Walking the Way: Following the Nonviolent Jesus

Easter Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey —

Easter as always is a very special day on the Christian calendar. And, since every Sunday at Unity of Greater Portland is special, we make Easter a little more special. A great big thank you to Bonnie Dalrymple, Christine Wolf, Jaclyn Ashla, Patti Lacombe and Randall Sawyer who helped to make it special by acquiring and preparing the flowers for the flower ceremony.

Easter was early this year, and now our focus turns to Spring and hopefully warm weather. It also is the time to think of the earth, planting and new life. For the calendar at Unity of Greater Portland it is the Season of the Earth. We introduced this season in 2016 with speakers and classes, and last year we expanded with planting of flowers, vegetables and added raised gardens. We had fresh vegetables for our Sunday lunches and with excess that was available for folks to take home. This year we would like to again have vegetable gardens and flowers; however, we need a strong team to make it successful. If you are interested in joining this team and being in for the long haul which means the planting, watering, harvesting and turning the stalks back into the ground in the fall, then please contact us. Both Anna Richie and Ginger Dowling are on board to help again this year, and they learned a lot of valuable information to bring to us from doing it last year.

Our guest speaker next Sunday, Rob Levin, is an attorney and Quaker who organized a walking vigil for climate hope in December. Rob brings the Season for Nonviolence to its conclusion and kicks off the Season for the Earth. He recently led a nonviolent demonstration and was arrested for civil disobedience as he and other pro-solar demonstrators stood up against Central Maine Power. He will be speaking on how this has led to a spiritual experience for him. Following the service, Rob will conduct a workshop called “Walking in Circles…When is a Leading a Leading?” A question in his description of the workshop grabbed me and might you as well… here it is: “What kinds of fears and doubts hold us back when we feel impelled to turn our faith into action?” This might be a question on your heart, and we are offering you the opportunity to explore how your faith might be calling you into action by attending the Nonviolent Action Group at 2:30 p.m., following Rob’s workshop.

Every Sunday, Unity of Greater Portland hosts A Course in Miracles discussion group at noon, facilitated by Matt Purinton. On that note, we are happy to announce that Jon Mundy, publisher of Miracles magazine and author of books focused on A Course in Miracles, will be back with us on June 3. Mark your calendars!

As you can see, there is a lot happening at Unity of Greater Portland, and we hope you take part in many of the events — and maybe even consider inviting your family and friends to join you.

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

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