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The next Compassion Consortium Spiritual Service will be held at 4:00 pm EDT on May 22. Each service includes immersive spiritual practices – such as musical reflection, meditation, prayer, and loving-kindness – as well as spiritual conversation with a special guest. 

The next Compassion Consortium Spiritual Service will be held at 4:00 pm ET on May 22. Our special guest will be Lydia Huston, an ACIM ordained Course in Miracles minister in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. A vegan of two decades, she is a graduate of the T. Colin Foundation for Nutrition Studies, a Main Street Vegan-certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator, and a personal chef. Our focus will be on A Course in Miracles as “scribed" by Helen Schucman and Bill Thetford. This contemporary spiritual classic was originally published in 1976 and is now available in translation in 27 languages. The underlying premise of ACIM is that the greatest "miracle" is the act of simply gaining a full "awareness of love's presence" in a person's life. 

From Amazon.com:

"A Course in Miracles" is a unique spiritual self-study program—a course in mind-training—designed to undo the illusion that you are separate in any way from God or your fellow humans. At the level of the mind we are all united as one. When we learn to live this truth consistently, fear, anger and guilt give way to a profound sense of inner peace. The Course systematically leads you to experience God’s Love in all your relationships through the practice of forgiveness (releasing the past), the willingness to receive and follow higher guidance, and the cultivation of miracle-mindedness. Happiness, peace, joy, and love are the natural outcomes of the Course’s teaching.

"A Course in Miracles" consists of three separate volumes: "Text", "Workbook for Students" and "Manual for Teachers". The "Text" presents the theory of the Course, laying out its central ideas in a holistic, symphonic-like progression. The "Workbook for Students" provides 365 lessons, one for each day of the year. It begins the process of changing the student’s mind and perception. The "Manual for Teachers" is written in question-and-answer form to address many of the most important and practical Course topics. Also included in this Combined edition only are two valuable Supplements to the Course: "Psychotherapy: Purpose, Process and Practice" and the beautiful and inspiring "Song of Prayer."

End Amazon.com review.

A Course in Miracles was written as a collaborative venture between Schucman and William Thetford. In 1958, Schucman began her professional career at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City as Thetford's research associate. In 1965, at a time when their weekly office meetings had become so contentious that they both dreaded them, Thetford suggested to Schucman that "[t]here must be another way".[14] Schucman believed that this interaction acted as a stimulus, triggering a series of inner experiences that were understood by her as visions, dreams, and heightened imagery, along with an "inner voice" which she identified as Jesus (although the ACIM text itself never explicitly claims that the voice she hears speaking is the voice of Jesus).

Throughout the 1980s, annual sales of the book steadily increased each year; however, the largest growth in sales occurred in 1992 after Marianne Williamson discussed the book on The Oprah Winfrey Show, with more than two million volumes sold.

However, we would be remiss if we did not point out that there is a certain amount of disagreement and controversy about this book. The book has been called everything from "New Age psychobabble" to "a Satanic seduction" to "The New Age Bible.” 

But it is not what others think or say that is important. All of the co-founders to the Compassion Consortium consider this book to be fascinating and well worth further discussion and we hope that you will attend this service. The mission of the Compassion Consortium is to explore all aspects of spirituality and religion, especially as these relate to the concept of compassion to all beings which, after all, is the heart of our mission. 

We hope you will join us to explore A Course in Miracles with our special guest Lydia Huston. As always, our May 22 Service will include all of the standard elements of our spiritual services. 



When: The Fourth Sunday of each month (see upcoming dates at top of this page)

  • Service from 4 pm - 5:30 pm U.S. Eastern Time

  • Fellowship is available after the service

How: Currently via Zoom. Register for link.

Why:  We recognize that many people do not see their deeply rooted compassion for all creatures reflected in some houses of worship and that some people have left their religion of birth or choice for this reason. The Compassion Consortium is here to supplement this "missing piece" for persons who are part of another religious or spiritual community, and those who are not. We welcome participants of all faiths or none. Learn more about us.


Creative programming: Each month's program is unique, and features either a solo presentation or panel discussion with experts from various religious and philosophical traditions who share the conviction that all living kind, and the planet itself, deserve respect, justice, and loving kindness. View replays of our past services here,


Spiritual practices: Each service also includes elements of traditional worship services—such as music, meditation, and movement. We hope these practices help each participant personally express faith, gratitude, and celebration to the degree that they wish to participate.


4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Eastern time

Guided by: 

Reverend William Melton

 Reverend Sarah Bowen

Victoria Moran

Reverend Erika Allison

 Welcome and Introduction


The Compassion Consortium Tenets of Agreement 

Song of Compassion

Interspecies Spiritual Practice


Conversation with Guest Speaker

Compassion in Action: A Short Story


Blessings & Prayers

Closing Song

Spiritual Fellowship & Open Discussion 



The Compassion Consortium is organized pursuant to the New York Not-for Profit Corporation Law and Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and operates as a not-for-profit spiritual, educational, and charitable organization. Accordingly, we request that political, partisan and lobbying discussions and activities be avoided in the Consortium’s activities, forums and social media platforms. We also request that all discussions, input and contributions be conducted with decorum and in a positive spirit of respect, tolerance, civility and harmony.