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Brace Yourself, Jeremiah! Answering God’s Call with Our Lives

Tue, 07/28/2020 - 6:00am
Biblical call narratives help us to understand and answer the call of our own potential Reprinted from the January 1994 issue of Unity Magazine. Being called to go on a God-journey can be an upsetting experience. When God called Jeremiah to become a "prophet to the nations," Jeremiah cried: "Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth" (Jeremiah 1:6). God replied...

Let Go! Let God Fill Your Need!

Mon, 07/27/2020 - 1:00pm
How the Divine Presence in You Can Dissolve Every Fear and Doubt If you are anxious, tense, or concerned about anything in your life, dear friend, begin now to relax, let go, and let God fill your need. No matter what seems to be missing from your life—be it a much-loved person, a special place, an activity of great value, or a feeling of well-being—know that God is right now filling your need...

For Everything There Is a Season

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 4:00pm
ol li {margin-left: 18px; padding-bottom: 10px;} ul li {padding-bottom: 10px;} The Bible’s Most Practical Lesson for Navigating Change Some of the most quoted words of the Bible are from the Book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, verses 1-8: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time...

Let’s Talk About the Pandemic, Race, and Community

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 12:01pm
Our magazine lead times have finally caught up with the COVID-19 pandemic, so this issue is full of spiritual views on what’s been happening. It’s called the “Conscious Community Issue”—well-timed for this period when the format of being in community may be changing, but the need for it is stronger than ever. Remember, these links go to the digital version of the magazine, which is free with...

What It Means to Be Interconnected

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 7:33pm
Through love, we move from a surface-level life to a deeper state of harmony The Native-American Hopi have an ancient saying: “All dreams spin out from the same web.” Chief Seattle, a Suquamish and Duwamish chief, is credited with saying in 1854: "Man did not weave the web of life—he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself." This is the nature of...

Worthy—I Am

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 5:39pm
One LGBTQ Story of Divine Love, and the Power of Affirmations To say I think I’m worthy today is an understatement. I don’t just think it—I believe it. Most important, I feel it. That definitely wasn’t always the case. I grew up in a blue-collar, Catholic suburb of Detroit. In hindsight, I don’t think anyone felt truly worthy as there was a pervasive feeling of guilt and fear of God. For me,...

Worthy—I Am

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 5:39pm
One LGBTQ Story of Divine Love, and the Power of Affirmations To say I think I’m worthy today is an understatement. I don’t just think it—I believe it. Most important, I feel it. That definitely wasn’t always the case. I grew up in a blue-collar, Catholic suburb of Detroit. In hindsight, I don’t think anyone felt truly worthy as there was a pervasive feeling of guilt and fear of God. For me,...

I’ll Hold You in the Light

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 8:58pm
Our quantum entanglement offers possibility during this racial emergency. George Floyd was my son. Breonna Taylor was my daughter. Ahmaud Arbery (2020). Philando Castile (2016). Sandra Bland (2015). For More Resources: Standing Together Tamir Rice (2014). Eric Garner (2014). Michael Brown (2014). They were my children. With all the passion of the mother I...

The Burden of Skin Color

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 1:46pm
Seeing people in terms of race adversely affects us all When we were young and expressed feelings of being mistreated, our father would admonish us not to automatically claim racial prejudice as the cause of whatever was going on. He would tell us not to go there as the first cause, but not to discount it either. Skin color adds another layer to common concerns. As children, our parents taught...

Why Racism Is a (Curable) Heart Disease

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 1:09pm
ol li {margin-left: 18px; padding-bottom: 10px;} ul li {padding-bottom: 10px;} It’s time to transform habits of harm so we start healing what divides us. Something alarming happens when we hear the word racism. Something deep within us is awakened into fear. All of us, regardless of our race and experience of race, get triggered, and more than the moment is at play. That word picks...

The Tests and Blessings of Parenthood

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 11:23am
How being part of the LGBTQ rainbow helped me be a better parent I know this can sound trite and as cheesy as the macaroni and cheese I make once a week for my 7-year-old son, Lucas, but being a parent has been one of the biggest blessings of my life. Growing up, I always thought I would get married and have children. Even as I struggled in the closet, I knew one of the reasons I would...

Let Us Not Forget

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 7:26pm
This is not a Black problem. This is America’s problem. To say that I am not angry about the recent and ongoing events in this country would not be truthful. I am no different from most people I know and thousands across the country and around the world who witnessed the brutal murder of George Floyd at the hands of four men whose job is to serve and protect. For More Resources...

The Heart Will Find Its Own

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 6:00am
To learn to love is to learn the secret of life How sweet are the syllables that signify love! The human heart has no deeper longing than to utter or hear uttered the words “I love you!” They are like the sight of land to a sailor long adrift. We pursue many ends—power and pleasure, riches and knowledge, health and fame—and they are worthy ends, but without love they mean little. All things...

Every Experience Is Our Teacher

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 6:00am
We are shaped not by circumstances but by our reactions, thoughts, feelings, and attitudes. Every one of us has had experiences to meet that at first seemed difficult but proved to be times of growth and gain. Through these experiences, we discovered new strengths in ourselves, we unfolded new powers and capabilities, we experienced a closer unity with God, and we relied on God with a faith...

Staying Spiritual in Stressful Times

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 6:00am
10 ways to shift your thoughts when life makes you depressed and anxious It hurts to turn on the news most days, doesn’t it? For years, I urged people not to ignore the news, to stay engaged with what’s happening in the world so they could make a difference. As a former reporter, I also reminded them to keep it in perspective. News by definition is what’s out of the ordinary, what doesn’t...

Looking Clearly at Beauty

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 4:11pm
Our scars help write our story. They also point to our inherent beauty. Scars come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The ones that often come to mind are the ones on my body. Many of these are testimony to a life well-lived. They give voice to childhood moments of innocence. My knobby knees tell the tale of climbing a tree and jumping off the highest branch into a pile of leaves because I was...

I’m an Original Creation

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 5:37pm
How a gay woman found true belonging by embracing her unique self United, we stand. Divided, we are merely a distraction. When this idea first came to me a few years ago, I related it to organizations, communities, societies, or families that might stand together. As time went on, I realized this statement was most significant when applied to my life experience as a gay person. United, I...

I’m an Original Creation

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 5:37pm
How a gay woman found true belonging by embracing her unique self United, we stand. Divided, we are merely a distraction. When this idea first came to me a few years ago, I related it to organizations, communities, societies, or families that might stand together. As time went on, I realized this statement was most significant when applied to my life experience as a gay person. United, I...

On Your Own But Not Alone

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 11:30am
When we feel isolated, you can rely on the Spirit within Most young people can hardly wait to be on their own. They instinctively feel great powers and possibilities within themselves, they have high hopes and dreams. Yet these same persons a few years later may be very unhappy at the thought of being on their own. A loss of someone on whom they have come to depend, perhaps the trauma of...

Life Lessons from My Pack of Furry Friends

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 3:30pm
How our pets are keeping us sane during the coronavirus pandemic (and beyond) I’ve been working at home for about 10 weeks now. The only problem is my cats. I’ve set up a quiet bedroom workspace beside a bright, beautiful French door. The cats believe I am sitting here to serve their needs—all day. They go in and out of that French door. And in. And out. Now for anyone familiar with cats,...

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