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Sixteen marvelous women, many of whom did not know each other before this 3-day weekend, gathered in the woodsy and rustic setting of Wesley Woods at Williams Bay, Wisconsin.

Lively discussion

Last weekend provided glorious blue skies and breathtaking beauty as we honed in on “Practicing Radical Acts of Love.”  Saturday’s program was facilitated by Carol Hohle.  Carol is the Chicago-based founder of Inspiration House, “an organization devoted to environmental sustainability, spiritual fulfillment, and a socially just human presence on this planet.”

Carol H enjoys warm drink.

Carol showed us how acknowledging our awe and reverence for God’s creation takes us effortlessly to gratitude for these things which truly awe us.  Her ideas and presentations gave us much to put into practice.

An evening hike with headlamps and flashlights added a touch of adventure to that wonderful autumn tradition of bonfire, songs, and s’mores.

Each woman took home her own inspired commitment to practicing radical love.

Here are a few choice one-liners which surfaced:

  • Being in love is really being held in Love.
  • We cannot have reverence without humility.
  • Reverence is an open door to healing.
  • Reverence on the go! (more…)

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Treasure hunt

Find the Kingdom of Heaven at the Gathering this Sunday, August 29!

A little more seriously, where do we find that Kingdom? Do we need to be a card-carrying disciple to get in?

In his parables Jesus tells us a lot about the Kingdom, and the benefits of living there. “He who hears my sayings, and does them (applies them, makes them practical) is building on solid spiritual rock that won’t collapse or float away when a crisis comes flooding in on us.

His parables illustrate spiritual lessons. As we listen thoughtfully, they tell us about discipleship – and the Kingdom.

Come and bring your friends as we get to the heart of some of these stories.

We’re meeting at the building of the Des Plaines Society, 48 N. Broadway, Des Plaines, IL, at 2:00 p.m.

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The Gathering planners for this Sunday have been thinking about salt. As a touch of salt brings out the best taste in foods, so grace seasons conversation, bringing out the best in others. It doesn’t cut anyone out or put them down.

There were times when I put others down, thinking apparently that I was lifted up in that process. Not. I’ve learned that self-worth doesn’t come from walking over others, even a tiny bit.

What a happy discovery (more…)

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The disciples had left all for Christ once — what must have seemed like ages ago. They had walked away from their fishing boats to follow the new rabbi. He quickly showed them his ministry included healing. He wasn’t like the scribes, who were always quoting their favorite rabbis. He lived what he taught.

Yet, when push came to shove, when Jesus’ ministry became a life and death issue, the disciples retreated to the safety and comfort of fishing. That makes perfect sense to me. When things have gotten tough, I have sometimes retreated to the comfort and safety of the past. But the past turns out to be never quite the way I remembered it, usually because it’s been outgrown. The best course at that point is a humble willingness to listen to God’s voice and figure out how best to deal with the present. (more…)

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Some of us cried openly, others of us cried inside, and perhaps some just went away thinking quietly. We also cheered for each other. Our main theme for today was regardless of where we are in the midst of medicine, how do we move forward? It’s interesting how easily we confided and supported each other, even though several people were new and had never been a part of any of our Fellowship activities before. Part of it was the way Craig sang to us right at the start. It was the song that wrote itself in his heart after our first discussion on medicine from last March: “… let go of your grief and despair…if we bare one another’s burdens – help our sisters and brothers along – we can travel the road sharing our load…” (more…)

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You may recall that our first discussion on Christian Science and medicine generated so much interest, we were asked to hold another one. So here we are!

Please join us on Saturday morning, May 22, at 10:00. Click the link here for further details.

We’ve posted several blogs in preparation for this meeting, and you may want to review those, along with the comments that have been accumulating along with them.

In preparation for this second discussion:

  1. Plans for our second discussion on Christian Science and medicine, May 22
  2. Christian Scientists and medical ethics II

In preparation for the first discussion:

  1. Ethics of medicine: discussions from the heart
  2. Preparing for discussion on Christian Science and medicine

One of the frequent questions that arises in the context of faithful Christian Scientists and their relationship with medicine is that of guilt. If our goal is to prove our spiritual virtue by our distance from medicine, then of course any thought about the wisdom of temporary medical support would spell failure.  We would measure ourselves – and others – against such a standard. On the other hand, if our goal is to love God supremely and to love our neighbor as ourselves, then medicine itself has very little to do with our self-evaluations.  We would keep our focus on praying more and loving more, despite the struggles and temporary set-backs. If you follow some discussions on Christian Science.com, you may have noticed Mike Davis’ comments on Mary Baker Eddy’s use of morphine. Interestingly he notes that he has never seen any evidence that Mary Baker Eddy felt guilty about it. Check out the link to that conversation, posts #33 and #34.


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One of the points of discussion at the Gathering on Sunday will include the portion of Jesus’ “sermon on the mount” known as “the beatitudes.” They all start with Jesus’ assurance that we’re going to be blessed, or happy. And that happiness is based on seeing things the way Jesus sees them. For example, he teaches that people who mourn will be comforted, and people who hunger and thirst after righteousness are going to be filled. The big question is, “How does that happen?” That’s a question we may want to discuss at the Gathering. (more…)

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