Jubilee! Circle is a circle of spiritual seekers providing inspiration, healing, affirmation and service
by letting go of ego.

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.

At each 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

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VIA POSITIVA: A TIME TO EMBRACE

In one classic Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, the young Calvin remarks to his tiger friend Hobbes, "You know, sometimes the world seems like a pretty mean place." To which Hobbes replies: "That's why animals are so soft and huggy."

And, there are days when all I want to do is come home and hug my animals ... right after I hug my wife, of course.

Embracing is one of the best things we can do for each other, in fact. The benefits of hugging, whether it's another person, a soft and huggy animal, or even a tree, is that it, ultimately, makes us healthier human beings. The act of hugging increases serotonin, which makes us happy. It increases oxytocin, which heals our feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Embracing deepens our connection to one another and improves relationships. Hugging boosts our immune system, lowers our blood pressure, balances our nervous system, relaxes our muscles and makes us feel safe in general. Besides, it's also pretty fun.

But, that's all about embracing other people, which is all well and good, but perhaps the best person to embrace in this world is ourselves -- and not just that ego that like to hug and be hugged -- but embrace that true, divine self that often gets lost in the shuffle of day to day life.

When we embrace our true self -- that divine higher consciousness -- we get tons of benefits from that authentic self hug, as well. First off, when we embrace our divine self, we release fear. We're no longer dependent on our ego to pump us up and tell us how good we are, or attempt to motivate ourselves to do better by comparing ourselves with others. Embracing our divinity means we step into our true unique power and have the courage to bring our imperfect, but needed, gifts into the world.

When we embrace that divine self, we also are able to find our passion -- to begin to uncover those unique gifts that this world needs us to bring out into the open. Embracing our true selves unleashes that inner creative spirit.

Embracing our divine self also brings us out of the ego's shame and blame game. When we're embracing our divine nature, we have no time to feel ashamed or blame ourselves or others for our problems or the problems in the world. Instead, in that loving embrace of our true selves, we can see the world for what it is -- a beautiful and broken place where all creation is calling out for love, peace and unity.

When we can embrace this world, Jubilants, that's when we all get to say, "Oh, Yeah!"