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Life is a Mobius Strip.

February 7, 2019

 

Every Sunday we affirm our Unity core values with the words that we say together and the songs that we sing. One of the affirmations I have come to love the most is our opening:

 

OUR UNITY CENTERS US IN LIGHT AND PEACE,

ALLOWING US TO RECOGNIZE OUR GOD WITHIN

AND TO RADIATE THAT LOVE TO THE WORLD.

 

These words have meant more and more to me in my time with you, until today I feel that they are settled in my very bones. My cells vibrate to these words and do a little happy dance every time we say them!

 

I have often felt like this life journey is a never-ending pilgrimage that directs us inward and leads us outward. Now a haunting solo, now a harmonic symphony. In and out, down and up, an endless Mobius strip. Like breathing, we cannot only go inward. Nor can we focus only outward. We must do both. Our lives depend on it.

 

This Sunday we will join together in ONE service at 10, and will reflect upon our Unity journey of last year and on our intentions for this new year. One of my observations is how we have continued to grow in that process of going both inward and outward, in the ways we “recognize our God within and radiate that Love to the world.” I will share some of the ways I have seen that manifest. I invite you to join me.

 

In Love and Gratitude,

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.

Flowing in Unity.

January 31, 2019

Fort Collins Unity is an absolutely amazing and wonderful community! Last week I had my talk all planned and at the last minute had a family emergency and had to miss Sunday services. In my absence, Dale Leidheiser gave an excellent talk on character and community, Grace did a reading, and Franklin did his usual stellar job of leading.

I got so much prayer and love and support and was able to focus on the family situation without any worry at all about what was happening at Unity. This is the perfect example of how well this community is going to do with the coming transition. (And by the way, your prayers manifested positive progress and healing. THANK YOU so very much!)

This Sunday I will give an updated version of the talk I had planned on our common welfare and the spiritual practice of unity.

Here are a couple of paragraphs to reflect on from a book by Chris Johnstone and Joanna Macy, called, “Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re In Without Going Crazy.”  (What a great name! 🙂

“All the individuals on a team may each be brilliant by themselves, but if they don’t shift their story from personal success to team success, their net effectiveness will be greatly reduced. When people experience themselves as part of a group with a shared purpose, team spirit flows through them, and their central organizing principle changes. The guiding question moves from ‘What can I gain?’ to ‘What can I give?’

“We can develop a similar team spirit with life. When we are guided by our willingness to find and play our part, we can feel as if we are acting not just alone but as part of a larger team of life that acts with us and through us. Since this team involves many other players, unsuspected allies can emerge at crucial moments; unseen helpers can remove obstacles we didn’t even know were there. When we’re guided by questions such as ‘What can I offer?’ and ‘What can I give?’ we might sometimes play the role of stepping out in front and at other times that of being the ally giving support. Either way, we think of the additional support behind our actions as a form of grace.” 

In Gratitude and Trust,
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.

“Personal Progress for the Greatest Number Depends Upon Unity”

January 24, 2019

 

                       

These past two weeks I have spoken about the topics of “Calling” and “Trusting the Process.” It was in that context that I shared my plans to complete my time as your Spiritual Leader. Over the next few months, we will gradually phase out my responsibilities and enter into a transition process to search for the next right Spiritual Leader for Unity of Fort Collins.

The Council will be working with a transition consultant from Worldwide Unity, who has experience and special training in helping congregations go through mindful, loving transitions. You will receive regular updates as we go through this process together, and everyone will have plenty of opportunity to participate.

If you missed last Sunday’s talk (January 20th), I invite you to listen to the podcast so that you can hear more about it. Jesse and I plan to move back to the land where I grew up – in southeastern Arizona – and live near my mom. We will be back and forth on a regular basis, as well as staying connected through technology and social media. While I will be ending my role as Spiritual Leader, I will always be available as a Spiritual Friend.

I have absolutely loved my time with you, and I have learned so very much. As you have heard me say many times, there is an incredible abundance of wisdom in this congregation. I have complete confidence that this wisdom, along with the loving community you have developed with each other, will carry us all through the coming process with grace and ease. And whenever the new leader comes along, they are going to be incredibly fortunate!

This Sunday my topic is Unity. I will refer to a 12-step principle which says, “Our common welfare should come first. Personal progress for the greatest number depends upon unity.”  I love you all so much!

In Gratitude and Trust,
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.

Trust the Process.

January 17, 2019

 

Have you ever woken up from a dream with a phrase in your mind?

 

It was many years ago that I had one of those experiences, and the words I heard upon waking were, “Trust the Process.”

 

How many times since then those words have echoed in my mind! Months when I wasn’t sure where my life was leading me… Weeks when I wondered if my efforts mattered… Days when I didn’t think I could find my way through a particular challenge…

 

“Trust the Process!”

 

The day I woke up with those words ringing in my ears, I wasn’t sure what that meant or why I was getting that particular message. Trust? And what Process?

 

I’ve learned a lot since then. The Process is life. And what is life but constant change?

 

The Trust is spiritual. “Trust the Process,” is another way of saying what all the spiritual traditions teach: “Be not afraid!”

 

Whatever we face, whatever we walk through, we can trust that it is all in divine order.

 

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23),  I shall fear nothing, for God is with me!!

 

With us.

In us.

Around us.

Always and forever!

 

 

With 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.

What is Calling You?

January 10, 2019

Do you ever feel like something is calling you? Perhaps calling you to do a particular something or to make a change or to explore a part of yourself you have never really explored? Perhaps the still, small voice inside of you is calling you to be more wholly YOU.

 

One of my favorite hymns is one called “Spirit of Gentleness,” written by a UCC minister named James Manley. The words to the chorus are:

 

“Spirit, Spirit of gentleness, Blow through the wilderness, calling and free.

Spirit, Spirit of restlessness, Stir me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea.”

 

The first and last verses are:

You moved on the waters

You called to the deep.

Then you coaxed up the mountains 

from the valley of sleep.

And over the eons, You called to each thing,

‘Wake from your slumbers, and rise on your wings.’

 

You call from tomorrow.

You break ancient schemes.

From the bondage of sorrow, the captives dream dreams.

Our women see visions.

Our men clear their eyes.

With bold new decisions,

Your people arise.”

 

I love the power and the vision in those words. I love the invitation to listen more deeply and to live more bravely. And I love the declaration that Spirit is ever-present, always uncontainable and wild, breathing us forward into fresh experiences on this human journey of life!

 

What might Spirit be calling forth in you at this time in your life? Let’s explore that on Sunday!

 

In Love and Gratitude,

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.