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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 EGO’S SILLY SIN-PHONY” will be the topic for A Course in Miracles class at The Church Within, 7 p.m. on Thursday November 6.
Whether we think we believe in the “original sin” of the Bible or not, the ego’s entire world is based on sin – the thought that we have fragmented and separated from our loving Source. Exploring and exposing the ego’s “sin-phony” is the way to undo it.
Here are some of the Course’s statements about sin:
Sin is but error in a special form the ego venerates. It would preserve all errors and make them sins.
Sins are beliefs that you impose between your brother and yourself. They limit you to time and place, and give a little space to you, another little space to him.
Sin is the idea you are alone and separated off from what is whole. And thus it would be necessary for the search for wholeness to be made beyond the boundaries of limits on yourself.
Sin is insanity. It is the means by which the mind is driven mad, and seeks to let illusions take the place of truth.
The title has yet to be decided, but I’ve been thinking about freedom, looking for love in all the wrong places, ejection seats, and Course koans.
A Course in Miracles class will meet Thursday October 30, 7 p.m. at The Church Within. Dinner before class will be 5:30 at Milano Inn on College Ave
As we move deeper into the Strong Kindness campaign, we’ve been working on different ways to help folks help TCW. Check out StrongKindness.org for some of those details.
As announced at our 10/26 Sunday service, we have partnered with Mitscoots to allow folks to do good, look good, and help others feel good too. Mitscoots will donate $1 to the Strong Kindness fund for every pair sold using code TCW2014. You get 20% off. Mitscoots donates a pair of socks to a person experiencing homelessness for every pair purchased (those will be shipped to Indy to help our brothers and sisters right here at home). Mitscoots employs people living in poverty. Every step of this is filled with awesome! Learn more about their story here.
You can help in a number of ways.
1. Buy some socks for yourself, your family, your friends… it’s holiday time! Use TCW2014 at checkout for your 20% off and to get the donated socks and funds to the right place.
2. Share our discount code TCW2014 with everyone you know who uses socks. That is, nearly, everyone you know.
3. Share some of the images below in all your social media feeds. Often. Because people need reminding. Often.
4. Remember that we are very grateful for your spreading the word about this opportunity so that we can continue to do the work of strengthening community through gathering together as a church and reaching out into the world so that everyone gets to sit at the table. No one left out.
“THE PATH OF PURPOSE” will be the topic for A Course in Miracles class
Thursday October 23, 7 p.m. at The Church Within.
No matter what is happening to us at any moment, no matter how real, difficult, or painful it seems or how powerless we feel, our minds are always free to choose a different purpose for what is occurring.
“Only the mind can set a purpose, and only the mind can see the means for its accomplishment, and justify its use. .The test of everything on earth is simply this; “What is it for?” 2 The answer makes it what it is for you. It has no meaning of itself, yet you can give reality to it, according to the purpose that you serve.” [ACIM]
In a workshop titled “Leading Lives of Quiet Desperation”, Kenneth Wapnick stated:
“With this Course, we are being trained to always think purpose..
It doesn’t matter why I got a flat tire or got a headache or why a loved one has cancer or I have cancer. It doesn’t matter. What matters is the purpose it will serve. Will it root me in the dream thereby reinforcing the idea that the world is a prison and my body is a prison, or will it awaken me from the dream by . . being a classroom that teaches me that I am a mind and not a body?”