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September, 2018

The Healing Power of Humor.

This weekend Unity is doing its part to help heal the world by bringing some light and laughter to Fort Collins. Our guest speaker on Sunday morning is Steve Bhaerman. He will be talking about the healing power of humor. I have been hearing from so many people lately who are feeling a lot of heaviness in their heart, and laughter can sometimes help ease that heaviness.

 

Sunday I invite you to take a little time with us and lighten your heart. Laughter helps everything!
“Our unity centers us in light and peace, allowing us to recognize our God within, and to radiate that love to the world.”

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“The world is in a serious condition — and yet, there’s definitely something funny going on.”    ~Swami Beyondananda

Join Steve Bhaerman, the man behind the legendary “cosmic comic” Swami Beyondananda, for an inspiring, encouraging — and laughter-filled — talk on how we can use laughter to shine a light on the darkness, and light the path ahead of us.

You’ll learn how laughter heals, restores wholeness, and can turn suffering into insight; separation into connection; stress into release. You’ll laugh while you learn, and learn while you laugh!

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, 2018

Treats and Retreats.

 
This week’s Sunday morning services feature John Magnie and his family – Lauren, Bo, and Elena – who will be providing a special treat for us with their beautiful soul music. Some of our congregants will still be up in the mountains celebrating the Presence in the great outdoors at the Buckhorn Retreat.

Both of these events have inspired the title of my talk, “Treats and Retreats.”
As I reflect on balance and the upcoming Fall Equinox, I am reminded of the importance of play times and laughter and Sabbath and treats and retreats – and all kinds of good stuff!

In yet another seasonal transition, we say thank you to the lingering blessings of summertime and hello to the dawning blessings of autumn. We celebrate the treats we received from the summer, and we take time to retreat and prepare for harvest.

I look forward to celebrating “just another magic Sunday” at Unity of Fort Collins.

Have a weekend of joy!
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, 2018

Balloons and Pedagogy.

When I was in seminary, I came across the writings of Presbyterian poet, liturgist, and worship leader, Ann Weems. I fell in love with her heart and her words and used many of her poems in services during my years as a Presbyterian minister. Her vision of a loving, welcoming, healing, authentic, joyful spiritual community resonated deeply with my vision of the same.

One of my favorite poems is called “Balloons Belong in Church.”

I took to church one morning a happy four-year-old boy
Holding a bright blue string to which was attached
his much loved orange balloon with pink stripes…
Certainly a thing of beauty
And if not forever, at least a joy for a very important now.
When later he met me at the door
Clutching blue string, orange and pink bobbing behind him,
He didn’t have to tell me something had gone wrong.
“What’s the matter?”
He wouldn’t tell me.
“I bet they loved your balloon…”
Out it came, then — mocking the teacher’s voice, “We don’t bring balloons to church.” Then that little four-year old, his lip a little trembly, asked:
“Why aren’t balloons allowed in church?
I thought God would like balloons.”

The poet goes on to talk about how she celebrates balloons and all kinds of other wonderful things like “children who laugh out loud and walk in the mud and dawdle in the puddles…who whisper in loud voices and run… and laugh when they fall…”

This Sunday we are celebrating our children, our youth, our parents, and our Sunday school teachers – all people who are committed to learning and growing, being and becoming, laughing and living life to the fullest!

I hope you can join us Sunday as we kick off another season of education and community and reflect on the joy of learning.

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.