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Welcome to The Church Within website and to the very idea of The Church Within itself. The Church Within was founded in 1992. We are an ever-evolving spiritual community, dedicated to offering unconditional support and love to all who seek inner wisdom through a spiritual life.
The best way to get to know us is to share in the joy, spirit, and celebration of our 10:00 AM Sunday gathering. The best "brochure" we have is us.
We are folks whose pasts include other churches or no church at all. Some come simply to expand their current faith experience. As one of our members puts it, "I come to The Church Within, because it helps me discover my faith and live it out in the world."
We are a diverse, informal gathering who believes in the power of prayer, in God (whatever name you use for Source), and in each other.
The topic for A Course in Miracles class on Thursday, November 14 is:
7 p.m. at The Church Within
We will take a look at the basic Course teachings about the world as a dream of one sleeping mind, and the process of shifting from identifying ourselves as helpless dream figures that suffer and die to remembering that we are the dreamer of the dream, forever one with our Source.
“You are the dreamer of the world of dreams. No other cause it has, nor ever will. Nothing more fearful than an idle dream has terrified God’s Son, and made him think that he has lost his innocence, denied his Father, and made war upon himself. So fearful is the dream, so seeming real, he could not waken to reality without the sweat of terror and a scream of mortal fear, unless a gentler dream preceded his awaking, and allowed his calmer mind to welcome, not to fear, the Voice that calls with love to waken him; a gentler dream, in which his suffering was healed and where his brother was his friend. God willed he waken gently and with joy, and gave him means to waken without fear.” [T-27.VII.13.]
SCHEDULE NOTE: The next two Thursday classes — November 21 and December 5 — coincide with choir rehearsals. On these two nights choir rehearsal will begin at 6:30, while ACIM will begin at 7:30.
There will of course be no class on November 28, Thanksgiving Day.
A Course in Miracles class will not meet on Thursday, October 31. Classes will resume on November 7.
One of the first things we do upon entering the children’s church room every Sunday is let the youth offer up concerns or celebrations that they would like to pray for. There are some things that make it up every week without fail. Safe travels, even when no one in particular is going anywhere, is always at the top of the list. Animals, stuffed and non-stuffed, never get left out either. We usually get a nice variety of family members and friends who have been unwell, and some fun things that are happening soon that the children want to share.
Today we had a new one. When asked what else they would like to pray for, one boy said, “Dead people. I have no idea why I just said that. It just popped into my head.”
I was immediately intrigued. As we approach the time of year when many cultures around the world are celebrating those who have died in the past year and ancestors even longer separated from this mortal coil, one of the children just busts out that we should pray for dead people. In response, and I think he thought I was going to respond less than favorably to this, I asked if he was familiar with the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration. He had heard a little, but another of the children was much more well-versed on the matter and she filled him in.
Because our focus is to let the students lead the discussions, we’ll be focusing these next two or three Sundays on celebrating ancestors. We are exploring some ideas of building our own version of an ofrenda for our deceased loved ones. This will go perfectly with the conversations we’ve had about altars as well.
A child’s intuition is something to be nurtured and encouraged. There was a chance that the request to pray for dead people could have been met with some negative response. Some might have thought he was trying to be funny. Some might have wanted to shy away from the topic of death with children. We, though, are just excited to learn together about something that is on the hearts and minds of a lot of people around the world at this time of year. The celebration of lives lived and lived well. The celebration of our ancestors.
Here is the Course in Miracles schedule for the rest of October:
Thursday, October 10, 2013:
NO CLASS because of other event at The Church Within
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 7 p.m.:
“Living The Guided Life”
A discussion of ways that we can seek and receive spiritual guidance in our daily lives.
Thursday, October 24, 2013, 7 p.m.:
“The (Almost) Endless Halloween”
About our costumes, masks, roles, and the candy of specialness.
Thursday, October 31, 2013: