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Guest Blogger Ron Karstetter: Why doesn’t Unity believe in original sin?

Original Sin or Original Blessing? Hiking is a big part of my spiritual practice.  Being on a trail in the woods, helps me to relax, clear my mind and refocus; along with the gift of connecting with creation, and my place in the creative process.  Some trails are clearly defined, others not so much; and on those occasional strays from the path, there are inevitably, wonderful surprises along the way, with opportunities to course correct, and to redirect my energy as needed. 

This or Something Better

I have been noticing lately that I hear myself referencing 2 Corinthians 5:7, a little line that says, "for we walk by faith, not by sight."  I don't know about you, but I much prefer walking by sight - deciding where I want to go and, with eyes wide open, going there.  It just seems much easier to walk by sight and not by faith.  My needs for comfort, security and clarity are met when I have all the facts in front of me (walking by sight).  But if, as we say in Unity, "the nature of God is altogether good," then maybe walking by faith isn't such a bad thing.

Interfaith and Intra-faith

Thoroughout our Unity and New Thought communities, a key idea that is taught is "oneness" - the state or condition of being at one with our Creator, however we understand that Creator to be, and all other people.  To that end, many of our communities engage in interfaith services and projects in which we pray with others or engage in service projects that serve the general good.  A recent example at Unity of Fairfax was our hosting a program on behalf of Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions on April 2.  In June, Unity of Fairfax will once again be hosting the "Ramadan Tent" on behalf of the American-Turkish Friendship Association in which not only local Muslims, but church and community groups are invited to join in breaking the Ramadan fast.

Success!

Success... we all want it, right?  But the word means many things to many people.  To some is means a lot of money, a big house, a fancy car and big title at work.  To others it might mean perfect hair, an athletic body and  a gold medal.  To others it might mean sobriety, self-acceptance or freedom from disease.  It's up to you.  How you define success is directly related to your personal core values and mission in life.

Unity and Easter

In Unity we often say that Jesus is the great example, not the great exception.  That means that all that Jesus did, you can can do; or, as he says in John 14 that you will do greater things than these.  So how does that relate to the Easter experience?

Visiting Churches

For the past two weeks, I've been away from Unity of Fairfax.  As a minister, being away from one's church can be an anxiety-provoking experience... will everything be alright?  What will they think that I'm away?  Will the place be standing when I return?  As you can see, questions such as this are evidence of the minister's ego on overdrive.  Well, this minister, anyway; but my colleagues often share similar thoughts.

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