On Sundays at 10am we meet via Zoom for our primary service of the week. We call it an “Interspiritual Gathering,” and in many ways, it is similar to worship services you may have attended at traditional churches. We have readings, sing songs and eastern chant, hear a brief commentary on our readings followed by discussion. In other ways, it’s very different. We may have one reading from the Christian Bible each week, but we quite often use readings from other traditions – most often Buddhism or a Hindu teacher such as Ram Dass. Our commentary focuses on real life and how to make progress on the spiritual path. We believe the goal of the spiritual path is awakening or enlightenment, not salvation – because we have no need of salvation. Our services are uplifting, true to real life, and we love to laugh!
Readings and the Zoom link for the next weekend are posted below by Tuesday afternoon:
Topic: John Shelby Spong’s Twelve Thesis (A Call to a New Reformation)
Beginning May 23rd and continuing for at least 12 weeks, we will look at each of Bishop Spong’s 12 theses.
Readings for Sunday, July 11th at 10am (This week we will look at both Resurrection and Ascension):
from Bishop John Shelby Spong
Resurrection is an action of God. Jesus was raised into the meaning of God. Resurrection, therefore, cannot be a physical resuscitation occurring inside human history.
Nothing frightens traditional Christians more than trying to understand the Easter Moment as something other than a deceased man returning from the dead to reenter the life of time and space in the world. Nothing, however, in the New Testament itself supports that literalistic and fanciful understanding of what the resurrection actually was and what it still is.
I believe the resurrection of Jesus was real. I do not believe it has anything to with an empty tomb or a resuscitated body. It is a vision of one not bound by any of the limitations of our humanity. It is a call into a new level of consciousness, a call into a new reality beyond time and space.
from Bishop John Shelby Spong
The story of the ascension of Jesus assumes a three-tiered universe and is, therefore, not capable of being translated into the concepts of a post-Copernican space age.
A study of the scriptures will reveal, however, that Luke knew he was telling a story based on the narrative of Elijah’s ascension told in II Kings 1. Luke never intended his writing to be understood literally. We have greatly misrepresented Luke’s genius by reading it literally. Luke was talking about how the God met in in Jesus was not different from the ultimate God who inhabits eternity. A story designed to convey a truth is not astrophysics. Finally we are learning that the time has come for Christians to say so openly and honestly.
from Richard Rohr
Nothing is the same forever, says modern science. Ninety-eight percent of our bodies’ atoms are replaced every year. Geologists, with good evidence over millennia, can prove that no landscape is permanent. Water, fog, steam, and ice are all the same thing but at different stages and temperatures. “Resurrection” is another word for change, but particularly positive change—which we tend to see only in the long run. In the short run, change often looks like death. The Preface to the Catholic funeral liturgy says, “Life is not ended, but merely changed.” Science is now giving us helpful language for what religion rightly intuited and imaged with mythological language. Myth does not mean “not true,” which is the common misunderstanding; it actually refers to things that are always and deeply true!
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