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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 07/19/18

Every year, Judy and I have taken a Sunday away in July – most of the time to rest and renew.  This year will be a little bit different.  We will be at Unity of Bellevue, Washington beginning this Friday.  Marla the minister and her partner will be housing us for the first part of our journey.  This church is located a few minutes outside of Seattle, Washington.  The spiritual community is a Unity Church and Marla is Ordained by Religious Science, so Unity Worldwide Ministries is asking her to take a few classes and work with me and the other members of the mentoring team to walk down the path to be ordained in Unity. 

Isn’t it interesting what our world has set up and the different hoops many of us have jumped through to get to a certain goal?  What I know about that is sometimes we consider ourselves “victims” of circumstances and want to complain and say it isn’t fair.  I have been especially warmed by working closely with Rev. Marla.  She is taking her time and working with her now church board to discuss all the possible options.  I will be meeting with the board on Saturday and discussing all of the possibilities – the left of things, the right of things – the top and the bottom and the front and back of things.  Because in the end, the decision is theirs and Marla’s.  Is it important for them to have a voice (a vote) in the Unity Movement as it is today?  Is it important for Marla to become dually ordained in two paths?  Do we want to forge out on our own and not have the “support of Worldwide Unity?” 

This entire scenario brings me back to Rev. Martha Creek and the Byron Katie materials – It Just Is.  When will we as a people begin to understand that my life becomes richer, more joyful and much more on purpose when I am able to accept that things just are the way they are.  And it may not be mine to attempt to change them, it may be mine to work in the system affecting change from the inside out – if change is needed at all.  Maybe it is mine to just walk away and do something different.  And in the end, I am the only one who knows the answer for myself.  Am I willing to make a decision for my life without making others wrong?  That is the true Byron Katie work – letting go of being a victim. 

There is much to ponder and much to think about.  Judy and I will be sharing some of her beautifully crafted music during the Sunday morning service – some congregational and some special music.  This group of people is hungry for many things and I for one am very honored to be able to be with them during this time.   You are asking about the rest and renewal part – oh yes – Sunday afternoon after a lunch and Q & A with the entire congregation  (“hold the high watch for me”),  Judy and I will be traveling to Seattle to begin the next leg of our journey which includes The Fish Market, The Space Needle, a cruise to Canada and beyond. 

As I leave you with this Denise’s Daring Daydream I ask you to “Stop Playing the Victim Card.”  Think a new thought, like one from Philippians 4: 4 – 9 from the Message:

Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute! Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious; the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”


Rev. Denise

Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 07/12/18

My journey into New Thought began a bit rocky.  I had literally been kicked out of a fundamentally Christian church for divorcing an abusive man (abuse was not one of the sanctioned reasons for ending a marriage).  When I left the childhood church I had grown up in, I felt lost.  I spent a few Sunday’s not going anywhere, but because I had gone to church every Sunday as long as I could remember, it felt odd.  So I began visiting other churches and other religions.  Some places only took one Sunday for me to acknowledge, “this is not for me”.  Other places I stepped in at least with one foot and peered into theology and beliefs – not really being able to find my niche.  I remember the day that my best friend called me and said, “There is this “Unity Church” that has been meeting at Hillsboro High School that is opening at a new location next Sunday; do you want to go with me?”  I was at best leery, but it was my best friend so I decided to go. 

I sat on the very back row with my friend and from the moment the minister (Jimmy Scott) began his meditation I began crying.  I knew that something about this place was different, I just wasn’t sure what it was.  I also knew that I had a lot of old beliefs to heal or get rid of before I could dive into the deep end of the pool with this Unity stuff.  That day happened many years ago and I still remember it like it was yesterday.   Do you remember when you found something that meant so much to you that you knew your life would never be the same? 

This Sunday I am excited to share another slant on Freedom – Unity Style.  Unity is not a dogma or even a theology.  We say we follow 5 principles.  Our founder Charles Fillmore had over 30 principles that when you become a Unity Minister you study and immerse yourself into.  And, what I will say is the 5 really encompass it all.  One  Divine  Thought, Pray/Mediate, Act.  That is really all it is – have one divine thought – pray it – meditate on it and act from it.  It will change your life in ways that you don’t even begin to understand in this moment. 

The Youth of Unity will join me on the stage along with some of their teachers and our own amazing Youth Minister Stefanie Hartman Jakobs.  You don’t want to miss this time to understand not only how to think differently, but how to feel differently and act differently with these basic Unity Teachings.  Our Youth will assist you in ‘Coming Alive with the 5’.  And if that is not enough to entice you – our special music this Sunday will be Suzie Wright and Nickie Conley and Jamie London. 

What an exciting time to be Alive and Stepping into our Abundance,
Rev. Denise