Sunday Service November 15, 2020

This, Too, Shall Pass

We’re all feeling it – the edginess or uneasiness from the unsettled election.  Many of us thought that once Biden was elected, the country would calm down.  With the outcome still officially in doubt, this low-level anxiety is slowly being ratcheted up – and we don’t like it.  We want it to go away!  But we’re powerless to do anything, but wait.  Since that’s the current situation, why not see this uneasiness as a wake-up call?  We’re being roused out of our complacency and invited to engage with life in a different way.   We could use this energy of extreme discomfort to make peace with the uncertainty of life AND to come home to ourselves as told in the story of the Prodigal Son.  Woo-hoo!  It’s going to be quite a ride!  Buckle up!

Rev. Jean DeBarbieris

Sunday Service 11-8-20


Oneness, not Sameness: Using Differences to Know Unity

In Unity, we have a saying:  “It comes up to be healed.”  The on-going divisiveness in our nation, brought to a head by the as-yet-undecided election, is a good place to apply that saying.  What healing might take place if we allowed the apparent “illness of division” to push us into the awakened state in which there is no division, only Unity?

Rev. Jean DeBarbieris and Rev. Bill Williams

Sunday Service- November 1


The fourth of the four core values from the initiative WMTN that we will seek to embody:

“Responsible Citizenship:  We will emphasize that it’s up to all of us, we-the-people, to depolarize our politics and meet our common challenges.”

It’s time for each of us to be the bigger person. Do it for one another:  “As I have loved you….”

Rev. Jean DeBarbieris

Sunday Service October 25, 2020


The third of the four core values from the initiative WMTN that we will seek to embody:

“Honesty:  We will allow people to feel what they are feeling about the election.  We will not ask them to hide their satisfaction and joy if their side won, OR their grief and anger if their side lost.”

Maya Angelou:  “Do the best you can until you know better.  Then, when you know better, do better.”

We strive to be the best human beings we know how to be, until that day when we actually come to live in the awareness that we are NOT human beings.  We give every other human being the same latitude.

Rev. Jean DeBarbieris Owen

Sunday Service October 18, 2020


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.”

Rev. Jean DeBarbieris



Sunday Service October 11, 2020



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.

Rev. Jean DeBarbieris

Sunday Service-October 4

A Love That Is Out of This World

There is no such thing as a conscious unloving act.

All unloving acts arise from a state of unconsciousness, unconnected to our Source, to the truth of Who We Are.  All tension and conflict arise from our identification with Who We Are Not.

Rev. Jean DeBarbieris

Sunday – September 27

Blessing Releases and Reveals

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.

Rev. Jean DeBarbieris

Sunday- September 20, 2020

Come Home to Prayer

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.

Rev. Jean DeBarbieris Owen

Sunday Service – September 13

Prayer and the Great Mystery of Humanity

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.

Rev. Jean DeBarbieris Owen