North Side Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
“A Church Without Walls”
“An Oasis for the Spiritually Thirsty”
“NEW LOCATION “
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 Creator are welcome, celebrated, shared and included.
September 1, 2019
6:30 pm Gathering to Discuss Focus of Wednesday Gatherings….Come help us decide….
The Weight Of a Snowflake
A Spiritual Archives Story from All-Creatures.org
The Weight Of a Snowflake
By Joseph Jaworski
“Tell me the weight of a snowflake”, said the robin to the dove.
“Why, it weighs nothing at all,” replied the dove.
“In that case,” the robin went on, “I must tell you a marvelous story. I was sitting on a branch of a fir tree, close to its trunk,” the robin began, “when snow began to fall…not heavily, not in a raging blizzard, no just like a dream without any violence. Since I did not have anything better to do, I counted the snowflakes settling on the needles and twigs of my branch. I reached the number 3,741,952. Then when the 3,741,953 snowflake dropped onto the branch weighing nothing as you say, the branch suddenly broke off.”
With that the robin flew away.
The dove thought about the story and said to herself, “I sometimes think that all my efforts and the little I can do make no difference. We might think they are nothing at all, but if we put all our efforts together, great things are possible.”
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“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
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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