Archive for September, 2010

The Illusion of Separateness: Questions of Meaning and Deity ~ 4 week class

September 29, 2010

Wednesdays, October 27 – November 17, facilitated by Elic Llewellyn

  • Does the space between us separate or connect us?
  • Is there a God, or gods behind our universe?
  • If so, what is its or their nature?
  • Is there any innate or intrinsic meaning to our existence as opposed to the personal meaning we might find in the mythic traditions we’ve inherited?

How we answer these questions impacts us on so many levels: our behavior toward one another; our politics; war and peace; our individual and collective consciousness; and our perception and experience of the everyday world as well as that which we call the “Divine.”

In this course we will explore these questions, with the help of a few good books, including but not limited to:

  • Panentheism: The Other God of the Philosophers–From Plato to the Present, by John W. Cooper;
  • In Whom We Live and Move and Have Our Being: Panentheistic Reflections on God’s Presence in a Scientific World, edited by Philip Clayton;
  • Elements of Pantheism, by Paul Harrison;
  • The God We Never Knew: Beyond Dogmatic Religion To A More Authentic Contemporary Faith, by Marcus J. Borg;
  • the 1950’s classic, Your God Is Too Small, by J.B. Phillips;
  • How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist, by Andrew Newberg M.D. and Mark Robert Waldman;
  • Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom, by Rick Hanson;
  • A New World View, by Charles Hartshorne; and
  • Omnipotence and Other Theological Mistakes by the same author.

As is clear from these titles, we’ll be exploring pantheism, panentheism, process theology, and the Buddhist metaphor of Indra’s Net, not just philosophically, but as a personal mystical experience.

ABOUT OUR FACILITATOR: Elic Llewellyn ~

Poet, singer/songwriter/guitarist/religious studies scholar and educator ~ all these terms come together in describing our facilitator, Elic Llewellyn. He has been involved with Unity since 1977, and brings extensive graduate study in comparative religions to this exciting program! In addition to his B.S. in Sociology, undergraduate work in Radio, Television, and Film, and graduate work in Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Psychology, Elic is a member of the Theosophical Society, was consecrated as a bishop of the Free Liberal Catholic Church, is a brother of and co-presiding bishop of The Free Sacramentalist Communion (an ecumenical religious order), and is an active member of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies. He also worked for 18 years as a mental health counselor in various clinical settings, and investigated crimes for the Office of the Public Defender of Seattle. Elic brings all these diverse interests and strengths together for this incredible class.

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An Activity for Truth-based Affirmations: Glamour Grammar

September 20, 2010

Here’s a great technique Bil and I use called Glamour Grammar. It is perfect to use to create quick affirmations, affirming the Truth of who you really are, anytime you are sensing yourself out of whack — in a diddlysquat order kind of experience. Here’s how it works:

  1. First, pause and take a few moments in the Silence (Seek ye first…), and reconnect with your awareness of Oneness;
  2. Next,  grab a notepad or your journal and write the alphabet down the left hand side of the page. Then, for each letter of the alphabet, brainstorm positive, powerful, even spiritual words. For example, for A you might use Awesome or Authentic; B could be Bodacious or Blessed; C might be Creative or Caring.
  3. Then create affirmations, using the words you selected and placing “I am…” in front of them. For example, I am Awesome; I am Bodacious; I am creative…
  4. Another piece of the code: Say these affirmations like you mean them! Put your zeal and energy behind the words! And then become aware of the energy flow you feel as you affirm the Truth of who you really are, and notice the change you experience in your ability to bring a sense of Order – Divine Order – to whatever you are doing.

By the way, this is particularly effective when you are stuck in traffic! Simply look at the license plates on the cars around you, and come up with positive words for the letters on those plates! Honest – it is transforming!

What Have We Been Doing? Monthly Activity Report, August 2010

September 13, 2010

Adult Spiritual Education ~ Monthly Activity Report, August 2010

Classes Taught in August:

August 4, 11 — Bible Study from a Spiritual Perspective, led by Revs. Bil & Cher Holton

August 8 — Empowered Attraction: Finding Real Love, led by Jessica Sabatini

August 25 – 12 Powers Dreamscape Class, led by Rev. Cher Holton

August 28 – Healing Symposium (details in Integrative Healing Ministry report)

===== Other Items of Interest =========

  • Postings to Adult Spiritual Education Blog.
  • Planning for upcoming months! Look for a Science & Spirituality Class in September, as well as a Conscious Prosperity class!
  • Conducted Board training for our sister church, Unity Church of Raleigh. (August 1)
  • Conducted Leadership Teambuilding event for sister church, UCR (August 19)

Check out this blog for upcoming announcements!!

Blessings,

Cher & Bil

Drs. Bil & Cher Holton
Spiritual Leaders—Unity Spiritual Life Center
2604-H Carver Street, Durham, NC 27705-2796
Church Office Phone: 919.471.3504
Home Office Phone: 919.767.9620

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