The Desert Sanctuary

Be Where You Are – Be Who You Are – Be at Peace

What is a Spiritual Director?

I got together with a few of my friends that are spiritual directors to explore some topics like spiritual direction, shadow, presence and integration.

Rachel Keck – rachel@mosaic-collaborative.com

Kathy Leach – leachkathy58@gmail.com

Christopher Eaker – ttps://www.steppingstoneslife.com/ chris.eaker@gmail.com

Too Many Spiritual Directors

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Listen to us have an unscripted conversation about the B-I-B-L-E. It’s always been very important to us, but our views have changed over the years. We believe for the better.

Karl and Laura Forehand

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Our discussion about the release of the e-book, now offered free on the website.

Find the e-book https://karlforehand.com/books-by-karl-forehand

This conversation, like the e-book, is somewhat vulnerable.

Karl and Laura Forehand

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Karl Forehand is a former pastor, podcaster, and award-winning author. His books include Apparent Faith: What Fatherhood Taught Me About the Father’s Heart and the soon-to-be released Tea Shop. He is the creator of The Desert Sanctuary and Too Many Podcasters podcasts. He is married to his wife Laura of 32 years and has one dog named Winston. His three children are grown and are beginning to multiply!

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We decided to release our next book as an e-book and offer it for free!

Over a year ago, we stopped attending church.  After our deconstruction, we immediately started attending a large church.  It was a good church, but after about 2 years, we made a conscious decision to step away.  There were too many triggers and we realized we had internal work to do and we both agreed to first go to a smaller church, then to stop attending all together.

We were not angry at the church, we didn’t want to punish it, we were just very disappointed in what happened in our 20+ years of ministry and were hoping to have a discussion about what we saw and experienced.  But, every time we tried to discuss this inside the walls of organized religion, we met resistance and defensiveness.

So, shortly after leaving the church, we began to write down our thoughts.  We began to think about the validity of the church as it stands now.  The first part of our writing is our analysis after 20 years of ministry.  We detail much of our pain while we pastored in 3 different churches.

The second part the book is our attempt to adapt and refocus outside the walls of organized religion.  For some reason, we took a fresh look at the Beatitudes and it led us to some of the areas we were rebuilding like: Finding our Voice, Finding our Vision, and Finding Community.  We found 12 areas that we are rebuilding.

We weren’t trying to bash the church.  We were just offering our assessment of the current state of religion to hopefully start some discussion or give others some language for what they are feeling.  If organized religion is working for you, I would first encourage you to take an honest look at whether it is really working.  If it is, then we are happy for you.  If it is not, then I hope you can give yourself permission to take a break and examine things.

It really is easier to get perspective from the outside.

We were going to publish the book, Out into the Desertwith Quoir.  But, with all the other projects we have going, and because people need a break during Covid, we decided to release the E-book for FREE.  We hope that people will digest this book and give us some good feedback.  Maybe it will start some discussion in your circles so that we can move toward a better solution.

We are being very vulnerable by releasing our story and feelings, so please be kind in your criticism.

You are allowed to feel how you want to feel about this topic, but I hope you will give us a few minutes to share ours.

Be where you are, be who you are, be at peace.

Karl and Laura Forehand

Click here to download the book – please consider subscribing as you go there!

Focusing helps us feel what we are feeling and shift that part of us that hold the trauma. That may not be the best definition, but this conversation will help explain focusing from our experience and our experience focusing with others.

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Karl and Laura Forehand

Dr. Paul’s HCS Focusing Page

See below for all our links

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This morning I wrote about something I have been thinking about for a while. Too much of our society is certain about their ambiguity and unwilling to open up to new things they don’t already know. It’s not about intelligence, it’s about willful ignorance.

To see the original article, go to Patheos

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Karl and Laura Forehand

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Today, we sat down to talk about Community. By far, when people talk about why we should participate in organized religion, they tell us we need community. But

  • Do we really find community at church?
  • What is real community?
  • Can you find commuity online?
  • What is the Desert Sanctuary Community online?

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This a a pretty real, unrehearsed conversation in our study / office that talked about:

Current Events: The Insurrection at the Capitol

What is the Main Thing we learned in church and is that valid. What are our main things for the New Year.

What is focusiing and how have we been using that?

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Alana Levandoski – Ring Out, Wild Bells
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Greetings, and happy New Year!

My name is Alana Levandoski, and I composed the music to this Tennyson poem, Ring Out, Wild Bells, published in 1850. It is from a requiem entitled In Memoriam, written for his sister’s fiancé, who died very suddenly that year.  

I am a song and chant writer who has been described by one listener as “the love child of Emmylou Harris and a desert Abba”, 

Here I am…


You can get to know a bit more about me later… in the meantime, please ring in the New Year with these words of longing and hope.

To find this song on your streaming platform click here
To get a free download, click here and type in “0”.

Thank-you for listening,

Alana

PS- Have you seen the new music video for Ring Out, Wild Bells yet?
You can watch it on facebook by clicking here.
You can watch it on youtube by clicking here.
 

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Laura and I sat down this morning and talked about what’s going on during the holdays and what we hope for the new year!

Karl and Laura Forehand

Be where you are, be who you are, be at peace,

Karl and Laura Forehand


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