Holy week 2018

Dear Friends,                                                     

Did any of you see Emma Gonzalez the young girl with a shaved head who spoke very emotionally right after 17 people were murdered at her high school in Parkland, Florida on TV? Those of us who did were spell bound by her authenticity and power. She cried and screamed and was highly emotional. She was acting normally to an abnormal situation. It is not normal that children are gunned down at school, that we are on a suicidal course of potential nuclear and ecological disaster and rarely, cry, scream or express feelings of fear, rage and despair. At the March for Our Lives in Washington last Saturday, Emma led over 6 minutes of silence to signify the time it took for the murders she witnessed at her high school. Expressing the depth of her feeling and holding silence in remembrance of suffering and death places her this Easter in the tradition of Mary Magdalene. Emma, like Mary Magdalene embodies the divine feminine that has too often been left out, the aspect in men and woman who feel and love deeply, contemplatives who are wise and who intuitively create sacred rituals during spiritual events like physical and spiritual birth and death.

 

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News / Getty Images
Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News / Getty Images

Mary Magdalene was the women who wept as she anointed Jesus before and after his death. As we gather to celebrate the resurrection this Easter Sunday we will follow Emma's leadership and offer 6 minutes of silence for all the young, human and non-human who are being tortured to death by weapons, ecologic devastation and the loneliness in our pain. We will offer an anointing ritual in the tradition of Mary Magdalene, marking the death to the old self and a celebration of the new self being born. What is God calling you to become this Easter? It is the holiest day of the Christian year where we follow Mary Magdalene into the spiritual realm of love where we are anointed with the truth that love is more powerful than torture and death.

 

Christ means anointed one and anointing is a complex symbol for it expresses a hologram of experiences. Kings were anointed in the ancient world in order to become kings, Jesus anointed the sick for healing, and anointing was done before and after death. Emma has anointed us with the invitation to feel our feelings of rage, grief, despair. It is not surprising that a young brave woman who risks being a feeling human in a world that has too often lost its humanity, would also have the intuition and courage to hold holy silence for the millions of people who participated with her on T.V. around the world at the March for Our Lives. 

 

God/dess's creation including all the young, both human and non-human young are threatened and God is calling us this Easter to die to our old ways of being in order to give birth to a new worldview, new ways of life, giving up our rugged cowboy individualism for a new focus on the whole Earth system or Earthism. No better place in San Diego to come to experience awe of nature’s beauty than at Torrey Pines State Park Beach, a rare place of sanctuary where no hotels, houses, businesses or freeways have covered the beauty and magnificence of the earth. We will pray, sing and reflect on a new religious story for our time as we commune with God and give thanks for the miracle of new life, spring, ocean, land, sun, breeze, birds, sky and a community of friends. 

Come join our dream circle as we share the vision of the resurrection of Jesus as seen by Mary Magdalene as if it was a dream. We will invite several of the people, feelings and symbols of the Easter story and interact and ask them questions. As in all dream sharing circles we will drink hot tea and share our feelings with one another. Please wear warm clothes and watch for the Earth flag. Park anywhere on the 101 Highway near Torrey Pines State Park Ranger Station and call or text if you need help finding us. (858) 248-5123.

Love always,

Bonnie

P.S. If you can't be with us in person please join us on live stream on Church for Our common Home facebook page.  

EARTH DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATION WITH INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS

A REUNION OF SCIENCE AND RELIGION EARTH DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATION WITH INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS 

First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego will hold an intergenerational Earth Day weekend celebration, beginning at 1:30 p.m., Sat., April 21, 4190 Front St. San Diego, CA 92103.

Veerabhadran Ramanathan, eminent climate scientist and advisor to Pope Francis, and the Rev. John Cobb Jr., environmentalist, author, and renowned theologian, will speak about uniting people throughout the world to help save the Earth from environmental catastrophe.

Ramanathan is a distinguished professor at Scripps Institute of Oceanography at University of California  San Diego and UNESCO Professor of Climate and Policy TERI University, New Delhi, India.  In 1975, Ramanathan discovered the greenhouse effect of halocarbons.

Cobb is a scholar in the field of process philosophy and process theology. He is the author of more than 50 books and is described as one of the most significant theologians of the past century. His is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been a major influence in the ecologic movement in China. In 2015 at age 90, he was the architect of a major world conference with Claremont School of Theology, “Seizing and Alternative: Toward an Ecologic Civilization.” 

The speakers, in association with the work of Pope Francis, are a monumental force in helping to unite science and religion in the service of humanity and all of creation.

The Sikh community has generously donated an Indian vegetarian dinner, representing “the equality and oneness of all humankind.”  Before dinner, Earth Justice organizations will be available for a popcorn reception with music.

People of all faiths and ages are welcome. The program includes interactive music with the Martin Luther King community choir, giant rod puppets, and ritual.  Young people from many faith communities are making hand puppets for the event.

Please RSVP to the dinner by going to www.earthdayreunion.eventbrite.com.  The suggested donation is $10 for the afternoon program and reception. Child care is available.

Co-sponsors of this event are SanDiego350, and Church for Our Common Home, a church and counseling center, www.churchforurcommonhome.com.

On Earth Day, the following day, Cobb will preach at 10 a.m. at the Church for Our Common Home, 13014 Calle De las Rosas, San Diego, CA 92129. For more information, contact the Rev. Bonnie Tarwater, (858) 248-5123, revtarwater@yahoo.com

 

Check out our radio podcast! 

Tune in for interviews with leaders about religion, spirituality, dreams, ecology, and the arts. 

Worship services and other church events are also available.Our Common Home, a church and counseling center a new non profit organization.Our Common Home provides religious and psychological services to awaken to the moral and ecologic crisis as an invitation for spiritual growth and creating loving community with all of creation, caring for our common home, Mother Earth. 

Please join us for pot luck dinners every Sunday after worship at 6 pm and bonfires!

 Dream Groups weekly Thursday 7-9 pm and Sunday afternoons 3-5 pm the first and third Sundays of the month Dream workshops and groups forming. Call for more info. Photo shop of dream about elephants and whales talking about their extinction.  Gnosticism comes from 'gnosis' a Greek word meaning knowledge, but not rational knowledge, rather an intuitive and inner knowing. We are studying the newly found Christian Gnostic scriptures that enable us reclaim and study the profound teachings of Jesus without the trappings of the institutional madness of some Christian theology and history that many are allergic to. The Bible has been taken literally which renders it irrelevant. It is past time to welcome the symbolic metaphoric teachings of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Many Gnostic's honored Mary Magdalene and female religious leadership and the divine feminine, using many female names, metaphors and stories for the divine. The Gnostic valued visions and union with the divine, both which are desperately needed in our world. Join us this fall as we study Gnostic scriptures including, The Gospel of the Beloved Companion, The Pistis Sophia, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, and more. Gnostic's of any different traditions share a lack of focus on human sin but instead teach the paths of liberation from our unconsciousness through spiritual practice. 

Dream Groups weekly Thursday 7-9 pm and Sunday afternoons 3-5 pm the first and third Sundays of the month Dream workshops and groups forming. Call for more info. Photo shop of dream about elephants and whales talking about their extinction.

Gnosticism comes from 'gnosis' a Greek word meaning knowledge, but not rational knowledge, rather an intuitive and inner knowing. We are studying the newly found Christian Gnostic scriptures that enable us reclaim and study the profound teachings of Jesus without the trappings of the institutional madness of some Christian theology and history that many are allergic to. The Bible has been taken literally which renders it irrelevant. It is past time to welcome the symbolic metaphoric teachings of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Many Gnostic's honored Mary Magdalene and female religious leadership and the divine feminine, using many female names, metaphors and stories for the divine. The Gnostic valued visions and union with the divine, both which are desperately needed in our world. Join us this fall as we study Gnostic scriptures including, The Gospel of the Beloved Companion, The Pistis Sophia, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, and more. Gnostic's of any different traditions share a lack of focus on human sin but instead teach the paths of liberation from our unconsciousness through spiritual practice. 

Taize Chanting Worship every first Sunday 5 pm. 

 Dogs welcome at worship!

Dogs welcome at worship!

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 Dog Chapel in Meditation Garden for Blessings of the Animals.Mural projects ongoing. 

Dog Chapel in Meditation Garden for Blessings of the Animals.Mural projects ongoing. 

Dedicated to the Divine Feminine and Mother Earth!

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Day of the Dead and other special worship services.