Common Things – February 17, 2021

To look at us, we were different in more ways than we were alike.  I was a small, skinny white woman of a certain age, devoid of makeup, hair slicked back in a thin ponytail.  She was a voluptuous black woman, decades younger than me, wearing long, lovely eyelashes, hair…

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The Hero’s Journey: Begin where you are! February 14, 2021

The Hero’s Journey: Begin where you are!

The beginning point of The Hero’s Journey is right smack in the middle of normal life – The Ordinary World. For Jesus, that was the year 4BCE. By all accounts, it was a year of crisis. Political turmoil, revolutions and violence had once again swept over what was already a very chaotic land. Martyrdom and messianic prophecies gained popularity. Jesus grew up in this world. It gave structure, meaning and direction to his life. Our world is no less chaotic. The 20th century gave the world a legacy of revolutions in Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as revolutionary technological advances. The beginning of the 21st century included the 9/11 attacks, and has continued with an explosion of technology. The structure, meaning and direction of our lives seems to have changed radically from what we knew as “ordinary” up until now. Yet, it is the “here and now” that prepares us for the Hero’s Journey. This Sunday, we take a look at where we are and where we might be headed on The Hero’s Journey.

Rev. Jean DeBarbieris Owen

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THE HERO’S JOURNEY: You are the Hero in Your Own Spiritual Evolution – February 7, 2021

February 7, 2021

THE HERO’S JOURNEY:  You Are the Hero in Your Own Spiritual Evolution!

Humans tell stories.  Some humans tell stories better than other humans, but all humans, even the very early ones, told stories.  Ever wonder why this is so?  Whether told for the purpose of teaching or entertainment or explaining some phenomenon, stories are told so that we might better understand ourselves, one another and our place in the Universe.

In 1956, Joseph Campbell wrote his famous work of comparative mythology, The Hero with a Thousand FacesThe book combined Jungian theory and Campbell’s own study of world mythologies, to arrive at a theory called the monomyth.  Campbell believed that this is the ultimate narrative archetype, a story upon which all narratives are based. He called it, “The Hero’s Journey.”

We’re all familiar with this archetype from modern works; such as, Star Wars, The Trilogy of the Rings, The Matrix.  But, did you know that the lives of revered spiritual masters have also followed this narrative?  From Buddha and Arjuna to the Prophet Mohammed to Jesus, the lives each of these men followed the trajectory of “The Hero’s Journey.”

This Easter Season, we will re-visit the life of our Master Teacher, Jesus, to learn from his adventures on the Journey. And, more importantly, we will look carefully at our own Journey because it also follows the Hero Archetype.  Are you ready to see your life as a journey to reveal the hero you already are?  Join us from February 7 to April 11 to explore and apply this truth to your life.

Rev. Jean DeBarbieris

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The Nonviolent Legacy of Jesus of Nazareth- January 31, 2021

The Nonviolent Legacy of Jesus of Nazareth
The Season for Nonviolence marks the 64 days between the anniversaries of the deaths of Mohandas Gandhi on January 30 and Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4. The Season for Nonviolence was co-founded by Arun and Sunanda Gandhi and the Leadership Council of The Association for Global New Thought (AGNT) in 1998.
Instead of focusing on Gandhi, MLK or the Dalai Lama (on the AGNT website), we will look to Christianity’s main non-violent guy – JESUS!
Using the word CHRIST, we will examine his approach to nonviolence with such concepts as: Creativity; Honesty; Reversal; Incarnation; Strength; and, Trust.
Rev. Jean DeBarbiers Owen
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