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Zoom Conference: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

An Overview of Wills, Trusts and Other Estate-Planning Tools
Presented by Robb Creese

Saturday, Oct. 22
9:00 – 11:00 am, Pacific
10:00 am – 12:00 noon, Mountain
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Central
12:00 noon – 2:00 pm, Eastern

Please join us as we explore legal plans you should make to prepare for your eventual crossing of the threshold.

Robb will emphasize the legal requirements for preparing your Will and other documents in virtually every U.S. state and Canadian province. There will be an opportunity for discussion and questions.

Robb Creese became active in The Christian Community in New York City in about 1980. Since March he’s been living in Longmont, Colorado, and takes part in the life of the congregation in Denver. He graduated cum laude from Cornell Law School and is currently licensed to practice law in New York State and within the Cherokee Nation.

Please register for this workshop through Faith DiVecchio, Legacy Coordinator
Email: giving@thechristiancommunity.org

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Centennial

In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was a god. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being had its life in him, and the life was the light of human beings. And the light is shining in the darkness, and the darkness has not taken hold of it.

A man came into being, sent from God; his name: John. He came as a witness, to bear witness concerning the light, so that all people might find faith through him. He was not the light, but was there to bear witness concerning the light.

The true light, which lightens every human being, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world did not know him. He came to his own place, and his own people did not accept him. But to those who received him, he gave the power to become children of God: to those believing in his name, who were born not out of blood, nor out of the will of flesh, nor out of the will of a man, but out of God.

And the word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we beheld the revelation of his glory: a revelation as of the one born from the father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness concerning him and cried out, saying: “This was the one of whom I said: ‘The one coming after me has taken his place before me, for he was before me.’ ” For from his fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came into being through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen a god; the one born god, being in the inmost being of the father: he has made him known.

John 1

One hundred years ago today, the Act of Congregation of Man first appeared on earth in the form in which we know it today. It was brought out of the spiritual world to 45 men and women who had resolved to bring it out into the world to the best of their abilities. During those days a hundred years ago, every Act of Consecration was also an ordination. And from those people who were ordained and from their deeds, there has grown the movement to which we may all look for the renewal of our link to the spirit, for the healing of our ways on earth, for the healing of the earth.

For those who have taken up the calling of the priesthood, that first service still resounds, echoed every time the service is celebrated anywhere in the world, now in over twenty different languages. There are also closer links. Every time a priest celebrates the service, we may hear the echo of the first time that priest celebrated. And this is not limited to priests. Each of us can recall the first time we experienced the service. So, all of us are ultimately linked back to that one Act of Consecration of Man which took place a hundred years ago today.

We may stand at rest with that connection, for it is there now forever. But then we may ask: where will this great deed of a hundred years go into the future? The past is given; the future is filled with questions, questions which will find their answers according to our deeds.

Our creed begins in eternity. It continues through the great event of the past, into the present and the future, to end with the repeated word “may”, the realm of human freedom. In this realm of freedom lies the answer to the questions that may arise about the future arising from that great deed one hundred years ago.

September 16, 2022, Rev. Michael Brewer

Picture: The First Goetheanum. The first Act of Consecration of Man, was celebrated on the top story of the wing seen on the right.

 

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On this path carry no purse, nor bag, nor sandals (Lk.10:1-20)

On this path carry no purse, nor bag, nor sandals (Lk.10:1-20)

As we approach a milestone in the life of The Christian Community, the 100th anniversary, the most important question may well be: how will it continue into the future?  How can we guard the treasure that is entrusted to us?  The way it usually goes in the development of a new movement, it also went in our Christian Community: due to human imperfection this movement is no longer as undamaged and untouched as it was in the beginning.  For some people that is a reason to be disappointed and turn away to look for something else, something better. However, when in spite of all disappointments, you have experienced what takes place in the Act of Consecration of Man—Who it is who speaks and acts—you want nothing better than to guard this great gift and carry it out into the world, to every city and place where Christ wants to come.  But how?  How do we face the coming century?

One thing is certain; in the future we won’t be able to call upon results obtained in the past, or on the achievements of those who came before us.  We will in a certain sense have to face the future with empty hands, without expectations, without judgments, without preconceived plans—relying only on the always present help of Him whom we serve at the altar.

To set foot on the unknown land of the Act of Consecration of Man you have to take the shoes off your feet, leave the knapsack with your achievements behind, and put down the purse with all spiritual riches.  Christ looks for beggars for the spirit who live in the awareness: separated from Him I have no strength do to anything.

The best preparation for this uncertain future is to enter into each Act of Consecration like a blank page, as if it were the first time you met Him.  And if that fails: as if it were the last time you met Him.  You will then experience that Christ gives the most precious thing that exists on earth: Himself.

–Rev. Bastiaan Baan, Sept. 4, 2022

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Rudolf Steiner Bible Study

Please feel free to join The Rudolf Steiner Bible Study, Thursdays, 6:30 CDT.  This is a hybrid meeting held in-person and on Zoom.  They will begin with The Three Years, by E.Bock. E. Bock.  Click here for more information!

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Announcement: The Beloved Community in Exile

From the North American Seminary:

We are pleased to announce the details for our first in-person Open Course since before the pandemic! Beloved Community in Exile will take place Monday, May 30th – Friday, June 3rd at the seminary in Toronto, Canada. Coinciding with this event will be a Seminary Extension Course, a mirror event hosted by the Seminary Extension Course team in the Spring Valley, NY area. And finally, there is the possibility of participating in three of the offerings each day online. This is the first time we’ve attempted such a broad and inclusive hybrid event! We hope it will be a true expression of the times we live in; an opportunity to strengthen and build the beloved community, despite the challenges we face.

We encourage you to click on the registration links to explore the details of the offerings in each location and the online ‘space.’ It is important to note for our online participants that only the morning presentations coming from the seminary will be recorded each day and made available for 48 hours. We hope you understand our decision is based on the nature of this year’s theme and what we are trying to build together over the course of the week. Everyone who registers can expect to receive a packet of support materials the week before the course begins.

To register for the Beloved Community Open Course in Toronto OR for the online-only portion of the week’s events, please use this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-beloved-communityin-exile-seminary-open-course-in-toronto-on-line-tickets-328403071427

To register for the Beloved Community Extension Course hosted by the Spring Valley Area Congregation (NY), please use this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beloved-communityin-exile-a-seminary-extension-course-in-chestnut-ridge-tickets-321512862627

All donations towards the Beloved Community in Exile courses will help support the ordinations being celebrated in Toronto on May 14th and 15th. Any extra monies received will be directed to the Seminary Publishing Team, who are fundraising to print 200 copies each of our three latest books: Prayer; Faith, Love, and Hope; and Reverent Devotion. More to come on the exciting work of the publishing team!

Thank you for all you do to support The Seminary of The Christian Community in North America!

We could not do it without you.

Camilla Lake for The Light in Every Thing Patreon Community

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Ukraine: Additional Way to Donate

Here is another donation vehicle for those wishing to support the events in Ukraine with a financial contribution:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/ukraine-crisis-relief-fund/

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Ukraine Update 3

We have received a THIRD UPDATE from Ukraine, which includes some information for those interested in making donations.