From Pema Chodron’s thoughts, which she had after reading The Training of the Boddhisatva, composed in the 8th century by Shantideva…
If these long-lived, ancient patterns of mind, closed-heartedness, which are the well-spring only of unceasing woe,
If these patterns of hard-heartedness can find their way, which only lead to my own suffering, as well as the suffering of others,
If they can find their nodules safe within my heart, how can peace and joy ever be found?”
Rev. Jane speaks about LOVE this Sunday, one of Unity’s twelve powers. Such a powerful emotion. Such a complicated feeling to maintain in uncertain times, challenging times. If we spend any length of time on social media, or consuming any media at all right now, it’s easy to feel outrage. Yet, feeling outrage at the world and other people’s actions (by acting it out with our words, actions, minds) just strengthens our own anger. As long as we’re feeding it, anger won’t ever go away. There’s no peace for love in that cycle.
Practice love, courage, open-heartedness and compassion for ALL this Valentine’s Day. Practice being the operative word, because you’ll probably be left with a feeling of uneasiness, anxiety, discomfort even. And those are not pleasant feelings to handle. But that is what’s left when you don’t harden your habits and when you resist them.
Stay with the soft-spot, sit with the unease. Then take a personal vow today–make it clear in your own mind–to keep an open heart and mind. Spread love.
I’ve been fascinated by the concept of minimalism lately. And I’m not alone. Our popular culture is talking about it too…
At our Unity center, several Sunday Talks have focused on “enoughness” and abundance. Gary and Jane both remind us that we are enough and not to ever feel less-than. We are perfect just the way we are, created in God’s divine image. The work we need to do is on releasing old, inaccurate beliefs about ourselves that were thrust upon us and that we adopted long before we could even think about and process them.
Recently, we’ve de-cluttered our staff room. The common space that the staff and others use for meetings, meals, accounting, and more. We’ve also been working for the past year on paring down our Governing Member List. In the past our list grew to over 800. Our list grew to such a number simply because we never removed anyone–not people that moved or stopped attending. Imagine if you never removed anything from your house how much stuff you’d have in your home! Now our Governing Member List is 140. Downsizing or just-right-sizing? 🙂
I’m curious to hear if you are doing anything to embrace your enoughness and to simplify your life? Leave a comment!
Last Sunday, we heard from Rev. Jane on the power of faith, one of the 12 Powers, laid out by Unity’s co-found Charles Fillmore. Faith isn’t a strictly religious idea. We exercise faith, or blind belief, in all sorts of things–the chairs we sit in, the cars we drive, the computers we use. We might have faith in ideas too–the power of love, friendship, honesty. These ideas, like the concept of faith, are unseen by eye. However, we can see their ripples in people and in our world.
Explore more about faith and the other twelve powers at Unity worldwide, here.
Here are your board nominees for the year!
Click above to see their pics and read their bios. Then come prepared to vote at our Annual Meeting on Feb 12 at 1 pm!
GO TO THIS LINK!
REVIEW: See the groups that still have space and their details
FIND: Based on the details, find a group that suits your needs.
CLICK ON: The name of the group in blue to see more details about the group.
CLICK ON: Login if you have already created an account & want to “express interest” in this group
CLICK ON: Create one if you haven’t created an account on this database yet. Find the group you are interested in and click on it. Express interest.
PLEASE contact Tara at twearATunityspokane.org if you have any troubles.
Groups Forming (by day)
Mondays: David & Donna McClure * 530-7pm * South Hill * All welcome * “Your Twelve Powers” FULL
Tuesdays: David Leinweber * 630-830pm * All welcome * West Spokane Valley
Tuesdays: Al Konigsfeld * 7-9pm * All welcome * South Hill * All welcome * “Your Twelve Powers”
Wednesdays: Tara Wear * 10am-12pm * South Hill * Women/Moms * “Sunday Message”
Wednesdays: Analisa Azzopardi * Time TBD * All welcome * South Hill * “Comedy, Laughter & Yoga”
Thursdays: Wayne Green * 630-830pm * East Spokane Valley * “Sunday Message”
Fridays: Karen D/Tara W * 1030am-12pm * South Hill * Walkers/Hikers * “Sunday Message” FULL
Fridays: Susanne Croft * 530pm * South Hill * Earth-based Spirituality FULL
Series Dates (by week)
January 22 Kickoff week
January 29 Intro to content
February 5 Content Week 1
February 12 Content Week 2
February 19 Content Week 3
February 26 Content Week 4
March 5 Content Week 5
March 12 Small Group’s Service Week
March 19 Small Group’s Social Week
March 26 Celebration Luncheon (Entire Community)
Our UniKids, UniFriends and Uniteens have been playing Compassion “Giving Games” Survival of the Kindest. They are striving together to make our planet a better place to live through community service and acts of kindness. The youth staff is providing fun and creative ways to ignite and catalyze compassionate action. Their activities will extend into the new year. They created a Caring Tree on a Compassion Wall for all ages at Unity to decorate with stars noting acts of kindness. A Parent Compassion Day (to give parents a break during this busy season AND build community amongst our kids) is being sponsored Saturday, Dec 3rd with 4 hours of free childcare and a children’s program for infants through 11 years of age. Older kids are helping staff to facilitate crafts, games, snacks and more. The youth decorated their family kindness jars to hold slips of paper recording acts of kindness they have given and received as well as those they have seen.
Also, our youth will be gathering supplies for Refugee Baskets Dec 11 – Jan 8. These baskets will contain items that families can use when they arrive and get set up in their new environments. The kids have chosen to create baskets for the bedroom and the kitchen. Some items can be used, in good condition, and some must be new. You can help “Share the Love and Welcome the Stranger” by helping the kids put together medium-sized laundry baskets for refugees in need. The game is to experience the joy of giving with compassion.
NGU event on January 8th at 1:30 at the North Spokane Unity. Anyone 18-35 is welcome to attend. This will be a Y.O.U. reunion for many. We will have lots of conversation and snacks to get everyone reconnected. Contact Kelley 208-597-1384 for more info about this event.
Contact Rev. Jackie jackienwyouATcomcast.net, or call 838-6518 for more info on our youth education programs and camps.
Under our most recent amended bylaws, governing members must renew, every year, to keep their governing member status. A governing member is someone who has voting rights and is able to vote on bylaws changes, at our annual meeting, and on issues governing our ministry and center.
Follow the link & complete the form, and you will be good to go! Please note, by completing the renewal form, you are agreeing to…
1) Deepen you spiritual practice via participation in classes, SpiritGroups , workshops, Q Process, and Sunday worship
2) Participate in meaningful volunteer service
3) Give in integrity with my capacity to financially support the overall operations of Unity Spiritual Center
Thank You! Thank you so very much and from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to serve on your board for the last six years. You see, I am completing my 2nd straight term and 6th straight year overall as a board member and that means my time on the board will come to an end in February. And WOW, what a journey it has been for me personally. So in my final Discoveries article as both President and a member, I’d love to share with you what I experienced during my time on the board.
During my time, I had the pleasure of serving alongside four ministers: two years with Clare Austen, two years with David McClure and the last two years with Gary & Jane Simmons. I had the opportunity of being a part of two major transitions from Clare to David and David to Gary and Jane. I had the opportunity to take part in a ministerial search as well as changing our name to Unity Spiritual Center. My roles included being Treasurer, Historian, Vice President and President. I’ve experienced connections, challenges, self-development, trust, transformation, safety, companionship, fear of not enough, disappointment, fun, enthusiasm, empowerment, stress, excitement, joy. The list is endless! I’ve personally grown as my own spiritual journey has been enhanced while being a member of the board. I’ve made friends. I’ve learned the business side of Unity Spiritual Center. I’ve experienced declining membership and revenues. I’ve learned how to be more grateful. I developed my own core values as well as struggled with my own sense of not enough. I received tons of support, especially from my wife Rebecca – thank you sweetheart. I have been part of this great transformation that is happening now at Unity Spiritual Center. I have had the honor of deepening my friendship with Dr. Gary over our many Saturday morning get-togethers. But the one thing that I cherish the most and will always carry with me is that sense of fulfillment I have in my heart for serving Unity Spiritual Center and giving my best and always showing up. I remember the call I received from Jeff Hunter six years ago asking me if I would consider serving on the Board of Trustees. After praying about it, I called him back and said YES, and I am so grateful I did. Being a trustee is an experience that I can always look back on and know that I did my best and gave my all. I have been very blessed to serve here at Unity Spiritual Center. So again, I thank you for allowing me to gain this life experience. I will always treasure it.
With Love & Blessings, Charlie Ker, Board President