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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 10/12/17

Over fourteen hundred years ago, Seng- Ts’An, a Chinese Sage, offered advice to anyone who was asking him how to deal with another.  His advice was clear and direct but quite mysterious to most.  His advice was simply, “Not two.”  To make sense of these two words, we have to take a look at all the things that were not said.  The depth of what was not said:  We are not separate and everything that divides us or separates us, removes us from what is sacred.  This experience of separation also weakens our chances for true love, joy and peace and narrows the possibilities of creating the world we would desire.   

Last evening we had 15 brave souls who chose to sit in circle together at Unity of Music City and begin discussions about what the First Amendment means and how we can better show up for each other even when we disagree.  As I watched the interaction in the large group and in the small double circles, I began to see the growth that has happened with Unity of Music City (previously known as Unity Center for Positive Living) over the last 21 years.  We are finally coming into our own understanding of who and what we are, what our role is in our community.  As we have let go of fears that have kept us “imprisoned,” we are also beginning to show up more and more authentic with each other.  

Our congregation has stepped up this year to be involved in several community projects and we are beginning to be recognized as such.  How exciting is that!?  I hope that you will join us this Sundaymorning as we continue our journey of what is Sacred Activism and how are we moving gracefully into it as individuals and as a spiritual community.  On Wednesday during Lunch Bunch we were reminded of our past mission statement: 

Remembering Our Oneness With All Creation – We Awaken The World To Infinite Possibilities

Someone in our group said, “I’m not sure we were spiritually mature enough or ready for that statement when we used it as our mission statement”.  I agreed.  What I will say is that as intentions and visions go, we created that statement 12 – 15 years ago.  It’s kind of like buying a coat for a child that is two sizes too big, knowing that they it will one day fit or even possibly become too small.  

I believe we are at the place where this mission statement is who we are.  Actually the coat is fitting even though some of us are still a bit skeptical because we kept it in the closet for soo long, we forgot it was there. Maybe it’s time we pulled it out, dusted it off and remembered why we came.   

I hope you join us on Sunday morning as we look at “Beyond Us and Them”.  We will also be picking up on the second 40 years of Moses’ life.  The part where he stepped into his purpose (although a bit begrudgingly).  Our own Nancy Deckant will be performing some beautiful songs to assist us in looking a bit deeper into our issues of oneness and separation.  Can we really remember our oneness will all creation?    

 

Namaste’
I honor the place in YouIn which the entire universe dwells.I honor the place in YouWhich is of love, of truth, of light and of peace.When you are in that place in YouAnd I am in that place in me…..We are one. 

Ram Dass
 

Have a blessed day,
Rev. Denise



Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 09/28/17

October 1st is BAREFOOT SUNDAY

Moses was told by God, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”  The message was a profound one because God was calling Moses to be a #force4good.  If you remember the story, Moses attempted to argue with God and give all the reasons why he could not give his time, talents and treasures in becoming part of the solution to the world’s issues of the day. 

 

So what are some of the issues of the day?  I know – don’t get us started! 

 

1.  Did you know that a majority of the world’s poor go barefoot?  

This fact is not because

they are spending time putting their feet in the grass;

it is because in the moment, they do not have shoes. 

Many of these same people live in places

where they walk through trash,

human waste and garbage dumps

everyday.

 

2.  Did you know that some of the causes of disease

in the same areas where people are going barefoot

seem to be related to cuts, abrasions and infections

through the soles of their feet? 

 

3.  Did you know that approximately

3,000,000,000 people on this planet

live on $2.50 a day or less? 

Did you know that many of their basic needs go unmet? 

 

Unity of Music City declared in 2016 “We Choose Peace” and in 2017 we declared one way we would add to the peace on our planet was by being a #force4good.  I affirm you will join uson Sunday morning for this awesome service “in bare feet”.  The amazing Jamie London and her daughter Stella will be a part of our Special Music.  Come Birth a new reality by discovering your greatest self.   Be a #force4good in this world. 

 

Namaste’

Rev. Denise