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Week of Sunday, August 23, 2020
Sunday Message: The Guest Is God
with Rev. Amani Malaika & the ABQ CSL Players


In India, hospitality is based on the principle Atithi Devo Bhava, meaning "the guest is God." The assumption here is that the stranger bears a gift that no one may know about, which--loved into the open--will complete us all.
--Mark Nepo

As we continue our Querencia series, let us expand even further our space of querencia to include the stranger. Welcoming an unknown guest often gifts us in unexpected ways when we allow it. And just as often as we welcome the stranger, we are also welcomed as the stranger in a beautiful flow of giving and receiving, revealing the beauty and wonder of the infinite life of God.

Join us in our virtual sanctuary to welcome the gift of God.

11:00 AM Sunday on Facebook Live and YouTube.

Sunday Message Discussion Questions
  1. What is an unexpected gift you have received from welcoming a guest or stranger?
  2. How have you been gifted by being welcomed?


Sunday, August 23
Week of August 23
  • Week 5 for Summer SpiritGroups

Wednesday, August 26
  • Heart, Mind, Spirit Recovery Meeting 7:30 to 8:30 PM. Call Clarissa Crowe, RScP, at (505) 319-0151 for log in/dial in information for this virtual meeting.
Saturday, August 29
  • SoulCare: Growing Our Inner Capacities in a Time of External Uncertainties 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Highly interactive workshop/retreat. See announcement below for more details and to register.
Upcoming Events & Announcements

Upcoming SpiritGroups Schedule

It's hard to believe it, but Fall SpiritGroups are just around the corner. Here are the key dates:
  • 9/6-20: Host Sign Ups. You can propose your own curriculum, or choose from pre-built ones.
  • 9/23 or 9/24: SpiritGroup training for hosts, if needed
  • 9/27-10/11: Fall SpiritGroups open for signups
  • 9/27-10/3: Week 10 Celebration Week for the Summer Session
  • 10/4: Connection Week (Week Zero) for Fall Session
  • 10/11: Week 1 (last day to sign up)
  • 11/22: Week 7 (Thanksgiving Week). Each group will determine how to handle.
  • 12/13: Week 10 Celebration Week for Fall Session

As always, complete information is on our web site:

SoulCare: Growing Our Inner Capacities in a Time of External Uncertainties 

Join Rev. Amani Malaika and a panel of Practitioners for a day-long, highly interactive workshop to develop spiritual tools for your toolbox. Spend the day writing, moving, praying, meditating, and creating in a highly interactive virtual setting where we will build community and relationships. What we know for sure is when we come together in sacred space our inner capacities grow and we become more resilient. For more information about presenters and topics, visit our web site:  Then register here.
Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Zoom. Fee: sliding scale (love offering, $50 base fee, $100 pay for another's fee)

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

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Please give more so we can do more during this unprecedented time.

In Case You Missed It

ICYMI: Last Sunday's service available to watch on Facebook and YouTube

ABQ CSL Essentials


Support Us

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Contact Us

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

Leadership Council
Have questions, suggestions, or comments? Please let the council know:

Monthly meetings are for reviewing reports on the Center's functioning and a forum to bring new business and raise concerns. Monthly 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 Leadership Council members are:
President: Kenneth Winfrey (non voting)
Vice President: Lisa Crawley
Treasurer: Cliff Wintrode
Secretary: Mickey Quintana
Council Members: Rev. Amani Malaika (non voting) and Vanessa Owen
Executive Advisor to the Council: Candace Sestric (non voting)

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