Wayfarers Unity Newsletter

We focus on the common threads of all religious and spiritual practices rather than the differences.

THIS WEEK AT THE CHAPEL - February 19, 2018


SUNDAY AT THE CHAPEL

Our speaker this Sunday is the Reverend Jesse James, a Unity Minister who has recently relocated to our area. She served as Senior Minister of Unity of Greater Portland (Maine) from 2001 – 2011. Her history is rich having been a mom, a second grade teacher and a professional figure skater prior to her ordination! She has spent the last several years in Florida helping her son and (best job ever) being Grammy to her seven year old granddaughter, Kylee.

Her topic this week will be “Fire Tending our Lives” – Celebrating the presence of God in our lives is a moment to moment fire walk – You are invited to celebrate in awe and wonder the consciousness of God this Sunday. We will co-create a bonfire of Love.

MUSIC
Marie Dunkle and our special friend, Ruth Henry, will be providing the music for the service.

(BECAUSE GARNETT AND I WILL BE AWAY NEXT WEEK, I AM INCLUDING INFORMATION FOR OUR SUNDAY, MARCH 4TH SERVICE HERE AS WELL.)

Marie Dunkle will be our speaker March 4th. Her topic is “Letting Go of the Past, Letting Go of the Future.” (That sounds like some very good advice for us!)

Chris Casses will be providing music for the service that day.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Here’s something that will lift the gloom of a February day: Marie Dunkle is already working on the wonderful Sunday afternoon concerts on the Chapel deck for this season. The first one will be on April 15th. Remember how much fun these were last year? So mark your calendar and watch the Newsletter for more details coming soon.

We can also begin to look forward to the return of Yoga Classes at the Chapel in April. Dana Thiele will be filling us in on details, so stay tuned for further news coming soon.

 

QIGONG

The Qigong class meets on Monday evenings at 5:30 at the Chapel. All are welcome to participate in this ancient Chinese art of health and well being. Kathleen Rehling leads the group.

 

CONTACT THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Remember that the Board always welcomes your input. Our contact information is:

Dee Daley (404-219-8109) deedaley@yahoo.com

Marie Dunkle (770-335-0967) mdunkle@mindspring.com

Garnett Nash (706-782-7234) gwnash@aol.com

Joyce Oliver (828-200-9160) joyousmo22@gmail.com 

Crowe Capps call or text 706-490-5398

 

CLOSING THOUGHTS

Have you ever looked into another’s eyes and had the feeling that something in those eyes reflected you? I have, and it can be deeply troubling and at the same time deeply humbling.

The events of the past week have been horrifying, senseless and beyond comprehension. That a seriously disturbed young man could murder, in cold blood, innocent high school students is an act so vile that it can’t really be processed by the human brain.

As a parent and grandparent, I can only imagine the pain the families of those victims must be experiencing. Their beating hearts have been ripped from their chests and laid bare on a stone alter to die as a sacrifice to the rapidly spreading epidemic of hatred, fear, anger, loneliness and separation that is consuming our planet.

It’s our nature to place blame, to point fingers, to desperately search for something, anything at all, that might for a few moments offer a slight balm to our communal pain. But all the non-answers we create seem only to bring about more anger, loneliness and separation. And the abyss grows ever wider.

The fact that each of us has experienced the pain of this enormous loss speaks profoundly to me. Were we not all one; each of us woven together in the great web of life, this event would not have cut so deeply into the fiber of every soul. I feel your pain and you feel mine for we are one.

All my empathy, and most likely all of yours, has been given freely to victims of the school shooting, their families, friends and their communities. But if my belief is correct, that we are each a part of every other particle of creation, inseparable, where does that put us in relation to the perpetrator of this heinous act? Could it be that he shares the same divine spark that enlivens you and me. Is he joined in the same oneness that binds us together? It is difficult to reconcile, but he is as much an expression of our Creator as any of us.

The eyes of another that I referred to are, in this case, those of the alleged killer! Yes, when his face appeared on the TV screen, and I looked at those expressionless, empty eyes, my first emotion was not that of hate, but rather it was an admission of guilt – shared guilt. We have failed him – I have failed him.

His struggles were well noted, but ignored. His history clearly spelled out that the path he was on would only lead to tragedy. Pain, loneliness and separation always act out in some form of violence. Other directed violence – lashing out injuring and killing others - or self directed violence taking the form of suicide or addictions or other forms of self hatred.

Worse than that we are failing terribly to heed the daily cries for help from thousands (maybe millions) lost and desperate souls. Am I my brother’s keeper? Yes, indeed I am.

Many of us look to the government, the schools, churches and other institutions, to handle our problems. It’s not working, is it? The change begins with me. I must actively embody the change I want to see.

The chorus of an old hymn is stuck in my mind, and just keeps replaying: “Here I am Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.”

I will hold all people in my heart, no exceptions no exclusions.

Blessing, Peace, and most of all LOVE,
Mimi


Wayfarers Unity Chapel is entirely supported by free-will offerings. We are richly blessed by the people in our fellowship who give, and we are grateful for your gifts. If you would like to contribute financially to support this ministry, please place your love offering in one of the donation baskets at the Chapel entrance.

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“Divine love thru me blesses and multiplies all that I have, all that I give and all that I receive.”