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DSO Events: Groove & Soothe at Grace Church, College Hill

8 December 2009

[H/T:  Pearls Before Swine]

From the DSO e-newsletter:

Healing service with African drumming and Reiki 
The next Celebration of Wholeness and Healing, aka “Healing Service with African Drumming and Reiki” at Grace Church, College Hill, is on Wednesday, Dec. 9. The drumming begins at 6:30 pm, the service begins at 7.

This is a service that employs both traditional and non-traditional healing methods: African Drumming and Reiki, plus traditional healing prayer and laying on of hands. The service is based on the concept of release of tension through African drumming, restoration of peace through quietness and solitude and prayer for continued health through the laying on of hands. The Celebration of Wholeness and Healing is held on the second Wednesday of each month. For more information, visit the Grace Church website www.gracecolleghill.org  .

(I added the Reiki link).  Grace’s website has this to add about the “service.” :

At this service, we make space and time to allow God to move in our midst as we celebrate God’s overwhelming love for each one of us. The service includes a liturgy of healing prayers and African drumming and culminates with opportunities for Reike and the traditional laying-on-of-hands and anointing with holy oil.

You are invited to worship and enter God’s presence as moved by the Holy Spirit.

(emphasis mine)

But there’s more !

Learn more about the power of healing drumming on Bob Laake’s Drum for Healing page.

Ah yes, let’s take a look at Bob’s webpage.

In this website you will find information about using the Sound & Energy of the drum with Bob Laake Healing Drummer to help heal ourselves. You will find a little bit about me & using the energy of the drum in my fight with cancer.

And the Triune God, right?

Please read on and find out more about what the power and energy of the drum hold for you.

And the Holy Spirit, right?

For thousands of years tribal cultures from all over the globe have used the drum to heal people. Tribal societies, both eastern and western have long recognized the connection between drum energy and their physical & emotional health. In the same way, we can use the energy of drumming to help us make the changes we need in our body, mind and soul.

Well, maybe not.  But wait – there’s more.

Recent scientific studies attest to the power of vibrational energy and the Healing Drum to transform and relieve physical and emotional maladies. It’s no surprise that science is now finding measurable positive immune system changes. Everyday, people are using the sound vibrations of the drum to positively alter the body’s biochemistry. Sound enhances the healing effects of many other treatments and therapies.

I’m intrigued.  But alas, there is no link to this scientific research.  Perhaps I just need to have it drummed into me to accept that the scientific evidence exists (sorry – couldn’t resist).

(more drivel… yada yada)… Oh look – a brief statement of faith at the end of the page:

If we focus the Divine energy of mind and spirit along with the energy of the drum toward what is affecting the physical body, then, we are likely to truly heal!

Okay, so God isn’t mentioned in the webpage, let alone the Triune God.  For reference to a diety, let’s let our fingers do the walking, right over to Bob’s link section. 

Why lookie – almost right away there is a link for a spiritual coach by the name of Alfred Willowhalk .  And aha – Willowhalk has a slightly more comprehensive statement of faith than Bob.    Let’s just take an excerpt, since this is getting long-winded:

Humanity strives to return to The One and He/She shows the pathways through His/Her manifestations. This is the reason for the manifestation of the Goddess and the God.

I believe theologians call that Modalism.  Yikes, dude! 

Oh well, perhaps Bob won’t bring any of his New Age friends to the party.  It’s funny though, that Grace Church’s webpage says that the Holy Spirit will show up, when it appears as though Bob’s healing ministry isn’t based either in whole or in part on the Triune God. 

..Perhaps the clerics at Grace Church have figured out how to domesticate the Holy Spirit ??

– Elder

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  1. Quasimodo
    8 December 2009 at 2:08 AM

    What clerics at Grace Church? They couldn’t afford to keep their assigned “rent-a-priest/intern” at the end of two years. There is an incredible amount of cash coming to them from the Diocese to keep the doors open for around 40 people.

    Their current clergy are supply/rent-a-priests to serve on Sunday.

    The leadership has grasped at straws for the past several years, without actually engaging their community. They wanted to be the flagship GLBT church in Cincinnati, to no avail.

    The question to be asked is how much cash is the Diocese sending them in order to do this, and where is it coming from?

  2. Pearls Before Swine
    8 December 2009 at 3:38 AM

    Nice job following the trail on this to see what the drumming is all about.

    It is still somewhat amazing to me what just a little bit of digging into the goings on in TEC/DSO can lead to. I’m not sure anymore why they even feel the need to use Christian terms or pretend it has anything to do with Christianity.

  3. Elder Oyster
    8 December 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Hi Quas – You are right about the 40 ASA thing. I should have checked that out earlier (thank you). 2002/03 looks like bad years, and it appears that in 2006 they reevaluated how many people were actually members:

    Also, looks like they’ve got a retired rector serving them now.

    Hi Pearls,

    Yeah – it’s not unlike looking for earthworms. Just look for rot, then turn it over. There is always bound to be something more interesting lurking underneath.

  4. Pearls Before Swine
    8 December 2009 at 6:07 PM

    Except earthworms have some positive benefit and you can go fishing with them. Turning over the rot in TEC only shows why you can’t go “fishing for men” in that environment.

  5. 9 December 2009 at 4:44 PM

    It’s nice to see this innovative service at Grace Church get some notice on the web. I see this Healing Service (aka Celebration of Wholeness and Healing) as a meeting place where people who thought that the Episcopal Church had nothing to offer them can find out that it does. We are indeed finding ways to reach out to the community at large; this is one way.

    To provide more and (I hope) better information about this service, I’ve created a new web page. You can now get there from Grace’s Ministries page: http://gracecollegehill.org/ministries.htm.

    While you’re at our site, I’d immodestly suggest you take a look at some of the recent issues of our eNewsletter (under the Newsletter link) to see the transformation that’s underway at Grace. We’re a small congregation in a large facility, with all that that implies. But we’re committed to finding ways to leverage our gifts while balancing our budget.

    Ken Lyon, eGraceNotes editor and Grace Church webmaster.

  6. Elder Oyster
    9 December 2009 at 10:37 PM

    Welcome, eGracenotes.

    RE: “It’s nice to see this innovative service at Grace Church get some notice on the web.”

    It is as they say, the raison d’etre for this blog. 😉

    I did peruse the modified description of the event, and offhand I’d have to say that my original comments stand. I realize that the good people of Grace see the drummer and the Reiki guy as “off to the side,” but for me that does not diminish the problem of trying to combine one healing ministry that is spiritual in nature and connected to the Triune God, to another of the same sort that .. isn’t connected to the Triune God.

    Would prayers and oil annointing be done in tandem with (e.g.,) a Hoodoo practictioner, or perhaps a Voodoo practicioner? (even off to the side)

    I just can’t get over that aspect.

    FWIW, I have participated in a small healing session where several of us went through a healing liturgy for a friend of mine, laid hands on her, annointed her with oil, and prayed with and over her. The liturgy included (1) asking Christ into our lives as Lord and Savior, (2) acknowledgement and “dealing with” personal and (3) generational sins, among other things. My friend, who had been off of work on disability, has since returned to work.

    Other friends of mine (ahem – your turn to speak up guys) recently attended a healing service at an ex-Episcopal parish in Cleveland. There were people there who had been freed from cancer, and attribute it to repeated healing prayer.

  7. Pearls Before Swine
    10 December 2009 at 4:06 PM

    EO, you said “Oh well, perhaps Bob won’t bring any of his New Age friends to the party.” Following Ken’s link to the website I see that:

    This service is led by Hawley Todd, TSSF. Healing drumming is led by Bob Laake. Rieke is coordinated by Kevin Driggers… Kevin Driggers is a Reiki Master/Teacher. He also works with crystals and other minerals as a form of alternative healing. He has been working with alternative healing since 1984.

    For your sake and for your family’s sake, I would caution / advise against you digging in further into uses of crystals and such for “healing.”

    Dear Lord, cleanse EO and myself from anything we were exposed to through Grace’s website and its links that are not of you. May you bring life, forgiveness and the true healing that only you can give, physically and spiritually, to Ken and others at Grace. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

  8. Elder Oyster
    11 December 2009 at 12:03 AM


  9. Quasimodo
    15 December 2009 at 12:05 AM

    I do believe Mr. Todd was a postulant for the priesthood at some time in DSO. I do not know if he is currently in the process.

    Even so, who has authorized Mr. Todd to serve as a worship leader? Where is the accountability for this stuff? I heard +Breidenthal was orthodox in his Christology (it has been much spoken of as a defense of his SSB announcement, “He’s orthodox on everything else!”). Is not the Bishop as Rector of this mission responsible to see that orthodox worship is upheld, particularly if a licensed lay person is leading it?

    Never mind, accountability is just for the conservatives.

  10. Elder Oyster
    15 December 2009 at 1:00 AM

    Hi Quas,

    I really don’t know if Bp. Briedenthal’s orthodox streak means anything, practically speaking, for traditionalists. I suspect: Probably not, and that he’ll try to use it to try to keep everyone at the table for an infinite period of time, ala Rowan Williams (poor guy).

    On the other hand, I have a suspicion that his orthodox streak will mean an eventual run-in with the liberals in this diocese (poor guy).

    But, it’s really his problem, not mine.

    We’ll explore some of this in an upcoming series I’m planning, ‘Fifty Ways to Love Your Leaver.’ But first, NOOMA as “adult education,” and DSO’s plans on hiring a writer in their continuing quest to have other people save DSO from well, DSO. And of course, our weekly movie review.

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