At church: Tue – Matter of Balance, Wed – Pastor’s Hours & Tune-Up Fitness, Thurs – Yoga, Sun – Interfaith Gathering & Worship. Plus community events with Jackson Public Library reading programs, Mountain Top Music home concert, Out of the Shadows program (part of teen homelessness initiative) plus NHC/UCC events.
The Dharma Gates are infinite; I vow to enter them all.
The Buddha Way is unexcelled; I vow to attain it completely.
The Road to Emmaus (excerpt) — Spencer Reece
But if I get nothing right,
I must try to get a nuance of our friendship
and his sponsorship right—
we were bound, bound by a vow, a vow of attention
(there are many causes for attention, among them redemption).
Our attention concerned the spirit,
although that sounds pious and we were not so pious,
we were more selfish, more human than pious.
What else can I say?
I needed a liberator
and liberators can come in some unexpected guises.
I may never wholly explain the two of us.
Perhaps the spirit defies the human mind …
On Making & Keeping Vows
Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work. — Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Vows are powerful things … They set things in motion. ― John C. Wright, Orphans of Chaos
Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come. ― Rumi
We want to renew our vows with our people. We want to reconnect with our people. We want to get our people excited again. — Cyril Ramaphosa
Conservatives believe in the ties that bind us. Society is stronger when we make vows to each other and we support each other. I don’t support gay marriage in spite of being a conservative. I support gay marriage because I am a conservative. ― David Cameron
It was a vow we made those long years ago. Neither of us spoke of it afterwards, but it hung between us like a spider web, fragile and easy to break, but danged hard to get shed of once the threads took hold. ― Cassie Dandridge Selleck, The Pecan Man
Riotous madness, To be entangled with those mouth-made vows, Which break themselves in swearing! ― William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
There was something of relative freedom in that feudal gesture of the vow; for no man asks vows from slaves … ― G.K. Chesterton
The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them. ― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island
Vows made in storms are forgotten in calm. — Thomas Fuller
Blind obedience is itself an abuse of human morality. It is a misuse of the human soul in the name of religious commitment. It is a sin against individual conscience. It makes moral children of the adults from whom moral agency is required. It makes a vow, which is meant to require religious figures to listen always to the law of God, beholden first to the laws of very human organizations in the person of very human authorities. It is a law that … can never substitute for personal morality. ― Joan D. Chittister
On Wedding Vows
The papers say we’re married, but it’s the heart that writes the love story. ― Anthony Liccione
With the Mother Earth and Father Sun here to witness I give you my everlasting oath. My body is created of this Earth and belongs to it, but my soul belongs only to you. Even when this body succumbs and fades, my soul will continue to look after you even unto the next life, and the next, forever. ― Kazusa Takashima, Wild Rock
Blood of my Blood … and bone of my bone. You carry me within ye … and ye canna leave me now, no matter what happens, You are mine, always, if ye will it or no, if ye want me or nay. Mine, and I wilna let ye go. ― Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber
Among men and women, those in love do not always announce themselves with declarations and vows. But they are the ones who weep when you’re gone. Who miss you every single night, especially when the sky is so deep and beautiful, and the ground so very cold. — Alice Hoffman
The forsaking of all others is a keeping of faith, not just with the chosen one, but with the ones forsaken. The marriage vow unites not just a woman and a man with each other; it unites each of them with the community in a vow of … responsibility toward all others. ― Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays, “The Body and the Earth”
Two people fall in love, and decide to see if their love might stand up over time, if there might be enough grace and forgiveness and memory lapses to help the whole shebang hang together. — Anne Lamott
This Week at Jackson Community Church
At church: Tue – Matter of Balance, Wed – Tune-Up Fitness & Council Mtg, Thurs – Pastor’s Hours & Yoga, Sat – Ron Hill Celebration of Life, Sun – Worship with Diana Germain and choir. Plus community events with Jackson Public Library, Tin Mountain Cons Ctr, and Dine to Donate at Shannon Door. Upcoming dates: Mountain Top Music home concert in Jackson and father-daughter fundraising bike ride.
Meditations on dancing in the presence of holiness, themes from 2 Samuel.
This dance is spontaneous creation, a jazz … skillful relationship to change … effortless presence in action. We cannot change the nature of change, but we can choose the way we relate to it. — Dancing Freedom dancers, Dharma Dance
Highlights: Tue: Pastor’s Hours 9-11am & Matter of Balance class @ church, Wed: Pastor’s Hours @ JTown Deli & Tune-Up Fitness Class @ church, Thurs: Yoga @ church, Sat: Men’s Group @ Wentworth, Sun: Interfaith Gathering & Worship. Plus community events with Jackson Public Library and Tin Mountain Conservation Center.
For God, to me, it seems, is a verb; Not a noun — proper or improper; — Is the articulation not the art? Is loving not the abstraction of love? Yes, God is a verb — the most active. — Buckminster Fuller
Speak a new language
so that the world
will be a new world.
On Political and Social Freedom
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. — Benjamin Franklin
The function of freedom is to free someone else. — Toni Morrison
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. — Woodrow Wilson
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. — George Orwell
Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation. — Coretta Scott King
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. — Nelson Mandela
Peace is more than just the absence of war. True peace is justice, true peace is freedom. And true peace dictates the recognition of human rights. — Ronald Reagan
Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought. — Pope John Paul II
On Spiritual Freedom
Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will, and creative imagination. These give us the utlimate human freedom … The power to choose, to respond, to change. — Stephen Covey
Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain … To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but to embrace it. — Kevyn Alcouin
All great spirituality teaches about letting go of what you don’t need and who you are not … At that place, you will have nothing to prove to anybody and nothing to protect. That place is called freedom. It’s the freedom of the children of God. ― Richard Rohr
Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free. — Thich Nhat Hahn
Free of who I was, free of presence, free of dangerous fear, hope, free of mountainous wanting. — Rumi
There’s freedom in hitting bottom, in seeing that you won’t be able to save or rescue your daughter, her spouse, his parents, or your career, relief in admitting you’ve reached the place of great unknowing. This is where restoration can begin. — Anne Lamott
Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom. — Hannah Arendt
To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment. — Eckhard Tolle
Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you. — Jean-Paul Sartre
Some urgent prayer requests (Ray Schoen), farewells (Emily Benson’s father Bradley Read Thayer) and celebrations of life (Steve Farish and Ron Hill), and ongoing support for local families (Bailey, Flagg and Preece’s). Continue reading “Farewells, Urgent Prayers & Actions to Support Local Families”