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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On Sunday, November 23 we will honor and express deep gratitude for all those who serve in our community. The Board of Directors will coordinate and lead our annual Thanksgiving Fellowship Feast right after service. This is the perfect time to celebrate and express our gratitude for Life, for our spiritual community and especially those who serve to make it all happen. Everyone is invited to bring a delectable dish to share. There is a sign up sheet on our table outside the sanctuary.
What do you believe in? What are you committed to? Are you willing to assure that your spiritual center thrives and has a bright future? Come after service on Sunday, December 7 to participate in a community-wide Town Hall Meeting. It will be led by the Board of Directors. We will meet in the atrium shortly after Connection Cafe. Bring some heavy snacks to tide you over until lunch!
By Rev. Carol
Touching. Moving. Transcendent. By all accounts our Day of the Dead Sunday service was an inspiring and profoundly connecting experience. I was deeply moved by the way our community members so authentically showed up and openly shared tender pieces of their lives through photographs, symbols or anecdotes about their loved ones. There were a few tears and some deep breaths, but mostly there was heartfelt joy. We all listened and held sacred space for each other. The energy was light and celebratory. It was such a gift. Everyone who shared generously gifted us with glimpses of their hearts. We connect through our stories, don’t we?
Grammy-nominated Matthew Santos returns to us as a guest musician on Sundays, December 7 & 21, 2014. Santos is a remarkable rock/folk artist with a large following. While he is widely known for his musical collaboration with Lupe Fiasco on the song Superstar, his original music penetrates the soul.
Santos blessed us during our November, 2013 “Wisdom of the Beatles Series: Part 4 - The Long and Winding Road of Life,” when he was a guest musician along with drummer Rich Stitzel and bass player Graham Czach. We are grateful that he returns to us for our Christmas season again this year. Take a listen to some of his music here:
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.