The Hero’s Journey- We Have a Choice! – April 4, 2021

We Have a Choice!

Today, we come to celebrate Easter Sunday – the commemoration of the day that Jesus demonstrated how we must die to the old life in order to be born into the new one. This is the culmination of the Hero’s Journey that we have been on since the beginning of February.  Joseph Campbell spoke of this idea as “resurrection” in the Hero’s Journey:  “The hero’s death and resurrection is a model for the casting off of the old life and moving into the new.”  In following Jesus on the penultimate path of transformation, we take along the final four of the Twelve Powers:  Order, Zeal, Renunciation and Life.  As always, we have a choice:  To live as we are or to die in order to be re-born as something greater!

Rev. Jean DeBarbieris

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Tenebrae (Good Friday) Service – April 2, 2021

Tenebrae Service

Tenebrae means “shadows and darkness.” Here at Unity, we participate in this service in order to come to a deeper realization of the Light of Christ within us.

This powerful and moving service uses prayer, meditation, and  music to illuminate our own levels of willingness to let go and to dedicate ourselves to our spiritual unfoldment.

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THE HERO’S JOURNEY – Hitting Rock Bottom – Palm Sunday- March 28, 2021

Hitting Rock Bottom – Hero’s Journey
We are one week away from Easter Sunday. A lot can happen in a week. Just last week, we saw our hero, Jesus, depart from Jerusalem after it became known that the authorities wanted to arrest him. We are told that he spent a week in Ephraim, coming to terms with what he had set into motion. We called this time apart, “The Innermost Cave,” where he faced what is called the Dragon on the Hero’s Journey.
This week, we will look closely at that confrontation between Jesus and his Dragon, and we will look at how we, too, are being called to confront our own personal Dragon this Easter season. Through the example of Jesus, we will learn valuable lessons in how to approach this time of trial, called The Ordeal, and see if we are willing to follow our Wayshower into death so that we, too, may be born anew.
In Joseph Campbell’s book, Hero with a Thousand Faces, this is the stage of the journey called The Ordeal. There are many ways to describe this stage. Here are a few: It is a trial, a fire walk, our opportunity to choose between the transient things of this world and the lasting things of “heaven.” It is our individual call to let go of the personal ego, with all of its mind-made facts and truths, and to grab hold of the Divine Nature that is the Essence of each of us.
Rev. Jean DeBarbieris
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