July 13, 2008

Religion – in Brief

He knew

At the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at Unity Santa Fe, the Rev. Brendalyn Batchelor will discuss,

"He Knew Who He Was." She will offer those who attend the key to unlocking their potential by knowing their true spiritual identity. The message is one in a series based on Don Daniel Ortiz's The 99 Success Secrets of Jesus.

Batchelor says she intends, through the series, to support participants in re-wiring their "Jesus buttons" from a negative to a positive charge. "You will get to know Jesus anew from a practical, modern-day perspective," she said.

Unity Santa Fe's metaphysical message of positive, practical Christianity is open to people of all faiths, creeds, races and sexual orientations. The church is at 1212 Unity Way. For more information, send an e-mail to [email protected] newmexico.com or call 989- 3643.

Novena ends

At 7 p.m. daily, the annual novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel continues at the Carmelite Monastery, 49 Mount Carmel Road.

The novena will end at 7 a.m. Wednesday with a concelebrated Mass on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Priests from the archdiocese will participate daily in celebrating the novena devotions. People who are not able to attend the novena are welcome to send their intentions by mail, and their intentions will be remembered. Send to: Novena intentions, Carmelite Monastery, 49 Mount Carmel Road, Santa Fe, N.M. 87505-0352.

Summer practice

The Upaya Zen Center offers practices and teachings related to Zen Buddhism and how the modern person can live in the world responsibly with kindness, compassion and wisdom.

"Essence of Engaged Buddhism" is the title of the summer practice period. It will run from

Aug. 6 through Sept. 7 and present all aspects of Buddhist study. Seasoned and beginning

Buddhist practitioners are welcome.

The cost is $1,200 for members and $1,475 for nonmembers. The cost includes dormitory lodging. The center is at 1404 Cerro Gordo Road. For more information, visit the Web site at www.upaya.org, send an e-mail to [email protected] or call 986-8518.

Kabbalah returns

The Santa Fe Kabbalah Study Groups welcome anyone interested in the study of Kabbalah. The Beginners and Advanced groups have been on a summer break.

* The Beginners Group will meet again on Thursday to examine situations from daily life in relationship to the principles and teachings of Kabbalah.

* The Advanced Group will meet again on July 24 to continue the study of Exodus 3 in relationship to Kabbalistic teaching and one's spiritual development.

For more information on the groups, call Steve Russell, the groups' tutor, at 466-3137.

Mission, vision

At the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services at the Church of the Holy Faith, the Rev. Kenneth Semon will preach at both services of the Holy Eucharist. An apprentice from the Santa Fe Opera will sing at both services as part of the summer Opera Apprentice Program.

Children's Chapel takes place during the 11 a.m. service and is held in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. Nurseries are provided from 8:15 a.m. through the 11 a.m. service. A Sunday School class for middle-school-aged children meets at 10 a.m. on the second floor of Conkey House. At 10 a.m. in Palen Hall, refreshments, fellowship and a discussion on the Holy Faith's Mission and Vision will take place at the Adult Forum. Refreshments also will be served after the 11 a.m. service.

The church is at 311 E. Palace Ave. Visit the Web site at www.holyfaithchurchsf.org or call 982-4447.

Collection for the kids

Open Hands is collecting clothing and toys to benefit the children of Afghanistan. All sizes are needed. Items should be in good condition.

Colleen Keegan Falcone, coordinator of the effort, said it was one way for Open Hands to reach out to children. The idea came from a former board member and retired serviceman whose military connections brought the need of the children in Afghanistan to his attention.

Donations can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday during July at Open Hands, 2976 Rodeo Park Drive East. For more information on the program, call 428-2365.

For program information, visit the Web site at www.openhands.org or call 428-2320.

Picnic Sunday

For the summer months, only one service at 10 a.m. on Sundays will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe. For children, the Summer Sundays activities run concurrently with the 10 a.m. service. Nursery care also will be offered during the 10 a.m. service.

This Sunday only, the congregation will join the congregation at the Unitarian Church in Los Alamos at its 10 a.m. service. A picnic, hosted by the Los Alamos congregation, will follow the service. Those who want to attend are asked to be at the Santa Fe UU church no later than 9:15 a.m. on Sunday to carpool to Los Alamos.

The church is at 107 W. Barcelona Road. For more information, call 982-9674.

The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos holds Sunday services at 10 a.m. The church is at 1738 N. Sage St. in Los Alamos. for more information, or an appointment with the Rev. John Cullinan, call the church office at 505-662-2346. Visit the Web site at www.uulosalamos.org for information, announcements and weekly podcasts.

Watch out

Westminster Presbyterian is Santa Fe's multicultural church que es reformada y siempre reform ndose. Services of worship on Sundays are at 11 a.m. in Spanish and English, at 1:30 p.m. in Korean, and 4 p.m. in Spanish. The topic at the Sunday service will be "Watch Out: Birds, Rocks and Thorns are Everywhere" from Matthew 13. The church is on the corner of West Manhattan Avenue and St. Francis Drive.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.wpcsf.org or call 983-8939.

Fiesta time

St. Anne Catholic Church will hold its annual fiesta July 26-27 at the church. The fiesta begins at 7 p.m. on July 26 with bingo in the parish hall. On July 27, right after the 11 a.m. celebration of Mass, the main fiesta festivities will begin. Food, games, live music and a raffle will be held. The public is invited to attend. The church is at 511 Alicia St. Call 983-4430.

Vipassana Buddhism

At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, the Santa Fe Vipassana Community hosts meditation and talks by Buddhist teachers at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center, 7241 Old Santa Fe Trail. Silent meditation is followed by a talk which lasts until 8:15 p.m.

A class for those new to the Vipassana practice is offered free of charge at 6:15 p.m. beginning the first Tuesday of most months and continuing for four consecutive Tuesdays. There are retreats and other events. For more information on the courses offered, send an e- mail to [email protected] or call 989-7610.

Spiritual laws

At the Sunday service of Eckankar -- the Religion of the Light and Sound of God,

Michael Hall will discuss "The Spiritual Laws of the Universe." The 10:30 a.m. service offers readings, singing HU (a love song to God), a talk by Hall, a discussion and fellowship. People of all faiths or no faith are welcome to attend. The services are open to all who want to experience giving and receiving divine love. Services are held at the Woman's Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail. For more information, visit the Web site at www.eckankar-nm.org or call 989-5767.

Glad tidings

Sunday services at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin at 10 a.m. with Sacrament meeting, followed at 11 a.m. with Sunday School. The Priesthood and Relief Society meet at noon. This Sunday, the group will discuss

"Proclaim Glad Tidings to All the World," Lesson No. 12. The Gospel Doctrine Class will discuss "They Taught with Power and Authority of God," Lesson No. 25.

The church is at 410 Rodeo Road. For more information, call 982- 9233.

Money class

From 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays, starting this Thursday, a five- part series on "Money -- The Great Mirror of Consciousness" will be sponsored by the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness and the Peace Theological Seminary and College of Philosophy.

Facilitated by Christine Valentini and Willow Murphy, the class is open to the public. The cost is $45. Space is limited. To reserve a space, make reservations, and receive class materials, or for more information, send an e-mail to [email protected] or call 505-670- 1989.

To learn more about MSIA and its founder, John-Roger, or the movie Spiritual Warriors, the Northern New Mexico MSIA community invites interested people to attend or view any of the following regularly scheduled, free home seminars and cable TV seminars. MSIA is a nondenominational church which focuses on soul transcendence.

* Free home seminars are held at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. Call Ann Folks at 984-8069.

* Free home seminars also are held at 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month. Call Contact Christine Valentini at 505-670- 1989.

* At 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, free home seminars also are held. Call Cecilia Bromley at 505-690-7342

* Also, at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, Cable Television Channel 16 airs John-Roger's'seminars titled That Which Is.

Inner truth

At 10 a.m. on Sunday, the Church of Inner Truth invites the public to a healing and meditation service with the theme "Phoenix from the Ashes." The faith community offers a friendly atmosphere and refreshments after the service, believing that as it heals the individual, it heals the world. For information on classes and workshops, visit the Web site at www.churchofinnertruth.com or call 505-920-4418. The church is at 826 Camino del Monte Rey, Suite A-1.

Language of God

At the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at The Celebration, Mike Hall will discuss "The Language of Love, The Language of God." The church meets at the National Education Association, 2007 Botulph Road. The service is filled with music, a reading, meditation and a talk by a member of the congregation or a guest speaker. The Celebration is a joyful gathering that honors all paths and celebrates life. Child care is provided. For more information, call 699-0023.

Luncheon meeting

At noon on Tuesday, the Santa Fe Christian Women's Club will host a "Red, White and Blue Luncheon" at the Eldorado Community Center, 1 Hacienda Loop. Weather permitting, the group will dine alfresco. The guest speaker is Joyce Hondru from Pittsburgh, Pa., a retired financial adviser. Her topic is: "Lost and Found." Nontraditional music will be provided. Call Fran for reservations at 473-7938.

Meditation retreat

Prajna Zendo, a practice center for the teaching and practice of Zen Buddhism, will offer a three-day meditation retreat -- sesshin - - beginning Thursday evening and ending at noon on July 20. This retreat will include traditional Zen meditation -- zazen -- Buddhist services, and opportunity for private interviews with the teacher. Afternoons will be spent studying the Platform Sutra, written by the Sixth Patriarch Hui-neng. It tells the story of Hui-neng's dharma life and presents his essential teaching. Participants can attend all or part of the retreat and special care is taken to make sure that beginners are integrated into the practice.

Prajna Zendo offers zazen, dharma talk and opportunity for interview with a teacher at 9 a.m. Sundays. It is also open every morning except Monday for dawn zazen at 6 a.m. and on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. The center, just south of Eldorado on U.S. 285, is under the direction of Sydney Musai Walter Roshi, a Zen priest and practitioner for over 37 years.

For a full schedule and directions, visit the Web site at www.prajnazendo.org or call 699-1464.

Rabbi's series

Temple Beth Shalom, the only liberal, nationally affiliated Reform Jewish community in Northern New Mexico, is at 205 E. Barcelona Road. The synagogue offers the following services:

* At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, the Shabbat service will be led by Rabbi Ben Morrow.

* From 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. on July 19, bagels and coffee will be followed by Torah Study in the Social Hall. At 10:30 a.m., the Shabbat Morning service will be held.

TBS will sponsor a series of talks by Morrow titled, "Can a Man Understand the Role of Women in the Hebrew Bible." A Sabbath service will begin at 7:30 p.m., and the lectures will follow at 8:15 p.m. The series will be held on Fridays. It is free and open to the public. Here are the topics:

* July 18: Miriam sings, Israel listens

* July 25: Harlots or heroines? Tamar, Rahab Solomon and the two women.

* Aug. 1: Is God Necessary? Ruth and Esther

* Aug. 8: The good are bad or the bad are good? Deborah, Delilah and Judith.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.sftbs.org or call 982-1376.


At 2 p.m. on Aug. 3, Our Lady of the Woods will celebrate the sabbat of Lammas at North Mesa Park in Los Alamos. Those who attend are asked to bring a contribution for the potluck to be held after the ceremony. Our Lady of the Woods is a church and coven of the Wiccan faith serving Los Alamos, Santa Fe and the Northern Espanola Valley. It is led by Mist, the high priestess. For more information, visit the Web site at www.ladywoods.org or call 672-1278.

Light energy

From 4 to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, light energy sessions are offered at the Santa Fe branch of the Sukyo Mahikari Center for Spiritual Development. Sukyo Mahikari is a practice of spiritual development that is desgined to improve thoughts and actions, relationships and health through the practice of giving and receiving light energy. The center is at 791 Paseo de Florencio. For more information, call 983-2359.

Labyrinth walk

At 7 p.m. on Sunday, a walk will be held at the labyrinth at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, 131 Cathedral Place. Led by former New Mexico resident Joy Steltzner, the event will inaugurate Steltzner's three-month pilgrimage along the Continental Divide from New Mexico to Alaska. Farolitos will be placed around the outside of the labyrinth to represent seven past and future generations. A guided meditation will precede the walk. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Web site at www.joyousjourneys.org or call 805-636-5017.

Soul blessings

Blessings for Home and Life presents "Blessings for the Soul," a monthly sampling of soulworkers who offer their gifts of inspiration, guidance and healing at Blessings, inside Annapurna Chai House Restaurant, 905 W. Alameda St., next to La Montanita Co- Op Marketplace.

The sampling takes place from 4 to 9 p.m. this Friday and on Aug. 15 and Sept. 19. Among the offerings are tarot, astrology, energy work, Network Spinal Analysis, sandplay, gem consultations, intuitive and angel readings, yoga, pet psychic readings, channeling, Ayurveda, Quantum Light Weaving and sound healing.

The cost is $30 per 25-minute session. A discount of $10 is offered to students with student I.D. Free sessions are offered for teenagers. Proceeds for this Friday's sampling will be donated to the Sustainable Global Leadership Alliance and Youthworks. For more information, call 349-3808.

Joyful Ministries

Joyful Ministries meets at 6 p.m. on Sundays and at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at 1161 Siler Road. The public is welcome.

* From 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 25 and 26, the church will host "Spiritual Warfare from a Kingdom Perspective" by Otis Lockett. A registration fee of $70 is required for this class. For those who register by July 18, the cost is $55.

This class is certified for credit by the Wagner Leadership Institute but is open to non-WLI students. For more information, visit the Web site at www.joyfulministries.org, send an e-mail to [email protected] or call the Rev. Judith Nowers at 473- 1849.

Nehrer visit

The Santa Fe Study Center of the Theosophical Society in America, Wheaton, Ill., meets the first and third Sunday of the month. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Tom Neher, author of

The Essence of Reality, will be giving a talk on "The Oneness of Consciousness/Reality." The society is hosting the event at Fogelson Hall, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe, 107 W. Barcelona Road. For more information, visit the Web site at www.theosophical.org, send an e-mail to [email protected] or call 505-927-3642 or 505-852-4520.


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