As I look back on the year 2013 for Unity of Santa Rosa, I see a year of prosperity, spiritual growth, enthusiasm, dedication, and love for our spiritual home. We have met challenges with grace and hard work. It is so gratifying to be a part of such a positive thinking community.
I urge all of you to attend our Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 12:30pm. Only members may vote but all are welcome to attend and give voice to your visions for our church. New Board members will be elected and discussion will be continued on plans to hire a part-time minister this year.
At the meeting in February, my three-year term on the Board of Trustees will come to an end. I served as President for two and a half years, and while I encountered many personal and organizational challenges during this time, I can honestly say that my fellow Board members and this congregation have always given me their utmost support and guidance. For this, I am eternally grateful. Divine Spirit also answered my call for patience, understanding, strength and confidence to carry out my responsibilities.
While administering and serving our church without a minister is far from ideal, I believe that our faith in God and the practice of Unity-based principles have kept us on an upward path for sustainability and growth. We have looked within for ways to be of service and shared our talents.
I believe prayer has been an important part of this process. Unity minister, Jim Rosemergy, shared the following thoughts in an article titled, Faith Matters.
“We know life cannot be different unless we are different. We pray to be transformed and more aware of whom we are. We see the world differently and our priorities shift. We detach from the world and give more and more attention to the Presence that dwells in us. When we pray, we speak less and listen more. This is a glorious time, but the rite of passage continues. The focus is not God outside us or God inside us, but God as us …Spirit expressing Itself as us. When we reach this rite of passage…God as us…our prayers change. We don’t pray for miracles, we don’t pray to be transformed; we pray to be useful, to be instruments of the One. “
St. Francis spoke such words, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.”
With loving blessings and abundant gratitude,
Sue Hicks, Board President