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:
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.
Lauri Ann Lumby