From Steph Ploude:
This week’s letter is coming to you from Steph. This past Sunday, we opened our Season for Interfaith and Intercultural Celebration with a Taize-style service to introduce our community to some of the major faiths as represented on the banner over our sanctuary platform: Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikh, Native American, Christianity, Taoism, and Hinduism. The presentation of each faith included some discussion about the meaning of the symbols on the flag, and a short poem, reading, and/or chant. Jack Seery, Trish Vogel, Jaclyn Ashla, and Pat Bartke all participated in sharing these symbols.
Unity of Greater Portland decided many years ago to adopt the Association for Global New Thought’s (AGNT) Season for Nonviolence, which includes a Season for Nonviolence, Season for the Earth, Season for Humane Service, and Season for Interfaith and Intercultural Celebration. Interfaith knowledge, celebration, and demonstration are foundational to peace-building. This is an important part of the “spiritually transformed” world that Unity aspires to, as expressed in our vision statement. In a world where people are terrorized, discriminated against, harassed, ignored, or made in any way to feel less than human, less than loved, it is more important than ever that we wrap our heads and arms around the beauty of each culture, faith, and person.
We hope you will join us this coming Sunday to hear Rev. Todd Glacy do the 10 a.m. service. This week, we are doing our part to participate in Pace e Bene’s Campaign for Nonviolence Week of Actions — September 15-23 — when thousands of nonviolent actions will take place across the United States.
From Rev. Pat Bessey:
Last week I sent an email to you and to our entire email list describing our need for a new roof on the back side of our building. At our Community meeting Pat Paine, a beloved member of our community, stepped right up and gave us a challenge: to raise $6500 and she would match that for the total amount needed for the roof repair. You have answered the challenge and at this moment we are past the half way mark! This has happened in just 8 days. If you have not contributed and intend to, please know it is not too late. We have set that by October 15 all the money needed will be in. As soon as we receive $6,500 we will send out an e-blast letting you know we have met the challenge. Thank you for your continued support of our cherished spiritual home!
You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey