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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 09/01/2016


Many of the ancient scriptures refer to us as “the beloved.”  I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t raised to believe that God thought about me as the beloved.  I do know that some of you were and for that I know you are thankful, but for those of us who were taught that we were either born in sin or very soon thereafter, committed acts or even thoughts that separated us from God’s love, the thought that I was beloved was not one of my top 10 or even top 40 hits.  

In saying that, what type of relationship did I have with God or did you have with God.  It should not surprise us that there are so many persons who are still struggling in our world today with their concepts of who or what God is.  The verdict is still out:  Do I really want to establish a relationship with this “being” or “force” or “energy” that I am unsure of?  And if I do have a relationship – how do I talk with this being/energy/force?

My desire for each of us is that throughout September, we begin to use our powers of Wonder, Questioning, and Remaining Present to dig a bit deeper into our thoughts, ideas and beliefs about God. 

This Sunday, my dear friend Rev. Becky Whitehead will be joining me on the stage to begin these conversations and to link our conversation to prayer, which will assist our amazing Prayer Chaplains to kick off World Day of Prayer. 

I know many of you may not as of yet have World Day of Prayer on your radar but WDofP is a “Sacred Tradition” began by Unity Churches Worldwide.  This 24-hour prayer vigil is Held annually on the second  Thursday in September, and celebrated at Unity Village and in Unity centers and churches around the world.  I say celebrated because yes, I believe we as congregants and members of Unity Worldwide have forgotten that this is a “Celebration of Relationship with Spirit/God.”  This year’s theme speaks to that:  Discover the Power Within Release Your Divine Potential.  If for no other reason I affirm that you will be a part of this 24 hour prayer to hold our city in the arms of love for 24 hours.  

September 10th will be the second step of a journey that Mayor Megan Barry has begun with the Nashville Community called Real Talks.  The first was held in July and at that time a container was opened for 100 hand-picked leaders of the community to come and begin discussions about what our city needs to (using my words) “live successfully in peace.”  On September 10th there will be around 1000 “random persons from the Community” coming together.  

 I need not tell you, The Stakes (on September 10th) are Higher; The Players are Varied; Now is the Time to Decide; Now is the time to be in Prayer.  Today is the Day to put your Time Talents and Treasures into this project if you want to see the city of Nashville move forward with all its challenges, in a successful way.  I am jumping out on a limb here with the Chaplains.  We have decided to run Prayer Circles, and I am asking that in those circles we take a moment to remember Real Talks:  Race, Equity and Leadership which is what any city needs to survive these times.   Let’s come together on World Day of Prayer, either in our homes or here in the sanctuary on Thursday Sept.  8th  at 7:00 to pull consciousness together and hold the sacred space for our city.   If we as God/Holy Spirit/Universal Force who has always considered us “beloved” will hear……will smile…..and will respond with a resounding Yes.    

 “If my people pray, humbling themselves, seeking my presence and turning their backs on separation, I’ll be there ready:  I’ll listen and assist you in shifting your thoughts of separation so that your land may be restored to health and wholeness.”  2 Corinthians 7:14  Denise’s Version

Namaste’   Rev D

Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 08/18/2016


As a Spiritual Community, Unity of Music City has taken on the challenge this year of learning and experiencing what Choosing Peace is all about. In a world that appears at times to be so separate and even in conflict about many issues, we are finding that Living Peacefully and Compassionately not only affects each of us and the persons that we are in contact with, but that it is also affecting us as an entire community. 

We are in the middle of a three-week series of lessons entitled, Your Presence is Requested.  Last week in our Sunday Celebration Service we experienced several moments of Wonder.  In our Wednesday evening study group we took a walk together with the phrase “I wonder about.”  I encourage each of us to do just that at least once before Sunday

Morning.  Walk through your home, your neighborhood, your place of business, etc. with a wonder filled mind.  It seems we never resolve issues in our lives unless we are willing to suspend our viewpoint in favor of a genuine moment of wonder. 

This week we are focusing on Feeling the Spiritual Center.  You may automatically be asking yourself, is there a center point where spirit resides?  Eric Butterworth, a well-known Unity Minister who is no longer in the physical body wrote:  “God is a circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.”  I ask you to remember you Geometry or Math classes, and that for me is many years ago. 

A circle is a shape with all the points the same distance from the center.  The circumference is the distance around the circle.  Now the quote by Eric Butterworth stated that God, Spirit, Universal energy is a circle whose center is everywhere:  That means where ever I may be I am standing in the center of Universal Energy.  Actually Quantum Physics teaches the very same thing.  And the second part of that statement is that this circle is infinite because the circumference is nowhere. 

I just ask you to ponder this statement in preparation for Sunday service.  The obvious fact that brings to the surface for me is that every person, animal, plant, object etc. is in this very moment in the very center of Spirit.  Or there is not a spot where God is not.  I leave you with a quote from Psalm 139:7 “whither shall I go from thy spirit or whither shall I flee from thy presence?”  The writer of the psalm states that there is no place I can go that is away from God or the presence that created this amazing world we live in.  And that statement goes for every other person inhabiting this planet with us. 

When I choose to acknowledge the fact that each of us live in the spiritual center; I then can have the ability to connect with those persons or situations that I have labeled separate or different from myself…..creating more peace….more love…..more joy….and more compassion.    Isn’t it time to truly live from that center and begin to light up our world?  Join us on Sunday for another Experience of Authentic Transformation.  Sean O’Shea will be sharing special music.  See You Sunday!    (If you are in search of the grace prayer that we used in Sunday service – it is posted on my Facebook page.  I will have more in the bowl on Sunday for those who want a copy.        

Rev. D