Easter Gathering at SIF – Sunday, April 16

Easter Gathering and Potluck Celebration

10:00 a.m.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

At our Home Office
85 Jones Lane

Sedona, AZ 86336

Easter Sunday: The iconic Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. Yet, it is also a powerful interfaith event for all humankind that demonstrates the strength and magnificence of God and of ourselves. Jesus demonstrated what is available to all of us, if we will only open our eyes and see ourselves as God sees us, see our brothers and sisters as God sees them. Let’s come together to celebrate beauty of our Source and Creator that is found within all of us — our very core, our True Self.

A potluck will follow the Easter Gathering. Bring a dish to share!

These events will take place at our home/office.
Call for directions: 928.282.0293, Cell: 928.274.1444

At each Gathering at Sedona Interfaith Fellowship, inspirational sacred word and stories of compassion are interspersed with an eclectic musical mix offered by Music Minister Jon Michael, culminating in a thought-provoking, practical, and often moving message on a particular theme of interest, provided by Spiritual Leader, Reverend Susan Perry.

I hope you’ll join us! We look forward to connecting, with spoken word, music, meditation, prayer — and most importantly, Love!

REMINDER: NO SUNDAY GATHERING TOMORROW, APRIL 9.

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Feb 26 Gathering – What You See Is What You Get!

The challenges of life seem to overwhelm us at times, even to the point of despair and hopelessness. And the positive experiences come and go, once in a while lingering longer than a moment, but mostly fleeting, as though tossed away as a feather in the wind.

How are we to face these ups and downs of life? The Buddha in his wisdom called for equanimity, a balanced response. This is possible only when we are firmly rooted in the foundation of our faith, our spiritual walk, only when we consciously practice every step.

This week, we’ll use a short story about “The Greatest Player Ever!” to set the tone for an exploration of the inner world of perception and belief. What we see and experience is all a matter of choice!

Come join us as we seek to deepen our experience of the divine through sacred word, music, meditation and prayer. It’s a great way to start your week!

Sedona Interfaith Fellowship is dedicated to finding and using the beauty and wisdom from all of the world’s sacred paths, and to be an opening through which individuals may more deeply experience the presence of God.

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This Sunday at SIF – “What Is the Truth?”

“What Is the Truth?”

The truth is true – or is it?  And what is the truth, anyway?

During these “amazing” times in which we find ourselves, some of us are probably shaking our heads, as we try to discern what is actually true and what is false in the headlines we are reading and hearing. And what are “alternate facts”? How do those fit into what is true?

Many a debate has filled the halls of philosophy and theology about what can actually be called true. Is truth relative, changing with the times and mores of a culture? Or is it absolute, withstanding the test of time?

This Sunday, we’ll explore the principle of truth and what we can rely on when on the spiritual quest for knowledge and insight.

We’ll dive into the very essence of what is true – what do you think that is?

Join us at 10:00 a.m., at the Meeting Space at Weddings In Sedona, 30 Kayenta Court, Suite 3. You won’t be disappointed!

Sedona Interfaith Fellowship is dedicated to finding and using the beauty and wisdom from all of the world’s sacred paths, and is committed to serving as an opening through which individuals may more deeply experience the presence of God.

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Looking for Someplace to go on Christmas Eve?

Saturday, 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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The Power of Gratitude – This Sunday 11/20 at SIF

Susan Promo Photo 2010Sunday, November 20 – Sunday Gathering
Let’s give thanks! The Power of Gratitude
10:00 a.m.

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

With Thanksgiving coming up next Thursday, this Sunday we will celebrate a day of gratitude! When our hearts open in thankfulness, we open ourselves to the presence of God within, for gratitude is an expression of hope and joy and love. Let’s explore what gratitude is really all about…

Sometimes it feels like the world has gone mad, everything is upside down, and all hope is lost. But even in the midst of absolute desolation, we have been promised that there is always something for which to be grateful. Let’s activate the spirit of thanksgiving that can only meaningfully come from one place. Let’s celebrate the beauty we find when we see with God’s eyes, all for which we can be grateful.

Giving thanks isn’t just about having the things we’ve always desired, or even knowing that needs are being met. Giving thanks is about recognizing our true Identity and purpose. It’s knowing that God loves us, and then returning that love by loving and forgiving, caring and serving.

Real gratitude can be found within, regardless of external circumstances. We might recall the stories we hear of people who are grateful even in prison or in the midst of war. They’re not deluded; rather, they simply recognize the truth. Let’s begin our Thanksgiving by opening to God’s love, and by remembering what gratitude is really all about.

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Politics and Happiness – This Sunday at SIF 11/6

Susan Promo Photo 2010Wow! We surely are in the midst of an interesting time in history! We may be electing a woman president for the very first time – or perhaps a billionaire non-politician… Will either outcome make us happy, though, truly happy?

What makes us happy?

Over 30 years ago, New Thought minister and positive thinking guru Terry Cole-Whittaker wrote a book entitled, What You Think of Me is None of My Business. She helped popularize the concept that individuals are responsible for their own happiness, and that they have the right to it because they were created by God, who is the source of all happiness.

This Sunday, let’s take a look at how we have the tendency to rely so heavily on outside circumstances and others for our happiness. As the song goes, we’re “lookin’ for love in all the wrong places.” Let’s explore how this keeps us from knowing our true nature, and the love and happiness of God, and how we could now begin to accept that in our lives, our hearts, our being.

Whatever the outcome on the political front, the socioeconomic front, and globally, let’s remember that happiness comes from within, and can be the guiding force in our lives for love and for the good of all.

 

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This Sunday – Oct. 23: War: What Is It Good For?

Susan Promo Photo 2010So, there’s this war happening now in Iraq. Have you seen some of the images from that? …the devastation to the towns and villages – to the very fabric of life for thousands. Regardless of whether or not we believe it is “necessary,” or the “lesser of two evils,” to my human and spiritual eyes, it is horrifying. My heart is split open in despair.

What is wrong with us?

Intellectually, I can convince myself that this is the nature of humankind; that war is just a part of our evolutionary journey. Spiritually, I can somewhat pull back and look from the macro view, to see that we are just like tiny little ants fighting over a small domain to call our own. From God’s perspective – what does God see?

My heart needs healing. My soul needs cleansing. My thoughts need purifying. I am undone.

Interesting that I coincidentally read in A Course In Miracles the lesson from the “Workbook For Students,” “A happy outcome to all things is sure.” It reads: “God’s promises make no exceptions. And He guarantees that only joy can be the final outcome found for everything.”

The next line is the catch, though: “Yet it is up to us when this is reached; how long we let an alien will appear to be opposing His.”

Ah, so there is my answer, asked in the form of a question (thank you, Jeopardy!): How long will I continue to let alien thoughts of destruction, protectionism, and grievances, rule my mind? How long will I continue to support a belief that I am separate from my brothers and sisters, from God?

Yet, we are promised that “a happy outcome to all things is sure,” and we can begin to experience those outcomes in small ways through our daily practice, through forgiveness, through the extension of love.

Come this Sunday to re-energize, to refresh our spirits, to heal our hearts – to love together. Let’s take a moment out of our busy days and weeks to remember why we are here, and support each other on this path of opening and learning to love.

Sunday, October 23
10:00 a.m.
At the Meeting Space
Weddings In Sedona office
30 Kayenta Ct., Suite 3
Sedona, AZ

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Sunday, Oct. 9 – Where Is God?

Susan Promo Photo 2010Where Is God?

It would be wonderful to connect with you this Sunday, as we walk this path together of discovery, insight and experience…

I am surprised by how distracted I have become during this presidential election cycle! It’s so easy to get angry, disgusted, disappointed, jaded – in other words, to lose sight of God. Where is God in the midst of all of this rhetoric, attack, and posturing; all of this jockeying for a place at the political table?

Where is God, I ask? Well… Everywhere!

At least, that is what I have come to believe. Not that I see God everywhere, or hear God all of the time, or feel God with me and in me at every moment. But nonetheless, God is there – if I will open my eyes, my ears, my heart, to see, to hear, to feel. Even in all the games we play.

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Hide ‘N’ Seek!

Easier said than done, I say. But that is the practice, that is the challenge. Sometimes it feels as though we are playing Hide ‘N’ Seek with God — that may be so. AND, it’s nice to know that God always wants to be found!!

This Sunday, we’ll take a little time to experience God through the lens of a few spiritual masters and great spiritual poets – Hafiz, Rumi, Jesus, Kabir, Lao Tzu, to name a few. It will be an opportunity to reset our minds and hearts to tune in to spirit, to love.

You are invited to take a few moments out of your day, your week, to stop and remember!

Please join us for a bit of inspiration, as we consider a higher and wiser way along the path, an experience of opening and conscious awareness, to help you set the tone for the days ahead.

Sedona Interfaith Fellowship
Sunday Gathering, October 9
10:00 a.m.

At the Meeting Space at Weddings In Sedona
30 Kayenta Court, Suite 3
Sedona, AZ 86336

Call for directions:
282.0293
Cell: 274.1444

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SIF SUNDAY GATHERING – 9/4

Susan Promo Photo 2010SEPTEMBER 4 — SUNDAY GATHERING

“Fundamentalism OR the Fundamentals?”

We watched a video a couple Sundays ago from the Lunch with Bokara series, featuring Brother David Steindl-Rast and Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, who discussed “Mysticism, Fundamentalism, Gratitude and Forgiveness.” It got me to thinking about the word, “fundamentalism.” It is certainly a loaded word in our current culture, what with fundamentalist religious terrorists, fundamentalist religious/political fanatics, and so on. But let’s take another look at where that word comes from — “fundamental.” What is fundamental to spirit? What is at the core of what we believe and therefore practice? How do we reclaim the spirit, the essence, of our beliefs, the heart and soul of who we are?

What I love about our Gatherings is experiencing God’s spirit through many avenues: words, music, prayer and meditation, sharing and relating with one another. I hope you’ll take a few minutes out of your busy week to join in that experience together. Community, I believe, is a “fundamental” necessity on the spiritual path!

AND, can we bring the “fun” back into it??

Sunday, September 4
10:00 a.m.

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

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Sunday, August 21: “Fundamentalism OR the Fundamentals?”

Susan Promo Photo 2010So, we watched the video on Sunday from the Lunch with Bokara series, featuring Brother David Steindl-Rast and Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, who discussed “Mysticism, Fundamentalism, Gratitude and Forgiveness.” A lot packed into a half-hour! And what a great discussion following — thank you to those that were able to attend and contribute. Your insights, feelings and comments were amazing!

It got me to thinking about the word, “fundamentalism.” It is certainly a loaded word in our current culture, what with fundamentalist religious terrorists, fundamentalist religious/political fanatics, and so on. But let’s take another look at where that word comes from — “fundamental.” What is fundamental to spirit? What is at the core of what we believe and therefore practice? How do we reclaim the spirit, the essence, of our beliefs, the heart and soul of who we are?

Let’s explore this together — “Fundamentalism OR the Fundamentals?”

And can we bring the “fun” back into it??

This Sunday, August 21
10:00 a.m.

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

Let me know if you need directions — it’s kind of tucked back and around behind the West Sedona Fire Station.

Much to love to you, and we look forward to connecting soon!
Rev. Susan Perry and Jon Michael

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