Sunday Sermon: Spiritual Lessons from a Feral Cat February 16, 2020 Have you ever tried to domesticate a stray and wild animal? This message shares the journey of trying to domesticate a feral cat and the lessons learned in the process, including: accepting life on life’s terms, patience, and gratitude for small steps of progress. In active addiction, we can see ourselves reflected in the fear and isolation of “survival mode” in the feral cat. God functions as the patient caregiver, accepting us as we are and rejoicing in our each step of our journey.
We offer services to those of all faiths and none, those who are angry, those who feel ashamed and those who feel numb
Spiritual Care – Sunday Services
The key concepts of spirituality at Cumberland Heights are that you are the explorer, the one who journeys, and you define what spirituality means to you. Spirituality is about Practice. It is about those things you choose to do every day which help you feel connected to yourself, those you love and something greater than you, whatever that turns out to be.
We offer services to those of all faiths and none, those who are angry, those who feel ashamed and those who feel numb.
Our hands are held out to you.
What does Spiritual Care and Practice look like at Cumberland Heights?
We work in groups where we talk about issues like anger, resentment and forgiveness, or grief and loss, or shame and guilt, or what the difference is between religion and spirituality. We also offer individual sessions where you work with one of our Spiritual Directors.
Our spiritual care directors use many techniques including mindfulness meditation which is a kind of ‘being in the moment’ meditation practice known to decrease relapse risk and a labyrinth experience, modeled after the one in Chartes Cathedral in France, which helps you to gradually let go of all your worries on the way in, stopping in the center to relax, and taking something a little new with you as you walk out.
We also offer non-denominational chapel service with your family on Sunday morning, sober Seder with other recovering friends and monthly communion service in the Paschall Davis Chapel.