Advent and Holiday E-Courses

A collection of holiday opportunities for spiritual retreat.

Looking for a spiritual retreat to tide you over in quiet contemplation during the holy days leading up to Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Day, and Epiphany? Here are many choices — some Christian and inclusive, others multifaith — from which you can find a perfect match for your needs.

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Larry E. Schultz: Music for Progressive Faith, School & Community

Downloadable & Published Music for Progressive Faith, School & Community

There are choral anthems, congregational hymns and songs and instrumental music for progressive faith settings. The website’s blog, “Resonate!” will offer thoughts on communal music and music-making.

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Listen Beyond the Tweets to the Deep Peace of the Still Small Voice

On this quiet summer morning, I arise to find the airwaves clamouring with the sound of Tweets. As news of war and rumours of war penetrates my consciousness and awaken me to the surreal clamouring of madmen who hold the power of life and death in the grasp of their tiny hands, it is so very tempting to give in to the cynicism of the talking heads.

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Shamanic Voice by Istvan Sky – Divine Overtone

When you live in nature, in the scent of flowers, in the blessed light of the day and the sweet dew of the morning, you don’t have questions, you simply live and joy together with them. Your heart opens, you cry, cry, and your eyes are wet with dew. This is how this song was born, when your body, mind, and soul opens, God steps next to you in an unguarded moment, and pours her treasures into you.

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Worship Materials: Spring

From the Seasoned Celebration collection

1. The fragrance of Spring lies not in judgement’s intervention but in love’s nurturing of the interior goodness.
2. Spring is not so much a moment as a movement, a manifestation of the sometimes hidden but always present life-force of God.

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Wild Honey sings “Szerelem” featuring: Peia, Megan Danforth and Cyrise Schachter

This hauntingly beautiful Hungarian folk song has enchanted many a musician. Across the world you can hear it sung in wildly different styles, always adapted for the region of the singer. Here is beautiful 3 part harmony version, sung in the traditional Hungarian style by my women’s trio Wild Honey.

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Worship Materials: Celebrating the Cosmic Processes

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

“I GREET THAT OF THE COSMOS WITHIN YOU”

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Deya Dova – Grandmother Tree & The Feathered Serpent Live

Grandmother Tree & The Feathered Serpent Live @ Byron Bay May 2014. Deya Dova ended her euphoric dance floor set with this sublime track. An onsite live recording at Mt.Warning / Wulambiny Momoli / Yar-Birrain – a sacred site on the East Coast of Australia.

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Worship Materials: Reverence and Humor

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

Practice noticing what is humorous and on reflection you will be able to fill your life with laughter.

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Worship Materials: Guilt, Shame and Forgiveness

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

THEME The path to destruction and the path to new life.

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Worship Materials: Thankfulness and Rejoicing

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

The unthankful get the misery which they have brought upon themselves
Nothing liberates the human mind as much as a thankful spirit.

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Worship Materials: One World

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

The establishment of justice and peace, inclusiveness and awareness may seem an impossible dream, but it is only those who are motivated by such a vision who are willing to make the sacrifices necessary to create a better world.

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Worship Materials: Peace of Mind and Prayer

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

Peace of mind does not come through struggling to stop thinking, but through focusing the mind on some particular thought or object, and especially on the rhythm of our breathing.

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Worship Materials: Ecology, Caring for the Earth

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

1. The earth may be our mother but we can be her mid¬wife or her funeral director.
2. Nature is a web of interdependency not a series of separate hierarchical layers.

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Beyond the rain (Refrain)

From the Boundless Life collection

Beyond the rain the sun,

Beyond the tears the fun,

Within the silence the One.

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May the Fire (Refrain)

From the Boundless Life collection

May the fire in us nurture the Earth and not consume its life.

May the fire in us consume our greed and save this sacred Earth.

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Holy Is My Birth (Refrain)

From the Boundless Life collection

Holy is my birth and sacred is my mother.

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Shalom Shalom

From the Boundless Life collection

Shalom, Shalom, Shalom, Shalom.

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