VIA TRANSFORMATIVA: YOU CRACK ME UP – Cliffhangers

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

This Sunday, April 1, 2018, we began our Via Transformativa theme of “You Crack Me Up!” During this quarter, we’ll be exploring how the Holy “cracks” us open to reveal the true divine, spirit that dwells within each of us. 

This Sunday, Easter, we used music from the Indigo Girls to explore how God uses the element of surprise and cliffhangers to draw out our true, divine Self.

Readings: 
From the Hebrew scriptures: Isaiah 25: 6-9: … the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines…
From the Jesus story: Mark 16: 1-8: They saw that the stone which was very large had already been rolled back.
From A Course in Miracles, Chapter 11: The resurrection is the complete triumph of Christ over the ego

Song used in the sermon: Joking, Indigo Girls


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VIA CREATIVA: Mothers of Invention – Playful & Joyous Rebellion

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

This Sunday, March 25, 2018, we continue our Via Creativa theme of Mothers of Invention. During this quarter, we’ll be exploring how we can bring forth that creative spirit of invention that can transform not just our inner world, but the world around us.

We used music from James Taylor to learn why we have a “moral obligation” to joy and how remembering to laugh and play is our fastest way to reconnect with our inherent sense of joy.

Readings:
From the Hebrew Scriptures: Isaiah 50:4-9: I did not hide my face from insult and spitting
From the Jesus Story: Mark 14: 1-11: She broke open the jar and poured ointment on his head.
From A Course in Miracles, Chapter 27: Into eternity, where all is one, there crept a tiny, mad idea

Song used in the sermon: Secret O Life, by James Taylor


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VIA CREATIVA: Mothers of Invention – Holy Innovation

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

This Sunday, March 18, 2018, we continue our Via Creativa theme of Mothers of Invention. During this quarter, we’ll be exploring how we can bring forth that creative spirit of invention that can transform not just our inner world, but the world around us.

We used music from Bob Marley to learn how we can enter into a new covenant of innovation with the Holy Spirit that will heal the world.

Readings: 
From the Hebrew scriptures: Jeremiah 31: 31-34: I will make a new covenant.
From the Jesus Story: John 12: 20-33: Sir, we wish to see Jesus.
From A Course in Miracles, Chapter 3: All your difficulties stem from the fact that you do not recognize yourself

Song used in the sermon: Redemption Song – Bob Marley

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VIA CREATIVA: Mothers of Invention – We’re All Light

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

This Sunday, March 11, 2018, we continue our Via Creativa theme of Mothers of Invention. During this quarter, we’ll be exploring how we can bring forth that creative spirit of invention that can transform not just our inner world, but the world around us.

This week, we used music from XTC to explore how one of the most iconic Bible verses, John 3:16, invites all of us (whosoever) to shine their Holy light in the world.

Readings:
From the Jesus Story: John 3:14-21: Light has come into the world.
From the letters of the Apostle Paul: Ephesians 2:1-10: we are what God has made us
From A Course in Miracles, Chapter 11: Christ is the extension of the Love and the loveliness of God

Song used in the sermon: We’re All Light by XTC

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Via Creativa: Mothers of Invention – Bigger Than Our Bodies

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

This Sunday, March 4, 2018, we continue our Via Creativa theme of Mothers of Invention. During this quarter, we’ll be exploring how we can bring forth that creative spirit of invention that can transform not just our inner world, but the world around us.

Sadly, this week, due to operator error (I forgot to hit the “record” button twice, as required), there is no recording of this week’s celebration. It will just have to live on in the memories of those who were there. We used music from John Mayer to learn about how we are bigger than our bodies and the right use for our bodies in the world. Below is the full sermon text from this week.

Readings:
From the Jesus story: John 2: 13-22: Stop making God’s house a marketplace.
From the Letters of the Apostle Paul: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25: we proclaim Christ crucified
From A Course in Miracles, Chapter 20: The Holy Spirit’s temple is not a body

Song used in the sermon: Bigger Than My Body, John Mayer


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Via Creativa: Mothers of Invention – Everyday Enlightenment

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

This Sunday, February 25, 2018, we continue our Via Creativa theme of Mothers of Invention. During this quarter, we’ll be exploring how we can bring forth that creative spirit of invention that can transform not just our inner world, but the world around us.

This week, we used music from Bruce Springsteen to learn how the Holy is calling us to awaken in each moment of our lives, but we are often blinded to those Holy moments by our ego. Below is an excerpt from the sermon along with links to the audio of the sermon and the full celebration.

Readings:
From the Jesus story: Mark 9:2-9: His appearance changed from the inside out
From the Apostle Paul: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6: we do not proclaim ourselves
From A Course in Miracles, Chapter 22: Let it be lifted!  Raise it together

Song used in the sermon: Blinded by the Light – Bruce Springsteen

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Via Creativa: Mothers of Invention – Sacrificing Sacrifice

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

This Sunday, February 18, 2018, we continue our Via Creativa theme of Mothers of Invention. During this quarter, we’ll be exploring how we can bring forth that creative spirit of invention that can transform not just our inner world, but the world around us.

This week, we used music from Jimmy Eat World to learn how sacrificing sacrifice can help us to live more creatively and compassionately in the world. Below is an excerpt from the sermon along with links to the audio of the sermon and the full celebration.

Readings:
From the Hebrew Scriptures: Genesis 22: 1-14: “Do not lay your hand upon the boy.”
From the Jesus Story: Mark 1:12-15:He was in the wilderness 40 days, tempted by Satan.”
From A Course in Miracles, Chapter 15: “… sacrifice is attack, not love.”

Song used in the sermon: You Are Free by Jimmy Eat World


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Via Creativa: Mothers of Invention – Gifts of the Darkness

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

This Sunday, February 11, 2018, we continue our Via Creativa theme of Mothers of Invention. During this quarter, we’ll be exploring how we can bring forth that creative spirit of invention that can transform not just our inner world, but the world around us.

This week, we used music from Kelly Clarkson to learn how to accept the gifts of creativity that the dark times can offer to us. Below is an excerpt from the sermon along with links to the audio of the sermon and the full celebration.

Readings:
From the Hebrew Scriptures: Job 7: 1-7: The night is long and I am full of tossing until dawn.
From the Jesus story: Mark 1: 29-39: He cured many who were sick… and cast out many demons.
From A Course in Miracles, Chapter 18: You have been willing to bring the darkness to light

Song used in sermon: Dark Side by Kelly Clarkson

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Via Creativa: Mothers of Invention – A New Teaching

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

This Sunday, February 4, 2018, we continue our Via Creativa theme of Mothers of Invention. During this quarter, we’ll be exploring how we can bring forth that creative spirit of invention that can transform not just our inner world, but the world around us.

This week, we used music from Melissa Etheridge to learn how we can use our creativity to heal ourselves and the world. Below is an excerpt from the sermon along with links to the audio of the sermon and the full celebration.

Readings:
From the Jesus Story: Mark 1:21-28: A new teaching — with authority!
From the Apostle Paul: 1 Corinthians 8:1-9: Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
From A Course in Miracles, Chapter 3: An “imprisoned” mind is not free because it is possessed

Song used in the sermon: Melissa Etheridge – Heal Me

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VIA CREATIVA: Mothers of Invention – Determination

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

This Sunday, January 28, 2018, we continue our Via Creativa theme of Mothers of Invention. During this quarter, we’ll be exploring how we can bring forth that creative spirit of invention that can transform not just our inner world, but the world around us.

This week, we used music from Jason Mraz to learn how being dedicated to our spiritual awakening can be a creative act. Below is an excerpt from the sermon along with links to the audio of the sermon and the full celebration.

Readings:
From the Jesus Story: Mark 1: 14-20: They left their nets and followed him.
From the Apostle Paul: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31:this world in its present form is passing away.
From A Course in Miracles, Lesson 194: I place the future in the Hands of God.

Song used in the sermon: Living in the Moment – Jason Mraz

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