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Rev. Andrew Groves

The upcoming solar eclipse has got me thinking about perspective. In some ways perspective is everything - from where we’ll be standing on Sunday evening, the moon will block the sun. But in reality, of course, the moon isn’t blocking anything. The moon is pretty small compared to the sun. The sun still shines. The appearance of the sun being blocked is an illusion of perspective.

How true this is of all the shadows in our lives. Where shadows fall, how Light is blocked, to what degree Light is blocked - it all depends upon the vantage of the viewer. Perspective is always situational and temporary. It’s not Truth. Still, it’s what we’ve got to work with. It’s where we’ve always got to start - with our unique view of the world, our own lives, our own experiences.

This Sunday, May 20 at 1:15, let’s explore the nature of light and shadow. We can stand powerfully in our individual viewpoints, honoring that each of our perspectives is a gift and insight we bring to the world. Yet we can recognize that Reality/Truth/Light transcends any singular vantage. The sun keeps shining no matter where we stand.

With Love, Andrew

Rev. Andrew Groves

June 17, 2012 - Jami Lula will be Guest Musician at all 3 Sunday Services (9:15, 11:00, and 1:15), then will be performing an evening concert at 7:00 pm. Love offering.

Please join us before the concert for a Fathers Day barbecue, at 5:30 pm! Love offering.

Jami Lula is a singer/songwriter with a gift and a blessing. Receive it. His voice will inspire your soul to open and expand. His songs will resonate with your deepest beliefs and longings. His performance will carry you to heights and fly you through your life’s landscapes. The musical experience will move your body, touch your heart, uplift your Spirit, and free your mind. Take a chance... take the journey.
www.jamilula.com

Rev. Andrew Groves

Tuesday, June 19, 7:00 pm.
SNEAK PREVIEW of the movie Globalized Soul
before the Albuquerque Premiere Weekend, followed by Q&A with the filmmakers.
From the Filmmakers:
"We filmed "Globalized Soul" on five continents, beginning with
the Parliament of the World's Religions in Melbourne in 2009.
It is a celebration of our globe's unity in diversity with uplifting
remarks by diverse spiritual leaders, i.e., His Holiness the Dalai
Lama, Sister Joan Chittister, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Mirabai Starr
and Rev. James Trapp. It has inspiring music by Enya, Philip
Glass and Ravi Shankar. From the Parliament, we follow two
spiritual activists home to India and the Holy Land, where they
continue their peace work. The climax is an historic Abrahamic
Reunion of Christians, Jews and Muslims in Nazareth.
"Globalized Soul" was the Featured Film for the UN International
Day of Peace Broadcast in September, 2011 and was premiered at
the World Peace Festival in Berlin. We have presented it at numerous
CSL's, including at the 2012 Spiritual Living Convention in New Orleans.
www.globalizedsoul.org

Rev. Andrew Groves

Interfaith Choir Rehearsal

Rev. Kylie Renner

NorthWest Student Exchange, a non-profit student exchange organization dedicated to providing affordable exchange opportunities for teenagers, is currently looking for host families in Albuquerque. Hosts can be young, childless couples, single parent families, ‘empty-nesters’, families with children, even appropriately motivated single individuals. Our students are between 15 to 18 years of age and come to us from a wide variety of countries: Germany, Brazil, Ecuador, China, South Korea, Thailand, Mexico, Poland, Russia, etc.... A representative of NWSE, Amanda Ganley, is a member of our community and would love to talk to you if you are interested in opening your heart and home to an exchange student while they learn about life with a family in the United States. Please contact her at 505-847-6795 or via email at AmandaG.731@gmail.com to become a host for the 2012-2013 school year.

Rev. Kylie Renner

There is a deep knowing that sits at the center of who and what we are, and when we access and remember this knowing we feel connected to all that is. And then we want to explain it, make it make sense, find words to describe this knowing and we inevitably fall short. In fact when we try to explain our knowing we block our ability to actually experience the fullness of remembering who we truly are.

Join us on Sunday to get a Faith-Lift, and we celebrate the sacredness of Mother’s Day.

With Great Love,
Rev. Kylie Renner

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
Khalil Gibran

Rev. Andrew Groves

An ounce of mother is worth a pound of priest.
- Spanish Proverb

Is the phrase Mother-Father God simply a nod to gender inclusivity? Or are we talking about specific qualities or aspects of Spirit when we open up to God as Divine Mother? Of course, we recognize that Universal Spirit transcends gender, containing and including everything that could be described as "masculine" and "feminine." And this includes all "maternal" energies - love, acceptance, nurturing, cradling, supporting...
Today, as we honor all the mothers in our lives, all those who embody these divine qualities, let's also celebrate God as Mother - God as the Presence and Power of Unconditional Acceptance and Support.
Happy Mothers Day!
With Love,
Andrew

Rev. Andrew Groves

Jane Westbrook

Stop by the Kiva table in the social hall/2nd building and check out the difference that micro loans are making. The ACSL Kiva team has loaned more than $20,000 around the world to tranform lives and end poverty. Join the Team!

Jane Westbrook

Check the amazing new arrivals in the bookstore for surprising one of a kind gifts. Hurry, the Angels are flying off the shelves!

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