The Church (intentional spiritual community) of Otherly (different from the generally implied kind of) Love
Evolving as a human society demands that we dismantle the patriarchy, while mainstream organized religion remains a most potent force in nurturing patriarchal ideas. Holding onto a belief in a higher power or a need for spiritual community can create intense internal conflict, but it doesn't have to be that way. A primary goal of the Church of Otherly Love is to provide an option for spiritual community based on a few simple truths:
sewi li ale, ale li sewi (god is all and all are god)
"Pantheism is the belief that reality is identical with divinity, or that all-things compose an all-encompassing, immanent god." - Wikipedia
sewi (god, the divine) is non-binary: neither male nor female; not inherently singular or plural in nature; not good or bad; not any extreme of any spectrum, but equally every thing and no one thing.
mi kama sona e sama tawa ni: mi sona e sewi
(we study ourselves to know god) The purpose of life is to discover and know ourselves, individually and in community; to express our unique selves so that all may be enriched and better know the full nature of sewi.
At this first informational meeting, we'll discuss the history, goals and foundational beliefs of the group, followed by Q&A and a meet and greet.
My goal is to start having weekly gatherings in February. This is church reimagined: part cuddle party, part house concert, part philosophy club; inspired by Burning Man, feminism, relationship anarchy/polyamory, identity politics, solarpunk, and my own neuroqueer journey.