Posted in Freedom

Beyond Facebook

Creating Community Beyond Social Media

As is likely true for many of you, I have had a complicated relationship with Facebook.  I first entered the realm of social media because that is “what you are supposed to do to become a successful business.”  Yes, Facebook has helped me get my name out there.  Yes, I have connected with and made many new friends through Facebook.  I am grateful for much of what FB has provided for me. 

BUT…..BUT……BUT Facebook has also proven to be a HUGE time sucker and an easy way to be distracted from how and where I should be using my energy.  Facebook has also become increasingly divisive and, I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sick of Big Brother gathering data about me through Facebook.  I have no delusions about Big Brother not watching everything we do and that there is actually any place surveillance is not engaged, but in Facebook it is arrogantly obvious. I am also increasingly aware that the business efforts I make on FB are actually thwarted by the platform itself.  Posts deleted.  Blocked.  Etc.  It’s exhausting. 

So here’s the deal:  I’m DONE!  Probably not 100%. (how many accounts do you have set up using your FB login!?)  But I’m done turning to FB to fulfill my need for community and connection.  Instead, I’m focusing my energy and intention on my own social network – Authentic Freedom.love.  I’m going to create the space I want to connect in and invite you to join me!  And for those friends who I only see on FB, I’m just going to ring them up and set up a coffee date!  What will that look like?

If you are interested in building a spiritually safe community with me, or being part of that community, please check out our membership options HERE.  

Lauri Lumby

Posted in Authentic Freedom

Buh Bye Facebook – Join the AF Social Network!

Authentic Freedom is now offering our own PRIVATE and SECURE Social Network where you can connect with other like-minded people.  So long Facebook!  Hello FREEDOM!  Join us HERE or learn more by reading below:

Authentic Freedom (dot) Love is a community of women and men who are responding to the calling of their Soul to discover their own unique giftedness and how they are called to find fulfillment in these gifts while being supported and empowered in the use of these gifts in service to the betterment of the world.

We are coming together here because we long for a more loving, more compassionate, more tolerant, more accepting and gentler world where the needs of all are met for the common good and where all of humankind can once again live in harmony, peace and understanding.

We are changemakers, wayshowers, sh.t-disturbers, mystics and rebels. And here we are safe to question, explore, discover, be empowered and supported for our own unique giftedness and for how we are called to exercise these gifts in our world.

Join us HERE or keep on reading to learn more!

Membership Levels

Basic Membership: provides you access to our Authentic Freedom weekly lesson, along with unlimited access to all past lessons.  The A.F. weekly lesson provides exclusive inspiration, nourishment, support and personal empowerment for your own journey of self-actualization through Lauri’s trademarked Authentic Freedom protocol.

Plus Membership: includes access to the A.F. weekly lesson plus membership in our private, safe and secure social network.  Here, our community of like-minded change-makers gathers for support, inspiration, information sharing, encouragement, companionship and friendship.

Premium Membership: This is our highest level of membership in the Authentic Freedom community.  Here you will have access to the Weekly Authentic Freedom Lesson, our online Social Network and be welcome to join our exclusive Teacher’s Circle.

The A.F. Teacher’s Circle is for those who are “boots on the ground:”

Being hospice for the dying world

while

Midwifing the new world as it is coming into form.

Our Teacher’s Circle Zoom gatherings are a place where we can let our hair down, be naked and vulnerable as we provide for each other a listening ear, a compassionate heart and the generous nurturing and support we so readily offer to others.  We meet once monthly via ZOOM video conferencing.

Basic Membership
$13 / month
* A.F. Weekly Lesson
Plus
$15 / month
* A.F. Weekly Lesson
* Secure, Members-Only Social Network
Premium
$22.50 / month
* A.F. Weekly Lesson
* Secure, Members-Only Social Network
* Teacher’s Circle- Monthly Zoom Calls
Posted in Authentic Freedom, Spiritual Practices, Virtual Church

Welcome to the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church

Welcome to the Authentic Freedom virtual church!  Today is the official “soft-launch.”  The virtual church will consist of a weekly on-line worship service accessible through this site (the first to be posted this Sunday), a weekly meditation practices newsletter (a sample of which will be posted as a blog later today) and an on-line discussion forum through Facebook.  To learn more, click on the “Virtual Church” tab. See instructions below on how you can become involved!!!!!   Please join us.  All are welcome.

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1) Attend our weekly service on this site- at a time convenient to you.  Services will be posted no later than Sunday mornings and will remain posted for 2-4 weeks.  Services will be archived on YouTube for limitless viewing. You can access services by coming to the website, or receive email reminders through option #2 below.

2) Receive our weekly meditation practices newsletter as a support to your Virtual Church service.  In this newsletter you will received a copy of the upcoming scripture reading(s) along with suggested contemplative/mindfulness/creative exercises that you can practice on your own. By subscribing to this meditation newsletter, you will also receive email notification of when virtual church services are posted and information on upcoming classes and workshops facilitated by Lauri Lumby. To receive the newsletter, subscribe HERE.

3) Join our Authentic Freedom Virtual Church group on Facebook. The intention of the group is to provide a safe, non-judgmental, non-dogmatic and non-prostheletizing forum through which virtual church members can connect and share their meditation and reflection experiences with the hope of growing through each other’s experiences.  It is a “closed” group which means that you will have to request an invitation and only members can read each other’s posts.  To join, click HERE, and request to be invited.  (PS I reserve the right to ask people to leave the group who cannot play nice!)

and…

4) Subscribe to this blog!  Receive blog postings 2-3 days per week which educate and inform you, supporting the birth of your Soul – the uniquely creative way in which you have been gifted to find meaning and purpose in your life and through which you are empowered to contribute to the betterment of the world.  To subscribe, click on “Subscribe” button on the right sidebar menu.

Please note that all services are made accessible to anyone at no charge.  If you find the services and meditation resources to be meaningful and supportive, please consider making a donation.  You can choose a one-time or a recurring donation through PayPal:

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Thank you and we look forward to your participation!!!

“Remember the Love that You Are!”

Lauri Ann Lumby

Posted in church, Uncategorized

Virtual Church – Ash Wednesday Launch

I am excited to announce the soft-launch of the Authentic Freedom Virtual Church.  The virtual church will consist of a weekly on-line worship service, accessible through this site, a weekly meditation practices newsletter related to the Sunday readings and an on-line discussion forum through Facebook.  To learn more, click on the “Virtual Church” tab. See instructions below on how you can become involved!!!!!   Please join us.  All are welcome.

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1) Attend our weekly service on this site- at a time convenient to you.  Services will be posted no later than Sunday mornings and will remain posted for 2-4 weeks.  Services will be archived on YouTube for limitless viewing. You can access services by coming to the website, or receive email reminders through option #2 below.

2) Receive our weekly meditation practices newsletter as a support to your Virtual Church service.  In this newsletter you will received a copy of the upcoming scripture reading(s) along with suggested contemplative/mindfulness/creative exercises that you can practice on your own. By subscribing to this meditation newsletter, you will also receive email notification of when virtual church services are posted and information on upcoming classes and workshops facilitated by Lauri Lumby. To receive the newsletter, subscribe HERE.

3) Join our Authentic Freedom Virtual Church group on Facebook. The intention of the group is to provide a safe, non-judgmental, non-dogmatic and non-prostheletizing forum through which virtual church members can connect and share their meditation and reflection experiences with the hope of growing through each other’s experiences.  It is a “closed” group which means that you will have to request an invitation and only members can read each other’s posts.  To join, click HERE, and request to be invited.  (PS I reserve the right to ask people to leave the group who cannot play nice!)

and…

4) Subscribe to this blog!  Receive blog postings 2-3 days per week which educate and inform you, supporting the birth of your Soul – the uniquely creative way in which you have been gifted to find meaning and purpose in your life and through which you are empowered to contribute to the betterment of the world.  To subscribe, click on “Subscribe” button on the right sidebar menu.

Please note that all services are made accessible to anyone at no charge.  If you find the services and meditation resources to be meaningful and supportive, please consider making a donation.  You can choose a one-time or a recurring donation through PayPal:

paypaldonate

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!!!

“Remember the Love that You Are!”

Lauri Ann Lumby

Posted in Authentic Freedom, church, Freedom, Jesus

Virtual Church – Being Priest in the Post-Modern World

Dear Readers, in today’s blog, I am giving you a little peek into what is currently being discerned as the next step for Authentic Freedom Ministries:  VIRTUAL CHURCH.  The idea of a virtual church is what has arisen out of the question, “How to be priest in the post-modern world,” and is an offering twenty-years in the making.  I had no idea when the red brick flew across the Newman Center chapel and hit me smack between the eyes that this was where God was leading me…..but, here I am.  I find I can no longer deny the call to priesthood and the invitation to put this call into action in a direct and more expansive way, and what better way to do it than to create church in a way that speaks to a post-modern world – one free of doctrine, that honors the truths inherent within all sacred traditions, available to everyone, accessible in ways that meets the needs of an over-busy world, and one that can be attended in your own time?  Additionally, the virtual church meets our inherent human need for community and to be in the company of those of like-mind, while being challenged to growth through our inherent differences.  Which brings me to the one rule of the upcoming virtual church: we honor every person and their truth as sacred.

 

Anticipating a launch date of (no later than) March 12, 2014:

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The Authentic Freedom Virtual Church

We are a community of men and women who consider Jesus to be our teacher, while honoring the spiritual truths inherent within all sacred traditions.  We recognize the Divine as that which is at once outside of us, within us and present within all of creation and which can be acknowledged by any Name, Image or Presence.  We believe in the inherent potential of all human beings to become self-actualized and acknowledge the spiritual journey as a formative tool in this endeavor.  We believe in the law of love and seek to know more fully the love of the Divine that dwells within us and which seeks to be known in the world through us which then serves to support the betterment of our world.

Participation in the Authentic Freedom virtual church will be facilitated through:

1)      The Weekly Agape’ Spiritual Practice newsletter where you will be given suggestions on specific meditation and creative practices to help support your own spiritual development.

2)      The Weekly Authentic Freedom Virtual Church service on YouTube.

3)      The Authentic Freedom virtual community on Facebook where you have an opportunity to connect with other Authentic Freedom virtual church participants.

Support for this ministry will be facilitated through your choice of a one-off donation or a monthly subscriber’s fee, and all will be welcome regardless of their ability to pay!

Thank you for your support as I continue to discern and construct this offering.

Sincerely,

Lauri Ann Lumby