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Enemies: You Gotta Love ‘Em

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.

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Practicing the Presence in Everyday Life

By Rev. Carol

When we consciously live, move and have our being in Spirit, we experience an expanded sense of Life. There is nowhere where God is not. But it is our job to keep our attention turned to that Truth and keep ourselves focused on the Presence Itself. When we release our human needs (the stuff we normally ask God for - you know, a new job, better relationship, anything we think we don't have but want), and regularly come apart from our daily activities in spiritual practice – prayer and meditation – we fill our spiritual bank accounts. With our spiritual bank accounts full, we are then able to draw on our reserves when those unpredictable times of challenge seem to hit us. But it’s important to remember that that is not why we turn to God.

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Calm and Miracles in the Midst of the Storm - Minister's Blog

By Rev. Carol

The blizzard of February 1, 2015 hit with a vengeance early that Sunday morning. With about six inches of snow on the ground and another foot or so yet to fall, the morning had pockets of beauty, joy and miracles in the midst of an intense focus and desire to "get me to the church on time!” We were 90 miles away.

While getting ready to leave and gathering everything I needed, a text came in at 8 am:

“Still having church? Just checking before I venture out.”

“Planning on it,” I replied.

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Welcoming the New Year

By Rev. Carol

I don’t know anyone who thinks last year went by slowly. Even the younger generation felt its rapid-fire quality. Is time moving more quickly? It seems so. But maybe we just aren’t stopping to breathe enough and notice the Presence. It is the Presence after all, which establishes Itself as an eternal Now and invites us into the experience of everlasting Life. Practicing the Presence is where my New Year resolution lies this year.

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Celebrating Life - Day of the Dead - 2014

By Rev. Carol

Touching. Moving. Transcendent. By all accounts our Day of the Dead Sunday service was an inspiring and profoundly connecting experience. I was deeply moved by the way our community members so authentically showed up and openly shared tender pieces of their lives through photographs, symbols or anecdotes about their loved ones. There were a few tears and some deep breaths, but mostly there was heartfelt joy. We all listened and held sacred space for each other. The energy was light and celebratory. It was such a gift. Everyone who shared generously gifted us with glimpses of their hearts. We connect through our stories, don’t we?

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