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Videos from 2020

Videos from 2020

Fall Equinox Celebration service

This Native American influenced Ceremony promotes wellness by reflecting the indigenous conceptions of Great Spirit, Creator, Great Mystery and the Universe. The Ceremony will include prayer, chanting, drumming, sacred equinox songs, stories and the use of a variety of sacred object. We will come together to recapture in the hearts of all people and all our relations an appreciation for all life forms and the sacredness of all life. A coming together in harmony, forgiveness and love…A transitioning and moving…

Meditation with Jack Groverland

When people are facing a serious personal challenge they often say, “I need a miracle.” More often than not what they have in mind is some kind of Divine Intervention from God or Source who they believe is outside of them, out in the heavens somewhere.   This is mostly because of the unenlightened people’s  translation of the ancient Bible texts from the Hebrew to Greek and then to English.  Thus, Christians pray to God and spend their lives wondering…

Is It Really Worth It?

How often do we hear that we should be more mindful, more positive, do affirmations, pray, meditate and have a more dedicated spiritual practice?  If we are active in our Unity Community we probably hear it a lot, but what we might not be hearing is “Why?” Why bother with spiritual practice when there are so many other exciting things we could be doing!? This is a great question that Rev. Shad will address in this video.

Unity Reality

We have grown used to a false perception of life, which has been handed down from generation to generation. Do you continue to bemoan circumstances that you proclaim are unjust and threatening, while perceiving yourself the victim of them? Forget the coronavirus — forget the pending presidential election — they have only the power to cause you concern that you give them. It’s time to enter the enlightened awareness of Divine Oneness.  From A Course In Miracles Workbook, Lesson 139: “We have a mission here.…

Ep.7 White Beard & White Blob

In Episode 7 we interview Melissa’s daughters, Sydney and Brooklyn, on what spirituality and faith looks like in thier lives. They lead us on a journey that ranges from “what is God?” to death and the afterlife. Of course Rev. Shad and Irrev. Melissa add their usual wisdom and comedic banter along the way.. #God #Jesus #Christ #Christianity #Children #podcast #christianPodcast #nondenominational #progressivechristian #progressivechristianity #unity #interfaith

Are You Content?

These are the words my husband asked me the other night out of nowhere. It’s amazing how a simple question can open the faucet and flood you with so many emotions. I didn’t answer, but the tears that filled my eyes said it all. Or did they? I know he wasn’t asking about our relationship because of the conversation we were having before this question. I sat with it. It was such an awe-inspiring question. I went back and forth with all…

Ep.6 Chop Wood, Carry Water

The Zen Buddhists saying, “Before enlightenment, chop wood carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood carry water,” speaks to the value of work, no matter what stage of life we are in. So why does our culture vilify work?Why do so many of us try to find ways to get out of work? Is work a necessary part of our spiritual growth or not? These are the questions and issues our dynamic duo tackle in this this episode.

Ep.5 Is Religion Dead?

Research shows that attendance is steeply falling off across all religions (except one). What does this mean for the future of #faith, #spirituality and #religion in our society? Rev. Shad and Irrev. Melissa take a serious, and not so serious, look into this topic with some deep insights and points of advice we can all learn from.

I Will Carry You

“I will carry you.”  These are the words of a song I have had on repeat lately, by Michael W. Smith.  I find all the melodic rhythms and words of his music to be inspired by the greater potential of the Universe, as a way-shower of God’s Love for all of us.  During this time, I find spiritual music to be an incredible space holder for my being to stay lifted and peaceful during these difficult times in the world.  Many…

Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect

My gymnastics coach used to say, “Practice doesn’t make perfect, it is perfect practice that makes perfect!” After a lifetime of spiritual practice, I now know what he meant and look forward to sharing it with you.

Divine Connection

Which do you desire more: Serving the wants of the ego or connecting with the Divine? Join Rev. Shad as he dives into what might be the most important question we could ever ask ourselves.

The Guiding Presence

In harmony with the Guiding Presence the sky is clear and spacious — breathing is a pleasure and the earth is a pristine habitation where all creatures flourish together, content with the way they are, endlessly repeating themselves without the fear of Man. When man rules without the Guiding Presence the sky becomes filthy, the earth becomes depleted – a habitation for sin, sickness and death. When man rules without the Guiding Presence, creatures become extinct while humans exploit their brothers…

Lost & Found

Envision a life lived in limitless expansion of consciousness and possibility! Jesus taught that man lives in two worlds — not in succession, but concurrently. He lives in the world of appearances, the three-dimensional world of form and shape, time and space — the world where we have fluctuating experiences of sickness and health, of peace and war, of harmony and chaos. However, man also lives in a spiritual world as a spiritual being. Jesus says, ‘Don’t be misled in…

Healing Consciousness

A true story is told of a vagrant in England who froze to death in a hotel dumpster trying to escape a blizzard. When his body was taken to the local marque they found a thousand pound note (equivalent to 4 five hundred dollar bills at the time) in the pocket of his pants. Why he didn’t use the money to get out of the blizzard can only be explained by the fact that he didn’t know the money was…