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.

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ACIM On Course Class Thursday, March 26, 2015

“HEARING THE DIRGE” will be the topic for A Course in Miracles class Thursday March 26, 2015.

A dirge is a grim, desolate song of grief and mourning. It’s amazing, when you start to listen, how many dirges can be heard in popular music. Here’s one example, some lines from a current hit song:

“We all want what we ain’t got,
Our favorite doors are always locked.
On a higher hill with a taller top,
We all want what we ain’t got.

We all wish it didn’t hurt,
When you try your best and it doesn’t work.
And goodbye’s such a painful word,
We all wish it didn’t hurt.”

From ACIM:

P-2.VI.1. “God may not enter here” the sick repeat, over and over, while they mourn their loss and yet rejoice in it. 5 Healing occurs as a patient begins to hear the dirge he sings, and questions its validity. 6 Until he hears it, he cannot understand that it is he who sings it to himself. 7 To hear it is the first step in recovery. 8 To question it must then become his choice.

A friend told me today about his 78-year-old mother’s “dirge” of constantly bemoaning the passing of the 1950’s, when everything was wonderful and good. Perhaps you are aware of some sad song that you like to sing about the golden past? We will explore.

Blessings,

Resta

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Sunday Service 3/22/15 – “Inviting Forgiveness”

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Sunday Service 3/15/15 – “I’m Sorry If…”

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ON COURSE ACIM CLASS THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015

“FIELD WORK: FORGIVING THE BODY” is the topic for A Course in Miracles class Thursday, March 12, 7 p.m. at The Church Within. We will delve into why we made (make) the body and identify with it, and the unloving and loving uses to which we have put it.

T-24.IV.2. Of itself the body can do nothing. 11 See it as means to hurt, and it is hurt. 12 See it as means to heal, and it is healed. T-25.in.3 The body needs no healing. 2 But the mind that thinks it is a body is sick indeed! 3 And it is here that Christ sets forth the remedy. 4 His purpose folds the body in His light, and fills it with the Holiness that shines from Him. 5 And nothing that the body says or does but makes Him manifest. 6 To those who know Him not it carries Him in gentleness and love, to heal their minds.

Talking about the body in this way, detaching from it ever so slightly, is helpful in developing the Observer or Witness consciousness. Each of us is the ultimate expert in what it means to be/have a body, so whoever attends tomorrow night will be part of a panel of experts!

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Sunday Service 3/8/15 – “Strong Medicine”

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On Course ACIM Class Thursday, March 5, 2015

“REMEMBERING THE LOVE WE ARE” will be the topic for A Course in Miracles class Thursday March 5, 7 p.m. at The Church Within.

Identifying with the body, which so often is unloving and unlovable, it seems impossible to imagine or remember that we are Love itself. But this is the teaching and the practice of the Course:

T-7.IV.7. Love . .comes freely to all the Sonship, being what the Sonship is. 11 By your awakening to it, you are merely forgetting what you are not. 12 This enables you to remember what you are. T-16.IV.6. Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all of the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

S-3.IV.10. So now return your holy voice to Me. .The universe is waiting your release because it is its own. 4 Be kind to it and to yourself, and then be kind to Me. 5 I ask but this; that you be comforted and live no more in terror and in pain. 6 Do not abandon Love. 7 Remember this; whatever you may think about yourself, whatever you may think about the world, your Father needs you and will call to you until you come to Him in peace at last.

We will look at the many ways we have pushed love away, and the ways we can recall that all our pushing has accomplished nothing (except to frighten ourselves). Love is still and always here, waiting for us to awaken to It.

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Snow Day!

Published on March 1, 2015, by in Featured.

Friends, it is just too bad out there. I’m sorry this email is coming so late. It took some convincing for me to stay home! I hope you will make the same choice for yourself, though. Stay safe and warm.

Blessings on your day! I hope it is perfect.

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Thanks to Lori Sirtosky from over at Sacred Path for that pic. :)

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Sunday Service 2/22/15 – “Gifts of Grace”

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On Course ACIM Class Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

“RE-LENT-ING” is the topic for A Course in Miracles class at The Church Within, 7 p.m. on Thursday February 19.

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent leading up to Easter. The ashes are intended to remind us we are dust, but A Course in Miracles reminds us we are spirit:

T-31.VIII.1. Temptation has one lesson it would teach, in all its forms, wherever it occurs. 2 It would persuade the holy Son of God he is a body, born in what must die, unable to escape its frailty, and bound by what it orders him to feel. 3 It sets the limits on what he can do; its power is the only strength he has; his grasp cannot exceed its tiny reach. 4 Would you be this, if Christ appeared to you in all His glory, asking you but this:

5 Choose once again if you would take your place among the saviors of the world, or would remain in hell, and hold your brothers there.

6 For He has come, and He is asking this.

We will discuss commonly held beliefs about temptation and sacrifice and their true origin in the dreaming mind.

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Sunday Service 2/15/15 – “Expansive Oneness”

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