Religion – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 04 Jun 2020 20:30:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 http://www.pagosasun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cropped-sun-logo-512x512-1-32x32.jpg Religion – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com 32 32 UUs continue as a virtual community http://www.pagosasun.com/uus-continue-as-a-virtual-community/ Thu, 04 Jun 2020 21:00:43 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=205099 Pauline Benetti
Pagosa Unitarian
Universalist Fellowship

Pagosa Unitarian Universalist (UU) Fellowship has become quite adept at providing virtual continuity for members and friends in a variety of ways during this two-month hiatus since our last actual gathering. Continuity comes through abbreviated services, coffee talks and small group meetings of both a spiritual and social action nature, all in virtual community. 

What are thoughts about the future? We are in agreement that the large group must continue in a virtual mode for the present and we will reevaluate as appropriate; however, among the small groups there is some thought of actually gathering, observing, of course, the necessary precautions. The outcome of those discussions will depend heavily upon what happens in our community regarding COVID-19.

How do we act in the present? We follow the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with regard to prevention tactics, each one of us accepting our responsibility for the community at large. We follow Colorado Safer At Home guidance when we go out. We wear face coverings in public, knowing that it is more for the protection of and respect for others and we try to maintain that distance that will protect us all.

What are our concerns? Until the killing of George Floyd, we were almost exclusively involved with the pandemic and the injustices it revealed in stark numbers. With that death, we UUs, like everyone else, were brutally reminded of the systemic injustice rampant in our nation. The Unitarian Universalist Association, our national organization, has called us to find our voice and take action, “As people of faith, we must bear witness to this moment. That means that we must name hard truths, but that we also must act.” 

Our fellowship is working through our Social Action Committee to find ways that we can “do something” relevant here in our small mountain community. Currently under study is an article, “75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice.” We have also found a video of Trevor Noah on George Floyd useful in helping us understand the killing and the protests from a non-white point of view. Both can be found with a simple Internet search.

The Pagosa UU Fellowship is alive and active. Should you want to connect up, call 731-7900.

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New Thought service set for Sunday http://www.pagosasun.com/new-thought-service-set-for-sunday/ Sat, 30 May 2020 11:00:36 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=204591 By Lisa Burnson
New Thought Center
for Inspirational Living

“Faith is to believe what you do not see. The reward of this is to see what you believe.” — St. Augustine.

All are welcome to join New Thought Center for Inspirational Living (NTC) this Sunday, May 31, at 10 a.m. for our weekly service. 

Our sanctuary is sanitized and set up for social distancing.

Staying home? Please tune into our YouTube channel: Pagosa New Thought.

Upcoming events

Meditation Circle is held each Wednesday at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

An inspirational conference call is on Tuesday, May 26, at 6 p.m., featuring speakers from across the country. All are welcome to join in by calling (605) 475-4002, PIN: 285254#.

Cancellations 

Due to public health concerns, we are canceling the following events until further notice:

“Stories To Tell Us” is canceled until further notice.

Fountain of Youth and Yoga Stretches are canceled until further notice.

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 3505 W. U.S. 160, on the second floor of the Best Western Lodge (elevator available).

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).

 

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Sunday devotionals offered by the Baha’I Faith http://www.pagosasun.com/sunday-devotionals-offered-by-the-bahai-faith-2/ Sat, 30 May 2020 11:00:10 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=204589 By Paulette Heber
Baha’I Community of Archuleta County

The Baha’I Community of Archuleta County hosts weekly devotionals every Sunday morning from 10 to 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. All are welcome.

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/884668836?pwd=bkdEeVlaSWN0bFRMdFhidXpzWjV5Zz09. Call-in number: (669) 900-6833. Meeting ID: 884 668 836.

A weekly theme is reflected in the prayers, music, poetry and selections from world religions and various sources. All are encouraged to contribute inspirational pieces. This Sunday, May 31, our theme is service.

The Baha’I Faith is a world religion whose purpose is to unite all people of the world in one universal cause, one common faith.

“Strive that your actions day by day may be beautiful prayers.

“Turn towards God, and seek always to do that which is right and noble.

“Enrich the poor, raise the fallen, comfort the sorrowful, bring healing to the sick, reassure the fearful, rescue the oppressed, bring hope to the hopeless, shelter the destitute.” — Abdu’l Baha.

To learn more about the Baha’I Faith, please visit the official international website of the Baha’I Faith at www.bahai.org. Our local contact is archuletabahais@gmail.com.

 

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Sonlight Christian Camp will be different this summer http://www.pagosasun.com/sonlight-christian-camp-will-be-different-this-summer/ Sun, 24 May 2020 11:00:11 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=203964 By Emrys Tyler
Special to The PREVIEW

Though we are grieved because we can’t offer our usual summer resident youth camps, Sonlight specializes in flexibility and finding the silver lining on every cloud. 

Sonlight Camp will offer four-day Family Camps from June 14 to Aug. 8. The worship and recreational activities that are a part of our beloved youth camps will be available to family groups, including Sonlight’s signature favorite meals. Families will be grouped in cabins so that suitable social distancing protocols can be observed between different families. 

Family backpacking trips will also be available, continuing Sonlight’s legacy of getting people outside into God’s beautiful wilderness. If you have questions or are interested in reserving cabin space during a Family Camp session, please call the office at 264-4379 or email us at office@sonlightcamp.org. For a look at all of Sonlight’s goings-on, see sonlightcamp.org.

 

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New Thought discussion: power or force? http://www.pagosasun.com/new-thought-discussion-power-or-force/ Sat, 23 May 2020 11:00:01 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=203959 By Lisa Burnson
Special to The PREVIEW

“Power has to do with motive and principle. Power supports the significance of life itself. Power applies to what uplifts, dignifies, and ennobles you. Power needs no justification, whereas force must always be justified.” — Stretton Smith.

All are welcome to join New Thought Center for Inspirational Living (NTC) this Sunday, May 24, at 10 a.m. for our presentation, “Power vs. Force: Your Spiritual Divinity is Calling.” Our speaker will be Shayla White Eagle McClure.

Our sanctuary is sanitized and set up for social distancing.

Staying home? Please tune into our YouTube channel: Pagosa New Thought.

Upcoming events

Meditation Circle is held each Wednesday at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

Inspirational conference call is on Tuesday, May 26, at 6 p.m., featuring speakers from across the country. All are welcome to join in by calling (605) 475-4002, PIN: 285254#.

This Thursday, May 21, at 6 p.m., local herbalist Sam Johnson will be speaking on “The Causes And Effects of Honey Bee Decline.”

Cancellations

Due to public health concerns, we are canceling the following events until further notice:

Stories To Tell Us is canceled until further notice.

Fountain of Youth and Yoga Stretches are canceled until further notice.

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 3505 W. U.S. 160, on the second floor of the Best Western Lodge (elevator available).

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).

 

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Sunday devotionals offered by the Baha’I Faith http://www.pagosasun.com/sunday-devotionals-offered-by-the-bahai-faith/ Sat, 23 May 2020 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=203962 By Paulette Heber
Special to The PREVIEW

The Baha’I Community of Archuleta County hosts weekly devotionals every Sunday morning from 10 to 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. All are welcome.

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/884668836?pwd=bkdEeVlaSWN0bFRMdFhidXpzWjV5Zz09.

Call-in number: (669) 900-6833, meeting ID: 884 668 836.

A weekly theme is reflected in the prayers, music, poetry and selections from world religions and various sources. All are encouraged to contribute inspirational pieces. This Sunday, May 24, our theme is unity.

The Baha’I Faith is a world religion whose purpose is to unite all people of the world in one universal cause, one common faith.

“The utterance of God is a lamp, whose light is these words: Ye are the fruits of one tree and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship. … So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.” — Baha’u’llah.

To learn more about the Baha’I Faith, please visit the official international website of the Baha’I Faith at www.bahai.org. Our local contact is archuletabahais@gmail.com.

 

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New Thought service to discuss embracing love http://www.pagosasun.com/new-thought-service-to-discuss-embracing-love/ Sat, 16 May 2020 11:00:04 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=203601 By Lisa Burnson
Special to The PREVIEW

“Love is within us. Denying love is our only problem. Embracing it is the only answer. Through the power of love, we can let go of past history and begin again. Love heals, forgives, and makes whole.” — Dr. Ernest Holmes.

All are welcome to join New Thought Center for Inspirational Living (NTC) this Sunday, May 17, at 10 a.m. for our weekly service. Our sanctuary is sanitized and set up for social distancing.

Staying home? Please tune in to our YouTube channel: Pagosa New Thought.

Upcoming events

Meditation Circle is held each Wednesday at 6 p.m. 

Join us for our weekly Call for Inspiration, featuring speakers across the country, this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Call (605) 475-4002, Pin 285254#. All are welcome to join New Thought Center this Sunday, May 17, at 10 a.m. for our weekly service.

Cancellations 

Due to public health concerns, we are canceling the following events until further notice:

Stories To Tell Us, scheduled each Sunday at 2 p.m., is canceled until further notice.

Fountain of Youth and Yoga Stretches are canceled until further notice.

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 3505 W. U.S. 160, on the second floor of the Best Western Lodge (elevator available).

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).

 

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Kids Kare Story Time is coming to your home http://www.pagosasun.com/kids-kare-story-time-is-coming-to-your-home/ Mon, 11 May 2020 11:00:57 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=202905 By Frank and Connie Porter
Special to The PREVIEW

Have you missed bringing your little ones to Kids Kare on Wednesday mornings? Or have you wished there were special programs for your little ones that they could watch at home? We are bringing our Kids Kare Story Time program to your home. 

This program is designed for little kids ages 3-5 years old and will be shown for the first time on Wednesday, May 13, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. It will continue each Wednesday for six weeks through June 17. The program includes Bible time with stories, songs, action rhymes, memory verses and lots of activities. 

This special program is sponsored by Pagosa Bible Church and Child Evangelism Fellowship. To see the programs, go to https://pagosabiblechurch.org for links to the Pagosa Bible Church YouTube channel and Facebook page for the livestream each Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. It will continue to be available on YouTube or Facebook if they want to see it again. 

For more information concerning the Kids Kare Story Time, call Frank and Connie Porter at (303) 901-5290 or email them at ceflittlekids@gmail.com. We look forward to teaching your little ones each Wednesday morning.

 

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New Thought topic: ‘Being a Parent Made in the Image’ http://www.pagosasun.com/new-thought-topic-being-a-parent-made-in-the-image/ Sat, 09 May 2020 11:00:53 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=202921 By Lisa Burnson
Special to The PREVIEW

Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs granted to human beings. Perhaps if we followed a plan of good orderly direction, we would find the job a real pleasure. It is all a matter of following a life directed by higher principles. 

All are welcome to join the New Thought Center for Inspirational Living (NTC) on Mother’s Day, this Sunday, May 10, for our message: “Being a Parent Made in the Image.” Our speaker will be Janie Garms, RN, prayer chaplain.

Our sanctuary is sanitized and set up for physical distancing. 

Staying home? Check out our YouTube channel: Pagosa New Thought Center.

Upcoming events

Meditation Circle is held each Wednesday at 6 p.m. 

Join us for our weekly call for inspiration, featuring speakers across the country, this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Call (605) 475-4002, PIN 285254#.

Cancellations

Due to public health concerns, we are canceling the following events until further notice:

Stories To Tell Us, scheduled each Sunday at 2 p.m., is canceled until further notice.

Fountain of youth and yoga stretches are canceled until further notice.

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 3505 W. U.S. 160, on the second floor of the Best Western Lodge (elevator available).

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).

 

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A Matter of Faith: A prayer: The power to live dangerously http://www.pagosasun.com/a-matter-of-faith-a-prayer-the-power-to-live-dangerously/ Thu, 07 May 2020 21:00:08 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=202917 By Sami Fortin
Special to The PREVIEW

Lord,

If we ask anything according to your will, your word says you will give it to us. My greatest plea is for those who don’t trust in you, yet. Open your words of truth to them so that they can overcome the lies of the enemy. “For you so loved the world (as a whole and as individuals) that you gave your only son, that whosoever believes in you, shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

 You made the first move and showed your love for us by doing something no one else was able to do, for you alone are Holy. I love that you took my place, I should have died on that old cross, but you came, even before I was a twinkle in my mother’s eye, and died to show how much you love those you created, and how you long for us to follow you.

Not because of what we can do, but so you can show your glory and power through us from heaven to earth. Lord, you are majestic in all the earth and nothing is impossible with you. Teach us that we can do nothing (lasting) without you. Show us the power in your word and give us the desire to soak in it, making it a part of every breathing moment. 

Keep bringing things into our lives that are too hard for us to handle on our own. Help us to take all our guilt and shame and nail it to the cross, where you died and bled for us. Hold us close to your heart that we might hear it beating for us. May we slow down enough and be quiet enough to hear your still and quiet voice. When your Holy Spirit comes, wrap us up with garments of salvation and array us in robes of your righteousness as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with jewels. In the midst of our trouble we cry out to you, for you are where our help comes from.

Lord, help people to know that you did not give us a spirit of fear, but one of a sound mind and self-control. When we ask you into our lives, you bring such peace. Let people hunger and thirst for this righteousness, for you have promised they will be filled.

We have everything we need when we’re in your house. You give us power over the enemy and show us that we don’t have to think negative thoughts. We can take them captive and change what we’re thinking when we know we have a choice.

This love you’ve given us covers every area of our life so that when we start living for you instead of ourselves we find that our greatest joy comes from knowing you, and that you give us your strength. We can say count me in, whatever comes, because we know we will be able to handle it with you. We’re all of a sudden not afraid of death or trials or hardships, pain, anxiety, depression. Once we’ve died to sin the only way left is forward, through the valley onto the mountaintops and sometimes back into the valley, but you are ever with us, never to leave us or forget about us, even for a moment. I love that you’d rather die than live without us and your desire is that none should perish. 

Help those that do know you to so shine and be so filled others would want to know what we have. Let us share our testimonies of all you’ve done for us. May we spend our days praising your name for coming to earth to show us the way. In so doing we defeat the enemy of our soul. Give each one of us the power to live dangerously for you.

In Jesus’ mighty, powerful name, amen.

 

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