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Brought to You by the Letter “A.”

October 12, 2017

 

It seems as if many of us are struggling with anxiety. We hear crazy statistics about how many anti-anxiety medications are being prescribed, and about the large numbers of children and students and seniors, and well – everyone – being afflicted with it.

 

 

I have been thinking about it (and feeling it) a lot lately. So, of course, that leads to a talk. Coping with anxiety, working through it, getting to peace and trust, these are the things I will share about on Sunday.

 

 

What are some of the ways we can move out of anxiety? In the Al-Anon program, there is a tool called “The 3 A’s:” awareness, acceptance and action. It is a great help when feeling stuck. Hence, my title for Sunday, Brought to You by the Letter “A.”

 

 

Many things happen that bring up anxiety. But we do not have to pickle ourselves in it! Alan Watts said, “Real religion is the transformation of anxiety into laughter.”

 

 

What an interesting spin on “religion!”

 

 

Much 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.

Welcoming Every Creature.

October 5, 2017

When I was in seminary, Starhawk came and spoke at our chapel. It caused quite the ruckus, as some people considered it a heresy to have a “witch” in the pulpit. I and others, however, rejoiced to have this wise woman share her truth and her profound connection with the natural world. I am moved and challenged by the teachings of Starhawk, such as:

 

“If you see God as something outside the world, the world becomes subtly and not-so-subtly devalued. But if you see God — or Goddess . . . — as embodied in human beings, in trees, in plants, in rocks, in animals — in the living world itself — then all those things, and particularly the interconnections between them, have that kind of deep intensive value.”

 

Another teacher, who is more well-known and was ultimately declared a saint, also had intense reverence towards all beings. Francis of Assisi is said to have sung duets with nightingales and conversed with wolves, saved worms and bees, and even stepped ever-so-gently when walking over rocks.

 

Over the years, many churches have developed the custom of doing animal blessings in October. This grew out of the desire to honor St Francis’ birthday on October 4th. It makes me happy that our Unity participates in this annual practice.

 

This Sunday, we will be doing our annual pet blessing at the end of the 2nd service. Out of respect for those who are not as comfortable around animals in church, we will keep the 9am service pet-free. I invite you to join us to reflect with me on the ways God is in all creatures.

 

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.

Meet the Gomang Tibetan Monks.

September 28, 2017

This Sunday we invite you to join us as the visiting Gomang Tibetan monks lead us in our celebration of Spirit.

The monks are from a Tibetan monastery in India and are ordained by the Dalai Lama.

We are delighted and honored that they have chosen to share music, blessings, and a message with us. They will also be selling handmade Tibetan goods.

 

Check out their website for more information.

 

 

 

 

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.

The Gospel of Peggy.

September 21, 2017

Upon first glance, that title sounds either silly or arrogant. But on a deeper level, it is neither.

 

The word “gospel” simply means good news, and there have been many different gospels written over time (some that are in the “official” Christian scriptures, some that aren’t).

 

Usually, when people say or hear “Gospel,” it references some version of the story of the life and teachings of Jesus, the “Christ.”  But not very many people are willing to acknowledge that the story as they understand it is a specific interpretation with a specific agenda.

 

Honestly, I am both heart-broken and sick to my stomach at the way the name and person of Jesus has been thrown around and used as a weapon or a curse with which to beat and abuse people who are vulnerable and struggling – or it’s used to justify unjust social systems or to promise people that they can get rich quick. Or the version that tells people that this life doesn’t really matter, what’s important is whether or not you get into “heaven.”

 

These versions of the story have been filtered through hierarchies and institutions that benefit from keeping the status quo.

 

The word, “Christian,” has come to evoke images of judgmental, self-righteous, hypocritical – and very loud – people.  But the loudest voices are not necessarily the truest, despite what news and social media would have us think.

 

On Sunday, I will share some thoughts about, and experiences with, the Jesus that I admire and love with my whole heart. His is the story of a human whose life has inspired and guided and mentored me profoundly along my spiritual path.

 

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.

You’ve Got a Friend.

September 14, 2017


One of my favorite songs of all time is Carole King’s You’ve Got a Friend:

“When you’re down and troubled
And you need some loving care
And nothing, nothing is going right
Close your eyes and think of me
And soon I will be there
To brighten up even your darkest night
You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there
You’ve got a friend…”

Those words touch me way down in my heart of hearts. Having a friend. Being a friend. These are two of the deepest joys I experience in this life. I am so grateful for the people I know I can call out to in the middle of the night. I am equally grateful for the people who feel they can call me when they need a friend.

I think friendship comes in all forms and shapes and sizes. Sometimes it’s the Friend in our own heart or in the vastness of the Universe. Sometimes we find it through a chance encounter with a stranger. It is my hope that more and more people find it in our Unity community.

Please join us Sunday for further reflection on friendship and “being there” for one another.

In 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.