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

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

What Is a Peacemaker?

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, as snow is falling and it is chilly out. We are less than two weeks before Christmas day. Just a reminder about our Christmas services: there will only be the 10 a.m. service on December 24 and then our Christmas candle light service at 7 p.m. It is a perfect service to bring family and friends. At the 10 a.m. service we will have coffee and tea and we invite you to bring baked cookies and other sweets that are family favorites to share with your spiritual family. I want to give a shout out to Bonnie LePage for the years of service she has given to providing us with excellent audio/visual for our Sunday Celebration services. This Sunday she will be handing over the reins to Gary Wane and Andrew Williamson, who will continue giving … Continue reading

Living Future Pull

10 a.m. Sunday Message by Guest Speaker Rosie Deer Heart (audio) This week’s message is coming to you from me, Steph Plourde, as Revs. Pat and LeRoy are away ministering to others in New York. This past Sunday at the 8 a.m. service I shared a message about the gift of listening with empathy. Nearly all of what you find here is based on Paul Chappell‘s brilliant work. It is clear that the issues that have troubled human beings for millennia have to do with our relationships to one another, and the struggle to understand, negotiate, connect, and forgive. Paul reminds us that “interpersonal conflict arises naturally because human beings see the world from different angles. Learning to resolve conflict well brings us closer together; resolving conflict poorly drives us apart… we can see conflicts as opportunities as they are manifestations of deeper, underlying problems. Every conflict is an opportunity … Continue reading

Shady Ladies of the Bible: Wicked Wives of the Bible

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey Centered in Divine Love, let us pray together that peace prevails in Charlottesville, that peace prevails in the United States, and that peace prevails in our world. I may have told you in the past that I generally write this article on Monday mornings, as is the case right now. I have time to reflect on the past week – especially the Sunday service – and gather my thoughts as to what I am guided to share with you. The tragedy in Charlottesville this past weekend furthers my resolve to bring constructive programs to our community that teach and train us in peace and nonviolence. It is my belief that until we have a critical mass that is educated in peace literacy, and until we have healed the trauma in our own lives and the collective trauma of our world, we will not experience … Continue reading