Throwback Thursday #3. From the Archives.

“A Story That Could Be True”

For this week’s trip down memory lane I thought I’d dig out a fun, though longish talk I gave at the Spiritual Life Center of Midtown Detroit back in 2013. In it I manage to work in a few of my favorite things,  Zombies, Superheroes, open heart surgery, quantum mechanics, and talking dogs to illustrate the truth of our being, that we are more powerful than we think we are. In fact we are, as scripture says, “gods, children of the most high.”
It’s a lighthearted take on a topic I believe is truly important.In many faith expressions, including Christianity there often seems to be the idea that we were born in Sin, and therefore are “less than the worms of the earth.” As someone who faced depression and grew up with low self-esteem I found this notion actually contributed to my already fragile sense of self worth. When I was younger I couldn’t really understand how “religion” or spirituality could be seen as a force for good, when all it appeared to do was to bring us down.

It wasn’t until I discovered Unity and New Thought Christianity that I learned that not all “religions” believed in this idea, or even the notion that we were born under “Original Sin.” In fact it was the Catholic Theologian Matthew Fox’s book “Original Blessing” that in a lot of ways set me on my current spiritual path, by showing me that there were alternative views, even in religion, and that not everyone believed we were “less than” and that in truth we were loved by whatever force created us, and we are all powerful creatures.

It was from that realization that led me to the works of Joseph Campbell, Robert Bly, Dr. Jean Houston and others that pointed out that we were the heroes in our own mythic journey… and not only that but we are also the authors of this adventure, and through the co-creative power of the universe, could change the outcome.

Jean Houston mythicThe title of the talk is based on the title of one of my favorite poems by William Stafford;
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I’m a big fan of Scottish “brogues” and just found the poem read in an accent thicker than honey.

FYI the novel I mentioned, Matt Ruff’s “Fool on the Hill” can be bought here, I can’t recommend it enough. I read it every couple of years.  Click on the pic to check the book out. (Right click to open in a new tab, or wait until you’re finished listening to my talk- still can’t figure out how to program these links to open elsewhere.)
fool on the hill

So take a listen, share this message with your friends, and please, leave a comment or two.

Blessings!

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About revcopado

Rev. Michael F. Copado is an ordained Unity Minister (Unity School of Christianity class of 2003) and a graduate of Unity’s Urban Ministerial School in Detroit. He has served at or spoken at Unity/New Thought churches in Michigan, Missouri and Florida. He was the founder of the Center for Positive Christianity in Wellington Florida, and helped found the Spiritual Life Center of Midtown Detroit (now Spiritual Life Center of Ferndale.) He is one of the officiants of Wayne State University School of Medicine’s annual interfaith memorial service for those who have donated their bodies for medical research. He is an accomplished retreat leader and small group facilitator. He was a regular facilitator of men’s workshops and retreats such as “Man Alive” and for the Detroit Men’s Wisdom Council, and Men of Today (the Men’s group of the Church of Today, in Warren Michigan.) He has also been involved with “The Living Course,” “Taking It Lightly,” and the “Bamboo Bridge” weekend workshops. His 6 week course, “Knowing God, Knowing Ourselves, and Knowing Each Other” was a featured course at Unity Village Chapel, the main worship center at Unity Village. He also has worked at the Silent Unity Prayer Ministry, and was a contributor to The Daily Word magazine. He is a passionate advocate for Marriage Equality, a women’s right to choose, physician assisted suicide, as well as racial and gender equality. He is also a firm believer in healthy human sexuality, and sexual education, having assisted in the human sexuality curriculum at Wayne State School of Medicine and facilitated the online “Sex and Spirituality” discussion for several years on Literotica.com. Rev. Michael is available in Michigan for preaching/public speaking, retreats/workshops, as well as weddings, commitment ceremonies, memorials and divorce/separation rituals.
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