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

We Are Loving

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey Another week rolls by, and it seems like just a blink of the eye since my last post. So, what is the news for this week? Our new youth program is underway. We are experimenting with a new process. Like anything new, it doesn’t come all neatly packaged. We have to try things out and find what works and what doesn’t. So patience and prayers are welcomed. That being said, on Sunday we celebrated Rev. Elizabeth as she has stepped away from the role of heading up our youth ministry after nearly four years. Elizabeth shared with me in an email a reflection from her time at Unity of Greater Portland, and I have asked her permission to share a portion of it with you that pertains to our program.   Words from Elizabeth “I started coming to Unity on a weekly basis in … Continue reading

Sing to Me and I Will Hear You

Guest Speaker Elaine McGillicuddy Message from Rev. Pat Bessey: I am writing to you on this added day to the calendar… February 29. When this arrives in your inbox, it will be March. We will be ready for longer days of light and spring our clocks forward an hour on March 13. This spring we will enter into the Season for the Earth for the first time. This is the third of four seasons that the Association of Global New Thought offers. We are in the Season for Nonviolence now and we will have the Season for Interfaith and Intercultural Celebration again this fall. As a sneak preview of the Season for the Earth, we have three excellent speakers lined up to be with us during the months of April through June. We plan to expand our raised gardens in the back of the church and grow food for our … Continue reading

Creating Functional Relationships – Beneath The Surface

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey It is September 9, and I wonder how did we get to this date? I remember hearing as a young person that the older you get the faster time goes, and oh, my gosh! It is true! In reality we are one third of the way through the month. It is a very full month as well. Thursday (tomorrow) evening we will be celebrating Unity’s World Day of Prayer. The service will begin at 7 p.m. Please join us for an evening of prayer, music, and drumming. We begin live streaming from Unity Village’s service at 8 p.m. Friday evening is the start of the Rhythm of Your Soul Women’s Retreat. We have a total of 32 participating in this weekend event. It will be educational as well as a time for creating community and deepening our own soul experience. Please check out our … Continue reading

Dancing With the Divine

Sunday Message by Jon Mundy, Ph.D., author, lecturer, the publisher of Miracles magazine and the Executive Director of All Faiths Seminary International in New York City. He taught university courses in Philosophy and Religion from 1967 to 2008 with a specialization in The History of Mysticism. The author of 9 books, his latest book, Lesson 101: Perfect Happiness, is published by Sterling Ethos of New York City, a division of Barnes and Noble. Message from Rev. Pat Bessey: What a historic week we just experienced! There were two significant decisions handed down by our Supreme Court, each of them impacting brothers and sisters within our spiritual community. I  know of many in this community who, up until the Affordable Care Act was made available, went without insurance. I have always had the privilege to be insured, and I can only imagine how it feels to not have health care coverage. … Continue reading