What a fun time I had yesterday with Kenn and I doing the questions and answers in response to: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Science of Mind and Aren’t Afraid to Ask! I love the feeling of the extemporaneous time together with everyone and to see what will come out of our mouths! Thanks to the ‘live’ questions from the congregation as well. I love the chance to reflect on this philosophy and how it applies to our everyday lives! It’s one thing to ‘know’ something; it’s another thing to be able to articulate it considering the limitation of our words.
As most of you know by now, our retirement celebration is this coming weekend, with the Gala party itself on Friday night; some fun activities including a members’ open house at the Eldorado Hotel with Kenn and myself on Saturday; and then a very special service on Sunday at 10 am (NOTE: the new time is for that one Sunday only) in the Mary Irwin Theatre at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Sista B and the Boyz will be providing what we already know will be some really great music, and we’re delighted over the moon to have two wonderful guest speakers who’ll be here for our Gala party and who are staying on to share with us. Their messages will be on a general theme of ‘moving into the new’ – very timely for sure!
Our guest speakers are Dr. Harry Morgan Moses and Dr. Mike McMorrow who are both from Southern California. Dr. Harry is semi-retired. Amongst many positions over time, his last post was as Senior Minister of the CSL in Burbank, California. You can find him these days on Tuesdays on Facebook Live having “Coffee with Casper” – a metaphysical conversation along with his dog. Dr. Harry is known for his work in forgiveness and powerful forgiveness practices. Dr. Mike is currently the Senior Minister at the Granada Hills CSL. He was formerly in construction, which now as a Religious Science minister, he has taken the combined wisdom from both fields and written a book called: “Blue Collar Spirituality”. Make sure to check our event page and our Friday CSL Kelowna blog to catch their talk titles and a short blurb on what they’ll be talking about.
Having them be with us, along with our other out-of-town friends who are coming to help us celebrate, really has me reflecting on the thought that after 30 years in our ministry and 20 in leadership we’ve created some really deep and beautiful friendships in so many areas, particularly within the greater Centers for Spiritual Living organization. I think this is also clearly evidenced by so many of our dear friends and colleagues who’ll be joining us this weekend from the United States – IN SPITE of the fact that we scheduled our retirement party for the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend. What I noticed having spent a decade in California is that our American friends take their Thanksgiving holiday very, very seriously, and for these people to come to honour and celebrate us is something that I take very much to heart and don’t take for granted. I am so grateful that they’ve done what it takes to leave family and home at what I know is a very special time for them.
I also feel so much gratitude for everyone who’ll be with us to celebrate this weekend. I also have a special spot in my heart for those who aren’t going to be with us. I know there are many reasons; some just aren’t comfortable in crowds or in that party/social environment. I also know there are financial considerations for some, among a variety of other very good reasons for those choosing not to attend.
No matter what, I’m going to use a phrase I’ve used often before, that someone reminded me of yesterday. It’s something that my teacher Dr. Tom Costa used to say: “I drink from my saucer, because my cup runneth over.” I am so very grateful for all. I have a hunch that thought is going to be with me through the weekend and forever, because of this beautiful, beloved community.
If you missed yesterday’s service, titled Everything You Wanted to Know About the Science of Mind and Aren't Afraid to Ask, you can watch the replay and other past services on the CSLK YouTube channel.
“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
— Anais Nin
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