Put Everything in God’s Hands

GODUnity Spiritual Center RGV continues their virtual Sunday service on Facebook at 11 am.  Licensed Unity Teacher Michael Scales will share a lesson titled “Put Everything in God’s Hands.”

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31.

As children, a lot of us used to have toy airplanes that were powered by a rubber band. You would turn the propeller and it would wind that rubber band tighter and tighter. It’s amusing in a toy airplane, but it’s not so amusing in life when we see a human being twisted, tight, and under pressure. Something has to give.

Something has to release that buildup of pressure and stress inside of us. This pressure is accumulative. It seems to get tighter and tighter day by day. What will release this? A soothing, relaxing prayer will release this, and make us new again.

It will make the day a new, joyful experience; you are going to view things from a new level of spiritual consciousness. You are not going to be as affected by the things that come to you because you’re empowered by something within you. The ordinary muck and mire of life is not going to bother you, because you’re connected to something greater.

There are several elements that go together to make up successful prayer, and the first of these is the most important. If you only do this, you will go a long way to releasing the pressure that comes from the mental habit of holding onto problems and trying to solve them all by yourself. That element is as follows:

Set aside a few moments every day. Do not say anything. Simply think about God.

Before, you were thinking about your problems and all the things that were making you tight, angry, and nervous inside yourself. Now, instead, you are relaxing and thinking about God.

This is the golden key that author Emmett Fox wrote about in the book “The Golden Key.” Think about God instead of the problem. When you think about God, everything begins to change in a miraculous, wondrous way. This will make your mind spiritually receptive.

This step prepares your consciousness for the rest of the prayer process, which we will cover in our lesson.

Join us this Sunday and learn how to unwind.  Weekly Study group classes continue on Zoom.  For details go to www.unity-pharrtx.org.

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Thursday evening we had the South Texas Meditation Group on Zoom facilitated by Birdie Shawker. She worked hard to put together a meditation with music. The music was supplied by composer and choir conductor, Eric Whitacre.

Virtual Choir 6   https://youtu.be/InULYfJHKI0

More than 17,000 singers around the world adding their voices to a “tapestry” that you will not believe!

ON THE SAME YOUTUBE PAGE…………Virtual Choir 4 “Fly to Paradise” features an Anime character, and the scene-–an empty city full of people confined to their apartment buildings—is fascinating, though CREEPY to me.

Note: A large part of the second half of these performances is taken up with a list of the many performers, which may not interest everyone. You can also choose to skip the ads.

If you want to know how this was accomplished by Mr. Whitacre, here is another link to his TED Talk where he explains the process:

https://youtu.be/2NENlXsW4pM

There is also a “Blooper” page where some of the inevitable errors occurred during the rehearsals (very funny!)

https://youtu.be/3B7P_UGA8Ys

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Remember, The Sunday Service is at 11:00 am on our Facebook page, and recorded on our YouTube page. See our website www.unity-pharrtx.org. for complete information on these events and where to see them.

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Our tree trimmer finished his job today and there is another pile of brush on the curb to be picked up. More sunlight can now reach the lawn. The fence is not completely repaired yet. One small palm tree was leaning precariously after Hanna, but looks like it may survive. WE ARE OK!!

HappenedLove, Sis G ❤

 

 

 

 

 

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Home Is Where the Heart Is

Khalif_MulhollandSpeaker this Sunday: Khalif Mulholland

In his words, “Most of us, if not all of us, have experienced the feeling of missing our home when we’ve been away for a time. The latest human experience has given us a glimpse of how it feels to be home again. When the world economy came to a standstill and the working force found itself confined to their homes, many people found themselves in a new norm. More quality time with family was a totally new experience. Join us Sunday as we dig deeper into how home is where the heart is.”

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The Sunday service is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UnityPharrTx.

Information on how to join our Zoom meetings can be found on our website at www.unity-pharrtx.org. You may also find links on my previous blog pages.

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This has been a horrible week in the Rio Grande Valley. Hurricane Hanna made a direct hit on the southernmost counties before it dove into northern Mexico. We had winds with gusts of up to 80 mph and lashing rain.

As usual, the low-lying areas pooled with rainwater. Around 45,000 homes and businesses were without electric power when the storm left. Convoys of bucket trucks arrived from different parts of the country to help get everyone back online.

By the time you read this, only the worst cases, where there was damage needing major repair, remained.

Sister G’s home did not suffer any water damage, but there were large tree branches down in the yard, a few shingles blown off the roof, and parts of the wooden fence that need repair. The power was out 3 separate times, but we did not have any food spoilage.

Our tree trimmer worked hard to saw off damaged limbs, and he and his partner cleaned up most of the debris and piled it on the curb.

The birds are eating from their tray on the porch table now, where I can see them through the screen door from the computer “office.”

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I am keeping up with most of the Zoom meetings during the week. We are going to have to communicate this way for an indefinite time to come, but all that work that our tech people did to get our Live-stream going has paid off. We are still together, and able to support each other spiritually through this “challenging” year.

What does Sister Grumpy have to say to the people raising hell in America—refusing to obey common-sense rules, wanting to have their own way, and tearing up public property?

GROW UP!!!

FREEDOM COMES WITH

RESPONSIBILITY!!!

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“Your Wildest Dreams”

Sunday, June 26, 2020 at 11:00 am on Facebook.com/UnityPharrTx

Jennifer Shawker LUTGuest Speaker: Birdie Shawker, RN

“The study of dreams and visions is an important one, because it is through these mental pictures that God communicates with people. God has instructed the great and wise in every age in dreams and visions.” – Charles Fillmore, Christian Healing, page 103.

Did you know there are 21 recorded dreams in the Bible? The theme of dreams can be found in everything from great literature, to faith traditions, to pop music!

Without a doubt, dreams seem to be important! It has been reported in this time of COVID 19 that people are experiencing more dreams and dreaming more vividly than usual! Why is that?

The benefits of exploring our dreams are many, including the discovery of hidden facets of personality and how they affect your waking life. Dreams can help solve problems, overcome fears, and enhance creativity.

Let’s explore the insights we can obtain from even our wildest dreams, this Sunday!

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About Chaplain Jennifer “Birdie” Shawker, R.N. LUT Candidate

Jennifer “Birdie” Shawker currently serves at Unity of San Antonio as the Communications Director. She also serves as a chaplain at Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville, Texas.

Zoom classes continue online and you can find the details at www.unity-pharrtx.org.

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YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN THIS:

Interfaith Zoom Meeting Fridays at 6:30 pm:

Link: Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87898396405?pwd=RER3bU80OTdubnhlWG1zMGc0WVR4UT09

Meeting ID: 878 9839 6405

Passcode: 756115

 

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+13462487799,,87898396405#,,,,,,0#,,756115# US (Houston)

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kc0HyXDkCo

(Don’t ask Sis G what all those mobile numbers mean! I just copied and pasted.) IF you already have Zoom installed, all you need are the ID and Passcode.

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Falling rainLooks like a wet weekend, y’all! Depending on how far south tropical storm “Hannah” goes after landfall, we can expect at least 3-6” of rainfall across the Valley. Local flooding is likely.

If only it could wash the Virus away!!!

 

*** Has it occurred to anyone else that if you die of COVID, you can’t be an organ donor? ***

Sister G finally identified the bird that has been calling, “EEE-OOO-EEET” in a very loud voice! (It has other songs, too.) Saw it sitting on a fence top with its beak open! It is either a long-billed or curved-billed thrasher. It is dull brown with a lighter brown breast, but no streaking or spots. Black and white spot on the cheek. It has a black bill and white wing-bars when spread. It digs in the corners of gardens for insects or worms as food.

I tried to find a picture of this bird, but those that match most of this description have black and white streaks on the breast.

I’d better get this online before the weather gets here!

Stay dry!- Sis G

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Worship in a Storm

Tomas-portraitRev. Tomás DeLeón will be the speaker this Sunday. In his words: I’d like to talk about worship during this time of a on-going global pandemic.

I am addressing this topic for a couple of reasons. The first is because I am in the process of becoming an ordained Unity Minister, and part of that long process is writing a series of nine credo papers. The fifth paper, which I just finished, is called “Worship Consciousness and Skills,” thus the topic.

In addition to being a Licensed Unity Minister, I am also a philosophy major, so the topic of the paper got me to thinking: what does worship have to do with Unity theology?

If you are new to the Unity perspective, the idea that worship and theology might not easily go together may sound a bit odd to you. The truth is, at the profound level of theology, it is not.

For now I’ll leave theology for Sunday. The practical truth is that worship really just comes down to people gathering and sharing in the oneness that brings us all together.

As humans we are socially oriented. I’m certain I don’t have to tell anyone that gathering these days has been difficult, and not a particularly wise thing to do.

As a result we Ministers have had to come up with more and more innovative ways to bring our congregants together on Sunday mornings in a way that addresses our social needs. Join us this week as we examine some of those ways, and share ideas to better serve our spiritual communities.

Remember—this Sunday we start our live-streamed service at 11:00 am on www.Facebook.com/UnityPharrTx

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This Week’s Big Deal

Pet Blessing Saturday, July 18 (Video Conference)

Please pre-register at: communications@unityofsa.org, so you can receive the link!

-Chaplain “Birdie”

 

[In her words]

Hello Friends,

Thank you for your interest in our Unity Pet Blessing, on Sunday, July 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. We cannot wait to see you and your beloved furry friend! We also welcome all observers!

Your facilitators for this ceremony will be Rev. Jay Mulkey of Unity of Boerne and me, (Chaplain Birdie) from Unity of San Antonio.

Some observing Guests of Honor will include Rev. Jimmie Scott, and his wife Mary (Unity of SA), Rev. Bea Smith, Rev. Alvin Smith (Saint James AME), and Rev. Tomas De Leon (Unity of the Valley). We cannot wait to see everyone!

You will be sent the link for video conferencing for this event tomorrow and a reminder with the link on Saturday morning. Please be patient with any technical hiccups. We are in a learning process.

We wanted you to have an idea of what to expect and know how to prepare for this special day. Below you will see a brief version of the order of service with some housekeeping notes.

We ask that you have your pet in the same room as you during the ceremony for the Pet Parade. At that time, you may gently hold your beloved pet(s) up to the camera, and you will have the opportunity to share your name, your location, and your pet’s name.  In addition, if you would like, you may then share a brief story or something that is meaningful to you about your pets or animals in general. If you share, please keep it brief, 1-2 minutes. 

If your pet is a barnyard animal, it may be easier to hold a picture of them up to the camera during the pet parade. 

Also, please mute your microphone throughout the service until you are called on during the Pet Parade and then mute it again. We will have an opportunity for socialization after the service and you may unmute your microphone then when you are speaking then.

We will have a special blessing for pets that have passed over the Rainbow Bridge, so you may want to hold or have nearby any pictures of your pets that have passed nearby.  

We expect the ceremony to last approximately 30-35 minutes.

 

Order of Service:

Prelude: Music Video

Welcome and Introductions

Opening Prayer

Brief Message

Love Offering

Blessing of Pets and their Companions

Thank You and Closing Prayer

Social Time

 

We look forward to honoring our wonderful animal companions in community with you!

Yours in Faith and Trust, Birdie.

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Regular ZOOM Meetings for the rest of the week:

Sunday at 10:00 am—Brownsville Unity service

Tuesday at 7 pm—Metaphysics Discussion Group

Thursday at 6:30 pm—ARE (Edgar Cayce)

Thursday at 8:00 pm—South Texas Meditation Group

 

Blessings to all of you riding out the Year of the Plague!

Sister G has qualified to participate in one of the COVID-19 Vaccine Studies in McAllen, TX next month. She won’t be able to comment on public media, but her friends will hear how she is doing.

BabyYodaMask

 

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Failure, Overcoming

Michael-goldUnity Spiritual Center RGV continues their virtual Sunday service this week on Facebook at 10:30 am.  Guest speaker and Licensed Unity Teacher Michael Scales will share a lesson on “Failure, Overcoming.”

Sometimes, our past failures affect us at the core of our being. We don’t know how to go forward. We use the power of the mind in the wrong way. We give over all of our God-given gifts of mind to human pessimism. We might say to ourselves, “Oh well, I’ve done that before. I didn’t have any success at it, and I would never ever do that again. I’m too smart for that.”

Helen Keller had every reason in the world to be a pessimist. Deaf and blind from infancy, Helen Keller played a leading role in most of the significant political, social, and cultural movements of the 20th century. Throughout her lifetime (1880-1968) she worked unceasingly to improve the lives of people who were blind and deaf. Helen’s own approach to life can be summed up by her advice to a five-year-old blind child in 1932: “Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.” Here’s what she said about pessimism: “No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened the new heaven to the human spirit.”

Here is a perspective on success that may somewhat surprise you: Success may elude you because you haven’t failed enough. People who are willing to risk failure and learn from the loss have the best chance at succeeding. The people who are a success today, you would find if you were to read their whole story, failed time and time again, and they were able to make course corrections** and then go forward into their success. Failure sometimes humbles us enough to ask God for help, leading us to our greatest lifelong success.

We must stop using the word failure. Successful people never talk about their failures. They say, “Well, I had a glitch back then…” or “I had a bump in the road back then…” Now, these glitches, these bumps in the road, might have destroyed an ordinary man or woman, but they had something else. They had a drive that said, “You know, I’ve got the power with me and within me from God. I’m going to go on. I’m going to make something out of myself.” And they do. Anybody who has that belief ingrained in the very fiber of their consciousness can go on and become all that they want to become.

Join us this Sunday and learn more.  Zoom into our Tuesday night “Let’s Get Metaphysical” study group at 7 pm.  Thursday nights at 6:30 join our Edgar Cayce study group on Zoom.  To participate send an email to unity509@gmail.com for the links.  For more info visit www.unity-pharrtx.org.

**However…(mini-rant)

Have you ever lived in a town where you had to drive over the same road every day to get to your destination, and on that road there was a pothole—maybe more than one–that always reappeared, no matter how many times the City repaired it? Wouldn’t you soon learn to steer around those potholes? You might even try to find a different route, even though it was longer and you had to start earlier.

The point is: you would not subject yourself or your vehicle to repeated damage, while demanding that the ever-widening pothole be repaired so that you could drive over it again and again. You don’t keep trying to use the same methods to get to the same goal, time after time. You change your methods (vehicle), your route, or you modify your goal. You can still make something of yourself—just not what you or others expected—something BETTER!

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Please note that on July 19th we will be changing our Facebook live-stream Sunday service time to 11 am.

The reason is that we are trying to do more collaboration with Unity Brownsville and they are currently having a Zoom service at 10 which lasts for about 45 minutes…..Kaye and I both logged in last week but had to bail out. [By moving our service to 11:00], those who want to, can watch Brownsville, and then Pharr.

Thanks,

rev tommy

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Unity Church of Brownsville Sunday Service 10:00 am Sundays.

This is a recurring meeting  at 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7781940698

Meeting ID: 778 194 0698

No password required.

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Birdie's Headshot smFrom “Birdie”: Who says you can’t meet new people in a pandemic? In a wise use of resources in unprecedented times, and in service to Unity communities in south Texas, Unity of Boerne has opened their weekly online meditation to collaborate with Unity of San Antonio and include other south Texas Unity communities. Meet new friends from participating Unity Centers such as Unity of the Valley, Unity of Corpus Christi, Unity of Brownsville and Unity of West Texas. Facilitators will rotate and include Birdie Shawker, Rev. Jay Mulkey, Jennifer Llamas and others. What a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and set powerful intentions in meditation for ourselves and the world. All are welcome, Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. on Zoom. Sessions are about 35 minutes long. To join the Zoom Meeting, simply use this link on Thursdays at 8:00 pm.

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73136549330?pwd=WFdtMW1nR0VudmI4b2prM2k2SXEvdz09
Meeting ID: 731 3654 9330
Password: 317135

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PetBlessing

Pet Blessing

Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. via Video Conferencing, Preregistration Required.

“Our pets have served us well as a source of comfort and strength during unprecedented world events. Unity centers from across Texas have come together to recognize our furry friends. Our pets have been dedicated to us in trying times, so let us honor them! Our pet blessing will be held via video conferencing, providing a gentler experience for our beloved animals.  No taking your pet anywhere, worrying about a leash or crate. Just hold them up to the video conferencing camera from home. Or hold up a photo to the camera in your device. All are welcome, whether you have pets you want blessed, or as an observer. We ask that everyone preregister, we will contact and give you more information on how to participate. Preregister at this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0B4EA4AC22A2FC1-unity5

Thank you, Unity Friends Across the miles. I can’t wait to see you! – Birdie”

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Most or all of this information can be found on our website, https://www.unity-pharrtx.org. Click on the “Discover more” button on the opening “Splash” page.

See/hear you all online!

And for all of you who are not getting enough {{{HUGS}}},

SnoopyHug

Love, Sis G

 

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2nd Try: “This too, Shall Pass”

[Last Sunday we had a “technical glitch” that prevented us from presenting the service that we had planned. There was a service, as you know if you were watching—or have seen the recording—in yet another unsuspected corner of Rev. Tommy’s abode, with a beautiful piano, beautiful people, and a beautiful guest dog.]

So, this week…we’ll try again.

Unity Spiritual Center RGV continues their virtual Sunday service live on Facebook at 10:30 am.  [Our] guest speaker is Khalif Mulholland, a Unity ministerial candidate.  His talk is titled “This Too Shall Pass.” (See last week’s blog post.) We hope it works this time!

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Join us Sunday on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/UnityPharrTx

and find out.

>*Zoom*<

Classes continue this week on Zoom.  “Let’s Get Metaphysical” meets on Zoom Tuesdays at 7 pm.  The ARE Edgar Cayce group meets Thursdays at 6:30pm.  And the new multi-center collaborative meditation takes place Thursdays at 8pm.  Last night, Centers at San Antonio, Boerne, San Angelo, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, and Pharr were represented. For the Zoom links please email us at unity509@gmail.com.  Visit us on the web at www.unity-pharrtx.org.

 

Judith Morales, Board President of Brownsville Unity, invites you to join their Sunday service on ZOOM, July 5 at 10:00 am. I do not know if it will be recorded.

Join their Zoom Meeting at:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7781940698.

Meeting ID: 778 194 0698

(no password– straight in)

USC-RGV’s live-streamed Sunday service at 10:30 on Facebook IS recorded, so if you miss it, or get there late, you can catch up a little later by playing the recording.

JULY_4

 

…and Sister G !

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“This too, Shall Pass”

Attar-of-NishapurUnity Spiritual Center RGV continues their virtual Sunday service live on Facebook at 10:30 am.  This week’s guest speaker is Khalif Mulholland, a Unity ministerial candidate.  His talk is titled “This Too Shall Pass.”

This adage is believed to have originated in the writings of the Medieval Sufi Poet, Suft Farid al-Din Attar of Nishapur in the 13th century and is often attached to a fable of a great king who is humbled by the simple words.

This is an original Persian adage reflecting on the temporary nature of the human condition.

Whenever adversity shows up, it is common for someone to reply, “This too shall pass.”

With world events today, let us dig deeper into these comforting words and how they can help in our personal and collective circumstances. Join us Sunday on Facebook.

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The Week

Classes continue this week on Zoom.  “Let’s Get Metaphysical” meets on Zoom Tuesdays at 7pm.  The ARE Edgar Cayce group meets Thursdays at 6:30pm.  And the new multi-center collaborative meditation takes place Thursdays at 8pm.  For the Zoom links please email us at unity509@gmail.com.  Visit us on the web at www.unity-pharrtx.org.

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Yes, Sis G is trying it. We had about 15 people at Thursday’s multi-center meditation.
Some didn’t have live images of themselves in the gallery, but used pictures of themselves, instead. I wish I knew how they did that. 🙂

Coming in August:

Chopra

Go to: https://chopra.com to read more and sign up!

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Enjoying the rain & having it wash my car!—Sis G ❤

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It is the Father’s Good Pleasure to Give You the Kingdom

[At this point, Sis G does not know if the Sunday service will be live-streamed from the actual church building, as it was last week, or from another location, but tune in on our Facebook page to watch and comment.]

 

Unity Spiritual Center RGV in Pharr invites you to join us live on Facebook this Sunday at 10:30 am. Licensed Unity Teacher Michael Scales will share a lesson titled “It is the Father’s Good Pleasure to Give You the Kingdom.”

[In Michael’s words]: On Father’s Day, we traditionally honor the role of fathers in our lives and highlight how our relationship with God embodies the father-child relationship.

The important thing to take note of with regard to God as our Father is that,  like a human Father, the One Presence and Power in the Universe desires only good for us. We’re all aware that a loving earthly fathers loves nothing more than to give his children the things that they desire and that will bring them success, health, prosperity and happiness. It’s easy to visualize a human feeling that way about his children, but sometimes, it can be more difficult to see this same quality in Infinite Mind.

There is a popular expression that has emerged recently that goes, “The Universe is rigged in your favor.” What does this mean? It means that the Universe, which is another name for God, is structured so as to support our efforts to experience the good we desire in life.

In these times especially, we can derive a lot of support from remembering that our Heavenly Father wants us to thrive and realize our dreams. As Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, “Fear not, little flock, it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

Join us this Sunday and celebrate the day in which we honor our fathers.  Classes continue on Zoom.  For details visit www.unity-pharrtx.org.

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ZOOM!!!

We have had many start-ups of weekly meetings that people can attend from home, using the Zoom application. Most people use their “smartphone”, which is a small computer that one can also use to call or “text” people. Some people use an iPad (I do not know how to do that.) And some people, like me, use their desktop or laptop computer.

If you use the long link given for the meeting you want to attend, the Zoom app will load, and from then on (every visit to the same meeting), you can open your Zoom program and use the same ID and PW to log in.

 

Sis G has attended the Tuesday Metaphysical Group and got in late with the new Thursday Weekly Collaborative Meditation group yesterday evening. (If I can do it, you can do it!!)

 

There is also a new ARE Group Meeting on Zoom at 6:30 Thursday evenings. The permanent log-on for this group is:

ID: 843 3794 6593

PW: 493896

 

Read on:

Birdie's Headshot smFrom Jennifer “Birdie” Shawker:

Regarding the Weekly Collaborative Meditation (Thursdays at 8 pm) on Zoom:

Sorry for any confusion yesterday, friends. This is THE WEEKLY LINK from here on out for our weekly collaborative meditation with Texas Unity Spiritual Centers. Rev. Jay wanted to make sure there would be absolutely no hiccups next time, so he got on the phone with customer service to talk him through each step. Everyone is warmly invited; we all found it to be a highly empowering experience.

If you do join us, be sure to mute your microphone when it is time to start the meditation. 

Thank you so much and see you next Thursday on Zoom at 8 pm.

Join Zoom Meeting (one link–copy & paste)
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73136549330?pwd=WFdtMW1nR0VudmI4b2prM2k2SXEvdz09

Meeting ID: 731 3654 9330
Password: 317135
IF you want to DIAL IN by your location:
Find your local number: https://us04web.zoom.us/u/fdwXBRpN4

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Not much on TV that Sis G wants to see lately, but she has NETFLIX and there are a few things worth watching there:

A family series called “Northern Rescue” starring one of Baldwin boys (the family resemblance is unmistakable.)

“Self –Made,” a series about Madam C J Walker, a black washerwoman who started her own Hair Salon and line of hair care products.

Part Two (“Babies”) of a documentary series about how babies learn to navigate the world.

Looks like it may start ‘stormin’, so I’d better get this show on the road!

Love, Sister G

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Healing America

Tomas-portrait[In Rev. Tommy’s words:] As I considered what to talk about this week, a couple of ideas came to mind, but in the end, the answer became very clear.

In Unity we talk quite a bit about being in the moment. About being in the now. So the question that came to mind was: what is the moment? What is the now?

The answer is: the state of the union.

Of course I don’t mean that in the usual way the President talks about the state of the union. I mean talking about all the things going on in America right now, and they are numerous, and they are troublesome.

To summarize, we are in a dire state of the union. The question is: how can we fix that? How can we heal America?

I was in high school during the sixties, I lived through those turbulent times– civil unrest, the Vietnam War, political unrest. Today we have those same things (with a war someplace else) going on along with a Global pandemic and a financial breakdown tossed in, just for extra stress in case you were running low on that.

The good news is that we got through all that past madness, or at least we think we did. Looking around, maybe we didn’t.

This week I’d like to address what I believe is the underlying issue and commonality that continues to create these major problems.

I won’t get political, I don’t do that, but I will get spiritual, because that IS what I do.

Join us on Facebook, www/facebook.com/UnityPharrTx at 10:30 am Sunday, and let’s look at all this from another (Unity) perspective.

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Our Tuesday evening philosophy group, “Let’s Get Metaphysical,” continues on Zoom at 7:00 pm.

ID: 813 149 089   PW: 030 83

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Also, the A.R.E. Group continues on Zoom at 6:30 pm on Thursdays.

ID: 843 3794 6593   PW: 493 896

Don’t use the spaces when typing in the numbers. I am using spaces to make the numbers easier to read, like credit cards.

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I was asked to pass this information on:

On Jun 7, 2020, Jennifer Shawker <nursebirdie@gmail.com> wrote:

Unity of San Antonio is a proud member of Progressive Religious Organizations of San Antonio.  (PRO SA) is a network of clergy and lay people concerned with the spiritual well-being of the LGBTQ+ community. PRO SA was formed in 2006, after the Texas marriage amendment in 2005, to connect those concerned with the LGBTQ+ community, to support the faith communities that work to serve the LGBTQ+ community, and to be advocates for the spiritual well-being of the LGBTQ+ community.

PRO SA hosts several interfaith events a year in San Antonio. This is our second PRIDE Interfaith Service. Coming together in periodic meetings on Zoom, representatives of different faith communities that are affirming and inclusive of individuals that identify as LGBTQ+ have created a service that will include music, history, reflections, and a virtual social gathering on Zoom afterwards.

It’s been especially challenging to keep up the tradition in the time of COVID 19, but it is Pride month!

I have a brief speaking part this year (I was a main speaker last year, time to give others some room!) and so does another member of Unity of San Antonio, Sam Maropis.

I look forward to you all tuning in; I will be hosting one of the Zoom Fellowship rooms afterwards.

The online service will be June 14 at 4:00 p.m. Search YouTube for First UU San Antonio. Click here to see their channel. You can find more information and updates on PRO SA’s Facebook Page. Click here for PRO SA’s page. 

Jennifer “Birdie” Shawker

Communications and Activities at Unity of San Antonio

Office: 210-824-7351

“The deepest level of communication is not communication, but communion. It is wordless. It is beyond words. It is beyond speech. It is beyond concept. Not that we discover a new unity, but we discover an old unity. My dear brothers and sisters, we are already one. But we imagine we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be, is what we are.”
― Thomas Merton

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Another opportunity:

Let’s Meditate with Unity Friends

A Collaboration with Unity of Boerne

 

In a wise use of resources in unprecedented times, and in service to Unity communities in south Texas, Unity of Boerne has opened their weekly online meditation to include Unity of San Antonio and other south Texas Unity communities. Facilitators will rotate and include Birdie Shawker, Rev. Jay Mulkey, Jennifer Llamas and others. What a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and set powerful intentions in meditation for ourselves and the world. All are welcome, Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. on Zoom starting June 18, 2020. Sessions are about 25 minutes long. To Join the Zoom meeting, use this link:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/75139017330?pwd=c0pvSEZvWkxWSzNma0o0R0VIaHFsZz09

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Please As I mentioned last week, the Board of USC-RGV met online last week, and they decided that our church building would remain closed at least until after the next Board Meeting on July 8.

You can still help pay the bills (we still have them) by using one of the methods shown below. Thank you for your support!

 

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Denial: More Than a River in Egypt

Birdie's Headshot smPerhaps one of the most important developments to come out of this year we are spending in self-isolation/quarantine, school and business shut-downs, and social distancing to avoid getting /spreading the plague (COVID-19) has been the ability to operate and communicate from home over the internet. Our lives will never be the same after this is over.

One of the best things to come from this new way of communicating is that we can have speakers such as Chaplain Shawker participate in our live-stream Sunday service, though she is many miles away. Prior to the current situation, she was scheduled to speak to us, but was unable to make the trip, due to health reasons. This Sunday, we will finally see and hear her on video.

This week’s guest speaker at Unity Spiritual Center RGV on-line service will be Chaplain Jennifer “Birdie” Shawker, R.N., and LUT Candidate.

“Birdie” currently serves as Communications Director at Unity of San Antonio. She also serves as a chaplain at Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville, Texas.  Prior to this, she served as the Youth and Family Ministry director at Unity Church of San Angelo for 10 years. She serves as the Social Media Director at Unity of Boerne and has served at Unity Spiritual Center Corpus Christi in the area of communications.

Her talk is titled: “More Than a River in Egypt.”

(She writes): In the words of Mark Twain, “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.” This is true for more than one reason for those who use affirmative prayer with the practices of Affirmations and Denials. These powerful practices have the potential to facilitate inner transformation. Because of the multiple meanings of the word, “denial,” composing Denials can present a challenge for some people.  (For example) What’s the difference between being in a state of denial and using Denials? Are they connected?  Is there anything that can help to negate the confusion?

Join us this week as Chaplain Birdie helps us in understanding the power behind Affirmations and Denials.


***The Board met last night online. They decided not to re-open the church until after July 8, which is the date of the next Board Meeting.

 

A.R.E. (Edgar Cayce) Update

The A.R.E. Group will be re-convening on Thursday evenings at 6:30 via Zoom!

ID: 84337946593           PW: 493896

-Cindy Schendel, Facilitator

The first meeting of the Zoom series will be this evening at 6:30. If you have the Zoom app already downloaded, you can use the ID and PW above to join the meeting. If you do not have the Zoom app, you can use THIS LINK:

(Join Zoom Meeting)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84337946593?pwd=eDdYMit4TjZaTGlqcWpZTk1McWFnZz09

Permit the Zoom app to download and install. NOTE: It is better to install Zoom ahead of time, then open the app a few minutes before the meeting starts, and use the ID and PW to JOIN THE MEETING. You may be able to use your name as the ID.

If asked for a password, the (PW) is 493896

Copy this ID and PW down on a post-it note or index card, and keep it handy.

Once you have downloaded and installed the Zoom app the first time, you can launch Zoom, then use the same ID and PW to join the meeting each week.

Good luck!

You will need a camera and microphone to participate. Some people connect with their phones. Others use an iPad. IF you don’t have or want to use those methods, you can still do what Sis G does, and plug in a set of headphones with a mic to your computer. You can see and hear the others, and they can hear you, but won’t be able to see you.

 

**The LET’S GET METAPHYSICAL Zoom Meeting is still happening on TUESDAY  evenings at 7:00 pm. We currently have about 5 participants.

 

Love, Sis G

 

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