Monthly Services provide a variety of spiritual practices: silent meditation, words of spiritual wisdom, sacred conversations, blessings, prayers of gratitude, acts of healing, music and singing. Marcia Flagg is the creator of our Services. Every month a different theme is selected, and spiritual wisdom quotes are given with an invitation for members to reflect on the morning topic.
Prior to shelter-in-place the services were held in the Echo Room of the Event Center in Rossmoor. During the current pandemic the services will be held as Zoom gatherings. Interested participants can click on the link "Sign up" to receive a Zoom invitation.
A Christmas Carol and Social Injustice
December 13, 2020
10:30 AM to Noon
Charles Dickens, whose characters are often based upon real individuals that he
knew, was an outspoken social critic against the stratification of society in the
Victorian Age along with the cruel employment of children, the poverty laws, and
other machinations and bureaucracy of the Victorian legal system.
Clearly, Ebenezer Scrooge epitomizes the mercenary and unfeeling industrialist
who ignores the plight of the lower classes. For, when asked to give to charity,
Scrooge queries, "Are there no prisons?...And the Union workhouses?" And, when
told that people die in these institutions, Scrooge remarks, "If they would rather
die,...they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population."
Regarding Christmas, Scrooge remarks, "Every idiot who goes about with 'Merry
Christmas' on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a
stake of holly through his heart."
What do our rich men have in common with “A Christmas
Carol’s Ebenezer Scrooge? Who speaks out for the poor
today? Who protects the rich in our generation? What is
your response to Jesus who said, “You will always have the
poor with you” or to Lyndon Johnson who proclaimed a
“War on Poverty”?
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