Category: SIF News & Random Thoughts


    Due to the book sale at the Sedona Public Library, the Fellowship will meet at Sedona Creative Life Center: Sunday, October 16:  9:30 a.m. in the Great Room (upstairs and the ramp to the left) Sunday, October 23:  9:30 a.m. in the Sedona Room (upstairs and the ramp to the right) Sedona Creative Life Center […]

  • Upcoming Workshop Series: “Parallels and Divergence in World Religions”

    My friend Alexandra sent me the following post about an upcoming workshop series with local author Richard Hooper.  It may be of interest to you…..   Alexandra is the founder of Mustard Seed Venture, an organization dedicated to studying and embodying the teachings of Jesus. We are excited to have local author Richard Hooper teach […]

  • Sunday, October 9 – How do we “Go With the Flow”?

    It’s become a somewhat tired catch phrase:  “Go with the flow.”  There’s something almost romantic about it, as though you could almost visualize yourself floating on your back down a gentle stream, not a care in the world. On the other hand, through overuse and abuse of this phrase—“Hey, man, I’m just goin’ with the […]

  • SIF’s 3rd Annual Fellowship Picnic!

    Join in the fun and food at a beautiful private ranch for our 3rd Annual Picnic!  Cottonwood trees surrounding a manmade lake, rolling green lawns, horses grazing in a nearby pasture….. This Sunday, September 25, 2011 Noon to 4:00 p.m. We’ll supply: Burgers and Brats, all the fixin’s, beverages, and all tableware. Bring: A small […]

  • Sunday, September 25 — What is Your Sense of Self?

    Too often one can find oneself waxing poetic about “the way it used to be,” or idly fantasizing about a mythical perfect future – as they say, “the grass is always greener on the other side.”  Yet, the spiritual path, although looking to a brighter future, is about living fully in the present, so that […]

  • Sunday, September 11 — Emptiness

    This Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on U.S. soil.  We will offer blessings and prayers in remembrance of this day. The philosopher emperor Marcus Aurelius is quoted as saying: “God, whose love and joy are present everywhere, can’t come to visit you unless you aren’t there.” The concept of emptying oneself […]

  • Sunday, August 28 — What Is “Life”?

    Reverence for all life.  What does that mean?  To the devout Jainist, it means that even the tiniest ant should not be crushed, or that respect be given to a germ coursing its way through our veins.  To some, it means abortions are immoral.  And to some, it simply means enjoying the beauty of nature. […]

  • Sunday, August 21 — Real Courage: What Is It?

    What does it mean to be courageous?  We too often associate courage with those who throw themselves headlong into a battle or that face a dangerous situation as a superhero might. But real courage – that state of mind that enables one to face a challenging situation “no matter what” – is this not something […]

  • Sunday, August 14 — Transformation and You

    In August the Christian community around the world commemorates the transfiguration of Jesus.  The symbology of this event is a powerful metaphor for the spiritual seeker, as Jesus is literally transformed before the eyes of his disciples into a radiant being.  Part of the strength of this image might be seen in Jesus’ relationship with […]

  • Sunday, August 7 — Happy Dharma Day! or, What’s the Most Important Thing?

    On Wednesday, Buddhists commemorate the Buddha’s first discourse, the Turning of the Wheel of Dharma, following his enlightenment.  And some commemorate as well the “Setting on the Path” of Kwan Yin.  In honor of these traditions, the Fellowship will look at a summary of “the most important thing” in Buddhism. Just as Buddhists remember what […]