Embracing the Divine, HCCL honors all spiritual paths and traditions.
We are a FORCE for Good in our community, our world, and beyond.
We are celebrating freedom this month, a Principle of God that has great spiritual meaning and potential. When we exercise the the Principle of Freedom, we do not mean "freedom from something." We are empowered to employ the ideal of freedom to do something. To create, to grow, to accept a Higher Good for all beings.
If God is anything, God is Freedom. This freedom is expressed as the cosmos, as silky fur, as blue eyes, as spiny starfish, as the complexity of a computer.
Nothing can restrict, limit, or censor the perfect action of God, when we get out of our own way.
The Principle of Freedom is a universal law, meaning that it cannot be compromised, changed, or corrupted despite what our minds imagine. Fear is not a part of Freedom, nor is lack consciousness.
Freedom is the joy of life living itself without restriction! Let freedom ring!
Welcome Home Dr. Charles!
Please welcome Rev. Dr. Charles Geddes! He arrived in Helena on April 30th after a month-long cross country trek from Florida. Having listened to his heart, his soul, and guidance from the Universe, Rev. Charles is home in Montana.
The Very Rev. Stephen Brehe
Rev. Stephen will give a presentation about America from Jefferson to King in word and song.
Bio: Rev. Stephen Brehe is the retired Dean of St. Peter's Cathedral in Helena, which is "Episcopalize" for pastor of a cathedral. I came to Montana in late 1991 and served for 19 years as pastor. Jackie and their sons arrived on New Year's Eve 1991. The boys were enrolled at Hawthorne Elementary School where Dr. Deb Jacobsen was in her first year as principal.
Before seminary Dr. Brehe was the religion reporter for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. He jokes that journalism drove him to God. After seminary in the Chicago area, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1980 and served churches in Chicago, Grand Rapids, Minneapolis and Helena. After stepping down from daily ministry in 2010, he began writing about the intersection of religion and society for the Helena Independent Record. He currently works with a colleague to introduce a program called the "Way of Love" to Montana Episcopalians. He also teaches deacon candidates in the Diocese of Montana.
Rev. Jean Sweet
Just talking about the principle of Freedom is a wonderful experience. It opens our minds and hearts to understand what Freedom really means and what it offers to us. We immediately experience more Freedom in our lives; energetically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally.
Awakened people who understand freedom have the potential to allow all experiences to grace their lives. By exercising free choice, we can use that ability to ignite the Highest Good for all beings.
Join us for the Dr. Charles Geddes Reception immediately following service
Come and meet this delightful new presence in our midst! Light refreshments will be provided.
Rev. Orlinda Worthington
A spiritual practice is any activity one engages in with reverence for the Sacred.
For all of us sometimes and some of us all the time, daily spiritual practice can feel confining. But have you thought of spiritual practice as freedom? We’ll take a short quiz to help find what spiritual practice is right for you and what type of practice you may benefit from most. We’ll also explore a few spiritual practices and how they can enhance our connection with one another and release inner freedom.
Rev. Dr. Charles Geddes
Dr. Charles will be sharing Inspiration from a recent talk by Rev Cynthia James, referencing her Five Portals to Freedom. He will help us remember that we are all here to see that authentic freedom and opportunity is here for all. Equality, without exception, is our intention for future generations in celebrating the Freedom we have today.
We are very blessed to have the President of the Board of the Big Sky Retreat, Dr. Charles Geddes, living in our community! He has arranged the following offer:
2021 HOLIDAY WEEKEND RETREAT ONLY program, $350 to register. Program for Montana participants includes:
Single sessions are $50/session and won't include meals.
Other meals and lodging are separate. Visit the website to register and for full information about lodging options in the area.
We gratefully announce that HCCL is operating in the black. We will continue to prosper, thanks to our shared vision: the thriving of our spiritual community.
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Please remember Food Share of Helena. Bring donations on Sunday, July 18 if you are attending in person, or send your donation on or by Sunday, July 18.
You can send a check made out to Helena Food Share, 1616 Lewis St, Helena, MT 59601.
Please mention your affiliation with the Helena Church of Conscious Living when you send your donation. We would like them to know that we are a church group supporting our local community.
We are scheduled to provide meals to the Day Center and overnight hosts at First Christian Church for August 9-11.
The next rotation is October 11-13, returning to St. John's Lutheran. Dinner hosts are needed for all three days, no special training required. Overnight hosts needed for Oct. 11 and 12. Overnight hosts must have attended 1-hour training. If you enjoy meeting the families, pleases consider hosting dinner. All the adult guests have been vaccinated for Covid 19.
The two active families currently in the program have three young children between them. The parents need help with child care 2-3 hours at the Day Center during overlapping work shifts. Times are TBD, but if you can volunteer, let Catherine know, and someone will contact you to discuss the need.
Seven families whose Covid relief and stimulus benefits ended on June 27 are on the waiting list to pass the background check. Family Promise National Org. granted our local chapter $10k, and the Gianforte Foundation provided $12.7k to help with housing assistance and to avoid eviction.
With no fund-raising events during the pandemic, Family Promise is now considering a "Sweet & Savory Taste Treat" event. The volunteer opportunity will be to make and package homemade snacks to sell at the event. Consider whether you could participate by making a snack. More details to follow.
As always, thank you for making a difference in the lives of area families in need.
With love and gratitude,
Things are going great, and life is a parade.
The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades!
As we have been sheltering in place, we have had many reminders about how precious our earth is. The hope is that you are buried in recyclable material now. Keep it up! There's always enough room and time to sort everything out. More importantly, we've had time to consider how much plastic we use and how unnecessary much of it is.
Rev. Jean is still saving bottle caps to fuel her big vision. Which ones? Any bottle cap you would throw in the trash, such as vitamin bottle caps, water bottle caps, prescription bottle caps, milk carton caps, you get the idea. Please collect them in a cardboard box and bring the full box to Rev. Jean.
PLEASE DO NOT bring the caps in a plastic bag, as we are eliminating the use of plastic.
Take a moment to thank Dianne Nickman, our "Recycle Queen," who takes our plastic, glass, paper, and cardboard to the transfer station every month.
This group has been meeting weekly since September 2014. It provides a way to check in with others, set intentions, and share how your week has gone. The group provides a safe place for you to share honestly and without judgement. The meeting opens with a guided meditation, and closes with spiritual mind treatment.
Join now if you are experiencing loneliness and isolation from COVID restrictions or other causes. You are so welcome.
We meet via Zoom from 12:30 - 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. To join, send an email to Rev. Jean at email@example.com.
The path forward may sometimes be unclear.
And it may be messy.
But the shared heart is calling,
and we have an opportunity to make lasting shifts toward love and justice in our world.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your family, too,
And God bless you, and send you
A Happy New Year,
And God send you a Happy New Year.
Your HCCL Board
President: Dr. Deb Jacobsen, 431-3173
Vice-President: Rosie Donahoe, 459-4408
Secretary: Debbie Blossom, 449-3376
Treasurer: Chris Vaughn, 475-5996
Diane Nickman, 442-8323
Sharon Schell, 495-8823
Mitzi Grover, 459-3320
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