Transitions
Oct
22
6:00 PM18:00

Transitions

This will be the last Aerator gathering with Pastor Jonathan.

We will be discussing transitions in life. We will look at how Jesus handled transitions and seek to walk in his footsteps as it seems that we are walking on quicksand. 

Doc Rogers will be leading us in music!

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Jesus: The Reconciler
Oct
1
6:00 PM18:00

Jesus: The Reconciler

God's vision of creation is much broader than any loyalty or subgroup that we can create. Unfortunately, for too many, these loyalties try to claim us for themselves and tell us "you are mine, therefore you cannot belong to anything else or anyone else."

If we can stop scapegoating others, we can begin to see the inherent value and goodness in their differences, we can begin to honor them as legitimate children of God as much right to life, love, joy, peace, justice, and prosperity as we have, then there is hope for us as a society yet. And maybe, just maybe, we stop hating others for a little while, it will allow us to come to terms with what we hate about ourselves and learn to forgive, love, except, or reconcile with that person too.

How far does love go? Love goes as far as God's heart can go!

For our prayer station, we will reflect upon the ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation in mind. It is called Ho'oponopono. This practice of reconciliation and forgiveness focuses on taking responsibility for one's part in any illness.

About Our Current Aerator Series - The Wild Journey of Faith in Jesus

Following Jesus means to follow a “nobody” from “nowhere.” It is a search for purpose and meaning in the events and choices of our lives. It is a costly journey with an unknown destination.

Jesus invites us to be a part of his story. It seems to require so much sacrifice on our hearts, so some might wonder, "Is it really worth it?"

We will not make light of the time questions of faith. We don't want to give you a definitive answer because you deserve to make the journey yourself.

Following Jesus is an invitation to go on a wild journey. What else could be better in life?

 

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Jesus: The Revolutionary
Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

Jesus: The Revolutionary

Many people talk about getting closer to God. At this Aerator gathering, we will hear from someone who says that she wishes that God would leave her alone half the time. She said that if you get too close to God, you may end up loving someone that you don't like again (among other dangers). 
We will look at how Jesus asked a lot of his early followers. He did not want them to just go along for the ride, but be a part of the renewal of all things!

For our prayer station, we will look at a prayer – poem of grief for the ways in which we may fail to follow God. Much of it centers around the ways in which we spend our time and money on wasteful things when an equal amount of time and money would alleviate the real pain-and-suffering of others. We will ask these questions: how do we balance our desires to alleviate our own pain with our call to help alleviate the pain of others? What would you include in your list of griefs?


About Our Current Aerator Series - The Wild Journey of Faith in Jesus

Following Jesus means to follow a “nobody” from “nowhere.” It is a search for purpose and meaning in the events and choices of our lives. It is a costly journey with an unknown destination.
Jesus invites us to be a part of his story. It seems to require so much sacrifice on our hearts, so some might wonder, "Is it really worth it?"
We will not make light of the time questions of faith. We don't want to give you a definitive answer because you deserve to make the journey yourself.
Following Jesus is an invitation to go on a wild journey. What else could be better in life?

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The Ridiculous Journey
Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

The Ridiculous Journey

Life is complicated and cannot easily be reduced to a set of formulaic, simple answers. Anyone who says otherwise is either naïve or a huckster. Life is also entirely too short to mess around and wasted. So we should be wary of anyone who walks up to us one day and says, "Hey, why don't you just walk away from your entire life, the behind all your family, friends and your stable job, and come follow me."

Of course we would be suspicious of anyone who said this to us. Yet, why is it that so many people did just that? Why is that people dropped their nets, gave up everything they had, and left all of the empire's money on the table? In the end, this wayward leader was deemed a heretic; and, many of the people who chose to follow and eventually were killed to. They should have seen it coming from the start.

It is crazy, obviously. But for some reason it's the only thing that makes sense!

Father Greg Boyle says that the Jesus strategy includes standing outside the circle precisely so that circle will widen. By doing so, we force the choice that "Either you include them with me or you won't include me either."

We will question who is it that we are attempting to push outside of our circle and label as dangerous other?

About Our Current Aerator Series - The Wild Journey of Faith in Jesus

Following Jesus means to follow a “nobody” from “nowhere.” It is a search for purpose and meaning in the events and choices of our lives. It is a costly journey with an unknown destination.

Jesus invites us to be a part of his story. It seems to require so much sacrifice on our hearts, so some might wonder, "Is it really worth it?"

We will not make light of the time questions of faith. We don't want to give you a definitive answer because you deserve to make the journey yourself.

Following Jesus is an invitation to go on a wild journey. What else could be better in life?

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No Gathering
Sep
10
6:00 PM18:00

No Gathering

Sorry, friends, we are not gathering this weekend. Please spend this time with family and friends! We invite you to participate in the S.I.N. Sunday event at Ventiki Lounge. It is a night to appreciate those who work in the service industry. S.I.N. stands for "Service Industry Night." As a way of continuing to remember Labor Day, please use this time to remember all of those who are in the service industry! For more info, go to https://visitventuraca.com/events/.

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DOUBT: A SIGN OF FAITH & LIFE: The Sin of Certainty
Aug
27
6:00 PM18:00

DOUBT: A SIGN OF FAITH & LIFE: The Sin of Certainty

For some of us, we have been taught that faith is something psychological, that it is about an intellectual assent. Therefore, we tend to assume the more certain you are, the more stronger faith is.

If we are part of the world that makes certainty a virtue, then it's only natural that doubt becomes a vice. And that, unfortunately, fans into flame a desire for people to strive for certainty – to pursue the virtue and run from the vice.

Yet, here's the crux: certainty is a form of idolatry. Instead of worshiping God, we worship our certainty about particular beliefs. The things we are certain about become the focus of our faith instead of God.

For some, when our faiths are threatened, our brains’ hardwiring for fight or flight kicks in; in its simplest form, narrow-mindedness actually protects ourselves from negative feelings. When we receive input that supports our beliefs, it creates pleasure. When we receive input that challenges our beliefs, it creates tension. In other words, we love it and it feels good or we hate it when we are challenged. Perhaps, we have a propensity towards narrow-mindedness, toward being around people who say things that we like to hear. To not being challenged. To not rocking our internal boats. However, faith was never supposed to be about what's going on between your ears. Faith is supposed to be about what we're willing to commit to.

A good book to read prior to our gathering is Peter Enns' book The Sin of Certainty!

 

ABOUT OUR CURRENT SERIES ON DOUBT:

The Webster's definition of doubt is: "to be uncertain about something; be undecided in opinion or belief."1 Some synonyms for "doubt" include: apprehension, confusion, disbelief, lack of confidence, misgiving, mistrust, quandary, skepticism, suspicion, uncertainty, and reluctance. Do you recognize any of these in your life right now? If you do, you are in the right place as you begin this video series.

At Aerator, we aren't afraid to doubt and are convinced that questions and uncertainty are a central element of a vibrant and transforming faith. We believe that mystery is one of the most central ingredients of faith. We respect that our questions don't lead us down a slippery slope where we lose our faith completely but rather to a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God that is built not on certainty and blind obedience but on honesty, vulnerability, and trust.

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DOUBT: A SIGN OF FAITH & LIFE: Doubts Keep Our Faith Alive, But Certainty Freezes It
Aug
20
6:00 PM18:00

DOUBT: A SIGN OF FAITH & LIFE: Doubts Keep Our Faith Alive, But Certainty Freezes It

Doubts keep our faith alive, but certainty freezes it.

In other words, doubts stirs us. It shapes us. It forms us. It teaches us. Without doubt our faith can become stagnant, dead, stalled.

Some of us have come from systems that are afraid of doubt because they are worried it will lead to death, not life. However, for many of us, our doubts have ushered in a new beginning. They have helped our eyes to fresh possibilities with God, to renewed energy and passion for living out our faith.

Instead of killing our faith, doubt has made it more alive!

 

 

ABOUT OUR CURRENT SERIES ON DOUBT:

The Webster's definition of doubt is: "to be uncertain about something; be undecided in opinion or belief."1 Some synonyms for "doubt" include: apprehension, confusion, disbelief, lack of confidence, misgiving, mistrust, quandary, skepticism, suspicion, uncertainty, and reluctance. Do you recognize any of these in your life right now? If you do, you are in the right place as you begin this video series.

At Aerator, we aren't afraid to doubt and are convinced that questions and uncertainty are a central element of a vibrant and transforming faith. We believe that mystery is one of the most central ingredients of faith. We respect that our questions don't lead us down a slippery slope where we lose our faith completely but rather to a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God that is built not on certainty and blind obedience but on honesty, vulnerability, and trust.

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DOUBT: A SIGN OF FAITH & LIFE: The Gift of Doubt
Aug
13
6:00 PM18:00

DOUBT: A SIGN OF FAITH & LIFE: The Gift of Doubt

For some of us, our questions and doubts meant that we had to leave our faith communities. We no longer fit in. The systems we were part of couldn't handle the pushback or the questions. They demanded certainty in conformity, and we were unable to give it to them. This has resulted in a lot of pain.

There is something beautiful about mystery and faith. The word wonder means to think or speculate curiously, to be filled with admiration, amazement, or awe, marvel, to doubt.

A few other words for wonder include: astonishment, awe, confusion, curiosity, doubt, fascination, fear, reverence, skepticism, surprise, and uncertainty.

If our faith is all buttoned down and we have all of the answers, it makes for a "very un-interesting faith." Part of the joy of our faith is in its mystery of knowing there is so much more to discover along the way, of embracing that our faith is always transforming, changing, evolving.

 

ABOUT OUR CURRENT SERIES ON DOUBT:

The Webster's definition of doubt is: "to be uncertain about something; be undecided in opinion or belief."1 Some synonyms for "doubt" include: apprehension, confusion, disbelief, lack of confidence, misgiving, mistrust, quandary, skepticism, suspicion, uncertainty, and reluctance. Do you recognize any of these in your life right now? If you do, you are in the right place as you begin this video series.

At Aerator, we aren't afraid to doubt and are convinced that questions and uncertainty are a central element of a vibrant and transforming faith. We believe that mystery is one of the most central ingredients of faith. We respect that our questions don't lead us down a slippery slope where we lose our faith completely but rather to a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God that is built not on certainty and blind obedience but on honesty, vulnerability, and trust.

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DOUBT: A SIGN OF FAITH & LIFE: Are You Afraid of Doubt?
Aug
6
6:00 PM18:00

DOUBT: A SIGN OF FAITH & LIFE: Are You Afraid of Doubt?

On the cross, Jesus shouts out: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46).

Jesus wept. He questioned God. He doubted. Perhaps, when we doubt, we experience exactly what Jesus experienced in his life.

Yet, many of our faith experiences in church have taught us not to doubt. We have heard the message – either subtly or overtly – that doubt means we are not trusting God enough, believing God enough, following God enough. This kind of teaching has led a lot of us to resist doubt instead of embracing it as natural and as a critical part of our faith.

ABOUT OUR CURRENT SERIES ON DOUBT:

The Webster's definition of doubt is: "to be uncertain about something; be undecided in opinion or belief."1 Some synonyms for "doubt" include: apprehension, confusion, disbelief, lack of confidence, misgiving, mistrust, quandary, skepticism, suspicion, uncertainty, and reluctance. Do you recognize any of these in your life right now? If you do, you are in the right place as you begin this video series.

At Aerator, we aren't afraid to doubt and are convinced that questions and uncertainty are a central element of a vibrant and transforming faith. We believe that mystery is one of the most central ingredients of faith. We respect that our questions don't lead us down a slippery slope where we lose our faith completely but rather to a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God that is built not on certainty and blind obedience but on honesty, vulnerability, and trust.

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DOUBT: A SIGN OF FAITH & LIFE: Born Again All Over Again
Jul
30
6:00 PM18:00

DOUBT: A SIGN OF FAITH & LIFE: Born Again All Over Again

ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR GATHERING:

All of us enter into a season in our faith where things start to not add up. Where beliefs that we once held dear begin to unravel. Where we can no longer blindly conform to the norm of the groups and churches we are a part of. Where we begin to desire a more honest faith where we can wrestle with questions and doubts stirring inside of us with others who don't try to fix us or shut us down.

At this Aerator gathering, we will discuss what happens when things start to not add up. Even as our experiences are different, most of us probably relates the reality of hitting a place where things just don't add up anymore and our eyes are opened in new ways.

Danielle Stacy will be leading us in music!

ABOUT OUR CURRENT SERIES ON DOUBT:

The Webster's definition of doubt is: "to be uncertain about something; be undecided in opinion or belief."1 Some synonyms for "doubt" include: apprehension, confusion, disbelief, lack of confidence, misgiving, mistrust, quandary, skepticism, suspicion, uncertainty, and reluctance. Do you recognize any of these in your life right now? If you do, you are in the right place as you begin this video series.

At Aerator, we aren't afraid to doubt and are convinced that questions and uncertainty are a central element of a vibrant and transforming faith. We believe that mystery is one of the most central ingredients of faith. We respect that our questions don't lead us down a slippery slope where we lose our faith completely but rather to a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God that is built not on certainty and blind obedience but on honesty, vulnerability, and trust. 

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Celebrating Progress Without Complacency
Jul
23
6:00 PM18:00

Celebrating Progress Without Complacency

Our church is a part of a larger movement for wholeness in a fragmented world called the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Earlier this month, we became the first mainline denomination to elect a woman of color as our leader. For some, this might mean that racism and sexism are over, but that is incorrect. At this Aerator gathering, we will discuss how we can celebrate our progress without letting it make us complacent in the world.

Doc Rogers will be leading us in music!

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Be Willing to Fail
Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

Be Willing to Fail

Unfortunately, too many of us are driven by fear. However, the invitation from God is to be driven by God animating spirit. We will discuss what may change in our lives if we are willing to fail. For our prayer station, we will make room for a prayer practice known as breath prayer. We will do this as we are reminded that God's Spirit is described as breath and wind.

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Creating Can Be Painful
Jun
11
6:00 PM18:00

Creating Can Be Painful

Creators and dreamers welcome! At this Aerator gathering, we will be discussing about the struggles of the creative process. We will play with modeling clay as we discuss the struggles of what it means to be a person willing to create. This topic follows the theme from our June 4 gathering as we discussed God animating presence in our lives!

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Pentecost
Jun
4
6:00 PM18:00

Pentecost

At this Aerator gathering, will look at the story of Pentecost. We will discuss a variety of images and metaphors to describe the Holy Spirit in our life. All will be invited to name, describe, and draw how they would describe God's animating presence in their lives.

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Ascension: Holy Space and Spirit
May
21
6:00 PM18:00

Ascension: Holy Space and Spirit

At this Aerator, we will be remembering the ascension of Jesus. Forty days after Easter, Jesus leaves in order to allow the Holy Spirit to dwell among the people (Acts 1). Jesus says that “it is to your advantage that I go away” (John 16:5). We will discuss people who have left our lives (i.e. by death) and what sort of space or spirit was made possible for us because of it.  At our next Aerator on June 4, we will remember the rest of the story (Pentecost in Acts 2).

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The Origins of Mother's Day
May
7
6:00 PM18:00

The Origins of Mother's Day

We spent $14 billion on Mother's Day each year. Is this really how we can best celebrate amazing women in our life? We will look at the origins of Mother's Day and how we can better celebrate all of the women in our life.
We are celebrating Mother's Day a week early because we will not gather on May 14. We hope that you spend May 14 with at least one woman who has made a difference in your life!

Doc Rogers will be leading us in music!

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Loving Our Neighbor & Creation
Apr
30
5:00 PM17:00

Loving Our Neighbor & Creation

Congregation Am HaYam will be using the sanctuary this Sunday afternoon and evening. Therefore, Aerator will be gathering with the Abundant Table Farm Church at McGrath Farm.  The address is 1012 W Ventura Blvd, Camarillo, CA 93010, which is at the Central exit on the 101. They gather at 5 PM for a service to be followed by a potluck dinner. The service will be bilingual. We hope to see you there! Please bring a dish to share!

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Eco-Justice
Apr
23
6:00 PM18:00

Eco-Justice

We will welcome a very special guest, Autumn Resto. She will share with us ways in which we can be better caretakers of the earth. She has a degree from California State University, Fullerton in environmental engineering.

Doc Rogers will be sharing some songs with us that relate to our topic!

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The Entire Journey - An Early Easter
Apr
9
6:00 PM18:00

The Entire Journey - An Early Easter

At this Aerator gathering, we will look at how Easter does not make sense if we skip Monday Thursday and Good Friday. Because we will not be gathering on April 16, we will look at topics throughout Holy Week. Many of us wonder if anything good can come out of trauma in our lives. The story of Easter reminds us that we have nothing to fear!

Doc Rogers will be sharing some songs with us that relate to our topic!

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