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

Let’s Get Real About… Personal Transformation

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey. The reviews are coming in on our awesome Kitchen Team and the fabulous meal that was prepared for us on Sunday. The food was delicious, there was a plethora of pies and the tables were decorated beautifully. It was truly a time of thanksgiving. I looked around the room and the tables were full (Maria told me that 63 meals were served) and the buzz of conversation was electric. Our kitchen team under Maria Lundy’s leadership goes above and beyond each week. They embody our core values of loving, accepting and welcoming. I’d like to give a shout out to Todd Glacy as well for the wonderful concert he gave on Friday evening: Todd, you are a class act and we are blessed to have you in our midst! As November is gratitude month, I would be remiss without mentioning our Children’s Ministry under … Continue reading

Let’s Get Real About Life’s Lessons

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey On Sunday we celebrated John Michael Roods, who over the last several years has given of his time, talents and treasures to bringing pockets of beauty to the grounds at Unity of Greater Portland. He has reclaimed so much of our land and has seen that it has been well cared for. John Michael, we love and appreciate you and all that you have given to us. A new series, “Let’s Get Real About Life’s Lessons,” began this past Sunday. Often you hear people say that God is testing them when a problem or problems are in their life. The message on Sunday gave evidence that is a myth and is unequivocally not so. Charles Fillmore wrote the following quote in his book, Talks on Truth: “The love of God for His children is beyond description – a love so tender and so deep … Continue reading

Unity Practical Christianity: Demonstration

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey We are well on our way to getting the new children’s classroom ready! After what we witnessed this past Sunday it is evident how much it is needed: we had 10 children all under the age of 12. This takes a very creative group of adults to keep them all engaged. Having two classrooms will certainly make this much more doable in the future; however, it also presents another opportunity that we are addressing. Each classroom requires two adults: a teacher and a helper. The helper’s role is just to assist the teacher – no preparation ahead of time is required. You just show up in the classroom at 9:50 a.m. and be a loving presence to the children. If the class is small, you may not be required, and then you can come into the service. Please search your heart and welcome the … Continue reading

SisterHeart: The Story of an Indian Nun and Maher

Sister Lucy Kurien, Founder of Maher Ashram, spoke at our 10 a.m. service and presented a workshop at noon. Message from Rev. Pat Bessey: I want to give a high five to the awesome team that keeps Unity of Greater Portland running while I am away. Special thanks to Steph who did triple duty: speaking at the 8 a.m. service, facilitating the Prosperity Plus II class, and keeping all the ducks moving in the right direction. Rev. LeRoy and I had an incredible time at Chautauqua Institute. We were the Unity representatives for the week. Chautauqua Institute has been in existence since 1874, when it was founded by inventor Lewis Miller and Methodist Bishop John Heyl Vincent. It was started as a teaching camp for Sunday school teachers. It has developed into a 9-week season of programs that offer lectures and classes in the arts, education, religion and music. We … Continue reading