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Once or twice in a lifetime
A man or woman may choose
A radical leaving, having heard
Lech lecha — Go forth.

God disturbs us toward our destiny
By hard events
And by freedom’s now urgent voice
Which explode and confirm who we are.

We don’t like leaving,
But God loves becoming.

It turns out this is a poem, called “Becoming,” by Rabbi Norman Hirsh 

(via the kindness of Jonathan Oskins )

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Sharon Janis gets up with Vedam Rudram

The page opens to a video of her singing this ancient hymn to Siva, with the celebratory offering to Ganesh, His Home Boy, followed by a solo audio track.

Way cool. 

Open-hearted buddings might well note her weave of various Pali threads via KUMUDA; here she goes Sanskrit for In-do’s.

And for those who grok Rudram: more comes, perfect side dish for those Monday and Thursday food-fasts.

Jai Siva Sai rudram 1 anuvaka rudram 2, anuvaka rudram 3 anuvaka rudram 4 anuvaka rudram 5, anuvaka rudram 6 anuvaka

and rudram 7 anuvaka rudram 8 anuvaka rudram 9 anuvaka rudram 10 anuvaka rudram 11 anuvaka Vedam finale

Dance Siva Dance In Our Hearts


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United Church of Christ in Simi Valley

God is still speaking
and because we listen we've all been fairly busy following up on social justice issues and community service projects and church maintenance tasks during these past few months, so if you would like to share with the congregation-at-large any such events or personal happenings which have been an especial joy or of concern, a hit or a miss, please let our UCC_Simi newsletter editors know before Wednesday, March 26, 2014
An email reply is helpful, but if you prefer paper, do get your writeup in the mail to us soon as you can, or bring it to church tomorrow, as the staff needs to start editing and collating as of this coming Wednesday.
Either way, email or paper, a paragraph or two and maybe a photo (under 2mb) is welcome, however, please remember that your article will be proof-read and may be edited, so don't be surprised if your article doesn't get "published" exactly as you submitted it. :
Your newsletter welcomes and encourages articles regarding
Status of any UCC committee, service activity, or other project you are working with or heading,
Details of any awards or recognitions
Any recent accomplishment that you wish to share
Publicity for an upcoming event
Also, you may well think of something that really matters, but which is not listed here:
DO send that, please. A newsletter is a way of sharing, and the more sharing the more caring, too.
BTW, if you've joined the church within the past year, please inform our newsletter editors of the date of your birthday so we can chuckle at how young we all are. Also, if applicable and you would allow us to congratulate you, also include the date of your wedding anniversary (the year as well as day and month.)

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Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.
Goethe  (via villa-rosie)

(Source:, via journalofanobody)

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