OF ANTS AND AIMS – February 26, 2021

As a child, I was fascinated with my own mind – a sign of what I would later come to realize was the budding introvert that I would become.  One example of my fascination was how I observed myself with the red ants, who were my childhood nemesis.  After stumbling…

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The Hero’s Journey: Here I am! – February 21, 2021

The Hero’s Journey: Here I Am!
Into our Ordinary World there comes a disruption. It might be a sudden, personal loss, the realization that we are unhappy or unfulfilled, or even a crisis that affects our larger world. For our Wayshower, Jesus, it was his experience in the Temple when he was twelve (Luke 2:41-52). For us, as for Jesus, times like these remind us that the human spirit is designed to grow, to expand, to reach for the boundless, limitless nature of the Divine Self that we truly are. This disruption of ordinary life is the Call to Adventure that sets us off on our Hero’s Journey. The answer to that Call is “Here I Am!”
Rev. Jean DeBarbieris Owen
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Common Things – February 17, 2021

To look at us, we were different in more ways than we were alike.  I was a small, skinny white woman of a certain age, devoid of makeup, hair slicked back in a thin ponytail.  She was a voluptuous black woman, decades younger than me, wearing long, lovely eyelashes, hair braided and twined around her head.   She greeted me pleasantly as I approached the check-out counter.

In my arms, I carried too many bottles of vitamins and supplements.  The store was having a buy-one/get-one sale, and I was stocking up.  She cheerfully began scanning my items.

“This is exactly the one I use,” she said, holding up one of the bottles of melatonin.

“Oh, cool,” I said, “makes it so much easier to get a good night’s sleep.”

“You know what makes it even better?” she asked, eyes bright with excitement. “Listening to rain sounds.”

“YES, I do that too!  I have a little sound machine, and the only sound I use is rain!  That’s why I find it so hard to wake up on a day like today when it’s actually raining outside.”

“Exactly!” she agreed.

Behind our COVID masks, we grinned at each other from ear loop to ear loop.  As I completed my transaction, we bid each other good-bye with affirmations of “Have a great day.”

“What a joyful encounter,” I thought as I walked across the parking lot to my car.  “If we looked for what we have in common instead of what we don’t, we’d all be so much better off.”

And just like that, I remembered that Unity co-founder, Charles Fillmore, was reported to have given sound advice along these lines many years ago.  Early in my two years of ministerial education at Unity School of Practical Christianity, I heard that once upon a time, “Papa Charley,” as he was called, had urged us not to argue with those who held different beliefs than we did. Instead, he offered, we should always search out those things that we held in common.

Advice given nearly 100 years ago, yet perhaps never more relevant than now.  Instead of focusing on what we don’t agree on, let’s look for the things we hold in common.  When differences arise, agree to disagree without anger. Anger, like all negative emotions, arises from the human ego – and we are so much more than that. We are all members of the One Human Family, endowed with the potential to reveal our Divine Selves at any moment.  Let’s help each other radiate the Divine instead of berating humankind – no matter how it’s showing up!

Rev. Jean DeBarbieris

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The Hero’s Journey: Begin where you are! February 14, 2021

The Hero’s Journey: Begin where you are!

The beginning point of The Hero’s Journey is right smack in the middle of normal life – The Ordinary World. For Jesus, that was the year 4BCE. By all accounts, it was a year of crisis. Political turmoil, revolutions and violence had once again swept over what was already a very chaotic land. Martyrdom and messianic prophecies gained popularity. Jesus grew up in this world. It gave structure, meaning and direction to his life. Our world is no less chaotic. The 20th century gave the world a legacy of revolutions in Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as revolutionary technological advances. The beginning of the 21st century included the 9/11 attacks, and has continued with an explosion of technology. The structure, meaning and direction of our lives seems to have changed radically from what we knew as “ordinary” up until now. Yet, it is the “here and now” that prepares us for the Hero’s Journey. This Sunday, we take a look at where we are and where we might be headed on The Hero’s Journey.

Rev. Jean DeBarbieris Owen

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THE HERO’S JOURNEY: You are the Hero in Your Own Spiritual Evolution – February 7, 2021

February 7, 2021

THE HERO’S JOURNEY:  You Are the Hero in Your Own Spiritual Evolution!

Humans tell stories.  Some humans tell stories better than other humans, but all humans, even the very early ones, told stories.  Ever wonder why this is so?  Whether told for the purpose of teaching or entertainment or explaining some phenomenon, stories are told so that we might better understand ourselves, one another and our place in the Universe.

In 1956, Joseph Campbell wrote his famous work of comparative mythology, The Hero with a Thousand FacesThe book combined Jungian theory and Campbell’s own study of world mythologies, to arrive at a theory called the monomyth.  Campbell believed that this is the ultimate narrative archetype, a story upon which all narratives are based. He called it, “The Hero’s Journey.”

We’re all familiar with this archetype from modern works; such as, Star Wars, The Trilogy of the Rings, The Matrix.  But, did you know that the lives of revered spiritual masters have also followed this narrative?  From Buddha and Arjuna to the Prophet Mohammed to Jesus, the lives each of these men followed the trajectory of “The Hero’s Journey.”

This Easter Season, we will re-visit the life of our Master Teacher, Jesus, to learn from his adventures on the Journey. And, more importantly, we will look carefully at our own Journey because it also follows the Hero Archetype.  Are you ready to see your life as a journey to reveal the hero you already are?  Join us from February 7 to April 11 to explore and apply this truth to your life.

Rev. Jean DeBarbieris

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The Nonviolent Legacy of Jesus of Nazareth- January 31, 2021

The Nonviolent Legacy of Jesus of Nazareth
The Season for Nonviolence marks the 64 days between the anniversaries of the deaths of Mohandas Gandhi on January 30 and Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4. The Season for Nonviolence was co-founded by Arun and Sunanda Gandhi and the Leadership Council of The Association for Global New Thought (AGNT) in 1998.
Instead of focusing on Gandhi, MLK or the Dalai Lama (on the AGNT website), we will look to Christianity’s main non-violent guy – JESUS!
Using the word CHRIST, we will examine his approach to nonviolence with such concepts as: Creativity; Honesty; Reversal; Incarnation; Strength; and, Trust.
Rev. Jean DeBarbiers Owen
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HOPE for Healing- January 24, 2021

HOPE for Healing

Unity began as an educational movement centered on healing as expressed in the teachings of Jesus Christ.

This remains the focus of the teachings, but the meaning has expanded. “Healing” means “wholeness.” To recognize and live from our essential wholeness, we need to have and sustain the hope that this is possible.

This Sunday, we will be invited to create our own acronym for how we will pursue healing, using the letters HOPE. Bring paper, pencil and your creative power and join us at 10:30!

Rev. Jean DeBarbieris Owen

 

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The Urgency of Creating The “Beloved Community”- January 17, 2021

The Urgency of Creating The “Beloved Community”

Together, let us declare our willingness to do whatever it takes, individually and collectively, to create the beloved community for which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lived and died. This Sunday, we will examine the Principles and Steps of Nonviolence in order to heal not only ourselves, but our nation as well.

Rev. Jean DeBarbieris Owen

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White Stone Service – January 10, 2021

Inspired by Rev 2:17

We invite you to choose a new name for the new year! For our White Stone service, we ask that everyone select a new name for themselves. This name should embody the qualities you wish to develop in the coming year.

Rev. Jean DeBarbieris

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Burning Bowl Service – January 3, 2021

Are You Ready to Let Go?

Now is the time to fearlessly search within, to be relentlessly honest with yourself. Am I really ready to let go of what or who no longer serves me?

Rev. Jean DeBarbieris

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