Every Wednesday night, we have a gathering to hear from (usually) four or five community members about what’s moving in the community and in our lives. Sometimes we engage in facilitated practice, too. Wednesday night services tend to be more casual than our Sunday services. Here are audio recordings from some of those services. Click on the title to listen, or click the Download links to download to your computer.
This week’s gathering was facilitated by Trustee Ruud West. He opened by talking about our journey of intention and led us in a guided meditation. Afterward, we got into pairs to talk about what is most sacred and precious to us. We then saluted the sun in the east, then the altar in the center of the room and walked around the altar, chanting. A few people shared their experiences, and we ended with each one giving one word about what we’re bringing to Sunrise Ranch and our world.
Uma Faith facilitated this evening’s service. She focused on themes from David Karchere’s talk on Sunday, such as the “escape velocity”—becoming free; being self-referential—asking how this affects me; reciprocity—seeing from another’s perspective; and the Golden Rule. After this introduction, she gave the floor to Courtney Bohlman, who recently traveled back to Ghana to visit a school where she taught a year ago to see how they were doing. Courtney talked about radical responsibility and the power of being ourselves showing up in our own power. After that, we broke into groups of three to discuss how we can take radical responsibility in our own lives and how we can cultivate the garden of consciousness here on Sunrise Ranch.
Jane Anetrini and Keahi Ewa focused the Wednesday night gathering by having the group split up into pairs and going through what’s called the Transformational Interview, usually used during Full Self Emergence coaching sessions. After each person acting as interviewer, then as interviewee, the group got back into a large circle and shared some of their insights.
David Karchere led the Wednesday night service. He asked us to contemplate seven quotations from the Bible that had to do with reciprocity. We then broke into groups of three to discuss the quotations.
During this service, Keahi Ewa led us in a process to bring spiritual medicine to personal and global issues. Four people sat in the middle of our circle and expressed a desire to be supported in a particular challenge, which could be personal, work-related, social, spiritual, global or political, etc. Another group of people stood around that inner circle, bringing spiritual medicine such as compassion, understanding, courage or strength. The outer circle of people, representing the All That Is, chanted or sang. This process was repeated twice more. Because the people in the inner circles were not on microphone, their challenges and corresponding medicine could not be heard well, and in some cases, not at all.
Sece Foster facilitated the service this week. The focus was on those people who have had a positive impact on our lives, offering gratitude for them and bringing them into our circle energetically. The evening ended with community members singing “Thank You For This Day” by Karen Drucker; most everyone picked up a percussion instrument to accompany the Sunrise “band.”
Oren Yakovee and Carolyn Gruchy led the Wednesday night service this week. Carolyn led us in the Form Reality Practice, as taught by Bernie Pryor. After that, we did a mingling exercise in which we walked around the room randomly, then stopped in front of a person and said something like, “I see you. I honor the divine in you.” The other person would accept that greeting and return it in their own words. After that, we went into listening pairs to discuss what new insights we are opening to around what purity of heart is allowing us to see. We ended the evening with a chant, which was not recorded.
For this gathering, Uma Faith led us in a guided meditation and then had the group break up into pairs to discuss our community—how we can show up in community and what gifts we can bring to the community to make it stronger. After that, individuals in the group offered their visions and wisdom about those ideas into the circle.
In this evening’s gathering, Trustee Ruud West posed the questions, What is it that is wanting to express itself in you, and what is holding you back from being the full expression of your being?
Spiritual Director David Karchere introduced this Wednesday night service topic by talking about Uranda’s idea of us as God beings and the love and truth that we radiate in that capacity. He noted that this power can be experienced together as we co-create our reality. As we sat in a large circle, David invited us to comment on this idea.
During this gathering, Jane Anetrini had us break up into small groups and share with our group an experience of a shrine. The exercise continued with more questions, such as how Sunrise Ranch might be developed as a shrine or holy place and what we, as individuals, might do to nurture it. The individual group conversations couldn’t be recorded, but we ended as a large group in a circle sharing some of the insights that arose in our discussions, and those comments were recorded.
Spiritual Director David Karchere opened the service with the situation of the Kurdish people in Syria who have been fighting terrorists, particularly ISIS, with the help of American forces. Since President Trump decided to withdraw American forces from that area, those Kurds have been left vulnerable. David invited us to think about the words we use and the part they play in creating good governance, here in the U.S., on Sunrise Ranch and abroad. At the end of the service, four people sat in the center of the circle, representing the Kurds, and the community chanted around them; that part of the service was not recorded.
With several international trustees and servers visiting the Ranch this week, Jane Anetrini began our service asking, “How have you brought your light into the world today?” We sat in a circle, and many in the room answered that question.
During this service, Spiritual Director David Karchere talked about self-help remedies, first in the legal sense and then in a spiritual sense. He asked us if we’d like to share our own self-help remedies—what we do to bring ourselves back to a place of spiritual centeredness.
For this gathering, we sat in a circle, and Jane Anetrini noted that the trustees and the international servers gathering is about to take place, and that we have a part to play in holding an atmosphere for these gatherings. She asked what gift we could bring to assist the greatest possible container for the work and for the atmosphere at Sunrise for the coming year, and we went around the room saying a word or two, naming our gifts. She also noted we’re celebrating the birth of this ministry, September 16, 1932. (This part of the service was off mic, so it is not part of the recording.) Afterward, we participated in a chant. Keahi Ewa read a piece from the Pulse of Spirit and reflected on it, then asked others in the room to share their thoughts on the reading.
During this service, Director of Operations Keahi Ewa led us in a practice of sharing words that we would have liked to hear at a time when we may have been struggling, to create a space of safety, upliftment and encouragement.
Jane Anetrini began this service by reading an excerpt from The Pulse of Spirit and commenting on it. She invited others to come up and comment on that part, as well. Afterward, others in the audience came up to read more excerpts and comment on them.
For this service, we sat in a circle. David Karchere shared an early version of a song he’s collaborating on with musician and Evolutionary Leader Kristin Hoffman. It’s an anthem for the children of the world, particularly the children being held in detention camps in the U.S. Afterward, we shared our ideas about power—what it is, what it means to us, and how it can be used for good in the world. We ended the service with a chant.
We started this service by getting into a large circle. David Karchere asked if four people would like to be the recipients of the full group’s energetic focus. Four people made their way to the center, then 10 people around them, and the rest of the group around those two inner circles. We all chanted, sending that energy to the center. After that, David asked us to talk about how creativity was manifesting in our lives today. Several people contributed to that discussion.
During this service, we sat in a large circle, and David Karchere led an open discussion about spirituality and around spiritual words such as “God” and “Heaven,” etc. There was some technical difficulty in recording, and those who paused in speaking or who spoke too softly weren’t fully recorded.
The Seventh Annual ARISE Music Festival took place over the weekend, August 2-4, and during this Wednesday night service, we sat in a large circle, and Spiritual Director David Karchere asked us to recall a highlight from the festival.
During this gathering, we had four brief speakers, then, for the second half of the service, got into small groups while Keahi Ewa led us in an exercise to explore taking intelligent action.
During this service, David Karchere shared highlights and photos from a trip he took with Karen Pritchard and Courtney Bohlman to the Riverdell community in Australia.
During this service, Jane Anetrini asked us to break into small groups. We were asked to each share one thing we did that day that was a gift to someone; it didn’t need to be big, but it needed to be something we uniquely could give in that moment and needed to be complementary to the situation. After we each shared that gift given, two or three people in the small group could share how that person has been a gift to them anytime in the past. After about a half-hour, we gathered into a large circle, and Jane called on people one at a time and asked five people to stand and say a word about that person, having us practice receiving appreciation from others. Unfortunately, because people were off-mic, the sound quality is not great during the ceremony.
During this service, we sat in a circle and Ruud West asked us to name a situation that we’re dealing with in which there is separation and how we are finding oneness, a softening of the heart in that situation. At the end of the service, David Karchere led us in a chant in which we had four people in the center who were “ready to receive,” ten people around them who felt they could be a spiritual conduit or channel, and the rest of the participants around the two concentric circles who would open up to the source, bringing a spirit of uplifting peace.
For this gathering, Jane Anetrini asked us to name someone—a teacher or a relative—who helped us to love something about ourselves. We sat in a circle and passed the mic around; each person had two to three minutes to talk about that person or situation.
Unfortunately, this service had some technical difficulties, with recorded music being played on top of the people speaking until about half-way through the service. (It couldn’t be heard in the room, but was nevertheless recorded over those speaking.) Thus, only Jane’s talk was edited for the web.
At the beginning of this service, with all of us seated in a circle, Jane Anetrini asked us to complete one of the two following sentences: “What’s being activated in me is … ,” or, “What is passing away from me is … .” During a second round, Jane asked us to name a gift we have to give that we would like to magnify. We went around the room and responded. After that, Ruud West, Bob Ewing, Gary Goodhue, Uma Faith and Jane offered short talks around these ideas.
Jane Anetrini and Barbara Marx Hubbard facilitated this evening service in a group discussion about appreciation. We sat in a circle in the Rimrock Room, and took time appreciating a person next to or near to us, then shared our experiences of appreciating and of being appreciated.
During this service, David Karchere and Barbara Marx Hubbard facilitated a group discussion about loneliness. It was a rich and deep discussion, and many in the circle spoke about their experiences, while Barbara dug for a learning for the group.
The speakers worked off of Uma Faith’s talk Sunday: Six Tools for Entering the Golden Age. Soma Hunter spoke on Acceptance and Patience. Sece Foster spoke on Assurance. David Gardner talked about Peace. Atom Terpening spoke on Joy. Gary Goodhue talked about Vision. Rachel Morrison talked about a Generous Loving Spirit. Others from the community added their thoughts to each topic, and Jane Anetrini wrapped up the night.
It was a small group for service the night after Christmas. Jerry Kvasnicka started us off with a song: “What Are You Doing Christmas Eve?” We sat in a circle, and Ruud West, who was focusing the service, asked us to bring to the group what was on our hearts. After that, Keahi Ewa led us in a short exercise to help us hold one another’s burdens, especially about what’s going on in the world (there were some spaces where a mic wasn’t used, so those parts were not recorded). Then those who had personal challenges were invited to share so that the group could help hold space for them. It was a warm and personal service.
This service was not broken into individual contributors. We met in the Dome, sitting in a circle on the stage and started with a chant. Then those in attendance were invited to speak about the topic of practicing living from our own creative spirit.
This service was not broken into individual contributors. Director of Sunrise Ranch Ministry Jane Anetrini opened the service, Spiritual Director David Karchere spoke for about 30 minutes, and then the microphone was passed around to those who felt led to speak. They included (in order) Barbara Marx Hubbard, Ruud West, Bob Ewing, Angelica Cooper, Soma Hunter, Katie Garnett, Courtney Herrera, JJ Johnson, Sece Foster, Jerry Kvasnicka and Gary Goodhue. Jane Anetrini and David Karchere closed the service.
There is no recording for this service. We gathered in a circle, then had a milling exercise of offering appreciation for the people we “bumped into.”
(There were no individual speakers on this evening; we formed a circle, and most of us participated. We celebrated individuals and groups caught in the act of being great during the ARISE Festival over the past weekend.)
(There were several individual speakers on this evening, with lots of participation from those in the room; unfortunately, the audience members were not miked.)
(There were no individual speakers on this evening; we formed a circle, and most of us participated. Apologies for the poor audio quality.)
(There were no individual speakers on this evening; it was a small group, and everyone participated.)