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True gratitude…is recognizing that love rather than apprehension holds lasting value, and that there is no end to the embrace of love.
Because love does exist, you and I can be free. ~Hugh Prather

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April, 2018

Together We Rise.

 

Sunday is ONE SERVICE UniTeam Day!  We will have the leaders of our various teams and projects available with information in the lobby after our service. In addition, several team members will share some stories about the lessons and joys they have experienced being part of a “UniTeam.”

 

Teamwork…  We talk to our children about it. We lift it up as a value in the workplace. It makes all the difference in sports, in symphonies, in problem-solving. 

 

We have teams at our Unity. (We decided a couple of years ago to call them teams instead of committees.) Our teams do all kinds of great work:  community life activities, outreach projects, care for our facilities, and more. 

 

But all of us together at Unity are also a team. It’s a hokey way of saying that we are co-creators. 

 

However, talking and doing are two different things! Learning to work cooperatively can sometimes go against our upbringing, American culture, and our egos wanting to be in control.

 

I invite you to reflect on this with me on Sunday, and to hear a bit more about the possibilities at Unity of Fort Collins.

 

With Love,

Peggy

 

Quote to ponder:  “Try to feel your oneness with everybody. When you do, immediately you will expand your consciousness. If someone does something well, immediately you have to feel that it is you who have done it. S/He should also do the same when you do something significant. Whenever any individual does something very well, others have to feel that it is their conscious inspiration and aspiration that have enabled that individual to achieve this success. If we always have an attitude of teamwork, then we will be able to conquer the ego.”

Sri Chinmoy

 

 

 

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.

April, 2018

Listen to Your Mother!

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE!  SPECIAL INVITATION!!

 

You are invited to bring a tangible symbol/object that honors Earth/Spirit this Sunday. 

 

Please bring a not-too-big object that can be placed on a table or windowsill in our Unity space—something you feel represents your spiritual connection, your gratitude, your energy. We will place these items around the sanctuary in a little ceremony during the service.

 

You are invited to leave your item here as a way of blessing our Unity. In doing this we can each acknowledge our part and be even more intentional in the space we co-create together here. 

 

As you decide whether and what you might like to share, consider the following quotes by Shaun McNiff in his book, Earth Angels:

“Objects convey energy, spiritual forces, and medicine to viewers who are able to open themselves to the life conveyed. The world is full of potential remedies if we can learn to access their resources…”

“The earth angel is a contemplation of the pure presence of a thing, its distinct and nontransferable qualities, its unique nature, what Buddhism calls its suchness, or the phenomenologists call its essential being — the different states of fullness I feel when entering a flower shop, bookstore, or service station…”  

 

We have a wonderful service planned for this Earth Day Sunday and hope you can join us!

 

In gratitude,

Peggy

 

 

 

Randy Meyer is our guest speaker on Sunday.  His talk is titled, “Listen to Your Mother!” and it is about how we allow the many distractions in our modern life to disconnect us from Mother Earth and the natural world. As a result of that disconnection, we have really abused our Mother. One of Randy’s questions is, “What if we consciously spent some of our time in silence, connecting and listening for what Mother Earth has to say?”

The service will include our special blessing ceremony, drumming, and special music by Terry Meyer, Kirsten Bolton, and the Unitics.

April, 2018

Beside Still Waters.

 

Many people are familiar with the 23rd Psalm because it is often spoken at memorial services. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He brings me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul…   yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I have no fear… I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

 

 

But these words are so much more than a funeral declaration!

 

 

Alan Cohen says that out of all the poetry in the Bible, this one is the great “Ode to Peace.” I have found myself going back to this psalm quite a bit in recent times. I have explored the deep meanings of the words and come up with my own paraphrase. It’s been sitting in my possible topics queue for a while, waiting its turn to become a talk, and I have decided this is the Sunday for it.

 

 

The meaning found in Psalm 23 fits perfectly with our exploration of Unity’s 3rd principle. I invite you to join me in reflecting on these words this Sunday and maybe experiencing them in a new way. We will even provide paper, time, and the opportunity to pen your own version if you wish. Right now, my paraphrase begins with, “Spirit is my most tender caregiver. I have everything I need and much, much more!…” and it ends with, “I shall live in the Presence of GOOD forever.”

 

 

 

We will also be blessed with Bobby McFerrin’s version of the psalm, sung by our Men’s Choir (with Terry filling in for Cory).

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

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.

 

April, 2018

Manifestering.

 

Several years ago JoEllen Fulton and I were talking, and we decided we needed to add a word to the English language. That word is “manifester,” a verb. To manifester. It’s what we do when we hang on to icky stuff so long it starts to show up in how we live. I like it because it’s a fun and descriptive way of describing the power of negative thinking.

 

 

“Manifestering” happens when our thinking becomes distorted, and we get caught in a web of resentment and self-pity. Just like a physical wound that becomes infected begins to ooze toxic stuff, so it is with our internal wounds. If we don’t take care of them, keep them clean, acknowledge their need for healing, they begin to fester and to infect our whole lives with poison.

 

 

We are focusing specifically on the 3rd Unity Principle in the next two weeks. Our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs have the power to create our reality.

 

 

 

William James said it this way, “Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”

 

 

Blessings and a beautiful week-end to you!

 

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.