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Brother Sun in Concert – Sunday, April 30, 2017

By on April 5, 2017 in News
Brother Sun in Concert – Sunday, April 30, 2017

In conjunction with Focus Music, Celebration Center is thrilled to host the trio, Brother Sun, on their final tour together. Over the past six years, Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor, and Joe Jencks have been making festival and venue appearances across the United States and Canada singing healing, love, and goodness into the world. As individual singer-songwriters, these three have each made their mark. But as Brother Sun, the trio’s harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions.

When: Sunday, April 30, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – SOLD OUT – Tickets available for 3:00 p.m.

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

Tickets: $20 at the door, $18 in advance at http://www.focusmusic.org

For more information, call (703) 380-3151

WORKSHOP – Being Your True Self, Fearlessly

By on April 5, 2017 in News
WORKSHOP – Being Your True Self, Fearlessly

Everyone has gifts and abilities. Part of our life’s journey is learning to tap into those capacities and express who we truly are. Hidden beliefs and traumas below the threshold of awareness can limit access to and the expression of our gifts and abilities. Some of these blocks are in our lineage and were handed down through the generations. Others were formed in childhood. We may not remember them but they still show up as difficulties and patterns that stand between us and our full potential for personal and professional success.

Family Constellations, based on the work of Bert Hellinger, works with tacit knowledge (what we don’t know we know) to bring untapped capacities to light. As we reestablish connections to our true self the dynamics behind subconscious limitations or blocks can be better understood and even shifted and released. When hidden blocks are cleared, life flows more freely towards fulfillment at work and in our social relationships.

 What participants are saying about this workshop:

“Thank you for a marvelous workshop. I am just blown away from the  effect it has had on me and my abilities to work. This process has really  removed the block from my emotional baggage and I can now use my full  range of thinking and feeling. This is just wonderful.”

“It was so thought-provoking and emotionally real. I think we all got a tremendous amount of benefit and insights from it.”

“Thanks so much for introducing us to Constellation work.  It was good to actually walk away with some insights.  It’s impressive stuff, and your facilitation was superb.” 

“Thanks for the really great gift with my work last night!! The process really seemed to click for me, and now I am enjoying a renewed sense of possibility and focus.”

“I was coming to learn a tool (which I was thrilled to observe and begin understanding); what I wasn’t expecting was such a powerful impact on me personally! It was also extremely moving to witness and participate in others’ process. WOW!” 

Facilitator: Harrison Snow has been a trainer, facilitator and coach of  organizational and personal change and transformation for over 35 years. During  that time he has conducted programs in more than 26 countries and authored  four, well-received books on team building and management. Harrison uses the  Constellation methodology in his consulting and coaching practice to facilitate organizational change and leadership development. He has facilitated personal  and professional growth for several thousand people who have attended his  programs for individuals and/or organizations. His new book, Confessions of a Corporate Shaman was recently published by Regent Press. Harrison recently gave at talk at CCSL which can be assessed on online: https://vimeo.com/209287721

Workshop Format: The workshop will start at 1 pm and finish at 4:30 pm. Generally, we will do one or more structured processes that enables everyone to have a mini-constellation. Everyone benefits from observing or being a representative in the constellation process.

Personal Responsibility: Signing up for and attending this workshop means you, the participant, take full responsibility for your level of participation and your resulting experience and hold harmless the organizers and facilitator.

When: Sunday, April 23, 2017, 1:00-4:30 p.m.

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

Tickets: $30 early bird (through April 17th), $45 at the door or day of the workshop

ALL FUNDS RAISED ARE FOR THE BENEFIT OF CCSL

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/being-your-true-self-fearlessly-tickets-33044201095

Questions: Contact Harrison Snow: teambuilder@msn.com or 703-241-2421

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.

January will include the African Libation Ceremony. As the new begins, we use Water to pour our Sacred Prayers into the Universe, Blessing all fellow beings.

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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The Global Vision

By on June 26, 2014 in News
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.
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