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March 21

We had our fifty-third virtual service using Zoom!  There were 46 people in attendance.

This link below will take you to the service featuring speaker Elder Gideon.

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Elder Gideon

Your Gospel

Elder Gideon, MFA, is an ordained elder of the Sophian Tradition, a published poet and essayist, a veteran teacher of underserved high school youth, and an artist formally trained in the U.S. and Italy.

For over twenty years, Gideon has served Sophia Fellowship as a companion and elder while building its outreach through an online forum to which he’s contributed over a thousand essays on Gnosticism, Kabbalah, and biblical studies. He co-authored Gnosis of Guadalupe: The Mystical Path of the Mother with Tau Malachi, and wrote thirty-two articles introducing people to the teachings and practices of Sophian lineage. These articles are available at the virtual visitor center ecclesiapistissophia.com and his journey may be traced through his website at eldergideon.com.

Elder says, “We are here to embody our freedom in the Divine. How we come to that inner freedom is by breakthrough, insight, and enlightenment. This is our gospel, our liberation: Both words mean the same.” He will share a teaching and practice that is ancient and new. Drawing from his journey in discipleship with Tau Malachi, Elder will propose an innovation of the deeper meanings of gospel as self-knowledge by which one comes to unmediated knowledge of God.

March 28

We had our fifty-fourth virtual service using Zoom!  There were 45 people in attendance.

This link below will take you to the service featuring speaker Dara Fogel.

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Dara Fogel

Dharma Chameleon: Exploring Oblique Pathways to Enlightenment

Dara Fogel is a native Normanite, whose circuitous route to higher states of consciousness has taken her on many strange adventures.  From Judaism to the Lotus Center to Eastern Orthodox Christianity, from Ceremonial Magick and the New Age experience to Free Range Advaita Vedanta and Holographic Universe Theory to A Course in Miracles, and everything in between, Dara has explored it all in her quest for greater understanding and transcendence. Along the way, she picked up Bachelors in Ethics and Religion (OU 1998) and a PhD in Ethics and Social-Political Philosophy (OU 2006). Since 2009, she has taught at the Humanities and Philosophy Department at UCO and at the College of Professional and Continuing Studies at OU. In March 2020, she changed careers and now teaches 5th grade in OKC public schools. For her talk at Morning Star she will share reflections and observations from 45 years along the Path.

April 4

We had our fifty-fifth virtual service using Zoom!  There were 34 people in attendance.

This link below will take you to the service featuring speaker Patricia Webb.

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Patricia Webb

Building Your Life on Silence

Patricia Webb is a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother dedicated not only to family but also to writing, creating poetry, and teaching others how to use the contemplative practices of Silence, Stillness, and Mindfulness. Pat believes these practices offer answers to the problems of our time. She and her husband David McCleskey (now deceased) shared a common belief that people who have come home to themselves make our world a saner home for all. In 2008 they created a non-profit The Silence Foundation https://thesilencefoundation.org/  The Foundation sponsors Sharing Circles, Mindfulness Retreats, and Resilience Workshops for schools, organizations, churches and families in Oklahoma and across the United States.

Pat shares, “In our noisy and fast-paced culture, Silence might be initially uncomfortable or even threatening to some. That’s why our team uses visual arts, music, poetry, conversation, and playful exercises rather than only sitting on a cushion.” During our Morning Star service Pat will use some of these strategies to help us see the potential of connecting to The Infinite with Silence as a companion – providing us with a foundation in wobbly times and helping us remember: “God’s first language is Silence, Everything else is a poor translation” – Thomas Keating.

April 11

We had our fifty-sixth virtual service using Zoom!  There were 61 people in attendance.

This link below will take you to the service featuring speaker Rev. Susanna Macomb.

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Rev. Susanna Stefanachi Macomb

Inter-mysticism

Rev. Susanna Stefanachi Macomb is the Director of InterWorship for New Light Temple. The New Light Temple is the ordaining body of All Faiths Seminary International. She is a graduate of The New Seminary and received her Master’s of Divinity degree from All Faiths Seminary International. Over 25 years of ministry, she has conducted thousands of interfaith services internationally. Her expertise is navigating sensitive interreligious intercultural issues. She is the author of two pioneering interfaith books, Joining Hands and Hearts, Interfaith, Intercultural Wedding Celebrations and Bless This Child, A Comprehensive Guide to Creating Baby Blessing Ceremonies. Her work has been featured on CNN, MNSBC, ABC, NPR, and in the Los Angeles TimesNew York TimesNew York MagazineThe Huffington Post as well as other media venues. An initiated Sufi, Rev. Macomb received a second ordination in 2015 as clergy in the Universal Worship founded by Hazrat Inayat Khan. Rev. Macomb sits on the Global Council of World Yoga Community which organizes many events with religious NGO’s affiliated with the United Nations.   She is the former Executive Director of Global Outreach and InterWorship of World AWAKE. She has been a practitioner and teacher of meditation for 40 years. A mystic and lifetime student of inter-mystical traditions, Susanna is currently writing her mystical memoirs. Rev. Macomb’s is also an artist whose paintings have been exhibited in spiritual and cultural centers. She lives in New York City with her husband of 34 years and we are honored to have her as our guest speaker.

April 18

(Please see below for instructions to join our virtual Zoom service.)

Asia Scudder

Bringing the Sacred into the Creative Process. A Journey of Trust, Inspiration, and Courage in my Life as a Visual Artist.

Asia Scudder is a landscape designer, and artist, and has done social media public relations, and worked as a sustainability freelancer. Her work as an artist is a direct culmination of many of her life experiences, including raising children as a single parent while earning a living and maintaining an unquenchable desire to create (non verbal) visual art. Though she is currently developing her studio practice on the East Coast, she has ties to Norman where she lived and raised her family from 1989-2012.  Asia believes that art has an opportunity to change people’s lives. “While listening to others, my hope is to extend a deeper understanding in my art that can become a vector to simply sharing our commonalities rather than our differences.” Please join us for this personal glimpse into Asia’s life as a visual artist.

April 25

(Please see below for instructions to join our virtual Zoom service.)

Shel Harrington

Plan vs Purpose

Shel Harrington is a family law attorney and adjunct law professor who teaches Family Law and related courses. In addition to her published law-related book and articles, Shel is a frequent writer and speaker on marriage and divorce. One of her favorite topics? How to put her out of business by doing marriage better!  As “the divorce lawyer who doesn’t like divorce,” she blogs  about improving relationships at www.shelharrington.com. In her alternative humor writing world, Shel blogs about embracing age and being one’s fiercest self at Fat-Bottom-Fifties Get Fierce (http://www.FatBottomFiftiesGetFierce.com). She has over 450,000 followers on her smile-inducing  Fat-Bottom-Fifties Get Fierce Facebook page. Her fun gift book, Over 50 Defined – words just for us that aren’t in the dictionary . . . yet, will be released this spring. Shel will be speaking about Plan vs. Purpose – and the path she travelled to learn the difference.

 

HOW TO JOIN OUR VIRTUAL ZOOM SERVICE

The virtual meeting room will be open at 9:30 a.m. for virtual visiting and the service will start at 10:00 a.m. We are trying different methods to improve our sound issues, so please be patient with us.  If you have trouble connecting or have technical issues on your end, please don’t worry or concern yourself about it.  Just disconnect, go on about your Sunday, and wait for the recording to be posted on Facebook and the website.

Instructions for you to download ZOOM and connect are included below.  This Morning Star service will be recorded in full and made available to the community on our public Facebook page (Morning Star Center for Spiritual Living) and on our website (www.morningstarcenter.org) under the Speaker’s tab.  So, if you cannot make it Sunday morning LIVE, rest assured you can watch the recording later at your convenience.

You have 2 options.

  1. Attend by using the computer or laptop.
  2. Attend by using your mobile phone.

Choose the option that works best for you. Be sure to prepare and install ZOOM in advance. It takes a few minutes to set everything up.

Know that using ZOOM as an attendee is always free. You don’t need to buy an account.

Instructions for using ZOOM on the computer or laptop.

  1. Be sure that you have internet.
  2. Click on this link to download the software >> https://zoom.us/download
  3. Install ZOOM.
  4. Accept all the features and questions (don’t worry. It’s safe!)
  5. On Sunday morning, click on this link around 9:30 to join the meeting. We want to be sure everything is working. Be on time so we can help you out! https://us04web.zoom.us/j/441871663
  6. Turn up your sound so you can hear us.

Instructions for using ZOOM on your phone:

  1. Be sure that you have internet.
  2. Go to the app store on your phone and download the ZOOM app.
  3. Accept all the features and questions (don’t worry. It’s safe!)
  4. On Sunday morning around 9:30, open the app on your phone and click on ‘ join meeting’.
  5. Fill in the following meeting id number: 441-871-663.
  6. Accept using camera and phone (otherwise you can’t hear us).
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