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Our Unity.

April 11, 2019

Every Sunday morning we begin our services with the words, “Our Unity…”

 

“Our Unity centers us…”

 

Not “My Unity.” OUR Unity.

 

Recently in coming across some Edgar Cayce writings, I learned that he believed that the 1st lesson every individual should learn for their own soul development is cooperation.

 

That really made me stop and think.

 

It brought up a lot of questions for me. What is real cooperation? What does it mean to collaborate, to co-create? What is it like to be part of a group of diverse and committed people working together in a common purpose? And how does that experience make me grow spiritually?

 

Which brings me back to our opening words, “Our Unity centers us…”

 

How does a group of diverse individuals, with very different perspectives, backgrounds, experiences, expectations, opinions, desires, wants and needs, come together in a spirit of cooperation to create “Our Unity?”

 

I believe this is the heart of the questions our Ft Collins Unity community needs to ask as decisions are made together in the upcoming weeks.

 

What do we mean when we say, “our unity”?

 

With deep love,

Peggy

 

Mark Nepo has written a new book, called “More Together Than Alone,” that is a result of 12 years of studying and observing the work of community and “the pathways that bring us together.” Here are some quotes to ponder from his book:

“When I stop to put down my assumptions and conclusions – when my hands are empty and my heart starts to open – I am returned to our natural kinship with each other, no matter our path.”

“Community becomes the art and science of understanding and engaging the life-force that moves through everything.”

“Shared roots lived longer.”

“The struggle between self-interest and care lives in each heart. We are asked to work these choices every day, and the life of relationship, family, and community depend on what we choose.”

 

 

 

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.

Embrace the Mystery.

April 4, 2019

Join us this Sunday as our own Tim Wade speaks to us about the mystery of not-knowing.

Tim Wade is a Relationship & Empowerment Coach who helps men become the husbands, fathers, and lovers they want to be. He brings over two decades of personal growth and transformation training with Landmark Education, The Pathways Institute, and Insight Seminars (and others) to his work. His newest project is developing an online course, called “The Relationsh*t Remedy,” for couples who want to up-level their partnerships

From Tim:
In the Age of Information, knowledge is king. And yet the more we learn, the more we realize how little we know. What if the the road to spiritual maturity is not in knowing more, but in becoming comfortable with “not knowing?” Can we learn to feel secure in a profoundly mysterious universe?
Pulled by Our Vision, Owned by Our Mission, Living Our Core Values.

March 28, 2019

 

Join us as our Unity Transitional Consultant, Steve Colladay, speaks about how our Unity of Fort Collins community is diving deeply into some core questions:

Why do we exist? What do we do? How do we behave? How will we succeed? He and some of the workshop participants will be sharing the journey of our March 30th session on Vision-Mission-Core Values.

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. …Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” –Carl Jung

“Seeing God as the foundation of all, the sources of all, and the substance of all. Seeing the good, the true, and the beautiful everywhere. In this manner is the eye single and vision perfected.” –Charles Fillmore

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rev. Dr. Steve Colladay, an ordained Unity minister, is a certified ministry skills and transitional consultant for the central office of Unity Worldwide Ministries in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. He has served as a senior minister for 21 years in 4 Unity ministries, and 3 years as a transitional ministry specialist, and 15 years as a church growth consultant. Steve has been a regional Unity board of trustee member in 3 regions–south central, southeast, and northwest Unity regions, as well as sub-regions in Dallas and UMASS (southeastern states). Steve is a pianist, composer and a producer of programs for mindfulness and mediation techniques for veterans, first responders (police, fire, EMS), and athletes. An avid marathon runner, he has completed 29 marathons, and four 36-mile ultra-marathons.

Know Thyself.

March 21, 2019

Sometimes I don’t have a talk topic planned weeks in advance, and so I pay special attention to conversations going on around me until I get zinged with, “This! Ooh, good talk topic!”

 

This week it was someone talking about the work of Edgar Cayce and mentioning Cayce’s constant use of Socrates’ advice, “Know thyself.”

 

That was my zinger.

 

All kinds of delicious insights and spiritual growth and en-Lightening experiences come from working on this simple adage.

 

Like many things that sound simple, however, it isn’t always easy. Truly knowing ourselves takes work. It requires a willingness to delve deep and to practice rigorous honesty. It takes our focus off of other people’s behavior and directs it towards our own.

 

This has absolutely nothing to do with self-flagellation or focusing on our “flaws.”

 

It is a much richer process than that. As we come to know ourselves better – all the parts of ourselves – we hold fast to the knowledge that we are children of the Source of All-That-Is. And we are GOOD.

 

As we work on knowing ourselves better, we can be filled with joy as we come to recognize ourselves as spirit in human form.

 

Blessed be!

 

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.

The Gratitude Express.

March 14, 2019

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In a recent morning meditation and journaling, I found myself connecting on a very deep level with the extraordinary power of gratitude.

 

This is a message that we hear and know and talk about a lot at Unity, but sometimes when challenges come, we forget about it.

 

It has been my experience over and over that Gratitude is a direct line to Spirit. It doesn’t matter what frame of mind or mood we are in, it doesn’t matter how confused or challenged or fearful we may feel, a few minutes of naming our blessings is the quickest reminder that we are not alone. We are held and cared for in multiple—and often totally unexpected—ways.

 

When we get off the Pity Pot or the Fear-Mongering Machine, we can choose to jump on the Gratitude Express and all of a sudden, our blinders fall off and we see limitless abundance all around, and in, us.

 

And then we truly know that All is Well.

 

Love,

Peggy

 

 

Practice:  If you don’t already do a daily gratitude practice, consider starting one. It can be as simple as jotting down five things every day that you are grateful for. Make it specific. Don’t just say, “my friends.” Say instead, “Maria: her infectious laugh, her long hugs, her nonverbal understanding,” etc.

 

If you already do a gratitude practice, change it up a little. Get creative. Maybe send a note of thanks every day, etc. And if there is something specific you are struggling with, challenge yourself to start naming the (hidden?) blessings in it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.