Dear Friends:

Thanks to all of you who joined us last week and what felt like a record turnout this Fall. Thanks also for one of our longest discussions, where we shared strategies for dealing with adversity. You can watch the recording here.

Some of you asked me how to learn more about Byron Katie. You can watch her in action here.

You can also find the Zen Farmer story here.

Last but not least, some asked questions about Peter Gomes. You can watch him here.

This Sunday, we move from one Jewish story in Egypt to another with the story of Moses. I'll be examining the gift of freedom in our lives -- a gift we often do not use.

I hope you can join!

Rich Tafel

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Readings for the Coming Sunday:

Genesis 20:1-21 - New International Version

The Ten Commandments

1 And God spoke all these words:

2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

3 “You shall have no other gods before[a] me.

4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

7 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

13 “You shall not murder.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.”

20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”

21 The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.

Idols and Altars

22 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites this: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven: 23 Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.

24 “‘Make an altar of earth for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, your sheep and goats and your cattle. Wherever I cause my name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you. 25 If you make an altar of stones for me, do not build it with dressed stones, for you will defile it if you use a tool on it. 26 And do not go up to my altar on steps, or your private parts may be exposed.’

Swedenborg Insight

True Christianity §489:2

Now you might suppose that the free choice granted to human beings in spiritual matters is a mediate cause of evil, and therefore that if free choice of this kind had not been granted to us, we would not be able to sin. But, my friend, stop for a moment here and consider whether any human being could be created so as to be human without having free choice in spiritual matters. If this were taken away from us, we would be statues and no longer human.

Piano Recital at Church of the Holy City on

December 10th at 6:30 p.m. EST

Save the date and join us!

On December 10th, at 6:30 p.m. EST, we are delighted to renew a cherished tradition with this evening’s concert and are privileged to do so with the artistry of Junghoon Park, a distinguished young concert pianist.

Mr. Junghoon Park, an acclaimed young musical artist, presents an exciting mix of contemporary and classical piano selections, with a special tribute to Sergei Rachmaninov, in the 150th anniversary year of the composer’s birth.

Please RSVP to join on the Facebook event page below. The recital will be followed by a light reception.

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 The CHC Read and Discuss Group Explores

The Good Life: Truths That Last in Times of Need  by Peter Gomes

As a helpful reminder, the CHC Read and Discuss Group meets VIRTUALLY on a weekly basis, each Monday at 7 p.m. EDT. The current topic of discussion is the fascinating book, The Good Life: Truths That Last in Times of Need by Peter Gomes.

We hope you can join us! The log-in for recurring meetings is linked below.

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