A diverse group of 30 people from across the life of the United Church of Christ came together to create something new this week at the denomination’s national headquarters in Cleveland. A different way of being church in the 21st century. A spiritual experience that links a community of faith virtually. A web-based congregation that knows no geographic boundaries. Those gathered at the Leaders in Koinonia (LinK) Event Nov. 6 – 8 in Cleveland spent three days in conversation and prayer, wrestling with a way to live differently in times of radical change, to set the foundation for Extravagance UCC.
SIMI UCC, are you listening? (God is still, typing)
LinK event sets foundation for UCC web-based congregation, Extravagance UCC
Michael Dowd will speak at our 10:00 a.m. Service on March 16th, 2014
“The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness”
Michael Dowd, author of Thank God for Evolution
March 16, 2014 7:00 p.m. to 8:30.p.m.
United Church of Christ
370 Royal Ave, Simi Valley, CA 93065
Open to the Public ~free-will donation
We each have experienced times of trouble that threaten to overwhelm our individual lives. In such times, a vision of possibility is essential. The same holds for the punctuations in history when whole societies face troubles of an immense and uncharted variety. Truly, we here and now have arrived at such a time. Humans, unwittingly, have become a planetary force. We are changing, irreversibly, the very climate of our world. Henceforth, any actions we take as individuals and societies will be done in the new light of climate change. What vision will carry us forward through such times and inspire us to work together? How shall we frame the need to shed our business-as-usual outlook on life and take on a new vision of possibility that can unite us as a species in joyful self-sacrifice and service? What vision will charge us with a sense of heroic purpose that the future is, indeed, calling us to greatness?
The ear of reading, the eye of listening, the heart of all things: the spiritual friend
Unlike the politicians who value popularity more than factuality
For the warriors who value honor more than safety
The American fight for equality began with distinctly Christian precepts
“Roughly 80 years before the fictional lords and ladies of Downton Abbey begin to realize it, Tocqueville understood that the world of aristocratic privileges was slipping away and would soon be reduced to ruins. That is what inspired his religious terror.
The same terror grips opponents of gay marriage today, as the Christian principle of equality overturns and transforms the Christian tradition’s historic understanding of what a marital partnership is and can be. In this sense, at least, opposition to gay marriage parallels an earlier generation’s opposition to interracial marriage. In both cases, the opponents of change are attempting to stand against the march of equality.”
Ya say ya wanna n’evolution?