2015 Conference 26 PresentersACIM Conference
2015
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2015 Conference 28 Presenters

Row 1
Rev. Yolanda
(announcement)
Regina Dawn Akers
DavidPaul & Candace Doyle
Row 2
"Dov" Fishman & Lisa Natoli
Rev. Maria Felipe
Mary Gerard Lenihan
Scott Grace
Row 3
Rev. Larry Glenz & Rev. Myron Jones
Jennifer Hadley
David Hoffmeister
Yasuko Kasaki
Row 4
Cindy Lora-Renard & Gary Renard
Jon Mundy Ph.D.
Kathy Scott Perry
Rev. Deb & Rev. Paul Phelps
Row 5
Rev. Tony Ponticello
Earl "Raj" Purdy
(confernce logo)
Kevin Rice & Tom Whitmore
Row 6
Amy Torres
Jim White
Joe Wolfe
Diederik Wolsak
 

"Sinners Repaint" - The Reconsecration of the Temple - The Real Message of Chanukah

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Written by Reverend Tony Ponticello Monday, 31 December 2012 12:00

On Sunday morning, December 9, 2012, Rev. Tony Ponticello addressed the congregation gathered at the Community Miracles Center (CMC) in San Francisco. The San Francisco facility had been closed the Sunday before because the CMC interior was getting painted. The color went from dusty rose to bright white. The people gathered this Sunday were getting a first look at the newly refurbished CMC. Also of special treat was a newly decorated Christmas tree.

CMC MenorahGood morning everybody. Welcome to our reconsecrated temple. (laughter) Some years ago Rev. Dusa Althea and I were visiting New York City. We were staying in Manhattan and next to us was an old famous church. I can’t remember the name right now. It was right next to the hotel we were staying in, and we went in to look at it. There was a big sign in the front, after you walked in, that said, “Sinners Repaint.” They were trying to raise money for a repainting project. I’ve been thinking about that. The sign’s message was obviously a take on “Sinners Repent.” (laughter)

“Repaint” is a much better word than “repent,” isn’t it? “Sinners Repaint.”

As you can see, the CMC got repainted – white. The paint job is actually a gift from our own Rev. Rudy Colombini. He paid for the painting. That happened last week: that’s why we had to cancel service last week. Last week at this time, the Center did not look anything like this. (laughter) Let’s have a moment of gratitude and thanks to Rev. Rudy for giving us the gift of this repainted Center. It’s the first time it’s been painted since we moved in over 25 years ago. Thank you Rev. Rudy!

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Spiritual Intelligence

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Written by Rev. Peter Graham Friday, 30 November 2012 12:00

On Sunday, October 14, 2012, Rev. Peter Graham addressed the congregation at the Community Miracles Center’s downtown San Francisco facility. What follows is a lightly edited transcription of that lecture.

Spiritual MindThanks to everyone for being here. It’s a great opportunity to give this talk. I feel excited about giving this talk. As I was thinking about what to do for this talk, this idea just popped up in my head. Maybe it came from the Holy Spirit. One thing I can say about spiritual intelligence – this is my feeling, and I don’t think it’s an arrogant feeling – all of you in here are probably in the top one percent of the spiritually intelligent, (laughter) especially in our culture. I think about what A Course In Miracles teaches and our traditional Western culture. Maybe in Eastern cultures, where they already have the idea that the world is an illusion and temporal, it is different, but in our Western culture, the idea of the world as an illusion is not accepted easily. So, welcome to the one percent.

I want to start my talk off by giving you a little history of intelligence testing and the identification of intelligence in the Western World. As some of you know, I’m a teacher in San Francisco in Special Education. I have had some training around intelligence testing, because the whole idea of testing abilities in education is important. There are some students, as you know, who have difficulty learning, or who have learning impairments. We try to identify these students so that we can support them in learning better. I want to give you a little history of intelligence measuring.


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Glory

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Written by Reverend Tony Ponticello Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:00

On September 9, 2012, Rev. Tony Ponticello addressed the congregation at the Community Miracles Center in San Francisco CA. What follows is a lightly edited transcription of that lecture.

A Course In Miracles talks about salvation, quite a bit. Many people have trouble with the concept of salvation. They probably have a lot of traditional Christian baggage with the word. Of all the words that I hear people say they have trouble with, “salvation” is one of the words that comes up a lot, maybe more than any other.

Boy Holding EarthWhen I think of the A Course In Miracles’ teaching on salvation, I think of this particular quote from the Course and it gives a different spin on the concept. “You are not saved from anything, but you are saved for glory. Glory is your inheritance, given your Soul by its Creator that you might extend it.” (OrEd.Tx.10.31) When the Course is talking about salvation, it might be good to remember it is not really talking about us being saved from anything, but about being saved for something. We are saved to be introduced, and to introduce to the world, the idea of glory. We’re being saved so that we can demonstrate glory and be an exemplar of glory.

Glory is what I want to talk about today. I’ve always liked that word. It is one of the concepts that, when it comes to mind, always makes me smile. Glory is talked about a lot in A Course In Miracles. I looked it up and there are 85 references to the word “glory.” We can think about the word “grandeur” as similar to the word “glory.” There are 34 references to the word “grandeur.” The word “glorious” appears 17 times. ACIM talks a lot about glory, grandeur and things of that nature.

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The Body Is Not Your Responsibility

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Written by Nouk Sanchez Friday, 31 August 2012 12:00

In every instant, we choose. There are thousands of mini decisions that we make each day, all of them require us to make decisions either from fear or from love. If we choose blindly and independently, without consulting the Holy Spirit or the Holy Self within, we will be choosing from unconscious guilt and fear – the ego.

Nouk Sanchez

It’s pretty astounding just how much of our daily decision making is based upon getting our body’s needs met. It’s not until we begin to do some radical self inquiry, and mindful observation of our thoughts, feelings, and responses that we can begin to reverse the idea that the body is ‘who’ we are. Let’s look at the statement that ‘the body is illusion only.’ In fact, let’s look at the content of this statement, rather than to allow the ego’s interpretation of it.

The body being yours or another’s, while an illusion, is not understood and accepted as illusion, until one has explored the depth of the value we place on and within it. We cannot undo this illusion, unless we see all the areas in which mistaken value has been placed upon the body. This means we are called to disclose all the body beliefs that we consciously or unconsciously value and trust. Specifically they include:

  • Trusting the body’s senses. Trusting that what we see, hear, touch, smell, and taste is true. Also, our emotions are part of the body’s experience. They are a product of our perception, and will tell us which teacher we’re listening to, Holy Spirit or ego.

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