While the Catholic Church reaffirms its ban on women’s ordination and Protestant Churches are musing on (or in denial over) the question of emerging church, Authentic Freedom Academy is about the business of BEING the new church. I hesitate to even use the word church, because in truth, Authentic Freedom Academy is about everything Church is not, or rather, everything Church would have the opportunity to be if it were to lay down its burden of fear and its resulting need to exercise power and control.
Authentic Freedom starts where Jesus left off with LOVE. Examining every reported teaching of Jesus, every reported example, and receiving these through the lens of love, Authentic Freedom is able to pierce through the veil created by fear and the orthodoxy that arose out of this fear, to uncover the depth of love and the call to Oneness put forth by Jesus. From this place of love, the love that lays hidden within every single spiritual tradition can be discovered, honored and embraced. There is not only one way to “God.” Everything leads us back to our original nature as love when we have the eyes to see and the ears to hear.
In this, Authentic Freedom has mined all the possible ways of connecting with, remembering and embodying this love – whether it be through Christian or Hebrew scripture, meditation, movement, knowledge of our energy anatomy, the teachings of the Buddha, the mystical poetry of Hafiz, Rumi and Rabiah, mantra, chant, Kirtan, ritual, gathering in community, shamanic journeys, interpretation of dreams, the wisdom of fairytales, or a glimpse into the terrific tools of Western and Eastern psychology including the Enneagram and the Myers-Briggs. All provide nourishment, insight and support in our journey toward love. We have found that this kind of multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural approach is critical in an increasingly pluralistic, secular and intelligent world.
THIS is what Church had the opportunity to do if it had not embraced fear instead of the love that Jesus promised for those who followed his example. This is what Authentic Freedom has become over the course of its twenty-two year evolution – a new model of what we formerly called “church.” Authentic Freedom does this through our:
- Weekly gatherings
- Online courses
- Weekly inspirational newsletter
- Inspirational and Educational Blog
- One-on-one mentoring and support
If you are looking for a different experience of what you formerly experienced as Church, I encourage you to check out our offerings and find out what might speak to you. Peruse our website. Check out our offerings. And if you have additional questions, do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. If the old way of being Church appeals to you and you find comfort and support there, then yay! All paths lead us to God/Love. If not, Authentic Freedom provides a place where you can explore another option.