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Week of Sunday, June 28, 2020
 
Sunday Message: All Saints
with Rev. Amani Malaika
Special Music by the ABQ CSL Players & Michael Herndon

 

One interfaith minister I met on a meditation retreat told me that her practice was friendliness. "My service to God is through befriending God's creation: human, animal, plant, and mineral. I once learned from a Jain teacher to walk with my eyes cast downward to make certain I did not step on any living creature. I have expanded that. I now look all around to see where I can avoid doing harm and perhaps do some good."
--Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Join us as we complete our study of Rabbi Rami Shapiro’s book, 
The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness. The final invitation in our book is to become a hidden saint. In order for us to claim ourselves as the saints we are, we must be willing to remove the stuff in the way. If we are clinging to anger, victimization, and separation, we can't be the whole divine truth that we are.

Join us online this Sunday in our virtual sanctuary where we will continue the work of creating a world that works for all.

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


Sunday Message Discussion Questions
  1. What appears to be in the way of being the saint you are in your life?
  2. How does clinging to anger and other emotions affect who and how you want to be in the world?
  3. Share your answers and practices with your community members on the ABQ CSL community forum, The Butterfly Net.

Calendar


Thursday, June 25
  • Monthly Meeting of the Leadership Council 6:00 PM via Zoom. Please email council@abqcsl.org for log-in credentials. Topics to be covered include: 
    Center finances, including updating the budget and a possible mortgage refinance; Strategic Planning Committee update; information about Circles USA; monthly reports from the Finance Committee and Treasurer. Please note that topics may change or be adjusted between now and meeting time.

     
Sunday, June 28
  • Virtual Sunday Service 11:00 AM Streaming on Facebook Live. (You do not have to be a Facebook member to watch.)
     
Week of June 28
  • Summer Series SpiritGroups Host Sign Ups Apply to host (via Zoom) a Summer SpiritGroup here (through July 9). Here is list of ready-to-go SpiritGroups, complete with weekly video curriculum, host instructions, and discussion guides. These are topics that New Thought SpiritGroups around the country are studying together. Just note which one you'd like to host on your application--or propose your own topic! 

Wednesday, July 1
  • Prayer and Meditation Service 6:30 PM Streaming on Facebook Live. (You do not have to be a Facebook member to watch.) 
     
  • 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

Upcoming Events & Announcements

Summer Series SpiritGroup Preview
From Jane Midgley, Social Uplift Ministry Team Lead:

Those of us who are white need to take responsibility for understanding and uprooting white supremacy. The recent police killings of Black people in this country and the mass peaceful protests in response are providing renewed motivation for us to become the leaders we are meant to be in creating racial justice and freedom for all in the United States. This is also vitally important so that we can fully value and strengthen the beloved multi-racial community we are building at the Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living. Everything we do starts with us individually and with our own community.

I will be leading the Understanding and Uprooting White Supremacy for White Folks group, and it will have as its purposes:

  • Understanding how white supremacy affects each of us personally through using the book Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
  • Discussing and sharing and building community with each other as whites at ABQ CSL
  • Learning to becoming better allies for people of color at ABQ CSL

Even though this will be a summer SpiritGroup, we will adapt the format to bring in as many people who want to participate; community leaders will be facilitating small, break-out groups for deep discussion. There will be educational opportunities on racial justice and white supremacy continuing after the SpiritGroup concludes.

Rev. Amani Malaika will be leading a group at the same time for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color at ABQ CSL. The two groups will come together during this time to learn from and with each other as well.

The SpiritGroup catalog comes out in July and you can sign up then, but we wanted you to know where we are headed. Email me at janemidgley@comcast.net with any questions/comments or if you know for sure you are interested in participating.


Next Accredited CSL Course: Self Mastery
Beginning on Tuesday evening, July 21, Practitioners Paul Cuffee and Clarissa Crowe will lead the next CSL-accredited course on Zoom. Self Mastery explores the teachings of Ernest Holmes and Don Miguel Ruiz, activating tools within your own consciousness meant to enhance your practice, deepen your awareness of Spirit, and awaken the Spiritual Master within you. This class fulfills the consciousness requirement for Practitioner Licensure. Registration fee: $45. Requirements: Internet access, Zoom app, and these two books:

Living the Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Amazon
  • Book Shop (supports local bookstores)
  • Albuquerque Public Library (ebook, audio book, and paperback available)
July 21 through September 8, 6:30 PM till 9:00 PM Register here.
 
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Dwell in Social Justice Ideas

Match the quotation with the person who said it. If an idea speaks to you, incorporate it into your meditation practice. Or make a collage to represent it. Or paint it. Or share your thoughts about it on The Butterfly Net.
 

  1. Being oppressed means the absence of choices.
     
  2. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
     
  3. Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other's welfare, social justice can never be attained.
     
  4. You just need to be a flea against injustice. Enough committed fleas biting strategically can make even the biggest dog uncomfortable and transform even the biggest nation.
     
  5. No person is your friend who demands your silence or denies your right to grow.
     
  6. Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.
     
  7. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
     
  8. I prayed for 20 years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
     
  9. The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
     
  10. It is possible to become discouraged about the injustice we see everywhere. But God did not promise us that the world would be humane and just. He gives us the gift of life and allows us to choose the way we will use our limited time on earth. It is an awesome opportunity.
  1.  Alice Walker
  2.  bell hooks
  3.  César Chávez
  4.  Cornell West
  5.  Frederick Douglass
  6.  Helen Keller
  7.  Margaret Mead
  8.  Marian Wright Edelman
  9.  Martin Luther King, Jr.
  10.  Elie Wiesel
(Scroll to the end of the newsletter for the answer key.)

This message has been 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.
 

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

 

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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.
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Leadership Council
 
Have questions, suggestions, or comments? Please let the council know: council@abqcsl.org

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
Vice President: Lisa Crawley
Treasurer: Cliff Wintrode
Secretary: Mickey Quintana
Council Members: Vanessa Owen and Rev. Amani Malaika (non voting)
Executive Advisor to the Council: Candace Sestric (non voting)

Answers to the Social Justice Quotations Matching Game: 
1B, 2G, 3F, 4H, 5A, 6D, 7I, 8E, 10C, 9J
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