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Blessing

November 17, 2019
Rev. Steve Van Kuiken

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In Our Own Words

November 10, 2019
Rev. Steve Van Kuiken

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Original Blessing

The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive. 

—Thich Nhat Hanh

November 3, 2019
The Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers

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Do Not Be Ashamed

Jesus’ insight was that it does not lie within the legitimate power of one human being to shame another, to cast that person out of the company of God and humanity.

—Stephen Patterson

October 27, 2019
Rev. Steve Van Kuiken

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The Healing Present

You become happy by contact with reality.  That’s what brings happiness, a moment-by-moment contact with reality.  That’s where you’ll find God; that’s where you’ll find happiness.

—Anthony De Mello

October 20, 2019
Rev. Steve Van Kuiken

Sermon text: The Healing Present

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The 39th Roger Williams Symposium

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God Calls Us To Be Justice Advocates—Together!

October 13, 2019

Guest speaker: Paul Benz, Executive Director of Faith Action Network

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Attention

October 6, 2019
Rev. Steve Van Kuiken

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October Communicator

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Contemplation and Action

I founded the Center for Action and Contemplation, hoping to meet a need I witnessed while working with activists. Too many people I knew were burning out and becoming disillusioned, or their activism was motivated by a sense of superiority and self-righteousness. The little word “and” is the most important part of our name. Both contemplative practice and compassionate action are essential. Without action, our spirituality is lifeless and bears no authentic fruit. Without contemplation, all our doing comes from ego—even if it looks selfless—and can cause more harm than good. External behavior must be connected to and supported by inner guidance.

 —Richard Rohr

September 29, 2019
Rev. Steve Van Kuiken

Sermon text: Contemplation and Action

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