Sunday Services

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

Cumberland Heights' Spiritual Director Stan Bumgarner discusses the importance of Spiritual Healing patients need in their recovery from drugs and alcohol WATCH VIDEO
Cumberland Heights’ Spiritual Director Stan Bumgarner discusses the importance of Spiritual Healing patients need in their recovery from drugs and alcohol.

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.

Here are audio recordings of many of our previous Sunday Sermons

Michelle Morris, M.Div, M.A.

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.  

Michelle Morris, M.Div, M.A.

Sunday Sermon:One Sheep’s Journey February 2, 2020 Shrek the sheep was found hiding out in a cave in New Zealand six years after he escape his community.  Having avoiding being shorn (having his fleece shaved off) all that time, Shrek was carrying more than 60lbs of fleece, enough for 20 large men’s suits!  This week’s message looks at the power of community to help us carry our burdens and keep us spirituality fit; we also highlight the need for a power greater than ourselves, a shepherd, to shear us of the extra weight we are carrying.

Michelle Morris, M.Div, M.A.

Sunday Sermon: What’s in Your Hands? January 19, 2020 In his video “Shells,” contemporary theologian Rob Bell tells the story of his son failing to grab onto a starfish he really wants because his hands are full of shells he has been picking up off of the beach.  Rob asks us to question, “what is getting in the way of the one thing we really want?”  If recovery is the life we really want to grab hold of, we must first empty our hands of old ways of thinking, past wounds and hurts, and the meaningless things that keep us “busy” in life.

Michelle Morris, M.Div, M.A.

Sunday Sermon: Finding Joy in What is to Come December 15, 2019 As we mark the halfway point of the Christmas/advent season, we light a special pink candle to emphasis the spiritual principle of joy. In this message, we share about how difficult it is for us to feel joy as humans, because it means accepting our vulnerability in the possibility of loss. We also learn about joy that comes not from the moment, but from the anticipation of the moment. This talk closes with a reading of the promises of recovery from the AA Big Book, pages 83-84 as the anticipation of “what is to come” in our recovery.

Michelle Morris, M.Div, M.A.

Sunday Sermon: Advent: A Season for Anticipating Change December 1, 2019 On this first Sunday of the Christian season of Advent, we discuss the spiritual concept of hope, and talk about the hope that comes from inviting God/Higher Power into our lives. As God turned the world upside down with the birth of a baby on Christmas, our Higher Power has the ability to turn us inside out in our recovery, turning our despair into hope, our grief into joy, and our suffering into service.

Michelle Morris, M.Div, M.A.

Sunday Sermon: Gratitude: The Power to Transform November 17, 2019 In a season of giving thanks, we take time to focus on the spiritual practice of gratitude and it’s ability to transform our minds, our lives, and our recovery. This message describes how gratitude can actually change our perspective in even the darkest situations and deepen our understanding of the spiritual principles of recovery: acceptance, hope, faith, surrender, humility, and others.

Michelle Morris, M.Div, M.A.

Sunday Sermon: The Practice of Sabbath November 3, 2019 This week, our spiritual message takes a look at the practice of sabbath day, a day set aside for rest, in both the Jewish and Christian religions. We are asked to consider how holy, set aside time, to rest in both body and spirit, can benefit our recovery. We are shown how the practice of Sabbath can teach us about both the spiritual principles of humility and gratitude on our journal towards a spiritual awakening.

Michelle Morris, M.Div, M.A.

Sunday Sermon: The Promise of Freedom, Part 3 October 20, 2019 The Promise of Freedom, Part 3: Once we take the first step in recovery, admitting our powerlessness over our addiction and the unmanageability of our lives, we ask for help and become free from the substance. What remains are the deeper conditions of our disease: resentments, fears, shame, and character defects. This third message on freedom takes a look at how the process of recovery, notably in steps 4-7, we gain freedom from these deeper issues that keep us bound to addiction.

Michelle Morris, M.Div, M.A.

Sunday Sermon: The Promise of Freedom, Part 1 October 6, 2019 The AA Big Book promises a life in recovery that is “happy, joyous, and free,” but free from what? This message is the first in a series that explore the depth of freedom gained through the 12-step recovery process and spiritual awakening. This week’s message focused on freedom from substances, freedom from obsession, and freedom from the illusion of control.

Michelle Morris, M.Div, M.A., Spiritual Care Counselor

Sunday Sermon: Seeking out Comfort September 15, 2019 As people struggling with the disease of addiction, we have become incapable of sitting in discomfort and vulnerability. We cover these moments of our lives by seeking out comfort in a whole host of unhealthy habits, including using drugs and alcohol. This week’s message is a reminder that life’s most beautiful and meaningful moments spring from the places in which we are uncomfortable: growth, change, new and unknown paths.

Stan Bumgarner

Sunday Sermon: The Rich Young Man September 8, 2019 What is our most prized possession? What do we want to hold on to at all cost? Our belief system! In this talk Stan explores the Biblical story of the Rich Young Man as a way to understand why we must be willing to change the way we think and act if we are to recover from our addiction.

Angela Moscheo Benson

On this Father’s Day, I thought I might tell you a familiar story with a slightly different message…The parable of the prodigal is not a story about two sons. It is a story about all of us and how easy it is to get lost in our own point of view and our own self will. The emphasis in the story is not on the sons, but on their father. It is an unveiling of the mercy and the grace of God. The central truth of the parable is the picture of a Higher Power who wants to care for us and who is able to restore us- no matter how lost we have been. This parable reminds us that we need the initiating love of God. The father did not wait … Continue reading Sunday Sermon: The parable of the prodigal

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