After a two-year absence the Great Lakes Regional Conference is back live in Moline Illinois. The Conference team and Board recognize with the continued issues related to the ever-changing Covid health crisis that some may not be comfortable traveling or attending in person. Acknowledging this the Conference will be offered both live and in person as well as virtually. Knowing that not all aspects of the Conference can be offered virtually we set a lower price for those attending online.
A few things to note…
Food is a cornerstone of human existence and interaction. Food is a connector. It essentially is a ritualistic, centering process of sacred connection. One that we enact daily and more profoundly at times on holidays or special occasions. I think of the late great Anthony Bourdain who deeply believed in the power of food. He is quoted as saying “Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from those from the get-go.”
See the Good in All Things; See God in Everything.Several months ago, while participating in a Zoom meeting, I noticed a sign hanging on the wall behind a participant's head. From the camera's distance, it appeared to be an eye chart, the kind that is used in an optometrist’s office. I could read the larger letters; however, some words I could not make out. It was a business meeting, and I should have been focusing on the topic at hand, not looking at the furnishing of his home. However, it was something about that sign that was calling out to me.
The genesis of this blog goes back to a day last month after a seven-inch snowfall. I was spending time in our backyard shoveling a section to allow our Jack Russell Terrier space to take care of business without having to be in snow up to her belly. Shovel in hand, I began to uncover small patches of grass in the midst of the mass of snowy white crystals. This got me to thinking, we have lived in this house and walked this yard for the last sixteen years. Before that, at least three owners of this property preceded us, walking around that same yard.
Do you suppose that every soul brings into its incarnation an intention? Or to put it another way, that every incarnation is a continuation of that entity's unfoldment towards the full and complete spiritualization of itself.
I learned that from being in Unity.
“We’ve never closed…. we’re just doing “church” a bit differently for now”
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,
and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
There is no other commandment greater than these.Jesus of Nazareth, Matt 22:37-39
Ministry in 2021: