I hope everyone is enjoying Summer, traveling, tanning, forgetting all the grit and grime of living in the city during the winter.
Last Saturday, June 30, Bo Eberle led us in thinking through “Christianity After Religion (Part 5): The Conscious Community of the Faith/less.” We had a solid contingent of guests, and great reports from Wild Goose Festival.
Our Yoga class is this coming Saturday, July 7! It will continue every 1st and 3rd Saturday from 9:30 to 10:45. Please count on helping with paying for space and other costs, $10 per session. NOTE: No need to sign up for whole season. Just come for the sessions you can. Sessions left before Summer break: Jul 7 and July 21. To register and sign up for updates, please contact our Yoga teacher Carmen Rusu at: email@example.com, or phone: 201-805-1739 See you on the mat! Om and amen!
Also on Saturday, July 7, Cornel Rusu will lead us not through a sermon, but through an experience, concluding our series, “Christianity After Religion (Part 6): Spirituality After Spiritual Disciplines.” It will not be for faint-hearted. Come ready to be challenged and challenge Cornel in return. Here is Cornel’s gauntlet on the ground:
I will be facilitating the meeting this coming Sabbath and before you decide to attend, I want to warn you that I will do my best to make you uncomfortable, very uncomfortable!
I will not be cuddling you in nice verses to smooth your worries and cast away your fears but I will call them all in. I will not invoke heavenly peace and joy over you and I will make sure you don’t leave with the feeling that everything is going to be “all right.” I will tell you stories about my life that you don’t want to hear and read embarrassing passages from the Bible that you wish they were not there. I will ask you uncomfortable questions and watch you struggle to answer. Overall I promise you will leave more confused that you came in.
So help me God!
If this doesn’t scare you enough to stay home, then you must be as crazy as I am . . . You must be done with church and re-church and post-church, and post-post church, post-Christianity, and post-religion, and all other construction/demolition games that motivate the spiritual interest of the post and post-post, and post-post-post Christianity Christians. It means that you are looking for the same thing I am looking for, but I have not idea what it is and where to find it. I promise you that we will not find it…
Recently, we had a Leadership Team meeting and here is some relevant information:
We will have August sabbatical and come together again on Sept 8. During that time, anyone form CL is welcome to organize outings, potlucks, trips, events and send me the info which I can distribute to all. July 28 will be our last service at Quaker place before the break.
We want to have Beach Vespers! Everyone comes to the beach with the train on a Friday night for some comforting food, friends, and sundown. The date we are thinking of is July 13. Rose will be organizing. Stay tuned.
We will soon need Meals on Wheels for McCashes. We will need to organize swiftly, once the baby happens. Everyone on standby!
We would like to organize a system by which young children will be served appropriately to their age and needs as a part of Citylights. I will be sending an email to all parents and those interested to help. If you would like to be included, let me know.
Please participate in this new series. Here is how:
We spend a lof of time saying “no” to religion of the past, but what is our “yes”? Workign title of the series is ”Christianity After Religion,” focused on making our experience and discussions more re-constructive, rather than de-constructive (although sweet discipline of de-construction will always be at hand!). So, if you have a spiritual or life practice, way of being, or ritual that sustains you, please email me. We want to feature what we are really doing, believing in, hoping for, and practicing. If at all possible, I would love to hear from you, so we can learn from one another. It doesn’t have to be thought through, I will help you clarify and find a way to participate the way it works for you. Nothing is insignifiant or off limits.
As a reminder, here is our Saturday schedule:
9:30 – 10:45 Yoga Class with Carmen Rusu (all are welcome, donation $10) every 1st and 3rd Wednesday only.
11:00 BREAKFAST (unless noted otherwise)
11:30 breakfast ends and SERVICE STARTS
1:00 SERVICE ENDS followed by 1 hour of great convo and cleanup
2:00 WE ARE OUT
As we like to say, don’t come late, don’t come on time, come early. The best part of gathering is meeting people and sensing the silence which God is about to fill.
Our next Leadership Team meeting will be July 18, Wednesday, 6-8 pm at Cosi’s just South of Union Sq.
Sabbath can’t come too soon,
Samir Selmanovic, Coordinator, Citylights Community