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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 05/12/2016


Mahatma Gandhi had a deep desire for peace, not only in his personal life, but in the entire world.  His focus was in the area of religion.  To him the peace walk was simple:  undertake a friendly study of other religions, seek the truth in all, and trust that the truth of one complements rather than competes with the truth of another.  WOW – what an amazing thought. It is a simple thought although the actuality of the process brings up fears of perceived separation.

If you have been aware of any news about our Tennessee Education System in the last few months, there has been a lot of energy around the adopted curriculum in Middle School, reading about the cultural aspects of different religions.  There seems to be a huge fear in the process of learning about those who might be different from us.

Over 2000 years ago, Jesus our Master Teacher was teaching about creating more love, joy and peace in the world during a time when there was great conflict about who was right and who was wrong. The stakes were pretty high; if you were perceived as wrong you could be thrown in jail or killed.

The politicians and religious leaders of the day were not necessarily happy with his teachings and many times attempted to back him into a corner with “Official Religious and Political Laws.”  Jesus had a great way of speaking to these questions and many times he used parables or stories speaking to the questioner’s subconscious or as well as to their logic and reason.

One such time Jesus was asked about all the commandments and laws that the Jewish Community was to follow.  He was specifically asked which the most important law to follow was.  He quickly said Love:  Love God and love your neighbor as yourself.  Easy enough you say?  And I say, as long as you like your neighbor.  Just who is your neighbor? Hence the simplicity of Jesus’ message.

I hope you will take the time out of your Sunday morning to join some of your neighbors at 10:

30 for coffee and tea in the Namaste’ Café, and finding out some of the truths they hold dear.  Then move into the Celebration Service for the message “Divine Simplicity: Just Who Is My Neighbor?”

Lifting Others Valuing Everyone creates the experience of peace in your life,”  Rev D

Peace is the Way,
Rev. D

Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 05-05-2016


Sunday is Mother’s Day!  That fact will usually stir some sort of emotion depending on the meaning of the word mother to you.  Charles Fillmore, founder of the Unity Movement defines the concept of “Mother” as the nourishing element of Divine Mind in which all spiritual ideals are brought into fruition.  The thought of nourishment brings to mind substances necessary for growth of the body, the mind, and the spirit.  And isn’t that the nostalgic idea many of us continue to hold about our earthly mother.  She was to be the place of nourishment, the place of safety and security as we received all the things we needed to become the people we are today.

I have shared with many of you that my relationship with my own mother at times is difficult – and in saying that I do have many fond memories of loving experiences with the woman I call my earthly, biological mother.  I can truthfully say that she gave and continues to give the love she has inside her to give.  Then there is the woman that I called my mother of choice, Jodie Warlick.  She was truly the nourishing presence in my life for over 15 years. Jodie assisted in holding the high watch for me as I wandered through the wilderness of change and growth that led me to be the woman I am today.  Jodie was truly that place of compassion that I checked in with almost daily.

So what does the word mother mean to you?  What ideas come to mind when you hear the word?  The feeling of Compassion still rings true for me, whether it is about my mother or my ability to mother my two sons or others.  Compassion is defined as feelings of care, concern, sensitivity, tenderness, mercy tolerance, and kindness.  Compassion also contains an ability to hold another’s suffering as they walk through healing situations in their life; whether those situations are physical, emotional, or spiritual in nature.

Gandhi said, “Compassion is a muscle that gets stronger with use.”  I invite you to join me for spiritual exercise on Sunday as we begin with the topic “The Deepening of Love Through Compassion.”  “It is in exploring the vibration of compassion that one begins to come to the expression of love.”  Rev. D.  That compassion encompasses self and others.

We know that love is what we are. Love is the divine energy that is flowing through us and expressing in our lives and out into the world.  I have created a working definition of Love for my own life.  It is,

Lifting Others Valuing Everyone; and that definition includes the desire to share compassion with everyone I come in contact with.

I know some of you will be spending Sunday with your mothers or with your families, and, I know that if you are in town, you will want to be with us as we begin a series of lessons about Love and Compassion.  Love and Compassion are some of the instruments or practices that create more peace in our lives.  If you are unable to attend, don’t forget we are live streaming through YouTube every Sunday morning. You can join us from whatever place on this amazing planet you may be.

If you are in town this weekend you and your mother just might enjoy a Cinco de Mayo Celebration 7:30 Friday

Evening at the Keeton Theater in Donelson.  This celebration will feature our very own Stephanie Urbina Jones and also the amazing Mariachi International of Nashville De Glencliff High School.  Tickets are $10 ahead or $12 at the door.

I wish for each of you a peaceful Mother’s Day Weekend of love, laughter, and deep compassion.  Remember:  Peace is the Way.

Rev. D