Reflections & Program Notes

For further details & any questions on the Program’s below,
please give me a call or send me an email:
Steve Walden
303-989-3727 (x203)
swalden@gmumc.com
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The point of a faith community is not to think alike,
but to think together.

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An Idea Without a Name…yet…

The group for those that don’t join church groups…

Does your world view not fit easily into a “faith tradition”?  Does your body resist parallel parking in a pew?  Is the most comforting sign you’ve seen in a church say, “Emergency Exit”?   Is the only “spiritual label” that speaks to your heart & mind, “none-of-the-above”?  You’re not alone — in fact, you may be part of the fastest growing “tradition-less tradition” of the current age.

What exactly is “this”— honestly, we’re figuring that out — together — but it’s not a “church idea,” a clever ruse…it’s no evangelical Trojan Horse.  It’s also not anti-faith, or anti-anything that has the power to make our lives, or our world, a better place.  But we are pro-curiosity, creativity, learning, humor, asking big questions, living without firm answers, and otherwise exploring what it means to be a decent human being.

A life of purpose and meaning does not require a church membership.  Period.  But a community can make our life journey a bit gentler along the blue-sky vistas and mud-filled pot holes.  If you’re looking for fellow travelers, feel free to learn more about an evolving idea without a label.

For information, please see Steve Walden
swalden@gmumc.com

 

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 Removing Walls…

A Continuing Opportunity to Greet Our Neighbors

Abrahamic Initiative & Interfaith Alliance of Colorado:
Communities in Conversation

These are excellent opportunities to break down the walls religion can build,
to allow room for a trusting, relational faith to grow.  Interested?

Please see Steve Walden for details of Green Mountain’s participation.

 

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Caffeine
Sunday, 9:00 a.m., Room #403

Pondering issues — and planning actions — through the lens of personal faith.
Diverse perspectives welcome; ideologies and agendas not so much.

 Caffeine coffee jar benefits the SEED/NarSarah Clinic in Sierra Leone to date = $1900.

 

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 Society for the Advancement
of the Human Attention Span

Sunday, May 6th; 11:45 a.m.; Room 403

 

Discussing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon.  Please bring a sack lunch, a dish to share, or come just to feed on the conversation.  For those interested in this evolving book group — please see me.

 

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 The Shared Journey

…an evolving, supportive community for those that share
the daily challenges of facing the diagnosis of dementia –
as individuals, families, and caring friends.

sharedjourney
 All are welcome!
Please consider joining the S
J Support Group for their next meeting:

Tuesday, May 15th, 9:00 a.m.; Room #403

 

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 Project Cure Work Team

project-cure

Local Service, Global Impact

Next Opportunity: Tuesday, May 8th, 1 to 3 p.m.

Anyone interested in this service project, sorting and preparing medical supplies for shipment to areas of great need, please see me. You’ll also be joining an efficient, excellent, and entertaining crew from Green Mountain — no medical knowledge needed, we work as a team — curiosity and humor are required.

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The Senior Wii Bowling Association

You have nothing to lose but your dignity.

Ice Cream “lunch” then virtual pins tremble.  To RSVP see me.
May 22nd, High Noon, #403 Lanes

 

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Church of The Apocalyptic Optimists

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An ongoing effort to invest in people and ideas, via an organization called Kiva and the tool of the micro-loan. We currently have 27 members from all faith backgrounds. For information on this playfully-named, nobly-aimed concept please see me.

As of April 23rd:
Loan #: 969
Total: $26,025

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                   THE CURE BIN

curesupplies

Medical supplies…
(please, NO drugs, NO items requiring electrical power, and nothing already used)

These materials are gathered in the orange bin located on our upper level landing,
then delivered to Project Cure monthly.

Your consideration of this on-going mission is appreciated.

 

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 Of Judicial Councils & Well-Lit Exit Signs…

The “declaration” by the larger Churchly Powers regarding the “legality” of the appointment of Bishop Karen Oliveto was painful, awkward, and a bit confusing.  There is much pastoral footwear yet to fall, but it’s important to remind ourselves that “decisions-from-on-high” have reverberations for those of us working on the planet’s surface.  The morning after the Wesleyan smoke cleared the chimney, a gentle soul (who has been a past help to me on room #403 needs) came quietly — but emotionally — to tell me he could no longer be connected to the United Methodist Church due to its “hypocrisy.”  He fully recognized that we were “not that kind” of church, and yet we are undeniably a Methodist church — and the association of faith with that label was no longer tolerable to his mind.

I fully understand the point.

 We can ponder church growth, new styles of worship, and high-tech outreach, but if our “brand” lacks the integrity suggested by its slogan (Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors), the effort is futile.  The soul who sadly left our church that Sunday was no hell-raising, banner carrying radical — he was a quiet, giving, hard-working family man who simply wanted to worship God and serve others.

He is a Good Christian…
and now a former Methodist.