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Program Teaser: Firesong and the Universal Temple of Spirits – Trance Possession Rite for the Spirits of Reason: The Universal Temple of Spirits presents a service for the Spirits of Reason. We will honor our Spirits with drumming, dance, song, and art. The service begins with a sung litany. All are welcome to join in with this. And then the drums start. The singing and dancing continues throughout, and we call our Spirits into ourselves to share our celebration. This is an open circle. Please plan to stay if you are calling a Spirit. Please bring: A Spirit you would call for “Reason” and a song and a design for them, if you have those. Free will donations are appreciated.
Tucked away in the woods surrounding the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education are a few lonely citizens of a bygone world – when the American Chestnut tree filled the eastern forests from Maine to Florida…
…In fact, it was commonly said that the American Chestnut held us from the cradle to the grave: cribs and coffins were made from its wood.
And its wood was only one of many gifts, aside from its crucial role in American forests’ ecology. Its protein-packed nuts fattened hogs, fed countless rural families through the winter, and, according to Donohue, were even bartered for other goods as a sort of currency
…how can you tell the difference between a real Spiritual Experience and Something Else? How can you help someone evaluate his/her own experiences? How do we increase Faith? What if s/he is making it up in order to victimize others? What if s/he feels like the victim of some malignant force, but it is a symptom of mental illness?