Reclaiming Wholeness with Ina Gjikondi

This Sunday: Reclaiming Wholeness

with Ina Gjikondi

Recent events taught us that we are all parts of a whole, a common humanity. This is a significant time for a major transformation that calls us not only to redesign the system in which we live, but also to reboot, restore, and reinvent a new collective intelligence to guide it.


This Sunday we will be joined by Ina Gjikondi who serves as the Director of Executive Education Coaching at the George Washington University's Center for Excellence in Public Leadership. Together we will discover seven key principles that are needed to activate a new story and inspire you to shift into a new way of being:


 1. Nature-growing connection

 2. Aesthetic-opening practices

 3. Systems-sensing capacity

 4. Intuition-unleashing awareness

 5. Creativity-generating solutions

 6. Collective-moving intelligences

 7. Conscious-participating habits

Please join us, and invite others who may benefit from this discussion. 

About Ina in her own words:

I am a teacher, speaker, mother, alchemist, innovator, poet, modern mystic and co-curator of creative learning experiences that expand consciousness with the goal of One Shared Humanity.

I serve as the Director of Executive Education & Coaching and as the Founder & e-Co Leadership Coaching Program Director at the George Washington University's Center for Excellence in Public Leadership.

I believe in coaching as a way of being and an invitation to the practice of anchored capacity, where we learn to stay present, practical and poetic, to deepen and expand our contribution in the world.

Read more about Ina here.

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Recap of Last Week:

Scott Smith on Reimagining Our Economy and the Underlying Value System

Last week we enjoyed hearing from Scott Smith about the potential of an alternative system to the income and payments tax, which would slash the tax rate to 0.2%, balance the budget, and provide basic income, healthcare and college for all U. S. citizens.

The conversation provoked great discussion on the need to reimagine our society's relationship with money, and what it would take to get a bipartisan consensus to equalize the playing field.

You can view the recording of Scott's presentation here.

Scott's book can be found here.

Some of you had also asked where to find past sermons. As a helpful reminder, sermons are posted on our website and the YouTube Channel, with excerpts shared on our Facebook page. 

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Overheard on the Grapevine:

Rev. Rich Tafel Speaks to the Next Gen on Faith, Politics and Social Justice

The following message is re-shared from a LinkedIn post by Next Generation Politics:

It is well known that Gen Zers are more open minded than the generations that came before. In comparison, older Americans aren't as diverse (they’re mainly white) and many are religious, can be homophobic or homo-ignorant, and sometimes less educated. Meanwhile, our GenZ generation is constantly exposed to mainstream media and can learn about any race, gender, ideology, or narrative with the touch of a button. This fosters tolerance and having a liberal slant, actively promoting the fair and equitable treatment of others.

Generation Z teens tend to be enthusiastic about fighting for social change and believe the government should take greater initiative in resolving issues. The majority of young people in America believe that their digital views are as important as their offline ones.

Older voters have different priorities because of their different life experiences. Podcast guest Rich Tafel shared his concerns about his generation changing yet remains hopeful about youth.

As the next generation, we are committed to creating safe and equitable spaces for LGBTQIA+, ending policies like the Don’t Say Gay Bill, and more broadly working to make people care, no matter what political party they are in:

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with Your Network

Be sure to check out the latest published episodes of our Spiritual Resilience Podcast, and share them with your communities outside of the Church of the Holy City.

Repurposed from our Sunday sermons and community discussions, these 15-20 min episodes explore topics related to inner growth, social change and community-building. 

Series are now available on Spotify, Apple Music and Stitcher.

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How Can We Stay Compassionate?

Don’t be so sensitive. Detach yourself.

Suffering will just make you depressed.

You can’t make much difference anyway.

By: Albert Schweitzer

JULY 17, 2022

The great enemy of morality has always been indifference. As children, as far as our awareness of things went, we had an elementary capacity for compassion. But our capacity did not develop over the years in proportion to the growth of our understanding. This was uncomfortable and bewildering. We noticed so many people who no longer had compassion or empathy. Then we, too, suppressed our sensitivity so as to be like everyone else. We did not want to be different from them, and we did not know what to do. Thus many people become like houses in which one story after another has been vacated, a lifeless structure in which all windows look empty and strange, deserted.

To remain good means to remain wide awake. We are all like men walking in the bitter cold and snow. Woe to him who gives way to exhaustion, sits down, and falls asleep. He will never wake again. So our inmost moral being perishes when we are too tired to share the life and experiences and sufferings of the creatures around us. Woe to us if our sensitivity grows numb. It destroys our conscience in the broadest sense of the word: the consciousness of how we should act dies.…

The other threat to our capacity and our will to empathy is nagging doubt. What is the use of it? you think. Your most strenuous efforts to prevent suffering, to ease suffering, to preserve life, are nothing compared to the anguish remaining in the world around you, the wounds you are powerless to heal. Certainly, it is dreadful to be reminded of the extent of our helplessness.…

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Throwback Moment from the Swedenborg Book Discussion Group Gathering in Person

Here is the Swedenborg Book Discussion Group eating at Annie’s restaurant. Pictured in the photo from left to right are Adrienne Black and Lee Dodson seated at the back, and Dr. Malcolm Peck and Alissa Weaver at the forefront.

The group is currently set to discuss a short biography of Swedenborg, A Scientist Explores Spiritby George Dole and Robert Kirven. Also, the group wanted to share this short document, Swedenborg used his Breath, with the wider CHC membership, since this reading is rather relevant to our upcoming discussion on Sunday.  

If you are interested in joining the Swedenborg Book Discussion at CHC, please reach out to Dr. Malcolm Peck at <> or Stephen Svelmoe at <>.

Readings for The Coming Sunday

Psalm 23: The Lord Is My Shepherd

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside still waters.

3 He restores my soul.

He leads me in paths of righteousness

for his name's sake.

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil, for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life,

and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord


Matthew 13:1-9

The Parable of the Sower

1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 

2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. 

3 And he told them many things in parables, saying:

“A sower went out to sow. 

4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, 

and the birds came and devoured them. 

5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, 

and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 

6 but when the sun rose they were scorched. 

And since they had no root, they withered away. 

7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 

8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, 

some a hundredfold, some  sixty, some thirty. 

9 He who has ears, let him hear."

Emanuel Swedenborg, Secrets of Heaven

“Life of faith without love is like sunlight without warmth—the type of light that occurs in winter, when nothing grows and everything droops and dies. Faith rising out of love, on the contrary, is like light from the sun in spring, when everything grows and flourishes. Warmth from the sun is the fertile agent. The same is true in spiritual and heavenly affairs, which are typically represented in the Word by objects found in nature and human culture.”

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