“The New Thought Christian knows life is great and wonderful.” – William March
The first time that I can truly say I felt life was great and wonderful was when I first stepped off a plane some 29 years ago and came to live in the Bay Area from my home of New England. The Bay Area felt like a great big playground for a young, gay man. I no longer felt guilty for who I was, and that was big!
Don’t get me wrong, my upbringing was very June and Ward Cleaver’ish. I was the youngest of five and, as some would say, very spoiled! I was raised in a strong Catholic community. As you can imagine, being gay did not mix very well with the teachings of the Church.
As a child, being told that you are “bad” just for being who you are, is very traumatic. I would lie in bed, in tears, begging God to make me “normal”. When I came out to my mother at the age of 19, her biggest concern was that I would be alone as I got older.
The second time in my life that I felt life was great and wonderful was when two dear friends invited me to a service at Unity of Santa Rosa one Sunday in 2011.
I was in a time of big transition. I had just separated from my partner of 16 years and moved into my own place by myself. Even though it was the right thing to do, it was very hard.
From day one, Unity felt like coming home. The community that we have at Unity is so accepting, with no judgment or guilt. People truly care for one another. That is an amazing thing.
The Unity teachings have gotten me through some tough times these past months, like remembering compassion towards others, even my soon-to-be ex. Unity has taught me the joy of just being “you”, and that you are not ever alone, as my mom worried, because the spirit of Christ is in each of us. I also know that I will never be alone, because I belong to the Unity community who will always be there to support, and not judge, the choices that I make.
Knowing that you will never be alone is such a powerful feeling. Sit quietly in a calm environment and let that force in you shine through. Experience the warmth, the love and the knowledge that life is great and wonderful!
John Consedine, Board Vice President