Saturday, September 23, 2017

Spiritual Value: Love as Community Service

September 24 - Spiritual Value: Love as Community Service

We should have no objection to any form of healing, for anything that helps to overcome suffering is good, whether it be a pill or a prayer. We believe in any method which produces results, for each has its place in the Whole.

Ernest Holmes

What ways do you contribute to the alleviation of suffering in the world?

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Spiritual Value: Love as Community Service

September 17

But faith without works is dead. We should not only pray, we should act, each contributing the best [they] have to the common purpose, each willing to make any sacrifice necessary – not a sacrifice reluctantly made, but as one who offers all [they] have for two great purposes – one, in a certain sense, a selfish one, for we all desire self-preservation, the other, in the greater sense, that there can be no individual self-preservation without the preservation of all.

Ernest Holmes

What does selfless-service mean to you?

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Saturday, September 09, 2017

September 10 - Spiritual Value: Love as Community Service

The world is saturated with Divinity, immersed in Reality, and filled with possibility. We must take this divine possibility and mold it into a present actuality in everyday experience. This is the way to freedom, the pathway to peace and happiness.

Ernest Holmes

How do you imagine divine possibility can be molded into everyday experience?

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Saturday, September 02, 2017

September's Spiritual Value: Love as Community Service

We dedicate our time, talent, treasure, and expertise to the healthy and joyful evolution of our spiritual community, the community in which we live, and the greater community of the world.
Spiritual Living, while focusing on inner personal growth, leads each individual to the realization that they are not only one with the Universal Mind of Creation, but also with everything and everyone. Out of this sense of kinship rises a natural desire to share, help, and nurture, and the understanding that none of us is free if one of us is not free.

This month provides the opportunity to explore the balance between inner personal work and contribution to the world through service.

September 3

It is quite a burden lifted when we realize that we do not have to move the world – it is going to move anyway. This realization does not lessen our duty or social obligation. It clarifies it. It enables us to do joyously, and free from morbidity, that which we should do in the social state.

Ernest Holmes

What do you think your duty or social obligation is?

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Why I Joined the Board of Trustees

Past and current Trustees share why they joined the Board and what they gained from doing so.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

We Look Too Far Away for Reality

August 27 - Spiritual Value: Love Compassion, and Caring

The farmer has seen the Heavenly Host in his fields. The child has frolicked with Him at play. The mother has clasped Him to her breast and the fond lover has seen Him in the eyes of his beloved. We look too far away for Reality.

Ernest Holmes

Where do you experience the presence of the Divine most intensely?

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

God is Love

August's Value: Love, Compassion and Caring

August 20

The essence of love, while elusive, pervades everything, fires the heart, stimulates the emotions, renews the soul and proclaims the Spirit. Only love knows love, and love knows only love. Words cannot express its depths or meaning. A universal sense alone bears witness to the divine fact: God is Love and Love is God.

Ernest Holmes

What is the difference between the love of God and love for God?

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Love is an Essence

August's Value: Love, Compassion and Caring

Love is an essence, an atmosphere, which defies analysis, as does Life Itself. It is that which is and cannot be explained: it is common to all people, to all animal life and evident in the response of plants to those who love them. Love reigns supreme over all.

Ernest Holmes

What, in your opinion, are the similarities between human love and Divine love?

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Love is the Central Flame

August's Spiritual Value: Love, Compassion, and Caring

We embrace Love as the Self-Givingness of God to all creation, moving through us into expressing as compassion, caring, mutual respect, and kindness. We express interest in and support for the well-being of ourselves and others. We express unconditional love when observing the suffering of others and do what we can to give aid and show compassion.

Spiritual living may be thought of as the practice of duplicating the nature of the Divine in our human experience. This month’s focus is on the Divine as unconditional love.

August 6

Love is the central flame of the universe, nay, the very fire itself. It is written that God is love, and that we are [God’s] expressed likeness, the image of the Eternal Being. Love is self-givingness through creation, the impartation of the Divine through the human.

Ernest Holmes

What does Divine Love mean to you?

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