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“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.'” ~ Erma Bombeck

Monthly Archive

 

September, 2017

Meet the Gomang Tibetan Monks.

This Sunday we invite you to join us as the visiting Gomang Tibetan monks lead us in our celebration of Spirit.

The monks are from a Tibetan monastery in India and are ordained by the Dalai Lama.

We are delighted and honored that they have chosen to share music, blessings, and a message with us. They will also be selling handmade Tibetan goods.

 

Check out their website for more information.

 

 

 

 

Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Fort Collins. She has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.

September, 2017

The Gospel of Peggy.

Upon first glance, that title sounds either silly or arrogant. But on a deeper level, it is neither.

 

The word “gospel” simply means good news, and there have been many different gospels written over time (some that are in the “official” Christian scriptures, some that aren’t).

 

Usually, when people say or hear “Gospel,” it references some version of the story of the life and teachings of Jesus, the “Christ.”  But not very many people are willing to acknowledge that the story as they understand it is a specific interpretation with a specific agenda.

 

Honestly, I am both heart-broken and sick to my stomach at the way the name and person of Jesus has been thrown around and used as a weapon or a curse with which to beat and abuse people who are vulnerable and struggling – or it’s used to justify unjust social systems or to promise people that they can get rich quick. Or the version that tells people that this life doesn’t really matter, what’s important is whether or not you get into “heaven.”

 

These versions of the story have been filtered through hierarchies and institutions that benefit from keeping the status quo.

 

The word, “Christian,” has come to evoke images of judgmental, self-righteous, hypocritical – and very loud – people.  But the loudest voices are not necessarily the truest, despite what news and social media would have us think.

 

On Sunday, I will share some thoughts about, and experiences with, the Jesus that I admire and love with my whole heart. His is the story of a human whose life has inspired and guided and mentored me profoundly along my spiritual path.

 

Love,

Peggy

 

 

 

 

Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Fort Collins. She has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.

September, 2017

You’ve Got a Friend.


One of my favorite songs of all time is Carole King’s You’ve Got a Friend:

“When you’re down and troubled
And you need some loving care
And nothing, nothing is going right
Close your eyes and think of me
And soon I will be there
To brighten up even your darkest night
You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there
You’ve got a friend…”

Those words touch me way down in my heart of hearts. Having a friend. Being a friend. These are two of the deepest joys I experience in this life. I am so grateful for the people I know I can call out to in the middle of the night. I am equally grateful for the people who feel they can call me when they need a friend.

I think friendship comes in all forms and shapes and sizes. Sometimes it’s the Friend in our own heart or in the vastness of the Universe. Sometimes we find it through a chance encounter with a stranger. It is my hope that more and more people find it in our Unity community.

Please join us Sunday for further reflection on friendship and “being there” for one another.

In Love,
Peggy

 

 

 

 

 

Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Fort Collins. She has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.

September, 2017

Getting to Know You.

Remember the song, “Getting to Know You?” I always enjoyed singing along, even though I never really thought much about the words or their setting.The song is from the musical, The King and I. It is sung by Anna, to her students, the many children of the King of Siam.

What a beautiful context! As we begin another season and another school year, it seems a perfect theme song.

“Getting to know you, getting to know all about you…”

As an anonymous person said, getting to know someone is a beautiful process, and we pass up the opportunity to know people every day.

It is my hope that as we grow at Unity, we will provide more and more opportunities for people to get to know each other, to provide safe and nurturing and sacred space where we can practice the art of listening – to Spirit, to ourselves, and to each other – as well as that of honest sharing and exploring our deeper truths.

It is my belief that much of the world’s conflict and discord would be resolved if we took time to get to know each other.

Let’s do this!

In Love,
Peggy
Quote to ponder:  Deep within each of us is the urge to know and to be known. It is as central to the core of our being as is the urge to dance in the sunshine or cry at weddings or sing in the shower or laugh at children or fall backward into the snow.
— Robert Benson in Between the Dreaming and the Coming True

 

 

 

 

 

Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Fort Collins. She has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.