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“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.”  ―Abraham Lincoln

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Listen to Your Mother!

April 19, 2018

 

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.

Beside Still Waters.

April 12, 2018

 

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.

 

Manifestering.

April 5, 2018

 

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.

Surprise!

March 29, 2018

 

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.

Chanting with a Side of “Moo.”

March 22, 2018

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.