Sunday July 9, we will meet at my office in Binghamton at 2 pm for 15 minutes of silent meditation followed by a discussion of the topic: Must You Lose Everything to be Reborn in the Spirit? The Story of the Prodigal Son. We will use the Biblical story of The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) as a touchstone as we consider what must be lost to find who and what we are. Here is a link to one version of the story: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+15%3A11-32&version=NI. The most powerful and moving lines of the story to me are the last ones: "But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found." What does it mean to be lost, and then found? What does it feel like? Reading the story, do you identify with the Father, the son or the brother? Don't we all possess qualities of each? The story says the Prodigal "came to his senses". What does this mean, and how do we do come to our senses?
If you are interested in attending the talk this Sunday, please RSVP as space is limited. Suggested donation is $20.
Matt LaBarre of Evolving Binghamton has graciously agreed to manage videotaping this talk and streaming it live on Facebook from Evolving Binghamton's home page: https://www.facebook.com/evolvebing/. If you would like to attend but cannot come in person, please join us on Facebook. We offered the last talk at the end of February in this manner, and had a good response despite a few technical difficulties. The primary problem was the audio, which hopefully has been largely fixed by upgrading the audio card in my computer and upgrading the webcam. It will be possible for those watching on the internet to write in questions. I would appreciate hearing from you if you intend to watch online so we have some idea of how many people to expect. I would also welcome any feedback afterwards about ways we can improve this medium.
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