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October, 2017

Our Unity Centers Us.

 

Our one service at 10 a.m. this Sunday is going to be rich and wonderful, because council members are going to share brief stories about how Unity has impacted their lives.

 

 

Eric Butterworth was one of the most well-known ministers and teachers in the Unity movement. In his book, Unity: A Quest for Truth, he said, “Unity is not a church in the usual sense … Unity students are a strange and wonderful fellowship of people of all religious affiliations, of all races, of all levels of the social structure, meeting on the level of their spiritual unity with each other in the common quest for spiritual unity with God.”

 

 

I hope you will join us for our gathering of strange and wonderful people!

 

 

And please plan to stay afterwards for our Unity Orientation, that includes snacks, to learn more about how Unity of Fort Collins works. The staff and one council member will be posted all around the building for your educational purposes.

 

 

They will talk about what they do, how Unity operates, and there will be a snack station too where JoEllen will provide a snack and tell you about Unity’s Hospitality Team – all while you get to tour and see our beautiful Unity building.

 

 

See you there!

 

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.

October, 2017

The Right Tool for the Job.


This Sunday we are blessed to have Lynn Kendall as our guest speaker, while I take a “time-out.” Many of you will remember the wonderful and humorous way Lynn has of sharing wisdom, over her many years as the Unity of Fort Collins Spiritual Leader. She will be talking about The Right Tool for the Job. And I imagine you have already guessed that she is referring to spiritual tools, rather than giving a DIY demonstration on how to renovate your bathroom. Although if you know her, you know that it’s highly possible she really will give us the renovation info also!

 

Her quote to ponder is:  “I have a rabbit’s foot, a four leaf clover, and a lucky charm –only problem is, none of them become effective until I do.”  – Ziggy

 

Have a beautiful weekend.

 
Love,
Peggy

 

PS – The Mark class will not meet Monday and Wednesday (Oct. 23rd & 25th), however there will be Heart Talk on Tuesday, Oct. 24th.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

October, 2017

Brought to You by the Letter “A.”

 

It seems as if many of us are struggling with anxiety. We hear crazy statistics about how many anti-anxiety medications are being prescribed, and about the large numbers of children and students and seniors, and well – everyone – being afflicted with it.

 

 

I have been thinking about it (and feeling it) a lot lately. So, of course, that leads to a talk. Coping with anxiety, working through it, getting to peace and trust, these are the things I will share about on Sunday.

 

 

What are some of the ways we can move out of anxiety? In the Al-Anon program, there is a tool called “The 3 A’s:” awareness, acceptance and action. It is a great help when feeling stuck. Hence, my title for Sunday, Brought to You by the Letter “A.”

 

 

Many things happen that bring up anxiety. But we do not have to pickle ourselves in it! Alan Watts said, “Real religion is the transformation of anxiety into laughter.”

 

 

What an interesting spin on “religion!”

 

 

Much 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.

October, 2017

Welcoming Every Creature.

When I was in seminary, Starhawk came and spoke at our chapel. It caused quite the ruckus, as some people considered it a heresy to have a “witch” in the pulpit. I and others, however, rejoiced to have this wise woman share her truth and her profound connection with the natural world. I am moved and challenged by the teachings of Starhawk, such as:

 

“If you see God as something outside the world, the world becomes subtly and not-so-subtly devalued. But if you see God — or Goddess . . . — as embodied in human beings, in trees, in plants, in rocks, in animals — in the living world itself — then all those things, and particularly the interconnections between them, have that kind of deep intensive value.”

 

Another teacher, who is more well-known and was ultimately declared a saint, also had intense reverence towards all beings. Francis of Assisi is said to have sung duets with nightingales and conversed with wolves, saved worms and bees, and even stepped ever-so-gently when walking over rocks.

 

Over the years, many churches have developed the custom of doing animal blessings in October. This grew out of the desire to honor St Francis’ birthday on October 4th. It makes me happy that our Unity participates in this annual practice.

 

This Sunday, we will be doing our annual pet blessing at the end of the 2nd service. Out of respect for those who are not as comfortable around animals in church, we will keep the 9am service pet-free. I invite you to join us to reflect with me on the ways God is in all creatures.

 

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.