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Happy Sabbath!

I’ve been in seven airports in the last five days so I didn’t get a chance to create this liturgy in time for Sabbath. I spent a few days at the Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival in Idaho and so the theme this week is inspired by some of the films and talks I heard, particularly Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, who delivers our homily.

Opening Meditation/Prayer

Sigur Rós “Untitled #1 (A.K.A Vaka)”

Scripture Reading

Matthew 21: 23-27

23When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?”

24Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things.

25Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’

26But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.”

27So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

Special Music

Jill Sobule “Mexican Wrestler”


Rachel Naomi Remen is a nationally recognized medical reformer and educator who sees the practice of medicine as a spiritual path.

Dr. Remen is Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and Director of the innovative UCSF course The Healer’s Art, which was recently featured in US News & World Report. She is Founder and Director of the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness, a ten-year-old professional development program for graduate physicians.


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Rage Against the Machine “Take the Power Back”


Discussion thought

Does God have power on earth that overrides the free will of living creatures?

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