GHR 2015 Q2 Restoration/ Renewal

SunriseAs always, it is hard to believe we are already in the second quarter of the year. While we spent the first quarter reflecting, this quarter we will move on to thinking about how we can renew the world with our thoughts, our actions and our hopes. And…to remember that renewal is possible in every present moment.

World Labyrinth Day is May 2nd. I hope that you will consider using these materials for your walk that day!

2015 Theme: Restoration

“All the beauty that’s been lost before wants to find us again” ― U2

April-May-June

 Focus: Renewal

 Quote:  As wave is driven by wave
And each, pursued, pursues the wave ahead,
So time flies on and follows, flies, and follows,
Always, for ever and new. What was before
Is left behind; what never was is now;
And every passing moment is renewed.  ― OvidMetamorphoses

Picture/Symbol: Sunrise (Photo by The Rev. Warren Lynn)

Color:  Green

Prayer:

As the earth breaks forth into new birth and life,
As the dawn brings burst of new light
again and yet again,
So may the energy of possibility burst forth in renewal,
Healing the hurt and pain of past.
May our voice, step, act join with others to sing again
The morning song, to embody the dance of renewal,
to reclaim the vision.
May the promise of restoration be real. —The Rev. Kay Mutert

 Ideas for benefiting organization: Prisoner community re-entry programs, organizations assisting those beginning life again

Ideas for ambiance:  Flowers, grass, eggs, nests

Music: “Call of the Mystics,” Karunesh

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3 thoughts on “GHR 2015 Q2 Restoration/ Renewal

  1. Bright morning stars are rising
    Bright morning stars are rising
    Bright morning stars are rising
    Day is breaking in my soul.

    Morning bells are softly ringing
    Morning bells are softly ringing
    Morning bells are softly ringing
    Day is breaking in my soul

    Morning birds are sweetly singing
    Morning birds are sweetly singing
    Morning birds are sweetly singing
    Day is breaking in my soul

    Bright morning stars are rising
    Bright morning stars are rising
    Bright morning stars are rising
    Day is breaking in my soul

    ~ Velma Frye

    • The Baal Shem Tov (18th century Jewish mystic) said, “The world is new to us every morning. This is God’s gift; and every man should believe he is reborn each day. Our heart is the altar. In whatever you do let a spark of the holy fire burn within you, so that you may fan it into a flame.”

  2. June 15, 2015 Monthly Labyrinth Walk at the Duncan Conference Center, Delray Beach, FL———————————-GHR Q2 Restoration/ Renewal

    Since 2000 Evelyn Underhill is honored with a feast day on the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church (USA) on 15 June. Evelyn Underhill (6 December 1875 – 15 June 1941) was an English Anglo-Catholic writer and pacifist known for her numerous works on religion and spiritual practice, in particular Christian mysticism; her best known work, Mysticism, published in 1911 just prior to World War I. She writes:
    “Mysticism is the art of union with Reality. As the beautiful does not exist for the artist and poet alone—though these can find in it more poignant depths of meaning than other men—so the world of Reality exists for all; and all may participate in it, unite with it, according to their measure and to the strength and purity of their desire. Try to arrange things so that you can have a reasonable bit of quiet every day. After all it is those who have a deep and real inner life who are best able to deal with the irritating details of outer life. Deliberately seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy, and patience. For a lack of attention a thousand forms of loveliness elude us every day.”

    Introversion ( a poem by Evelyn Underhill)
    What do you seek within, O Soul, my Brother?
    What do you seek within?
    I seek a Life that shall never die,
    Some haven to win from mortality.

    What do you find within, O Soul, my Brother?
    What do you find within?
    I find great quiet where no noises come.
    Without, the world’s din: Silence in my home.

    Whom do you find within, O Soul, my Brother?
    Whom do you find within?
    I find a friend that in secret came:
    His scarred hands within; He shields a faint flame.

    What would you do within, O Soul, my Brother?
    What would you do within?
    Bar door and window that none may see:
    That alone we may be (Alone! face to face,
    In that flame-lit place!) when first we begin
    to speak one with another.
    “Has it never happened to you to lose yourself for a moment in a swift and satisfying experience for which you found no name? The pure soul is like a lens from which all irrelevancies … have been removed.” (EU)

    Focus: What do you do to support your soul’s Renewal each day?

    Rev. Linda Hurley, Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator

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