Tue, Jan. 28

Service Notes 11-4-11

‘What Is Compassion?’ at SUUF

Rev. Paul Langston-Daly, minister for the Sedona Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, will explore the concept and practice of compassion at the fellowship’s 1 p.m. service on Sunday, Nov. 6. This week, the service will be held in the Sedona Room at the Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Rd., with music provided by Beth Kingsley Hawkins, Minister of Music.

Rev. Langston-Daly will draw upon the work of religious historian and author Karen Armstrong, who first championed the Charter for Compassion in 2008. This document is supported by leading thinkers around the world, and, like many of the world’s traditions, has the Golden Rule at its core. Today we will ask: How can we live a compassionate life? And what does that really mean?  

SUUF serves Sedona and the Greater Verde Valley. Its mission statement reads, “Our Fellowship is a place to grow in mind and spirit.  We promote a loving, just, and sustainable world through service, learning and action.” For more information, call 623-251-0177 or visit

Workshop at Unity

Michael Mirdad, spiritual leader of Unity of Sedona will be teaching a workshop at Unity of Sedona on Sunday, Nov. 13, 1:30-4:30 p.m. entitled “Creating Fulfilling Relationships.”  

All relationships go through the same few stages that encourage us to move from experiencing limited, conditional love to unlimited, unconditional love. In this workshop, Michael Mirdad, renowned author, healer, and counselor offers practical insights into creating a fulfilling relationship with God, self, and others. Topics include: improving communication skills, recognizing and releasing unhealthy relationship patterns, living a life of passion and fulfillment, co-dependent relationships vs. healthy relationships, improving intimacy, and soul growth through relationships. This lecture is for everyone and is not exclusively for couples or people who are involved in a partnership.

COST: Pre-register before Friday, 11/11/11 - $30  or day of workshop:  $35

To pre-register or for more information call (928) 282-7181 or visit the website:

Unity of Sedona is located at 65 Deer Trail Drive, off State Route 89A, turn at Big O Tires.

Celebration of Life, Love & Memories

The Verde Valley Community Hospice welcomes anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one to attend the third annual non-denominational Celebration of Life, Love & Memories being held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Nov. 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The event will feature music and candle lighting to celebrate the lives, love and memories of those who have passed. The public is invited to attend what promises to be a beautiful, uplifting program.

Native-American flutist John Joseph, a musician for almost 40 years, will share a song that holds deep personal meaning for him called Journey to Spirit as well as other inspirational music. “There is a gift of grace in each tragedy,” says Joseph. “This song is the gift I received when I lost both my parents in a short period of time.”

Other instrumentalists, vocalists and invited speakers will encourage the audience to celebrate their loved ones and open their hearts.

“This is our offering to the community,” says Deborah Darby, community liaison for VVCH. “We are most grateful to John Joseph and all our other musicians and speakers for making these contributions to help with the celebration.”

The program is completely non-denominational and will feature a wide range of opportunities to honor those who have gone before. Everyone who is celebrating someone will have a chance to participate in a candle-lighting ceremony, to tie a ribbon on a wreath and to receive a keepsake booklet of the event.

Everyone is invited to stay for refreshments and informal visiting following the program. Please RSVP to Lisa Valentine at (928) 634-1073 by Nov. 10.

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