KNOWING GOD, TEACHING TRUTH, INSPIRING DREAMS, TRANSFORMING LIVES. These words probably look familiar to you. While we repeat this phrase every Sunday, sometimes I think we forget that this is Unity of Santa Rosa’s mission statement. I know I do. It is easy to get caught up in the details and responsibilities of life and forget our purpose. Let’s look at the four components of our mission:
1. KNOWING GOD: This may be a different experience for each of us. We also hear every Sunday: “In Unity we believe in one God, many paths.” For me, when I saw the light I realized that we are all connected. I knew God, and I knew deep in my bones that Spirit is in every one of us.
2. TEACHING TRUTH: In Unity we do not insist that anyone share our beliefs; however, we do accept a few basic principles as true. We know there is only one presence and one power active as the universe and as our life, God the Good. Spirit, Source, Intention, Love, however we may know God, it is all one infinite field of energy.
3. INSPIRING DREAMS: We have been blessed with inspiring teachers, ministers, music, movies, books, and art this past year. As we open our hearts and minds to infinite possibilities, we nurture the dreams that come from the innermost part of our being. When we co-create with God we access the creative energy of the universe.
4. TRANSFORMING LIVES: A few weeks ago a young visitor told me that one of our events had changed her life. Perhaps, you’ve had an Epiphany like this, a life-changing insight that comes to you in a flash. More often the transformation comes gradually through the inner work of prayer, meditation and thoughts held in mind. The outer work is just as important. We live the truth we know through our actions, through kindness, caring and service.
Someone said that all those who serve are leaders. If so, we are a community of leaders, from our ushers and greeters to our music team and the choir, from the prayer team and the chaplains to our audio/visual technicians, from the bookstore team to the worship assistants, from the Sunday School teachers to the hospitality team, and from the Board of Trustees to all those who help with special events and pray for others.
Many Thanks & Many Blessings,
Cindy Jacobs, Unity Board of Trustees