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Inviting the Sacred

Inviting the Sacred

An interfaith event, Inviting the Sacred will be held on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Center for Spiritual Living, 1905 Hartnell Avenue, Redding CA. Experience an evening of ritual and spiritual practice, rich in cultural diversity, dedicated to the unique expressions of Spirit in its many forms. Spiritual…

Sacred Activism

Sacred Activism

“Sacred Activism is the birthing process of a new world,” says Andrew Harvey in this part one video. “The vision of great mystic prophets such as the Buddha, Jesus and the prophet Mohammed, all of whom were sacred activists, revolutionaries in their own time, who really demanded the application of…

Spiritual Wisdom

Spiritual Wisdom

Everyone thinks their opinions are correct, but obviously this cannot be the case, so we should strive to be generous and try to understand the reasons for other’s beliefs. Is their/our certainty based on personal experience or have they/we just uncritically bought into someone else’s worldview? Are these values mutually…

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

My personal formula for a happy new year in 2017 and to thrive over the next 4 years: Buy a case of champagne and look for things to celebrate each month in the new year Take a media fast starting mid-January Spend time with family and people I like; travel closer to…

#Be The Balm

This past year, we’ve seen political leaders use fear and anger to divide communities and undermine our shared values, both of people of faith and those who do not claim any faith community. Shared values are not beliefs, dogmas, doctrines, theology, traditions, customs or religious practices. I believe almost all of us share basic human […]

Festival of Lights

Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” which begins Sat. night, Dec. 24, 2016 and continues through Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. It is also Christmas eve, another festival of lights. In this TED Talk, Rabbi Sharon Brous pleas that we must reinvent religion to meet the needs of modern life. In this impassioned talk, […]

An Interfaith Experience

An Interfaith Experience

You are invited to an Interfaith Experience on Thursday, December 22, 2016 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, 2850 Foothill Blvd, Redding CA. The interfaith service will honor solstice, the birth of Christ and the holiday season with music, Christmas carols and candle lighting. It will be presented by Lynn…

SCIF Thanksgiving Interfaith Service

SCIF Thanksgiving Interfaith Service

Shasta County Interfaith Forum (SCIF) is presenting a Thanksgiving Interfaith Service on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Josephs Roman Catholic Church, 2040 Walnut Ave., Redding CA. The annual event, which expresses gratitude in honor of Thanksgiving will include a program of prayers, readings and practices from…

I Am That, I Am

I Am That, I Am

To see a world in a grain of sand And a Heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palm of your hand And eternity in an hour. William Blake As I walked the River Trail on Tuesday I was struck by a mystical experience of being one with…

Taize Service

Taize Service

There will be an evening of quiet meditation, soft harmony and chant in the spirit of the Taize community in France on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 7 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 2150 Benton Drive, Redding, CA…

All Sinners & Saints Day

I just realized I missed November 1st as All Saints Day this year, “dedicated to the saints of the Church… all those who have already obtained heaven.” Apparently the tradition goes back to 609 AD. I also missed November 2nd as All Souls Day, dedicated to “all who have died… and may have not yet […]

A New Love Declaration

This YouTube video is a 2013 TEDxNavigli presentation by Ervin Laszio. The New Love Declaration is available from Amazon.com for kindle. Love is… – Being part of you… and of the world – Knowing who I am… and who you are – Knowing that I am not separate from you – Condemning every form of […]

Humanity’s Team Community Circle

“Humanity’s Team is a global spiritual movement whose purpose is to embody the timeless truth of Oneness, which is essential for responding to the world’s most chronic and acute challenges, and vital for creating a sustainable world of peace and harmony.” Their Community Circle is “for those of you who feel drawn to connect with your […]

Interconnectedness of All Life

Interconnectedness of All Life

“Seeing the Divine in Life. Standing in the Shoes of the Other” is the tag for the online Global Oneness Summit planned for October 24, 2016. Themes are: One with the Divine, Empowering Communities, Whole System Shift, Science of Oneness, Spirituality-Process of Going Within, Evolution of Consciousness, the Conscious Business…

Feminine Authority

Feminine Authority

We may soon have the first woman President of the United States (one form of feminine authority), but women are also increasingly being empowered as spiritual leaders, as they “break the stained glass ceiling.” A year has passed since the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions was held in Salt Lake City.…

Sense of Community

Sense of Community

This past weekend we “experienced true community” in two unexpected places. We attended a plein air painting gathering in Shelter Cove, CA, where we were warmly welcomed by the tight-knit community hosting the event. Then we visited with the sisters of the sublimely peaceful community at Redwood Monastery, where Thomas Merton…

Love Stands Up

Love Stands Up

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016 a movement was launched to “come together to say NO to the hate rhetoric that threatens to divide us and YES to more just and generous ways of living with and loving one another.” From the We Stand With Love website: “On November 8, 2016,…

RSA Interviews the Interviewer to Become Wise

RSA Interviews the Interviewer to Become Wise

I fell in love with the United Kingdom’s RSA through their engaging visual animations, but this interview may change the focus of my admiration.  Elizabeth Oldfield of Theos Think Tank had not only the courage but also the skill to interview Krista Tippett in this riveting 1 hour video. Krista Tippett…

The Cosmic Mass

Matthew Fox narrates this video of The Cosmic Mass, which is based on the four paths of creation spirituality: The Cosmic Mass: An Equinox Celebration & Participatory Community Ritual for All Ages will be celebrated on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak Street, Ashland, Oregon. If “there is no community without ritual” as […]

Hearing the Emerging Voices

Hearing the Emerging Voices

Since 2011 The Interfaith Observer (TIO) has been monthly chronicling the rise of the interfaith movement. They note that numerous internet platforms have offered faith and interfaith communities places to hear from and be heard. “We are reaping the bounty. HuffPost Religion, Religious News Service, Worldwide Faith News, and Faith in Public Life News all post daily…

Interdependence

Interdependence

The United States has a history of emphasizing independence and rugged individualism – the Declaration of Independence. But as the internet brings us closer together as a global village we look beyond our tribe and realize our INTERdependence. Wikipedia notes that there have been a number of documents designated as the Declaration of…

Burning Man 2016

Burning Man 2016

The Burning Man Festival 2016 takes place for 9 days, starting before Labor Day, from August 28 to September 5, 2016 in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Participants join in the effort to co-create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis, dedicated to art and community. More than an event, Burning Man…

Creation Spirituality Movement Gathering

Do you have a taste for the writing of Matthew Fox and spiritual mystics such as Hildegard of Bingen or Meister Eckhart? Then you might be interested in attending the Creation Spirituality Movement Gathering in Berkeley CA on July 28-31, 2016. The (r)evolutionary Creation Spirituality Movement is “a spirituality for the 21st Century, reawakening mysticism and protecting mother […]

Contemplative Action

Contemplative Action

Are contemplating and action mutually exclusive or part of a “New Wave Emergence?” Holly Roach in Huffington Post’s Patheos Emerging Voices writes about a spirituality grounded in both action and contemplation. She interviews therapist Teresa Pasquale who talks about the “dynamism between inner and outer life forms” – beyond duality.…

Creation Spirituality

Creation Spirituality

Honoring all of creation as Original Blessing, Creation Spirituality integrates the wisdom of Eastern and Western spirituality and global indigenous cultures, with the emerging scientific understanding of the universe, and the passion of creativity. It is both a tradition and a movement, celebrated by mystics and agents of social change from every…

Ubuntu

Ubuntu is an ethical concept of southern African origin – the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity – we are all interrelated. “In the cathedral of the wild, we get to see the best parts of ourselves reflected back to us.” Boyd Varty Ubuntu is also the name of an open source software […]

Convergence Christianity

Convergence Christianity

In the broad spectrum between the socially and theologically conservative religious right and liberal Progressive Christians there is a growing movement of progressive Christian people of faith in America…

Humanist Church

Humanist Church

Humanist Current Events, a monthly meeting is not quite church, but humanists have some great discussions about what is going on in the world.  You can bring something to discuss or join in on discussing what someone else brought. Join the monthly discussion in the community room on Sunday, March 13, 2016 from…

Lost In The Wonder

Lost In The Wonder

For some liturgical-oriented Christians, February 10, 2016, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of Lent this year, ending 6 weeks later in Holy Week and Easter on March 27, 2016. This tradition of 40 days of preparation dates back to the 11th century according to Lauren F. Winner. In the past, Lent has often…

World Parliament of Religions 2015

World Parliament of Religions 2015

Wisdom and insights from the World Parliament of Religions 2015 will be shared on Friday, January 29, 2016 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living, Redding, 1905 Hartnell Avenue, Redding, CA…

Closer To Truth?

What do “the world’s greatest thinkers” have to say about the cosmos, consciousness and meaning? Closer To Truth invites us to “explore humanity’s deepest questions. Discover the fundamental issues of existence. Enjoy new ways of thinking. Appreciate diverse views. Witness intense debates. Express and share your own opinions. Seek your own answers.” From their website: […]

Advent Hope

November 29, 2015 was the start of Advent in the current Christian liturgical calendar – four Sundays before Christmas. It is the season of hope, preparation, anticipation and waiting. The definition of the Advent is “the arrival of a notable person, thing or event – an emergence, materialization, occurrence, dawn, birth, rise or development. Often this is simply thought of […]

Parliament of the World’s Religions

Parliament of the World’s Religions

A global interfaith movement is taking place in Salt Lake City from October 15-19, 2015, representing 10,000 people, 80 nations and 50 faiths. The title of the conference is Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity – Working Together for a World of Compassion, Peace, Justice and Sustainability. The Parliament is…

Shasta College Identity Series

Shasta College Identity Series

Identity – we all have one, whether we embrace it, ignore it, or rail against it. The public is invited to attend the Shasta College Identity Series presented at the Office of Access and Equity. FAITH and IDENTITY – Thursday, October 1, 2015, 12:00-1:30 pm at the Student Center Stage in the Cafeteria…

It’s Up To Me

It’s Up To Me

Robert H. Schuller died yesterday at the age of 88. I met him 18 years ago, while he was still at the peak of his career as creator of the Crystal Cathedral in Anaheim CA and promulgator of possibility thinking on the television show Hour of Power. He was an…

Compassionate Communities

Compassionate Communities

Are you uncomfortable living in Redding CA? Then perhaps you are interested in seeing Redding CA become a Compassionate Community?” To find out more, you might want to join the Maestro Conference on Compassionate Communities Initiative, this Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 6 AM. So far, 58 communities have signed the…

The Meaning of Jesus

The Meaning of Jesus

Theologian Marcus J. Borg passed on this week at age 72. His most recent book Convictions, was written two years ago, as he reflected upon his life and experiences at age 70. I can clearly hear his gentle voice in my head, with his carefully selected words and measured professorial…

Interfaith Candle Lighting Experience

Interfaith Candle Lighting Experience

Lynn E. Fritz is presenting an Interfaith Candle Lighting Experience, honoring solstice & holidays traditions on  Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7 PM at Pilgrim Church UCC, 2850 Foothill Blvd, Redding CA. There will be  special music by Joey Carroll (Native American flute) and Christmas carols by Zonia Warchala (pianist). Co-Presenters are Rev. Dr. Ann Corrin, Pilgrim Congregational…

Thanksgiving Interfaith Service

Thanksgiving Interfaith Service

A Thanksgiving Interfaith Service will be held at 7:30 PM on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2460 Gold Street, Redding, CA. The annual event, which expresses gratitude in honor of Thanksgiving, is presented by Shasta County Interfaith Forum (SCIF) and will include a program of prayers, readings and practices…

People Who are Good for No Good Reason

People Who are Good for No Good Reason

As we become an increasingly global, diverse, post-modern and pluralistic world in the 21st century, we are also finding the line between secular and religious is often blurred. People have eclectic views as they sample from the buffet of philosophies and religions from both the West and East. Interfaith Efforts…

Connect to Something Greater Than Ourselves

Connect to Something Greater Than Ourselves

Rufus Burrow, Jr. in Communitarianism and the Beloved Community, wrote that Martin Luther King Jr. believed people must strive to be in community in a particular way – “…minimally, this must mean respecting each other’s personhood, sharing the bounties of God’s world, and intentionally working toward the development of the…

youarenotsosmart

“Do you think that everything you believe is true? If not, then what are you wrong about?” “It is a difficult question to answer, and it leads to many others. Where do our beliefs come from, and how do we know where we should Why don’t facts seem to work on people?” “In this podcast episode […]

Sacred Realism, Factual Faith and Evidential Mysticism

Michael Dowd attempts to reconcile science and religion in his 2008 book Thank God for Evolution. But, today in America there are consequences and suffering resulting from ignoring evidential revelation: “1,000 young people are abandoning their faith per day.” “Rates of teen pregnancy, obesity, spouse abuse and porn addiction are highest in the most religiously conservative, Bible-centered parts […]

Emerging Voices

I have been a follower of the emergent Christianity “conversation” for over a decade, so when Patheos recently created Emerging Voices in their Progressive Christian Channel I took note. The subtitle “A Diversity of Perspectives from the Emergent Movement & Beyond” refers to the voices of Patheos’ various contributors. From…

Who Are We?

“So who are we? We are the life-force power of the universe, with manual dexterity and two cognitive minds. And we have the power to choose, moment by moment, who and how we want to be in the world.” “Right here, right now, I can step into the consciousness of my right hemisphere, where we […]

Being Fully Human

Being Fully Human

Being fully human is more than the pursuit of happiness. SoWhatFaith.com brought to my attention Daisy Grewal’s February 18, 2014 article in Scientific American, A Happy Life May Not Be a Meaningful Life,  and the difference between happiness and meaningfulness: Happy – “According to recent research, happiness “was strongly correlated with…

National Day of Prayer

In 1952, President Harry S. Truman designated the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer. This is the 63rd annual commemoration. An atheist group recently challenged the practice, but in 2011 the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the observation caused no harm to the Freedom…

Vaisakhi Festival & Day for Non-violence

  Saturday, May, 10, 2014 has been set aside for the Vaisakhi Festival & Day for Non-violence at the Sikh Center, 5400 Sikh Centre Drive, Anderson, CA from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM. There will be Punjabi food/snacks; community booths and multicultural performances. The FREE event is co-sponsored by the Shasta…

Floating of the Lanterns

The Floating of the Lanterns will be presented by Rev. Lynn E. Fritz (Co-Sponsored by Shasta County Interfaith Forum and Center for Spiritual Living-Redding) on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 7 PM at the Park Marina Pond (behind Budgetel River Inn on Park Marina Drive in Redding, CA. There will be…

Better Together Day

Did you know? Based on the most recent Hate Crime Report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 19% of hate crimes occur ring in America resulted from religious bias. In 2012, the FBI reported that 1,340 individuals were victims of an anti-religious hate crime. It was not until 2013 that the FBI announced that it would track […]

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