The Worship Theme for March is “Earth-Centered”
March 4: “Why Do Goddesses Have Names?” What does it mean to have a personified diety/embodiment, spirituality in our bodies? Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Emily Crutcher.
March 11: “Place Matters” Where we plant our feet matters. And when we change our place, sometimes we change our faith. Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Gisela Roethke.
March 18: “In Balance” As we come upon the Spring equinox, we ask, what does it mean to be in balance? Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associates Rachel Teates and Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis.
March 25: “How to Empower Your Mind” Rumi says “what you seek is seeking you”… perhaps it’s true. The evidence of the power of our minds is undeniable.. The ancient texts of the Buddha tell us that no external condition can be the cause of our happiness, only the mind has that ability. When people understand how they are influenced, the root causes of struggle and what we can do with our minds to make things better, sustainable happiness and radiant joy are the result. Bhante Sujata is our guest speaker with Dan Cozort as worship associate.
About our Guest Speaker…
“My life as a Buddhist monk has given me a front row seat to incredible transformation within so many people as I teach them how to empower the mind and cultivate the qualities that will help you find strength and happiness, as well as give you a burning desire to add more love to the world. When we understand our mind, we begin to re-shape our behavior and feelings about so many things… it’s the most loving act of service one can do for themselves and the world.”
Bhante Sujatha, a 30+ year Buddhist Monk, is singularly focuses on adding more love in the world. Bhante teaches loving-kindness meditation to people around the globe for all those seeking the art of happiness and contentment. His approach to meditation is deep and simple, bringing core Buddhist teachings to everyone in a way that is practical and easy to understand. A joyful, radiant, funny and wildly energetic monk, Bhante will help you obtain peace that can only be found in deep silence. He is originally from Sri Lanka and is the head monk / abbot of the Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center in Woodstock, IL.
Bhante believes his purpose is not only to teach meditation, but also, “teaching people how to be happy.”
Bhante does his book signing after worship and his CD’s are also available to purchase. Proceeds go to Bhante’s Incubator Project
The Worship Theme for February is “Humanism”
February 4 – “Possibility” When you don’t need faith. Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Molly Wilkinson.
February 11 – “Throw Me Something Mister” At Mardi Gras parades people run along the sides of floats, calling up for the riders to “Throw me something Mister!” What are they expecting to receive. And why do they think they will receive it? Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Christin Kapp.
February 18 – “A Needed Hope” At the turn of the last centurty a group of leading theologians, intellectuals and scientists came out with the Humanist Manifesto. Why was it so needed? Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Michele Burton.
February 25 – “17 Generations” From the first slave delivery in 1609 to the present, we will look at 17 generations of slavery, perseverance, performance and ingenuity – in celebrating Black History Month. Dick Poland is service leader.