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You can find all the details on the latest stuff going on at theeffect right here. For a month-at-a-glance look at all gatherings and events, see our Calendar.

Movie Night!

friday | july 12 | 6:00 PM | Movie, Food, Discussion

Movie Night: Watch, eat, discuss

Come join us for a movie night at theeffect.

We’ll screen the movie Contact, starring Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey and based on the novel by Carl Sagan, a leading astronomer and proponent of SETI, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Contact is the story of an astronomer who makes first contact, but as an atheist, must confront her beliefs, the conflict between science and faith, and her own hero’s journey. It’s intelligent and suspenseful, with spirituality, religion, and existential meaning all central themes of the film.

We’ll watch and discuss the main themes, but while having fun at the same time. We’ll serve finger food, handheld snacks, drinks, and we’ll have an old fashioned popcorn machine, of course. Come laugh and connect and see if we can also find a deeper existential meaning in each other.

book study: Just This: Online

wednesdays | 6:30PM | online study

book study: Just This

We are working through the book, Just This by Richard Rohr, which is a collection of meditations on the contemplative life and mindset and what it brings to our daily experience. A more recent book by Rohr, it captures his thoughts on contemplative practice as he winds up his career and moves into a less visible place in his ministry and work. Seems it will be a great follow on to Br. Lawrence and his practice of presence.

Book summary from Amazon:
Just This is a collection of brief and evocative meditations and practices that invite us to cultivate the gift of waking up to the beauty of reality in all its glorious ordinariness. With his signature blend of contemplation, theology, and pastoral sensitivity, Fr Richard Rohr creates a spaciousness for the soul to grow into a kind of seeing that goes far beyond merely looking to recognizing and thus appreciating. This is the heart of contemplation, the centerpiece of any inner dialogue that frees us from the traps of our perceptions and preoccupations. The contemplative mind does not tell us what to see; it teaches us how to see what we behold.

This book has a longer order time for some reason on Amazon, so please order as soon as possible. But if you don’t have the book by start date, join us anyway. We read through together so you can still follow till your book arrives. The Amazon link is here.

Our weekly book study meets online via Zoom connection, Wednesday evenings @ 6:30P PST. Click here for links and more information. Come join us to dive into a different world of experience and a different level of presence. Hope to see you on the little screen for this!

And if you want to see our archives of past book studies and workshops, click here to visit our Workshop Youtube channel.

Conversations: Online


tuesdays | 6:30 PM | online

Conversations: applying faith to life

Sunday morning messages go by quickly.

And the format doesn’t give time for the processing and discussion that gets us down to real understanding–and maybe more importantly, how concepts and issues actually apply to daily life and make it better. Tuesday evenings, we’ll dig back into material from the previous Sunday to discuss, dive into completely new topics, hear personal stories, see how our faith applies to real life…and makes it better.

Conversations is held online via Zoom connection. Click here for links and more information. Join us Tuesdays: 6:30PM PST.

And if you want to see our archives of past book studies and workshops, click here to visit our Workshop Youtube channel.

Prayer: Online Gathering


first mondays of month | 6:30 PM | online gathering

Prayer: stronger together

Since the pandemic started, we’ve been isolated to one degree or another, and the issues we face individually and collectively, in our families, community, nation, globe seem to have increased exponentially.

Praying together and having time to talk about the issues we face and for what we’re grateful, to listen and support and realize God’s empowerment in our lives is what this gathering is all about. Come join us online to pray and support each other when we need it most.

You can pray with us through Zoom connection online. Click here for links and more information.

Join us on the first Monday of each month: 6:30PM PST.

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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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