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March, 2018

Surprise!

 

I love that Easter and April Fools’ Day are the same day this year. For me, it has extra special significance because April 1st is also my birthday. I was wondering why I couldn’t ever remember my birthday being on Easter, so I looked up the last time these dates coincided.

 

 

I learned that it’s been 62 years since Easter fell on April 1st! The last time it happened was in 1956, before I was born! No wonder I can’t remember it.  J

 

 

To me, it makes perfect sense that Easter would be celebrated on April Fools’ Day! They are both about unexpected surprises, about how appearances can be deceiving.

 

 

David Steindl-Rast says his favorite name for “God” is Surprise. He says, “…every surprise is a challenge to trust in life and so to grow. Surprise is a seed. Gratefulness sprouts when we rise to the challenge of surprise. The great ones in the realm of Spirit are so intensely alive because they are so deeply grateful.”

 

 

Easter is all about letting go and making room for more to be revealed – letting go of despairing predictions and making room for unexpected happenings.

 

 

We live in cycles and seasons. Easter is the part where we learn to fly. As Nelle Morton says in a novel by Susan Wittig,  “You are destined to fly, but that cocoon has got to go!”

 

 

Happy Easter!

 

 

With love from one blessed fool to another!

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.

March, 2018

Chanting with a Side of “Moo.”

We have been focusing strongly on our 2nd principle this month and the practice of seeing the good in everyone around us. I look forward to hearing how you have been practicing that principle in your life and what that has been like.

 

I am filled with joy as I reflect on how powerfully that principle has manifested in my life this past week and a half. The group of Unity people who traveled to visit our village partners in Guatemala and the people who hosted us there truly embodied “the Dalai Lama undercover!”

 

My title for Sunday comes from a little transformative experience that happened with some adolescent boys in the community – I’m not going to describe it here, so you’ll have to hear about it in person!

 

In Joy and Deep Reverence for Life,

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.

March, 2018

Yoga and Recovery – Freedom through Connection.

On Sunday, we will have guest speaker Jeff Finlin, talking about RecoverYoga. RecoverYoga is a spiritually-grounded counseling, mentor-ship, and workshop program designed for those in recovery from drug addiction, alcoholism, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), lingering mental trauma, and other life tribulations. It is also helpful for adult children of alcoholics (ACOA). 
Jeff, a dedicated yogi, author, and acclaimed singer-songwriter, designed the YogaRecover program.
He will discuss his story and the unique marriage of the science and practice of yoga with traditional recovery and spiritual practices.

March, 2018

What If World.

Our guest speaker for Sunday, March 11th, will be our own Franklin Taggart, talking about the “what ifs” of life and how they can expand our world and minds. Hope you can join us.

 

 
“We hear it said that humans are created in the image of God. Then we’re off down the rabbit hole of God looking like us, and being like us, which in my mind reverses the meaning of the statement. I think that’s a silly story line, but I like to think of it another way. I see all-that-is being the imagination of God unfolding moment by moment, and we’re experiencing that whole thing moment by moment through our imagination as an extension of God’s imagination. In this context “What if” statements open an infinite realm of possible life experiences.”

 

March, 2018

Bringing Heaven with Us.

 

This Sunday’s topic is Unity’s second principle. Ellen Debenport words it, “Human beings have a spark of divinity within them, the Christ spirit within.  Their very essence is of God, and therefore they (we!) are also inherently good.”

 

 

My talk will focus on this principle, and we will have a discussion on it in the Myrtle room at noon for anyone who is interested. By the way, we have Debenport’s book on the Five Principles in the bookstore. It is a very good and simple resource.

 

 

There is also a great children’s story, called How Roland Rolls,  written by Jim Carrey (yes, that Jim Carrey!) that I love as an example of the 2nd principle. It’s about a wave who discovers that he is also the ocean and that he is interconnected with all of life.

 

 

The image of being a wave in the ocean is one spiritual metaphor often used to describe what it means to be part of Something Greater, not being the whole “Something Greater” but being composed of the same substance.

 

 

We will also do a blessing and send-off for our Unity Guatemala team, who is traveling to La Bendición March 10th through 19th. We will celebrate our interconnectedness with our Guatemalan village partnership and with all people by singing “Somos el barco, somos el mar.”
We are the boat; we are the sea… I live in you; you live in me.

Hope to 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.