Unity Magazine

Greater Good Is Knocking at Life's Door

Excerpted from a past Unity Magazine® column "The Spiritual Journey."

The spiritual journey, like all journeys, begins with a single step. Oddly, that which leads to the highest and most fulfilling life often begins with discontent. We know that life can be more than it seems to be; therefore, we are motivated, but often not to live a spiritual life. Our initial motivation is to dispel pain. If the pain subsides, we breathe a sigh of relief and forget the spiritual search, but in a short period of time the discontent returns, and we seek again.

Recovering From Mistaken Identity

Reprinted from the January 1997 issue of Unity Magazine®.

Whether we know it or not, our life is a quest for the answer to the question: Who am I? How will we answer it?

“Do you believe in a midlife crisis?" my twenty-something daughter Debi asked me recently.

"You're hardly old enough for a midlife crisis," I quipped.

"Oh, it's not me; it's Cindy," she said. Cindy was one of Deb's best friends and about 10 years her senior, just the right age for such a crisis.

How to Stop Putting New Wine Into Old Wineskins

How to Stop Putting New Wine Into Old Wineskins

Reprinted from the January 1996 issue of Unity Magazine®.

Jesus constantly challenged religious practices gone stale, their original meaning long forgotten and now become simply public ritual. He warned, "Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them" (Mt. 6:1).

One day he was confronted with the question of fasting. The disciples of John the Baptist and the Pharisees fasted. Jesus' disciples did not. People asked him why. Jesus took this opportunity to speak about what it means to really change from a consciousness of living by public ritual to a consciousness of authentic spiritual life.

The Nonviolent Revolution

Gandhi said his religion was based on truth and nonviolence. His practice of ahimsa—a love for all humans, even one’s opponents—led to a communication technique that has changed people’s lives.

 

Perhaps Gandhi is best known for saying “be the change you wish to see”—but it is something else Gandhi spoke about—nonviolence—that changed the life of Unity minister Lori Woodley. 

Now she is changing the lives of others.

Archive Letter Sheds Light on Social Change Within Unity

As a spiritual movement, Unity has evolved in its consciousness of race relations. Letters written in 1956 between a congregant and minister provide a snapshot of the social landscape and how attitudes were being challenged. 

It was 1956, and racial conflicts were escalating in the United States. Although a Supreme Court ruling upheld "separate but equal" facilities in 1896, African-Americans were beginning to challenge institutional racial segregation. Brown v. the Topeka Board of Education had outlawed segregation in public schools in 1954.

Brace Yourself, Jeremiah! Answering God's Call With Our Lives

Brace Yourself, Jeremiah! Answering God's Call With Our Lives

Reprinted from the January 1994 issue of Unity Magazine®.

Being called to go on a God-journey can be an upsetting experience. When God called Jeremiah to become a "prophet to the nations," Jeremiah cried: "Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth." God replied: "For to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Be not afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you" (Jeremiah 1:5-8). God showed Jeremiah two visions, giving him authority as a prophet and transferring to him the power to do the job. ''Brace yourself, Jeremiah; stand up and speak to them" (Jeremiah 1:17 NEB).

Home for the Bewildered

Home for the Bewildered

Reprinted from the January 1997 issue of Unity Magazine ® .

“See my new table, Audylane?" my mother asked, addressing me with the diminutive she used for me as a small child. I had just entered her room at the care center that she now calls home. "I just finished it last night!" She was most pleased with her accomplishment.

This moment she remembers who I am—I think. You see, my tiny 89-year-oId mother has senile dementia. The table, a beautiful, creative work of art showing polished cuts of rock embedded in a resinous substance, had indeed been designed and crafted by her, but many years before.

Thank You, God!

Thank You, God!

Some time ago when I was experiencing a distressing mental, emotional, and physical challenge, the affirming of “Thank You, God!” brought me through—bridging the gap between doubt and inner knowing, discouragement and upliftment, fear and faith. During this period of months spent in seeking, listening, and following guidance from within as I could best understand it, thankfulness helped more than any other method of prayer. I found it to be a miracle-working process of thought and feeling that first brought about inner transformation, then outer healing.

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