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A Ceremonial Church which combines the Ancient Form of Sacramental Worship with the utmost Liberality of Thought. Sunday Mass @ 10AM a Ceremonial Church which combines the Ancient Form of Sacramental Worship with the utmost Liberality of Thought

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[01/06/19]   The Prayer of Faith
By Hannah More Kohaus

God is my help in every need;
God does my every hunger feed;
God walks beside me, guides my way
Through every moment of this day.

I now am wise, I now am true,
Patient and kind, and loving, too;
All things I am, can do, and be,
Through Christ the Truth, that is in me.

God is my health, I can’t be sick;
God is my strength, unfailing, quick;
God is my all, I know no fear,
Since God and Love and Truth are here.

As we are dealing with the terrorist attacks around the world this beautiful poem/prayer came to mind one night. I learned it early on in my time at Unity church and memorized it for times when I was in need of a healing or help in a situation in my life. Although we see the words “God” and “Christ” throughout you can replace them in any way you feel comfortable. Sometimes I replace them with the word “love” for love is all there really is unless of course we don’t believe that then “fear” or “hatred” may be all we feel for the moment. But if you let it—love can appear and take over in your life.

Although the terrorists took over the city of Paris for a few hours it was not long before love took over, people helping people, people lighting candles and laying flowers all over the city. People from every country on earth praying for the injured and the dead .

There will always be people on earth who are angry at life and want to take that anger out on others, there will always be people who love and love is the most powerful energy on earth and love will prevail. Love can turn the heart of a future terrorist, if we believe it can.

Love has healed the sick, fed the hungry, and clothed the poor. Love has made people run into a burning building to save some one or jump into a raging river, or pull a person out of a sinking car in a canal.

If you let it love can over take fear, anger, and hatred. Even Jesus on the cross said, “Forgive them for they know not what they do.” I had a congregant who was stabbed over 60 times by an assailant in her kitchen, the police found him, he was tried and went to jail. One day she realized that if she did not forgive him he would control her life for the rest of her life. So she went to the jail and faced him one-on-one and did just that. Her forgiveness saved her life and her mental stability. The justice system took care of the perpetrator.

When hate fills your heart find someone to love.

From Unity

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Cloud Colored Christ (Cosmic Chant)

CLOUD COLORED CHRIST

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADJtlf5D-Cg&list=PLVJMiNhtcDYz-j1A4zhiO9MgQZfzdmf70&index=5

Sri Yoganandaji's chant to the universal, omnipresent Christ Consciousness. One of the SRF Aims & ideals: "To reveal the complete harmony and basic oneness o...

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Called to Community

CALLED TO COMMUNITY : THE LIFE JESUS WANTS
FOR HIS PEOPLE

https://www.plough.com/en/topics/community/intentional-community/called-to-community

plough.com Fifty-two readings on living in intentional Christian community to spark group discussion.

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THE LIBERAL CATHOLIC CHURCH-
THEOSOPHIA SYNOD

CHURCH OF ST. RAPHAEL ARCHANGEL
LIBERAL CATHOLIC

We Celebrate Holy Mass Every Sunday at 10:00 A.M. You Are Welcome To Be With Us.

Informal Coffee Hour Immediately Follows Holy Mass.

ONLY 2 REQUIREMENTS

Contrary to the multiple rules, regulations and dogmas that Churchianity has accumulated and promotes, Jesus Christ only declared 2 requirements :

Love God, Love Your Neighbor.
We invite you to work with us to build the
Community that Jesus had intended.

http://www.lcc-orlando.org,

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[01/06/19]   New Year’s : Letting Go, Letting Be.



Eternal Spirit,

Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,

Source of All That Is, Ground of All Being, Destination of All Souls.



It is night.

The night is for stillness.

Let us be still in your presence.



This night ends a long year.

What has been done has been done;

what has not been done has not been done;

May we let it go,

May we let it be.



The night is dark.

May our fears of the darkness of the world

and the Shadow within our own lives

rest in you this night.



The celebrations for a new year have ended.

May the quietness of your peace enfold us,

all who are dear to us,

and all who have no peace this night.



The night heralds the dawn.

The morning shall bring

a new day,

a new year,

Let us look expectantly ahead

new joys,

new possibilities.

May we open this new chapter of our lives together

In peace, hope and trust.



[adapted from the New Zealand Prayerbook: Lord’s Prayer, Compline]

Courtesy of Father Harry Coverston

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Did Jesus Exist and Who Is the Christ?:  Recommended Books on Jesus Including Titles That Question the Existence of an Historical Jesus as Given in the Gospels and Titles Written about the Mythical and Cosmic Christ

WHO IS THE CHRIST?

http://www.blavatskyarchives.com/jesuschrist.htm

Did Jesus Exist and Who Is the Christ?: Recommended Books on Jesus Including Titles That Question the Existence of an Historical Jesus as Given in the Gospels and Titles Written about the Mythical and Cosmic Christ - Blavatsky Study Center: Website on H.P. Blavatsky & Theosophy including Blavatsky Archives.
The Historical Evidence for Jesus by G.A. Wells. In this thoroughly researched study, G.A. Wells has squarely faced the question of whether a man named Jesus lived, preached, healed, and died in Palestine during the early years of the first century of the Christian era - or indeed, at any time.

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blavatskyarchives.com So You'd Like to... Know if there was a historical Jesus

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Tom Harpur - The Pagan Christ

COSMIC CHRISTIANITY AND THE REALITY OF THE CHRIST WITHIN

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ5rnkrSzsQ

Tom Harpur - The Pagan Christ
Tom Harpur, ex-Anglican minister and author of "The Pagan Christ", discusses his discovery of the pagan origins of Christianity.
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Tom Harpur, ex-Anglican minister and author of "The Pagan Christ", discusses his discovery of the pagan origins of Christianity.

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The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Animal Ethics: 1st Edition (Hardback) - Routledge

CONCERN FOR OUR ANIMAL FRIENDS

ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF RELIGION AND ANIMAL ETHICS
https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Handbook-of-Religion-and-Animal-Ethics/Linzey-Linzey/p/book/9781138592728

The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Animal Ethics: 1st Edition (Hardback) - Routledge
The ethical treatment of non-human animals is an increasingly significant issue, directly affecting how people share the planet with other creatures and visualize themselves within the natural world.
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OXFORD CENTRE FOR ANIMAL ETHICS
https://www.oxfordanimalethics.com/home/
Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics
The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics is the world's first academy dedicated to the ethical enhancement of the status of animals.
www.oxfordanimalethics.com

routledge.com The ethical treatment of non-human animals is an increasingly significant issue, directly affecting how people share the planet with other creatures and visualize themselves within the natural world. The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Animal Ethics…

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Anthropocene

HOLY COW, WHAT ON EARTH ARE WE DOING TO THE PLANET !!!

https://www.gallery.ca/whats-on/exhibitions-and-galleries/anthropocene

Anthropocene | National Gallery of Canada
Explore the impact of human activity on Earth through photography, film installations and interactive technologies. Anthropocene is a major contemporary art exhibition featuring new works from the collective of Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier.. Through a variety of techniques, the three Canadian artists have created a spectacular and compelling visual experience ...
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https://ago.ca/exhibitions/anthropocene

Anthropocene | Art Gallery of Ontario
ABOUT THE PROJECT. The exhibition is a component of The Anthropocene Project, a multidisciplinary initiative from the award-winning trio of photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier.. The Project’s starting point is research from the Anthropocene Working Group (AWG), an international group of scientists advocating to officially change the name of ...
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gallery.ca Explore the impact of human activity on Earth through photography, film installations and interactive technologies.

[01/06/19]   THE LIGHT OF CHRIST
Evelyn Underhill

The Christmas Mystery has two parts: The Nativity and the Epiphany. A deep instinct made the Church separate
these two feasts. In the first we commemorate Gods humble entrance into human life, the emergence and birth of the Holy, and in the second its manifestation to the world, the revelation of the Supernatural made in that life. And the two phases concern our inner lives very closely too. The first only happens in order that the second may happen, and the second cannot happen without the first. Christ is a Light to lighten the Gentiles as well as the Glory of His people Israel. Think of what the Gentile was when these words were written --- an absolute outsider. All cozy religious exclusiveness falls before that thought.


It is easy for the devout to join up with the Shepherds and fall into place at the Crib and look out into the surrounding night and say, "Look at those extraordinary intellectuals wandering about after a star, with no religious sense at all! Look at that clumsy camel, what an unspiritual animal it is! We know the ox and the ass are the right animals to have! Look what queer gifts and odd types of self-consecration they are bringing; not the sort of people who come to church!"


But remember that the Child who began by recieving these very unexpected pilgrims had a woman of the streets for His faithful friend and two thieves for His comrades at the end: and looking at these two extremes let us try to learn a little of the height and breadth and depth of His love---and then apply it to our own lives. It was said of Father Wainwright that he cared above all for scamps and drunkards and unbelievers--least for thoise who came regularly to church--and no man of our time was fuller of the Spirit of Christ.


Thr first point about Epiphany is that ALL are called and welcomed and accepted. Our own loving adoration and deep certitude is never to break our brotherhood with those who come longer journeys by other paths, led by a different star. The Magi took more trouble than the Shepherds. The intellectual virtues and intellectual longings of men are all blessed in Christ. In our souls too the mysteries must be brought forth: we are not really Christians till that has been done. "The Eternal Birth," says Eckhart "must take place in you." And another mystic says human nature is like a stable inhabited by the ox of passion and the ass of prejudice, animals which take up a lot of room and which I suppose most of us are feeding on the quiet, In between them, pushing them out, Christ must be born.

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Contemplative Outreach Ltd. | Silence Solitude Solidarity Service

CHRISTMAS 2018 PASTORAL MESSAGE

SOUL PEACE

If there is one condition on which most rational people can agree, it is that the world is in dire need of more PEACE. It is "How To Achieve " this noble goal which bedevils most folk.

The condition of THE WORLD is a direct collective reflection of the condition of each individual person inhabiting the world. Our lives tend to be scattered and fragmented.

The Mystics of all ages are consistent in telling us that we need to spend more time in solitude and silence, to nurture the strength of the Soul. Entering The Silence, we are alone with The Divine, and are enabled to be receptive to Divine guidance and inspiration. Our lives
become ordered and regulated by Divine guidance, and this order is reflected in our ordinary daily lives by confidence, assurance, goodwill and harmony, which again reflects to our community, and from our community to the world at large.

YES, this simple ordinary daily practice of spending time in THE SILENCE will have extra-ordinary effects in establishing and nurturing WORLD PEACE.

In light of this unique perspective we may feel justified to change the words of the traditional Christmas hymn to: "Silent Mind, Holy Mind, All Is Calm, All Is Bright"

One of the simplest and easy methods of to learn ENTERING THE SILENCE is called
"CENTERING PRAYER". Anyone can learn Centering Prayer.

Centering Prayer
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How To Enter The Silence
http://www.puresilence.org/how_to_enter_the_silence.htm

Soul Peace is not the result of any cause, It is the Absolute Stillness of Ultimate Reality.
-R.B.

Solititude Shatters The Illusion That "YOU" and "I" Are Separate
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Fr. Anthony De Mello S.J.

This is The Peace which Jesus brings to the world, which "naught on earth can vex."

The ONE thing which we must do is to become receptive to it.

OUR BLESSING & WARMEST WISHES FOR A JOYFUL CHRISTMAS;

+ William

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The Most Reverend William McCabe +Delahunt,
Presiding Bishop & Primate,
The Liberal Catholic Church-Theosophia Synod
http://www.lcc-orlando.org,

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contemplativeoutreach.org Love Matters are wisdom words from Fr. Thomas Keating spoken during the filming of the new series God is Love: The Heart of All Creation. Some are included in the series; others are from footage published here for the first time. A new word will be posted every Monday throughout the year. May t...

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Royal wedding: The fiery Reverend who stole the show

ONLY 2 REQUIREMENTS

Contrary to the multiple rules, regulations and dogmas that Churchianity has accumulated and promotes, Jesus Christ only declared 2 requirements :

Love God, Love Your Neighbor.

We invite you to work with us to build the Community that Jesus had intended.

Hear an elaboration of Jesus' only 2 requirements and The Magic of Sacrificial Love......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdIZpos-M

The long and lively sermon delivered by American preacher Reverend Michael Curry steals the show at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, lighting u...

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Imagine a World Without Hate

IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT HATE
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adl.org Watch a video that imagines how standing up to bigotry could have changed history. Support the Anti-Defamation League: leaders fighting anti-Semitism and hate.

[04/19/18]   THE ESSENTIAL THING

THE ESSENTIAL THING.....

The essential thing we are called to contribute is to serve the coming into humanity in our time of a deeper awareness of the love of God:

...to see Christ as present in everything and everyone.

...to create a context in which the transformation of humanity can take place.

...to make the practice of Centering Prayer as available as possible.

...to heed the call to be transformed and then to rely on God to enable us to pass on the mercy, forgiveness, compassion and love to all humanity that we have received.

-Father Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O.

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[04/19/18]   THE POWER OF THE HOLY CROSS

The cross of Jesus has meant something powerful and important to people through the ages, and some of its rich metaphors can be enlightening and helpful for people today.

For example, in ancient symbolism the horizontal bar represented God's omnipresence--East to West, horizon to horizon.

The vertical bar represented God's omnipotence, like power flowing "down" from heaven.

Horizontal bar= God's presence.
Vertical bar = God's power.

One Presence, One Power in the midst of life, symbolizing divine order, active in all circumstances, regardless of appearances to the contrary.

There is only One Presence, One Power in the Universe, God the Good, Omnipotent, and I am One with this Power and Presence.

-- Rev. Dr. Thomas Shepherd

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[04/19/18]   MY GOD IS FREE TO ALL

MY GOD IS
FREE TO ALL

My God doesn’t have a price.
Nobody and nothing can buy Him.
Neither money nor sanctity.
My God is received free, just as the flowers receive the sun.
Nobody merits Him.
I can call out to Him; I can shout to Him about my thirst and my hunger for Him.
I can knock at His door; I can cry out to Him about my pain and my solitude.
But I have no rights over my God.
My God is a pure gift.
He is the gift of my life.

He is the one who must love me first.
Only He can open His door to me.
Buy my God is not avaricious, nor is He stingy.
My God gives Himself abundantly, like the sun and the air.
My God blooms beside all the ditches of life.
My God flowers every moment for all men.
But my God wants to be received as a gift.
My God would deny Himself only to him who would put a price on Him.

My God, my free God, is difficult for modern man to accept.
He is difficult for anyone
who thinks he can buy everything;
who wants to own things;
who despises anything that doesn’t have a price;
who measures persons and things by the handful of gold they cost him;
who loves most what costs the most money.
Buy my God does not change, because He is love, and love alone can give itself.
Love is not sold.

He is a love which demands only the answer of love, which in turn is also given free.
The one who opens his heart to this free gift to love which is showered upon us continually will
feel a new life within him.
He will feel springing up in him, as the best of fruit, that unique substantial love that is capable
not of buying, but rather of enamoring God Himself: a love that is love and nothing but l
love.

A love which can no longer die and which always grows and is new every instant because it
carries within it the unique joyful secret of the inexhaustible

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The Liberal Catholic Church neither Roman Catholic nor Protestant but is an Independent Church. The Orders of its Clergy were derived from The Old Catholic Church of Holland which became separate from Rome over two centuries ago. It is a Ceremonial Church which combines the Ancient Form of Sacramental Worship with the utmost Liberality of Thought. It leaves its members Free in Matters of Belief. The Seven Historic Sacraments are administered.

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