Member Sharing!

Letter from Karen Mangine, our Youth Service Director
as read at our quarterly meeting on 7/10/16

"Closed Fist or Open Hand?"
 
   In 2010, I had been attending Unity in the Foothills for two years and listening to lessons by (co-founder) Rev. Bonny.  Unity principles were new to me and the vision and mission statements were just beginning to seep into my being.
   Why mention 2010?  Because that is when my eyes opened to Sacred Service.  Really opened.  Closed fist or open hand...we were posed that question in 2010.  The question struck a cord with me.  Closed fist or open hand...how did I want to live?  For me, the closed fist represented fear.  The open hand represented living from love.
   I was used to living from fear.  I was fearful about so many things...would I be able to talk in a social situation?  Would I have enough if I tithed?  Would I have enough downtime if I volunteered?  My list of fears was endless.
   Did I want to continue living with a closed fist or open hand?  I knew I wanted to live with open hands.  Hands that could give AND receive.
   That is how I was led to the loving way of living in Sacred Service.  It is not a depleting activity.  It is just the opposite.  If fulfills me and has opened my world to opportunities.
   Sacred Service presents itself in many ways.  They will come to you easily when you decide to live with open hands ready to give and receive.

Many Blessings,

Karen Mangine
Unity member and former Board member

 
Letter From our Beloved Ethel Albanesius
 
   I want to share with you how Spirit has enlarged my understanding of "BELOVED."  
   Almost 60 years ago, at our wedding ceremony, the pastor began: “Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here…” etc.  But to me it was words, just part of the ceremony.
   Then 15 years ago, when we were choosing a gravestone for our son, we both asked what we wanted written on it.  Stan and I prayed about it and we both received the word “BELOVED.”  Yes, Paul was God’s beloved and also our beloved son.
Then 8 years ago at the first Unity White Stone Ceremony, in the silence I heard God say “Beloved” … what He calls me.
   In a meeting where there was a discussion of a person who was causing disharmony, as I prayed God said “This is my beloved son.”  That is the way God sees that person.  
   We must understand that God is no respecter of persons.  He does not single out an individual as Beloved.  No, God give that word to ALL.  So here today we have Carolyn, the Beloved, Paul the Beloved, Barbara the Beloved and all of you the Beloved.
   Just recently, Spirit reminded me that since the Father and I are ONE, if individual are His Beloved then they are My Beloved also.  What a change in looking at individuals when I remember they are My Beloved.  Try viewing everyone as God does, MY BELOVED.

So full circle: 
   Today I can truly know and say: "Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here."  No longer just words but consciously realized.