Sedona Interfaith Fellowship

A spiritual oasis -- all are welcome!

Sunday Gatherings

SEDONA INTERFAITH FELLOWSHIP MISSION STATEMENT

To be an opening through which individuals may more deeply experience the presence of God.
To create this opening by drawing upon the wisdom and beauty of the world’s great spiritual traditions.

Our Mission Statement is what sets the tone for the Sunday Gatherings and other activities. We explore various topics of spiritual interest from the perspective of the world’s great religions and spiritual paths, as we open ourselves to the beauty and depth of our own personal experiences of God, by whatever name our Source is called.

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Sunday Gatherings – All Are Welcome!
Check in periodically for an update of the schedule. See the Events and Announcements page for details.

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LOGISTICS:

Sundays — approximately every other week — please check the Events and Announcements page.

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location may vary — please check the Events and Announcements page.
Many of the Gatherings are held at:

Meeting Space at Weddings In Sedona
30 Kayenta Ct., Suite 3
Sedona, AZ  86336

“Regular” Sunday Gatherings generally include:

–A message and sharing
–Uplifting music
–Inspiring readings
–Meditation and Prayer…
Bring all of your concerns for individuals and situations, and allow us to join in sending them to our Source for healing, with gratitude.

Alternate Sunday Gatherings

Alternate Sundays may focus around a book study, video presentations or clips with a discussion group, meditation group, and so on.

We have just completed a book study, and are considering what we will do with our alternate Sundays at this time. Watch for more details!

Events & Announcements

UPCOMING SUNDAY SCHEDULE:

Sunday, December 4

NO SUNDAY GATHERING

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Sunday, December 11
Sunday GatheringCelebrating the Light of the Season
10:00 a.m.

At the Meeting Space at Weddings In Sedona
30 Kayenta Ct., Suite 3
Sedona, AZ

In this time of Advent, it helps to take time to reflect on the Christ within, the light that we can allow to be born anew. Won’t you take a moment out of your holiday stresses to pause a little while to remember?

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Sunday, December 18
Book Exploration Gathering
10:00 a.m.

At the Meeting Space at Weddings In Sedona
30 Kayenta Ct., Suite 3
Sedona, AZ

Please join us for our book exploration — if you can’t make it to all of the weeks, don’t worry, there is always a place for you. And as before, if you are not reading the book with us, please feel free to drop in to one of the groups. Discussions are broad enough that all are welcome anytime.

Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
Father Richard Rohr

In Falling Upward, Father Richard Rohr offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life’s mysteries: how our failings can be the foundation of our ongoing spiritual growth. Drawing on the wisdom from time-honored myths, great thinkers, and sacred religious texts, the author explores the two halves of life to show that those who have fallen, failed, or “gone down” are the only ones who understand “up.” We grow spiritually more by doing it wrong than by doing it right!

Our biweekly reading of the text will be accompanied by an optional exploration of the Companion Journal, with journaling questions, experiential exercises, and quotations for reflection, to explore more deeply the principles and ideas from the book.

For December 18, we will be reading pgs. 25-514: Chapter 3, “The First Half of Life.”

OPTIONAL: Falling Upward: A Companion Journal

For each chapter, the journal includes quotations for reflection, experiential exercises, and journaling questions. Prior to each week, I’ll forward these items by email to whoever has signed up to attend, to possibly consider while reading the materials, or to use as an additional more in-depth personal spiritual exercise. However, if you would like to have your own copy to draw from and write in, please let me know!

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713834Saturday, December 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Gathering
An Evening of Inspiration, Hope, and Joy!
6:00 p.m.

Sedona Creative Life Center — Sedona Room
333 Schnebly Hill Road
Sedona, AZ

The evening Gathering will be followed by a Community Christmas Dinner in the Universal Room at the Center.
Bring a main dish, salad, or dessert to share. We’ll provide dinnerware and beverages.

This Christmas Eve, we welcome God’s deep peace, as we invite the Christ in us to be born anew. We use God’s eyes to see our holiness, pure and perfect. We lay our burdens down for a moment, to pause and find rest with the babe born so many years ago, symbol of God’s love, symbol of our True Self.

This evening will be a time to wait in quiet expectancy for the birth of holiness in this world, and in each one of us. We recognize the divine light already within, that waits only on our willing heart.

Hosted by Ministers: Susan Perry and Jon Michael

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Sunday, December 25

NO SUNDAY GATHERING

The Minister

Reverend Susan Perry felt called to ministry at the age of ten, and twenty-five years later was ordained by the New Seminary in New York, in 1994, with a license as Minister, Spiritual Counseling. With its focus on the interfaith model, the seminary inspires individuals to expand their spiritual horizons to respect and honor the traditions of all of the world’s faiths. Susan’s ministry began in her own living room in 1991, then expanded to the more public setting of the Sedona Public Library’s Community Room in 1996.

Her spiritual career has included:

• Her upbringing in the Lutheran Church, which was the inspiration and preparing ground for her call to ministry;

• Many years of study and application of the principles of metaphysics as found in the Edgar Cayce channeled material, the Findhorn Foundation, and other spiritual teachings;

• A Course in Miracles study and practice, including working for several years at Miracle Distribution Center in California;

• For twelve years, assisting her then husband, Robert Perry, found and manage the Circle of Atonement, a center dedicated to embodying and teaching the principles of A Course in Miracles;

• Living in a spiritual community for twenty years.

About SIF

Sedona Interfaith Fellowship is…

A Sanctuary
A Place of Fellowship
A Center of Worship
A Learning Center
A Focal Point for Action and Service
A Spiritual Oasis

As a Sanctuary, the Fellowship is a place where the seeker can find rest and solace from the daily walk of life. It is a place for nurturing and healing the soul on its journey of awakening.

As a Place of Fellowship, Sedona Interfaith is open to people from all walks of life, no matter what spiritual path one is or isn’t on. It is a place where the seeker may come to experience the oneness of all God’s children.

As a Center of Worship, the Fellowship utilizes the wisdom found in all of the world’s great spiritual traditions, to enlighten and illuminate the spiritual journey. It is a safe environment in which individuals may deepen their own relationship with and experience of God.

As a Learning Center, Sedona Interfaith Fellowship seeks to help break down the barriers people have built against different faiths, cultures, and ways of thinking. Educational opportunities range from hands-on experiential studies of spiritual practices and techniques, including those that relate to personal and inner growth, to scholarly studies of sacred texts and other writings.

As a Focal Point for Action and Service, the Fellowship challenges and encourages its participants to recognize that all God’s children are deserving of love. This love can be expressed in a variety of ways, for example, through service projects, prayer groups, educational forums, or action committees.

In sum, Sedona Interfaith Fellowship is a Spiritual Oasis, where the seeker may come to rest and replenish, to drink a new drink to refresh their soul, inspire their spirit, and bring new life and meaning into their daily lives.

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We Believe

That God is all there is.

That although God is all there is, we experience ourselves as separate humans on earth.

That God has sent enlightened teachers through the ages to bring a message of hope and deliverance to humankind.

That this message of hope, although different in expression from tradition to tradition, is at its core one and the same: God loves us, and wants us to come home.

That among the many holy messengers throughout history, all of whom have a voice within the Fellowship, Jesus holds the unique position as model and teacher of the interfaith principles and ideals for this Fellowship. His inspiring message is woven throughout this ministry, bringing hope and peace through the example of his love.

Weddings & Other Ceremonies

Weddings

Rev. Susan Perry is available to officiate at your wedding!

This is a special day, and it would be an honor and a privilege to share in it with you.

I’ll work with wedding couples to create a meaningful and memorable ceremony to commemorate this joining. As the founding minister of Sedona Interfaith Fellowship, I recognize the importance of honoring whatever spiritual or religious backgrounds my couples come from. My focus is on the love and connection between the two of you, and this guides the planning of the ceremony to make it a perfect reflection of your values and vision.

With more than twenty years of officiating experience, I will help to create an environment at your ceremony full of presence, intimacy, joy, and love. We’ll find the right balance in the moment between those precious expressions of caring and when a little humor is called for!

Available also for:

• Baptisms & Christenings
• Commitment ceremonies
• Vow renewals
• Memorials & Funerals
• Home blessings
• And whatever sacred ceremony you might have in mind

Contact:

Reverend Susan Perry
susanperry@suddenlink.net
(928) 282-0293

Basic Fee: $250.00

Additional fees may be applied to: Rehearsal, extended travel, guest count larger than 50, attendance and blessing/prayer at reception, for example.

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Sedona Interfaith Fellowship
Reverend Susan Perry
susanperry@suddenlink.net
Home Office: (928) 282-0293
Cell: (928) 274-1444