Going to Church

I'm staying at Unity Village, MO while I'm participating in Unity Worldwide Ministry ministry team meetings, and tomorrow is Sunday.  Since I'm not speaking at Unity of Fairfax, I have the opportunity to go to church as a congregant - a rare privilege for a minister.  So now I have to decide where to worship in the morning, and I'm grateful for the internet in helping me to make a decision. When guests comes to Unity of Fairfax, I always ask, "What made you want to attend Unity of Fairfax today?"  More often than not the answer is, "I checked out the church online."  So that's what I've done. I've been coming to Unity Village (in the Kansas City metro) for 21 years and visited many of the Unity churches in the area.  Each has much to offer, as every Unity church has its own flavor.  But I am drawn to go in a different direction tomorrow, to have a new type of experience of the divine.  So, as of now, I'm planning to attend a liberal Baptist church, that, according to its website, was established "by eighteen Swedes, who were immigrants, adventurers and pioneers..."  I didn't even know there were such things as Swedish Baptist immigrants to the US. On February 28, I spoke on the value and importance of understanding the faith traditions and experiences of others.  It has been a very long time since I attended a worship service of a community other than Unity.  I've attended a number of interfaith services, but I'm looking forward to seeing what sort of sacred encounter I'll have in this Baptist church.  Oh, and this church also has an active meditation group. Other than being intrigued by Swedish Baptists with a mediation group in Kansas City, this posting I found on their website was the final piece of information that has prompted me to want to attend:

Jesus treated everyone who wished to enter his new community of the Spirit as full and equal participants - rich and poor, male and female, gay and straight, young and old, beginner and advanced, and any other human situation. We seek to do that, too.

Amen to that! Peace be with you and namaste! Rev. Russ