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:
Lives on the line where dreams are found and lost,
I'll be there on time and I'll pay the cost
For wanting things that can only be found
In the darkness on the edge of town.
- Bruce Springsteen
According to most research, only 5% of the universe is visible. Five friggin' percent! The rest - everything on Earth, everything in the universe, everything ever observed with all of our senses and instruments - adds up to less than 5% of the Universe. (NASA Science News - August, 2014)
In the world of science and the world of the spirit, there's a whole lot more going on than we can ever see or even imagine. And just as there is dark matter filling the universe, there is dark matter that fills our lives, floods our hearts, saturates our brains and pervades our senses. And we don't understand it. But we know it's real.
Why is there so much suffering in the world? (Couldn't the Creator have come up with a better plan?)
Why do bad things happen to good people? (Who thought that was a good idea?)
How can humans treat other humans so inhumanely? Even in the name of religion? (Say what?)
And, then, why does my life so often resemble a tear-in-my-beer country song?
Dark matter, all of it.
We don't understand this darkness - why it even has to be - but our lives and all life around us is overflowing with it. And just as in space, so within us, this mysterious Dark Matter moves things around, changes the shape of our universe and clearly directs the course of how we live.
Can science or spirituality get rid of Dark Matter? Not likely. And we may never understand it. But we can explore it, see how it moves us and discover ways that we can deal with it. It ain't nothin' new.
One of the most ancient questions of our species is, "Why is there suffering? Why must we live if only to suffer and die?" And the spiritual ones of our species have forever taught that from all our experience and research, the most effectual way of coping with personal Dark Matter is compassion. Cum Pasio. Simply being with suffering. Being with the darkness. Being with that Dark Matter.
Compassion never claimed to cure anyone or anything. But it sure as hell makes life better for all of us who are dancing in the dark.