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Talk for this Sunday, April 23, 2023
Vulnerability: Seeing and Being Seen
— Rev. Melody Bailey
I allow myself to see and be seen.
Seeing and being seen can be our greatest challenge yet our greatest desire. So how can we do both? You guessed it… both take a willingness to be vulnerable, which then in turn, can open the door to a life lived out loud!
If you are not feeling well, please take good care of yourself and watch us on Facebook Live.
This Week’s Science of Mind Theme
Vulnerability: Seeing and Being Seen
Science of Mind teaches the Universal principle of Oneness. Oneness does not mean sameness; the manifest world is the individualized expression of the One. As part of this manifest world, we each are our own unique configuration of the divine expressing in this moment. When we are able to fully grasp this understanding, we can begin to see the power of vulnerability as a way of nurturing belonging, connection and community.
In fostering communities where vulnerability and authenticity is nurtured, it is important to understand the role of personal reflection and responsibility. This sometimes means saying “wow, I really messed up there”, or “I’m sorry, I should have listened or communicated differently”. This level of vulnerability requires us to be willing to see life from a wide variety of angles and understand how our thoughts, words and actions may directly impact others.
Seeing others requires “present moment” eyes. These eyes see through the gentle gaze of awareness that just like us, each person we see is a unique expression of the One. Through this, we create a vibration of acceptance, honouring and respect, which invites and makes space for vulnerability.
When we allow ourselves to be seen, we invite others to do the same. In this exchange we can find a beautiful way to create communities that nurture vulnerability, connection and belonging.
Vulnerability is not a one dimensional concept. It requires both internal awareness and external practice. We are called to look at ourselves and others from an expanded view, seeing the connection that is present, and the value of creating space for that connection to thrive.
Soul Food Sunday: CSL Kenya
Last Sunday, Rev. Barbara Samuel gave a talk titled Finding My Roots: I touch the tree and my roots get strengthened. It was about her recent experiences in Kenya. Rev. Gwen Smith also joined her on the stage to talk about Briton School. They are co-ministers at the Centre for Spiritual Living Kenya.
Before the service, a variety of colourful soapstone sculptures, plates and purses were laid out for our community to purchase in support of CSL Kenya. These were brought back from Kenya by Rev. Barb and Rev. Melody Bailey.
When the livestream began, our in-person community waved hello to our friends watching from home (and abroad).
Rev. Barb spoke about the CSL Kenya community and what it felt like to spend time with them in their homes, and with the children and families.
Rev. Gwen gave an affirmative prayer treatment.
Rev. Barb and Neal sang quite a few Neal Klassen original songs.
Rev. Barb and Rev. Gwen sang a Neal Klassen song together, too.
Kathy made the coffee and brought some delicious homemade treats to enjoy after the service was finished. Thank you, Kathy!
People came to look at (and buy) the items from Kenya.
There was quite a selection to choose from.
Many animal shapes, small plates, and hearts with affirming words on them.
Watch the full service on YouTube.
Our ministers and practitioners are in service to all of us. If you need help to see the Truth in a situation; if you are looking for clarity; if you are struggling in this challenging time; our ministers and practitioners are here to support you. You can contact them through the About page on our website, or you can submit a prayer request on the Contact page.
Nature’s Fare Receipts Help CSLK!
Keep collecting your Nature’s Fare receipts; they are worth a pretty penny to us! Just put receipts from your shopping into the receipt box at the back of the Studio 9 auditorium on Sundays, and Nature’s Fare will donate 3% of the total of your purchases to CSL Kelowna! Every receipt helps! Thank you!
Regular Events at CSLK
See more details and dates under Upcoming Events on our home page.
Coffee and Connection is now on hiatus and will return Thursday, June 8 with a new format –
weekly conversation and inspiration from the Science of Mind textbook with Rev. Karin Wilson.
Our Sunday Celebrations start at 10:30am PT at Studio 9, 1180 Houghton Road, Kelowna. Please park on the street or at Ben Lee Park (1.5 blocks from the school). You can also watch us live on Facebook or watch the replay later on YouTube.
We appreciate our volunteers! They make our Sundays great! Let us know if you can help out with making coffee, setting up and/or after-service taking down. Contact Rev. Corinne Crockett at 250-868-9090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have an idea for an online CSLK opportunity you’d like to see and experience? If so, please contact Rev. Corinne Crockett at 250-868-9090 or email email@example.com.
We are holding the intention for re-creating a dynamic and meaningful VIBE program for children and youth. If you have an idea, interest or passion in this area, please contact Rev. Corinne Crockett.
We are so Grateful for your Support!
We’re thankful for the ways we are able to accept donations:
Online via the Ways to Donate page of our website (PayPal or credit card).
By Interac e-transfers sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheques can be mailed to: Suite 131, 101-1865 Dilworth Drive, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9T1.
For more information, please contact Rev. Melody Bailey.
“We see in each other the reflection or the manifestation of the everlasting Life, and each is an individualized embodiment of It. Remember the Kingdom of Heaven is already in us; we are in It; it is only as we are in harmony with It that we awake to It.”
— Ernest Holmes
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Vol. 32, Issue 17 | Editor: Annie Zalezsak