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February, 2018

John and JoEllen’s Send-off.

This Sunday will be a very special one: community songs with Franklin; a talk by John Zevely (Banjo Santa) on the profound spiritual experiences of his time here; a number by the Tunitics; and of course, quiet prayer together.

 

Then we will have our annual meeting, which is a celebration of our Unity highlights of 2017, complete with pictures and video.  You will have an opportunity to ask questions, and to help set our intentions for this year.

 

After that, Council and Staff are providing soups and we will have a dessert reception to celebrate and bless John and JoEllen as they go on to the next leg of their journey in Florida!
They have been here for 5 years – the same amount of time I have – and I am going to miss their incredible, giving, and divinely earthy selves!!

 

In Love,
Peggy

 

“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.”
― Flavia

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

February, 2018

But What About Hitler?

When talking about the 1st Unity Principle (God is all good and is present everywhere), many of us ask, “But what about Hitler?”

 

I have many thoughts about that question, one being that “Hitler” did not happen in a vacuum. I think about how much easier it is to look at “evil” through the actions of someone else, making it possible for me not to look more closely at my own actions.

 

Furthermore, how much do we look at the hundreds and thousands of people who do amazingly good and amazingly brave actions in the midst of terror and darkness?

 

Richard Rohr says that we have spent centuries of philosophy “trying to solve the problem of evil,” yet he believes the much more confounding and astounding issue is “the problem of good.”

 

Sunday I am going to explore these questions and more. I am especially inspired by one of our Unity children, Harper, who was standing next to me in our closing circle a couple of weeks ago, and during the Peace Song, she sang, “Yes, there is good on earth, and yes it begins with me.”

 

In Love,

Peggy

 

Quote to think on:  “Evil can prosper only when hearts are willing to remain hard and unresponsive. Every act of kindness, courageously offered, however small, is a small flower sown in a field of peace. In the face of evil, our life becomes our prayer.”

Wayne Muller in Learning to Pray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

February, 2018

Love Notes From God.

 

We had a great discussion at noon last Sunday about Unity’s 1st principle (God is good and everywhere present). What does it mean to believe that good is present even in the most horrendous of tragedies?

 

 

As we ended our discussion, it became clear to me that one of the most important ways we can know the good is in our connection with each other. People expressed a longing for real community.

 

 

Being PRESENT.

Deeply honest and authentic.

 

 

Loving each other through it – that’s one of the most powerful ways we find the good. And I heard people yearning for in-person connection. (We decided to continue these Sunday noon discussions monthly, and maybe work our way towards meeting more frequently!)

 

 

This Sunday I am going to reflect on the sometimes “hidden” ways that good shows up in our lives. I invite you to remember examples in your own life of how this has happened.

 

 

In Love,

Peggy

 

 

Quote to ponder:  “For the knowledge of God (Good), as we have seen, is not an intellectual exercise but a soul exercise. It is an intimate knowing by experience, and it is love that leads us to such an experience. For this reason the knowledge of God is as available to the simplest and most humble among us as it is to the great and intellectually gifted….”     ~John Sanford

 

 

 

 

 

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.