Wednesday, June 26, 2013

NEWS RELEASE: Celebrating Supreme Court Decisions for Marriage Equality

Sacramento, California (June 26, 2013) — Today’s rulings from the Supreme Court overturning the Defense of Marriage Act and striking down California’s Proposition 8 are being hailed by California Council of Churches as a turning point in the affirmation of both human and religious equality.

The Council served as the lead faith organization in an amicus to Hollingsworth v Perry. The amicus rejects California’s Proposition 8 ban on same sex marriage. Affirming the rights of all people before the law, the amicus also objected to the inequality of religious belief inherent within that proposition’s bar to same sex marriage.
“Over the decades many of our various Protestant denominations have pursued deep theological reflection on marriage, on the value of all human beings before the law and in terms of our shared faith principles,” said Council Executive Director Rev. Dr. Rick Schlosser. “Many of our denominations long ago accepted the full communion of all people within their churches and thus wish to have the full legal right to offer weddings as aspects of those religious beliefs. Barring same sex marriage has meant curtailing the religious rights of several denominations and faiths. The Council celebrates today’s ruling for both the couples involved and for our denominations’ right to practice their beliefs. We would affirm no less with respect to our secular, Constitutional society.”
He added, “Because we respect religious liberty, we have also worked legislatively to protect the right of any church, pastor, or denomination to be held immune from having to perform same sex weddings if those violate religious beliefs. However, this is a Constitutional issue of equality within civil society as well as an affirmation of religious difference. We assert that in civil laws of marriage there can be no barriers to any adult’s access to this basic human right just as we assert that different religious tenets may be upheld in religious settings. There is no contradiction between civil rights of marriage and sectarian differences on the performance of weddings.”
Although the Council was not a party in the federal Defense of Marriage Act challenge, the Council celebrates this ruling as well. “Now within those states where same sex couples are legally married, those couples will have access for the first time to tax and pension and survivor rights routinely accorded to traditional married couples. That is a true affirmation of equality in America.”
The Council represents 1.5 million members within various mainstream and progressive Protestant communities of faith in California. They joined with other Christians and Jews in presenting the amicus on behalf of religious liberty regarding same sex marriage.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Healing Word Church: Summer Music Jamboree - Thurs July 4

The 2nd of three Summer Music Jamborees is July 4th (Potluck Blessing 2 PM & Music 3 PM ‘til…). Open complimentary Lunch every Thursday between 1:00 and 3:00 PM
. Quality clothes and food Pantry Thursdays and Fridays 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Sunday Services 10:30 AM with open fellowship lunch following; Sunday Evenings, 6:00 PM.    Study the Bible:  Men, Mondays 7:00 PM;   Women, Wednesdays 1:00 PM and Group, Wednesdays, 5:30 PM.  Pastoral appointments available by appointment. Office Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 1:00 to 4:30 PM.; visit 26675 Tiger Creek Rd. at Hwy 88, Pioneer.

Sophia's Well of Wisdom Update

Marilyn Nutter will lead this Sunday’s Morning Meditation at 10:30am and host the Wisdom Circle at 11:15am on the topic “The Divine Child - Field of Evolutionary Consciousness.” Weekly classes include Qigong for Health 5pm Sundays; A Course in Miracles study group 7pm Tuesdays; Reiki Undo movement meditation 6pm Wednesdays. Weekend Workshop coming August 24 and 25: “Dimensions of Being: Exploring Consciousness” with local psychotherapist Eugene Alliende. Seating limited to 20 participants; preregister early to assure a seat. Sacred education classes and workshops are by donation.  Spiritual direction and holistic healing services by appointment. The center is located at 270A Hanford Street in Sutter Creek across from Days Inn. For more information contact Rev. Patsy Walker Fine at 209-418-9003 or visit

Rev. Patsy Walker Fine, D.Min.
270 Hanford Street, Suite A
Sutter Creek, CA 95685

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Picnic in the Park - Sun June 23

REMEMBER THOSE OLD-FASHIONED CHURCH PICNICS? Where everyone got together, brought a potluck dish, and enjoyed the sunshine? Well, come on out THIS SUNDAY at 10AM at Detert Park in Jackson. Bring a dish and something for the ol' BBQ...and enjoy the company of a loving congregation!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sermon: "The Miracle of Compassion" by The Reverend Karen Siegfriedt, Trinity Episcopal Church

"...Imagine for a moment that all your retirement funds have disappeared and you have no way to support yourself. Imagine that all of your savings have been spent, your social security and retirement checks have stopped coming, and your house has been foreclosed by the bank. Imagine all Federal programs coming to a complete halt along with Medicare, Medicaid, and the safety net that keeps older folks above water. If you can imagine this despairing state of affairs, then you can understand the plight of the widow in today’s gospel story..."

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Sophia's Well of Wisdom Update

Sophia's Well of Wisdom

Sunday Meditation at 10:30am with Wisdom Circle at 11:15am. This Sunday Rev. Patsy will lead a Full Moon of Cancer Meditation with the theme, “I build a lighted house and therein dwell.” Rev. Tracy Johnson will lead the Wisdom Circle with a Summer Celebration of  “Nature Consciousness.” All life is interdependent — our well-being is based on the well-being of others and all of nature. Weekly classes: Qigong movement 5pm Sundays; A Course in Miracles study group 7pm Tuesdays; Reiki Undo movement 6pm Wednesdays. Spiritual direction and holistic healing services by appointment. The center is located at 270A Hanford Street in Sutter Creek across from Days Inn. For more information contact Rev. Patsy Walker Fine at 209-418-9003 or visit


Rev. Patsy Walker Fine, D.Min.
270 Hanford Street, Suite A
Sutter Creek, CA 95685

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Sophia's Well of Wisdom - June 2013

June 2013
Sophia's Well of Wisdom
Newsletter & Calendar of Events
Dear Amador Community,

As consciousness expands, the human soul has more chances to think in higher dimensions. How can we expand our consciousness? Our consciousness can expand only when the intelligence ray of the human soul fuses with the flame of the heart through the instrumentality of the Inner Guide. The consciousness thread, which is the intelligence thread, must fuse with the life thread of the heart. Then expansion of consciousness starts. 
-Torkum Saraydarian, Consciousness Volume I - Evolution of Consciousness, 2013

The theme for the Sunday Wisdom Circle in June is Fields of Consciousness. I began this morning (yes I'm late on getting the newsletter out) with exploring "Levels of Consciousness" through a multi-dimensional, unified cosmology. We had a lively discussion and mind-stretching morning that we were reluctant to leave. 

Next week, I will expand on the theme by exploring the concept of "Ashramic Consciousness". What is it; how does it work; how do we develop it? Sunday June 16 is our annual Father's Day celebration where we will examine the field of Spirit Consciousness, the abode of our "Father" awareness. 

Rev. Tracy Johnson will facilitate the Summer Celebration on June 23 while we consider Nature Consciousness - the abode of our "Mother" awareness. Finally, on June 30, Marilyn Nutter will host the circle discussion on Evolutionary Consciousness - the awareness of the "Divine Child". 

Sunday classes begin with Meditation from 10:30 - 11am. Each week we experience a different practice of meditation or contemplation along with intercessory prayer for needs of self, others, humanity, and the planet. A short break for "Table Fellowship" allows us to remember and honor our relationship with the Divine and with each other. The Wisdom Circle begins at 11:15am. Shari Anderson shares music and song and leads the group chants. Circle sharing is hosted either by me or someone who has prepared readings from the Ageless Wisdom:  sacred text from multiple faith traditions, enlightened spiritual teachers, and contemporary authors in fields related to the topic. 

Sophia's Well of Wisdom does not espouse religious doctrine. Its purpose is to open the way for transformational learning and spiritual practices that support the each person's individual Spiritual Path to wellness of body, mind, and sprit within a spiritual community devoted to the Law of Essential Unity and the inclusive principles of love, wisdom, and service. We honor and hold sacred the wisdom teachings of all faiths that support these principles as well as the advances in understanding in the fields of human development: philosophy, psychology, science and ecology, sociology and anthropology.

Here is the June 2013 calendar that you can download.


Our annual Summer Solstice Celebration will be held on Sunday June 23 on the same day as the Full Moon of Cancer

Each zodiacal sign presents a certain kind of consciousness. According to the Ageless Wisdom, the motto of Cancer is "I build a lighted house and therein dwell."  The morning meditation will be devoted to the wisdom of the Full Moon of Cancer and building the lighted house.

Rev. Tracy Johnson
will host the annual Summer Solstice Celebration during the Wisdom Circle. Tracy plans wonderful festivals and celebration rituals for our enjoyment and inspiration. As Cancer is also a feminine leadership sign it relates quite well to the day's keynote on the Mother-field of consciousness. 

If you enjoy the annual cycle of festivals with the opportunity to meditate on the "sacred scripture of nature" - come and join us on this most blessed and influential day!

Why do we stress movement classes at SWOW?  Because integration of the body, mind, an spirit leads to a unified consciousness, a wholeness of being that is healthy and wise. We offer two opportunities to practice this body-based meditation. We want the classes to be affordable to all, so we only ask for a minimum donation of $5 (but give more if you are so blessed).

Qi Gong on Sunday at 5pm with Shifu Andrew Plitt
Qi Gong is Chinese for "Energy Cultivation". This wonderful hour of exercise, meditation, self-massage, and energy work maximizes your health and vitality.  Andrew trained in China by the Chinese Wushu International Development Center and is certified as aShifu Andrew Plittn advanced coach in Traditional Martial Arts. You will leave each session refreshed in body, mind, and spirit. I have been working with Andrew of over a year and know from experience that if you commit to the practice for the long-term, it will improve your physical health as well as refresh the mind and spirit. Andrew can be reached at 209-753-7865; for more information go to

Reiki Undo on Wednesday at 6pm with Marilyn Nutter, MA, RP
Reiki Undo Reiki Undo is Japanese for "Spiritual Energy Movement". This is a contemplative movement practice that combines the spiritual healing practice of Reiki with simple qigong and tai chi movements within a contemplative framework. Marilyn has trained in body-mind-spirit practices at Holy Names University and is a certified Level II Reiki Practitioner with a special emphasis in Reiki Undo. Marilyn can be reached at 209-304-5552.

Contemplative Massage & Bodywork by appointment with 
Patsy Fine, CMT
My contemplative massage and bodywork practice is influenced by my practice of Reiki for the past 18 years and the practice of qigong for the past couple of years. As a student on an Independent Spiritual Path I value both the Western and Eastern contributions to a spiritual science of body-mind-spirit and incorporate what I learn into practical applications in both my bodywork and spiritual direction practice. I can be reached for appointments by calling 209-418-9003.

Coming Events You Won't want to Miss!
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Sophia's Well of Wisdom
270 A Hanford Street
Sutter Creek, CA 95685
(Across of Days Inn)

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