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Rumi Corner

Imagine the time the particle you are
returns where it came from!
The family darling comes home.
Wine without being contained in cups,
is handed around.
A red glint appears in a granite outcrop,
and suddenly the whole cliff turns to ruby.

~ Rumi

Unconditional love really exists in each of us. It is part of our deep inner being. It is not so much an active emotion as a state of being. It’s not ‘I love you’ for this or that reason, not ‘I love you if you love me.’ It’s love for no reason, love without an object.”

Be with those who help your being.
Don’t sit with indifferent people, whose breath
comes cold out of their mouths.
Not these visible forms, your work is deeper.
A chunk of dirt thrown in the air breaks to pieces.
If you don’t try to fly,
and so break yourself apart,
you will be broken open by death,
when it’s too late for all you could become.
Leaves get yellow. The tree puts out fresh roots
and makes them green.
Why are you so content with a love that turns you yellow?

~ Rumi

translation: Coleman Barks

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Close your eyes.
Gather all the kindling
About your heart
To create one spark.
That is all you need
To nourish the flame
That will cleanse the dark
Of its weight of festered fear.

~ John O'Donohue

"You do not need to know precisely what is happening, 
or exactly where it is all going. 
What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope."

~ Thomas Merton

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Welcome to Temenos Community

Sunday Service
Sunday, September 27th at 10:00 am | Morning Service
Rev. Christine Campbell

Join Us for a Virtual Sunday Service on the Temenos Retreat and Sanctuary Facebook page LIVE at 10:00 am  (you can watch anytime)
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Catch the Wind

A service of poetry, prayer, song, drumming, and meditation, with a Contemplation on "Catch the Wind" – Blending the traditional and the nontraditional. Join us in the Mystery of Love Unfolding.

You do not need to register. This is a virtual event and an in-person event – We will live stream on our Facebook page at 10:00 am. We have room for a few people to attend in person on a first-come basis. You will have to wear a mask and you must arrive at 9:45. Doors close at 9:55. 

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Services will be recorded as an audio file and will be available shortly after at SoundCloud:

Temenos Sunday Services

All services are offered virtually, plus sometimes at services we have room for 10 people (not including helpers) during the service.

If we have room for guests at a service, we will state so on our Facebook page and use EVITE as a way to register and keep track.

Sunday Morning Services begin at 10:00 am.
If we do have room, people will be admitted between 9:45 and 9:55 only if they have registered.

Sunday Evensong Services begin at 5:00 pm.
People will be admitted between 4:45 and 4:55 only if they have registered.

Everyone must have a mask.

We would like to keep people whole and healthy,
as you are all indeed holy and beloved.

Temenos COVID-19 Response and Protocols

Temenos is open for small gatherings in keeping with the current local Pennsylvania guidelines. As it has always been, the safety and security of our guests and team members remains our highest priority. We are doing everything we can to ensure our guests safety and provide maximum flexibility as the situation around Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve.

Please click here for a PDF with further information.
Please sign this waiver and bring it with you to any events or services that you may attend in person.

Retreat and Sanctuary
Renew and Regenerate Your Being

Dear Friends,

As the summer winds surround us,

here are a few inspirations to nourish your Souls.

.... Christine Campbell 

The World
painting by Tamara Adams


“Wear the world as a loose garment....”

~ St. Francis of Assisi

Alice in Wonderland

Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don't much care where.
The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn't much matter which way you go.
Alice: So long as I get somewhere.
The Cheshire Cat: Oh, you're sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.

~ Lewis Carroll

Lay Your Bed where the Cat sleeps...

Lay your bed where the cat sleeps.
Eat the fruit that has been touched by a worm.
Boldly pick the mushroom on which the insects sit.
Plant the tree where the mole digs.
Build your house where the snake sits to warm itself.
Dig your fountain where the birds hide from heat.
Go to sleep and wake up at the same time with the birds – you will reap all of the days golden grains.
Eat more green – you will have strong legs and a resistant heart, like the beings of the forest.
Swim often and you will feel on earth like the fish in the water.
Look at the sky as often as possible and your thoughts will become light and clear.
Be quiet a lot, speak little – and silence will come in your heart, and your spirit will be calm and full of peace.”

~ Saint Seraphim of Sarov

On Beauty

And a poet said, Speak to us of Beauty
And he answered:
Where shall you seek beauty, and how
shall you find her unless she herself be your
way and your guide?
And how shall you speak of her except
she be the weaver of your speech?
The aggrieved and the injured say,
“Beauty is kind and gentle.
Like a young mother half-shy of her
own glory she walks among us.”
And the passionate say, “Nay, beauty is
a thing of might and dread.
Like the tempest she shakes the earth
beneath us and the sky above us.”
The tired and the weary say, “Beauty is
of soft whisperings. She speaks in our spirit.
Her voice yields to our silences like a faint
light that quivers in fear of the shadow.”
But the restless say, “We have heard her
shouting among the mountains,
And with her cries came the sound of
hoofs, and the beating of wings and
the roaring of lions.”
At night the watchmen of the city say,
“Beauty shall rise with the
dawn from the east.”
And at noontide the toilers and the way-
farers say, “We have seen her leaning over
the earth from the windows of the sunset.”
In winter say the snow-bound, “She shall
come with the spring leaping upon the hills.”
And in the summer heat the reapers say,
“We have seen her dancing with the autumn
leaves, and we saw a drift of snow
in her hair.”
All these things have you said of beauty,
Yet in truth you spoke not of her but of
needs unsatisfied,
And beauty is not a need but an ecstasy.
It is not a mouth thirsting nor an empty
hand stretched forth,
But rather a heart enflamed and
a soul en-chanted.
It is not the image you would see nor the
song you would hear,
But rather an image you see though you
close your eyes and a song you hear though
you shut your ears.
It is not the sap within the furrowed bark,
nor a wing attached to a claw,
But rather a garden for ever in bloom and
a flock of angels for ever in flight.
People of Orphalese, beauty is life when
life unveils her holy face.
But you are life and you are the veil.
Beauty is eternity gazing at itself
in a mirror.
But you are eternity and
you are the mirror.

~ Kahlil Gibran

"You do not need to know precisely what is happening, 
or exactly where it is all going. 
What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope."

~ Thomas Merton