May 2019 E-News
Our Summer Intentions
"What if you suddenly saw
that the silver of water was brighter than the silver
of money? What if you finally saw
that the sunflowers, turning toward the sun all day
and every day -- who knows how, but they do it -- were
more precious, more meaningful than gold?
 How Would You Live Then?"
--Mary Oliver
Greetings!
I’ve learned a lot from people who take the Sabbath seriously. Including not to take it seriously. In fact, they tell me the point is to appreciate the goodness and joy of nature, relationships and rest. Notice what is around you, and say thank you .

In The Tradition, God gifted people with the Sabbath in part because they had been enslaved for hundreds of years, their identity tied to their labor. The Sabbath is a day to remember that our primary identity is not around what we produce, but simply as beloved children of God. 

Wait, what? My worth is not based on how hard I work? It isn’t about my success at Lumunos, or how well I parent my children, or my various attempts to show people how good I am? That is such a radical idea I can hardly get my head around it. 

This summer I would like to get my sunburned head around it, and my heart too. As the pace slows a bit, I would like to notice more. The beauty of the trees and the people around me for starters. A cold beer on the back deck at the end of the day too. But in that slowing down, I hope I also think a little deeper about my life and what matters most and what success means. That is my summer intention. What is yours?

Speaking of intentions, I hope you will consider a gift to our Spring Appeal (see below). Your generosity will enable us to touch thousands this year through our events and resources. Rumor has it that if you give to Lumunos you won't get sunburned this summer.
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Reflection Question
What are your hopes for the summer? What feels important?

Contradictions in our Lives

In the run-up to the New Year, intentions for the coming year start popping up in our conversations and in the media. With summer sitting on the horizon, many of us start thinking about a different set of intentions – a mix of work (“the weeds are taking over”) and thoughts about kicking back (“I’m going to spend my vacation sitting on a beach. Maybe I’ll read a book.”) From last winter to this summer, one connecting intention for me is a kind of remedial “Spirituality for Dummies” crash course reading binge.

You know how sometimes something clicks? I heard a big “click” a couple days ago when I read this in Richard Rohr’s “The Naked Now ”:

“Without a doubt, love and suffering are the primary spiritual teachers
more than any Bible, church, minister, sacrament or theologian…
These experiences give us a privileged window into the naked now,
because impossible contradictions are staring us in the face.”

“Impossible contradictions” indeed. Between getting older and the nightly news, it’s not possible to ignore them anymore. But perhaps accepting — and in fact welcoming —the contradictions means living life as Jesus and other spiritual teachers instructed. I’m going to try to test that idea this summer.

I’m also going to test this. There’s a set of songs that I’ve listened to thousands of times. Now I wonder “why those songs?” Are they all about the mystical implications of love or suffering? First test: “Love Song” by Lesley Duncan and Elton John—the whole thing a beautiful reverberating click.

Love is the opening door
Love is what we came here for
No one could offer you more
Do you know what I mean
Have your eyes really seen

I may be onto something I was already onto but I didn’t know it. ;-)

Dan Quinlan
Happenings
May "LumZoom" Call

We are in a time of seasonal transition. Summer is right around the corner, which marks the start of something new. Seasonal transitions are a good time to set intentions. What are your hopes for the summer? What feels important?

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Crossing the River:
Finding Resiliency in Times of Change

A Co-ed Mini-Retreat
Denver, CO
June 15, 2019

Register here: www.lumunos.org/denver
Denver Area Women's Retreat



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Denver Area Men's Retreat

Highlands Retreat Center
Allenspark, CO
October 4-6, 2019

Online registration will open in July.
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May Blog
Prayer for LOKATGD

While out running errands the other day, I stopped at a traffic light behind a car with the license plate LOKATGD. I puzzled for a moment and then, by supplying a couple of Os, read the message as "Look at God." Look at God, Look at God, I said...

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Music
"Turn Turn Turn"
The Byrds
"Love Song"
Elton John
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Your Contributions at Work

Our Spring Appeal is under way. We are offering five additional retreats this year. Check out the video below to see what people are saying about our recent retreats.

This year, our challenge is to raise enough money to make this expanded retreat mission sustainable. Click below to make a donation or contact dan@lumunos.org  about planned giving options.

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Your generosity keeps us going, sharing our message of spirituality and calling.
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Let us know what we can do for you.

Doug Wysockey-Johnson   doug@lumunos.org     
Dan Quinlan   dan@lumunos.org  
Alice Barbera   alice@lumunos.org  
Rebecca Perry-Hill becca@lumunos.org