Here's an update on what's happening at Unity of Chattanooga:
SUNDAY MORNING MEDITATION
Until further notice, our Sunday morning meditation group will be postponed. In the meantime in the sanctuary of your own home, we ask that you still hold the light. You are welcome to enjoy the following meditation from one of our Prayer Chaplains. Over the last few days during his meditations and while on contemplative hikes, Keith Noyes has been led to revisit a healing meditation he did at Unity of Chattanooga back in February of 2014.
You are now invited to close your eyes. Leave the cares of these days behind. Feel a gentle warm wave of relaxation drift from your head slowly gliding down through your eyes, through your nose, through your cheeks, through your neck feeling any tensions easing. Feel the wave drifting through your shoulders, through your heart, and through your torso, perfectly relaxing you as it goes. Drifting through your hips, easing through your thighs, through your knees, your calves, drifting through your feet, it deeply relaxes your entire being. Let the warmth of that wave of relaxation fill you as you move from the business of your mind to the wisdom in your heart.
Breathe in, breathe out. Long infilling breaths, long full exhales. Breathe in, breathe out. See your heart. See it as a beautiful red book with golden edged pages resting on your spine. Now ever so gently, take the covers and open that beautiful red and gold book, a book of your infinite unconditional love. From its pages, golden beams of Divine healing energy, of infinite unconditional love, compassion, and profound peace flow from your heart. It flows to everyone in need in this world, filling them with an unwavering love to take care of themselves, and for all who live here on this planet to help each other, to support each other in whatever way they can.
And now take another deep infilling breath. Feel that infilling breath flowing ever so deeply into your lungs, filling them with the breath of life. Filling them to overflowing with the Divine healing energy of infinite unconditional love, compassion, and profound peace of the Universe. filling You to Overflowing.
As you exhale, you hold in mind all those in the world. Hold them in mind with the intention that the Divine healing energy of infinite unconditional love, compassion, and profound peace of the Universe is radiating from your being to each and every soul in the world, seeking out those who need it the very most. Feel yourself filling with each breath and radiating love with each exhale, radiating love to those who need it the very most. Set your intention that this love will find those most in need.
With every breath and every exhale, feel the love of global community flowing from you and into the Universe to those in need. As billions of golden thread-like beams of Divine healing energy of infinite unconditional love, of compassion, and of profound peace fil your being, see them flowing from the Universe and from your heart to everyone on the planet.
As we gently come back, we thank the God of our understanding for being with us right here, right now. And we take another deep breath. We hold in mind the people in those places of power, be it political or medical. And we see that they can effect change. And we know a Divine unfolding, a Divine understanding is unfolding in them. We see a vibrant, healthy response being lovingly guided to encompass all those who live here in the entire global community.
And as we leave this meditation, we secure its messages in our hearts and carry them with us wherever we go knowing we’ve set the intention to share them on a non-physical energetic level with everyone we hold in mind and everyone we come in contact with on this day and every day. Now gently move your fingers, move your toes. And come back, knowing You Are Love. You Are the Love of the Universe.
OUR SUNDAY CELEBRATION SERVICE BEGINS 10:00 AM ONLINE
New Series Starting April 5th with Rev Jon
Please note: WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN REV JON EACH SUNDAY
LIVE ON UOC'S FACEBOOK PAGE starting at our new time AT 10 AM
FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME!
The shift brings with it a sense of uncertainty. The beauty found in uncertainty is FAITH. What need have the certainty of faith? It is truly exercised in the midst of uncertainty and fully recognized in surrender. During this time, we've seen the end of the world as we've known it. Our regularly scheduled programming has been interrupted. Many are grieving the loss of loved ones while others are grieving the loss of perceived economic certainty. We're being taught that the only thing that's permanent is that which changes not. Things are material and temporary while your true self is not.
Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning has less to do with the AM hours and more to do with the moment we wake up to the new day. Well, my friend's it's here. The new day has dawned, and we are being invited to RISE UP to welcome that new day. We're here to help bring in the light, love, and power of the Eternal. Together we spring into resurrection power.
This is what a life of faith does, it invites us into the unknown. You don’t need faith for what is known. So, welcome to this new season. Welcome to this new day. Welcome to this new experience and Rise Up!
In keeping in alignment with CDC and local government recommendations and a desire to maintain the health and well-being of our congregational community, our Sunday celebration will be Live-Streamed on Unity of Chattanooga's Facebook page as our facility on Rossville AVE remains closed. Because our broadcast last week was interrupted several times with of all the traffic on Facebook during our normal church hour, we are going to change things up a little. This Sunday, join us online live as we begin our serivce on March 29th at a new time - 10 AM (Eastern) on Unity of Chattanooga’s Facebook Page. We are hoping that if we start the service earlier at 10 AM, it will help to alleviate some of those problems. We will continue to review and evaluate these decisions weekly as we look forward to when we will gather in celebration in person once again.
In the meantime, we are grateful to connect with you online as we embrace the opportunity to see our world healed through this experience because one of the greatest gifts Unity offers is to stay positive and pray.
We know that our consciousness can make a difference.
“Stand up straight and realize who you are, that you tower over your circumstances. You are a child of God. Stand up straight.” - Maya Angelou
CLASSES AND EVENTS:
At Unity of Chattanooga, we offer some opportunities for you to grow spiritually, meet new friends, and just have fun. These workshops, classes, and on-going events will lift your spirit and give you something to help you with the real life issues you face during the week. Our Adult Education classes are usually 4-6 weeks long and are currently taught on Sunday afternoons at 12:30 following the Sunday service and Fellowship. The classes are based on books that follow the teachings of Unity or are in alignment with Unity principles. They help us to deepen our understanding of our spiritual selves to unfold our own path of spiritual growth. “…be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Romans 12:2
Rev Jon takes on a new book to discuss for the Wednesday Night Midweek Check-in at 12 Noon on the Unity of Chattanooga Facebook Page. He will be studying Lao-Tzu's book, Tao Te Ching
. The title also means the way of virtue. Please note that the version of the book that he will be reading is the translation by Stephen Mitchell.
Rev Jon says that the key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. In 81 chapters, Lao-Tzu's Tao Te Ching provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit, and teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao—the basic principle of the universe.
This virtual class wil be archived on Unity of chattanooga's Facebook page so you can watch it at your convenience.
For everyone's safety, this group has curently been postponed until further notice. Please check in to keep up with when they plan to get together again.