Sunday Messages to Support You to Know the Truth
This Too Shall Pass (Aug 11, 2019)
While it is true that no one is exempt from life's ups and downs, Unity teaches us that there is a way out of suffering. Very similar to what Buddhism, Hinduism, and the Greeks taught, we know that if we detach from the clinging to wishing things were different, we are then much better able to move forward in life from where we are-by connecting with Divine Mind and becoming one with the Father.
My Father who has given them to Me is greater than all. No one can snatch them out of My Father's hand. I and the Father are one.
Fire, Water, Truth and Falsehood (August 18, 2019)
Rev. Joanne reminded us that for many, truth is a relative term. She cites a Pew Research poll from 2016 that says that 65% of American adults believe that "fake news" causes confusion in our public discourse. Now, three years later, that number is likely much higher. But what exactly is fake news?
Where truth stands, falsehood must yield. Swahili Proverb
This Harmonious Present Moment (October 13, 2019)
What does the "harmonious present moment" look like in the midst of an argument with our spouse, bumper to bumper traffic, grief, or a financial challenge? It does not mean ignoring the emotions that we are feeling. The argument is stressful. The traffic is frustrating. Grief hurts. Financial challenge is scary. A healthy way to approach all situations, including the most difficult moments in our life, is mindfulness.
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19
Allow Doing to Arise from Being (October 27, 2019)
The "what" that we are practicing are those things we have learned throughout our lives, either intentionally through active study, or from our culture and environment. We can operate only from one of two states of being-love or fear.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
1 John 4:18
We Are One (November 24, 2019)
When we say "we are one" we are affirming that we are all Children of God, and as such have the same direct access to Divine Mind and its all-loving guidance, if we are willing to listen. And when we say, "we are whole, perfect, and complete," we mean that regardless of outer circumstances, we stand in Faith knowing that as Children of God, we are like a hologram of Divine manifestation-the whole image is present in every part.
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Do You Hear What I Hear? (December 8, 2019)
Rev. Joanne shared a wonderful quotation about peace from Fr. Richard Rohr. Fr. Richard is the Founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation, an organization whose mission is to open the door for a critical mass of spiritual seekers to experience the transformative wisdom of the Christian contemplative tradition and nurture its emergence in service to the healing of our world. See blog for quotation.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus