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40 Days

 So what happens the week after Holy Week?

The logical explanation is that the preparations begin for the liturgical holiday "Ascension," the ascention of Jesus into Heaven which Luke, in the book of Acts, describes as occurring 40 days after Easter.  There's that number again - 40!

Lent was a 40 day period of preparation (well, 46 days if you include the Sundays - which the Lenten period does not), then 40 days later comes the Ascension.  

Holy Week

 Beginning with Palm Sunday on March 29, we entered the week known as Holy Week or Passion Week.  It is the week that leads up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

On Palm Sunday, I shared two different lenses with which to view Holy Week:

What's ESP?

 At the February 1 Community Dialogue meeting, I shared a concept with the Unity of Fairfax congregration about how to manifest our mission which is:  We are a vibrant spiritual community awakening each life to the Christ within.

The concept is:  Unity of Fairfax shall establish itself as a spiritual center for education, service and practice.

Ask Rev. Russ

Since I began this blog in April of 2013, I've generally written about things that are on my mind and my heart; however, the title of the blog is "Ask Rev. Russ," so from now on I'll be answering questiong sent to me through this blog or in the course of conversations I have with people.  Rest assured, unless permission to use your name is specifically given, I won't use it or in any way give away the source of the question.

Lent and Sabbath

The time of spiritual preparation for Easter, Lent, began on Wednesday, February 18 with an observance called Ash Wednesday.  Lent is a 40 day period of contemplation and was one of the reasons why we selected "Sabbath: Finding Rest, Delight and Renewal in our Busy Lives" as the focus of our current talk series.


As Unity of Fairfax engages in the 7-week study of the book Sabbath, by Wayne Muller, I thought it might be interesting to read what Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore had to say on the subject.  Here’s an entry from the book Keep a True Lent in which Fillmore addresses the Sabbath:


On Sunday, February 8 we will launch a 7-week Sunday talk and small group series at Unity of Faifax based on Wayne Muller's book:

Sabbath: Finding Rest, Delight and Renewal in our Busy Lives


April 1 will mark my 2nd anniversary at Unity of Fairfax - time that has flown by.  What a remarkable journey this has been.  If I were to list the blessings I have received while serving as Senior Minister, the list would be miles long.

Marcus Borg, a Hero

 It was with great sadness that I read of the passing of one of the world's great contemporary Bible scholars, Marcus Borg.  Borg's work has been a great inspiration to me and allowed me to see the Bible as a living inspiration.  

I'm copying an obitiuary here in hopes that it will inspire others to pursue his work which can all be found on his website: 






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