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As both a faith community and a recovery ministry, theeffect relies on donations like yours to keep our programs running and our recovery services available to those who need them.

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There are a lot of people, a lot of people in South Orange County in recovery, who don’t know about
theeffect and all that it stands for. They want a deeper spirituality, but they don’t know how to get there
from where they are, and theeffect can facilitate that. Word needs to get out.

Chuck S. –Dana Point, CA

I would like to say thank you. I wish I could explain to you in a way that wouldn’t be rambling what great joy it is to hear you teach and preach a gospel of love. Everything I’ve read and everything I’ve heard is just so full of life, and I haven’t experienced that before, though I’ve sought from a fair number of teachers representing a fair number of traditions. It seems that every half-heretical musing I’ve scribbled in a notebook you’ve addressed in your book, on theeffect webpage, or when you’ve taught. Just wanted to say I love you;cause my spirit is exuberant at hearing you present Truth and Love and may God continue to bless you as I know He has for the way you represent Him.

Mike C. –San Juan Capistrano, CA

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Everyone is recovering from something… Admitting this is the first step in spiritual life, because any unfinished business in our lives–trauma, unforgiveness, fear-based perceptions–fosters compulsive behavior and keeps us from connecting spiritually and emotionally.

Since we’re all recovering, we accept everyone right as they are—no expiration dates or deadlines. We don’t tell anyone what to believe or do. We present points of view that we hope will engage seekers in their own journey; help them unlearn limiting perceptions, beliefs, and compulsions; give opportunities to get involved in community, building the trust we all need to find real identity, meaning, and purpose. In other words, to engage the transforming Way of living life that Jesus called Kingdom…non-religiously understood from a first century Hebrew point of view.



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Embedded in the fun and laughter of each of our gatherings and events is the connection and accountability as well as the structure, discipline, and opportunity for service that authentic community is all about. We help create programs for physical support, emotional recovery, and spiritual formation that can meet any person’s needs. Such programs work at two levels: first to address a person’s physical and emotional stability—clinical, financial, relational, professional—anything that distracts from working on the second level: true spiritual formation centered around the contemplative way of life defined by an original Hebrew understanding of the message of Jesus.

Rather than telling people what to believe or think, we model and encourage engagement in a personal and communal spiritual journey that allows people to experience their own worthiness of connection and acceptance, to find the freedom from underlying fears that brings real meaning and purpose into focus.


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Seeing ourselves as a learning and recovery community that worships together, the focus isn’t on Sunday morning alone, but on every day of the week as we gather for worship, healing and support workshops, studies, 12 step meetings, counseling and mentoring sessions, referral services, and social events.

Our Sunday gathering starts at 10AM and includes worship with one of the best worship bands in the area. We also have online discussion and study groups on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 6:30P PST. See our interactive calendar and our Facebook page to stay in touch with what is happening each week. You can also sign up on our elist for email enews updates.


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