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From Steph Ploude:

This week’s letter is coming to you from Steph. This past Sunday, we opened our Season for Interfaith and Intercultural Celebration with a Taize-style service to introduce our community to some of the major faiths as represented on the banner over our sanctuary platform: Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikh, Native American, Christianity, Taoism, and Hinduism. The presentation of each faith included some discussion about the meaning of the symbols on the flag, and a short poem, reading, and/or chant. Jack Seery, Trish Vogel, Jaclyn Ashla, and Pat Bartke all participated in sharing these symbols.

interfaithUnity of Greater Portland decided many years ago to adopt the Association for Global New Thought’s (AGNT) Season for Nonviolence, which includes a Season for Nonviolence, Season for the Earth, Season for Humane Service, and Season for Interfaith and Intercultural Celebration. Interfaith knowledge, celebration, and demonstration are foundational to peace-building. This is an important part of the “spiritually transformed” world that Unity aspires to, as expressed in our vision statement. In a world where people are terrorized, discriminated against, harassed, ignored, or made in any way to feel less than human, less than loved, it is more important than ever that we wrap our heads and arms around the beauty of each culture, faith, and person.

We hope you will join us this coming Sunday to hear Rev. Todd Glacy do the 10 a.m. service. This week, we are doing our part to participate in Pace e Bene’s Campaign for Nonviolence Week of Actions — September 15-23 — when thousands of nonviolent actions will take place across the United States.


From Rev. Pat Bessey:

Last week I sent an email to you and to our entire email list describing our need for a new roof on the back side of our building. At our Community meeting Pat Paine, a beloved member of our community, stepped right up and gave us a challenge: to raise $6500 and she would match that for the total amount needed for the roof repair. You have answered the challenge and at this moment we are past the half way mark! This has happened in just 8 days. If you have not contributed and intend to, please know it is not too late. We have set that by October 15 all the money needed will be in. As soon as we receive $6,500 we will send out an e-blast letting you know we have met the challenge. Thank you for your continued support of our cherished spiritual home!

You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey


The Light of Love: The Power of Magnetism, Harmony and Unity

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

Unity’s World Day of Prayer is almost here. Tomorrow, September 13, is the date of the 25th annual World Day of Prayer. The theme this year is “Courage to Heal” and the affirmation is “I am a healing presence.” Our Prayer Partners are planning a special service tomorrow evening beginning at 7:00 pm. I know it will be a very meaningful service as they have taken the lead on this service now for a few years and it is always a powerful service. Please join us!

I have continued the talk series from the book Divine Audacity, written by Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett, Vice President of Silent Unity. This week, the power I was highlighting is LOVE. Jesus said, people will know you are my disciples by your love. The goal for our lives is to show up embodying divine love, to be love in action.

The three aspects of love that Rev. Linda explores are magnetism, harmony and unity. The magnetizing power of love is our true nature. I call forth the magnetizing power of divine love. My thoughts are magnetic.

The light of love wants to shine, heal, transform, unify and harmonize.

I call forth from within me the harmonizing power of love. The harmonizing power of love within us in our capacity for harmonious thoughts, words, and actions regarding others and ourselves. From Colossians 3:14 “Above all clothe yourself with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”

I call forth from within me the unifying power of love. From the Gospel of Thomas, “Blessed are they that are One with themselves. Thy will find the Kingdom.” A Course in Miracles teaches, “Heaven is not a place or a condition. It is merely an awareness of perfect oneness.” The unifying power of love is the remedy for separation-consciousness.

An affirmation that I learned many years ago that I love is:

I am a radiating center of divine love
Mighty to attract my good to me (magnetism)
And to radiate good to others. (harmony)

The unifying power of love is our capacity for communion, empathy, and compassionate service. I see myself in other, others in myself, and GOD in us all.

I AM the power of love, loving.
Click here to listen to the message from Sunday…

You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Pat

The Light of Power: The Power of Concentration, Self Mastery, and Authority

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

This coming Sunday we will be having a Community Meeting following lunch at noon. Please mark your calendars. This is an opportunity for us to come together and discuss what is working, what we can improve on and what is needed to keep our spiritual home in tip top shape. Your Board of Trustees wants you in the conversation!

The Power of Power was the topic for Sunday’s service. It is the chapter titled The Light of Power – The Power of Concentration, Self-Mastery, and Authority. I have been using the book Divine Audacity authored by Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett.

Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity says: “The Power that rules the world is within.”

Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew 28:18: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

We are created for power.

Charles Fillmore (1940s in his Twelve Powers book) said: “Today men are striving to acquire power through money, legislation, and man-made government, and falling short because they have not mastered themselves.”

How do we cultivate power as a spiritual quality? Using concentration, self-mastery and spiritual authority.

Concentration is the opposite of multi-tasking. Concentration is about focus. It is our ability to be single minded and laser focused. From the website www.howtogetfocused.com research shows memory is less a factor in intelligence than “one’s ability to control their selective attention.”

Self-control and self-mastery are the keys to power.

Sikhism, World Scripture says: With the conquest of my mind, I have conquered the whole world.

2 Timothy 1:7: For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.

Self-mastery is a claiming of our wholeness and self-determination.

Spiritual Authority
From the book, Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett say this: Jesus’ spiritual authority came not from his personality and not from his intellect. His authority came “from the Father” – his source of inner wisdom. We too, must partner with wisdom in order to be centered in spiritual truth.

The affirmation for this week is:

I AM master of my thoughts, words, and actions. I master myself, respect myself, and hold myself accountable.

Join me next week when we look at the Power of Love.

You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey

The Answer is Always Love

Deb Engel

Debra Engel

Audio: Guest Speaker Debra Engle

Message from Rev. Pat Bessey:

Although summer doesn’t end until mid-September, once the children start back to school the energy shifts from summer to fall – even though we are in another heat wave. Bless the teachers and children that are in non-air-conditioned rooms.

It was another special Sunday at Unity of Greater Portland. We had as our guest speaker Deb Engle, author of many books and the creator of the prayer I say often: ”Please heal my fear-based thoughts.” Whenever we are experiencing discomfort it is generally that we are in some form of fear. Deb is steeped in A Course In Miracles and her message on Sunday was based on love and in whatever situation we find ourselves love is the answer. From the principles of Attitudinal Healing: “You can either be a love finder or a fault finder.” I choose to focus on love – how about you.

On Wednesday evening Deb will be doing a workshop using the principles from ACIM and giving us tools to get unstuck and bring more love and joy into our lives. It begins at 6:30 – see you there.

At the 8 a.m. service I continued with the power of ZEAL. The focus was on enthusiasm. Zeal is enthusiasm. Charles Schwab said, “A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.”

History is filled with individuals that remained passionate about achieving their goals and even though they failed many times they kept on pushing until eventually they managed to reach their goal. This same thing can happen to us when we set out to accomplish a goal – we need to keep at it even if it seems impossible. When we learn to trust God and allow him/her/it to help us we can and will do things that we did not think were possible.

Notice the following verses that teach us that we can accomplish great things:

Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

These verses prove that with God’s help that you and I can and will achieve great things for humanity if we will only set our minds to doing so and then enthusiastically pursue them.

Next week will be the Power of Power – this is one of my favorites!

You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey