Symbols of Growth

Sherri Mitchell

Sherri Mitchell

Sunday Message by Guest Speaker Sherri Mitchell.

Message from Rev. Pat Bessey:

A unique view of the current reality from an Indigenous spiritual perspective, and an opportunity for us to consider how the signs around us all point to the growth and evolution of our consciousness.

Our co-founder Myrtle Fillmore heard Spirit asking this question, “Who will take care of the children?” Of course, her answer was “I will!”

We have been asked that question at Unity of Greater Portland and we have answered “we will!” We have purchased a portable classroom that will serve our children well. It has been used as a portable office in its previous life and needs a little TLC to freshen it up inside and out. We are calling for your help in doing that. If you would like to make a donation to the Children’s Education Fund, that would be greatly appreciated. If you can volunteer some time, there will be a signup sheet on the bulletin board for you to let us know you are available. More details will follow.

This past Sunday we had as our guest speaker in the Season for Interfaith Intercultural Celebration Sherri Mitchell. Sherri has a resume that is as long as my arm and did she ever “wow” us. She is an indigenous person from the Penobscot Indian Reservation and is the Founding Director of the Land Peace Foundation, an organization dedicated to the global protection of Indigenous rights and the preservation of the Indigenous way of life. Her work is being featured in an upcoming documentary film titled Dancing with the Cannibal Giant, and her first book, Sacred Instructions, will be in print in February of 2018.

I invite you this Sunday to come to the prayer workshop, “Come Apart for Awhile.” In this workshop you will learn some prayer methods that will support your own needs, and also learn how to pray with and support others. In this critical time that we are living through, prayer is essential to living a more peace-filled life.

This workshop is also an introduction to what is involved in becoming part of our new Prayer Partner program, formerly known as the Prayer Chaplain program. Come on Sunday and learn more about it.

This coming Sunday I will be continuing the series on Unity Practical Christianity and the talk from the Unity Correspondence Course is “Demonstration.”

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

Unity Practical Christianity: Prosperity Part 2

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

Would you agree with me that life has a way of sending us curve balls? One of those curve balls landed with us and it has caused a disturbance in the field. Consequentially, this translates to the need to cancel our Women’s Retreat, which was scheduled on the 27 – 29 of this month. We had a situation come up with the venue that we were unable to resolve. So, the retreat team is taking a breath and now looking for a new venue for 2018. If you had already registered you will be receiving an email personally to discuss your refund. Life happens! And please hold the vision with us for an even more incredible Women’s’ Retreat at an earlier fall date in a perfect location next year!!

Now, switching gears… when you come to service next Sunday to hear Sherri Mitchell, you will have the opportunity to see our new portable classroom for our children. It will be delivered this week!

childrenI want to give a huge shout out to all who participated in the weekend events to raise money for the Children’s Education Fund with a trunk sale, food sale and 50/50 raffle. They raised $842 toward our immediate goal of $3,000. If you would like to help us reach our goal, you can donate here or send a check and make a notation on the memo line for Children’s Education Fund. We hear Sunday after Sunday that our little people are getting the Unity message embedded in their consciousness. When little Gabe, who is four and a half, can recite the Unity blessing, and when others can sing the Peace song and know the Prayer for Protection, we know they are getting a solid spiritual education. It is our responsibility to give them space to grow.

In keeping with the talk series Unity Practical Christianity, “Prosperity Part 2” was the topic. I touched on these subtopics:

  • Source vs. Channel — God is the Source; all else is but a channel of supply. The mind while yet in ignorance sometimes fixes itself firmly on the idea that supply can come only in some certain way.
  • Work vs. Service — There is nothing in the idea of working for a living. The true object of work is service and the expression of all man’s God-given faculties and powers.
  • Love of money — Money is not a curse to those who see the place it fills and keep it in its place.

All who have the understanding of true spiritual prosperity, keep the law of giving and receiving, and take the right attitude toward money, shall have plenty of it. It will flow into their hands and through their hands in a constant stream of blessing. They know it is not Substance, but the symbol of Substance, and they avoid the errors that follow the confusion of symbols with realities.

I also remind you that much of this is directly from Charles Fillmore’s writing of the early 1900s and therefore is not gender-sensitive.

Here are three affirmations for you to use to strengthen your faith:

  • I have faith in God as the Substance of All Good.
  • I have faith in the Substance as it is now manifest in me and my affairs.
  • The inexhaustible resource of Spirit is equal to every demand… there is no reality in lack… abundance is here and now manifest…

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

Unity Practical Christianity: Prosperity Part 1

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable. ~ William Pollard

Change is once again in the air! We see it in nature as the leaves are beginning their change in color and it is happening at Unity of Greater Portland, as well.

Our Prayer Chaplain program is evolving and the change begins with a new name. It will be known now as our Prayer Partner Ministry. Sue Vittner, who has been the team leader for the Prayer Chaplains for the last few years, is stepping away as her life moves in a new direction. We are so grateful for Sue’s leadership and the dedication and commitment she has given to us. With this change, we saw the program also was moving in a new direction. The changes are mostly internal, except for the name. You will not be affected at all. If you are receiving prayer calls, that will continue. And personal prayer on Sunday will be offered as it has been. The new leaders will be Barbara Kowalska and Jack Cole. From all of us at UGP, a hearty thanks to the folks who make up our Prayer Partner Ministry: Barbara, Jack, Lorrie Adams, Carolyn Sanford, Bonnie Grover, Mimo Otis, Karen Bailey, Christine Wolf, and Matt Purinton.

The series Unity Practical Christianity continued this week with the topic of “Prosperity.”

To know the real meaning of prosperity and to find out what true riches truly are, we must get away from the realm of appearances. In cleansing the mind of base ideas concerning prosperity, the first error to be erased is the belief that the possession of things constitutes prosperity.

True prosperity is the consciousness of abundance based on and steeped in the understanding of God as the inexhaustible infinite Resource always open to everyone. This quote says it all: “The Inexhaustible Resource of Spirit is equal to every demand. There is no reality in lack. Abundance is here and now manifest.”

One of the Attributes of God IS Substance and the manifestations of Substance are life and love and wisdom. Substance is omnipresent, all-penetrating, and is the foundation of the Universe, all things being formed from it. Substance is invisible to the eye of the senses, but is visible and tangible to the mind and is handled by thought. By our thoughts we form from it whatever we will.

Understanding of God as Substance forms the foundation for true spiritual prosperity. Those who know God thus have an assurance of unfailing supply.

We then have the law of giving and receiving and its relationship to Substance. We live, move and have our being in this sea of Substance, and there is a law that it must have both an inflow and outflow. This we call the law of giving and receiving. Substance flows into consciousness, where it is given form according to the faith and understanding of the receiver; then it must be given out in blessing in whatever form he is able to express it. People sometimes say, “I have nothing to give,” but they do not say it after they come into the understanding of Spirit-Substance.

Looking for something meaningful to do this Friday evening? Here it is: I am extending a special invitation to observe the Fall Equinox with Visionary Authors, Filmmakers and Futurists, Connie Baxter Marlow and Andrew Cameron Bailey for the Maine Premiere of the short film SEEDS OF FREEDOM: A Vision for America Liberty! Justice! Equality!

This new perspective presents a revolutionary look at the syntheses between European colonists and the American Indian in the evolution of the American democracy, mind and spirit.

Oh, did I mention that there is a potluck happening at 6 p.m. with Connie and Andrew?

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