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Can I Control My Mind?

The Unity movement and the science of psychology have common roots.  Both emerged out of the cultural and scientific mileu of the last half of the 19th century; as such, both place special attention on the mind and understanding how it works.  The understanding, put very simply, is that if you understand how your mind works, you can direct its activities in order to attain your goals and aspirations.  A simple question is, "Can I control my mind."  Well, to be frank, its not a simple question.

A Prayer for Today

 I would like to thank ministerial colleague Billy Kluttz for sharing this powerful and empowering prayer posted by Extravagance United Church of Christ.  In light of recent violence, these words can re-center us in the consciousness of the living Christ Spirit in creation...

 

Which Lens Are You Wearing

 On Sunday, November 15 in our Metaphysical Bible Class at Unity of Fairfax (meets Sundays from 10:10 am - 10:50 am), I shared with the class nine interpretive lenses that can be worn when interpreting scripture.  There are other lenses as well; however, these nine are a start.  I pulled this list from Wisdom for a Lifetime, by Alden Studebaker.

Nine Interpretive Lenses of Bible Interpretation

Bible Metaphysics

 In Unity, the Bible is our central textbook, and the primary lens through which we read it is called "metaphysical interpretation."  Beginning on Sunday, November 15, I will be leading a Bible metapyhsics class from 10:10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. in the conference room at Unity of Fairfax.  The course will run on Sundays through the end of November.  We'll take off the month of December, then resume on Sunday, January 3, 2016.

State of the Unity 2015

 I'm posting my "State of the Unity 2015" address that was presented at the Unity of Fairfax Annual Membership Meeting on Sunday, November 1.  If you have comments or questions, please use the dialog option on this blog.  Thanks!

Rev. Russ

 

 The theme of my “State of the Unity 2015” message is energy management.

Divine Audacity

 On Sunday, October 4 Unity of Fairfax launched Unity Awakening 2015 - our annual series of Sunday messages and small group study focusing on the work of a prominent thought leader in the Unity movement.  This year we're studying Divine Audacity, by Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett.

Tithes and Charitable Gifts

 On Sunday, September 27, I shared with the congregation of Unity of Fairfax the recipients and amounts of our August 2015 tithes.  Unity of Fairfax made a sacred commitment to itself to engage in the spiritual practice of tithing (10% of gross income) from ALL sources of income - monies received at Sunday services, mailed to the church, class offerings, automatic funds transfer, proceeds from events, rentals - all sources.  Our gross income for August 2015 was around $74,000, so we had $7,400 in tithes.

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