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Friends church is a community of people who are on a spiritual journey together. We believe that each person is on their own spiritual journey and we strive to partner with people to help them no matter where they are in life. We are a Christian church who gathers weekly to explore the significance of the God and the Bible on our spiritual journeys and on our lives.

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Friends church is a community of people who are on a spiritual journey together. We believe that each person is on their own spiritual journey and we strive to partner with people to help them no matter where they are in life. We are a Christian church who gathers weekly to explore the significance of the God and the Bible on our spiritual journeys and on our lives.

    Deeper and Wider

    Deeper and Wider

    Speaker: Jeff Jarvis

    Have you ever known someone who was "spiritually fragile"? By that I mean someone who held a narrow/opinionated view of the way the world should be. Someone who was quick to label people and behaviors and lifestyles in very black and white ways? Without even blinking they could assign a "good" or "bad" or "sinful" or "wrong" label. Often just shaking their head in disgust.

    I know this term well, because it's how I spent a good chunk of my early years...spiritually fragile. It's quite common in Stage 2 spirituality. You work hard to avoid that which is bad or evil - that can corrupt you. The effects of this fragility though, can be very isolating from the real world. People around you end up having to edit carefully everything they share with you about their lives. Trying so hard to keep unacceptable parts hidden for fear of offense or judgement. Have you ever experienced someone like this? Being on the other side now, I realize how unloved you can feel by someone like this, knowing that if he/she knew my truth they would likely either unfriend me or feel the need to fix me. They definitely couldn't accept me as I am.

    Have you ever known someone who was the opposite of spiritually fragile? Someone who you felt you could trust with anything? Who was very slow to judge and label? Who never seemed to get rattled by people’s mistakes and shortcomings...always responding with grace and understanding?

    This scratches at another key distinctive of Stage 4 spirituality. Join us Sunday as we close up our Adulting (Spiritually) series with a message focusing on one of the most beautiful qualities of Stage 4 - a deeper and wider love.

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    Stage 4 There is no spoon

    Stage 4 There is no spoon

    Speaker: Vince Klassen

    The title comes from a famous movie line that speaks to the final stage of spiritual development - stage 4. It comes from the movie the Matrix through a dialogue between "spoon boy" and Neo on how to bend a spoon with one's mind (go ahead, try it:)

    Spoon boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead... only try to realize the truth.
    Neo: What truth?
    Spoon boy: There is no spoon.
    Neo: There is no spoon?
    Spoon boy: Then you'll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

    In the final stage of spiritual development we start to see, not that we can bend spoons with our minds (for that is impossible) but that we can conceive of something beyond the physical.

    mountaintop moments of transcendence
    experiences that can't be explained by science
    a feeling like we are all connected beyond the physical
    a sense of ourselves and our egos falling away into a unified consciousness
    the divine in and around us
    We start to have the ability to "see" More. And this More is what we want to explore this week as we look at the final stage. The More that unites us, that often gives our lives meaning and purpose. The More that isn't locked down like stage 2 guardrails, but is open to a larger experience of life, that connects us all. Whatever you think the More is, it's more than that (grin).

    Welcome to stage 4.

    To donate to this podcast and support the making of more of these please visit www.friendschurch.ca/podcast

    Links:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAXtO5dMqEI

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    Stage 3 What Lies Beyond the Guardrail

    Stage 3 What Lies Beyond the Guardrail

    Speaker: Jeff Jarvis

    Do you remember a moment in your life when something happened that shook or shattered a belief you held in something or someone? Maybe someone got away with breaking a rule you believed should never be broken or proved something you were taught to be wrong. Perhaps someone or something wasn’t who/what you thought they were. These are common experiences that can leave anyone feeling confused, angry, and especially disillusioned. They also often mark the beginning of one’s journey into the Skeptical Stage 3 -  the land beyond the supposedly trustworthy rules and beliefs (guardrails) of Stage 2.

    Just like the stages before it, stage 3 can play a very important role in shaping and renovating our spiritual beliefs. But it is also not without it’s ditches. Invite some friends and join us virtually in the gym on Sunday for the 2nd part of our Adulting (Spiritually) series.

    To donate to this podcast and support the making of more of these please visit www.friendschurch.ca/podcast

    • 51 min
    The Good Life Between Two Ditches

    The Good Life Between Two Ditches

    Speaker: Vince Klassen

    I'm not sure if the Simpsons are the best resource for religious commentary but if Ned Flanders is any prophet of traditional religion - he's not painting a very interesting picture of spirituality

    Ned is all about feeling bad about the things he wants, trying to deny anything fun in his life, avoiding things that he enjoys - what has traditionally been termed, the Desires of the Flesh.

    For many of us, this is what traditional religion is all about - and this is seen as the highest goal of our spirituality journey - a life of denial and repression.

    But what if that's too simplistic a reading of spirituality and religion's role in it?

    What if that view is ultimately killing our spiritual development, and killing us?

    Is there a way of seeing our spiritual development that isn't all about denial and feeling bad about what we want?

    Is there a way to see a good life while avoiding the pitfalls of traditional religion?

    That's what we are going to explore this week at the spiritual Gym. How to find a good life without falling into the pitfalls.

    To donate to this podcast and support the making of more of these please visit www.friendschurch.ca/podcast

    • 43 min
    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Speaker: Jeff Jarvis

    Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is one of my favorite holiday movies. About a high strung marketing executive (Steve Martin) who’s desperately trying to get home to be with his family for Thanksgiving after a long business trip. But after his flights get canceled, every alternative strategy he turns to, to get home goes South. His misery becomes so palpable it’s comical.

    I've wondered why I love this movie so much. Perhaps it's because I've felt that misery when something out of my control forced change on me; when life as I thought it should be, got derailed. I bet you have too. Change is hard at the best of times.

    There are some though, who have learned to defy the emotional impact of disruption; who embody calm and look for opportunity in the midst of forced change.

    This Sunday, in the final chapter of our Apocalypse series, we're going to talk about a mindset that will prove incredibly valuable as you prepare to face your new normals beyond COVID-19. Hope you'll join us.

    To donate to this podcast and support the making of more of these please visit www.friendschurch.ca/podcast

    • 52 min
    Songs of Hope AND...

    Songs of Hope AND...

    Speaker: Vince Klassen

    I came home the other day a little pissy. That's the right word, pissy. Everything was getting on my nerves. Little things were driving me nuts! Petty things. And I could just feel the dark cloud that was hovering over me start to spread into our house like a virus (couldn't resist the image:)

    Anyone else had that experience? Where our bad moods spread to the people around us, bringing them all down to our level? I don't know if we have just hit a critical amount of time in isolation, or what it is, but where are we feeling the weight of everything we have been going through? Where is it starting to wear us down?

    And so the question we have been asking throughout this series is, what skills do we need to learn in order to navigate this season well, with the least amount of carnage?

    So this week, we are going to explore two core skills of dealing with a crisis. One skill is easy and can be applied immediately and one goes a little deeper and asks a little more of you. But both are proven ways of dealing with a crisis and coming out the other end healthy and happy(ish?:)

    Join us this week online Sunday at 10:30am for another workout at the Spiritual Gym

    Reference Materials:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHv6vTKD6lg
    https://www.happierhuman.com/benefits-of-gratitude/
    https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier

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