This is where you'll discover how to get more deeply involved with our Jubilee! community and the greater Asheville community...whether it's helping refugees, homeless folks or people of color; coming to a social celebration, movie night or drum circle; or joining a meditation, labyrinth walk or prayer circle.  Here are some highlights of what's going on right now.

Bring Your Gifts "Into The Mystic" during Via Negativa

The Via Negativa starts next week, the theme is “Into the Mystic,” and will feature Hildegarde of Bingen on September 19th. All via long, we’ll be exploring the insights of a variety of mystics, ancient and modern, Christian and others...all of whom have tapped into that deep river of wisdom flowing beneath all of the world’s religions. Whatever well we’re drinking from, we’re all digging down into the one mystic river of love. CLICK HERE to see the other mystics we'll be exploring, bring your own gifts to our Sunday circles, and let us all drink from your well of creative joy!

Hands-on Opportunities to Get Involved

Now is a great time to get more involved with Jubilee!  Whether you have a lot of time or a little time, whatever your interests, there is something here to jump into:

  • Sunday Set-up ~ We need help preparing for Sunday mornings each week by setting up the chairs; sprucing up the hospitality room, altar and prayer table at the Western Wall; copying the bulletins; hosting a Zoom coffee hour; and more.  Email Laura Collins at revlauracollins@gmail.com to let us know how you want to get involved
  • We are revving up our Committees and Teams. A Committee is headed by a Board member and does the essential work of the organization (such as finances, fundraising and facilities – but they don’t all start with "f"). A Team creates opportunities for living out our shared mission and values (like the Arts Team, the Social Justice Team, the Outreach Team or the Spiritual Journeys Team). Click here to find out more.

Get into Balance with a Walk on Our Labyrinth

It’s the Autumn Equinox when light and dark are equal, when we can reflect on the bounties we have experienced and prepare ourselves to enter the shadowtime.  Let’s move towards balance together on a Autumn Equinox Labryinth Walk at 46 Wall Street. We will follow a processional labyrinth designed to guide us into the depth of us and our community. Each walk begins with a five-minute meditative talk, followed by a one-way walk to live harp music.

Autumn Equinox Labyrinth Walk

Tuesday, September 21

6PM and 7PM

The walk is free and love offerings for Jubilee! are gratefully accepted. Questions to Johanna Manassee at jvm795@gmail.com.  As with all of our indoor events, masks are required, and please be vaccinated or have a recent negative Covid test.

The Racial Equity Discussion Group

The Racial Equity Discussion Group will be meeting on Zoom at 6pm on Sunday, September 19th, to choose our next book or documentary or podcast series.  We’ll also align on the day/time for our future discussions. Email Melody LeBaron at melody.lebaron@gmail.com for the zoom invite.

Attend the Jubilee! Singers Rehearsals

The Jubilee! Singers are preparing Brian Tate's "Connected" for the November 10th Sunday Celebration, and will have their first in-person rehearsal outside on Wednesday, September 22nd from 5:20pm to 6:30pm.  The venue will either be the Hazel Robinson Ampitheatre or the West Asheville Park Shelter depending on the weather.  They will be rehearsing outside again on September 29th, and then reviewing and recording on October 6th.  If you can "carry a tune" and love to sing, come join them!  You must RSVP to Teri Sandoval at jubileesingersavl@gmail.com to make sure there are enough seats set up with distancing protocols in place.

Creation Care Alliance Opportunities

  • All We Can Save -- Beginning on Tuesday, September 21st, Creation Care Alliance is offering a nine week online study of "All We Can Save,"  a compilation of essays from women at the forefront of the climate movement. Each week, attendees will gather on Zoom from 7:00 to 8:00 pm to discuss one essay and poem with an emphasis on equity and justice. Through conversation and contemplation, the group will consider how these stories relate to our callings of creation care as people of faith/spirituality.  Learn more and register here.
  • Eco Grief Circle -- Creation Care Alliance is once again offering free Eco-Grief Circles on Zoom to help folks process the social and ecological pain of our collective moment. The next Circle starts on Wednesday September 22nd (12:00-1:15pm) and ends November 3rd, providing seven weeks of exploring grief, sorrow, anxiety, fear, guilt, shame, anger and despair.  The Eco-Grief Circles are designed to offer mutual support, healing, insight and love led by counselors, pastors and environmental advocates, but are not group therapy. Click here to learn more and register.

And More...

These are just some highlights of what's going on at Jubilee! right now.  To get up to date on everything that's currently happening, read this week's newsletter on our newsletter archive site.