Hello and welcome! Abundant Life Spiritual Center is a dynamic spiritual community with a focus on awakening those who walk through our doors to the divine within and inspiring them to live confidently, passionately and powerfully. Together we learn how to Live Fearlessly and Love Outrageously because life is meant to be filled with joy and lived with ease as a positive experience, not a struggle. We named ourselves Abundant Life because we know that the Abundant Life - a life of wholeness and authentic self-expression, purpose, creativity and love - is the divine birthright of everyone and we want to support your living it.
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Grammy-nominated Matthew Santos returns again on Sunday, June 28 as our guest musical artist. Santos is a remarkable rock/folk artist with a large following. While he is widely known for his musical collaboration with Lupe Fiasco on the song Superstar, his original music penetrates the soul.
Santos truly stirred all who attended in December with several songs including "Christmas Song" by Dave Matthews. Santos also performed during our November, 2013 “Wisdom of the Beatles Series: Part 4 - The Long and Winding Road of Life,” when he was a guest musician along with drummer Rich Stitzel and bass player Graham Czach. We are grateful that we are able to bring such amazing talent to Abundant Life Spiritual Center. Take a listen to some of Santos' music here:
Martha Creek is a phenomenal presence throughout Unity and is teaching in the Chicago area in July. We are excited that she will be with us on Wednesday, July 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Her workshop, "How to Be Calm When Others Are Not" is designed for anyone who is on a path of self-realization. Martha has a playful approach and also takes seriously the times that we live in and the challenges of thinking more clearly about families, communities, congregations and leadership. The workshop will offer resources and training that are based on a view of life that looks at communities as living systems that incorporated thinking, feeling, responsibility and purpose.
Every summer we take a more laid back approach to our Sunday service. We like to make it more casual and conversational, consistent with the feel of summer. This summer we are also going to start our service earlier – at 10 am - so that you can take your spiritual inspiration and thoroughly enjoy even more of the long summer day. If it turns out we like this start time better (i.e. more people regularly show up for it) we will look at changing it permanently. Other cool things on the horizon this summer are:
Summertime brings summer fun, and we're having a community picnic on Sunday, June 28! Bring friends and family to service that day and stay for some fun and good food. Like last year, our picnic will take place in the pavilion behind the Patty Turner Center from noon to 3 pm. We will have games and activities for children and adults alike. Please bring side dishes to share. Let's have some summer fun!
By Rev. Carol
We all have enemies. Some of us want to avoid them; others like to engage them. Jesus provided very clear guidance on how to deal with them. You gotta love ‘em… and pray for them while you’re at it (Matthew 5:43-45).
Enemies show up in our lives as other people, other groups, other belief systems or as anything outside of us that we desperately want to change. These enemies seem to be entities separate from us and we allow them to hold us hostage. It’s as if our lives would be so much better if just THEY changed or if THAT changed.