Jubilee! Circle is a circle of spiritual seekers offering inspiration,
affirmation, healing and service by endeavoring
to live fully, love wastefully and awaken to our true, divine self.
Jubilee! Circle is a progressive, inclusive community, influenced by Creation Spirituality, ecumenical, feminist, and traditional Christian theologies. We are affiliated with the Jubilee! Community in Asheville, N.C.
We ground ourselves in creation spirituality that begins not in that dark place of original sin, but in that bright place of delight -- that Original Blessing where God created this infinite universe, this blue boat we call home, all the creatures upon it and finally we hard-headed humans, and proclaimed it all to be very good. God continues to delight in all of creation and invites us to do so, as well.
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. 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
VIA NEGATIVA: SHADOWLANDS
Call it misery. Call it hopelessness. Call it suffering, anguish, gloom, doom or dejection. Call it the dark night of the soul or deep funk or the pits or hell. Call it what you will, we all have had times when zee poop hits zee fan and splatters all over you: all over your hopes and dreams, all over your love life, all over your goals, your purpose, your joy, your sleep, your reason for living and even, your logic.
These dark times can slam your body or your mind. Or your body and mind. And still have enough poopy oomph (or poomph) left over to do a number on your emotions and spirit. These are the Shadowlands: the dark landscapes where we all get plopped every now and then. Sometimes for a brief visit, sometimes to take up residence.
And how do you get to these Shadowlands? Well, there's no need for Google or MapQuest. There are any number of vehicles which can take you straight there. Divorce can do it. As can a diagnosis of cancer or heart disease. Loss of a job or a friend. Death of a loved one. A child moving away or a family member strung out on drugs. And, then, of course, there's everyone's long-time acquaintance named Worry who loves to show up in bed with you at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning. Worry is always good for a quick ride to the Shadowlands; because, as Worry reminds you: There's always something to agonize and lose sleep about.
But, there's no need to despair. Because our species has been trucking through these Shadowlands ever since we crawled out of the slime, we've learned a few things. We've learned, for example to sing the blues. Blues don't make Shadowlands disappear; but they give you something to dance to while you're moving through. We've also learned that compassion – cum pasio – being with suffering - can be a fine oasis in the middle of a Shadowlands desert. And we've also learned of the amazing ability of light to not only create shadows, but dispel them as well. And there's love. There's always love.
Tricks of trade. And it's a good idea to have a trick or two up your sleeve when you're humping and bumping through the Shadowlands.