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Vision, Mission, Core Values.

“You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.”            ~Alvin Toffler

 

A couple of months ago we had the opportunity to gather for a Vision, Mission and Core Values workshop to begin a conversation about the values that attract and identify us, the vision that energizes us, and the mission that guides us.

 

Clarifying vision, mission, and core values helps an organization in several ways: shaping intentions, guiding decisions, aligning goals, and informing our actions – just to name a few.

 

Following that workshop, another group of people participated through feedback forms that were handed out at Sunday services. Altogether over 75 people have participated. Steve asked a group of people to take the work from the workshop and the information from the feedback forms and work to articulate vision and mission statements and define no more than five core values.

 

This group is comprised of Corina Hartzog, Tom Van Dyne, Claire Marshel, Robert Hudgens, and Franklin Taggart. Leane Gabel also contributed by compiling the information from feedback forms.

 

This Sunday the group will be presenting the latest drafts of vision, mission, and core values. They will also talk about the process they used to consider all the input and how they constructed the statements from the various sources.

 

We are excited to share this information with you!

Mothering in Community.

  

Join us as our own Kirsten Bolton speaks this Sunday about mothering in community.

What does mothering look like in our society today? What are the demands on mothers, and the support systems which help mothers thrive?

How can we collaborate in commUnity to fill the gaps that relate to motherhood? Together we will consider these questions and discover answers from our own inner wisdom.

 

Kirsten comes from a long line of mothers, and is honored to carry on the tradition with her own child. Through teaching, songwriting and parenting she reflects on the deeper meaning in life. She is grateful to be held in love and light by the Unity family.

 

Gatherings

Sunday Services

Check our News and Events page to make sure of service times.

Summer Service Hours run May 19th through September 1st, 2019

One Service at 10am

 

Childcare is provided for all services. Hope you can join us!

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesdays ~ Heart Talks
10—11:30am – Myrtle Room

Join the group in the Myrtle room for weekly Heart Talks (coffee, conversation,  deep listening, and sharing).

Benediction.

 

I can’t believe this is my last “Preview for Sunday” as your Spiritual Leader! I don’t know where the past 6 years have flown!!

 

So many emotions fill my heart and so many thoughts flood my mind as I try to write this. How can I possibly summarize it all in a short blurb in the midst of the time crunch of all there is to tie up before I leave in a few short days?!

 

I will simply say that on Sunday I plan to share with you some of the lessons I have learned in my time with you, and some of my thoughts about things that might be helpful to Unity of Ft Collins moving forward.

 

For now, let me just share my deep, deep gratitude for the honor and challenge and privilege it has been to share this leg of our spiritual journeys together. Truly, this is a blessed community.

 

With thanks and 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.

Our Unity.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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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.

Life in Between.

Hello, my friends!  I miss you when I’m gone!!

 

My topic this Sunday is about living in the in-between times. I have been thinking about that topic a lot.

 

I’ve had some very intense experiences recently where I was told that something amazing was going to happen… but not yet. And then I found myself on a roller coaster, as one hurdle after another presented itself, and I went from thinking “it’s not going to happen after all,” to “it’s really going to happen!” to “oh, for Pete’s sake, now what?!”

 

When I finally found myself getting to the long-hoped-for event, even though my gratitude was so immense I couldn’t describe it, I was too tired to feel it! I find that I am still processing it all!

 

This experience has repeated itself in many ways, big and small, and I think in some ways, it is what our Unity is experiencing now.

 

The challenge during these kinds of times is really just an intensified invitation to practice our principles, to stay in the present, and to show up. One day at a time, one hour at a time, one moment at a time, we are called to connect with Divine Love. We are invited to let our egos soften, our fears dissolve, and our gratitude for what is grow stronger, simply because we are fully present. Now.

 

Love,

Peggy

 

O God, help me to believe the truth about myself no matter how beautiful it is!  — Macrina Wiederkehr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.