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Message from Dr. Kenn Gordon – Let Us Raise Our Consciousness and End This Senseless Violence

A Letter from Dr. Kenn:

Let Us Raise Our Consciousness and End This Senseless Violence

Our hearts are broken open once again by senseless violence and unjustifiable use of force against African Americans in the United States. Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are the latest names added to a list that is far too long.  Like many, I am tempted to decry a growing epidemic, but in truth this violence is not new.  What is new is social media and cell phone cameras that have raised the level of general public awareness of a persistent issue. And let us be clear about what the issue is; this is not a policing issue, nor is it not a gun issue.  This is a consciousness issue.  Our modern technology is giving us a gift.  The gift to see what is really going on.  Our social media reveals that which has always been true – that we are all connected.  To quote Mother Teresa “we belong to each other.”  Through this connection we see the devastating pain and discomfort that comes when we engage in behavior that breaks the bond of that inherent spiritual connection.  We must be willing to be uncomfortable and stay uncomfortable.  What do we do as we sit in this discomfort once again?

Of course we pray.  We pray not to take the pain away, but to enter into it and ask it to speak to us.  It is time to come together to feel our collective pain so that we may reestablish our sacred covenant of belonging to one another.  Once established in this bond we must act in accordance with it.  This not just a call to prayer, this is a call to act.  To act in affirmation of our sacred connection with the One Life of all.  This is a time to affirm that all life is sacred.  That #BlackLivesMatter and to do what is ours to do in helping create a world that works for everyone.

I encourage you to take time to pray and I encourage you to take time to discern what you can do to add to the awakening of humanity to its spiritual magnificence.  There are many resources online to better educate ourselves of racism, white privilege and social action.  We all can do something, read a book, take a class, join a movement….and we must.    There are no quick and easy answers, there is only the measure of our willingness to create change.

If you or anyone in your community needs prayer, please seek out a CSL Center, a Practitioner or contact the CSL World Ministry of Prayer: worldministryofprayer.org

If you would like to learn more about how you and your community can be part of the solution to racism, please contact the diversity commission for a training in your center.http://diversity.csl.org/component/phocadownload/category/16-brochure?download=31:centers-for-spiritual-living-diversity-brochure

Advice for White Folks in the Wake of the Police Murder of a Black Person

http://www.justinccohen.com/blog/2016/7/6/advice-for-white-folks-in-the-wake-of-the-police-murder-of-a-black-person

And for immediate possible action.

https://www.facebook.com/TheUUA/posts/10154317611223749

Peace and Blessings,

Dr. Kenn Gordon, Spiritual Leader

Spirituality & Spring Rolls: A monthly lunch chat to enrich, empower, and discover

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Feed body and soul among new friends as we nestle in a quiet alcove of the elegant, meditative space of a restaurant named Present. With a bubbling fountain beside us and twinkling stars overhead, we will explore together questions like these:

  • Who am I really?
  • Can I use my thoughts to bring forth more good in my life?
  • How can I expand the flow of divine guidance?
  • What does it mean to be fully present?
  • How can I best serve?

Although it is moderately priced, several reviewers have called Present a hidden jewel and the area’s best Vietnamese restaurant. Its menu encourages mindfulness for full enjoyment of the whimsically-named dishes like Smokey Petal, Pilgrim on the Beach, or Gregarious Lemongrass Chicken. Tasty vegetarian and vegan options are available. Entrees from $9. See menu.

Your hosts are several folks with long experience on the spiritual path and deep respect for all religions. No dogma or right answers, but a special interest in mature expression of New Thought —  Ancient Wisdom. On any given Sunday your fellow diners may include interfaith chaplains and ministers, practioners/ministers of New Thought, and those intrigued by integral metaphysics.

Meetup_rsvpYou buy your lunch, we add a complimentary spring roll for all those who rsvp. Please specify vegetarian or prawn & pork when you sign up at our Celebrating Spirituality Meetup event. You will also find there instructions for ordering and paying for your meal ahead online.

We are eager to meet you and hear of your journey!

Second Sunday of each month
1 pm
Present Restaurant
6678 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22042
(at the intersection with Annandale Rd)

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Dance Your Prayers

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A Sacred Sock Hop
Freestyle Dancing  with a Sacred Intention

Monthly, normally on 4th Saturdays
Next: Saturday Nov 26
7-9 pm

Celebration Center for Spiritual Living
2840 Graham Road, Falls Church VA
ample free parking
$15

Bring your intentions and join us as we dance them into the present moment. We’ll circle up to introduce ourselves and the intentions we’ll be dancing for.  We’ll surrender to the beats of world music ranging from Hindu chants to African drums to techno pop and maybe even a golden oldie or two. Wear loose or yoga-style clothes and appropriate shoes (barefoot dancing OK). Appropriate for all fitness levels and faiths (including those who consider themselves “spiritual,” rather than identifying with a specific religion).

Our Hosts

Rev. Raymont Andersonraymont_anderson is a much-loved interfaith minister and holistic motivational coach. He holds multiple degrees in movement and the performing arts and is founder of the theatrical company B.E.L.I.E.V.E. He authored “Visual Music: Interpreting music in American Sign Language” and “Moving Mountains: The Journey of Transformation.”

 Jenn Fayjennfay knows the amazing results of sacred dance. It is a powerful means of accessing wisdom and support for any challenge. As a licensed spiritual counselor she knows the power of setting intentions for every area of life, and she encourages those she works with to bring their deepest desires into all their spiritual practices. Whether she is guiding others in yoga, meditation, dance, or writing, she has a steadfast vision to help people relax into a creative awareness about new possibilities for a more meaningful and joy-filled life.

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Teri Murphy was inspired to design this series by her participation in the passionate praise at Black Christian churches. How could we integrate that electric energy in a spiritually open context?

cheryl_sabo_100Cheryl Sabo is director of Music Together Vivo and Harmony Within Yoga.  She leads classes and workshops in YogaDance, yoga, and early childhood music in Virginia and nationally.

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The Global Vision

Each month in 2016, we will be focusing on a different aspect of the Global Vision. Join us as we explore.

We see a world that works for everyone

  • Where all life is honored as expressions of the Divine
  • Where people live according to spiritual truth
  • Where humanity awakens to spiritual magnificence
  • Where humanity rediscovers personal creative power
  • Where we live as one global family
  • Where kinship with all life prospers
  • Where unity and connection is emphasized
  • Where forgiveness is the norm
  • Where spiritual guidance is valued
  • Where we are called to conscious social action
  • Where people have enough food, homes and a sense of belonging
  • Where there is peace, harmony, and justice for all.
  • Where resources are valued, cared for, and shared
  • Where communities are meaningfully involved in service to the world
  • Where there is a renewed emphasis on beauty, nature, creativity, art, and aesthetics.