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Hello Jubilants!

Our theme this week is “Dancing with Visions"...and that has happened to me a few times at Jubilee! when the music, my mood and the energy in the room have been just right.  And those visions have nurtured me, empowering me to be a more open minded, caring individual and community member.

Pablo Picasso reminds us that vision creates possibilities beyond what is obvious to the eye when he says, “If I paint a wild horse, you might not see the horse...but surely you will see the wildness!” And you just might feel its awesome wild power, too.
 
In Proverbs, we read, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Poet and activist Audre Lorde reminds us that vision can make us courageous. Helen Keller was a little more blunt, saying, “The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but no vision.”
 
Vision drives us to courage and creativity, to purpose and possibilities. Where do we find our visions?  How do we let our visions find us? Do we know how to tend to them when they arrive or do they tend to us as they carry us to a new destination? Bono sings of the moment of surrender to vision over visibility.
 
There is a story in this week's newsletter about Jubilee!’s mission and vision.  Our vision statement sees a world renewed in sacred love, compassion and joy where all life is free to thrive.  What is your vision for working together to make that happen?
 
See you Sunday,
Michele

July 18th Sunday Celebration 

In-person and Online Celebration "Dancing with Visions" at 9:45am

As we continue Via Positiva this Sunday, we celebrate Dancing with Visions led by Laura Collins, Jubilee!'s minister of transition.

Also joining Sunday's Celebration are:
  • Daniel Barber ~ minister of music & ritual
  • Yona FrenchHawk ~ calling the sacred directions
  • Jay Joslin ~ singing the buddhist bowl
  • Paula Hanke and the World Beat Band
  • Michele Bernhardt ~ Jubilee! in action
  • YOU ~ real-time, face-to-virtual-face connection
CLICK HERE FOR THE REGISTRATION LINK FOR THE IN-PERSON CELEBRATION.

THE ZOOM LINK FOR THE 9:45AM CELEBRATION will soon be posted on our website's Join Us This Sunday page and sent in a reminder email at 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning. 
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Watch Last Sunday's Celebration

Click here to watch Meta Commerse's powerful reflection during the July 11th Sunday Celebration  Dancing in our Spiritual FootprintsDon't forget to subscribe to the Jubilee! YouTube channel to access all our videos.
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HANG IN THERE:  IT'S GONNA GET BETTER

During the past few weeks, technology challenges have left our virtual Sunday Celebration audience wondering what the heck happened to the sound and why some of the visuals were so fuzzy. The good news: We have a new Sunday tech team leader (Willie Repoley) and have a plan to deliver a great online experience. The not so good news: Some hiccups in the virtual celebrations may continue for the next week or so.  We know that some of you are more comfortable participating from the comfort of your own homes, so please hang there a little bit longer; it will get better.  In the meantime, we have opened up the Sunday Celebrations to 150 Jubilants, so if you are comfortable doing so, please join us in person this Sunday. CLICK HERE to register and read our guidelines for a safe in-person Sunday Celebration.
 

CHILD CARE NOW AVAILABLE AT SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS

Starting this week, child care is now available at our 9:45 am Sunday Celebration for infants through early elementary school. 
 

 EXPLORE CREATION SPIRITUALITY AT A MINI RETREAT

Have you registered for one of the Jubilee! mini retreats on July 31st, August 10th and August 29th?  Each retreat is a stand alone event (so you only need to go to one of them) with the same theme: Exploring “What is the Main Thing, anyway?” and how the four Vias of Creation Spirituality fit into the real world, our individual lives and Jubilee! in 2021. What a great way to gather together with other Jubilants to discuss our spiritual paths! Click here for details and registration
 

DO YOU KNOW JUBILEE!'S VISION?

Have you visited our website lately?  There are loads of resources there, including videos of past celebrations, Jubilee! in Action updates, information about the Jubilee! teams that are currently active, and bios of our staff and Board members.  You'll also learn about our spiritual and community foundations there.  For instance, here are our powerful Mission and Vision statements:
~ Vision: The Jubilee! Community envisions a world renewed in sacred love, compassion and joy where all life is free to thrive.
~ Mission: As a compassionate and inclusive spiritual community, Jubilee! celebrates the divine mystery in all of creation and calls each of us toward a heart-centered, compassionate, equitable and sustainable way of living and being.

FULL MOON SWEAT LODGE CEREMONY

Yona FrenchHawk invites you to join him for a Full Moon Ceremony on July 23rd. (Yona says ,"Yes, the actual full moon is Saturday, and yet she will be glowing full Friday night as well." ) This ceremonial land sits at the edge of the Blue Ridge Parkway in the higher climbs of Barnardsville, and the Ceremonial Water comes to the site from the bountiful Mineral Creek whose origins are deep within the Mt. Mitchell natural well system. Participants will be celebrating all the dances of life taking place all around the world, and supporting the continuing growth of the bridge and path from the Ancient Past to the Ancient Future. The Sacred Fire will be lit at 5:00 pm and entry into the lodge will be at 7:00 pm. Please contact Yona FrenchHawk at yonacwy@gmail.com for more information about location and what to bring.

HELPFUL HINT FOR SAVING TAX DOLLARS

It sounds like alphabet soup, but if you donate your RMD from your IRA as a QCD you may avoid paying taxes on it. In plainer English, if you have an Individual Retirement Account, you may be able to avoid paying taxes on the money you have to take out for your annual Required Minimum Distribution if you donate it to a 501(c)3 non-profit as a Qualified Charitable Distribution.  There are a bunch of "ifs," "ands" and "wherefores," of course, so just ask your financial advisor if you qualify. And what better place to donate that tax-free money then Jubilee!

ELDER BROTHER REVOLUTION CONCERT TO BENEFIT THE HUNGER FUND

Enjoy sacred, healing music while supporting the Jubilee! Hunger Fund.  The Art Team is sponsoring a concert by Elder Brother Revolution. Musicians Greg Lathrop, Joe Roberts and Scott Sheerin have traveled some of the traditional trails of music and healing, learning ways to build relationship with the Divine presence of the natural world. Their music of Native flutes, silver flutes, drum and voice speaks of the ancestors and the human heart: Connecting us to the mystery of the present moment where all healing takes place.  The concert is on Friday, July 23rd at 7:30 pm at Jubilee!, and tickets are $15 at the door, with part of proceeds donated to our Hunger Fund.  Click here to learn more about Elder Brother Revolution and enjoy some of their inspiring music videos.

CALLING ALL AUTHORS

If you are a Jubilant who is also an author, the Arts Team is interested in sponsoring an author event and wants your input.  If you'd like to include your work in an author event and/or help design the event, please get in touch with Julie Parker at juliesavageparker@gmail.com. 


THE POWER OF YOUR PERSONAL STORY

 

If you enjoyed Meta Commerse's discussion about the power of your personal story last Sunday, you might be interested in taking her latest workshop "The Healing Power of Memoir," on July 17th from 1:30-3:00 p.m., a workshop that invites you to explore what story you're carrying around, tell on your face, dream about, act out on and are waiting to tell.  Click here for details and registration
 

HOOD HUGGERS E-BIKE TOUR FOR JUBILANTS 

Experience an exciting electric bike ride tour of Asheville's historically Black neighborhoods—offered by Hood Huggers International and The Flying Bike. We will visit multiple sites with deep historic significance, engage in meaningful conversations, and together imagine a better, more integrated life in Asheville. Riding e-bikes is fun and effortless, and will connect us to these places and to a deeper experience of our community as we take time to reflect on the past, present and future. Includes snack breaks. Wednesday, July 21st, 10:00-2:00; $50. Contact Vinit Allen for information and registration: vinit@swcoalition.org.
 

JULY 22nd "JUST CONVERSATIONS"
The final "Just Conversations: Dialoguing for a Deeper Truth" online discussion with activists about the lessons they have learned working long-term with people who share their goals but not all of their identities. will take place on July 22nd from 6:30 pm to 7:45pm ET.  Speakers will be Mandy Carter and Pam McMichael  Learn more and register 

DON'T FORGET FLOWERS FOR THE ALTAR 

We invite you to share your gardening and wildflower picking skills by bringing fresh cut flowers to adorn our altar table when you come to Jubilee! each Sunday morning. We will have vases ready for you to pop your flowers in! What will you bring for the altar table this week?
 

ART IN THE HOSPITALITY ROOM

Just a couple more weeks to treat yourself to one of Gracelyn Lavender Mulkey's prints  on exhibit in the Hospitality Room now through the end of July. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the sale of each print will go to the Jubilee! Hunger Fund. If you are interested in showing your own work in the Hospitality Room or joining the Art Team, please contact Julie Parker at juliesavageparker@gmail.com.

 
SO MANY WAYS TO SUPPORT JUBILEE!

We know it's not the same as filling the basket in person, but there are lots of different ways you can donate to Jubilee! and the Hunger Basket.  Please give as generously as you can!

Online: Click here.
GivePlus app: Download the app, enter ZIP code 28801, then click Jubilee!
Text: Text 844-962-2639
Snail Mail: Mail your check to Jubilee!, 46 Wall Street, Asheville, NC 28801

GET INVOLVED with the Asheville Community
Some Ideas for Connecting with our Local Community
REACH OUT A HELPING HAND
Looking for more ways to get involved in the community?  Find out about the many different ways you can help this quarter's Hunger Basket recipients:
  • Children First ~ empowers children and their families to reach their full potential through advocacy, education and services that aim to help kids stay in school and achieve in life
  • Western North Carolina Community Health Services ~ offers comprehensive, high-quality whole person health care to low income, indigent and uninsured patients who may not otherwise be able to afford health care via traditional sources, regardless of their ability to pay
  • Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry ~ provides a homeless shelter, food and clothes pantry, and life skills training for achieveing successful independent living

DONATE TO JUBILEE!
Please donate to the hunger baskets or Jubilee!'s operating costs or both.  Jubilee! continues to have expenses to keep running.  All hunger basket donations are going to organizations that feed the hungry, house the homeless and support underserved communities in a variety of ways.

 
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