Showing compassion was an integral part of the ministry of Jesus. Today, we’ll explore the meaning of compassion and how to make it a part of our everyday lives. We’ll also look at the challenges of being compassionate in a world filled with suffering and cultural divisiveness. Barbara Schmidt Music by Vicki Helovich and Ksens Zipperer
“The mind is a wonderful servant, but a terrible master.” Robin Sharma
Taking this quote to its ultimate, Mary O’Malley created an easy, compassionate guide to releasing the mind’s death grip on our lives. This week we begin What’s in the Way IS the Way by O’Malley. For the next 10 weeks, we will continue to deepen our understanding of the nature of Life and how we can best relate to it. In the opening chapter, we will understand we have the ability to see life differently. Life becomes a series of events that are happening FOR us not TO us. By ceasing to struggle with “what is,” we open ourselves to the lessons that challenge and prepare us for the spiritual transformation we seek. Rather than struggling with what’s showing up, we allow it to be without becoming entangled in IT. That is the essence of the practice: What’s is in the way IS the way! Join Rev. Jean as she leads us through the minefield of the MIND and back into the serene MEADOW of our True Nature.
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We’re excited to be adding a preschool to our Youth and Family Ministry! Into the Woods Playschool is becoming part of our ministry to our members, friends, and extended community. Into the Woods is an outdoor preschool dedicated to helping children connect with nature. We believe that children, especially those…
CROSSING THE THRESHOLD Have you ever committed to an action, then, realized that if you took that action, there would be no reversing it? That’s the turning point. It’s also known as the point of no return. Joseph Campbell, in his exploration of the storyline found in legends around the…
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
Untangling the Knots
We’re all tied up in knots of sense consciousness from mini-me to your judgments of me. If we could relate to one another from a sense of BEING instead of from a sense of ourselves as HUMAN, we would know true compassion. In order to arrive at true compassion, all the knots needs to be untangled until, at long last, we come to know that we are ONE.
Rev. Jean DeBarbieris Owen