Friday, January 31, 2014

Worship & Breaking Bread

"Leading us in worship this Sunday will be the Rev. Ellen King. Our offering will be for Concho Valley PAWS (in honor of the groundhog :-). Following worship we will have our potluck dinner.

~ Sunday
~ February 2, 2014
~ 5:30 pm
~ 618 Locust Street

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Inspiration and Tradition

This Sunday at the Gathering we will discuss ideas from Thomas Moore's new book, A Religion of One's Own. Since this book is so rich and many layered, I  did not want to reduce it to a synopsis. Instead, I will bring several short quotes from the book and questions about the ideas expressed in the quotes as triggers to start the discussion. Below is a collage of various sentences from the book I put together to give you a feel for the essential theme of the book:
"I foresee a new kind of spiritual creativity, in which we no longer decide whether to believe in a given creed and follow a certain tradition blindly. Now we allow ourselves a healthy skepticism. We no longer feel pressure to choose one tradition over another but is able to appreciate many routes to spiritual richness. This new religion is a blend of individual inspiration and inspiring tradition. . . I think we need a religion that comes out of our own hearts and minds and tailor-made to our own values and sensitivities. This approach looks to formal religions for insight, but it takes root and flourishes in an individual life. It means going deep rather than being right. It means studying your tradition or others that attract you without taking them as they are offered. Struggle with them, work hard at extracting only what is valuable in them, and be ready to discard the dross. Follow them in your own way sincerely and wholeheartedly.   The point is not to join the right group but to find resources that will take you deep into your own wisdom."

~ SUNDAY 26 JANUARY 2014 ~
~ 5:30 pm ~ 618 LOCUST STREET ~

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Divine Who Knows Us

Reverend Tracy Baker will be leading the Worship Service this Sunday. She will be reading from Isaiah and meditation will be "The Divine Who Knows Us". There will be a pot luck dinner after the service, so bring whatever you like or just bring yourself there will be plenty for all who attend.

Sunday 19 January 2014 
5:30 pm ~ 618 Locust Street

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Power of Myth

Aretta Greer
will lead this Sunday with a Film & Discussion
"People say that what we're all seeking is the meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive ".....___Joseph Campbell.
On Sunday the 12th we will see a segment of the series of 'The Power of Myth'. Bill Moyers interviews Campbell on the Hero's Adventure. The question is asked why are there so many, in mythology and what is the meaning of heroes for us in our lives today. We can be thinking of who our heroes are and have they changed over time and experiences.

~ SUNDAY 12 JANUARY 2014 ~
~ 5:30 pm ~ 618 LOCUST STREET ~

Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Year's Worship

To start off the year 2014, The Gathering will be having it's worship service led by Rev. Ellen King. Our offering will go to the Wesley Soup Kitchen.

We will break bread together after worship via a "Pot Luck Soup". So, bring something to add to the soup pot or crackers and other items to go with a big pot of soup.  If you planned on bringing a meat or some other item that will require a long cooking time, please prepare it before you come.

~5:30 pm~618 LOCUST STREET~