June 13, 2020 The Sacramento Newsletter The Christian Community
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless one is born from above,
one cannot see the kingdom of God.”
In this newsletter:
Contributions from the Community: Helena McDaniel and Nancy McMahon.
'One Humanity under God' by Gisela Wielki.
Contemplation by Luis González.
We continue celebrating the Act of Consecration daily at 9:00 A.M. You are welcome to join us. We will celebrate two services this Sunday June 6, 9:00 and 11:00 A.M. Remember, you need to reserve a place for Sunday contacting Cynthia Hoven at 916-342-1523.
We have received this interesting invitation from Cindy Hindes to be part of an ‘international Lord’s prayer group’. Click here to view this invitation.
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2. Contributions from the Community
'The light in everything' from the Toronto priests
I was introduced to the Christian Community in 1976. I came as an Activist in the Civil Rights Movement - Graduate from University of Minnesota - to help with Nancy Poer's kindergarden. Rev. Caral Stegman joined Rev. Lewis in the leadership in 1978. We, the young Mothers (5 of us) would gather in his home and mail out his book "The Spiritual Task of America". Caral told stories of his involvement in the Labor Movement at the time of World War One. His wife Christeen gave the first gifts to buy the College. The study of the Three Fold Social Order was a part of my early days with the Christian Community.
So it is with great enthusiasm that I encourage you to listen to the 2 priests brought up in our Fair Oaks Community as they remind us not to stay in an Ivory Tower but to take direct interest and action in our World as it is - with help from our Movement for Religious Renewal and the ideals of Rudolf Steiner. Please take time to listen to "The Light in Everything", Patrick Kennedy and Jonah Evans discussing how the healing activity of the Holy Spirit is connected with being 'called to account' and the death of Mr. Floyd: Click here to listen to this podcast. Peace in Christ. Helena McDaniel
Painting a rose
After painting a rose, I looked at roses more carefully, and saw how each rose has a different face: I don't find any set pattern of petals. Just as each human being is unique.
Painting and text by Nancy McMahon
3. One Humanity under God
The Aborigines in Australia are ancient dreamers. They have a Genesis dream, they dream their way back to the origin, to the divine womb from which we have all been born. In the West we dream forward to a future humanity. And it has an apocalyptic quality, an aspect of revealing what is not yet revealed. And we get fired up by the idea of being born again. But if this being born again is to be a spiritually healthy rebirth, we cannot avoid dying in the process of change. And that dying we are facing once again right now as a nation. Dying requires letting go, a falling away of the old. But how long, how long Lord can the falling away of racial prejudice wait for the dawn of a new morning?
It has been said France is a country, England is a people, America is a not yet realized idea, still descending from above. It has also been said America is not a place but a time. The last century was the age of Americanism all around the globe. As One Nation under God it was to be our moral contribution to live the example of what could evolve into one Humanity under God. Goethe in the 19th century dreamed of America to build the temple of a new humanity. Lord, how far we have strayed. Lord how slow we are to confess our sins of the past. But the world is already too broken, we cannot afford to give way to resignation.
D.H Lawrence, though not American, was nevertheless a western soul. We can write a line of one of his poems into our hearts. It is a word that if acted upon can still help us to become that Pentecostal continent, that Pentecostal community America is dreaming about and in which strong individuals truly born again and from all races, tribes and languages can rise from One Nation under God to One Humanity under God.
“Not I, not I, but the wind, the spirit that blows through me.” This healing spirit, which is the spirit of truth and the courage to face the past, it alone will heal what is so broken and deeply wounded in the American soul.Gisela Wielki
4. Inner Life
Prayer for One's Country
O Christ, Thou knowest
The souls and spirits
Whose deeds have woven
This land’s destiny.
May we who today
Are bearers of this destiny
Find the strength and the light
Of thy servant Michael.
And our hearts be warmed
By Thy blessing, O Christ,
That our deeds may serve
Thy work of world healing.
To turn towards the light
In times of darkest need,
To lift the soul's clear sight
The Spirit-dawn to heed,
The will of man to earthly plane,
This be, and evermore remain.
You who watch over earthly souls,
You who weave in earthly souls,
Spirits, who protecting human souls,
Work lovingly from world wisdom,
Hear our plea, behold our love
Which would unite with your helping rays of power,
Spirit devoted, sending love.
5. Gospel Reading
John 3: 1-17 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do the signs that you do, unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born from above, one cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and air, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can this be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand this? Amen, amen, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen; but you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And, just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever opens the portals of their heart to him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever knows Him in their hearts should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him."
Henry Ossawa Tanner
We have come out of the spiritual world to meet our destiny and to grow through it onto the earth. For this, we are born into a body that has a gender and a color. We are also born into a culture and a socio-economic situation and, later on, we grow into our own sexual orientation.
As we grow, we learn that each one of these life conditions has social implications which will affect us personally in different ways. What was at first social becomes personal, and influences the way that we build our sense of who we are and how we relate to the world.
Sometimes the social implications of gender, color, culture, etc… can be very difficult to bear. Sometimes they can even wound us. And for many, they become a cross in their lives that isolate them in their pain.
However, Christ has opened up a path for us, so that through these experiences of our own personal cross we may find the power of the resurrection. Blessing forces working out of the spiritual world to help each individual soul to find his or her way to the spirit through this cross.
But, what can we do for each other, as human beings?
On the one hand, our task is to help each other to bear our crosses, to help each other to come out of the isolation of pain. For this, we need to cultivate our will to get involved in the pains of others, and awaken a deep and honest interest to understand what it is that others are bearing. Our ears need to open to their broken voices, our hearts to what has become broken in their hearts.
We can also work diligently together to transform the conditions that create these crosses. As a society, we all create them, consciously or unconsciously, actively or passively. We humans are all connected one to the other through countless invisible threads. Through these threads can flow the creative life that streams to us from the Spiritual worlds. The social conditions that create systems of power that subjugate others around gender, race or status… are like knots in these threads that join us in our humanity, knots that block the flow of the creative impulses of Christ.
May this upheaval that has come up to the surface of our society these days through racial discrimination, help us to deepen our honest interest and understanding for one another, an interest and understanding that may restore the flow of His divine creative life, and awaken in us a deeper sense of responsibility for each other. Luis González
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