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Add Dances of Universal Peace and Women's Drum Circle to this weeks events

Buddha in the woods
Buddha in the woods
Rev. Jim Hetzer

Spiritual events continue to happen during the month of August. This week adds the Dances of Universal Peace and a talk on Near-Death Experiences (NDEs). Given the many deaths in Gaza, the Dances of Universal Peace take on additional significance. NDEs are an affirmation of the continuation of an individual's soul after transitioning. Losing the fear that death means extinction is one of the key benefits of spiritual beliefs. Narratives of NDEs help us know we continue. This helps us lead life here as better human beings, and removes anxiety for ourselves and loved ones as we follow life's cycles.

Saturday, August 9, 2014
Near-Death Experience talk
by national award-winning author Nancy Clark. Clark is the founder and facilitator of the Columbus chapter of the International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS). She is speaking from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Northwest Masonic Temple. The Masonic Temple is located at 2436 West Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, OH. 43235-4709. There is no charge for the lecture. Love offerings to help defray the cost of using the Masonic Temple are greatly appreciated.

Dances of Universal Peace will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave, Columbus, OH 43214. This is less than a block from North High and East North Broadway. These are spiritual practices or simple body prayers; no previous experience is needed –just an open and willing attitude. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. There is no fee to participate; donations are gladly accepted. Potluck snacks afterwards! Please bring something to share, if you like. For more information contact Thallia at

Drumming at Garcia's Restaurant, 2373 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43214. Drumming starts at 9:30 p.m. and continues until about 1:30 a.m. Led by Iggy Garcia, this drumming session welcomes all levels of experience and types of drums. This is an opportunity to participate in drumming and to experience the energy that is created by this ancient ritual.

Sunday, August 10, 2014
Women's Drum Circle at Summit on 16th United Methodist Church, 82 East 16th Avenue, Columbus OH 43201 starting at 6:30 p.m. This is an evening of lightly facilitated spiritual sharing, wisdom and drumming! Please bring your own drum if you have one; there will be instruments available if you don’t. Feel free to bring a short spiritual prayer, poem or reading to share with the group. A donation basket will be passed to cover the cost of using the church. Park in the rear, enter through the door off the parking lot. The circles will be held in the church sanctuary. This repeats each month on the 2nd Sunday.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Numinous Zoe is hosting Earth Healing from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Blacklick Woods’ Walnut Shelter is located at 6975 East Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068. The healing ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day with fellow Lightworkers in celebration of the healing of Mother Earth. You may be interested in joining the NuminousZoe meet-up group.

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Douglas Blue Feather, Grammy award winning Native American flute player returns to the Christian Spiritualist Temple for a performance from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Douglas Blue Feather is internationally recognized with his integration of traditional Native American music with highly spiritual melodies. This is a link to Voices in the Wind. The suggested donation is $20 if you are working; $10 if you are retired or unemployed. This is an opportunity to see a spiritual musical performance in a highly spiritual setting.

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