Friday, March 21, 2014

April Events

 The Reconciliation Workshop will be presented next on April 11-12 at the office on Alamo.  This is the best way to get a full appreciation for the scope of Creative Conflict Resolution and is the gateway to the new School for Living.  If you have questions about it, contact Mark or the the CCCR site.

The next Contemplative Practices event will be on Holy Saturday, April 19, the day before Easter.  We will consider the nature of resurrection as a central aspect of Christian theology but also how it is reflected in the teachings of other religions and how it shows up in our own lives.  10-11 at Pilgrim.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Coming Events for Sacred Soup

Starting Wednesday we will be keeping the Christian season of Lent by gathering for a contemplative worship experience in the style of Taize’ in the Danforth Chapel at Pilgrim.  The service is from 6:00 – 6:45 each week.  Before the worship there is a potluck supper at Union Ave Christian across the street. 

Saturday we will gather for this month’s edition of the School for Contemplative Practices.  We will meet from 10:00 – noon in the Conference Room at Pilgrim.  Our topic will be Barriers to Change.  While we know that change is possible theoretically, and we have even experienced our own transformation, we all harbor unconscious resistance to change and even at times the belief that we cannot change.

See details in the Calendar section.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Contemplative worship in the style of Taize’ at Pilgrim during Lent

Pilgrim UCC is pleased to invite all to a simple contemplative service on Wednesdays through the period of Lent 2014. Each week from March 12 through April 9 we will gather from 6:00 – 6:45 in the Danforth Chapel at 826 Union Blvd. Please use the door in the rear on the alley. [If you have accessibility needs please let us know and we can open the door at the front but to keep the space warm we want to minimize opening that door.]

The service will invite a contemplative experience through four kinds of practices—directed prayer, meditative prayer, lectio divina, and chant. Each of these will be explained as a part of the service. We anticipate that much of this experience will be new to many of the worshipers.

We will not meet on Wednesday of Holy Week but will gather instead on Friday for a Good Friday service in a similar style. We hope you will join us.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Immunity to Change

Our next gathering of the School for Contemplative Practices will be Saturday, March 15, 2014, 10-12 at Pilgrim. [see the calendar for details]

Our most evident reason to engage in contemplative practices is in order to deepen our awareness of the Divine Presence in our lives.  We think that would be a good thing.  It would be a refreshing and inspiring change.  The trouble is, such a change is fundamentally a change in ourselves.

Earlier this week I was confronted by the insistence of a client of mine that she was not able to change. I found this surprising on a good many levels.  The most immediate was the surprise born of my personal investment in the transformation of myself and the world.  I just assume that is possible.

Just under that awareness was my surprise that she would have chosen to be in therapy and yet would be so certain that this investment of time and money would be of no benefit to her.  At least no lasting benefit.  Why would she come if she wasn't going to experience durable change?

A bit deeper I found my surprise at my surprise.  Of course she was deeply skeptical.  We don’t live in a society that much believes that such change is possible.  Certainly not after “we are grown.”  She was discovering that she has a part of her that doesn't believe in her own power to be transformed.  Seen from this light, this was actually a very healthy and healing insight.

Do you believe you can change?  Do you have a sense of what you want to have be different? Do you know what is in your way?

On Saturday morning, March 15, we will gather for a conversation about change and transformation.  How does it happen?  Do we want it? And what might we do to not only get out of our own way, but to use our resistance to change to help fuel the transformation?