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In the second in a series on our shared spiritual journey, Unity of Whidbey church member Keith Mack will reflect on the line from “A Course in Miracles” that says the journey to God is a “journey without distance to a goal that has never changed.” ... more.

‘Journey without Distance’ at Unity

In the second in a series on our shared spiritual journey, Unity of Whidbey church member Keith Mack will reflect on the line from “A Course in Miracles” that says the journey to God is a “journey without distance to a goal that has never changed.”

Also at this Sunday service, Good Karma will provide music.

The service begins at 10 a.m. at Bayview Hall. All are welcome.

Responsibility series continues

Darrel Wenzek continues his two-part series tomorrow morning at South Whidbey Community Church on “Taking Personal Responsibility for Yourself and for the Church.” The text tomorrow is Galatians 6:7-10.

Wenzek is a former pastor of Evangelical Free churches, and holds an master’s of divinity degree from Western Seminary, in Portland. He is a frequent speaker at South Whidbey Community Church.

South Whidbey Community Church intentionally enjoys a wide variety of gifted and educated speakers at each Sunday morning worship service.

Each worship service begins at 10 a.m. and is preceded at 9 a.m. by an adult learning forum where the Book of Romans is being discussed, led by Stan Walker. Midweek Bible Studies continue in the Gospel of Luke, at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, led by Art Angst at Rick and Dinah Zapata’s home.

South Whidbey Community Church is open to everyone and gathers for worship each Sunday at the Deer Lagoon Grange, 5142 Bayview Road, Langley. For more information, go to

Christ in nature retreat returns

The second annual retreat hosted by the Diocesan Committee for the Environment will be held at St. Augustine’s from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 14.

The purpose of the retreat is to discuss ways in which the Diocese of Olympia and its member parishes might better advance ideas and implement procedures that promote and protect God’s creation. It is an assembly in which the participants will share resources and stories that hopefully feed, energize and engage everyone on this collective environmental journey.

Bishop Greg Rickel, the keynote speaker, will share his dreams for faith and environmental work in the diocese and preside over Eucharist.

Everyone in the congregation is invited and encouraged to attend this momentous event.

Lunch will be served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The cost for the day is $25.

Concepts of social action from Islam

Jamal Rahman, Muslim Sufi and co-minister at Seattle’s Interfaith Community Church, will be the speaker for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island this Sunday.

Always an engaging story-teller, Rahman will focus on Islamic social justice and service.

While remaining rooted in his Islamic tradition, Rahman cultivates a “spaciousness” by being open to the beauty and wisdom of other faiths.

The Unitarian Universalist Church meets for the Sunday service at 4 p.m. in the chapel at Trinity Lutheran, Woodard and Highway 525, Freeland.

Children’s religious exploration classes and childcare will be provided. All are welcome. Visit for more information.

Special guest at adult forum

The St. Augustine’s Adult Forum on Sunday, June 8 is “Growing Up in Israel.”

Shahar Robinzon, an Israeli graduate student at the University of Washington, will talk about his life and what it’s like growing up in the political firestorm that characterizes the Middle East.

Robinzon was born in Israel, but lived in New Jersey and Arkansas as a child and has visited here frequently. He served in the Israeli Defense Force for three years as a combat engineer, and received his undergraduate degree from Ben-Gurion University in the Negev, and subsequently transferred to a graduate master’s/doctorate program.

He is currently working in the Michael Katz Laboratory in the University of Washington microbiology department, studying high pathogenicity viruses such as ebola, SARS and Spanish flu. After matriculating for nearly four years here, Robinzon has completed medical school and will be finishing his graduate work this July. He will then return to Israel and start his internship at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.

Quakers meet for annual gathering

The Whidbey Island Friend’s Worship group (Quakers) will not meet at the Goosefoot Sears house as usual on Sunday, June 8.

The annual gathering will be at the home of Maurine Ryan on Harrington Lagoon in the Coupeville area, beginning with meeting for worship at 10:30 a.m., followed by a work party, clam digging and a potluck meal. Included with be an acknowledgment of her recent 102nd birthday.

A special invitation is extended to former attenders who may wish to join for this always special occasion, as well as to any other interested people.

Call 341-2434 or e-mail for more information or directions.

Christian Science explores the good

Do you wonder how God could be responsible for evil?

On Sunday, June 8, the Christian Science service explores why you don’t have to accept evil as a part of God or a part of your life. “Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? Either a vine, figs? So can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.” (James 3)

Come this Sunday to explore the divine heritage of good.

Services begin at 10:30 a.m. at 2411 E. Highway 525 (across from Useless Bay Road).