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|Strings of Compassion-
Looms of Love
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"The Lone Wild Bird"
The Force of Kindness,
Change Your Life with Love and Compassion
By Sharon Salzberg
"A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a
part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts
and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical
delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for
us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few
persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this
prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living
creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
President's Note- "Christian Laauve"
By: Fred Plumer
was at a conference a few years ago when I overheard a Hindu scholar laughingly
ask a group of Christian theologians; "You know what the problem with
Christianity is? And then after a pregnant pause, he answered his own
question, "Christian laauve." Everyone of course laughed
the truth is Christian love is a problem for a lot of people, including
Christians. It is a problem in part because of language. Love is the
same word an adoring husband might whisper to his beloved wife on a twenty
fifth wedding anniversary and is the same word a child might whisper to her
puppy. Love is used on the streets for hello, goodbye and in common endearments
like "Lov ya man." You can't help but wonder if the word has
lost its meaning by abuse and overuse?
the commandments to love your God and to love your neighbor are often
considered the foundation of modern Christianity, most people today have a hard
time understanding how one can "command" another person to
love someone, no matter how good or disciplined one might want to be. We do
call this the "great commandment" but as the saying goes, you may be
able to get a horse to water but you can't force him to drink. It becomes
progressively more difficult when you realize that Christians are instructed
not only love our neighbors, but our enemies as well. For a lot of people
including Christians, this just does not make sense.
many of us chose to practice that kind of unconditional love?
To Continue reading this article, click here: Laauve
Compassion and the God Between
| By Ian Lawton
TCPC Executive Council Member
Pastor of C3, Christ Community Church
of the central symbols of the Christian tradition is the cross. When we move beyond the notion that Jesus died
to appease God's wrath at our sins and begin to see the symbol of Jesus as a
human being holding in his body the suffering of the world, then we get closer
to the essence of the origins of our Christian tradition. Just as Jesus was a human being holding in a
bodily way the suffering of the world, so you have our own Christ
consciousness, and in a sense you hold the pain of the world.
is a central theme in all of the world religions, including the Christian
tradition. In Buddhism the mythical
personification of compassion is called Kanzeon. Kanzeon literally means, "Hearing the cries
of the world." Kanzeon had the ability
to manifest with different faces and in different ways to meet the needs of the
time, always with the face and hands of compassion. It is said that Kanzeon had 11 faces to see
and hear the pain of the world, 1000 arms to hold the suffering of the world. That's what compassion is. It means to feel the suffering of another and
to want it to end.
To read this article, click here: Compassion
By: Jim Burklo
TCPC Board Member
"Eat, friends, drink, and be drunk with
Did Norah Jones whisper it? No. Did Frank
Sinatra croon it? No. Did Maria Muldaur write it? No. Did Yanni sing it? No.
This line comes straight out of the Bible - from the Song of Solomon, chapter
5, verse 1. Here's some more:
"I gather my myrrh with my spice, I eat my
honeycomb with my honey, I drink my wine with my milk. I slept, but my heart
was awake. Listen! My beloved is knocking. Open to me, my sister, my love; my
dove, my perfect one; for my head is wet with dew, my locks with the drops of
The Song of Solomon is a steamy romance
between a man and a woman. For thousands of years, Jewish and Christian
theologians attempted to define the Song of Solomon as a long allegory about God's
love for humanity. God was the lover and human beings were the beloved. This
was a creative interpretation of the text, but certainly not the first meaning
that leaps off the pages.
Yet this spiritual, symbolic hearing of the
Song was more than just an attempt to denature its very earthy sexuality.
Across religious boundaries, there is a long tradition of blurring the
distinction between human and divine love.
To read this entire article, click here: Love
|Featured Sermon-A Covenant of Love
By Rev. Sarah Halverson
TCPC Executive Council Member
God loves creation and
infuses the divine life-breath into creation again and again and again. Love is permeated throughout the earth, in
the waters and skies, in babies and cornfields, in ghettos and factories even,
in urban streets and the deserts of Iraq. God is
loving us and calling us to make good on our promises.
This Lent, we're asking you
to fall in love again. Like a marriage
between two people who love each other, who make a promise for better or for
worse, we're asking you to fulfill a promise rooted in love, a covenant made
between our God and our world that we might love so deeply that we act not out
of our own self-interest, but out of the love we have for each other. Fall in love again with God's creation. For
we have a covenant based on love. So,
FALL IN LOVE!
To read this sermon, click here: COVENANT
|Valentines Day doesn't have to be a consumer holiday, it can be a day when we celebrate the beauty, the healing nature, and the peace invoking path of love and compassion. Isn't it possible that it is why we are here? To learn to love all? To learn to love even our enemies, as challenging as that is? To learn to see ourselves in every being in the universe, to understand the absolute interconnectedness of everyone and everything? Love is the highest form of energy that we can share. It is infinite and it grows exponentially. It is free, it is essential, it is natural, its even organic and earth friendly! What better present can we share on this holiday and every day, then the gift, the life example of loving compassion. Can you love the stranger? Can you love your neighbor? Can you love our president? Can you love the guy who cuts you off on the freeway? Can you love those that hate you? If we are to follow the path that Jesus taught, we must try.
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