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A Course in Miracles
June 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until July 5, 2017
“Nothing real can be threatened, nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” These simple words sum up the meaning of A Course in Miracles, according to its own Preface. But unravelling the meaning of those “simple” words is the challenge. First of all, the Course reinterprets many Biblical concepts you are familiar with: creation, original sin, atonement, crucifixion, resurrection, etc. Then it redefines words you use every day: love, relationships, ego, reality, perception, etc. And it does all this in beautiful blank verse, with inspiring metaphysical ideas that stretch your imagination and dare you to comprehend.
The Course follows an academic model, and has three basic parts:
- First are the “Lessons,” which are 365 individual lessons for you to do over the course of a year.
- Second is the “Text,” which explains the ideas behind the lessons, and the meaning of the Course.
- Third is the “Manual for Teachers,” and we are all teachers.
The Introduction tells you that “this is a required course,” but it doesn’t mean that you must follow this particular method of study. It means that somewhere along the way you must master the curriculum, in one way or another. There are many paths; this is just one of them. It is, after all, “A” Course, one of many, not “THE” Course, the one and only.
A Course in Miracles study group meets 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays in the office classroom. Our method is to read a bit and discuss what we have just read, which sounds easy. But trying to wrap your intellect around a whole different way of looking at the world requires a lot of energy. Our facilitator is Joe Karcher, a long-time student of the Course, who has worked with some of the best-known interpreters and teachers. Joe is wise, and kind, and very knowledgeable.
Although we meet at the church, A Course in Miracles is not a Unity course. Many of the ideas and concepts are similar, but the Course stands alone. Some people don’t like it at all; others are indifferent; some are hooked immediately. You are welcome to join us at any time. We’ll be happy to share a book with you until you decide which camp you fall into.