Heart Thoughts
May 5, 2016
New in this issue:

Every week when I write this I like to share what is happening with me personally. So in doing that I am writing to you from Bowie, Maryland. I am attending a board meeting for Unity Worldwide Ministries Eastern Region. It is refreshing to be with colleagues and to have a change of scenery.


With my being gone a big thank you to Rev. LeRoy for speaking on Sunday. He shared with you from the core value "transformative". I have an article that was written by Joan Borysenko reprinted from Daily Word:


Saying Yes to Change: The Anatomy of Spiritual Transformation

Many people are fearful of change, both the expected and unexpected they need to experience in order to live life with greater freedom and happiness. Like the acorn that has to die in order to be reborn as an oak tree, we are all in the midst of being transformed. With that transformation, we can become more compassionate, caring people who offer our unique gifts in the service of a larger whole. Change offers us the possibility of growing beyond our perceived limitations to the fullness of our divine potential.


The mysteries of change are known in every world wisdom tradition and provide us with an archetypal map for spiritual growth. In the book Saying Yes to Change: Essential Wisdom for Your Journey, my husband and coauthor Gordon Dveirin and I outline the three classical stages of change that constitute a rite of passage-for instance, from the acorn to the oak or from the caterpillar to the butterfly. First, change entails separation from the old life; second, it ushers in a threshold period of not knowing what's next; and finally, it paves the way for a return to the world strengthened and transformed. So if you're in the midst of an unwanted change, rather than thinking of yourself as an unwilling victim, think of yourself as an initiate of the journey of the soul, which will bring you solace as well as wisdom.


The Three Stages of Transformation


1. Separation: The Journey Begins. When I directed a mind/body clinic at a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, patients often told me that the day they were diagnosed with cancer or AIDS, they died to who they were. They felt as if they were falling into an abyss. When illness, job loss, financial reversal, betrayal, divorce, or death of a loved one disrupts our world, our ego identity shatters and we are separated from what was. The human response is fear. At a deeper level, however, a spiritual process is beginning to unfold. The shell of ego cracks, and its habitual way of constructing the world falters. Deprived of familiar frameworks, we are invited to enter the ritual process of transformation.


2. Dwelling at the Threshold: Surrendering to the Unknown. The late anthropologist Victor Turner, who identified the three stages of transformation, termed the second "the time between no longer and not yet." We have died to who we were, but are not yet reborn to who we might become. We are at the doorway, the threshold of new potential. When the Israelites escaped from slavery in Egypt-which in Hebrew means "the narrow place"-they had to wander in the desert for forty years. We all go through narrow places where we're challenged to let go of old beliefs and habit patterns that limit us. It may take time for them to surface and for us to let go of them in order to heal. The journey across this desert is not one in which we hurry. This is the great unknown where ordeals are faced, allies appear, and the gifts of trusting in and surrendering to a larger divine reality are claimed.


3. The Return: Transformation and Rebirth. The caterpillar who died to itself in the phase of separation-then dwelled at the threshold in its chrysalis-is finally reborn as a butterfly that can spread beauty and inspiration with its very presence. Our spiritual transformation entails dying to the false-self with its fears, attachments, and need to control. With the rebirth to our true nature, or God-self, we are in alignment with a larger whole and truly support the inner freedom and well-being of all. The strengths discovered in the second phase of our transformation are powerful gifts that we bring back for the good of family, community, and the world.


Whether it's an unwanted circumstance that happens to us or something that we initiate voluntarily, change is an invitation to actualize the wisdom and compassion that make us both fully human and evident manifestations of the divine. Life, after all, is a journey into the unknown where change is constant. The challenge is to pay attention, heal what needs healing, and grieve what we've lost as a testimony to how precious it has been. Staying faithful to the certainty that we live in a spiritually meaningful reality, we are called by change to authentic trust and surrender. Answering that call, we live in peace, joy, and service right now in this beautiful and holy world.



This Sunday please join us as we celebrate Mother's Day and hear from 12 women of the Bible.

You are a blessing in my life,
Pat's Signature
Rev. Patricia Bessey
If you are having a birthday in May, I have a gift for you. It is meeting with me and completing an Annual Spiritual Checkup. This can be done in person, over the phone or via SKYPE. Let me know when your birthday is and that you would like to schedule a time to receive your gift. You can email me at revpatbessey@gmail.com or revpatb@roadrunner.com

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"Reverence is an attitude of honoring Life. You do not have to be authentically powered to be gentle with Life or to love Life."  
~ Gary Zukav

This week's Featured recipe: Veggie Flatbread Pizza

You know, one of the awesome things about pizza is that you can put just about anything you like on it! These are delicious and fresh tasting, without the heaviness of cheese. For variations, you can use a vegan pesto base, top with fresh herbs, or substitute fresh tomatoes for a tomato sauce. To add some sweetness to the saltiness, you can top with caramelized onions. Mmmmm...this flatbread smells heavenly cooking and tastes delicious!

If you have any questions or comments, or would like more information on vegetarian/vegan eating, email Steph Plourde, Certified Wellness Coach, at unitychurch@roadrunner.com.

Sunday is Mother's Day! 
Check out the new scarves and stone hearts in the bookstore this week. And, consider this: "biology is the least of what makes someone a mother"- Oprah Winfrey. 

Is there someone special in your life that has nurtured and guided you? How can you express your appreciation to that person?

Bookstore Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10:00-3:00
Sunday before and after service
Feedback for the bookstore? 
Please email Steph Plourde at unitychurch@roadrunner.com.  
We appreciate your business!!

for Unity of Greater Portland
UGP is looking for the following items to be donated for clean-up.
Garden Cart
Push Broom
Unity Community Garden

We would like to invite anyone and everyone to make a contribution of perennials and/or herbs to the Unity "community garden". As you are arranging your gardens and creating new spaces, please think of us as you are splitting up plants. We promise to find a great home for them and to lovingly care for them. 

Please bring your plants in anytime the weekend of Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8 and place along the side of the building near the kitchen door. On Saturday, May 14 we will have a crew assembled for the Unity Clean Up Day and will get them planted. If you have any questions, please contact Steph at 893-1233 or unitychurch@roadrunner.com.
Unity Clean-up Day
Saturday, May 14
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
We will be cleaning up the outside of the church by raking and cleaning the grounds and sweeping the driveway. Please bring tools if you have them (rakes, brooms, shovels, wheelbarrow, etc.).

Unity Kindness Revolution
Upcoming Activities: 

May 4, 11:00 am - Singing at Florence House
May 9, 10:30 am - Preble Street Soup Kitchen
May 13, 6:00 pm - Pizza and Sing at Logan Place
May 18, 11:00 am - Singing at Florence House 
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For more information contact Rev. Elizabeth Peterson at:

Prayer Shawl Team 
May 15, 12:15 - 1:45 pm 
The Prayer Shawl Team will meet on the third Sunday of May due to Mother's Day on May 8.

Please join us, no experience is needed. If you do not know how to knit or crochet we will teach you and get you started. Any questions email Jan Strout at janstrout@juno.com.


Starting July 3

8:00 am 40-Minute Contemplative Service with Lesson/Talk (no Children's Church or coffee hour) 

10:00 am Regular service with same Lesson/Talk with lunch following service. (Children's Church during service)

~~ Cancelled
June 4

Season for the Earth Events
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Beholding Nature: 
Spiritual Ecology Through the Eyes of the Heart
Led by Jack Seery & Cynthia Froehlich
Mondays, May 9 - June 20  
6:30 - 8:00 pm

How beautiful the world is when one looks at it without searching, just looks, simply and innocently. 
~ Hermann Hesse
In human relationships, the most honoring thing one person can do for another is to truly see them, to look deep beneath the surface and affirm the unique being within. This is how God sees.

In this class, we will work with a variety of practices to broaden and deepen our perceptions of the other-than-human world, practices that will open "the eyes of the heart" and help us to perceive Nature apart from our projections. We will do this in Unity's own backyard.
We will also be reading essays from Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth and exploring responses to the impacts of human doings on the earth. Through the 3 points of witnessing, tender-heartedness, and prayer, we will try to discover what action may be required of us without becoming overwhelmed. We want to engage with Earth as an infinitely creative, intelligent, and adaptive system-being, and step into the role of partner and servant rather than rescuer. Through deep-heart relatedness, we hope to craft brand-new strategies for thriving.
Bio: Jack Seery has been a member of Unity of Greater Portland since 2004. He has been teaching classes on compassion and nonviolence for several years. He is a spiritual director and leads days of silent retreats. In the past he worked in a soup kitchen and engaged in various forms of nonviolent resistance. 
 Bio: Cynthia Froehlich is a member of Unity of Greater Portland. In 2009, she began three years of study with Pam Montgomery (author of Plant Spirit Healing) and with Stephen Buhner (author of The Secret Teachings of Plants and The Lost Language of Plants). Through these teachers, both of whom worked extensively with the HeartMath Institute, Cynthia has received training in "heart-centered perception" in nature. She is also a certified herbalist, Master Gardener, and holds an MA in English from Ohio University.
Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth required (available in bookstore)
Susan MacKenzie
Sunday, May 15
Guest Speaker  10:00 am 
Workshop 12:15 - 2:15 pm
Talk Title: Green Faith: A Call to Act from a Christian Perspective
Workshop: Nature as a Gateway to God
In nature we glimpse the sacred mystery of the Creator. We feel connected to one another, to God, and to the universe. In this experiential workshop, we will reflect on how nature befriends, teaches, and heals us as we explore nature as God's sacred revelation, and its significance in our life's journey.
Bio: Susan MacKenzie, Ph.D.
A spiritual director for two decades, Susan works with those who seek to embody their faith and to become more attentive to their spiritual gifts. Susan leads retreats on topics including prayer, nature, environmental justice, and sustainability to faith-affiliated groups throughout the Northeast. A master naturalist, she leads kayak, hiking and snowshoe trips to help people reconnect with nature. Susan is a member of Pleasant Street UMC in Waterville Maine, teaches in the Environmental Studies program at Colby College, and serves on the Board of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the state's largest environmental policy advocacy organization. 

A Walk on the Wild Side
with Cynthia Froehlich
Saturday, May 21
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location TBD
Join us for a Saturday morning walk through spring woodlands, wetlands, and fields to see what's growing. Spring ephemerals should be in full swing, and several early-blooming wetland shrubs should be in full blossom. We will learn identify plants once used for food and medicine, and listen to what the plant guilds have to tell us about their habitats. We will take time to see from the "unused side of the eye," as Thoreau put it, looking at small details and making interesting connections that we often overlook. In addition, fresh air, exercise, and good company. A refreshing time for body and spirit.
Dress for wet ground and possible ticks. Bring water and munchies.
Bio: Cynthia Froehlich is a trained herbalist who has led nature walks for Forest Works! of York County. She also developed and headed up a naturalist program for high school students in alternative education.


Creating A Culture of Peace 
The World Peace Diet - Immersive Training 
Saturday,  June 25
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

A day-long training exploring vegan living presented by Will Tuttle, Ph.D.
  • Are you concerned about our culture's mistreatment of people, animals, and the Earth?
  • Do you feel called to help create a positive future for our children and the world?
  • Do you long to untangle and understand the hidden roots of the dilemmas we face as individuals & a society?
  • Do you aspire to develop skills to embody, share, and teach healthy and compassionate living for service, fun, and/or your livelihood?
This World Peace Diet Training is created and offered by Dr. Tuttle to provide effective responses to these questions. This day-long workshop offers time for Q & A and discussion in a supportive and nurturing environment.
You will gain the tools to understand veganism as a spiritually, culturally, and physically transformational path of awakening, and learn how to effectively bring this understanding to your community, friends, and family.
Besides lecture presentations going more deeply into the vegan teachings in 
The World Peace Diet, there will be role-playing exercises and guided meditations facilitated by Dr. Tuttle.
We will discuss the Five Levels of Health, the Seven Mentalities, and keys to spiritual and practical dimensions of vegan living.

Location: Unity of Greater Portland54 River Road, Windham, ME 04062
(If you pre-signup for the training, you'll receive a 
complimentary copy of Conscious Eating, Dr. Tuttle's  DVD).
Dr. Will Tuttle, author of the acclaimed best-seller, The World Peace Diet, and recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award, is also co-founder of Veganpalooza, the largest online vegan event. A vegan for 36 years and former Zen monk, his Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley focused on educating intuition. He has created eight CD albums of uplifting original piano music. With his spouse Madeleine, a Swiss visionary artist, he lectures extensively and internationally. See www.worldpeacediet.com for more information.

Awakening Your Inner Genius
Sunday Talk - June 26
10:00 am
Opening the Intuitive Gate:
The Keys to 
Developing Your Intuition
 Sunday Workshop - June 26
12:15 - 2:15 pm
An acclaimed pianist, composer, educator, and writer, Will Tuttle unites both eastern and western meditation traditions and is a Dharma Master in the Zen tradition.

Uplifting, philosophical, musical, inspiring, and both challenging and reassuring, this is a seminar that can change lives, as we invite spirit to work its wonders on the ultimate frontier: the human heart.

Dr. Tuttle's insights include:
  • Discovering your unique ways of accessing your intuitive wisdom
  • Effective inner & outer practices for developing joy and spiritual awareness
  • Techniques using meditation, imagery, music, and art that inspire intuitive insights
  • How to respond to the global "intuitive imperative" and meditate more effectively
  • Ancient secrets for awakening the love, compassion, joy, and peace within.
Will Tuttle, Ph.D., has performed and lectured widely throughout the United States and Europe. His doctorate degree with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, focused on educating intuition in adults, and he has taught college courses in creativity, humanities, mythology, and philosophy. He has a broad background in both Eastern and Western meditation traditions, and is a former Zen monk. Devoted to planetary awakening and to creating uplifting healing music, he has created 6 much-loved CD albums of original piano music. He currently travels with his spouse, Madeleine, a visionary artist from Switzerland, providing concerts, seminars, and exhibits, and their intuitively-inspired Personalized Music and Art Portraits for individuals and couples.


Piano Passion ~ Concert for a New World
Monday, June 27
7:00 pm

A master at recreating the deepest vibrations of the soul," Will Tuttle's uplifting original piano music evokes deep feelings and a sense of wonder, joy, and adventure. 

An acclaimed pianist, composer and recording artist, as well as a Dharma Master in the Zen tradition, he has performed widely throughout North America and Europe for the past 15 years, and has created 6 beloved CD albums of all-original piano music. 

This Piano Passion Concert is an affirmative musical prayer for world peace and for celebrating the beauty of the Earth and potential of our Spirit. Rooted in ancient sacred traditions that see music as a vehicle of consciousness, the concert generates a field of healing and insight. It includes visionary art by Will's spouse, Madeleine, who is a nature artist from Switzerland. 

Come and expect to be transported, uplifted, and carried to new inner places! 

This concert is offered for freedom, for Earth-healing, and for the happiness of every being.

Dr Will & Madeleine Tuttle
June 25-27
Individual Sessions 
for Personal Music & Art Portraits 

These sessions can be for either individuals or couples.
In your session, Will meditatively tunes into your unique essence and translates this into music.  You will receive a private piano concert inspired by your spirit, and the music is recorded onto a 30-minute CD and a digital master.
Simultaneously, Madeleine creates a 9" x 12" watercolor painting also inspired by your essence, not a physical likeness but a unique artistic blend of evocative images.
Will and Madeleine have been creating individualized Music & Art Portraits over 10 years and are the only ones providing these unique, uplifting, healing, and evocative creations. People are consistently deeply touched by them.
Please see Will and Madeleine at their table for more details or to schedule an appointment! The suggested donation is $135 and the sessions last approximately 45 minutes.

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An evening of music, meditation and deep communion
Thursday, May 19
7:00 pm

Celebrating our Magnificent, Unique Creations
Bidding Wiley a Heartfelt Bon Voyage from Maine
Please join us for this wonderful evening of experiencing God together through music, prayer and poetry. Please bring something to share that exemplifies your uniqueness, if you like, or come simply to witness others.  As Wiley will be leaving us soon for a new harbor there might be a heavier emphasis than usual on music.  If you have a special favorite song, please send requests to me and I will see if I can twist his arm just a little bit.
Much Love,
Wiley and Jesse
PS  We also want to thank you for the wonderful 10 months that we have shared creating Beauty, Love, GOD together!!!!
 This is offered on a Love Offering basis

Todd Glacy
"Instrument of Love" CD Release Concert!
May 22, 12:15pm
Join us as we help celebrate the release of Rev. Todd's new CD "Instrument of Love" with this afternoon concert event. Todd will perform many of the songs from the CD, as well as share stories about the creative process. Afterwards Todd will be available to answer questions and sign CD's. 
You can listen to the song "Instrument of Love" here.

Sun    Morning Prayer Circle 9:15 a.m. in Unity Hall with Rev. Pat
Meditation 9:30-9:45 a.m. in Sanctuary
Service 10:00 a.m. in Sanctuary
A Course in Miracles 12:30-2:00 p.m. Contact: Randall Sawyer 749-4205
Mon    * Preble Street Soup Kitchen (2nd Mon) 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
           AA Women's Step Meeting 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Tue     Men's Spiritual Progress Group (3rd Tue) 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Women Empowering Women (3rd Tue) 6:30-8:00 p.m. 
Wed    * Florence House Sing (1st and 3rd Wed) 11:00 a.m.-12:00 
Fri       * Logan Place Pizza Party/Sing-along (2nd Fri) 6:30 p.m.
            Cancer Support Group (3rd Fri) 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Sat      Team Leader's Meeting (2nd Sat) 9:30-11:30 a.m. - closed group
* Unity Kindness Revolution Events
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God is our Source and provides us 
with many 

Some of those channels are the following:

When ordering through Amazon, if you go through Amazon Smile (smileamazon.com) and designate Unity of Greater Portland as your chosen charity, .5% of your purchase will be donated to Unity of Greater Portland.  It will show up as Unity Church of Truth, our official name, but it is us! This deal is not quite as beneficial as the old Amazon Associates Program but, if we use it, it will add up. This is a great way to still support UGP! 

Do you shop at Staples? 

Many members of our Unity family shop at Staples and collect a few "Staples Reward Points" each month.  But if you're like me, they seldom amount to enough to really save me much money.  Then I found out that I can use the Staples Rewards Number for Unity of Greater Portland.  My points are added to those of many other members and help the church save money on much needed office supplies. 
Staples Rewards Number for Unity Church

Unity Recycles Ink Cartridges and gets reward for that too!
Also, if you want to you can drop cartridges at Staples 
and use our number and we get credit there as well. 

When you pick up a Clynk bag in our bookstore and  
recycle your bottles in it, Unity gets a check!

Used Books and CD's/Tapes

Check out the gently used books 
in the hall by the Office.   
Leave a donation and enrich your library!

Thank you God for all the channels of supply you provide us with! 
We are so Blessed!

Unity of Greater Portland
Office and Bookstore are open from 
10 AM to 3 PM on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Prayer Support
Minister of Prayer:
Rev. Airin Wolf - unitygpprayers@gmail.com
UGP Confidential Prayer request and Prayer Chaplain 
Line: 893-1233, EXT. 3
Silent Unity Prayer Support 
1-800-NOW-PRAY 1 (800) 669-7729 or Silent Unity's website

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