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Have you experienced hurt or harm by a church, clergy or spiritual community?

Many people have been wounded, alienated or rejected by previous or current association with a spiritual community. Often, those who experience this harm simply drop out of any spiritual community -- yet they long for healing from the harm they experienced.

We offer three ways that may help you in your healing journey. First, our sister group "Environment and Spirituality" offers weekly meetings on wednesday evening that can offer you a safe place for healing and support. Our activities include mediation, writing, following the Medicine Wheel and Podcast Discussion groups. These groups help you connect with the healing energies of the earth and to support your spiritual growth.

Second, we offer "Spiritual Healing Circles" two to three times a year. These groups offer the opportunity for you to talk about your experience in a safe environment with others who have also experienced hurt or harm. We use a Restorative Justice model, pass a talking piece, share our stories in a supportive circle, listen to others and then discover the healing power of this ancient practice.

Third, we offer one on one counseling and therapy from trained pastoral therapists who have understand the difficulty of navigating this path and to find healing along the way.

Do you fit in?

Marcie’s story: Marcie was part of a Charismatic Christian community. When her son died, the pastor blamed her lack of faith for her son’s death and shunned her from attending church or even meeting her former friends.

Bill’s Story: Bill attends a local religious college that believes homosexuality is a sin. He was too confused and embarrassed to talk with his college friends or professors when he learned his brother was gay.

Ray’s Story: Ray is a veteran from Iraq who is being treated for PTSD. He feels betrayed by both his country and by God for sending him to a phony war. He does not attend any church.

Tina’s Story: Tina and her husband were part of a church for years but grew alarmed when a conflict divided their church. They left when they felt burnt out by the conflict. They have never talked about the bitterness of losing friends and their previous connection with God.

Sharon's Story: Sharon was part of a large congregation and became sexually involved with one of the pastor's. She left the congregation, feeling confused and bitter, when she learned about that pastor's involvement with other members of the church.

Your Story: You may have been in a church or other religious community where an event or series of events hurt or harmed your spirituality. Such spiritual wounds are often difficult to talk about but you too can find a way to heal from the harm.

Don't let these wounds prevent you from experiencing a healthy spiritual connection. Our healing circle offers you a path for a deep and meaningful spirituality. Donations are appreciated but not required to attend!

Upcoming events (4+)

More Meditations and Healing for the Earth (and ALL its Creatures)

Our meditation groups have proven so popular that we've added a 5th Wednesday group focused on meditation, art and the natural world.

This group offers the opportunity to find healing through meditation and other practices that reminds us of our spiritual connection with the natural world. We join together each month to focus on healing of the Earth, its people and ALL of its creatures.

Each gathering introduces or expands on a new meditation practice (e.g a Loving kindness or flute meditation). We use our meditation practice not only to connect with ourselves but also to teach a deep solidarity with the natural world and all of its creatures. In a world that devalues the natural world and its creatures, what we are doing is a quiet revolution.

As Brian McLaren suggests, “Communion with God leads into communion with all God’s creation. The deeper we go into the love of God, the deeper we are led into all that God loves.” Faith After Doubt (London 2021) p. 245.

At this time, we offer this event only on zoom with time for poetry, meditations, breakout groups and discussion. Our link for this group is https://unwsp.zoom.us/j/98536283053.

We typically have 6-16 in attendance (from a variety of media sites) so your RSVP helps us prepare enough materials for everyone. Your free will offerings through PayPal.me/MHUCC are always welcome! ($5, $10, $20 suggested). Help us get the word out!

Meditation and Healing for the Earth (and ALL its Creatures)

This group offers the opportunity to find healing through meditation and prayer practices that reminds us of our spiritual connection with the natural world. We join together each month to focus on healing of the Earth, its people and ALL of its creatures.

This month our group will be focused on one of the four great elements -- fire. We will be looking at how fire can be used in our practice to help us in letting go, in creating change and in lighting up our world.

Each gathering introduces or expands on a new meditation practice (e.g a Loving kindness or flute meditation) At this time, we offer this event only on zoom with time for poetry, meditations, breakout groups and discussion. Our link for this group is https://unwsp.zoom.us/j/98536283053.

We typically have 6-16 in attendance (from a variety of media sites) so your RSVP helps us prepare enough materials for everyone. Your free will offerings through PayPal.me/MHUCC are always welcome! ($5, $10, $20 suggested). Help us get the word out!

Fire and Spirituality: The Gift of Light and Warmth

Online event

Join us this month as we explore the spirituality of fire. This group will look at a number of religious and Indigenous traditions for their thoughts and ideas about fire and its spiritual connections and connotations.

During this series we'll be spending time deepening our understanding of our connection with fire as a central element within the natural world. In doing so, we believe we can deepen and enliven our own spiritual journey. You don't need previous experience with the spirituality of fire!

At this time we are using Zoom to host our meetings the second Wednesday of each month. We use poetry, art, music and writings from Celtic Spirituality, Indigenous cultures, and current authors to deepen and enrich our discussions.

Each meeting offers rich material for both the newcomer and the seasoned explorer. In August, we focus on the spirituality of fire. In September we begin a new series on theology and the arts.

Your RSVP helps us to better connect with you. Your free will offering is always appreciated ($5, $10, $20 suggested). You can donate to us through PayPal.me/MHUCC. Help us spread the word!

Typically, we have anywhere from 6-16 people who join us each week on zoom for an interactive conversation about the topic of the day. We typically offer art, poetry, readings and discussions to make this a lively evening. You'll have a chance to get to know and interact with other travelers on this journey through large group teachings and conversation, but also with small break out groups as well.

Join all of our Environment and Spirituality Zoom Meetings at https://unwsp.zoom.us/j/98536283053

More Meditations and Healing for the Earth (and ALL its Creatures)

Our meditation groups have proven so popular that we've added a second group focused on meditation, healing and the natural world.

This group offers the opportunity to find healing through meditation and prayer practices that reminds us of our spiritual connection with the natural world. We join together each month to focus on healing of the Earth, its people and ALL of its creatures.

Each gathering introduces or expands on a new meditation practice (e.g a Loving kindness or flute meditation). We use our meditation practice not only to connect with ourselves but also to teach a deep solidarity with the natural world and all of its creatures. In a world that devalues the natural world and its creatures, what we are doing is a quiet revolution.

As Brian McLaren suggests, “Communion with God leads into communion with all God’s creation. The deeper we go into the love of God, the deeper we are led into all that God loves.” Faith After Doubt (London 2021) p. 245.

At this time, we offer this event only on zoom with time for poetry, meditations, breakout groups and discussion. Our link for this group is https://unwsp.zoom.us/j/98536283053.

We typically have 6-16 in attendance (from a variety of media sites) so your RSVP helps us prepare enough materials for everyone. Your free will offerings through PayPal.me/MHUCC are always welcome! ($5, $10, $20 suggested). Help us get the word out!

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