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“The quality of mercy is not strain’d.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth (the one) that gives and (the one) that takes.”
~Shakespeare

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Vision, Mission, Core Values.

May 16, 2019

“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.

May 9, 2019

  

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.

May 2, 2019

 

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.

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.