Collective Podcast Sermons for threshold faith communities.

Dia De Los Muertos is our annual celebration of those who have departed. This celebration will allow all ages to participate and there will be kids and students stations located within the main room. We look forward to a night of remembrance, community and a delicious shared meal. All are welcome.

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Collective gathers annually in downtown DeLand for a night of community, carols, and hot Trilogy Coffee. This open event will incorporate a brief service, Christmas Carols, candles and music featuring Mike the Prophet's Christmas EP. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!

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This week we pick up where we left off, God is love. But what does this mean as it names God, pushes past the names of God to the essence? This passage also raises the idea that love banishes fear; which sounds great in theory, but how does it work, and how do we practice this?

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This week, we finally come to the passage that drew us to this letter in the first place, the often quoted phrase, "God Is Love". As we enter the Advent Season, we begin our preparation for, and anticipation of, the promise of God born in the world, in our lives. This passage is full of tension, hope, questions and inspiration for our journey.

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This week we'll push into the fourth chapter of the letter, and one of the most significant themes of the Christian faith. Typically referred to as incarnation, we'll explore the integration of spirit and matter, the goodness of this life and universe. Then we'll ask questions about how we discern the many forces that push and pull us in life.

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As our letter holds onto familiar themes of spirit in us, a life that is being revealed, what and how it is we are becoming, we'll consider the uncertainty of what we will be, but trust in the process and family with whom we are coming to be.

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Last week we spoke of believing vs knowing, or belief vs experience. This week we'll take this even further with challenging and liberating idea, "You don't need anyone to teach you." We'll also take a crack at the age-old question, "where is God?" Ambitious to be sure. Come lend your voice to this good work.

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This week our letter carries us into the territory of transition, so relevant in todays culture; from religion to spirituality, from belief system to practice, from institutions to deeper loyalties. We'll ask fun questions about what we know and how, as well as how our methods supersede our facts.

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This week, pending survival in the "after-math-ew", we'll move forward with one of the most challenging but hopeful passages in this letter. In a text overwhelmingly occupied with love, we find the first instance of "do not love". We'll explore what we should make of this, and how this warning might truly lead to life.

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