Listening Is An Act Of Love

Sunday Message by Guest Speaker Elaine Bourne Elaine M. Bourne is Director of the Community Mediation Services Program (CMS) of Volunteers of America, Northern New England (VOANNE); a state-wide program designed to transform conflict and preserve relationships. She is an experienced mediator, facilitator and conflict resolution trainer and consultant. She leads a diverse team of individuals providing mediation services for members of the agricultural community, veterans and military families and a full-range of community-based conflict resolution services, training programs and skill-building sessions. Elaine is a member of the Board of Governors of the Maine Association of Mediators and is active with other organizations, including the Beginning Farmers Resources Network Council in Maine. Prior to joining VOANNE, Elaine worked for more than 15 years with law students, developing extensive experience, and a national reputation, as a leader in legal education administration – student services, including admissions and career development. Institutions she … Continue reading

Teachings for Better Decision-Making

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey “The Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount are Jesus’ blueprint for peace. I urge everyone to study John Dear’s beautiful reflections and join his campaign of peace and nonviolence.” — Jimmy Carter On March 18, Fr. John Dear will be our guest speaker and workshop presenter as part of our Season for Nonviolence. He will be sharing from his book, The Beatitudes of Peace. John Dear affirms that the God of peace is alive and at work among us, calling us to be his sons and daughters who work for true, lasting peace. This coming Sunday, we are blessed to have Elaine Bourne as our guest speaker; she is one of the daughters that John is referring to. Elaine is a good friend of mine and the Director of the Community Mediation Services Program of Volunteers of America, Northern New England, a state-wide … Continue reading

Prayer: The Ultimate Lifestyle

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey Hello friends! Spring is just 49 days away — how does that sound? This past weekend we saw a January thaw, and for that I was grateful. The topic for the message on Sunday was prayer. There is no right or wrong way to pray. Here I’ll offer some thoughts that I shared from Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, and Rev. Eric Butterworth, author and Unity minister. Fillmore defines prayer as “communion between God and man. This communion takes place in the innermost part of man’s being. Prayer is the most highly accelerated mind action known. It steps up mental action until man’s consciousness synchronizes with the Christ Mind. It is the language of spirituality.” The goal of prayer is to be One with God, to have a transcendental experience, to rise above the five-sense world, to experience the Divine, to be changed at depth. … Continue reading

Kindness: Gotcha

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey While I was getting ready to leave on a recent Sunday, a woman who had been at the Course in Miracles (ACIM) group told me something that was music to my ears. She said, “This is a really happening place. I came here several years ago, and it wasn’t like this.” It is a happening place — and almost every Sunday after service a program or meeting is taking place. This past Sunday in Unity Hall there were groups of people visiting at different tables and at one table there were four folks playing cards. This Sunday will be no different. After the service, per usual, the ACIM group will be meeting. We will also have the workshop “The Courage to Forgive,” facilitated by Rev. Amy Cousins. This workshop will invite you to have the courage to take the idea of forgiveness and change … Continue reading