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IF THERE ARE NO RSVPs BY 3PM THE DAY OF THE MEETING, THAT WEEK'S MEETING WILL BE CANCELLED. We all face life's difficult questions and decisions from time to time. Do we take that job and relocate? How do we handle the challenges of raising children? What about negotiating our way through relationships? Then there are our parents as they age and their needs change and we face making choices on their behalf. Of course, that doesn't begin to consider our own challenges of aging. Then there are the more mundane choices about buying a new car, choosing new furniture, and planning the family vacation. We spend time discussing things large and small that are going on in our lives and offering one another support. Sometimes the discussion focuses on a specific issue or question, other times our discussions are more general, depending on the needs of the group. At times we use guided and other meditations to explore our experiences, questions, and challenges. Most of all, we seek to meet the very real need of finding meaning in all of life. Our leader is Craig Bergland, EFR. Craig is an interspiritual priest who was born and raised in the Milwaukee area, graduated Summa Cum Laude with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Theology and Psychology from Wisconsin Lutheran College, and earned a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Divinity from The Anglican Divinity School. He is a certified Spiritual Guide; the founder and Guardian of The EFR, an interfaith new monastic community based on the work of St. Francis of Assisi as it applies to the spiritual but not religious world; the founder of The UAC, an Interspiritual alternative denomination focusing on the "church" of the future; and locally the founder of the Compassionate Heart Community, where he teaches meditation and spirituality. In addition to his background in Christianity, he has been a student of Buddhism since 1999, and took Buddhist refuge vows in 2009. Craig has studied the Hindu tradition as well, and considers Neem Karoli Baba and Ram Dass his Gurus from that tradition. You can email him with any questions at [masked] There is no charge for this group, but your generosity in defraying the cost of the room is greatly appreciated! No one will be ever be turned away because of inability to contribute!
What is things didn't go exactly as the scriptures of a tradition might lead us to believe? Is all lost? That depends on what we believe, upon what our spirituality is based. How do we know if something is really important to us? How do we know when it's time to tweak (as opposed to twerk) our positions? What are we to do if we've put all our cards in one basket and the basket sinks? This and more, today at Compassionate Heart.