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,
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.