Religion – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 22 Aug 2019 20:08:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Pagosa UUs to cross the divide for gathering with Alamosa and Taos fellowships http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/24/pagosa-uus-to-cross-the-divide-for-gathering-with-alamosa-and-taos-fellowships-3/ Sat, 24 Aug 2019 11:00:54 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=176011 By Dean Cerny
Special to The PREVIEW
On Sunday, Aug. 25, the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist (UU) Fellowship will make the journey up and over the Continental Divide for the first “Trans-Continental Picnic” gathering of UUs.
This service will link the Colorado UU Fellowships of Alamosa, Pagosa and the UU congregation of Taos, N.M. Fellow UUs make this journey in search of spiritual growth and unity. We hope to share the joys and woes of being small fellowships and congregations within the vast space of the intermountain west.
As a result of this historic gathering, there will be no service at the Pagosa UU Fellowship this Sunday. The next service will be on Sept. 1. Please check the newspaper for details on that service.

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New Thought topic: ‘Just Be Kind’ http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/24/new-thought-topic-just-be-kind/ Sat, 24 Aug 2019 11:00:48 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=176015 By Lisa Burnson
Special to The PREVIEW
Kindness is the practice of grace in action. Such is given not only to the person to whom we are kind, but also to ourselves; what we produce will return to us.
There are times when we ask ourselves how we can make a difference in the world. We may feel insignificant or unimportant, unable to change anything that matters. But one small act of kindness can be the start of great things.
All are welcome to join New Thought Center for Inspirational Living (NTC, formerly Pagosa Community of New Thought) and our guest speaker, Janie Garms, RN, on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m., to explore the topic “Just Be Kind.”
We encourage all to join our community of affirmative-minded individuals who share joy, laughter and spiritual awareness of their connection to spirit and their ability to co-create a life that expresses infinite possibilities.
We will have spirited live music.
Meditation circle
NTC holds Meditation and Healing Circle each Wednesday at 6 p.m. All are welcome.
Upcoming events
Reiki classes are available.
Please contact NTC for more information.
About us
NTC is a New Thought center based on fostering living a spiritually centered life and promoting the philosophies of the Centers for Spiritual Living and the Agape Centers. NTC honors all lifestyles, cultures and religious paths to the Divine.
We welcome local talent to share gifts, aptitudes and knowledge. Have a hand in making a difference. Participate, learn or contribute your insights, beliefs, knowledge and skills.
NTC events are held at 40 N. 15th St., in the Momentum Fitness building.
Request a concentrated affirmative mind treatment or obtain information by joining us; emailing PagosaCommunityNewThought@gmail.com; mailing P.O. Box 1052, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147-1052; or calling (505) 604-5031. Find us on Facebook (Pagosa Community of New Thought) or our website, www.PagosaNewThought.org.

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A new identity for an old structure http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/22/a-new-identity-for-an-old-structure/ Thu, 22 Aug 2019 21:00:55 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=176013 By Jan Davis
Special to The PREVIEW
The old-fashioned red-brick structure stood empty, an eye-sore in the neighborhood. After years of being revered as a symbol of God’s love and mercy, the church doors closed. Padlocks and boarded windows kept squatters out. Mice and various critters roamed without fear above the ceiling tiles. Cement peered through the tattered maroon carpet. Obsolete lights swayed overhead as spiders weaved their webs. Archaic electrical outlets hung from their sockets. After years of service, the baptismal pool stood empty; tears of corrosion ran down its sides.
As we toured the building with our son for the first time, we envisioned the potential without regard to the obvious.
The remodel required hard work and long hours. Days of frustration mixed with sheer joy as God worked behind the scenes to accomplish the impossible.
As construction began, the house of prayer took on a contemporary look. A fresh coat of paint covered the walls, stained concrete replaced the old floor covering and modern light fixtures lit up the once dismal auditorium. Classrooms furnished with brightly colored toys and colorful mats welcomed children. The church of bygone days was given a new birth.
People now enter the refurbished house of worship and experience a new life because of the salvation and forgiveness message shared from the pulpit. Children sit in circles and discover the heroes of faith because a small hand of believers grabbed hold of the vision and created a visible difference.
Our church is constructed on a foundation established almost 50 years ago in the city of Tulsa, Okla. — a ministry centered on Jesus as the cornerstone.
God has a definite plan and a positive future for an energetic group of Christians as they unite together, resurrect and give new life into an old abandoned church.
Neither God nor our church are finished, as work continues and additional projects are completed. The best years are yet to come.
In the Book of Ezra, the Bible tells a similar story. God instructed the children of Israel to return to their homeland and rebuild the temple on the same location where the original temple once stood, the place God preordained.
“Take these utensils, go and deposit them in the temple in Jerusalem and let the house of God be rebuilt in its place.” — Ezra 5:15.
Because Jesus Lives, the church remains the cornerstone of new beginnings.
I love you, but Jesus loves you more.

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New Thought Center to discuss the healing power of laughter http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/17/new-thought-center-to-discuss-the-healing-power-of-laughter/ Sat, 17 Aug 2019 11:00:49 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175540 By Lisa Burnson
Special to The PREVIEW
“You don’t stop laughing because you grow older. You grow older because you stop laughing.” — Maurice Chevalier.
All are welcome to join the Rev. Janet Wyrick and New Thought Center for Inspirational Living (NTC, formerly Pagosa Community of New Thought) for her topic, “How to be Yourself When You Don’t Know Who You Are” Sunday, Aug. 18, at 10 a.m. at New Thought Center.
We invite you to join in fun, jokes and to discover the importance of laughter. You will experience the healing effects that laughter brings. Wyrick will leave you with love, joy and laughter as she leaves on her journey to heal those hurting at the border.
We encourage all to join our community of affirmative-minded individuals who share joy, laughter and spiritual awareness of their connection to spirit and their ability to co-create a life that expresses infinite possibilities.
We will have spirited live music.
Meditation circle
NTC holds Meditation and Healing Circle each Wednesday at 6 p.m. All are welcome.
Upcoming events
Reiki classes are available.
Please contact NTC for more information.
About us
NTC is a New Thought center based on fostering living a spiritually centered life and promoting the philosophies of the Centers for Spiritual Living and the Agape Centers. NTC honors all lifestyles, cultures and religious paths to the Divine.
We welcome local talent to share gifts, aptitudes and knowledge. Have a hand in making a difference. Participate, learn or contribute your insights, beliefs, knowledge and skills.
NTC events are held at 40 N. 15th St., in the Momentum Fitness building.
Request a concentrated affirmative mind treatment or obtain information by joining us; emailing PagosaCommunityNewThought@gmail.com; mailing P.O. Box 1052, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147-1052; or calling (505) 604-5031. Find us on Facebook (Pagosa Community of New Thought) or our website, www.PagosaNewThought.org.

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Pagosa UUs to cross the divide for gathering with Alamosa and Taos fellowships http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/17/pagosa-uus-to-cross-the-divide-for-gathering-with-alamosa-and-taos-fellowships-2/ Sat, 17 Aug 2019 11:00:14 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175549 By Dean Cerny
Special to The PREVIEW
On Sunday, Aug. 25, the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist (UU) Fellowship will make the journey up and over the Continental Divide for the first “Trans-Continental Picnic” gathering of UUs.
This service will link the Colorado UU Fellowships of Alamosa, Pagosa and the UU congregation of Taos, N.M. Fellow UUs make this journey in search of spiritual growth and unity. We hope to share the joys and woes of being small fellowships and congregations within the vast space of the intermountain west.
As a result of this historic gathering, there will be no service at the Pagosa UU Fellowship this Sunday. The next service will be on Sept. 1. Please check the newspaper for details on that service.

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UUs to explore the relationship between religion and spirituality http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/17/uus-to-explore-the-relationship-between-religion-and-spirituality/ Sat, 17 Aug 2019 11:00:10 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175545 By Dean Cerny
Special to The PREVIEW
According to recent research, 25 percent of the American population identify as spiritual but not religious (SBNR). Furthermore, the Associated Press reports that over the past two decades, the number of adults who belong to a church has plunged by 20 percentage points, hitting a low of 50 percent participation last year.
On Sunday, Aug. 18, at 10:30 a.m., we will seek the cause of this burgeoning trend to identify as spiritual but not religious. There is no question that the SBNR movement is related to the decline in church attendance.
The future of churches and congregations across America lies at the intersection of these two trends: people who identify as spiritual but not religious and the decline in church attendance.
The survival of the Unitarian Universalist religion is equally at risk in the coming years due to these two trends. The key to navigating this crossroad will involve a fuller understanding of the relationship between religion and spirituality.
This service will be led by Pastor Dean Cerny, who identifies as both spiritual and religious. Be certain to stick around after the service for food, drinks and conversation.
Check out our calendar of events at pagosauu.org. All of these events take place at Unit B-15 of the Greenbriar Plaza. From North Pagosa Boulevard, turn onto Park Avenue, then turn into the Greenbriar Plaza, drive to the east side of the parking lot and look for the Unitarian Universalist sign, facing north.
If you would like to schedule a private meeting with Cerny, or for further information, call 731-7900.

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Lamenting lasts and giving thanks http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/15/lamenting-lasts-and-giving-thanks/ Thu, 15 Aug 2019 21:57:57 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175547 By Allyn Schuyler
Special to The PREVIEW
I woke this morning to celebrate my birthday and, instead, began my day lamenting all the “lasts” I find myself experiencing these days. This might sound like I’m a real “glass half empty” kind of person, but that’s not at all the case. Optimistic and positive — I just have come to an age where the limits of my earthly body and circumstances are dictating to me, instead of the other way around.
I was told yesterday my sweet old dog has to be put down. I have enjoyed the companionship of a border collie since I was 6 months old. But herding dogs need activity and purpose and I am no longer able to give a pup what it needs to be properly trained. I believe Ginger might be my last dog.
Recently, because of a lifelong, recurring injury in my ankle, I’m no longer able to walk for exercise. I took up walking when I moved to Pagosa and had to retire my running shoes. I have loved the long chats with my walking partner and will miss enjoying the beauty of Pagosa as I stroll its dusty, rocky streets. As much as I hate to accept this, I have probably taken my last hike into the forest.
At home, my last and late-in-life child is graduating from high school. This one, and she would be the first to admit it, challenged us every step of the way. Even so, no longer being a home-schooling mom will leave a huge hole in my heart.
Being celebratory in nature, I knew I couldn’t squander my special day feeling sorry for myself, so I distracted my mind with a little research and writing.
By definition, the word “lament” means to express sorrow or regret, to mourn for or over. In the book of Lamentations, the prophet Jeremiah mourns the destruction of Jerusalem in the wake of the Babylonian invasion of 586 B.C. He witnessed the results of evil and suffering in the world. When I read and was reminded about the kinds of things that deserve lamentations in the true sense of the word, I was ashamed by my pity-party and corrected my attitude immediately.
I counted my many blessings to offset the “lasts.” I gave thanks for my wonderful husband of 30-plus years and our two amazing adopted kids. I found love so late in life it was a miracle I married at all. After a cancer diagnosis, we did not think kids were in our future. God had other plans and blessed us with two. God saw our desire to home-school and provided financially so I was able to stay home and do so.
I’m so thankful God gave me a strong body and that I’ve been able to enjoy lots of sports and physical activity my entire life. My middle-aged, five-day backpacking trip into the Weminuche wilderness carrying a 35-pound backpack was one of the highlights.
Reading these beautiful words in Lamentations 3:22-25 further cemented my attitude adjustment:
“The faithful love of the Lord never ends
“His mercies never cease.
“Great is His faithfulness;
“His mercies begin afresh each morning.
“I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
“Therefore, I will hope in Him!”
“The Lord is good to those who depend on Him,
“To those who search for Him.”
So, tomorrow I will rise and not feel sorry for all the “lasts” in my life. Rather, I will bask in His new and ceaseless mercies. I will search for Him and what He wants me to do next. I will hope in Him.
Who knows, there might even be an older border collie languishing in a shelter somewhere dreaming of a home just like mine.

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UU topic: ‘What Do We Believe’ http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/10/uu-topic-what-do-we-believe/ Sat, 10 Aug 2019 11:00:52 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=174949 By Pauline Benetti
Special to The PREVIEW
Once again, if there is one word that best describe Unitarian Universalists, that word has to be diverse. In fact, so different are we from one another that periodically we have to take stock and ask what is it that we believe.
This Sunday we will do just that as we listen to and view a sermon by the Rev. Angela Herrera, senior minister at First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque, N.M. In her sermon “What Do We Believe,” Herrera will examine what Unitarian Universalists (UUs) believe about heaven, hell, life after death and other perplexing questions.
The topic will be of interest to those who consider themselves UUs and those who think they might be, as well as those who wonder what Unitarian Universalism is all about. We are grateful to First Unitarian for their generous sharing of Herrera with us via streaming.
Ours is a welcoming congregation; we invite everyone to share in our faith community. Usually, on third and fourth Sundays leadership is by Pastor Dean Cerny. On this second Sunday, lay leader Pauline Benetti will lead the service.
The Religious Exploration program will resume in September. For more information, contact Anna Ramirez at afrancis_@hotmail.com.
Find us in Unit B-15 of the Greenbriar Plaza. From North Pagosa Boulevard, turn right onto Park Avenue and right again into Greenbriar Plaza, then turn left and continue around the complex until you see the Unitarian Universalist sign as it faces the mountains. Join us. For further information about the Pagosa UU Fellowship, visit pagosauu.org or call 731-7900.

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New Thought Center to hold outdoor service with Temple Hayes http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/10/new-thought-center-to-hold-outdoor-service-with-temple-hayes/ Sat, 10 Aug 2019 11:00:42 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=174951 By Lisa Burnson
Special to The PREVIEW
All are welcome to join New Thought Center (NTC, formerly Pagosa Community of New Thought) for an outdoor service on Sunday, Aug. 11, at 10:30 a.m. Please notice the time change.
Our speaker will be nationally known author, the Rev. Dr. Temple Hayes, Science of Mind and unity minister of First Spiritual Unity Campus. Her topic will be: “Congruency as a Difference Maker.” The presentation will be held at Xanadu. Please call 309-6067 for directions.
All are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and potluck dish. In case of rain, we will be indoors at the same location.
We encourage all to join our community of affirmative-minded individuals who share joy, laughter and spiritual awareness of their connection to spirit and their ability to co-create a life that expresses infinite possibilities.
We will have spirited live music.
Meditation circle
NTC holds Meditation and Healing Circle each Wednesday at 6 p.m. All are welcome.
Upcoming events
On Thursday, Aug. 8, at 6 p.m., all are welcome to a reception for Hayes hosted by NTC. Also present will be Babara Bertucci, wellness teacher; Tera Raye, Native American flute player; Gushikawa, sword dancer; and Firedancer, tribal elder.
Reiki classes are available.
Please contact NTC for more information.
About us
NTC is a New Thought center based on fostering living a spiritually centered life and promoting the philosophies of the Centers for Spiritual Living and the Agape Centers. NTC honors all lifestyles, cultures and religious paths to the Divine.
We welcome local talent to share gifts, aptitudes and knowledge. Have a hand in making a difference. Participate, learn or contribute your insights, beliefs, knowledge and skills.
NTC events are held at 40 N. 15th St., in the Momentum Fitness building.
Request a concentrated affirmative mind treatment or obtain information by joining us; emailing PagosaCommunityNewThought@gmail.com; mailing P.O. Box 1052, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147-1052; or calling (505) 604-5031. Find us on Facebook (Pagosa Community of New Thought) or our website, www.PagosaNewThought.org.

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Pagosa UUs to cross the divide for gathering with Alamosa and Taos fellowships http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/10/pagosa-uus-to-cross-the-divide-for-gathering-with-alamosa-and-taos-fellowships/ Sat, 10 Aug 2019 11:00:31 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=174953 By Dean Cerny
Special to The PREVIEW
On Sunday, Aug. 25, the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist (UU) Fellowship will make the journey up and over the Continental Divide for the first “Trans-Continental Picnic” gathering of UUs.
This service will link the Colorado UU Fellowships of Alamosa, Pagosa and the UU congregation of Taos, N.M. Fellow UUs make this journey in search of spiritual growth and unity. We hope to share the joys and woes of being small fellowships and congregations within the vast space of the intermountain west.
As a result of this historic gathering, there will be no service at the Pagosa UU Fellowship this Sunday. The next service will be on Sept. 1. Please check the newspaper for details on that service.

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