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 Creativa:
It's a simple phrase, but it can have a myriad of meanings. When someone tells us to "lighten up," they could be telling us not to take things so seriously. They could be telling us to cheer up, because things will get better, because they always do. They could be telling us to not to be so hard on ourselves, to lighten up and enjoy our lives more. They could be inviting us to lighten our psychological or spiritual load and share our burdens with them.
They could also be telling us that we might want to lose a little weight - and literally lighten up - which, face it, is something we all begin to think about as the new year dawns. January is not Weight Watchers' busiest month for nothing. They are counting on you to resolve to "lighten up."
When the Holy invites us to "lighten up," She is usually not all that concerned with a number on the scale or even trying to cheer us up a bit. Instead, when the Holy says, "lighten up," it's an invitation to let our light shine. Often, we tend to hide our light -- or we may not even be aware that we have a light to share. Instead, we often succumb to the gloom and doom of winter, when the light retreats earlier and earlier in our days, leaving tired and run down and ready for bed by 4 p.m.
We may notice this kind of perpetual weariness the most in the winter time, but the Holy knows that we humans can be a gloomy lot all year round. In the winter we have a name for the how the lack of light affects us - SAD - or Seasonal Affective Disorder. But, many of us suffer from SAD all year round.
The only cure for SAD, whether it's the winter-induced version or the life-induced version is the same - light. As we move into the darkness of our Via Creativa, we must find more creative ways to bring light not just into our often sad inner world, but out into the more often than not sad world around us.
When we can share this little light of ours with even just a few people around us, we'll discover that old campfire song had it right after all - it really does only take a spark to get that fire going - and soon all those around will learn what really means to "lighten up."
And when they do, all they'll be able to say is: "Oh, Yeah!"