Bhanti Dhamma Pala to Visit ANEW

The ANEW UCC will enjoy listening to information about Buddhism from Bhanti Dhamma Pala this Sunday on August 17 during worship.

For some, this may be considered a conflict with the Christian path, but it is not. The Buddha, which simply means the Awakened One, never claimed to be a deity. In fact, in it’s most traditional sense, Buddhism is a psychotherapy (however this ideology did not exist during the Buddha’s time) that deals with the nature of life holding suffering or unsatisfactoriness. Bhanti Dhamma Pala will expand on this during his visit with us and speak with us about how we can cultivate an ability to lessen our suffering.

ANEW meets at 804 North Mentzer in the cafeteria of LifeQuest. Visitors of all faiths, no faith, sexual orientations, gender identities, and socioeconomic backgrounds welcomed and affirmed at ANEW UCC.

An open letter from ANEW UCC

One of the defining characteristics of the United States is the ideology of freedom. Within the intricacies of defining this freedom there are differing opinions, but the truth is freedom is posited to be one of the great things the U.S. has to offer. And yet, there are still some among us who are not free to marry. Their love for one another is just as beautiful and wonderful as all other spousal love, but they are denied the respect that society grants to other couples.

Some states have realized the important need to stand alongside those being denied said rights and have made laws supporting same-sex marriage. Other states seem to be waiting and watching and still others remain staunch in this denial.

In our state, South Dakota, we are witnessing a grassroots movement by six couples that have shared life and love as beautiful as any other married couple. It is the position of the Anew United Church of Christ, of Mitchell, SD, to stand alongside these and all other same-sex couples who are seeking freedom to marry.

We do this because we believe God is a God of egalitarian justice who desires for all humanity to have the most basic right of being in legally recognized marriages as the current culture exhibits.

We do this because our congregation of Jesus followers emulates a Jesus who fought for those being denied basic privileges of the society in which they existed.

We do this because we believe South Dakota is a state of friendly people who wish to show the world that our friendliness extends to all people regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.

We do this because we desire for the courts of South Dakota to be courts that work toward justice for all, not for only some.

We do this because we desire for our children to grow up in and be proud of their home state that accepts and respects everyone.

With thanks and in hope,

Signed openly as the Anew United Church of Christ in Mitchell, SD.

ANEW to purchase shoes for underprivileged children

ANEW will be spending next Sunday, June 15, 2014, purchasing shoes that will be donated to underprivileged children. These children are often forgotten and stigmatized due to the nature of their families. In an effort to bring them a feeling of belonging as well as directly help them, members/friends of ANEW will take worship time for this service event. A total of 33 pairs of shoes will be donated.

If you would like to financially donate to this project, our mailing address is PO Box 321 Mitchell, SD 57301.

Compassion

Last Sunday, the ANEW UCC gathering agreed to read Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong with the intention of cultivating more compassion in our lives and in our community. Our hope is that this intentional activity will ripple throughout all that we touch. We realize that compassion is not about faith statements or doctrines. Rather it is about building a better world for everyone even those we do not agree with. The Dalai Lama said this, “Love and compassion are what we must strive to cultivate in ourselves, extending their present boundaries all the way to limitlessness. Undiscriminating, spontaneous, unlimited love and compassion are possible even toward someone who has done harm to you–your enemy.” We all struggle with the pain of wrongdoings: our own and the ones given to us and in offering compassion, we do not mean we become targets of abuse; however, we do mean that we seek to offer compassion to all beings.

This Sunday Feb 9th, we will honor all faith traditions during worship. Through symbols, readings, words, and silence we will see how every tradition honors the most sacred act of compassion.

If you would like to join us on this intentional path, we invite you do to so. We gather Sunday mornings 10:00 am at Lifequest.

Namaste

Shalom

Peace

ADVENT: Reaching out to others

ANEW is collecting toiletries for Stepping Stones this ADVENT season. If you would like to participant, please contact Shelly Tupper.

ANEW will be caroling on Dec 18th.

ANEW will be having a Christmas Celebration Dec 22nd at 10:00am including worship and a potluck.

If you are tired of traditional ways of being ‘church,’ try ANEW!!!  A real community of people trying to live authentically, lovingly, and joyfully while following the Jesus way.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!