Happy Monday! When I look at my calendar, I see this is the time for us to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there and to those who might have ‘mothered’ us regardless of gender or whether they were in that official role or not. I’m super grateful I get to wish my own mom a Happy Mother’s Day in her 90th year. I’m also delighted I get to wish my daughter a Happy Mother’s Day for the 13th year, in her 40th year.
I love that our world is sprinkled with annual opportunities and reminders to be mindful in our lives, whether that’s about our New Year, our loves on Valentine’s Day, new life at Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, the birth of our country on July 1st, etc., etc. I know you know what I mean. You’d think there was one Universal Wisdom guiding us to remembering who we are and what’s of value!
Speaking of value, I loved the Sunday service talk (What is Ours to Do?) that Kenn gave yesterday, reminding and encouraging us to be clear whether we’re operating and responding in our lives from our opinions or our highest values. (If you missed it live, our Sunday messages are always available on our YouTube channel.)
He gave us a great compass to use as we continue to forge our way forward in what is truly the most uncharted territory most of us have lived through in our entire lives. I encourage myself and anyone who would like to join me, to ask every time there’s a choice or every time a situation or opportunity arises: “Am I operating from my personal ‘druthers’ in this moment or am I operating from my highest ideals?” Not that sometimes we might not operate from the very highest virtues we can muster, but for sure we’ll be operating from greater awareness and choice. In my mind, it’s all part of our learning and growth process, and all part of both our humanity and our Divinity.
I really love the opportunity to learn a little bit more about the members of our Board of Trustees. I hope you do, too! This week, I’m delighted to share about our Board member, our Treasurer, licensed practitioner and ministerial student, Derek Hinchliffe.
I came to Kelowna in 1982 for an internship at Global Okanagan (then called CHBC TV). By luck, or Divine guidance, just as my four-week internship was ending, a job opened up and I was hired as a news reporter. Over the years, I became News Director and then Station Manager. Three years ago, I took a buy out and was able to enter into my retirement earlier than expected. Now, I’m a little more than halfway through my training to become a CSL minister, and if that isn’t eclectic enough, I’m also starting my own bookkeeping business. Apparently, I still haven’t figured out what I want to be when I grow up!
I met Amanda Pope in 2009, and she took me to my first CSL Kelowna Sunday service. I experienced the same feeling I’ve heard many others share, I felt like I had finally come home. I have two children, Joshua and Cassandra, and I am the proud stepdad to Amanda’s son, Daniel.
I serve as the Treasurer of CSL Kelowna and last year I took over the Centre’s bookkeeping duties from Rev. Diane Hockey.
I absolutely love this teaching and how my consciousness can make a difference in my life, and the lives of those around me. I am very excited about the potential growth of CSL Kelowna. Now that we are sharing our services on Facebook Live, almost anyone on the planet can discover their own Divinity.
Blessings of Motherly Love,
Practitioner of the Week is Rev. Gwen Smith. If you are looking for one-to-one prayer treatment support for ANYTHING, you can contact this practitioner directly via email at email@example.com.
“I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is.”
— Oprah Winfrey
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