Being A Stone Catcher

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey Welcome to issue three of Heart Thoughts for 2018. We have seen a January thaw and now we are back in a deep freeze, with another storm forecasted. A hearty thanks to all of you who continue to make Sunday morning at Unity of Greater Portland a priority in your schedule. Our dedicated team works all during the week to prepare a Sunday-morning feast, and we are grateful for you coming to partake of it. I want to acknowledge some folks who work behind the scenes to help create a welcoming and informative atmosphere when you arrive. Hilary Hayes comes in each week and restocks the chair backs in the sanctuary and waters the plants. Cindy Hildreth dresses the bulletin board that the sign-up sheets are on with the theme of the season and prepares our welcome packets. Jaclyn Ashla maintains the community bulletin … Continue reading

White Stone Ceremony

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey I know that we Mainers are tough and many of you proved it on Sunday by showing up when the temperature was well below zero. As I drove down River Road on my way to the 8 a.m. service my car thermometer was registering -24… yikes… but you all showed up! What may have motivated you was the service which is always the first Sunday of the new year, the White Stone Ceremony. I love this service because it is a reminder that we have a clean slate in which to create our life… it represents freedom. This is a quote from John Selby’s book, Seven Masters, One Path: “We can’t hold one thing tightly in our grasp, and at the same time reach out and take something new. We must let go of and put aside what we are grasping, in order to … Continue reading

World Peace Meditation

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey Happy 2018! Although the thermometer is registering below zero, my heart is warm as we wrap up 2017. It was a wonderful year and holiday season! As we begin a new year, I find it fitting to recognize our dedicated staff. The staff at Unity of Greater Portland make my job easy and keeps everything running smoothly. I want to give a shout-out to Steph Plourde, my assistant and the go-to person that many of you bring your questions to — she either has the answer or knows where to get it. Jan Strout handles the finances as well as the Unity Book and Gift Store. If you haven’t been in recently, you are missing a treat. She has been a part of this community for a couple of decades and carries much of the history of Unity of Greater Portland. And to Deana … Continue reading

Christmas: A Season of Love

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey The countdown is on! Only four more days until Christmas Eve. We have a special service planned for 10 a.m. and our traditional Christmas Eve candle light service at 7 p.m. There will not be an 8 a.m. service, and following the 10 a.m. service coffee and tea will be provided and you have an opportunity to share with us some of your favorite holiday cookies and pastries. This past Sunday, “Love” was the word for advent — and both services were filled with love. Our children performed a play titled “A Celebration of Interfaith Traditions,” which was both entertaining and educational! I want to give a hearty thank you to Elizabeth Peterson for writing and directing the play and to our Youth Education leaders and parents for supporting the rehearsals and making it such a memorable experience. In keeping with the theme of love, … Continue reading