Sunday, September 19, 2004

topic 5 - mystery churches

Think where man's glory most begins and ends
And say my glory was I had such friends. ~ W.B. Yeats

I still want to found a Human Divinity Church or a Mystery Church.
Anyone want to co-found this with me?
Special thanks to the 8 people who originally expressed interest in this.

SCU Editor-in-Chief


The fundamental tenets of the HDC
and of all Mystery Churches were (and are) as follows:

Every human being holds the innate spark of divinity within.

Human perception is inherently limited.
Our understanding of the mysteries of existence is incomplete.
There is beauty in the mystery.

Celebrate the mystery of human divinity!

"If ever you want to touch the hand and the heart of God Almighty,
you can do it through the body of someone you love.
Anytime. Anywhere. Without no middleman."
from Godbody, by Theodore Sturgeon

It is not our purpose to become each other;
it is to recognize each other, to learn
to see the other and honor him for what he is.
~ Hermann Hesse

Here's the original Mystery Church content:

Believe it or not, all you have to do to found a church is to get together a few like-minded friends and decide you have one. If you want to incorporate as a legal, non-profit, religious institution, there is some paperwork and a few fees, but it's not as hard as you might think. We will keep links on the links page with information on how to do this.

If you want to start your own mystery church, celebrating the mystery of human divinity or whatever other mystery of creation that takes your fancy, feel free! Whether you wish to gather together to honor the mystery of *the fractal geometry of cauliflower or the mystery of *really bad candy, we just ask that you let us know about it, for our own edification. At some point when we become legally incorporated, we will post our info here, but we don't want to take on other "chapters" - that's too much like an organized religion. We prefer the decentralized approach, but are happy to share our experience with anyone. Please, email us.

(*these two sites are not affiliated with us, they're just nifty and you should look at them.)

Here's a few examples of unorthodox churches
and spiritual communities on the web. For more, go to our links page.

Church of All Worlds
The mission of the Church of All Worlds is to evolve a network of information, mythology and experience that provides a context and stimulus for re-awakening Gaea, and re-uniting her children through tribal community dedicated to responsible stewardship and evolving consciousness.

CoGWeb, the WWW home page of the Covenant of the Goddess
An international organization of cooperating, autonomous Wiccan congregations and solitary practitioners.

Spiritual Emergence Network (SEN)
In Step with a Changing Paradigm: SEN's mission is to support the emergence of spirit in all its forms. They operate an information and referral service, answering calls, letters and E-mail from an international population. They assist in the cooperative effort, on behalf of both laypeople and clinicians, to connect those in transformational crisis with educated and compassionate helpers who are committed to facilitating the integration of numinous experiences. Through their own resources, those of their regional coordinators, and their member providers, they offer information and provide referrals in the caller's geographic area.

Findhorn Foundation

An international community and developing eco-village of about 350 people, living, studying and working together in the northeast of Scotland. The community was founded in 1962 by Eileen Caddy, Peter Caddy and Dorothy Maclean in a caravan park a mile from the seaside village of Findhorn. "While we have no formal doctrine or creed, we honour and recognise all the major world religions, believing that there are many paths to God. Our focus is on learning to bring spiritual principles into our daily lives through our work, the way we relate to each other, and how we express our caring and concern for the Earth."

Damanhur is a Federation of Communities located in northern Italy, with its own social, political and economic structure, based on the practical application of a spiritual philosophy. Damanhur lies in Valchiusella, a valley at the foothills of the Italian Alps, next to the Gran Paradiso National Park. Their Temple of Mankind was built underground during the last 16 years in the heart of the mountain under the supervision of artists and specialized technicians. It is composed of several rooms on 5 different levels connected by hundreds of meters of corridors. Its global volume is over 4,000 cubic meters, developing underground for over 30 meters, the equivalent of an eleven floor building. The work has been realised totally by hand, the only mechanical instrument used was the pneumatic hammer. The group of artists that created the structure's decorations utilised techniques that have almost disappeared, such as glass and stone mosaic, stained and cathedral glass, frescos, marquetry, embossed copper, marble and stone sculpture. The total surface of the painted and frescoed areas is now over 400 square meters, the mosaics cover over 300 square meters of walls and floors. The Temple is an alchemic laboratory and a place for meditation, it is a collective work of art, a metaphor of Damanhur's way to the building of oneself.

If you have built castles in the air, your works need not be lost;
that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau ~ Walden


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