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Spirituality Beyond Religion

June 13

We had our sixty-fifth virtual service using Zoom!  There were 37 people in attendance.

This link below will take you to the service featuring speaker Olivia Dailey.

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Olivia Dailey

Climate Change: The Reality and the Hope

Climate Change: The Reality and the Hope is a presentation that highlights the issues and solutions of climate change with an overall message
that ties in with the Christian faith and Catholic social teachings.  Olivia Dailey is a Care of Creation intern with St. Joe’s Peace and Justice group. She is a fourth-generation Oklahoman who lives in Norman and works in media. She is a trained member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, a non-profit organization involved in education and advocacy related to climate change.

June 20

We had our sixty-sixth virtual service using Zoom!  There were 35 people in attendance.

This link below will take you to the service featuring speaker Michael Hinkle.

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Michael Hinkle

Subliminal Idolatry

Mike Hinkle retired in 2005 after a 25-year career as a civil trial lawyer. Since retirement, he has been occupied with research, writing and travel. In this regard, he has traveled extensively in the US, Africa, Western Europe and the Middle East. He has had the opportunity to interview and correspond with some of the world’s great biblical scholars and visited sites associated with historical events. In addition to serving as a columnist for the Edmond Sun for six years, he authored the award-winning novel, The Butane Gospel, as well as Anchors With Tongues, an award winning poem. He co-edited and was a contributing author in the anthology, Oklahoma: Fountain of the Heartland. This will be his fourth time to speak to the Morning Star congregation.

This time Mike will explore the subject of Subliminal Idolatry. Inspired by Bob Dylan’s composition, You Gotta Serve Somebody, and G.K. Beale’s book, We Become What We Worship, we’ll delve into the meaning of the word idolatry, and how an accurate definition is impossible without a meaningful concept of God. We’ll look into idolatry as it was practiced in the ancient world, from ultimate expression of tolerance, to being stigmatized  by religious and state authorities as a capital offense. We’ll consider whether idolatry, expressed in one’s life, is an obstacle to a meaningful quest for a deeper relationship with God. We’ll explore whether and how idolatry is manifested in modern life, whether we’re aware of it or not. Mike’s conclusion is that a clearer understanding of the material things and abstract ideas that occupy the modern office of the ancient idol are barriers to our richest relationship with the creator.

June 27

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

Brandi Studley

My Spiritual Journey: Serving Others by Meeting Them Where They Are

Brandi Studley is a professional with her Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She was recently elected as city councilperson for Ward 1 in Norman, Oklahoma. Brandi co-founded with her kids, a local advocacy group Social Injustice League of Norman. The group does community outreach by providing nightly meals to our unhoused community, hosting community clean-up events, community gardening, and bringing like minded people together to help where they can in our community.

Brandi is a mother of 3 and works hard to lead by example. She was a homeless drug addict 23 years ago and has turned her life around. She feels compelled to give back and be the voice of those who tend to be overlooked. Brandi is going to talk about her lived experiences. She will share her spiritual journey and what it means to give back and serve others by meeting them where they are.

July 4

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

Connie Fawcett

Freedom’s Eternal, Dramatic Dance with It’s Evil Twin Bondage

In 1953 Connie was born in Oklahoma City. Except for the few years she lived off and on with her father and brother in Wilmington, Delaware, the three years she worked in Tokyo, Japan (1989-1992) for an international TV news organization, and the three months she lived in Eureka Springs, Arkansas in 1971, she has made OKC her home.  From 1972-1988 Connie was a devoted student of Audle Allison, a teacher of meditation and of the mysteries and magical aspects of life.  From 1996-2016 Connie was a teacher at Westmoore High School, where for the first ten years she worked exclusively in special education with students diagnosed as having severe emotional disturbances or behavioral disorders, and for the last ten years within regular education teaching seniors the principles and practices of American Government.   Since 1978 Connie has focused much of her spare time and energy on learning and practicing the art of screenwriting and filmmaking.  She is currently writing her third screenplay entitled The Ties That Bind, a story of a 16-year-old white boy living in post-Civil War New Orleans (1878), who is bound like a slave to his father’s idea of the type of man he should become.  Her talk will explore the contrast, the duality, of freedom and its counterpart bondage, using ideas contained within the Declaration of Independence, her screenplay The Ties That Bind, and Heather Ash Amara’s book entitled A Little Book on Big Freedom.

July 11

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

Jeff Tretsven

Nonviolent Communication

Jeff Tretsven was interested in nonviolence as demonstrated by Gandhi.  He had adopted a vegan lifestyle and then found Nonviolent Communication (NVC).  Jeff found that Nonviolent Communication is what’s missing from many spiritual practices that talk about being compassionate, loving, and kind but don’t tell you how to do it.  After discovering NVC in 2006, Jeff took as much training as he could and knew he wanted to teach it.  He has been teaching it since 2006 and is currently involved in starting a nonprofit to teach NVC in prisons and to other underserved communities.

 

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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