Synopsis: Sunday, May 5 or Cinco de Mayo in Spanish, marks the day on which Mexicans won their independence from the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. In honor of this Independence Day, we will celebrate the idea of freedom. Freedom means many things to many people. This Sunday, we will focus on the spiritual freedom derived through the practice of forgiveness. Join Reverend Michael Moran as he shares the wisdom from spiritual masters on how to achieve true freedom through the power of forgiveness.
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.” ~ MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
At one time or another, we all experience what some call a Living Hell. In other words, the conditions of life or more specifically our reactions to them put us in a state of extreme suffering. When we become overwhelmed by our circumstances, our mood darkens, and we become mired in a personal pit of anguish. This is hell. Join us this Sunday as Reverend Michael Moran describes how proven spiritual tools can help us rise above our dark perceptions of life’s difficulties.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ~ Viktor Frankl
With music by: Pamela Benton with Angie Dredge and Kari Joys
You Raise Me Up
Synopsis: Jesus did his share of condemnation. For example, when he called the Pharisees and Sadducees “hypocrites and vipers”. For me, this behavior revealed his humanity and I find this comforting. It helps me to know that even he could be blinded by anger or fear. It also reminds me that I can ask for help to be lifted out of thoughts and feelings which do not serve me. I can find that help through Jesus. Jesus raised himself from death. Yet more importantly, through his life and teachings, he raises me up in so many important ways every single day.
“And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.” ~ St Augustine
Synopsis: Join us this Sunday as we celebrate Palm Sunday with a musical extravaganza that tells the story of Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the ensuing events that led to his crucifixion. With music from JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, you will be transported back to the events of this timeless story. It is an uplifting experience for the whole family that you won’t want to miss.
“And the multitudes going before Him, and those who followed after were crying out, saying, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!’” ~ John 2:1
Synopsis: Our main purpose in life is to raise our spiritual consciousness. Join me this Sunday, as I present the concept and belief of reincarnation as a vehicle through which we grow into greater spiritual awareness. I do not present reincarnation as a principle, but as a divine possibility. I assure you that you will find this lesson to be both interesting and provocative.
The birth and rebirth of all nature, the passing of winter and spring, we share with the life universal, rejoice in the magical ring. ~Doreen Valiente
Synopsis: There is no doubt that our perception is our reality even if it is not the Truth of Our Being. By shifting our perception, we can begin to see the world from another point of view. It can be influenced either from the flesh or the spirit, depending on where we put our attention. This is what free-will is all about. Knowing that we always have that choice, is to understand our relationship to God and our spiritual journey.
“Divine mind is the one and only reality.” - Charles Fillmore
Synopsis: Charles Fillmore, in KEEP A TRUE LENT said, “There is a divine goodness at the root of all existence. This goodness sleeps in the recesses of every mind and comes forth when least expected.” In other words, it in the depths of our shame and utter failure that we often find the door to goodness in our heart. For, it is through realizing and accepting our mistakes, that the Truth is revealed.
“Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness.” — Anne Frank
Synopsis: Mindfulness is about being fully in the moment with little or no attachment to what has been or what will be. Barriers to the practice of mindfulness include evaluating and judging based on our past as well as wishing and hoping based on our future. Either way, moment by moment, we all are choosing where we put our attention. We can put on the past and future or focus it in the present where life is happening right now.
“Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.” — Sonia Ricotti
Synopsis: It takes great courage to live a life and follow a way that aligns with divine Truth. Furthermore, it takes courage to live in the company of those who may not align with your understanding of Truth. And finally, it takes great courage to forgive yourself and others knowing that from a Divine Perspective, all is well.
“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Synopsis: In Unity, we honor the tradition of Lent by recognizing that spiritual practices are really about cultivating our inner world. The work, therefore, is to purify our consciousness by shifting our focus away from the outer world as the source of our good and toward the Spirit within. Join us this Sunday as we expand on the meaning of Lent and the opportunity that it offers us as pilgrims on our spiritual path.
“Lent is a time to renew wherever we are in that process that I call the divine therapy. It's a time to look what our instinctual needs are, look at what the dynamics of our unconscious are.” – Thomas Keating