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 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.