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…
Aug 5, 2014
Our platform is progressing beautifully. We’re using bamboo because it’s sustainable, durable and has a wonderfully warm glow.
Take a peek and let us know what you think!
Aug 4, 2014
Come Dance Salsa, Merengue, Cha-Cha, Bachata, and more at our spiritual center! Youth and Adults Welcome!
First Time Dancers — Beginner Salsa Lessons from 6-7 with David Diaz of Satori Dance Studio, 7 -10 pm Open Dance. Professional Latin Dance Demos throughout the night!
This will be a Unity night like no other – join us for this #funmer event! Call 838-6518 for more info.
July 30, 2014
Wow, thanks to the hard work of our dedicated volunteers–David D, Don D, Joe W and Jim S–our new platform is really starting to take shape.
We’ll keep you updated with more posts, so please check back often!
July 29, 2014
We encourage you to explore and apply Unity teachings based on your own spiritual understanding. We believe this spiritual understanding is enhanced through reflective prayer and meditation. Watch this presentation of five basic concepts that make up the Unity belief system to learn more.
July 28, 2014
Do you recognize this feature of our sanctuary?
That’s right: it’s our platform. David, Don and Joe worked tirelessly on negotiating the carpet away from its base. Decades ago when the original structure was built, the platform was formed in cement. Then carpet was glued securely on top. This stage of the demolition process took several hours, and we thank our volunteers for persevering!
Next, our volunteers will build a new platform base to fit over this current structure. More pics to follow!
July 27, 2014
We continue to move forward with our search for a new minister, knowing that we will work together as a family in this process. We’ve selected a Search Committee who are tasked with this important job. This committee will focus on Reviewing Resumes and Selecting 2-4 for consideration, Conducting telephone Interviews, Inviting Candidates to speak, Collecting/Coordinating our members’ responses & Submitting final Recommendations to the Board of Trustees.
The Search Committee consists of
Thank you committee members for taking on this important work!