Archive for April, 2010

Joyful Noise

April 1, 2010


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

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

Volume 9 page 13 (4-01-10)


I am celebrating Passover, Easter and the

Beginning of Spring!

The story of Passover holds a sacred and fundamental meaning in Judaism and in early Christianity (the “Last Supper”, after all, was the celebration of the Passover Seder by Jesus and his Disciples).

          Just as the universal principles of Origination and Creation can be found in the story of Genesis, the story of Passover in the book of Exodus presents in story form the universal principles of Freedom and Fulfillment necessary to live fully as one’s true nature-

AWAKENING (from “Egypt”–the word for “darkness and imitation”),

DISSOLVING (dissolving the bondage to identifying oneself as a slave to “Pharaoh”/Ego), and AWARENESS of our true nature as an expression of the SOURCE OF ALL. When the Passover story is seen as a metaphor for our own inner journey back “home”, we realize that it is our own autobiography no matter what our history, religious upbringing, or background may be.

          The yearly outer celebration of Passover began the evening of March 29th. The deeper celebration and invitation is to allow the awareness of the true gift hidden in the story to continue unabated in all moments of one’s life.

Below is a powerful and potent expression of this understanding by the Chassidic writer and teacher, Tzvi Freeman.

          By UCM minister – Rev. Hal Isen

The Inside Story of Passover

In each one of us there is an Egypt and a Pharaoh and a Moses and Freedom in a Promised Land.  And every point in time is an opportunity for another Exodus.

Egypt is a place that chains you to who you are, constraining you from growth and change. And Pharaoh is that voice inside that mocks your gambit to escape, saying, “How could you attempt being today something you were not yesterday? Aren’t you good enough just as you are? Don’t you know who you are?”

Moses is the liberator, the infinite force deep within, an impetuous and all-powerful drive to break out from any bondage, to always transcend, to connect with that which has no bounds.

But Freedom and the Promised Land are not static elements that lie in wait. They are your own achievements which you may create at any moment, in any thing that you do, simply by breaking free from whoever you were the day before.

Last Passover you may not have yet begun to light a candle. Or some other mitzvah still waits for you to fulfill its full potential. This year, defy Pharaoh and light up your world. With unbounded light.

        – Tzvi Freeman


        Nearly two millennia ago, a young Jewish leader fell into disfavor with established authorities. He was executed, declared dead, wrapped up like a mummy and placed in a tomb. A large stone was rolled against the tomb’s entrance and an elite unit of Roman soldiers guarded the tomb against grave robbers.

          Two days later, the stone was rolled away and the tomb was empty, but the grave clothes were still in place. The man’s closest followers, most of whom had abandoned him during his trials, reported seeing him alive again.

          They had been transformed from the inside and it affected every facet of their lives, giving them inner strength, freedom from guilt, love for their enemies, and boldness to stand for what they believed was right. “If anyone is in Christ,” wrote one early believer, “he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

          Easter is a time of renewal. Problems from the past can haunt one’s memory. Broken relationships undermine self-esteem. Guilt over missed opportunities, pain from rejection, loneliness and anger from past hurts can sometimes create a swirling inner vortex, a psychological suction from which escape is difficult. Look at this Easter as a time to find new coping skills; whether through your friends, family, counselors or self-help books. It is time for you to resurrect yourself – and “Become New Again.”


        Easter is perhaps the only “Christian” holiday that still has a pagan title. The earliest Anglo-Saxon festivals were held in tribute to the Goddess of fertility and springtime.

          The festival of Eastre occurred at the same time of the year as the Christian observance of the Resurrection of Christ. Little by little Christian aspects were added to the pre-existing beliefs involving the Goddess Eastre or Ostara, such as the following: The Easter Egg is a symbol of rebirth. Eggs were boiled and colored with leaves or flower petals and exchanged as gifts of fertility.

          Easter sunrise service is the ancient practice of welcoming the sun on the morning of the Spring Equinox, marking the beginning of spring.

          I see this Sunday as a beautiful blend of both Pagan and Christian traditions. In both cases it is a celebration of death and rebirth. Spring brings new life, new growth and new hope to each and every one of us.


Good Idea: Finding Easter eggs on Easter.

Bad Idea: Finding Easter eggs on Christmas.

Q. What do Easter Bunny helpers get for making a basket?

A. Two points, just like anyone else.

Q. What do you get if you cross an elephant with a rabbit?
A. An elephant that never forgets to eat his carrots!

Center for Creative Living

April 1, 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 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.

This Sunday – Rev. Sandy Clark (UCM President) and Rev. Donna Zehner (UCM Board trustee and CCL Associate Pastor) will be doing the service. We will also have exciting songs by the CCL Choir and after service, a Free Brunch and Egg Hunt for kids and adults alike!  I heard a rumor that a life-sized Easter bunny may be hopping around the premises!

Please join us and, receive your Easter goodie bag, feel the love from Rev. Sandy and Rev. Donna, listen to our choir’s songs, eat great food, hunt for eggs, honor Passover and…Have a Happy Easter/Ostara with your UCM & CCL community.

Thank you to Rev. Felecia Mulvany (UCM Board Trustee), and Rev. Janet Childs for their fantastic Taize service last Sunday. Also, thanks to Rev. Pajo Brooks and Rev. Corky Whitacre for supporting the community candle lighting. Rev. JoAnne Merkley’s flower arrangements – complete with palms – were beautiful. And blessings to everyone who brought food.


7pm to 9pm $15. or 2 for $25. First and Third Thursdays

April 1st This class will be conducted by Rev. Becca Thompson and is an introduction to energy, divine consciousness, the vital web and how we utilize our energy systems to interact with ourselves, our environment and with one another. There will be a basic overview of the energy bodies, the dimensions and the realms and by the end of class, you will begin to learn how to sense energy within the vital web. We will also take a look at VortexHealing® and how it can change your view of healing.

Open to the Public and UCM ministerial credit for this Module 4 class.

® “VortexHealing” is a registered service mark of Ric A. Weinman. All rights reserved. This mark can only be used by certified VortexHealing practitioners who have also signed a service mark license agreement with Ric Weinman.

Happenings at The Center

April 1st 7:00 to 9:00 – check out CCL Metaphysical Classes above

April 3rd 3:00 to 5:00 – Stuff and decorate eggs for the Easter/Eostre Egg hunt on Easter Sunday! Need volunteers! Please call (408)392-9090 to help!

Yoga Returns to CCL!

April 5th Monday – 7:30 to 9:00 – SPRING BACK INTO YOGA. Gentle Yoga Class with Krishnapriya (Laura Marshall). A theme for each week’s class. Doing specific asanas (poses) that benefit a part of the back. The Magical Ones are reviewed in each session to round out the practice. Pranayama (Breathing) exercises–and Guided Meditation in every class. FIRST CLASS ALWAYS FREECOME TRY IT AT NO COST For best practice: Light eating at least 2 hours before class, wear loose clothes, bring your mat/blanket or use one of ours.

April 6th Tuesday – 6:30 to 8:30 – DRUMMING CIRCLE with Norbeth Granado and Dr. Ayleen Augustine.

April 8th Thursday –7:00 to 8:30 – Druidry & Earth Magic with Dr. Ayleen. An ongoing gathering focused on Druidry. Participants learn both the historical aspect and how to become a modern day practicing druid. New participants are always welcome. $5.

April 11th (Holocaust Remembrance Day) “Never Forget” service with Nina Amir as she looks at Holocaust Memorial Day across all spiritual traditions. Nina will share her personal story as it relates to the Holocaust, explain why the Jewish perspective on remembering what happened during the Holocaust is one that pertains to everyone and delve into a new way Jews and non-Jews alike can observe this day in a meaning-full and spirit-full manner.

Nina Amir is an Author, Journalist, Nonfiction Editor/ Coach/ Consultant, and author of Jewish Issues Examiner column.


When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

        Yoga Sutras of Patinjali


Happy Holidays

Life is meant to be a joyous celebration!

          Love and Light,

                   Rev. Doti Boon

P S from Reverend Clark:

April 1, 2010

Happy Easter to each of you, may your day be filled with “Light” and “Love”.

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Universal Church of the Master

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Campbell, CA 95008


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Seven Layered Labyrinth

April 1, 2010

Connecting with the Divine Feminine through

The Astrology of the Seven Layered Labyrinth

May 21, 22 and 23 2010


View of the ceremonial yurt, lap pool and the hot tub!

This is an intimate retreat for 13 women only!

We are blessed to have this retreat during springtime!  The wild flowers are in full bloom and the nights are warm.

This retreat is a time for women to connect with the Divine Feminine,

a time for women to explore their personal power and spirit, a time for rejuvenation, a time of laughter, a time of Sacred interaction!

Salamander Camp is less than 10 minutes outside of Los Gatos in the Santa Cruz Mountains; but you would never know you were near a city.

As well as the Sacred Ceremony invoking the Great Goddess and lessons on Magical Astrology and Labyrinth making, we will walk the Sacred Labyrinth. 

As we walk into the heart of the Labyrinth we will release that which no longer works for us and as we spiral out of the Labyrinth we will manifest what we want in our life.

Last year every woman who participated in this ceremony manifested what she asked for.  If you want testimonials, call me and I will give you their contact information.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts, meditation, movement and dance, hiking, chanting, drumming- rattling, Sisterhood, self-care, Magick and quiet time.  On Saturday night we will have a camp fire with Dagoba hot chocolate and cookies.

Salamander Camp has three huge yurts; one is the kitchen, one for ceremonial work and one for sleeping (beds and futons). 

It has showers, complete kitchen, wood burning stoves for heat, composting toilets, electricity, hot tub, labyrinth, fairy grotto, hiking trails, and two old growth Redwoods.

This retreat is a retreat.  You will have lots of time to yourself: to walk in the forest, sit by the stream and mediate, read or whatever your heart desires.

Picture yourself at night, floating in a redwood hot tub, gazing at thousands of stars as you smell the smell of the forest!  The only sound is the union of your breath and the breeze.  Ah!  I am there already!

The price includes all your meals and lodging.  The meals are delicious organic meals made by, Dasha Bogdanova. Please tell me if you have any dietary restrictions so we can make you your own delicious food.

Arrival: Friday 2-5pm

Depart: Sunday 5 pm

$50 deposit required to hold your spot.

If you want to stay over Sunday night it will be an additional $50.

Please send check to Elizabeth Barton,

501 E 40th Ave, San Mateo CA 94403

(650) 572-8850

 The cost is $250 for three days and two nights, if you pay in full prior to March 31st.

$275.00 is you pay in full from April 1st to April 30th.

$300 after May 1st.

Peace and Love, Elizabeth!  Until we meet…blessings to you!