Rev’s notes from the Road

Rev’s notes from the Road

As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are.  Otherwise you’ll miss most of life.

-Buddha

Hello beloveds,

Yesterday I arrived in Atlanta where I’ll be for the next 10 days, and I wanted to take a moment to give you an update on my travels, or what I am calling my #SummerTour2018.  It began in Chicago on June 23, I had the honor of being the guest speaker at the amazing Bodhi Spiritual Center – you can find a video of the message here.  After the message, I joined members of the community in the Chicago Pride Parade; it was a blast!

Next, I was joined in Chicago by members of the Leadership Council of the Association for Global New Thought, and we held our quarterly board meeting.  On Tuesday night we held a power-packed spiritual rally at Bodhi Spiritual Center  called “This Is Your Moment.”  I spoke about the power of stepping into leadership at this time in our history.  The music was absolutely amazing.  The humidity was high in Chicago that night and the air conditioner of the theater was not functioning!  Needless to say it was HOT, but that did not slow us down, Spirit had its way with us.  You can watch the entire service here.

After this amazing week in Chicago, my family flew in and we traveled to southern Wisconsin to visit family and celebrate my grandmother’s 95th birthday!  I have to tell you, she looks amazing and is strong in mind and spirit.  It was such a blessing to share that time with our whole family, 4 generations.  Friends and family came from 5 states to celebrate Grandma Finley.  She also told me the secrete to her long life…I’ll share it with you when I get home.

Thursday my family traveled home and I went on to Atlanta.  I’ll be here for the next 10 days – speaking 2 Sundays at Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta and conducting practitioner licensing panels next week.

The fourth and final stop of my journey will be Lee Summit, MO and Unity Village where Bishop Yvette Flunder will be hosting her leadership conference for the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, of which Centers for Spiritual Living is a strategic partner and covenanted member.  I’ll be speaking and teaching on New Thought and Faith Formation as Spiritual Discovery, Reclaiming our Wholeness.   And as always, listening and learning from my friends and colleagues in TFAM – among the special guests this year are Bishop William Barber, Bishop Carlton Pearson, and Rev. Ottis Moss III.

I’m blessed to be able to do the work that I do, both at home with you and across the nation.  I’ve been hosted in beautiful homes, enjoyed respite time and have had time to engage in deep and meaningful work with great spiritual leaders in our continued vision of awakening humanity and creating a world that works for all.

This week our nation celebrated its independence.  Independence day at its origin is really about being liberated from outside rule.  It’s about the freedom to choose your own path.  Yet that freedom is deeply dependent on the interconnectedness of us all.  Our actions create a collective field that influences the capacity for others to create a life of freedom.

So this week I want to invite you to consider your Inter-Dependence with humanity.  How can you take an action that will have a positive impact on those around you?  Here is one great opportunity that I want to make you aware of.  A friend of mine in Portland, Heather – is a single mother of two.  She struggles to make ends meet and provide a positive and healthy environment for her children, but she’s working at it, both mentally and physically.  Last week she launched a social campaign to raise the funds she needs to move into a new apartment.  This move will help her break the chains of negativity and place her children in an environment where they can thrive.  Now the truth is, thousands of mothers and children face similar circumstances every day, in Portland and in every major city in our country.  I know that I am blessed to do the work I do and have the freedoms that I have to travel and work with amazing people.  But my freedoms are not for me alone, they are a constant reminder to help liberate others, because after all – we are all in this together.

Sometimes its overwhelming to consider all the places that need healing, attention and our support, other times its inspiring because I know the power of Spirit when people come together in one heart and mind.  And sometimes the best thing I can do is focus on one simple act I can take today to make a difference for someone.  Like my dear friend Bishop Bonnie Radden reminds me and all of us:

You are somebody’s somebody.

So in the spirit of our Inter-Dependence, I am asking you to be somebody’s somebody today by donating to my friend Heather and her family – you’ll find the link to donate here

I hope you’ve been enjoying our summer series of guest speakers and adult summer school education program.  Please check our calendar for all the upcoming events.  I look forward to being back with you on July 22nd.

Peace and Blessings,

Rev D.

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