Press Release: Climate Change Statement and Position from Centers for Spiritual Living, Golden, Colorado

 

The Centers for Spiritual Living (CSL) stands in support of the Paris Climate Accord (Paris Agreement). We view the recent decision by the Trump Administration to back out of the agreement to be a significant setback for any global effort to curb global warming.

The Paris Agreement was created to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions to help reverse the devastating effects of Global Warming. It is unfortunate that a Nation, which is one of the largest polluters historically, is taking such a step. The United States now joins Syria and Nicaragua, who did not sign the Agreement because it was viewed as too weak.  The Agreement has been signed by nearly 200 other countries.

We believe that God acts through creation, not independently of it. Statements which have been made to the effect that, “God will take care of Global Warming,” fail to recognize that each of us individually and us as a whole are responsible for our own experience – that God acts through creation. If we want a green and verdant planet, we will have to act in ways which support that outcome.

Centers for Spiritual Living believes climate change and environmental deterioration are moral issues and as a spiritual organization, we must take a stand,” said Rev. Dr. Kenn Gordon, CSL Spiritual Leader. “Climate change will not only affect our generation, but our children, our grandchildren, and all future generations of humanity, as well as other forms of life. We stand united with other faith communities in our call to care for the earth and to protect the poor and suffering.”

CSL recognizes the evidence of science: Human activity is the main cause of the climate crisis. This crisis is seen in the extreme weather, changes to seasons, rising sea levels, species extinctions, the melting of glaciers, and shrinking of the polar ice caps. The scientific consensus is clear.

The United States can best serve its own interests and those of all of humanity by continuing to be an environmental leader of the world in reducing emissions. The recent decision to exit from the Paris Agreement moves in the opposite direction. “We recognize that our good is within us, so we awaken to our individual responsibility and empowerment to properly steward our planet. So, let our voices be heard and let our actions speak of our love for our planet,” said Dr. Gordon.

Below find two links where you can get information about how to be good stewards of our planet:

https://www.citylab.com/equity/2012/03/what-communities-should-do-protect-against-climate-change/1562/

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/climate-change-what-you-can-do 

 

world-heart

 

From Darkness to Light – part II

A Practitioner's Path

angels-shepherdsIn this country the Christmas story remains the main event and the primary celebration of lights for people of deep Christian faith as well as for many of those without that commitment.

In my blogpost, From Darkness to Light – part I and at the Christmas Candlelight service last week I spoke about the LIGHT that is celebrated across many cultures this time of year. In my talk I explored the importance of the light that came with the birth of the Christ child by examining the specific terminology used by the Angel who appeared to the shepherds in the fields.

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed…3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth…

View original post 1,158 more words

Out & About: the picnic of the world

World-Peace

by Christy Semple, RScP

As a Practitioner and ongoing student of this teaching, I am always looking and listening to life around me to remind and inspire me that Truth principles are in action all around us every moment of every day. These reminders may be subtle, surprising, or bold, woven into the fabric of life and expressing in a myriad of ways.

Recently, I tuned in to one of these “Truth moments” while I was attending a Fourth of July celebration event in Virginia. On a hot summer evening, more than 5000 people of a range of ages and ethnicities enjoyed food, music and games. The noise was boisterous and the energy was spirited. Suddenly at 9:00, a test firework was set off and there was a hush through the crowd, followed by hurried movement as everyone headed to the blankets they had spread on the ground for viewing. A breathtaking display of fireworks ensued, accompanied by patriotic music.

As I looked out over the captivated crowd during this spectacular show, I felt a powerful awareness of Oneness and a beautiful sense of the collective joy among all. I marveled that God was enjoying Itself through the multiplicity and diversity of all those people on the lawn. In that moment, I was reminded of a wonderful children’s song we had been listening to earlier that day, “The Picnic of the World,” sung by Tom Chapin, brother of folk singer Harry Chapin.

I thought about how this experience was such a perfect expression of the lyrics as some of them ran through my mind…here is an excerpt of the words.

All the nations sitting on a blanket, having a picnic, the Picnic of the World.
There’s Holland and there’s Poland and there’s Iceland and there’s Thailand.
There’s England and there’s Scotland, and America (that’s my land).
There’s Canada and Panama; there’s Sweden and Aruba;
Korea, Tanzania, not to mention Greece and Cuba…

We’re all drinking from the same big thermos, at the same big picnic
It’s the Picnic of the World…

We’re all sitting on the same big blanket
With the same big basket full of problems and annoyances,
But all knowing at the deep down heart of it
We’re all a part of it,
The Picnic of the, Picnic of the Picnic of the World!

I felt gratitude for that moment of awareness and the Truth it expressed. In the following days, I have continued to reflect upon, with a smile, the idea of The Picnic of the World.

Yes, whatever the appearances or misunderstandings, we are indeed all a part of it, connected in the One Mind.

It’s Time to End the Violence 

A Letter from Dr. Kenn Gordon

Let Us Raise Our Consciousness and End This Senseless Violence

Our hearts are broken open once again by senseless violence and unjustifiable use of force against African Americans in the United States. Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are the latest names added to a list that is far too long. Like many, I am tempted to decry a growing epidemic, but in truth this violence is not new. What is new is social media and cell phone cameras that have raised the level of general public awareness of a persistent issue. And let us be clear about what the issue is; this is not a policing issue, nor is it not a gun issue. This is a consciousness issue. Our modern technology is giving us a gift. The gift to see what is really going on. Our social media reveals that which has always been true – that we are all connected. To quote Mother Teresa “we belong to each other.” Through this connection we see the devastating pain and discomfort that comes when we engage in behavior that breaks the bond of that inherent spiritual connection. We must be willing to be uncomfortable and stay uncomfortable. What do we do as we sit in this discomfort once again?
Of course we pray. We pray not to take the pain away, but to enter into it and ask it to speak to us. It is time to come together to feel our collective pain so that we may reestablish our sacred covenant of belonging to one another. Once established in this bond we must act in accordance with it. This not just a call to prayer, this is a call to act. To act in affirmation of our sacred connection with the One Life of all. This is a time to affirm that all life is sacred. That #BlackLivesMatter and to do what is ours to do in helping create a world that works for everyone.  
I encourage you to take time to pray and I encourage you to take time to discern what you can do to add to the awakening of humanity to its spiritual magnificence. There are many resources online to better educate ourselves of racism, white privilege and social action. We all can do something, read a book, take a class, join a movement….and we must. There are no quick and easy answers, there is only the measure of our willingness to create change.  
If you or anyone in your community needs prayer, please seek out a CSL Center, a Practitioner or contact the CSL World Ministry of Prayer: worldministryofprayer.org
Advice for White Folks in the Wake of the Police Murder of a Black Person

http://www.justinccohen.com/blog/2016/7/6/advice-for-white-folks-in-the-wake-of-the-police-murder-of-a-black-person

And for immediate possible action.


Peace and Blessings,

Dr. Kenn Gordon, Spiritual Leader

Centers for Spiritual Living 573 Park Point Drive Golden, Colorado, 80401

The Game of Life (and how to play it)

Game of Life book cover

If you’re relatively new to Religious Science or other New Thought movements, you may not have heard of Florence Scovel Shinn’s classic, “The Game of Life and How to Play It”.

In strikingly simple terms, Scovel Shinn lays out the foundational principles of New Thought, and in particular Religious Science. It’s a quick read, and well-worth the purchase whether you choose it in paperback or Kindle format.

BUT,… if you like audio books (I love them!), check out the FREE audio book version of this classic available at LibriVox Free Online Audio Library Archive. You can download each chapter, open the files using iTunes (or other software) and save to your iPhone, or other mp3 device and listen on the go, or burn it to a CD (fits on 1 audio CD disc) and take in the car.

Give yourself the gift of this great book – I suspect that you’ll read it more than once, and share it with a friend (or 2).

Enjoy!