Hello and welcome! Abundant Life Spiritual Center is a dynamic spiritual community with a focus on awakening those who walk through our doors to the divine within and inspiring them to live confidently, passionately and powerfully. Together we learn how to Live Fearlessly and Love Outrageously because life is meant to be filled with joy and lived with ease as a positive experience, not a struggle. We named ourselves Abundant Life because we know that the Abundant Life - a life of wholeness and authentic self-expression, purpose, creativity and love - is the divine birthright of everyone and we want to support your living it.
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As your birthright, did you know that you are blessed with 12 spiritual gifts from God? Do you know what they are and how to use them skillfully?
Using the book, The Twelve Powers of Man, by Charles Fillmore and How to Use Your Twelve Gifts from God by William Warch, we will learn about each of these powers and how to make full use of them for truly abundant and healthy living.
This class will be taught by Rev. Carol Saunders and Licensed Unity Teacher, Bonnie DeMartini, and will be offered for Spiritual Education and Enrichment (SEE) credit through Unity. You may choose to take it for credit or for personal enrichment.
Back by popular demand, on Sunday, October 26 we will have our annual Halloween service. Rev. Carol will present her signature Halloween talk, ‘Lessons From the Pumpkin Patch’ a metaphysical interpretation of the 1966 television special, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" Every year she updates this lesson to include something new. This year, look for evidence of the 12 Spiritual Gifts throughout. Don’t miss this special message and fun day. There may also be some treats….
From Rev. Carol's blog:
Halloween is such a fun time for my family. It’s a strange tradition when you think about it… all those weird skulls, skeletons and scary monsters… among children dressed as superheroes, astronauts and ballerinas. No doubt my next-door neighbors from New Zealand scratch their heads a little at it, but they nevertheless have their Halloween décor out just like most of us do.
I think people like to dress up on Halloween. It’s an excuse to step into another character for a few hours. A simple donning of a costume, wig or mask gives us permission to be stronger or scarier or sexier than we usually are. We can be whomever we choose to be.
Day of the Dead is a lively holiday observed throughout Mexico and other Latin American cultures, which celebrates the lives of the deceased. It falls on November 2, which is a Sunday this year, so we thought we would hold a special Day of the Dead service and celebrate the lives of those who have been important to us.
Rev. Carol’s lesson will be on the Eternal Nature of Life. During the service we will create an altar together, so be sure to bring photos of or memorabilia belonging to those special ones in your life who have passed - humans and animals alike.
On Sunday, November 23 we will hold our annual Thanksgiving Fellowship Feast right after service. This is the perfect time to celebrate and express our gratitude for Life and for our spiritual community. We would like to honor all those who serve in our community on this day.
If you want to help with the Fellowship Feast please see Kris Anderson. Everyone is invited to bring a delectable dish to share. There is a sign up sheet on our table outside the sanctuary.
Our band, The Grateful Living, continues its evolutionary unfoldment. In September, Maggie Mitchell - who has been a favorite guest vocalist at Abundant Life - joined the band as lead vocalist. Maggie is an amazing talent and we are grateful to have her. She can be found singing the National Anthem all over Chicagoland at sports games and special events. She is a recurring guest artist with Girl Group Chicago and other Chicago based bands. She produced a Holiday album in 2013, and co-produced and performed as lead singer for the Chicago all female cover-band, GIRLBAND.