Three Lessons of Revolutionary Love in a Time of Rage

Message from Rev. Patricia Bessey

We have turned the calendar to a new year 2019. I recently did one of those games on Facebook that gives you a word for the coming year and mine was “change.” It says my life is going to change in incredible ways… so right out of the gate it is changing.

Steph Plourde who has been my administrator and “go to” person has returned to her previous job at Martin’s Point Health Care and I am happy for her and wish her only the best; however, it does leave a void at Unity of Greater Portland for sure. She is going to continue to be my point person on Sundays; she will continue leading the Sacred Servers monthly Team Leaders meeting and other areas in the ministry as her time allows. So how does that impact the overall in the ministry? At this time the Board and I have decided to not replace her. We will have Christine Wolf in the office on Wednesdays with assistance from Wendy Thomas. The ministry will only be open on Wednesdays officially; however, I will be there on many Tuesdays.

The new year also brings new energy for classes and events. I am excited that the daytime book group will begin again on Tuesday, January 8 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For those of you who are available during that time I do encourage you to join us. What I have experienced from our past groups is a deepening of meaningful relationships with others who are traveling this journey of spirituality and we all need support from one another.

Another class I am excited about as well is the Energy of Money class. For those who may not know I have graduated from the Academy of Coaching Excellence that was founded by Maria Nemeth, who is author of The Energy of Money book used in this class. This class will grow you exponentially in ways you can’t even imagine. Maybe your word was “change” also…just a thought! It is not too late to sign up. Email me or sigh up on Sunday. It is 6 Wednesday nights beginning January 9 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Of course, a lot more is happening as well, these are just a couple that I want to highlight.

This past Sunday I stepped out of the box and did something that in all my years of ministry haven’t done and that is replaced my talk with a YouTube video. The talk title was “A World of Love” and as I began researching material I wanted it to be relevant to where we are as a society, I went to one of my favorite people, seasoned civil rights activist, lawyer, award winning filmmaker Valarie Kaur. I met Valarie in Salt Lake City at the Parliament of World Religions in 2015 and have been following her ever since. She is the founder of The Revolutionary Love Project. The YouTube video I showed is called 3 Lessons of revolutionary love in a time of rage and it told the story of love in a way that I was looking for.

If after listening to Valarie you feel the need to take some form of action then join some of us after the service this Sunday as we hold a 30-minute vigil at the rotary of 302 and 202 displaying signs of peace, nonviolence and welcoming the stranger. You can bring your own sign, or one will be provided for you.

Don’t miss being with us this Sunday it is the annual White Stone Service. This is where we celebrate who we are and our new freedom. See you there!

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

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