Its no surprise to me that our Veteran's Day holiday falls in November; in fact, it makes perfect sense.
Unity Awakening, our annual small groups/Sunday talk series focusing on a book written by a Unity author, is coming to a close the week of October 26. For me, it has been one of the most mind- and heart-expanding studies I've undertaken in some time. From the feedback I am receiving from Unity friends, it seems I'm not the only one who has had this experience.
On Monday, October 6, I was standing in line waiting for coffee in Front Royal, VA. I had planned to take a morning hike in the Shenandoah Mountains, but I had not planned on a line for coffee at the Apple House. What to do? Naturally, I opened up Facebook on my iPhone. And everything changed.
I realize it has been a few weeks since my last blog entry entitled, "Going on Retreat." It must appear that my retreat lasted longer than anyone else's! Not so, I'm sorry to say. Indeed, the Capon Springs experience was truly remarkable on so many levels. Over 70 Unity of Fairfax friends attended, and I put the Capon staff on notice that we might have a larger group next year!
From September 5 through September 7, about 75 members and friends of Unity of Fairfax will be going on spiritual retreat to Capon Springs, West Virginia. This will be the 40th year for Unity of Fairfax to go to Capon, and my first. I'm very excited about it.
Going on spiritual retreat is a timeless spiritual practice. I'd like to share with you a parable from one of my favorite authors Fr. Edward Hays that speaks to the idea of "how" to go on retreat. My words, not his, go "au naturel!"
The song "Whistle While You Work" came from the 1938 Disney animated cartoon movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. To us today, a full-length animated feature is nothing unusual, but what many of us don't know is that it was the first of its kind, and Walt Disney faced tremendous opposition when he announced his plans to make such a film. Work begain in 1934 and continued until his studio nearly ran out of money in 1937. In order to secure additional funding, he had to show a rough cut of the movie to loan officers.
Birmingham, Alamaba was not a place I had ever planned to visit. And here I am. And my heart is filled to overflowing with gratitude for the experience.
I came because I serve as mentor minister to Rev. Christine Perry, licenesed Unity minister, who will be cleared for ordination in March 2015. Rev. Christine is a earning her ordination through Unity Worldwide Ministries' Field Licensing Program. She and her husband Rev. Charles Perry are the ministers at Unity of Birmingham.
Have you ever had the experience of "everything" seemingly happening at once? You know, "when it rains it pours"?
Well, I sure have, and, to be quite frank, I that's not my preferred way of operating.
More often than not, when we have this type of experience, it's not because we've won the lottery, found a new love, discovered buried treasure and manifested the body we've always wanted. It's more like, well, you know what I mean...
On Sunday, August 10 at Unity of Fairfax we will complete our five-part talk series based on Rev. Ellen Debenport's book, The Five Principles, with Rev. Ellen herself giving the message. I hope you can be there - I know I'm definitely looking forward to it!
On Sunday, August 3, we will continue our five-part Sunday talk series at Unity of Fairfax by examining the fourth principle: Through affirmative prayer and meditation, I connect with God and bring out the good in my life. (This is a version languaged for children and teens.)