One Humanity, Many Stories
Sometimes it is said that if you knew another person’s story, you couldn’t help but love them. Each of us has known hardship and heartbreak, just as each of us has known joy. Some people have overcome unimaginable adversity while others seem to have been blessed with all a human being could ever want.
Yet a greater story overarches them all: We are all one. Despite the appearance of separate bodies, individual personalities, and different pursuits, we are one humanity. Like a prism divides light into a rainbow of colors, we humans express God in infinite ways. One God, one humanity, many stories.
One God, one humanity, many stories.
Each monthly section is designed to guide you through various aspects of “One Humanity, Many Stories,” which is the Unity annual theme for 2019. Please check back often as new elements are added, including graphics and videos as well as other tools.
Grace is an upward pull of the universe, lifting me to the heights of divine nature.
St. Augustine said: “What is grace? I know until you ask me; when you ask me, I do not know.” If we asked a dozen people their definition of grace, we might uncover a dozen different answers including, “I don’t know.” Read more of Welcoming Grace.
I am a living, loving expression of God, right here and now.
The story is told of a farmer whose corn each year earned the winning prize at the state fair. One year, a reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew his corn. The farmer told the reporter that he shared his prize-winning seed corn with his neighbors. Read more of Love Thy Neighbor.
I am open to a deeper understanding of Spirit within all people. We are One.
The affirmation for this month is a powerful and deeply transformative practice—if we take it on, if we are truly open to understanding Spirit within all people. Read more of Creating Community.
I rise up and reclaim my true identity as a sacred being.
Sitting on Cocoa Beach in Florida, my bottom on wet sand, I enjoyed the spot where spent waves lap the land. Warm and foamy water flowed over the lower half of my body. With each receding wave, an accumulation of ocean refuse was deposited around me—lengths of seaweed and shards of shells. I was close enough to the ground to see that among the broken bits were some intact shells, tinier than my pinkie nail. I began inspecting them and then collected them, amused by their diverse designs. Read more of Being Enough.
We are now and forevermore one in the love of God.
Memories are as unique as we are. They are the cumulative echo of our life experiences. However, it is important to recognize that as an echo, our memories are not the actuality of our lives. Read more of Honoring Memories.
I let go of any concern and allow good to unfold in my life.
This article is not a recitation about a new door that opened in my life or what a joy it is to recount the tremendous success I found on the other side. This article is being written about the time in between, which is exactly where I am as I write. Read more of Letting Go of Concern in the Midst of Change.
I am a dynamic expression of God on the quest to know and reveal more of my true self.
Growing up in Unity, I was blessed with a foundation of positive thinking and self-empowerment consciousness. Early on, I took to heart the teaching that I am a child of God, claiming my divine identity as the Truth of my being. Read more of Claiming Truth.
Use your imagination! If you find new and interesting ways to work with this theme in your ministry, please be sure to share it with others through the Facebook page called “Unity Minister Resource Sharing.” (It’s a closed group for ministers. Just click JOIN if you’re not already a member.)
Enjoy sharing your stories!