Aug 21, 2014
Seva Star features stellar volunteers who provide sacred service, or Seva, to our Center. They are shining stars! This month, we are featuring Scott Jamison.
Scott and his wife Judi came to Unity 17 years ago. “One of the first messages we heard was that we didn’t have to stop being Lutheran or Catholic to be part of this spiritual community. We could use the teachings of Unity to become a better Lutheran or Catholic—Buddhist or Muslim. What a refreshing message that was! I have learned so much, and continue to learn, from the example of compassion, gratitude and inner peace that I see not only from our Unity ministers, but from my fellow travelers in Unity.”
As musicians, it didn’t take Scott and Judi long to find opportunities to help out with an occasional Sunday service or event. “Assisting with, then directing the Children’s Christmas programs, was the best part of our holiday season for many years.” After that, it was a natural progression for Scott to become part of the youth ministry that nurtures our children. “I took a break while I served on the Board of Trustees, then gradually became more involved again in youth education. I have been a YOU sponsor for the past couple of years and plan to continue for at least another year.” Currently, Scott is Chairing our Search Committee as they lead the call to find our new minister. See Scott if you have questions about this search process.
Thank you Scott for your continued service!
Aug 20, 2014
Wayne recently asked me what, when and how do we expose our children to and communicate with them about all the seemingly bad things that are reported in the news.
That is a huge question. You probably have your own answers and experiences with how you have responded to new reports. I would love to hear them.
My response to Wayne was to delay exposure to the news as long as possible when kids are little, and then reduce exposure as much as possible as they grow older. When the moment of a catastrophe presents itself, ask kids what they heard, saw, felt and thought about the situation.
Listen deeply. Breathe into the moment with them. Then ask how they are. “How can people help? What can be done now?” Invite answers. Validate their answers. Ask if they would like to know how others have handled a similar situation. Guide them to know they have options and can make a difference in the world. Our daughter and her children have a ritual of saying a quick prayer whenever they hear a siren.
As we focus our Lights on searching our inner and outer worlds for our best choices, clearest direction and wisest discernment, we are aware of the strength and comfort of knowing we are on this spiritual journey in the supportive company of our Unity Spiritual Family as well as the Creator of all life. Truly all is well.
Rev. Jackie Green
Aug 19, 2014
Help the OWWU plan their Oct 10-12 retreat celebrating feminine wholeness & diversity by supporting spiritual growth in an inter-generational healing circle…
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20TH
Here at UNITY, 29TH & BERNARD
6:00 PM BRING FINGER FOOD. NO MEAL SERVED.
IN THE CHURCH OFFICE
Aug 17, 2014
Be the love you are,
Sing the song you hear,
Share your joy of life
With people far and near.
This is how we bless our youth at the end of each service. Then, we say this blessing for ourselves….Be the love we are, sing the song we hear, share our joy of life with people far and near. May you be this love as well, shared round the world.
Aug 15, 2014
Your Foundation continues to work with Charlie Ker and Ameriprise Financial. Current balance as of August 4th 2014 is $90,887.19. The Foundation donated $4,500 towards the new stage, which is a capital improvement to the building. You can donate to the lasting legacy of our Unity Spiritual Center by contacting Terri Lewis-Sander. Checks may also be mailed directly to the Foundation Board at our church office.
Aug 14, 2014
I am writing this article on a hot day in August. I’m not even thinking about Fall. Yet, already the days are getting shorter and the nights are growing longer. On September 22, there will be about as much light during the day as there is darkness at night. They call that the Fall Equinox.
But isn’t that the way our lives work? Every one of us have light and dark periods in our lives. We probably prefer the lighter days, the lighter experiences, the lighter weights, but we know that contrast makes the light days sweeter, and allows the dark days to be days of change, challenge, and, above all, spiritual growth. Remember, all the summer plants, flowers, and trees have part of their roots and beginnings in darkness.
Our church community is going through a period of transition right now. Sometimes, I feel to blame for at least part of that since, as the so-called “leader” of this brave band of souls, much of the change has to do with what’s going on with me and my health. But I know that this change is larger than me, and even larger than our Unity Spiritual Center.
I know that to some degree, I have been resisting the changes going on in my body and, as I wind down my 53-year ministerial career and my time with you as your minister, there’s an air of uncertainty in my bones. Perhaps you are feeling some of this too, perhaps somewhat uncomfortable with this transitional period, as we search for a new Senior Minister.
But why should we be resistant? Why should we be surprised by change? Why should we be blown away by the darkness of uncertainty? It is what life is all about. It’s part of the equalizing process of spiritual growth. And, it’s what you and I signed up for when we came to this planet. We knew it wasn’t going to be sweetness and light, springtime and flowers all the time!
There is a quote that goes, “I am safe; it is only change.” Lately, I’ve been affirming this to myself – for myself and, for you! Yes, the times they are a’changin’ – but we know that into the light of our daily lives, a measure of uncertainty will inevitably creep – not to frighten us or drive us to despair, but to balance our lives and herald the coming of a new season, a new birth, and a new layer of growth in and around us. After all, it’s only change! We can handle that, right?
Aug 12, 2014
As a new season approaches, we are also approaching a new season within our Spiritual Center- a time of new leadership for us, a time of saying good-bye to Reverend David. I approach this time with both excitement and fear, for a time of important change brings out those feelings from within. I used to dread my fears before my faith was strong enough for me to look at those fears & know that it was OK to feel that way. Now I examine them one by one, then put them away, done, finished, and on to new growth and possibilities.
As we approach our time of saying good-bye to Reverend David, we look at what he has given us, his strong commitment that has never wavered as he has dealt with his health crisis. Last week, Reverend Clare spoke of loyalty, and I think of that virtue as David in the whole, as he has shown us such loyalty through his journey. He has kept our good in front of him while he met his own challenges.
So, what lies ahead? Will our new Spiritual Leader be male, female, tall, short, soft-spoken or boisterous? I mention these features because I want to stress that these things are all part of the “packaging” of a person. As I tell my grandchildren, they are the gift wrap, having nothing to do with the person inside. Instead of focusing on the outer, ask yourself what you need or desire from your new leader. Is it quiet understanding, humor, and the ability to look ahead and vision a new path for us? Is it all of these things and so many more yet to be thought of? I do know one thing for certain: whoever is chosen as our next Spiritual Leader will be the absolute perfect person because we ask for and deserve this leader. So hang on to your hats, and jump on for the new journey of your life!
In love- Diane Bisson
Aug 6, 2014
“It’s been so much fun!” That’s from David Leinweber who’s led the volunteer effort to install the new platform. He and Don are still smiling so that’s a good sign!
Join us Sunday and see for yourself, or here’s a peek if you can’t make it…