Lessons on Holiday

Lessons on Holiday

The Universal Mother

It’s Mother’s Day, and we want to celebrate all Mothers in our Unity community. Around 1870, Julia Ward Howe called for a “Mother’s Day for Peace” dedicated to celebrating peace and eradicating war. As expressed in her “Mother’s Day Proclamation” from 1870, Howe felt that mothers should gather to prevent the cruelty of war and the waste of life since mothers of mankind alone bear and know the cost. This was one of the little-known ideas that sparked the beginning of Mother’s…

Easter

Have you heard, the end is near?  For thousands of years prophets and seers have been predicting the end of the world.  In truth there have been many endings and lots of new beginnings too.  The concept of the world is made up of a system of beliefs, thoughts and attitudes and it is constantly changing.  The prophets of old have also predicted a time on earth that all of nature and all of humanity will come together in peace…

Advent: Joy

We light the final candle of advent in this lesson.  It is the culmination of our spiritual journey that has brought us here.  The example of Scrooge showed us how we can make the changes necessary to experience an abundant life of joy. It is now time to rejoice and give thanks for our process.   The journey has taken us from hope to fulfillment, from sorrow to joy, from wandering to realization.  You are invited to drink a full cup…

Advent: Love

Love has come, is come, and shall come to all of us when we are ready to receive it.  We are at the part of Dickens, “The Christmas Carol”, where Scrooge is being visited by the Ghost of Christmas future.  This is the third and final revelation he needs in order to experience his transformation.  All of us can get a glimpse of our future reality by looking at our current life.  We shall receive more of the same!  Does that…

Advent: Peace

In A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens shows us the life of a broken and bitter man and his transformational journey to peace of mind. This is a metaphysical story with many life lessons and truths to glean from it. Scrooge represents the worst of how low we can sink when we give up on life. We see what happens when fear and regret take hold. There is a little Scrooge in all of us. There is also great possibility and…

Don’t Be Scared!

The trees are showing us their fall colors as they change in preparation for the winter. Autumn is here and the leaves are beginning to fall. For thousands of years human beings have celebrated this wonderful season of change. The pumpkin patches are full and you can get a pumpkin spice latte just about anywhere. Fall symbolically represents the ending of a particular cycle. It is also a time when we celebrate Halloween. Have you ever wondered where the idea of Halloween came from? Why do…

Independence!

Each year we like to discuss the ideas of spirituality as it pertains to our country. We are a nation of laws that govern us to keep us safe. The early founders believed in the idea of natural law and that the spirit of nature could teach us how to live in peace with each other. This was the basis of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. In this discussion, we explore the concept of independence and discover how freedom works. What does it mean…

An Interview With Mom

“Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”   ~ Proverbs 31:31  All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.  ~Abraham Lincoln There is no role in life that is more essential than that of motherhood. ~Elder M. Russell Ballard Mother’s love is peace and It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. ~ Erich Fromm  If love is as sweet…

Celebrating Resurrection!

The word resurrection means to stand up right again.  The seed of resurrection has been planted in every one of us.  Just like the spring flowers rise again after a long winters nap, so also does humanity awaken from it’s slumbering.   The life of Jesus is reflective of the journey of humankind.  Even in death, Jesus taught us that life goes on and never ends.