ICC Annual Convocation

The annual convocation for the International Community of Christ starts in a week.  This should not be confused with a retreat.  The convocation includes several hours of lectures and workshops each day.  For those who may be interested, I’ll list a few highlights of the schedule other than lectures. 

Date   Event
Sunday
Oct 5
 Sunrise Service
At Redrock Sanctuary
 Wednesday
Oct 8
 Sunrise Service
At Redrock
Wednesday
Oct 8
 Andean Explorers Foundation
Annual Meeting & Awards
Thursday
Oct 9
Group Visit to Steamboat Spa
 Saturday
Oct 11
 Communion Service and
First Degree Ordinations
Sunday
Oct 12th
Sunrise Service
At Redrock
Sunday
Oct 12th
Sunset Service for World Peace
At Redrock

Some services and events are open to the public, so if you are in the Reno area during the convocation, call 775-786-7827 for information and directions.

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Medicinal Herbs: Garlic

    Garlic is one of the most useful and versatile medicinal herbs.   In Asia, it is a major crop, second only to onions as a bulb crop.  It is grown in many other parts of the world as well.
    We all know it is a useful flavoring agent for foods.  It’s used in sauces for pizza and pasta, garlic bread, and other Italian dishes.  In Mexico and the Caribbean islands, it’s found in many hot sauces.  In the orient, it’s used in many hot and spicy dishes. 
    It’s medicinal benefits include, destroying infections , lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, fighting colds and flu, kidney and bladder problems.  Externally, it can be used on minor cuts and scrapes, skin infections, and athlete’s foot.  Cooking destroys the anti-bacterial effect, so eat it raw to fight infections.  Garlic oil, which is sold in capsules, is effective also.   The ancient Egyptians gave a daily ration of garlic to slaves to prevent illness.
Hippocrates recommended it to treat infections, cancer, leprosy, wounds and digestive problems.

Garlic in Folklore:

The Koreans ate garlic before traveling through the mountains because they believed tigers disliked it.

The ancient Egyptians would swear on garlic like we swear on the Bible.  Garlic was often included in the treasures buried with a mummy.

Olympic athletes in ancient Greece would take garlic for strength. 

Greek and Roman soldiers ate garlic for strength and courage.

Dreaming about garlic is a good omen.

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The Big Light

According to the popular Big Bang theory, the universe existed as a very tiny, super compressed something called the singularity that popped and released the ever expanding universe from within.
According to recent Quantum theory, the universe that we thing is so solid, is actually just a big hologram.
So when you combine the two, you get the idea that the singularity was a light that suddenly got switched on.  Leaving the obvious questions:
What was the light?
Who or what switched it on?

Of course, if there never was a singularity, than we come up with something very different.  Then we have spiritual light from spiritual dimensions such as heaven, suddenly being split, or lowered in frequency, and descending to form a lower dimension of existence, the material universe.  And the cause of it happening was what we know of as “the fall”, when Lucifer and his followers decided to create on their own rather than follow God’s plan.  So now we have a place for the light to come from and a reason that it happened.  Two thing missing in the current scientific theory.

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Some Thoughts on Terrorists

    Most Americans today think terrorists are all Muslims.  They therefore suspect all Muslims of being terrorists, or at least potential terrorists.  Conversely, many assume that if you are not Muslim, than you are not a terrorist.  That is a dangerous assumption.
    While it is true that most terrorist acts against the United States in the past decade have been by Muslims, there have been many terrorists who were Christians, Jews, Atheists, even Buddhists.
    In the seventies, the Bader-Meinhof gang of Germany bombed us bases in Germany and in the U.S.  If you check a current  list of top terrorist organizations, you will find many that are not Muslim.  A few examples:

Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA)

United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC)

    People who support terrorists and acts of terrorism think that the terrorists are sacrificing themselves for the good of others or the good of the whole.  I disagree.  I think it is the height of egotism to believe that your wishes and desires are so much more important than anyone else’s that any act, including murdering thousands of innocent people, destroying millions of dollars in property, or disrupting the operations of billion-dollar corporations (who will pass the recovery costs on to consumers) is justified.

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