Jubilee! Circle: Where "Church"
Doesn't Mean What You Think it Means
Jubilee! Circle is a progressive, inclusive community, influenced by Creation Spirituality, ecumenical, feminist, and traditional Christian theologies.
We respect and value each person's spiritual path. Whether you come from a church background, a religious background other than Christianity, or no religious background at all, you are welcome here.
Celebration we express our faith through music, dance, poetry, prayer, evocative messages, and fellowship. No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome at Jubilee! Circle. Join us!
Meeting days: Sunday
(every first Sunday is Potluck!)
Meeting time: 11 a.m.
Meeting place: 2730 Millwood Avenue, Columbia, SC
Map and directions
The Via Negativa:
Just Say "No"
"No." It's not a word we like to hear ... and often we feel guilty when we have to say it, not just to ourselves, but to other people. We desperately want to be "Yes," people - the kind of people who are always there to help, always dependable and open.
But, often, "No," is the best answer we can give, not just to ourselves, but to other people - and especially to things that, on the surface, seems like a good, life-giving idea.
Sometimes, "No," is just the word we need to give ourselves some freedom, to give ourselves some breathing room, and to get our tired butts closer to this thing we call "The Holy."
How can saying "No" be a good thing?
- "No" can offer forgiveness and compassion: No, I will hold no grudge or lay no blame.
- "No" can be a signal of integrity: No, I will not support a business that abuses its employees.
- "No" can be a sign of joy: No worry, no anxiety, no pressure.
Likewise, when Life says "No" to us, it can have manifold meanings and repercussions. "No" is a big and multi-faceted word. And when we get slapped down with a "No," it may not always be a negative thing.
The Taoist might say that without a "No" there can be no "Yes." And Hebrew Scriptures remind us that God sends rain on the just and the unjust. Nothing we can do or say can keep Life from saying "No" to us. Or insure that Life will say, "Yes."
But, we also, have the power to say, "No." Perhaps that power is a sign that we are made in God's image. And when we use that holy power wisely, it can truly make a world of difference in the world.