North Side Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
“An Oasis for the Spiritually Thirsty”
275 N 115th Street
Join us at 10:00 AM
ALL are WELCOME – no matter where you are on your spiritual journey —
North Side Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a safe place to question, examine, and study ones spiritual journey. All paths to the Source of Creation are welcome, celebrated, shared and included.
SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 2, 2020
Message – Social Justice: Do What is Right!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT GATHERINGS
6:00 pm BYO dinner and visit
6:30 pm – Games and Fun
FEBRUARY 12 – ONLY
THEN beginning in March,
the Gatherings will be 1st and 3rd Wednesdays
Book Study will meet on Sundays – March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 following Donut Fellowship.
Book – “Death of Jesus: for Progressive Christians” by Donald Schmidt
Using MARK as a basis for the final week of Jesus’ life, while weaving the other Gospel narratives together into an account of human tragedy and hope.
We will see how the different narratives trace the events of that final Holy Week
WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF HANGING FOUR NEW STAINED GLASS PANELS
Lent is a solemn religious observance in the Christian liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday.
During Holy Week, there is a service on Thursday evening, Maundy Thursday, focusing on the Last Supper. Good Friday is celebrated by many churches with a noon service.
Available 24 hours everyday
“God is not a Christian,
God is not a Jew, or a Muslim, or a Hindu, or a Buddhist. All of those are human systems which human beings have created to try to help us walk into the mystery of God. I honor my tradition, I walk through my tradition, but I don’t think my tradition defines God, I think it only points me to God.”
Bishop John Shelby Spong
Original Blessing: A Primer in Creation Spirituality
In this book Matthew Fox lays out a whole new direction for Christianity—a direction that is in fact very ancient and very grounded in Jewish thinking (the fact that Jesus was a Jew is often neglected by Christian theology). Fox believes that the teaching of original sin—which Jesus never heard of (no Jew has) has served empire-builders very well but that original blessing—the awareness of the goodness of creation—must take precedence. The implications are profound for psychological as well as sociological and ecological transformation. Oppressed people everywhere will recognize the difference. Fox lays out the ancient but often neglected (and sometimes condemned) creation spiritual tradition in Original Blessing. The sacredness of creation and of our role in it is a starting point—what the mystical tradition calls the Via Positiva, the path of joy and delight, awe and gratitude. The Via Negativa is the past of darkness and silence and also of suffering and of letting go and letting be. The Via Creativa is the path of creativity. And the Via Transformativa is the path of justice and compassion. All four paths constitute an adult spiritual journey. Each feeds the others. Fox also lays out 27 themes that interweave among the Four Paths. For Fox, all of us are mystics and all are prophets, and he shows the journey of both in this groundbreaking and revolutionary book that deliberately rejects the 3 paths of purgation, illumination and union that fail to put justice or creativity at the heart of the spiritual journey. In this revolutionary work, Fox shows how Christianity once celebrated beauty, compassion, justice, and creativity and provided a path of ecstatic connection with all creation.
Not only do the usual answers fail, they don’t support the truth God loves everyone all the time. God Can’t gives a believable answer to why a good and powerful God doesn’t prevent evil.
Author Thomas Jay Oord says God’s love is inherently uncontrolling. God loves everyone and everything, so God can’t control anyone or anything. This means God cannot prevent evil singlehandedly. God can’t stop evildoers, whether human, animal, organism, or inanimate objects and forces.
In God Can’t, Oord gives a plausible reason why some are healed but many others are not.
Mindful Christianity revels how mindfulness has manifested among Christians from the days of Jesus until now. It allures the reader to integrate it into every aspect of Christian living: prayer, worship, study, and service. And it shows how mindful Christian practice can lead to a humbler, kinder, livelier, more inclusive and common-sense form of the faith. It is structured for use as a program resource for churches, retreats, campus ministries, and other groups. Additional information can be found at MindfulChristianity.org
About the Author
Jim Burklo is the Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California. He is a cofounder of Mindful.USC.edu – a campus-wide initiative that trains over 800 students and staff annually in mindfulness practice. An ordained United Church of Christ pastor, he is the author of five books and writes for ProgressiveChristianity,org, Progressive Christians Uniting, Huffington Post, and many other websites. His weekly blog, Musings, is read by progressive Christians globally.
“Saving Jesus From the Church” by Robin R. Meyers
The marriage of bad theology and hypocritical behavior by the church has eroded our spiritual lives.
Taking the best of biblical scholarship, Meyers recasts core Christian concepts in an effort to save Christianity from its obsession with personal salvation.
Not a plea to try something brand new, but rather the recovery of something very old, Saving Jesus from the Church shows us what it means to follow Jesus’s teachings today. He eloquently points out that many of today’s Christians are silent on matters about which Jesus spoke, whereas on matters about which he was silent, they condemn (p.177).
“No Ordinary Time: the Rise of Spiritual Intelligence and Evolutionary Creativity” by Jan Phillips
“Eternal Life: a New Vision” by John Shelby Spong
Drawing on a lifetime of wisdom, New York Times bestselling author and controversial religious leader John Shelby Spong continues to challenge traditional Christian theology in Eternal Life: A New Vision. In this remarkable spiritual autobiography about his lifelong struggle with the questions of God and death, he reveals how he ultimately came to believe in eternal life.
“Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart. by Dr. Alan Wolfelt
—Prescription Medicine Bottles
The Nebraska Humane Society needs used prescription medicine bottles for animal prescription medicines.
NSCC is collecting these bottles and Jeff said he would remove the labels. If we want to remove the labels ourselves, just immerse the bottles in hot/warm water for thirty minutes and peel the printed portion of the label away. The paper/adhesive remaining will be covered with a new label at the Humane Society.
Minister – Rev. E. Susan Ellis, M.Div.
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