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Joyful Noise

January 29, 2010

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

Gage McCartney, Alaska 2000

Editor:  Rev. Doti Boon

safedoti@aol.com

Volume 9 page 4 (1-28-10)

AFFIRMATION

I strongly support the Spiritual Passions of others and myself.

Spiritual Passion

Passion: “A strong barely controllable emotion.”

          That definition is what most of us think when we hear the word “passion.” This definition of passion refers to physical passion, an emotion that relates to our Ego.

          Physical passion is a fleeting emotion of the physical, material and mental world, which our senses occupy during our current incarnation. Physical passion can manifest itself as lust, anger or any other strong emotion that quickly passes. It is like the flame of a candle blown by a strong wind that is extinguished long before the candle has been consumed.

          However, there is another kind of Passion. It is Spiritual Passion.  Spiritual Passion is the Feelings, Desires and Dreams borne by our Spiritual Nature. And unlike the physical passion that quickly extinguishes itself in the wind, our Spiritual Passion is like the slow-burning candle that is located within, and protected by the safe confines of a Temple. And the Temple that protects the slow-burning candle of our Spiritual Passion is that Spiritual Temple that is our Spiritual Self.

          It is a Flame that cannot be extinguished. And although it can be suppressed, and ignored, the flame of our Spiritual Passion can never be “blown out.”

          Although we may feel that our Spiritual Passion must be a grandiose calling, it is not so. Our Spiritual Passion is not something we are “fanatical” about, or brag about. It is not something we “think” that the world “needs” and only we can “provide.”

          Our Spiritual Passion is the slow-burning candle flame that consumes the majority of our private thoughts and feelings. It is that one Spiritual Activity we call forward and enjoy whenever our chores and obligations of the day are completed.

          What is it that we revert to at our every opportunity? Is it gardening, painting, writing, singing, playing (or composing) music…???

          Whatever it is, that is our Spiritual Passion . . . our Divine Gift . . . Our Divine Calling.

          To burn always with this hard, gemlike flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life.

                        Wealter Pater

Every wakeful step, every mindful act is the direct path to awakening. Wherever you go, there you are.  Buddha

          Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile. Sir Wilfred Grenfell

          No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.  Helen Keller

Christopher & Christine, Irmadean 2005

A child was asked to write a book report on the entire Bible

The Children’s Bible in a Nutshell

          In the beginning, which occurred near the start, there was nothing but God, darkness, and some gas.  The Bible says,’ The Lord thy God is one, but I think He must be a lot older than that. Anyway, God said, ‘Give me a light!’ and someone did.

          Then God made the world.

          He split the Adam and made Eve. Adam and Eve were naked, but they weren’t embarrassed because mirrors hadn’t been invented yet.

          Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating one bad apple, so they were driven from the Garden of Eden…Not sure what they were driven in though, because they didn’t have cars.

          Adam and Eve had a son, Cain, who hated his brother as long as he was Abel.

          Pretty soon all of the early people died off, except for Methuselah, who lived to be like a million or something.

          One of the next important people was Noah, who was a good guy, but one of his kids was kind of a Ham. Noah built a large boat and put his family and some animals on it. He asked some other people to join him, but they said they would have to take a rain check.

          After Noah came Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob was more famous than his brother, Esau, because Esau sold Jacob his birthmark in exchange for some pot roast. Jacob had a son named Joseph who wore a really loud sports coat.

          Another important Bible guy is Moses, whose real name was Charlton Heston. Moses led the Israel Lights out of Egypt and away from the evil Pharaoh after God sent ten plagues on Pharaoh’s people. These plagues included frogs, mice, lice, bowels, and no cable.

          God fed the Israel Lights every day with manicotti. Then he gave them His Top Ten Commandments. These include:  don’t lie, cheat, smoke, dance, or covet your neighbor’s stuff.

          Oh, yeah, I just thought of one more: Humor thy father and thy mother.

          One of Moses’ best helpers was Joshua who was the first Bible guy to use spies. Joshua fought the battle of Geritol and the fence fell over on the town.

          After Joshua came David. He got to be king by killing a giant with a slingshot. He had a son named Solomon who had about 300 wives and 500 porcupines. My teacher says he was wise, but that doesn’t sound very wise to me.

          After Solomon there were a bunch of major league prophets. One of these was Jonah, who was swallowed by a big whale and then barfed up on the shore.

          There were also some minor league prophets, but I guess we don’t have to worry about them.

          After the Old Testament came the New Testament. Jesus is the star of The New. He was born in Bethlehem in a barn. (I wish I had been born in a barn too, because my mom is always saying to me, ‘Close the door! Were you born in a barn?’ It would be nice to say, ‘As a matter of fact, I was.’)

          During His life, Jesus had many arguments with sinners like the Pharisees and the Democrats.

          Jesus also had twelve opossums.

          The worst one was Judas Asparagus. Judas was so evil they named a terrible vegetable after him.

          Jesus was a great man. He healed many leopards and even preached to some Germans on the Mount.

          But all those guys put Jesus on trial before Pontius the Pilot. Pilot didn’t stick up for Jesus. He just washed his hands instead.

          Anyways, Jesus died for our sins, and then came back to life again. He went up to Heaven but will be back at the end of the Aluminum. His return is foretold in the book of Revolution.

            Submitted by Rev. Janet Ewers

PS Reverend Clark, January 28, 2010

January 29, 2010

 

My heart is just singing today, the sun is shining! We have had overcast sky and lots of rain without seeing the sun for a while. I know the sun is shining every day even if I cannot see it; however seeing it this morning restored the Joy in my heart and the song it sings to all whom I come in contact with. May you experience the song of Love I am singing to you.

Remember the deadline for the Spring Issue of the UCM online magazine is February 3, 2010.  Articles should be approximately 1000 words. Please submit with each article your bio and picture or pictures.  We ask that you submit your bio and picture each time as our magazine staff is in different states and this expedites the process and assures we include all of your information.

We are part of the Associate Programs offered by both Amazon.com, and Barnes&Noble.com. This means when you enter either of these websites through ours, UCM receives a commission on your purchases. Should you need to leave either website before completing your purchase you need to again go through our web site for us to receive the commission.

Submission for A Joyful Noise can be made to http://Safedoti@aol.com or staff@u-c-m.org.

Reverend Sandy Clark

President

Universal Church of the Master

100 W. Rincon Ave. #101

Campbell, CA 95008

408.370.6519

fax 408.370.6591

www.u-c-m.org

Center for Creative Living

January 29, 2010

All are welcome to Sunday Celebration at the Center for Creative Living, UCM Charter #801, at 1460 Koll Circle, Suite “C” – services in back. Need directions? Call (408) 392-9090 or visit www.doti.info.  Healing Chairs (come give or receive a hands-on-healing) starts at 9:30am, Celebration is from 10:00 to 11:30am. Dress is casual and Kids are welcome.

Please join Rev. Doti Boon, Rev. Corky Whitacre and friends as we discuss moving “One Step At A Time.” A look at the spiritual components of the 12-step program of AA.

Join us on Feb. 7th – just before the Super Bowl for a sermon by Rev. Doti, How To Play For the Winning Team!

CCL METAPHYSICAL CLASSES

Thursday Feb. 4th and Feb. 18th 7pm to 9pm $15. or 2 for $25.

Open to the Public and for Licentiate Ministerial Credit

          Feb. 4th       How to Get In Touch With Your Spirit Guides with Rev. Doti Boon

          Feb. 18th     Getting In Touch With Your Angels with Min. Maryellen De Vine.

          Enter in and explore! All are encouraged to make use of the wisdom and understanding that flows from the Infinite Source we know as God.

Happenings at The Center

Jan. 29th – Full moon

Jan. 30th – 1:00 to 5:00 – Make Your Dream Board for 2010 with Susan Moore, Hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner, Priestess & Minister. Call Susan at 510-468-9130 to confirm. Create a collage of your objectives and goals for the new year and join in a powerful full moon manifestation ceremony. $60. Please bring personal magazines, scissors, glue.

Feb. 2nd & Feb. 16th – 6:30 to 8:30 – DRUMMING with Norbeth and Friends. Don’t have a drum? Borrow one of ours.

Feb. 7th – 1:00 to 3:00 – CCL Choir rehearses. Join in fun, music and community.

Feb. 10th – 7:00 to 9:00 – GODDESS WORKSHOP with Rev. Anne Corbin and Rev. April Lussier.

Feb. 11th – 7:00 to 8:30 – DRUIDRY and EARTH MAGIC with Dr. Ayleen Augustine. Sessions include: brief historical discussion, and teaching the Way of the Druid.

For those with over 15 CCL points – a Free Outing

Feb. 14th noon to 1:30 Luncheon 2:00 to 5:00 Play – “Hold On To Love.”

Life is meant to be a joyous celebration!

       Love and Light,

              Rev. Doti Boon – Love ya

Spring Equinox, Reverend April Lussier

January 29, 2010

Spring Equinox Sabbat    Mon. Mar. 22, 2010    6:30 pm

Location: 895 Le Compte Pl San Jose 95122 Our Gatherings take place in an enclosed patio.    Cost: $20 What to bring: an open heart, snack to share after the ceremony, rattle or drum (optional), shawl for over your shoulders in the cool night air.

 Upcoming Sabbat Dates (dates subject to change)

Beltane                    Sun. May 2, 2010 *

Summer Solstice     Sat. June 19, 2010*

Lamas                      Sun. Aug 1, 2010*

Mabon                     Sun. Sept 19, 2010

Hallowmas               Sat. Oct 30, 2010

Yule                         Sun Dec 19, 2010

2010 Goddess Spirituality Retreats at Salamander Camp:

Spring: April 9-11 and Fall: Oct 8-10

The Sabbat Celebrations and other Triple Goddess Rituals are facilitated by Rev. April Lussier; metaphysical eco-feminist Wisewoman. (408) 289-9188 or aprillussier@sbcglobal.net

Candlemas, Reverend April Lussier

January 26, 2010

Blessing Sisters,
     I am very energized by spirits guidance for what this Candlemas Ceremony will include. We will drop into the anticipation of new possibilities and pass through a sacred tunnel and lovingly gentle birth ourselves anew. In ceremony we will also make a handkerchief doll for our infant self to connect deeper with her. Blessed be!

Come be blessed by the Goddess and Celebrate rebirth and infancy of Gaia and ourselves!

Candlemas     Sun.  Jan 31, 6:30pm

Gather 6:30pm Cast Sacred Circle at 7pm

Location: 895 Le Compte Pl San Jose 95122 

Our Gatherings take place in an enclosed patio.  

Cost: $20

What to bring: an open heart, snack to share after the ceremony, rattle or drum (optional), shawl for over your shoulders in the cool night air.

more information call Rev. April at 408 2899188

Joyful Noise

January 22, 2010

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

 

Fractal, by Minister Steve Waites

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

http://safedoti@aol.com

Volume 9 page 3 (1-21-10)

AFFIRMATION

I willingly help heal and support those in need.

Oh, The Places Your Ego Will Go

(If Dr. Seuss Studied A Course In Miracles) by Scott Kalechstein

Your ego will travel with you on this earth

And be your companion for worser or worse

It pretends it’s your friend, your bestest amigo

And it makes you feel guilty, that’s the job of the ego

It has good judgment and will help you be strong

So it has to remind you you’ve done it all wrong

You’re weak and you’re lazy and you can’t get a clue

That’s the voice of the ego trying to motivate you

Oh, the places you’ll go and the guilt trips you’ll travel

As the ego plays judge and bangs down on its gavel

But you always can get some relief from your shame

By projecting it on to the others you’ll blame

For that is the ego at its beastiest best

It nurses its grievances close to its chest

It milks every moment for things to feel pain about

Turns molehills to mountains of things to complain about

No trust is a must you must constantly worry

No peace till deceased you must constantly hurry

Oh, the places you’ll go and the people you’ll see

All through the lens of “What’s in it for me?”

For the ego believes there is something it lacks

And until it is found it won’t let you relax
You’ve got to keep moving at speeds that are blinding

Keep searching and searching but not really finding

Perhaps you will find it in the next one you’ll date

True love at first sight with a soul kind of mate

It’s great for a while till the egos take hold

Cause when two halves combine they do not make a whole

It’s hot at the start but it will turn to cold

For when two halves collide they cannot make a whole

So the ego moves on ever constantly striving

Addicted to seeking and afraid of arriving

You’re traveling fast at the speed of surviving

With fear in the drivers seat doing the driving

The joys of each moment go swishing on by

As the ego keeps reaching for pies in the sky

Reaching and reaching with arms that are flailing

And the ego loves giving you F for your failings

Or perhaps you are on the fast track to success

You’re constantly driven to be great, better, best!

You’re a mover, a shaker, a big time achiever

You’re a real self-made man, a dazzling diva

You’re rich and you’re famous and make quite a splash

You’re on top of the world and you’re rolling in cash

You drive the right car and you’ve married the right spouse

Today you’re on Oprah, this evening the White House

But at night insecurity pays you a call

Cause you know anytime that you could lose it all

Your shrink says to rest and your spouse sure agrees

Your doctor says, “Ulcers, take fourteen of these.”

You know you should slow it down sooner or later

But your foot is just glued to the accelerator

Your ego consoles, “Well, at least we’re successful

It’s a sign of success to be constantly stressful

You’ve made it to prime time and everyone loves you.”

(But your self-esteem’s built on what others think of you)

One day when you’ve failed and succeeded enough

You witness your ego exposed in the buff

And you realize without all its protective clothing

That the ego is simply a state of self-loathing

And beyond that you find out the biggest of deals

That you’ve dreamt up the ego, it’s not even real!

So for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health

You commit to the journey of loving yourself

You take back the projections you placed upon others

And find through forgiveness real peace is discovered

You realize the glory you searched for outside you

Is what you are made of and can’t be denied you

So you give up your plans and your potions and pills

And you practice contentment and learn how to chill

Your old superstitions have gone up in smoke

(Like you can’t rest in peace until after you croak)

While resting in peacefulness you get inspired

To go out in the world with some newfound desires

Desires that spring from your heart and your soul

And wherever they take you you’re going there whole

Cause your ego is now in the passenger seat

It rolls down the window and takes in the treats

You’re not in a hurry you’re taking it slow

Cause the journey’s as rich as the places you’ll go

Where you are going you don’t need to know

For the journey’s as rich as the places you’ll go.

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In God we Trust

A nurse on the pediatric ward, before listening to the little ones’ chests, would plug the stethoscope into their ears and let them listen to their own heart. Their eyes would always light up with awe, but she never got a response equal to four-year old David’s comment. Gently she tucked the stethoscope into his ears and placed the disk over his heart.

          ‘Listen’, she said…’What do you suppose that is?’ He drew his eyebrows together in a puzzled line and looked up as if lost in the mystery of the strange tap – tap – tapping deep in his chest. Then his face broke out in a wondrous grin and he asked, ‘Is that Jesus knocking?’

          Blessed are those who walk with one hand held by God and the other one held by a friend.

In God we trust!!!

Don’t let your worries get the best of you;

Remember, Moses started out as a basket case.

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Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited

Until you try to sit in their pews.

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Many folks want to serve God,

But only as advisers.

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It is easier to preach ten sermons

Than it is to live one.

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When you get to your wit’s end,

You’ll find God lives there.

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Quit griping about your church;

If it was perfect, you couldn’t belong.

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If a church wants a better pastor,

It only needs to pray for the one it has.

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We’re called to be witnesses, not lawyers or Judges.

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God doesn’t propose to judge a man until

he is dead. So why should you?

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Some minds are like concrete

Thoroughly mixed up and permanently set

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Peace starts with a smile.

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Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.

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Don’t put a question mark where God put a period.

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Don’t wait for 6 strong men to take you to church.

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Forbidden fruits create many jams.

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God loves everyone, But probably prefers

‘fruits of the spirit’ over ‘religious nuts!’

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God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.

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He who angers you, controls you!

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If God is your Co-pilot, swap seats!

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Prayer: Don’t give God instructions, just report for duty!

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The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.

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The Will of God never takes you to where the

Grace of God will not protect you.

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We don’t change the message, the message changes us.

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You can tell how big a person is

By what it takes to discourage him.

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Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass.

It’s about learning to enjoy the rain…

Submitted by Rev. Sandy Clark

Center for Creative Living

January 22, 2010

All are welcome to Sunday Celebration at the Center for Creative Living, UCM Charter #801, at 1460 Koll Circle, Suite “C” – services in back. Need directions? Call (408) 392-9090 or visit www.doti.info.   Healing Chairs (come give or receive a hands-on-healing) starts at 9:30am, Celebration is from 10:00 to 11:30am. Dress is casual and Kids are welcome.

Please join Dr. Ayleen Augestine as this amazing chiropractor, teacher and healer discusses “Druidry and Earth Magic.” She will discuss ways to deepen your connection with earth-based energies to promote healing and balance within yourself and others.

To all of the folks who joined in our Haitian prayer, meditation and releasement last Sunday, Thank You. Rev. Janet Childs did an excellent job of leading prayers and a releasement. Her beautiful voice never sounded better. Rev. Janet Phares, Rev. Bec Thompson, Rev. Holly Paquette, Rev. April Lussier, Rev. Anne Corbin, Joe Thompson, ministerial student Ronnie Grigsby and many others helped with music and held the space for a fantastic ceremony. The wonderful outpouring of money from the community raised more than $800 with more coming in. We have donated this money to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which will match our funds to help Haiti. You can reach them at www.siliconvalleycf.orghttp://, or, to make a $10 donation to the American Red Cross, text “Haiti” to 90999 and the money will automatically be added to your cell phone bill.

METAPHYSICAL CLASSES

Thursday Jan. 21st 7pm to 9pm $15. or 2 for $25.

How to See, Read and Interpret Auras

          January 21st ministerial students please be there at 7pm, other participates my show up at 7:30. Come learn how to see auras and learn what they mean. Sign up early and Doti will read you and tell you your colors! We will be discussing what colors mean, how to change your auric energies and how to protect yourself by utilizing the power of your aura.

Want to become a UCM Spiritualist minister?

          Thursday Jan. 21st join Rev. Doti as she explains the Life Path Program and how you can achieve your ministerial license while taking interesting metaphysical classes. In only ten months taking two classes a month on Thursday evenings and one Saturday class a month you can become a Universal Church of the Master Licentiate Minister or Certified Healer Practitioner.

          In fact you might already have quite a few of the basics such as Chakras, Reiki, Huna, Auras, Past Life Regressions, Getting in Touch with Spirit Guides, EarthBound Entity Releasement, and Shamanism classes. Your classes will count as credit towards your ministerial credentials. Let’s get together and discuss this important life-changing course!

          Enter in and explore! All are encouraged to make use of the wisdom and understanding that flows from the Infinite Source we know as God.

Happenings at The Center 

Jan. 23rd – 11:00 to 5:00 – Chakra Workshop  $50. Everyone is invited This workshop will help you get in touch with the seven basic energy centers, better known as Chakras. We will teach you how to open these energy centers, open up your life energy or God force within you and clear them. Some call this energy the Holy Spirit, universal mind, psychic energy, love or kundalini. Chakra energies correspond roughly to the etheric dimensions of your endrocine glands. The soul or etheric body is connected to the physical body through these centers. Come experience and get the key to understanding yourself.

          We will also be doing color healing and chakra/etheric clearing.

Workshop will be conducted by Rev. Doti Boon The California Psychic, Cheryl Lewis, Chakra intuitive and Rev. Anne Corbin, color healing facilitator.

Jan. 26th – 6:30 to 8:30 – MEDITATION CIRCLE 2nd & 4th Tuesdays.

with Norbeth and friends. Love Donation.

Jan. 27th – 7 to 9 – METAPHYSICAL MOVIE NIGHT “Down the Rabbit Hole.” $5. donation. FREE Popcorn!

Jan. 30th – 1:00 to 5:00 – Make Your Dream Board for 2010 with Susan Moore, Hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner, Priestess & Minister. Call Susan at 510-468-9130 to confirm. Create a collage of your objectives and goals for the new year and join in a powerful full moon manifestation ceremony. $60.   Please bring personal magazines, scissors, glue.

Feb. 2nd & Feb. 16th – 6:30 to 8:30 – DRUMMING with Norbeth and Friends. Don’t have a drum? Borrow one of ours.

Feb. 7th – 1 to 3 – CCL Choir rehearses. Join in fun, music and community.

Feb. 10th – 7 to 9 – GODDESS WORKSHOP with Rev. Anne Corbin and Rev. April Lussier.

Feb. 11th – 7:00 to 8:30 – DRUIDRY and EARTH MAGIC with Dr. Ayleen Augustine. Sessions include:brief historical discussion,review of previous week’s activity, discussion of the next weeks activities and teaching

Life is meant to be a joyous celebration!

              Love and Light,

                           Rev. Doti Boon

P.S. President Clark, January 21, 2010

January 22, 2010

The deadline for our summer edition of the UCM Online Magazine is February 3, 2010.  Please send your articles to staff@u-c-m.org or reverenddebry@u-c-m.org.  Your articles should be about 1000 words and please include your picture and bio each time you submit an article.

We are part of the Associate Programs offered by both Amazon.com, and Barnes&Noble.com. This means when you enter either of these websites through ours, UCM receives a commission on your purchases. Should you need to leave either website before completing your purchase you need to again go through our web site for us to receive the commission.

Submission for A Joyful Noise can be made to http://Safedoti@aol.com or staff@u-c-m.org.

Reverend Sandy Clark

President

Universal Church of the Master

100 W. Rincon Ave. #101

Campbell, CA 95008

408.370.6519

fax 408.370.6591

www.u-c-m.org

Women’s Spirituality Celebrations

January 17, 2010

Women’s Spirituality Celebrations acknowledge and honor the turning of the Wheel of the Year at eight “Sabbats”- High Holy Days of Power.  Earth is the    Great Mother Goddess “Gaia”, whose power and attributes are many.  Awakening to her presence at these sacred times; we are gifted with her healing, strength and wisdom.

Every six week, we will gather in a Sacred Circle to embrace the blessings and teachings  of Gaia’s cycles. Through ritual and ceremony we will connect with Mother Earth’s wisdom, be touched by the Divine Feminine Energies, release what no longer serves us, and reclaim our inner voice, our power, and our Goddess within.

Come be blessed by the Goddess and Celebrate rebirth  and infancy of Gaia!

Candlemas     Sun.  Jan 31,   6:30pm

Location: 895 Le Compte Pl San Jose 95122  Our Gatherings take place in an enclosed patio.    Cost: $20

What to bring: an open heart, snack to share after the ceremony, rattle or drum (optional), shawl for over your shoulders in the cool night air.

 Upcoming Sabbat Dates (dates subject to change)

Spring Equinox       Sat. Mar. 20, 2010

 Beltane     Sun May 2, 2010 (date changed)

Summer Solstice     Sun. June 20, 2010

Lamas                      Sat. July 31, 2010

Mabon                     Sun. Sept 19, 2010

Hallowmas               Sat. . Oct 30, 2010

Yule                         Sun  Dec 19, 2010

2010 Goddess Spirituality Retreats at Salamander Camp:

April 9-11

Oct 8-10

 The Sabbat Celebrations and other Triple Goddess Rituals are facilitated by Rev. April Lussier; metaphysical eco-feminist Wisewoman. (408) 289-9188 or aprillussier@sbcglobal.net.

VITAS Innovative Hospice Care®

January 16, 2010

Hello, my name is Renee Berry and I am the Volunteer Services Manager for VITAS Innovative Hospice Care® of the San Francisco Bay Area. The organization I work with helps patients during the last months of life, providing physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients with a wide range of life-limiting illnesses. We serve patients all over the Bay Area and volunteers are the heart of our program. Other volunteer opportunities include friendly visiting, playing music, sewing bears for families experiencing loss, and even brining a dog to visit in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

I started as a hospice volunteer hoping to connect with patients and be supportive to their families. To me, being a hospice volunteer was a life changing experience. A passion for working in end of life care was immediately ignited and I am grateful for the opportunity to dedicate my time to connecting with the community and helping people understand the benefits of volunteering.  My hope is to inspire other people to volunteer in end of life care because I was incredibly humbled as families allowed me to be there with them at such an intimate time in their lives. Even the smallest gesture is a tremendous help to our patients and their loved ones and I know from personal experience that hospice volunteering is an incredibly rewarding experience.

Both our volunteers and interns receive a comprehensive training about hospice and end of life care. There are ongoing assignments of reading and reviewing scientific journals related to hospice and palliative care and innovative approaches to serving patients, their families and the community. Interns develop perspective on differences in providing care in diverse environments. The primary role of patient assignments will be to provide social support to patients and their families and will give interns first hand experience with skills in active listening and evaluating patient and family needs. Interns are strongly encouraged to develop autonomous projects to serve identified needs.

I would like to share our VITAS Volunteer Mission Statement, “VITAS recognizes the importance of a strong and innovative volunteer program. Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice program, allowing VITAS to continue personalizing, enhancing and expanding services offered to patients and families. Through exemplifying the VITAS Values, volunteers serve as patient and family advocates and are proactive in helping to meet the needs of patients and families. VITAS integrate volunteers into the hospice interdisciplinary team by actively recruiting, training, supporting and creatively using volunteers to meet patient and family needs. Volunteers and their contributions are respected and valued.”

An example of one of our specialty programs called “Project Story Keeper”. Volunteers are provided training and tools to practice life review with our hospice patients and their families. They then develop a scrapbook or a DVD with the patient’s voice/video/pictures of their stories. Capturing people’s memories and preserving them for family is a wonderful gift that is appreciated through generations. This project is especially meaningful to me as I found it healing to participate in a creative project when I experienced personal grief.

I look forward to learning about the diverse talents and interests in the community, so please know that you are always welcome to contact me with any questions or for any end of life care resources.

Renee Berry

Volunteer Services Manager

VITAS Innovative Hospice Care®

San Francisco Bay Area

Phone: 510.413.5243

Fax: 510.360.4816

The UCM education committee has approved VITAS as an organization for our Degree Students to work with for their practicum hours.  VITAS came to us through Reverend Sandy Clark, President of UCM.  She received the information on “Project Story Keeper” and after contacting Renee Berry and finding out the amazing things that VITAS is accomplishing we wanted to add our support for such a wonderful organization.  Often our students ask us for suggestions for practicum hours and we are happy to add VITAS to our list.

Reverend Angela DeBry, H.H.D, D.D.