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Week of Sunday, May 3, 2020
 
Sunday Message: Image & Likeness
with Rev. Amani Malaika
Special Music with Robert Muller

You know in your heart, you know in a way that theology can never touch, that you are one with God, the Source and Substance of all life, and thus one with all living things. And knowing who you are makes lovingkindness possible. 
--Rabbi Rami Shapiro, The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness

We begin our series on Lovingkindness and compassion this month. We will be studying Rabbi Rami Shapiro’s book: The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice. If you wish to get a copy, you can:
Order from Bookstop (benefits local bookstores)
Order from Amazon Smile (a small portion benefits ABQ CSL)
(Book is not available through the Public Library of Albuquerque, unfortunately.)

Rabbi Shapiro points out that the Genesis chapter of the Hebrew Bible states that we are made in the image and likeness of God. He explains that we are each God made manifest, and this means that we each have the potential to “act in a Godly manner.” As we each come to understand and experience the Truth of who we are, we cannot help but to realize our divine nature in our actions. 

Join me online this Sunday in our virtual sanctuary to realize our oneness with God and each other!

11:00 AM Sunday on Facebook Live. Click here to watch

Sunday Message Discussion Questions
  1. What are ways you can practice recognizing the image and likeness of God in one another, even in this time of physical distancing?
  2. Look in the mirror and practice seeing the image of God.
  3. Share your experience with your community members on the new ABQ CSL community forum, The Butterfly Net, launching this weekend!

 

Calendar

Thursday, April 30
  • CSL Prayer-a-Thon 5:00 PM MDT 90 minutes of collective intention sponsored by the World Ministry of Prayer.
Sunday, May 3
  • Virtual Sunday Service 11:00 AM Streaming on Facebook Live. (You do not have to be a Facebook member to watch.) Fellowship and Discussion immediately afterward on Zoom. See details below.
Week of May 3
  • Spring Series SpiritGroups Week 2 begins.  
Wednesday, May 6
  • Prayer and Meditation Service 6:30 PM Streaming on Facebook Live. (You do not have to be a Facebook member to watch.) Fellowship and Discussion immediately afterward on Zoom. See details below.
  • Heart, Mind, Spirit Recovery Meeting 7:30 to 8:30 PM. Call Clarissa Crow, RScP, at (505) 319-0151 for log in/dial in information for this virtual meeting.
Thursday, May 7
  • Board of Trustees Draft Bylaws Information Session 6:00-7:30 PM on Zoom. Click here to join. 
Click here to join the Zoom meeting after the Service is over.
Click here to join the Zoom meeting after the Service is over.
Upcoming Events & Announcements
 
 
The Butterfly Net Online Forum

Have you been looking for a safe space to get (or stay) connected with people who are like-minded and excited about the things you are excited about? During this isolating period of social distancing and beyond, ABQ CSL’s new online forum, The Butterfly Net, will be here to keep you grounded and growing.  And it launches this weekend!  The Butterfly Net is a place for connection, reflection, and transformation.  What does that look like for you?  Well, you can find some ideas below.  But it’s YOUR forum!  If you’re in the Net, you get to help shape conversations, develop connections, and organize exchanges that work for you and your family and friends.  It’s about a world that works for everyone. 

Take a break from Facebook news links and Insta-selfies and dive into friendly, moderated discussions about New Thought and the Science of Mind, among other things.  Be inspired to take more steps on your pathway of spiritual development.  Share inspiring stories of transformation. Sift through your ideas and learn new ones about this thing called Life.  Participate in a needs exchange–because we belong to each other – especially in times like these!  Find out how you can step back in to connection and involvement with the Center and your larger Albuquerque community when social distancing is no longer needed.  Read about things you can do RIGHT NOW to provide social uplift to others – or to get it.  Keep up with members who are like-minded and excited to connect, learn, reflect, and transform with you. Find resources to get economic help, transportation support, spiritual guidance, reading lists, and more. 

All in one place.  The Butterfly Net.  Because we’re in it together. 

 
Spiritual Principles & Practices Accredited Course
Joy Lynn Hertz, RScP, and JD Faulk, RScP, will be leading the next CSL-accredited course, Spiritual Principles & Practices, starting Saturday, May 30. Living the best possible life takes practice, practice, practice. Discover proven practices that bring spiritual principle into action, allowing you to manifest a desired goal or intention. Through this course, which offers spiritual practices and their methods that you can begin using NOW, you will begin to see results and changes in your life. The required book for our class is This Thing Called You by Ernest Holmes. Hard copies or Kindle ebook copies can be purchased by clicking one of these links:
Saturdays 10AM - 1PM, starting May 30 through June 27, online. $45 for credit; $20 for reviewers.  Register for the course here.

Need Support During This Pandemic Time?

To view a complete ABQ CSL Resource Guide, click here.
  
 ABQ CSL community members may be eligible for cash assistance.  Apply here

Or email prayer@abqcsl.org to get connected with a Practitioner (RScP) who can offer affirmative prayer and refer you to get the support you seek, for example:
  • Have a prayer request?
  • Need someone to hold space for your greatest good?
  • Wish someone could help you connect with the truth of who you are?
  • Searching for ways to stay grounded?
  • Need help with groceries or other errands?
  • Having difficulty finding a healthcare or other community resource?

Annual Meeting and Board of Trustees Election
ABQ CSL's Annual Meeting has been scheduled for May 17. At this meeting, we will be voting on the new proposed bylaws for our Center. To review the bylaws before the May 17 meeting, click here for a short overview and/or here for the full draft.

NEW! 
The Board is offering an informational session to review the new draft bylaws for ABQ CSL prior to the annual meeting, so that we may all be well-informed voters. The meeting will take place Thursday, May 7 from 6 to 7:30 PM on Zoom. Click here to join the meeting.

We will also be acknowledging the Trustees who are stepping down this year: Edker Matthews, Caren Phillips, and Paula Worley. You each freely gave of your precious time and unique gifts, and our community is all the better for it. Truly, love in action! We thank you and acknowledge your contributions to the Center and to making a world that works for everyone.


And, we will also be voting on new candidates for the Board of Trustees. The first candidate profile follows.
ABQ CSL Board of Trustees
Election May 17, 2020

Support Immigrants in New Mexico During the Covid-19 Crisis

 The New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice is facing unprecedented challenges, yet  it continues to support immigrant and refugee families. The group has had to cancel its spring and summer fundraising events, from which the vast majority of the year's funding is raised. So the Coalition launched the first-ever Faith Coalition Digital Fundraiser, with a goal of raising $50,000.

ABQ CSL and our congregants have supported the Coalition's mission and fundraisers in recent years. Let’s step up and help them meet this essential goal this year.

Donate online now through May 31 at nmimmigrantjustice.org/donate

Three recent programs:

  • Community Dialogues was a safe space where mixed immigration status families came together to share their stories, learn their rights and how to organize with self-advocacy.  Many of the folks who attended the Dialogues shared their appreciation for the welcoming space to share their personal struggles, understand their rights with the community, and learn of the constantly changing policies that affect them and their families.
  • The Collaborative Support Program continues during the crisis. Volunteers and staff phone and Facetime with immigrants, offering encouragement and support. They are doing what they can to make sure there is accurate and accessible information provided to our immigrant community.
  • The Temporary Pantry Program addresses food insecurity in the immigrant community. Due to devastating levels of unemployment and with no access to the federal help offered to the rest of us, many members of the impacted community are left to depend on food banks, which are themselves experiencing severe shortages. The Pantry fills this void by providing gift cards, non-perishables, hygiene products, and gas cards. 

Brought to you by the ABQ CSL Social Uplift Ministry. If you would like to find out more about the Social Uplift Ministry, contact Lisa Crawley via email.

I AM SOURCE

We are all resources. We are all Source. When we are sustained by each other, we can each do more.

Sustain the work ABQ CSL is doing by clicking
here.

Please give more so we can do more during this unprecedented time.
Click here to join the Zoom meeting
Join Licensed Practitioners Joy Lynn Hertz and JD Faulk for a five-week exploration of establishing and deepening practices and methods for positive life changes. Optional Zoom orientation available prior to class start date. Click here to register.
NOW HIRING! Youth Education Coordinator

The Youth Education Coordinator provides leadership for all youth and family services at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (ABQCSL). Under the guidance of the Senior Minister, they plan, implement, and coordinate youth education and family services that directly align with the Center's mission and with Science of Mind (SOM) principles, for young people (ages 0-17) and families at the center. Curriculum is provided. The Youth Education Coordinator is a part-time position currently paid with a monthly stipend of $600. It is the Center’s intention that this position will grow to half-time over the next 18-24 months. 

Resumes and inquiries are being accepted via email only at office@abqcsl.org
In Case You Missed It

ICYMI: Last Sunday's service available to watch on Facebook. (You don't have to be a member.) Click here.


ABQ CSL Essentials

 

Support Us

If you wish to support the Center and our mission of Love in Action, please use these links:

Contact Us

  • For prayer support, email our Practitioners at prayer@abqcsl.org.
  • For questions or suggestions about back office operations, email Lisa Taj McCellon, the Center's "Operations Goddess," at office@abqcsl.org.
  • For questions about the facility or suggestions for community involvement, email Jeffrey MacNutt, RScP and Community Director, at facility@abqcsl.org.
  • For comments, additions, or corrections to our newsletter, website, and/or Facebook page, email media@abqcsl.org. Newsletters go out every Thursday morning; please send any announcement requests four (4) weeks before the event start date.

Board of Trustees
Have questions, suggestions, or comments? Please let the board know: board@abqcsl.org

Monthly Board meetings are for reviewing reports on the Center's functioning and a forum to bring new business and raise concerns. Monthly board meetings are typically the fourth Thursday of each month, starting at 6:00 PM.

Working sessions are as-needed meetings to finish tasks, address topics not normally addressed in the monthly meetings, or when our work load is such that an extra meeting is needed. Working sessions are typically on the second Thursdays of each month, starting at 6:00 PM.

Community members are welcome and encouraged to attend both meetings.


Your current Board of Trustee officers are:
President: Kenneth Winfrey
Vice President: Lisa Crawley
Treasurer: Cliff Wintrode
Secretary: Mickey Quintana
Assistant Secretary: Edker Matthews
Board Members: Caren Phillips, Paula Worley, and Rev. Amani Malaika (non voting)
Executive Advisor to the Board: Candace Sestric (non voting)

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