ADL Newsletter | December 2021

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Why Teach Spirit to be Spiritual? Let's Just Create!

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By Rev. Brian Kirsch

We’ve heard spiritual guru’s say "We are spirit learning to be human". WHAT? If I'm spirit, then I create! I don't need to learn to be human. The humor in  believing we need to learn to be human is like Eddie Murphy, from his Saturday Night Live skit, where we think he had to learn to be Gumby! We ARE SPIRIT. Let’s act like spirit and do what we do, which is create. Soooo, let's just jump right in and start to create!

Now it's interesting that once we decide what we're goi…

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It's Official

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Our redesigned (and fabulous!) newsletter has a name!

“The Rose” won by a significant margin.

So welcome to this month’s "The Rose", brought to you in the Greatest Degree of Love.


We’re looking back on 2021, and all the ways it has challenged and grown us, and we’re grateful. We offer you the invitation to experience EVERYTHING with an attitude of gratitude, knowing that your hearts will be filled with light and love.

We’re looking forward to 2022, and the next 50 years of ADL. We have m…

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It’s All About Me

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By Susan Z. Rich

When you make a decision, to say or do something that gives you a good feeling about yourself, then your divine self is patting you on the back or… your ego has just pulled a fast one on you. It is sometimes hard to discern. So many people who are always in reality, believe that making life all about you is the epitome of narcissism and entitlement. But as we are reminded when we start allowing others to vampire every ounce of light and energy we have in the good name of …

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Thou Shalt Have No Other God Before Me?

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By Rev. Brian Kirsch    


OMG, Does that mean there are other gods out there?


Now I’m not a huge Joel Osteen fan, however, years ago I saw him having an interview with the late great Larry King. I totally forget what they were discussing. But if you were familiar with the Larry King Live show, you know he dug into controversial topics. Soooo, Mr King asked Joel Osteen if he had an opinion on the matter and if he did have an opinion, what was it? The answer he gave was an absolute “AHA!” m…

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Star Encounters - December 2021

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By Rev. Joy “Aphrodette” Gambon, ADL

Happy Birthday, Sagittarius!



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This NEW MOON SOLAR ECLIPSE occurs on December 4, 2021, at 02:42:51 AM. On first impression, this lunation chart seems a bit vanilla! The Lights in Sagittarius form a double quincunx to retrograde Uranus in Taurus and form a double trine to retrograde C…

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ADL Newsletter | November 2021

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Announcing a NEW ADL Newsletter - As we continue to improve how we do things, we are moving to a new newsletter format. This new style blends the traditional printed newsletter feel with a modern, digital world user experience. In other words, when viewing this online, buttons and links are clickable to access more information.
Your feedback is how we improve, so let us know what you think about this new newsletter format.

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A Special Message from the ADL Board of Trustees


HARMONY (här′mə-nē)


  • An orderly or pleasing combination of elements in a whole.
  • A relationship in which various components exist together without destroying one another.
  • A relationship characterized by a lack of conflict or by agreement, as of opinion or interest.

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By Rev. Rita Scheibeck

I know in my heart that Divine Source Energy and I are always One. When the situations around me seem to be in human chaos, I can call upon my intuition and guidance, which are only a short breath away.

I rely on my innate serenity to relax and rest, on my inner joy to fill my heart with song, on my natural healing powers to guide me to wholeness, and on my belief in universal abundance to bring prosperity into my life.

I absolutely know that all this is true for me through…

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I And The Ego Are One

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By Rev. Brian Kirsch


“I and the Father are one.”

 ~Jesus Christ in John 10:30 King James Bible


I hear so many “spiritual” folks wanting to silence their egos. What’s up with that?

Let’s take a gander at the definition of ego:

Noun a person's sense of self-esteem or self-importance.
"a boost to my ego"
    the part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and the unconscious and is responsible for reality testing and a sense of personal identi…

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