The second of the four core values from the initiative WMTN that we will seek to embody:
“Humility: We will talk about our own side with the knowledge that our leaders are not perfect and that our current policy solutions are not complete answers to our nation’s complex problems.”
Here I am reminded of four of AA’s 12 steps: 4, 5, 6, 7.
I am not a perfect human being – neither is anyone else I know. As I practice these steps in my own life, I surrender my need to be in control of the Universe, much less any other merely human being. We follow Jesus’s suggestion: “Let he among you who is without sin, cast the first stone.”
The first of the four core values from the initiative WMTN that we will seek to embody especially during this difficult time for our nation:
“Respect: We will talk about our fellow citizens on the other side with respect for their intelligence and good will. We will avoid characterizing them as deserving our disdain or pity.”
Spiritually speaking, there are no others. If we are one, then, what we do to another, we do unto ourselves. The practice of “putting ourselves in another’s shoes” might be as close to experiencing Oneness as many of us can get. We’ll explore why “loving our neighbor as ourselves” is the second great commandment that Jesus gave.
As we progress on our spiritual journey, we ultimately come to the realization that everything that shows up in our lives is here to serve us. To “turn a frown upside down,” all we have to do is look for the good in even the worst situations. As we continue to deal with the challenges of COVID-19, as well as, the civil unrest, political climate and natural disasters, we have tremendous opportunity to grow into the fullness of our Divine Potential. Blessing “what is” frees us from shallow, programmed, hurtful responses and creates the deep space necessary for something new to take hold.
It’s often said that prayer is the foundation of Unity, but what does that mean? It also begs the question: What is prayer? Our last two Sunday sermons have tried to answer those questions, along with: “Why pray?” This Sunday, we’ll look at a very familiar prayer and try to see it with fresh eyes. Join us as we share a different perspective on The Lord’s Prayer.
From anthropologists to religious historians, no one really knows when, where or how prayer originated. What is apparent is that prayer is an important part of all religions. In honor of Unity’s World Day of Prayer, we will look at two aspects of prayer that seem to be common to all the world’s religions. Those aspects are: 1) A sense of connection to something higher; and, 2) Prayer involves asking for something. Prayer is ultimately an expression of a mystery that expresses in, through and as humanity.
“Everybody know it; nobody does it.” “It” is the Golden Rule, which weaves its way through more than a dozen spiritual paths the world over and has done so for more than 2600 years. It’s such a simple idea, universally accepted, yet it seems we haven’t figured out how to love it. Let’s take a deeper dive into this familiar saying and see if we can’t move it from its place on a billboard by the side of the road to the very road beneath our feet.
Letting go of who we think we are, who we pretend to be and who we’re afraid we are allows us to reclaim the lost parts of ourselves. We are ready to be “born again” as the True Self, our original nature. This is true for individuals, families and nations. Along the way, we find that the Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
“Here I Come to Save the Day!” and Other Delusions of Grandeur
The spiritual journey is filled with amusing day trips. Have you ever felt like you have to make a choice between becoming enlightened and saving the world? What is that were a false choice and just another diversion presented by, to and for “mini-me” (the egoic self)? Many spiritual teachings tell us that there is no need to decide between those two extremes. What if we progress on our spiritual journey, we discover that the only way to save the world is by becoming enlightened? As we become more enlightened, even the noble goal of saving the world ceases to matter.
Rev. Jean DeBarbieris Owen
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