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Classes Starting in September

By on August 21, 2017 in News
Classes Starting in September

Two accredited classes will be starting in September:

Foundations of Science of Mind

Have you ever wanted to feel really empowered? Would you like to enhance your sense of connection with your Higher Power? Are you ready to discover your emerging direction and purpose and how to make it happen?

Join this powerful ten-week class for a journey of self-discovery within an experiential format of lecture, discussion, sharing, and process. You will learn spiritual principles and practices like meditation and affirmative prayer (spiritual mind treatment), and how to focus your intentions to create more powerful results that will change your life for the better forever.

Upon completion, you will have a solid foundation in order to deepen and grow in your studies, and you will be eligible to participate in additional certificated classes.

Text: The Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes

CSL Suggested Tuition: $295; Audit Tuition $105; Pay what you will

When: Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. beginning September 7, 2017 (plus one workshop TBD)

 

Spiritual Economics

Focusing on prosperity issues, the student of this class will gain a greater understanding of the basic metaphysical principles which govern our financial well-being. Participants will learn how to use these principles effectively in everyday life. This is a sensible, solution-oriented class and is appropriate for the new or advanced student. We will check in during the week to report on our prosperity consciousness and support each other in realizing and experiencing our Greater Good.

We will also participate in Unexpected Income tithing. Unexpected Income increases as our prosperity consciousness expands.

This is an accredited Science of Mind class that counts as an elective toward higher studies in Practitioner and Ministry coursework.

Text: Spiritual Economics by Eric Butterworth

Tuition: $100; CSL Registration fee: $20/student

When: Mondays at 7:00 pm beginning September 11, 2017, 8 weeks

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Centers for Spiritual Living Heart of Peace Meditation

By on August 5, 2017 in News
Centers for Spiritual Living Heart of Peace Meditation

PEACE IN OUR LIFETIME is the Why.  PEACE NOW is the How.

Join us Wednesdays, 12:30-1:00pm for a Meditation on World Peace

Beginning August 9, 2017

 

Drop In.  All welcome.

Join groups from Switzerland, Ukraine, Germany, and other countries.

 

Celebration Center for Spiritual Living

2840 Graham Road

Falls Church, VA 22042

(703) 560-2030

www.celebrationcenter.org

Sacred Drum Making Workshop, Saturday, September 9, 2017

By on August 5, 2017 in News
Sacred Drum Making Workshop, Saturday, September 9, 2017

Jim and Ashley Cash (Woven Green) will be leading us in a drum making workshop. In this workshop, we are focusing on the universal aspect of drums and drumming, and especially on the sacredness of the act and commitment of giving voice to our deepest and best intentions. This workshop is open to people of all faiths and cultural backgrounds to gather together focusing our spiritual intentions for the kind of world wish to build. We appreciate culture and traditions and are inspired by them, but are not claiming any one group’s cultural traditions.

Smudging Ceremony Meditation – Honoring the elements, water, air, fire, earth and the four directions. Calling the spirit of your drum, preparing the hoop, pulling the hides and creating your mallet. Setting your intention – offering your drum in service.

When: Saturday, September 9, 2017, 12:30-3:00 p.m.

Where: Celebration Center for Spiritual Living, 2840 Graham Road, Falls Church, VA

Cost: Must Register by August 24th – see registration details below

When you arrive for the workshop, the heads and lacings will have been soaked in ceremonial water. After the initial smudging ceremony, meditation and blessing, you will learn to weave the lacing on your drum in the four directions pattern. This will be an opportunity for you to begin connecting with the spirit of your drum.

Once we complete the drum lacing, we will then create the beater for your drum. If you have some special beads or feathers which you’d like to decorate your drum you may also bring them. The drum will take 2-3 days to fully dry before it can be played. The drum face can later be painted if desired.

We recommend playing your drum often for maximum effect! Use it for healing, meditation, or to help empower social justice gatherings and marches! These drums are made with love and intended for service!

REGISTER

Must pre-register on or before 8/24/17
Limited to 10 participantsCOST:
17″ 16 sided Cedar Buffalo – $195 each participant
15″ Maple Hoop Deer – $165 each participant
13″ Willow Oak Hoop Elk – $145 each participant
10″ Cedar Hoop Elk – $115 each participant

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Experience Evensong – the 3rd Sunday of each month

By on November 16, 2016 in News
Experience Evensong – the 3rd Sunday of each month

Immerse yourself in the experience of Evensong, an hour of prayer, meditation, chanting and music to honor the setting of the sun.

When: the 3rd Sunday of each month, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Celebration Center Sanctuary

Experience Taize – Melodic Chanting – 2nd Sunday of each month

By on November 15, 2016 in News
Experience Taize – Melodic Chanting – 2nd Sunday of each month

Taizé is a prayer of peace through simple songs and musical lines sung or chanted. Participants immerse themselves in the simple yet profound harmonies allowing themselves to go more deeply into the meditative experience in the music offset by periods of silence and prayer.

When: Every 2nd Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Where: In the Sanctuary

 

 

Soundscapes – 1st Sunday of the Month, 6:30 p.m.

By on November 13, 2016 in News
Soundscapes – 1st Sunday of the Month, 6:30 p.m.

Experience the amazing healing benefits of live music meditation, as we collectively tap into the sacred energy of sound and transformative conscious intention setting. Using a powerful synthesis of ancient and modern sound healing instruments, techniques, and modalities, Woven Green creates a vibratory state designed to restore resonance in mind, body, and spirit.  Woven Green Soundscapes help guide listeners into theta brain wave states, which are proven to help reduce stress, awaken intuition, enhance creativity and promote an overall expanded state of consciousness and well-being.

Jim & Ashley Cash are a married couple that have devoted their lives to writing and performing the music of Woven Green. Jim is a prolific songwriter and a strikingly versatile guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, his wife a powerful and captivating singer, guitarist, and percussionist. Together, the two create a magical alchemy that is truly uplifting and inspiring. Their music ranges from contemporary folk-rock singer-songwriter to ambient soundscape journeys using a combination of their own field recorded nature sounds, Native American flutes, percussion, and various stringed instruments.

Join us on the first Sunday of each month for this transformational experience. Bring a yoga mat, pillow and blanket if desired. Love offerings joyously welcomed.

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Interspiritual Connections – 4th Sundays at 6:30 pm

By on October 20, 2016 in News
Interspiritual Connections – 4th Sundays at 6:30 pm

Join us in an infinitely meaningful time that draws from many traditions and faiths.

Interspiritual Contemplative Circle offers an opportunity to share, draw from, honor, and abide in faiths and traditions, while we see each other as an instrument, a mirror, a channel, in Agape love, with receptive hearts and minds.

June’s theme is Ramadan – Sunday, June 25th is the last night of Ramadan.

The Sanctuary opens early (6:10) for those who would like a time of silent meditation. Our time together includes melodic chanting, brief silent meditation, and reflective writing. You are invited to take part, reflect, contemplate, listen to one another, and to share as you choose.

Love offerings welcome.

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The Facilitator: Interfaith-oriented since birth, Rev. Channahsorah is an ordained Interfaith Minister, chaplain, and a graduate of the Shalem Institute’s Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats. Her callings are in bridge-building and fostering mutual understanding among people from various cultures, faiths, and traditions.

Celebration Center for Spiritual Living is a multi-cultural spiritual community with shared commitments to love, service, and authenticity—all working towards a world that works for everyone.

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

By on May 9, 2016 in News
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

By on April 18, 2016 in News
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

By on June 20, 2015 in News
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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