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This week we begin our water emphasis month, connecting water and spirituality, elevating our awareness of the water crisis in the world, and preparing to raise funds to drill wells in the most water-impoverished places on the planet. We'll begin this week by surveying the world's faith traditions, and finding the imagery and reality of water as the uniting essence. We are one in our composition of and dependence upon water. If water is life, then it must speak to more than our biology. It must speak to our soul.
We prayed this prayer together last Sunday night. It was introduced with an invitation to "pray along, listen along, or simply to ignore in silence", and remain in the moment of silence observed, leading into the prayer. The assumption was that even the "pray along" would be engaged silently. But an overwhelmingly powerful moment occurred when, by the second refrain of the prayer, many voices joined audibly in the plea,
"Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers."
Open to the idea of meditation, sitting in silence, contemplative prayer, but not really sure where or how to start? Join a veteran in meditation, Peter Begalla, and beginning meditation educator, Lindsey Graves, for a smooth on-ramp to this life giving practice. No experience needed. Come as you are. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 7-8PM at Collective.
Mike Furlong was being shaped by Collective influences before Collective existed; And Mike was shaping Collective before there was Collective to be shaped. The lives of this person and this congregation have been inextricably tangled, woven together for more than a decade. Join us this week as celebrate Mike's time with us, and encourage him as he moves on.
The definition of bittersweet, our heavy hearts are light with joy and support as we prepare to celebrate what Mike has meant to Collective, even as we send him off to step into the next phase of his life. Mike Furlong was being shaped by Collective influences before Collective existed; And Mike was shaping Collective before there was Collective to be shaped. The lives of this person and this congregation have been inextricably tangled, woven together for more than a decade. He can pull away, we can go on, but his impact will never leave us, as ours will never leave him.
This week we celebrate Earth Day, which gave us a unique opportunity to pause this past Sunday to consider the relationship between our faith and the earth, as well as to celebrate the goodness of God's good world. In addition to exciting new music, moving meditations and a Eucharistic connection with the soil, we had the treat of learning from life-long environmentalist and spiritual practitioner, Jora Young. She shared a bit of her story, her life practice and her unique blend of eco-spirituality.
"All I could think about tonight were the ways Jora's talk clashed with the version of Christianity I grew up with..."
Did know that our own Mike Furlong - "Mic The Prophet" - recently released his debut full length album with some amazing singles, assembled a phenomenal band - "The Bear Necessities" - and is going to celebrate the formal release of the record this Saturday? As we always say at Collective, part of the way we ensure creativity, quality and innovation as a community is to relentlessly support those who support us. As a house band leader and musician for years, Mike is one of ours that deserves no less than our presence and support as he launches this exciting project! And, if that's not enough to get you out and dancing, this will be one of the last times to see Mike play live locally, as he prepares to move his base to North Carolina (more on this next week).
You may be new to the LGBTQ+ community, or new to the idea of being an Ally. Collective Cares meets every Tuesday from 5-7pm, creating a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies in Volusia County. Come be supportive, be a friend, make a friend and make a diference.
With huge thanks to our lead voices from last night, we had an incredible service. Dave gave a powerful and timely sermon on an honest engagement with death, and how it is that live in the wake of it. Lindsey lent powerful bookends to this with some meditative experience, and an invitation to the table in the tradition of the Desert fathers and mothers.
We are a misfit faith community that gathers in DeLand on Sundays at 5pm. Come as you are.
We value highly the metaphor of journey. We’re different people from different places and backgrounds, representing an intergenerational community, and we’ve traveled different paths. So, we agree not to make assumptions about the person across from us, next to us, or in conversation with us. We challenge ourselves to be sensitive, knowing this community includes a diverse group of people from life-long followers of Jesus, to people who are just now open to the idea that God might exist. We strive to avoid offense, ask good questions, articulate and explain our responses. We don’t assume fluency in bible, spirituality, or Church language, because we believe the message of Jesus is not for Christianity, but for humanity. So, we do everything in the spirit of love and grace.