Climate March this Saturday, Prayers at 8:30 am and March at 10 am

Dear Friends,

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Please join us this Saturday for the 350.org Climate March, at the Civic Center, downtown San Diego, 8:30 am for a prayer service and 10 am to march to the Embarcadero Center, where we will have a church table. Church for Our Common Home will be easy to find for at the head of our procession will be a flower girl sprinkling flower petals on the path of our Giant Rod Puppet Mother Earth.

We will have a flower girl who will be sprinkling flowers on Mother Earth's path during the march for we need to make amends for all the ways we have harmed her and begin to treat her with the love she needs. Please call or text Bonnie if you want to find us and walk with us! (858) 248-5123. We will be giving away, copies of the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, and selling Church for Our Common Home T Shirts with new born baby, children and adult sizes.

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Sunday, September 9 we are beginning a new book group, Jesus Abba, by Dr. John B. Cobb Jr. at 3 pm before worship at 5 pm. We will meet every 2nd and 4th Sunday at 3 pm for book group.

This Sunday and the second Sunday of every month we worship at Torrey Pines State Park Beach and do prayer prostrations on the sand.Call for more info. (858) 248-5123.

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Straw Bale workshop first week in October. Join Bonnie, Dan and Jamie in Temecula. We work with a group to build a straw bale structure and they in turn will come help us build our church!

Lectio Divina  and Centering Prayer Contemplation of scriptures for Sunday and Centering Prayer, an ancient Christian contemplative prayer practice with a change of time beginning in September we will meet the 2nd and 4th Sunday from 3:30 -4:30 pm.

 

1st Sunday of every month, 5 pm Taize Chanting service

2nd Sunday, 5 pm y worship with prostration prayers at Torrey Pines State Park Beach every at main entrance

3rd Sunday 5 pm Prayer and Healing Service

Dream Circle every first and third Sunday before worship 3-5 pm.

Worlds Parliament of Religion in Toronto Nov 1-7, 2018, our church will have a booth.

Please call Rev. Bonnie if you would like a pastoral visit or prayers. (858) 248-5123

Sunday worship soon on live stream on

the Church for Our Common Home web site.

More info call (858) 248-5123

www.churchforourcommonhome.com

Our Common Home Counseling Center’s services: addiction issues, PTSD, individual and group therapy, Spiritual Direction, Pastoral Counseling, Dream Honoring, Creative Art Therapies etc.Contact us now!

www.ourcommonhomecounselingcenter.com

God I am passionately in love with you and all your creatures

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Solomon's Song of Songs. "Oh, kiss me, touch me with your lips; your love tastes better than any wine. You smell better that any perfume; even the sound of your name smells sweet-- no wonder they all love you!.....For your love is better than wine, your anointing oils are fragrant, your name is perfume poured out; therefore the maidens love you. Draw me after you, let us make haste. The king has brought me into his chambers. We will exult and rejoice in you; we will extol your love more than wine; rightly do they love you..... Do you have a shady place where you rest in the heat of day? I want you; I don't want to spend all day wandering around among your friends, wearing all these clothes in the heat of day....Arise and come, my pretty darling, come away with me!......Winds of the south and winds of the north, wake up and blow now: breathe through my garden, drive him mad with my fragrance, draw him into my garden; let his tongue stop its talking, let him taste my choice fruits..... Oh, you daughters of Jerusalem, I swear to you-- if you find my lover tell him-- Tell him what? Tell him I am dizzy in love. ......I came to my lover hungering, as he came to me.........." Song of Songs, 1:1-3, 7, 2:13b, 4:16, 5:8, 6:3

The Inclusive Bible, the First Egalitarian Translation

Dear Friends, August 31, 2018

People who are depressed are lonely, by definition. They feel separate and alienated. They are lonely for other people and community, but modern people are also often alienated from the natural world and God. Together, humans and non human, plants and animals are an organic, relational, interconnected whole. Many of us have been brainwashed by what I would call an insane Godless world view. Most of us live in cities surrounded by freeways and concrete and are deprived of relating to the natural world. Not having regular intimacy with nature may feel like a lack of connection to God for nature is God in the sense that God rushes through all natural life. Many of us experience God in nature and yearn to be close to God in nature. The truth is that we are all interrelated and are interwoven in an erotic aliveness, created and sustained by God's love. Our purpose is to love and be loved, but not just people, we are here in order to love God and all of God's creatures.

The image above of the woman and lion in a tender embrace touches me as it transports me to the world of the imagination and the realm of story or fairy tales. We see a symbolic holy union of the divine feminine and the divine masculine in this image, which invites us to imagine a new hopeful future, "where they live happily ever after." Not merely an image that amphromoriphizing the lion to be like a human, this image invites us I think to reconnect to all that is seperate within us. This image invites us to enter the truth that we are an interspecies creation on earth, potentially in loving partnership with all God's creatures.

I invite you to contemplate this image as a metaphor rich in spiritual nourishment. Just as we are alienated from the natural world, many of us are also alienated from the world of metaphor and imagination and may need to be reminded of the ground rules or guidelines. God is not a mother hen, but God is like a mother hen. God is not male or female, but God is like the male and female in a loving embrace like in the image above. God is not only in humans, God is in all sacred life and is the interrelatedness of all species of animals and life forms in the universe. This depiction of inter species relationship transcends the concreteness of heterosexuality, homosexuality etc. Part of our depression and loneliness comes from our autistic like state due to having been starved of beautiful metaphors and stories in a world out of balance by idolizing analytical and rational thinking. Estrangement from God is deeply painful and depressing. One way of reconnecting with God for me has been by contemplating provocative images of God.

Every Sunday at Church for Our Common Home we say prayers of confession for, "the 150-200 species of plants, insects, birds and mammals who become extinct every 24 hours." This genocide is due to a world view and behaviors that are out of balance. Nuclear bombs, climate change, imperialism and war etc. are expression of our being out of balance as a human family. Tolerating and not stopping the death and suffering of the vulnerable comes when our thinking and behavior as a human family that is so out of balance, it is sick.

As we awaken to the genocide of plants and animals our denial and depression is in many finally maturing. We are being called to see the falsehood that tells us that we are separate and causes self-centeredness and depression. Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross leads us on the spiritual adventure through the five stages of grief, to acceptance during times of facing death. I experience it as God calling us to transform ourselves from denial and anger, through bargaining, and depression, until we can move into acceptance and love. As Dr. John B. Cobb Jr. says, "What we need is enough ecological catastrophe so that people wake up, and not so much that it is too late." Like people who have had a near death experience and begin to reconnect to the holiness of life and God. When we come to accept the state of the planetary crisis we will have moved from denial, anger, bargaining, depression to acceptance and love. When this happens there is potential for great kundalini like energy of spiritual and physical power of purpose for our human family.

As a parish minister I have witnessed many people in their later years fall passionately in love. Not having hung out with many older people before I was a parish minister, I just did not know this happened. It does, all the time. Senior communities are regular Paten Places of love intrigue, broken hearts and passionate yearnings for intimacy. All living creatures are made in God's image and have energy to dance with other life forms. Just contemplating human bodies and how we were made for sexual loving, which sometimes creates human babies, is so inspiring, it leaves me awe struck.To passionately love another sexually, physically, spiritually, psychologically, intellectually, and in any and all combinations, WOW....Way to go God.... You are an awesome God. "Awe enables us to perceive in the world intimations of the divine, to sense in small things the beginning of infinite significance." Abraham Herschel. We were made for a diversity of awesome intimate relationships with other people, as well as communities, the natural world, the world of the imagination and God.

Falling in love with another human being, and erotic human sexual love, is one of life's greatest mysteries and joys. When we are in love we see the beauty not only of our beloved, but of all that is alive everywhere in creation. God is like a passionate lover, who adores and loves us just like the lion and woman in the above image love one another. Most of us can get behind the idea that God is love, but too often we have left out the erotic and passionate reality that is God. Too often our religious communities and churches, our worship and religious stories and rituals are bland and lack erotic passion. Much of Christianity has idolized celibacy historically and told us a story that Jesus was celibate. I don't believe that for a second. I can hear him saying to us today, "I said celebrate, not celibate!" Jesus loved so passionately it changed the world. He loved real people, and all of God's creation. Our reading from the Song of Songs in the Hebrew Bible for this Sunday, reminds us that Jews in the ancient world like Jesus, understood passionate erotic love as the holiest of the holy.

The love story of Jesus and Mary Magdalene has been left out of the dominant Christian tradition but has lived underground for centuries. Cynthia Bourgeault writes in, T he Meaning of Mary Magdalene that their love for one another was just, "Too Hot To Handle" and so the early church rewrote the story and left Magdalene out. According to some traditions, Jesus and Mary Magdalene loved so deeply that she traveled into the pits of hell with him after the crucifixion. The resurrection for me is a hologram of rich metaphor of many meanings, one being about the passionate love story, between two real people--Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Their love for one another was more powerful than torture and death. Now that is a great love story! Part of facing the planetary catastrophe and turning it into a catalyst for radiant love requires that we recycle our old religious stories whose paint has faded and recycle and repaint our stories with new vibrant, rich, erotic colors of passionate love. Perhaps the new religious story for our time will be a love story between all living creatures on earth, a story that invites us to fall in love with God and all her creatures. May we activate our kundalini sexual passions in order to change our thinking and our behavior to stop killing off full species of animals on a daily basis. If you want to save something - love it.

We are witnessing the 6th extinction of life on earth--the only one created by humans and we need new passionate religious love stories, images, symbols and rituals that will energize and activate our kundalini prajna and life force. It is time to share love stories in rich vivid colors and symbols to inspire our work to save living creatures.

Last week, I was standing in line at Rite Aid Drug Store and while waiting, I looked over the the sale table, which they cleverly and manipulatively place next to the cashier line in order to tempt us to buy stuff we don't need or want. There was an end of summer sale of garden statues, and one caught my eye. It was a gray plastic statue of Mother Mary about one feet tall. I picked her up and immediately smiled and got a warm feeling of love that I is familiar to me when I enter the symbolism of Mother Mary. The statue was Made in China of course, and cost $19.99. Then a statue of Jesus caught my eye. I had no desire to buy him for some reason. I rolled my eyes as I stood there encountering the insanity of capitalism and plastic objects made with child slave labor etc. and how it is destroying our planet. But my psyche was not done with these images and intuitively I knew to pay attention. You need to know that I have many altars to Mother Mary that I have created for decades and they continue to work to heal me. For millions of us, she is a powerful archetypal symbol of the divine feminine too often dishonored and left out, but always the placeholder of God's unconditional love for all her children, especially the most vulnerable ones. Mother Mary images and statues have been a healing "indulgence" for me. I decided our garden would be well served by adding one more MOther Mary statue. Then I noticed a sign that said, Buy One, Get One Free. I thought I don't really want a plastic statue of Jesus on my altar for some reason, but essentially he would be free. I picked Jesus up in my left hand for I am nothing if not a bargain maniac. As I gazed down at the two male and female plastic garden figures it occurred to me, "I can recast this play. Mother Mary can easily be recast as Mary Magdalene, same gender, similar costume.... " There they were in my hands, Jesus and Mary Magdalene the lost bride, the lost divine feminine with her beloved bridegroom, no longer only a mother and son, but a mature woman, a passionate lover, healer and teacher of wisdom who is in love with a real live holy man.

It is rare to find any art work of Jesus and Mary Magdalene where they are at the same eye level. Usually she is way down at his feet either crying or anointing his feet. But as I gazed at these two statues of side by side, Jesus and the lost bride of Christianity, she transformed herself and became an equal partner of Jesus. Right there in Rite Aid, I got swept away in their love story. We need passionate love stories at this dangerous historic time. We need passion and love more than ever before. Here is a photo of the outdoor altar dedicated to the love between Jesus and Mary Magdalene, the Christ-Sophia.

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We had a worship service last Sunday, at this new outdoor altar and we served a traditional communion service. We ritually took the body and blood of the Christ into our own bodies as Christians have done for centuries. Then we created a new ritual and ate rose petals to symbolically take in the body of Mary Magdalene, the Sophia into our own bodies. We closed with an anointing ritual that marked the holy union of passionate love between Jesus and Mary Magdalene, the Christ-Sopha within us and in God's creation. Do all of God's creatures yearn to be the beloved of God?

 

In recent years my voracious appetite to study and surround myself with images, stories and rituals about Mother Mary shifted into a yearning to enter the story about Mary Magdalene, often alone in a cave of contemplation. It has shifted again. Today I long to enter the story and symbols of Jesus and Mary Magdalene together in holy union. I still treasure my Mother Mary and Mary Magdalene images and art work and don't plan to give them up, but for me at this stage of my life, I yearn for the holy union between the Christ-Sophia, the divine masculine and divine feminine within myself and made manifest in my relationship and work in the world. Could this be a sign that our planetary emergency has activated the maturing of masculine and feminine energies within us and is getting ready to come together at this stage of our human evolution? Perhaps it means that men and women are open to join in loving partnership and collaboration in order to save our common home, Mother earth together? Emergency can bring out the best in us individually, in couples, and familes and in our communities. This is my prayer.

 

In gratitude and love,

Bonnie

 

Church for Our Common Home News

Please pray for and ask for guidance for Church for Our Common Home. We are asking for two or more acres to build a straw bale ecologic church dedicated to Mother Earth, the Divine Feminine and AWE-- art, wisdom and the earth. Celebrating the beauty of God's creation we will learn to live sustainably and invite other community makers to join us. Inspired by the ecologic community in Findhorn, Scotland who prayed over infertile land which transformed it into fertile land. Similarly, Church for Our common Home is dedicated to the power of prayer and we pray for healing for our Mother Earth. We envision a beautiful setting to build a straw bale church structure in the radically creative nontraditional spirit of Salvation Mountain here in Southern California, as we create new religious stories, symbols and rituals for our time. We are open to collaborating with other groups and individuals as we work to alleviate loneliness and suffering particularly for children and all living creatures caused by our planetary emergency. We are called to create loving community and follow in the footsteps of many Christians and communities before us. Brother Roger is a man who bought a farm outside of Paris and cared for orphans in need of help after WWII and created a loving and thriving spiritual community in Taize, France. But unlike many Christian intentional communities we do not hold up celibacy as necessary to love God more deeply as we celebrate intimate love of all kinds. It is time to prepare for the ecologic disaster as we create a radically loving spirit filled community, together.  

Church News and Upcoming events:

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Straw Bale workshop first week in October. Join Bonnie, Dan and Jamie in Temecula. We work with a group to build a straw bale structure and they in turn will come help us build our church!

Lectio Divina  and Centering Prayer  Contemplation of scriptures for Sunday and Centering Prayer, an ancient Christian contemplative prayer practice with a change of time beginning in September we will meet the 2 nd and 4th Sunday from 3:30 -4:30 pm.

Monthly Taize Chanting service 1st Sunday of every month, 5 pm.

Monthly worship with prostration prayers at Torrey Pines State Park Beach every 2nd Sunday, 5 pm at main entrance

Monthly Prayer and Healing Service third Sunday 5 pm .

Dream Circle every first and third Sunday before worship 3-5 pm.

September 8 th Saturday join the prayers at 8:30 am and march with 350.org at 10 am down town, San Diego at the civic center.

Worlds Parliament of Religion in Toronto Nov 1-7, 2018, our church will have a booth.

Please call Rev. Bonnie if you would like a pastoral visit or prayers. (858) 248-5123

Sunday worship soon on live stream on

the Church for Our Common Home web site.

More info call (858) 248-5123

www.churchforourcommonhome.com

Our Common Home Counseling Center’s services : addiction issues, PTSD, individual and group therapy, Spiritual Direction, Pastoral Counseling, Dream Honoring, Creative Art Therapies etc.Contact us now!

www.ourcommonhomecounselingcenter.com

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Holding regular worship every Sunday in July at 5 PM Otay Mesa Detention Center

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June 28, 2018

Church for Our Common Home

Worship services in July 2018 

Sunday’s in July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

 5 pm at the Otay Mesa Detention Center

7488 Calzada De La Fuente, San Diego, CA 92154, on the side walk.

 

Ecumenical and interfaith

July 1, Taize Chanting worship. Please bring musical instruments and easy music will be provided.

 

Rev. Bonnie Tarwater, Affiliate Community Minister  First Unitarian Universalist  Church of SD

All are welcome at God’s table. Finger food pot luck after the service.  

We will gather on the side walk, so please bring folding chairs.

Dream Sharing also offered the 1 st and 3 rd Sunday from 3-5 pm.

 

Also on live stream on Church for Our Common Home Facebook page.

More info call (858) 248-5123

www.churchforourcommonhome.com

 

Calendario de Servicios en Julio de 2018 y posiblemente más.

Los Domingos 1, 8, 15, 22 y 29 de Julio

5:00 pm

En el Centro de Detención de Otay Mesa

7488 Calzada De La Fuente, San Diego, CA 92154, sobre la acera.

Ecuménico e Interreligioso

El 1ero de Julio, Taize Canto de adoración, favor de traer instrumentos musicales y se les proporcionará música sencilla.

Rvdo. Bonnie Tarwater, Ministra de la Comunidad Afiliada Primera Iglesia Unitaria Universalista de SD

Todos son bienvenidos en la mesa de Dios. Tapas de comida después del servicio.

Nos reuniremos en la acera, favor de traer sillas plegables.

Sueños Compartidos también ofrecen el 1er y 3er Domingo de 3 a 5 pm.

También en vivo en la página de Facebook de Church for Our Common Home

Más información llame al (858) 248-5123

www.ChurchForOurCommonHome.com

Our Common Home Counseling Center’s services : addiction issues, PTSD, individual and group therapy, Spiritual Direction, Pastoral Counseling, Dream Honoring, Creative Arts etc.

www.ourcommonhomecounselingcenter.com

Mary Magdalene was a refugee just like the women from Central America fleeing torture and murder

July 13, 2018

Dear Friends,

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Mary Magdalene was a refugee, fleeing violence in the same way refugees all over the world are fleeing violence and the corrupt systems that perpetrate violence. Mary Magdalene was a refugee like current refugees that come seeking safety after witnessing torture and murder of their families and loved ones. Mary Magdalene witnessed Jesus being tortured and murdered but that is not the end of her story. She became a religious teacher, a wounded healer and a tower of strength for her community bringing the teachings of Jesus to France. She is the divine wisdom or the divine feminine we need now more than ever before. We call upon her to help us reconnect us to God, to make of our hearts, one heart. The Latina women of faith seeking strength to know where to turn to save their children, themselves and their loved ones, need the spirit of Mary Magdalene today. She is our teacher for she is someone who has experienced this kind of crisis and she was the disciple who really comprehended and conveyed Jesus message. She calls to us now to have hope in love.

The global refugee crisis has been caused by the economic corporate imperial powers who have also created climate change and are destroying human life, as well as non-human life to say nothing of our common home Mother Earth. Our hope is to invite others to see that for everyone's survival we must give up corrupt systems of destruction and create new ways to live in justice and peace together. The human refugee crisis has been going on for many years and currently it has catapulted itself into the consciousness of many more people who have become aware of the issues right here in our community of San Diego. Church for Our Common Home has made a commitment to bear witness to this local and global horror by moving our weekly prayer services to the sidewalk in front of the Otay Mesa Detention Center. We pray for the separated families, the babies, the children, their mother's, often rape victims, their father's often gang violence victims, the devastated countrysides that have been raped by corporate greed leaving poverty and ecologic devastation in its wake. We also pray for the care workers including immigration lawyers, social justice workers, faith leaders, journalists, etc all trying to respond to this evil. We also pray as Jesus taught us, for our enemies who have created, sustain and profit from the systems of evil that have created this refugee and planetary nightmare. To separate mothers from their babies is the height of inhumanity. Our country has lost its way! It is time to look at our prison systems overall as a symptom of our problem for there are more than 2.7 million children in the U.S. that have an incarcerated parent.

The corrupt governments and drug lords that refugees are fleeing from in Central America were trained and financially underwritten by the US government. The enemy is within our own borders and within our own value systems that are complicit with these systems of injustice that cause massive suffering and planetary destruction. The local refugee humanitarian crisis here at the border in San Diego is interrelated with all the other current planetary crisis. Jesus did not teach about how to change the Roman Empire but rather how to live in loving community with others despite the violence and injustice of the Roman Empire. Church for Our Common Home is working to create a loving presence and community amidst suffering. We are called to make Christianity relevant and spirit filled again. This is happening through the spirit of Mary Magdalene and the divine feminine that has too often been left out of mainline Christianity. We are called by God to create radical new kinds of Christian communities of love and healing within the catastrophic evils of our time, not leaving women like Mary Magdalene out, but by celebrating women in religious leadership, women as teachers, healers and as visionary dreamers and space conquerors of imaginal realms.

Mary Magdalene has much to teach us at this historic time and we will reflect on her story and teachings at our three remaining worship services at the Otay Mesa Detention Center, Sunday's at 5 pm this July. Out of the literal and symbolic desert of Egypt her story has come to us through newly found scriptures, including Gnostic gospels like the Gospel of Mary Magdalene. Many of us feel her spirit as we work to explore the divine feminine moving beyond the Divine Mother to a woman who was a partner with Jesus. Together they created religious community and a faith story. Mary Magdalene was the most advanced spiritual student of Jesus who embodies the message of love and is his partner in the resurrection. He was NOT alone when he died or even after death. He was with Mary Magdalene and their love for one another is still with us today.

July 15 Sermon "Mary Magdalene as Refugee and Religious Leader"

July 22 Sermon "Mary Magdalene as Refugee, Anointer and Healer"

July 29 Sermon " Mary Magdalene as Refugee and the Imaginal Realm"

Her teachings she either learned from Jesus or a more believable story to me is that she co-created these teachings with him. Teachings of love are about relationships and the relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene has been too hot to handle historically but it is being told with new scholarship today. Christianity is at its core is a religion that teaches that love is more powerful than torture and death. We offer this hope and healing message to those people in the Otay Mesa Detention Center and all those suffering from injustice.

According to legend that many reputable scholars now believe, Mary Magdalene escaped after Jesus was tortured and murdered. The story of Mother Mary and Joseph escaping to Egypt with baby Jesus is really the story about Mary Magdalene being taken to Egypt to escape, that was disguised for her safety. Christianity has never been more relevant as we explore new spiritual depths Mary Magdalene offers.

Mary Magdalene "weaves into one cloth those strands that have traditionally been kept so stringently separated: conscious love, healing, kenotic surrender, the feminine, singleness, transformation. To touch any part of this hologram is to invoke the rest. " Cynthia Bourgeult, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene . Come join us as we enter the hologram that is the spirit of Mary Magdalene. As we,"reclaim anointing in its original context making it the sacramental centerpiece of a whole new vision of Christianity based on spiritual transformation and the alchemy of love." We recognize that those of us who have experienced trauma are called to heal ourselves in order to dedicate our lives to working for justice and healing for others.

Mary Magdalene

Anointing Worship Sunday July 15, 22, and 29 @5 pm

Church for Our Common Home at the Otay Mesa Detention Center

  7488 Calzada De La Fuente, San Diego, CA 92154, on the side walk.

Rev. Bonnie Tarwater, Affiliate Community Minister First Unitarian Universalist Church of SD

All are welcome at God’s table. Finger food pot luck after the service. 

We will gather on the sidewalk, so please bring folding chairs.

Also on live stream on

Church for Our Common Home Facebook page.

More info call (858) 248-5123

www.churchforourcommonhome.com

Our Common Home Counseling Center’s services : addiction issues, PTSD, individual and group therapy, Spiritual Direction, Pastoral Counseling, Dream Honoring, Creative Arts etc.Contact us now!

www.ourcommonhomecounselingcenter.com

Sunday, August 5th no dream group or Taize but special program

and worship will return to 13014 Calle De Las Rosas, SD 92129

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