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Variety Show 2017

On Friday, August 25, 2017, Unity of Fairfax hosted its annual Variety Show - 2 hours of pure joy!  The acts were across the board - dance, comedy, singing, skits, clowns, and even a special appearance from a famous exercise guru!

But what struck me most was a comment made by a performer who said something like, "I just love how our community encourages the creativity of its members."  I'm not sure which words meant more to me:  "our community" or "encourages creativity."  It seems natural to me that a healthy community would naturally encourage its members to share their talents.

You Matter

I chuckled to myself the other day when I saw on Facebook an ad for a t-shirt that said, "You matter.  Unless you multiply yourself by the speed of light twice... then you energy."  I was never much of a scientist, but I did watch the National Geographic program "Genius" about the life of Albert Einstein and experienced a tremendous sense of awe at the accomplishments of scientists around the world.  It's doubtful any of us will multiply ourselves by the speed of light twice, so we must do what we can with the "matter" that we are and the untapped reservoir of "energy" that we have.

Charlie's Law

On Sunday, July 2 I referenced a bit of wisdom I picked up while serving at First Unity of St. Petersburg.  It's the counter to the dreaded "Murphy's Law" that too many people have taken to heart. This one is called "Charlie's Law," and I invite you memorize it, take it to heart, and share far and wide:

Charlie's Law

by Charles H. Ware, PhD

Everything turns our right... when you let it.

If you need something, it will come to you.

Just when you think you've run out of time, you're done.

When faced with a difficult task, start.

May There Be Peace

I just finished writing a note of condolence to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), on the occasion of the senseless death of 17 year old Nabra Hassanen. Miss Hassanen was killed last weekend while walking from her mosque in Sterling to breakfast.  The cause of death now is considered road rage rather than an official hate crime, but that may change.  But isn't road rage committed as an act of hatred?  The facts of the matter make it difficult for me to believe that road rage could lead to such brutality.

Unity and the Paris Accord

Recently, the President of the United States decided to withdraw the nation from the Paris Climate Accord.  I personally was very disappointed with this decision.  And so was the leadership of of Unity Worldwide Ministries and Unity World Headquarters at Unity Village.  For this blog entry, I've decided to share their response.  I pray that each one of us will be ever more mindful of using wisdom in the use of the earth's resources so that our great grandchildren's great grandchildren will continue to be blessed by the responsible actions we have taken.

After Easter, What?

Easter is the Pinnacle of the Christian experience - the ultimate demonstration of the power of the indwelling Christ to overcome any adversity or challenge - even death itself.  It's a powerful and transformative and  inspiring story.

Jesus was not one to sit around.  He was an active doer in the world - teaching about the immanent Kingdom of God, healing individuals of their infirmaties, feeding the hungry.  In the post-resurrection stories, he is portrayed as carrying on his mission - free from the limitations of his physical body.


In 1967 Unity School of Christianity published a compendium of articles written by Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore entitled Dynamics for Living.  The conclusion of the text provides several affirmative prayer treatments for various intentions.  I'd like to share with you one entitled "Affirmation Treatment for Well-Being."  You may want to commit this prayer to memory (or a close rendering of it) or simply read and re-read it.  I've taken the liberty of updating the verbiage just a bit to reflect modern speech.


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