SIF’s 20th Anniversary Celebration!

Participants enjoying Bingo!

Participants enjoying Bingo!

It’s been 20 years since we started holding public services and activities as Sedona Interfaith Fellowship on July 26, 1996, and at one point or another you were involved with our history. It would be lovely to celebrate with you!

You may be at a distance and unable to attend, but we thought you might want to know about this milestone — please keep us in your good thoughts and prayers!

Date: Sunday, July 17

Time: 10:00 a.m. Sunday Gathering
11:15 a.m. BBQ Potluck Celebration

Location: Rancho Los Lagos
2810 Upper Red Rock Loop Road

This is the location where we have held a few SIF Picnics in years past.

First, we’ll share in a little spiritual time together, with some of the familiar elements of music, sacred and inspiring words of wisdom, meditation and prayer.

Then, we’ll break out the grill and games and have some fun together!

We will have a few tables and chairs, and will provide beverages, dessert, paper and plastic products, and the fixin’s for burgers and dogs.

Relax under cottonwood trees around the lake.

Relax under cottonwood trees around the lake.

Please bring a small dish to share, as well as something to grill. You may want to bring along a camp chair or blanket, to enjoy the lake and scenery…

PLEASE RSVP, so that we have an idea of how many to prepare for.

Email: susanperry@suddenlink.net
Call: 928.282.0293 or 928.274.1444

We are looking forward to a blessed and beautiful time together!

 

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This Sunday 7/3 – Video and Discussion

SUNDAY, JULY 3 — SUNDAY GATHERING

10:00 a.m.

At our home/office — CALL FOR ADDRESS AND DIRECTIONS: 928.282.0293

Video Viewing and Discussion

From a video series featured on Link TV, the host explores the frontiers of religion and metaphysics, of science and spirituality. Join in as she brings together an engaging group of well-known scientists, thinkers, and spiritual teachers from around the world. Be a part of a unique, spontaneous conversation as fascinating guests who have often never met are brought together for the first time to share their insights, knowledge and wisdom.

The first in the series, “Meditation, Emotions, and Body Language,” features Buddhist meditation teacher Jack Kornfield and psychologist Paul Edman, as they meet to explore what scientists and psychologists now understand about meditation, the mind and our emotional states, and how recent scientific studies compare with what spiritual masters have studied and learned over the centuries. As we learn to look into our own minds and into other people’s faces we gain new insights on the many subtle ways we communicate, to ourselves and to others.

“When you begin to meditate, your feelings begin to reveal themselves, and you see the ‘inner landscape’ that activates actions in a way that you have never seen before.” —Jack Kornfield

“What I know now of Buddhism makes a lot of sense as techniques to expand consciousness into areas that consciousness often doesn’t go. To learn to be an observer of yourself is crucial, and nature didn’t make that easy for us.” —Paul Ekman

Following the video and discussion, we are planning on preparing a brunch for participants — it should be tasty!

PLEASE RSVP if you are planning to attend, so that we might manage parking efficiently and also plan for food preparation.

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Father’s Day This Sunday at SIF

Can you believe the year is almost half over? I am reminded of this as we turn to celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday, the third Sunday in June…

As we have been exploring “who God is, what God is,” “who we are, what we are,” the topic of God as Father is an interesting one! We have been learning that God — the name we use to label that which is beyond being created, the Source of everything — is not easily put into a box. God is not male or female, Christian, Jewish, or Buddhist, Democrat or Republican; God is beyond all labels.

Yet, we can learn something about the character of God or Spirit, and thereby ourselves (as God’s loving creations), by looking to the examples in our world of how love and peace are demonstrated, of gentle strength, of living a life of truth and ethics. We can explore the role of the loving father in this world as a means of revealing in ourselves those values and qualities we hold as ideals.

We honor fathers this Sunday, the fathers among us, those that have passed, the men in our lives that played that role as a family friend, and even the women that took on the role of both father and mother. And, we honor our highest Father, that which is the best and most true in us and among us.

It would be lovely to join with you!

10:00 a.m.
Sunday, June 19

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

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What’s In a Name? — Exploring Our Identity

SUNDAY, MAY 22 — SUNDAY GATHERING

A time for inspiration, a time for reflection — prayer, meditation, song, and inspired words!

All are welcome!

“What’s in a name?”  — How do we see ourselves?  What is our identity?  We wear so many hats, we take on many roles: mother, father, son, daughter, teacher, waitress, construction worker, lawyer, senior citizen, toddler…..

Yet, do any of those roles define our identity?  We’ll explore how we see ourselves and how God sees us — perhaps sometimes they match up!  Let’s talk about this interesting topic together!

10:00 a.m. at the Meeting Space at Wedding In Sedona

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Mother’s Day — Compassion and the Womb of God

We are looking forward to connecting this Sunday for Mother’s Day!

A Buddhist text says, “Even as a mother at the risk of her life would watch over her own, her only child, so let us with boundless mind and good will survey the whole world.”

Sunday is Mother’s Day, a day of remembering mothers everywhere. Also, we remember the embracing mother-nature of God, setting an example of how we might interact with the world. Interestingly, according to Jesus scholar Marcus Borg, the word “compassion” translates in Hebrew from the plural form of the word “womb.” So to be compassionate as God is compassionate, as instructed by Jesus, means to be like a womb — and that God’s nature, as the ultimate giver of compassion, is “womb-like.”

Interesting! Let’s explore together this important and profound spiritual truth…

Sunday, May 8, 10:00 a.m.

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

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The Simplicity of Faith – Sunday Gathering 3/6

Susan Promo Photo 2010This Sunday, we’ll explore “The Simplicity of Faith” — or is it?

In what do we place our faith?
What is worthy of our faith?
How can we have faith when the world seems so unstable?
Is faith the same as belief?

Whew!  I think I have a deep and abiding faith, but does my life really bear witness to that?  What would our lives look like -visibly different? feel different? — if we lived with real faith?

Come this Sunday to explore and energize!  It’s a time to refresh the soul and inspire our beings…

10:00 a.m.

At the Meeting Space
at the Weddings In Sedona office30 Kayenta Ct., Suite 3
Sedona, AZ 86336

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Atheism and Spirituality — What Can We Learn?

Susan Promo Photo 2010It was great to gather with you last Sunday! Talking about the concept of fear, how we deal with it, what it looks like on the spiritual path – thank you for the insights you shared, and the inspiration we gained.

This week, we’ll be taking a look at spirituality through the lens of the next section in Deepak Chopra’s book, The Future of God. (For those of you that are reading the book, we are tackling pages 27-56 – Stage 1: Unbelief. Don’t worry if you don’t have time to read it before Sunday, though…) Chopra takes a look at the toll that militant atheism has taken on our culture. Have there been times in our own lives that we have questioned the veracity of our spiritual convictions? How have we dealt with them? Is there a place for skepticism on the journey to enlightenment?

I have one more copy of the book (and can acquire more!) if you are interested in jumping in with the reading. And, if you aren’t interested, come anyway – the conversation is thought-provoking, challenging, and inspiring, at least for me!

LOGISTICS:

10:00 a.m.

Meeting Space at Weddings In Sedona

30 Kayenta Ct., Suite 3

Sedona, AZ  86336

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What Did President Obama Mean?

Susan Promo Photo 2010We were listening to a little of President Obama’s talk at the annual National Prayer Breakfast earlier this week, and he said some interesting things that really gel with what we have been talking about lately. In particular, he addressed the need to rise above fear to faith, and that sparked the question in me about the place of fear on the spiritual path, or even in our daily lives.

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

I enjoy so much having the opportunity to join with others of like mind to consider the possibilities that are before us, each and every day, each and every moment. Perhaps you might take a few minutes in the morning before all of the Super Bowl festivities begin, for that opening of heart, mind and soul – together.

Please join us for a few moments 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 of your busy week.

Sedona Interfaith Fellowship

Sunday Gathering

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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Last Sunday – This Sunday – Being on the Path Together!

Susan Promo Photo 2010This last Sunday Gathering on the 24th was a time to start the discussion – back to the basics – of “What (or Who) is God?” How important is it for us to have a common understanding of what each of us means when we use the word “God”? We joined in singing and meditation, inspiring readings, a short message and discussion. Jon shared his song, “The Knowing,” a perfect experience of what we were attempting to share and understand.

Join us this week to start the exploration of spiritual principles at work in our own lives through the lens of Deepak Chopra’s book, The Future of God: A Practical Approach to Spirituality for Our Times.

While several participants will be reading certain parts of the book over the next couple of months, this study is open to everyone. The materials will simply be a launching point for discovering how all things spiritual intersect with our own lives, and what it means to be “on the path.” You are invited! Anyone may drop in any week to share in this loosely formatted Gathering, so don’t be shy about joining us!

Join us for brunch afterward.

LOGISTICS:

All Sunday Gatherings take place at 10:00 a.m. at the Meeting Space at Weddings In Sedona, unless otherwise noted.

30 Kayenta Ct., Suite 3

Sedona, AZ  86336

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