Heart Thoughts: For the Love of the Earth

Wow! What a powerful talk Rivera Sun gave us on Sunday. She left us with some action steps that we can take going forward. One we implemented on Sunday and that is using glass dinner plates for our meals going forward. Until we can compost with compostable plates this will be the new norm. Now that being said, it requires more hands for cleanup. I want to thank Cindy O’Connell for standing at the sink filling the dishwasher and then washing what didn’t fit in the dishwasher. Every chair in Unity Hall was filled and it indicates the desire for sharing a community meal together.

There has been some discussion amongst a few about bringing back lunches on Sunday. We have Michelle Neas and Aaron Germana (who has just recently started attending) willing to make a main dish on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays. We will have the first Sunday as potluck and is there someone who is willing to make a main meal the 4th Sunday? Aside from the main meal we do need additional support. 

A huge shout out to the children and Mari for their contribution to Earth Day. They had a wonderful time together. A special thanks to Marcia Taylor for providing music for them and being such a presence with them. Also, to Steve Salois, Aaron Germana, Scott Mazer, Janice HearMurphy, and Randall Sawyer. Thank you all for organizing this and we were so grateful that the rain held off…

Back to Rivera’s message on For the Love of the Earth. She made a statement that startled me and that is we have seven years to get things turned around. She talked about many different initiatives that people have come together to make significant changes. I loved the story about the folks painting the reindeer’s antlers so that they glow in the night and prevent being killed by cars.

Being a writer of novels, she has a wonderful way of bringing home her points through stories. She told a wonderful story as a young girl her parents taking the children into the woods to listen to the Divine speaking. She said after a while of just hearing the birds, seeing the swaying of the grass, the insects, yes, the mosquitoes, feeling the wind…she suddenly realized all of this is the Divine speaking. At that moment she became a devotee of the earth. If you missed the service, you can watch it here.

Our mission is to educate, serve and create community. Our one small step at this moment is using glass plates, it is also creating a haven on our grounds that offers a place for rest and contemplation anytime one wants to come and visit. We will be coming together on May 20 for a cleanup day…join us…let this be another small step in protecting our environment. This will also be an opportunity to listen to the Divine speaking.

Speaking of a place for rest and contemplation is our labyrinth and May 6 is World Labyrinth Day. The theme is Walk as One at 1. Join others to celebrate this sacred walk.

Next week we return to the series It’s Not Your Money. Hopefully you have been reading the Change Me Prayer daily. I look forward to hearing how it works for you. If you don’t have it. you can get it here.

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey


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