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“Our Rightful Integrity as Persons”
by Fr Bruce Swinehart
Society depends for its existence on the inviolable personal solitude of its members. Society, to be worthy of the name, must be made up of persons, not of numbers. To be a person implies responsibility and freedom, which imply a certain interior solitude, a sense of personal integrity. …When society is made up of people who do not know interior solitude it can no longer be held together by love; and consequently it is held together by a violent and abusive authority.
– Thomas Merton
Daphne and I spent the last week of our vacation at the Nada Carmelite Hermitage in Crestone. It is an amazing place. 15 small, self-contained hermitages are scattered among the sandy hills that spill out of the Sangre de Cristos into the vastness of the San Luis Valley. Each has large windows that offer beautiful views of the valley, the peaks, and the foothils. But you can’t see another hermitage.
We spent hours watching the dance of earth and sky, clouds and sun, light and shadow. We had front-row seats for the drama of afternoon thunderstorms. We soaked in silence and solitude.
I am grateful to have returned home with an image of that stillness. It’s a kinesthetic memory of sitting on a large, warm boulder at the edge of an alpine lake that I had hiked up to. The lake was fed on the far side by a 40-foot waterfall, fringed with pines and surrounded by steep granite peaks. The crystalline water was glassy smooth. Small, light clouds skittered across the surface.
I’ve relied on this touchstone to help keep me focused and centered as I’ve re-enter a chaotic and confusing world, and as we launch into the start of a busy new program year at St Mary Magdalene.
But that deep interior silence and solitude has value far beyond just helping me keep my wits about me during a busy day. Thomas Merton says it’s what makes us capable of creating and living in a humane society. It’s the wellspring of our freedom, our integrity, and our dignity. Ironically, there is a social and political dimension to living into and out of our most private selves. It undermines the forces that seek to dehumanize and dominate us. It keeps us from being complicit in our own and others’ oppression and exploitation. It makes love possible.
And to the extent that we nurture it, sustain it, and listen to it, it helps us set a sustainable pace for living our corporate life together. It allows us to deepen in our relationships with each other and with God. It reminds us that our community is a body, not a machine.
UPCOMING AT AND AROUND ST. MARY MAGDALENE
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Sunday Service Time Change
Please note that the Sunday services at St. Mary Magdalene will return to 8:00am (no music) and 10:00am on Sunday, September 10.
Join the SMM Choir!
The St Mary Magdalene Choir is a singing group for people who enjoy fun, community, and making music! We are currently looking for new members to join our ranks! No musical background required! Just a smile, pencil, and water bottle are all you need! Our next rehearsals rehearsals are September 7 and 14 and we will sing at the 10am service on Sunday, September 17. Please contact Matt after service or via email with questions or to sign up! Check out this year’s schedule here
Children, Youth & Family Launch Party!
Join us Saturday, September 9th, at the Fredos’ for the Children, Youth & Family (CYF) Ministries Season Launch Party! All SMM families with children pre-K to 12th grade are welcome to join us from 11am to 3pm for a potluck BBQ and lake party. We have a pavilion reserved and access to a swimming beach. More details to come. Contact Sue Crowley.
Party Sunday for Outreach!
Party Sunday is Sept. 10 this year, immediately following the 10am service. Once again the Outreach Committee will be hosting our main fundraiser. There were no funds were allocated to Outreach in the 2017 budget, so these events will raise the bulk of the money to allow all of us to continue our support of the local and global organizations that help so many people. Last year, we raised $5,800 on Party Sunday! Make plans to join us! Contact Bill Andrews. Event flyer>
SMM Supper Clubs!
Small group dinners are back! Supper Clubs (formerly KISS dinners) are groups of 6-8 individuals who will meet once a month, for at least four months, for a simple meal. The groups will decide on their own whether they want to meet at a restaurant or in a group member’s home. These gatherings are strictly social and have proven to be a great way for both new and longtime church members to get to know others. Sign-up begins September 10th and will continue through September. Groups will be then be assigned. Look for our table at Party Sunday! Contact Kim Freymiller.
Thursday Bible Study Resumes!
All are welcome to join the Thursday Bible Study led by Fr. Spencer Carr at which resumes on Thursday, September 14 at 1:30pm. Contact Fr. Spencer with questions.
Please join Dennis, Julia and Sue on Saturday, September 16th from 9am to 12pm for a thoughtful and fun Godly Play refresher workshop for all current and new volunteers! Light breakfast and snack will be provided. Please RSVP to this event via Sue Crowley.
Adult Formation Hour: Sundays at 9:00am
Fr. Spencer Carr will be leading a 4-part series on Four Founding Figures of Anglicanism: Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Thomas Cranmer, and Richard Hooker. Begins Sunday, September 17 at 9:00am in the church library. Contact Fr. Spencer for more information.
Christian Education Resumes
It’s that time of year! Christian Education is starting on Sunday, September 17th. Godly Play will be back in action for kindergarten and elementary aged kids. The Youth Group will also be meeting for fellowship! Contact Sue Crowley.
Acolytes are essential participants to worship. If you are a currently an acolyte or interested in learning about being an acolyte, please attend a training after church with Fr. Bruce on Sunday, September 17th! Contact Sue Crowley
Second Sunday Women’s Gathering
We have a date change for September! In order to support Party Sunday for Outreach on September 10, the Second Sunday Women’s Gathering will be held Sunday, September 17, after the service in the library. Ladies, please mark your calendars and plan to join us. Child care is available. Contact Ann Cairns.
SMM Book Club
Our next book is Inherit the Bones
by Emily Littlejohn. Emily WILL BE WITH US at the club meeting! Janet and Bob Poley are hosting in their home at 7pm, Friday, September 29 (date change). This is a fun, bloody murder mystery that takes place in a fictional town downriver from Leadville. Come pick Emily’s brain about writing this book! Respond to Janet Poley. Read the review here >
Our second book is The Light Between Oceans
by M. L. Steadman. Janet and Bob Poley will also host this meeting. at 7pm, Friday, Nov. 10. Respond to Janet Poley. This thrilling story is a profound exploration of morality, love and fear. Read the review here>
2017 Women’s Treat Day!
In lieu of a weekend retreat this year, we are offering a Treat Day for SMM women on
Sunday, November 5 from 11:30am to 5:0pm – a mini gathering with some elements of a retreat and with the same goals of nourishing and enjoying ourselves while building and strengthening connections with one another. The Treat Day will be held at the church, there is no cost, and childcare will be provided upon request. Contact Courtney Gambrell with questions.
Bake Communion Bread!
Would you like to bake communion bread? The recipe is simple – making and baking takes about a half hour on Friday evening or early Saturday morning. Deliver the bread to the church before 10:00 am Saturday. It is nice too if you present it at the offertory on Sunday morning, but not necessary. This is a wonderful expression of service and care for your church family! Find the recipe here!
Contact Janet Poley to volunteer.
CONNECT WITH SAINT MARY MAGDALENE
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Fri-Sat – by appointment
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