Sunday Gathering 1/10 – Priorities for the New Year?

Susan Promo Photo 2010This Sunday, January 10
10:00 a.m.
Weddings in Sedona Meeting Space
30 Kayenta Ct., Suite 3

Let’s start the New Year off right, and consider what our priorities in life are, together. I find that there is so much more power when I join with someone (including my “higher power”!), than when I try to walk the path alone. We go to God together, you and I! How do our spiritual priorities line up with our day-to-day priorities?

We’ll head to a local eatery for breakfast/lunch afterward.

It’d be wonderful to connect with you…..

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What Does It Really Mean to Forgive?

Susan Promo Photo 2010As I mentioned in my previous post, this Advent season has me thinking a lot about what Jesus came here to teach. So we have been looking at some of what I think are his most challenging and important lessons for us: love of the stranger and love of our enemies, what we can learn from the Beatitudes – blessed are the meek, the poor, those that hunger and thirst after righteousness or justice.

And this Sunday, we’ll take a look at the spiritual principle of forgiveness. Perhaps we all feel we understand what it means to forgive. But are we practicing it each and every day? Think how absolutely wonderful we would feel if we were letting go of upsets and grievances as they came up! Wow, I can only begin to imagine what that would be like!

Let’s inspire one another to reach for the highest in ourselves. I invite you to take a little time out of your week – just an hour or so – to recharge and remember. Come to our intimate Sunday Gathering to invite the spirit to move within. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

Sedona Interfaith Fellowship
Sunday Gathering

10:00 a.m.

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

Call me if you need directions:
Home: 282.0293
Cell: 274.1444

And mark your calendar for next Thursday:

Christmas Eve Candlelight Gathering
December 24, 6:00 p.m.
Sedona Creative Life Center, Sedona Room
Community Dinner following, in the Universal Room

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Sunday Gatherings Begin Again

713774We have begun holding Sunday Gatherings again! They are being held in a small meeting room at my office, Weddings In Sedona, at 10:00 a.m. Your presence would be warmly welcomed!

The Sunday before Thanksgiving, we  had an intimate Gathering, looking at Thanksgiving and Gratitude.  I shared the perspectives found in the Song of Prayer, an extension of the principles of A Course in Miracles; Paul’s letter to the Philippians, in which he describes being “content” or “thankful” (depending on the translation) in whatever circumstance comes his way; and how neuroscience is exploring the place of gratitude in the healing process as well as how it affects brain patterns.  Our sharing time was lively and insightful, and Jon shared one of his songs, “All the Angels.”  I think we walked away feeling inspired and uplifted!

This last Sunday, the first Sunday in Advent on the Christian calendar, we found ourselves exploring what it means to have Christ-consciousness born in us – how is it possible that something we already possess could be “born”? Inspired by one of our Chicken Soup stories, we looked at how we spend our time waiting – waiting in lines, waiting for special events, waiting for shipments to arrive, waiting to become holy. Why wait, when in every moment we have the opportunity to be holy, our true Identity? We left with a sense of commitment, I think, to be all that we are meant to be.

Stay tuned for what’s up this coming Sunday – we’d love to see you there, taking this journey together!

And mark your calendar for our Christmas Eve Gathering and Community Dinner, Thursday, December 24. The Gathering will begin at 6:00 p.m., in the Sedona Room at the Sedona Creative Life Center. All are welcome!

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Sunday, May 11 — Mother’s Day

Just a reminder that after two weeks at the Sedona Creative Life Center, we are back at the library this Sunday….

9:30 a.m., Community Room at Sedona Public Library

Fellowship time after the Gathering will be at Red’s Restaurant, at Sedona Rouge.

Mothers Day.  Mothers everywhere are honored and blessed for the role they have played in our lives.  We will do no less at Sedona Interfaith Fellowship this Sunday.  But we will also take a closer look at what the definition of “mother” is from a spiritual perspective.  What about this role is unique?  How do all of us play this role, regardless of our gender or even age, at one time or another?  What is God’s purpose for mothers? And how is God a mother to us?

The story we’ll use to illustrate the answers to some of these questions is a parable of sorts, that describes the sacred trust a mother is given by God.  We’ll take a step back, to get a perspective on what our function is as mother and caregiver to all.  It helps to also know that any lack of perfection in this role does not affect how God sees us, as blessed and whole, as a part of Her, and full of potential.

Drawing from Jesus scholar Marcus Borg’s book, Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, we’ll glean some insights into the concept of “womb” and “compassion,” as understood in the context of the Hebrew Bible.

Come share some sacred time and space with other seekers! We’d love to see you!

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Easter Sunday Celebration – March 31

Lily 2

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.  This will be an “eye-opening” experience for participants – a fun surprise!

A potluck will follow the Easter service at the Fellowship home/office.  Maps are available at the service.

Each Sunday 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.  As time permits, sharing or special offerings take place.

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.

logoSunday Service: Sedona Library, 9:30 a.m.

Rev. Susan Perry: 282-0293.

 

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Sunday, December 16 — Shine Your Light!

Light festivals continue at Interfaith

At Sedona Interfaith Fellowship, we use Advent to honor festivals of light from several traditions, as a symbol of inviting the light to come and recognizing the divine within.

This Sunday we honor Divali, meaning “row of lights,” a Hindu celebration of renewal, cleansing and purification, celebrated at the end of the harvest season. Lamps and candles burn brightly during the three-day festival, and gifts are given to neighborhood servants that have been helpful, and to family members.

Remember to bring a candle to light on the altar, and a favorite short poem or quote about the light within, candles, or this time of year.  It’s not mandatory, and we’ll have extra candles and quotes there for anyone that would like to participate.

Rev. Susan Perry and Music Minister Jon Michael will lead participants through music, meditation, sacred word, and an inspiring message. A discussion may follow, as time permits. Fellowship at a local restaurant will follow.

There will be no Sunday Gathering on December 23, but Monday, December 24, there will be a Candlelight Gathering at Sedona Creative Life Center.  Watch your mail for more information.

Sedona Interfaith Fellowship is dedicated to finding and using the beauty and wisdom from the world’s sacred paths, and is committed to serving as an opening through which individuals may more deeply experience the presence of God. Sunday Gatherings: 9:30 a.m., Sedona Public Library, Community Room. Rev. Susan Perry: 282-0293.

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Sunday, December 9 – Celebrating Light!

Continuing the celebration of Light Festivals during the Advent season, Sedona Interfaith Fellowship will honor Hanukkah this Sunday. While being a minor festival, this Jewish celebration has become honored over time, a festival of lights in which menorahs are seen burning everywhere, acknowledging the miracle that occurred in 165 B.C., when Judah Maccabbee led a small band of rebels in reclaiming Jerusalem and the temple.  Upon lighting the temple menorah for their rededication, they discovered there was enough oil for only one day, but the lamp miraculously burned for eight days.

Sunday Gatherings are an opportunity for you the participant to go on an inner journey, to explore what spirituality means to you.  As you open up to the wisdom found in the worlds of spirituality, psychology, theology, and the fragile complexities of what it means to be a part of humanity, the opportunities and possibilities are boundless.

The following Sunday, the 16th, the Fellowship will use the Hindu light festival of Divali during this time of preparation, leading to a candlelight gathering on Christmas Eve.  No Sunday Gathering on December 23.

We look forward to connecting with you this Sunday!

9:30 a.m

Sedona Public Library, Community Room

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July 22 – SIF’s 16th Anniversary Celebration!

Just another Sunday?  Perhaps in the greater scheme of things.  But for us, another milestone has been reached, another year has been served in our humble ministry.  16 years…. It’s hard to imagine!

Yet, what do all of these years help us to see?  Surely the sea of faces has changed over the years.  And surely, we age, we mature, we evolve.

One of God’s lessons for me personally that is at the root of why I continue in this ministry is to understand — really understand at a very core level — the unity of all humankind.  The Oneness we share in God’s family is an amazing force, if we but stop a moment to accept it, to experience it.  This Sunday, we’ll have the opportunity to embrace this principle together.  I hope you will join us.

Sunday Service begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Sedona Library’s Community Room.

We’ll head to a parishioner’s home for a Potluck BBQ Celebration, at about 11:30 a.m.  Bring something to grill, and a small potluck dish to share.  We’ll supply the buns and fixin’s, and also the beverages and dessert.  Directions to the home located in VOC will be at the Service.

It would be great to see you!

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Sunday, May 13 – 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 honoring all mothers, especially our own.  We also remember how the mother-nature of God enfolds and embraces us, showing us how we ourselves might interact with the world.  Just as God nurtures and cares for us, so too may we care for all beings in loving support.  A mother’s love can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, a metaphor for the depth of God’s love for us.

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.

Join us at  the Sunday Service for inspiration for the coming week.

Sedona Library,9:30 a.m.

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Sunday, April 29 – “Excuses, Excuses!”

This Sunday, Sedona Interfaith Fellowship will hold services at the Sedona Community Center (aka, Adult Community Center), due to the book sale at the library.  SCC is located off Harmony Drive and Melody Lane.

“The dog ate my paper,” the clichéd excuse goes.  Everyone’s heard them, and most people have probably muttered them at one time or another: excuses.

Procrastination seems to be a part of being human, and it’s no different on the spiritual journey.  How quickly are excuses offered up for not meditating, or not reading sacred or inspirational material?  Or worse yet, excuses for not being loving, kind or trusting?

This Sunday, let’s talk about how to overcome making excuses on the walk to God.  And there’s no excuse for not showing up!

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