Religious Education (cent RE sa)

We believe there are many paths to God because God is within each of us. As Carl Gustav Jung said: “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside awakens.”

Ten Teachings Shared by All Religions
One God
God is Everywhere
The Existence of the Soul
God is Inside Us
Spiritual Knowledge is Available to Everyone
God’s Name: “I AM”
Compassion and Respect for Everyone
Morals: Don’t Kill, Lie, Steal, Covet
All of Humanity is United
Peace and Nonviolence

 

Centresa believes that the most important part of our religion is its ability to shape our lives and in turn the lives of our community. This is for the most part an inconvenient attribute – calling on us to do what is hard, to sacrifice our time and our treasure, to go into places and do things that we’d just as soon not be doing at all. It is not a manufactured justification (as is too often the case) for doing what is easy or what profits us individually. Taking care of the poor, the sick, the disadvantaged, is a moral issue. Justice and fair play for all is a moral issue. Restoring the earth is a moral issue. Regardless of the flavor of our religion, we wholeheartedly reject the notion perpetuated by the rightwing that religion is automatically conservative. In fact, we argue just the opposite – that religion is liberal and progress and charges us to sacrifice ourselves, our time and fortune, for the betterment of each other.

As Satchidananda (founder of Yogaville) puts it:

“The purpose of any religion is to educate us about spiritual unity … Some people make use of religion for their own benefit and literally divide humanity in the nature of that which is supposed to unite us. Real unity means accepting all the various approaches and that is what ecumenism means. Ultimately we all aim for the same truth while walking different paths. Essentially we are one appearing as many. We look different but we are one in spirit. Hello Brother, Hello Sister. Care and share, love and give. Apply it in your own life.”

Retreat Facilities

Part of the Religious Education aspects of CENTRESA includes a limited number of retreat cottages or rooms that are available for rent. These are simple, natural habitats that are removed from the busier sections of the Village (with accessibility to facilities, workshops, etc.).

Agnosticism, Atheism, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Diesm, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Pantheism, Secularism, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism and Zoroastrianism (whew! A-to-Z) are all equal, inspired and flawed attempts by humanity to understand our place and meaning in different times, different places and different circumstances.

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