steeped in
tradition, doctrine and conservatism.
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