“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” That adage is true for Unity of Santa Rosa. By the time this newsletter reaches you, we may have selected a part-time minister. This spiritual community will start a new journey with a new leader.
As I thought about the process, I mentally reviewed all the ministers I have seen at our church in my 30+ years with this spiritual community. With some of the ministers, I felt a deep spiritual connection to that person, to his or her way of communicating Unity principles, and ideas on how to live those principles. With other ministers, I respected them but did not feel the same connection. You know, that’s OK. I came to Unity to learn more about this way of thinking, living, being in communion with God. I stayed with Unity for the message, not the messenger: God is One Presence and One Power. I am God in action. My thoughts have power. I co-create my reality with God as I put my spiritual beliefs into practice on a daily basis.
I stayed in Unity for a selfish reason too – I want to spend time with the kind of people who think the way I do about spirituality. There is so much love and so much power in our community, small though it may be in numbers. While I recharge my spiritual batteries during the week through my spiritual practices, Sunday is special. That is when I connect with the people here through smiles, hugs, sharing.
My thanks go out to the Ministerial Search committee for doing such a great job – publishing our “wish list,” reviewing resumes, interviewing prospective candidates, and scheduling events so members and congregants could connect with the candidates multiple times.
We had two amazing candidates to consider. I hope that, regardless of which candidate becomes our next minister, you will continue to walk this road with us as you learn to express your highest and best.
Randi Vessels, Treasurer, Unity Board of Trustees
P.S. Breaking News! Just before the newsletter went to publication, we heard that John Beerman has accepted the offer to be our part-time minister. Please look for upcoming info about when he will start and welcoming activities. God is good – all the time!