Guest Speaker Rev. Denise DeSimone
Message from Rev. Pat Bessey: I heard this saying today that speaks to the weather we have been experiencing: “April showers bring snow plowers!” Hopefully we will have signs of spring by Easter!
The Season for Nonviolence ended this past Sunday with Rev. Denise DeSimone. I hadn’t ever experienced Denise before, and I loved her message and her energy. She offered an opportunity following lunch for us to view a wonderful DVD called Pray Peace that she produced. It was very well done with music, images, and her praying the prayers of world religions. It was very moving and emphasized how, throughout all the world’s religions, prayers are about love and peace, yet we see so much violence and war in our world. Make time to listen to her message.
I want to thank a couple of folks who responded to the request for more teachers in last week’s Heart Thoughts. If you are considering this as well, now is the moment to say, “yes!” Please speak to me or Steph, and we will see that you get more information on what is expected.
We are partnering with Eva Goulette, founder of Dancing Jaguar Inspirations, to host a five-day children’s Spirit Camp from July 31-August 4 for children ages 5-10. Spirit Camp offers children tools to empower themselves in difficult situations. Every experience and activity is designed to help children develop into well-balanced, empowered individuals. Dancing Jaguar Inspirations’ mission statement beautifully complements ours at Unity: We seek to empower children to connect to their authentic selves through a mix of ancient traditions, nature experiences, and modern holistic techniques.
This summer’s curriculum includes working with energy, chakras, auras, nature spirits, guided visualizations, law of attraction, attitude of gratitude, the elements, the four directions and shamanic journeying. Subjects are explored in multiple ways, such as stories, crafts, activities and games. If you have children, grandchildren or extended family in this age group, consider this for them this summer.
This Sunday we begin Holy Week. The talk title for Palm Sunday is “The Nonviolent Jesus.” We will offer a Spiritual Baptism and our tradition of walking the palms as part of the meditation. Cali Crowley will be singing The Holy City.
Following lunch, Jack Seery will have a meditative workshop, “Jesus in Jerusalem.” On Holy Thursday, Jack, Deana, and I will offer a Holy Thursday service titled “Jesus as Servant,” which includes a physical communion.
So, as always, I appreciate you and look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey