MARCH   2018

From Unity's theme, The Courage to Imagine, this month we affirm "I am guided."  Looking for a clear sign of guidance?  Consider the words of Rev Patricia Bass in this month's article:

"The truth is that we live in Spirit's wisdom. Like the fish in search of water, we are swimming in wisdom all the time but just don't see it. Guidance is not something for which we have to grasp. It is something to which we attune.

Be Willing to Ask.
Attuning to Spirit's guidance starts with asking. I confess that sometimes I forget the obvious. When I am struggling with a puzzling situation, occasionally a trusted friend will say, "Have you prayed about it?" Truth be told, often I haven't. Asking for Spirit's guidance is important because it is a statement of faith. It immediately declares our sincere intention to hear Spirit, and it sets us up to listen. 
Be Willing to Be Still.
Listening is the next step. We live in a fast-moving, multitasking world. In her book The Seven Whispers (New World Library, 2003), Christina Baldwin says we need to slow down and move at the "pace of guidance."   Speed is some guy running through the airport shouting into a cell phone. Pace is going around the block with a 3-year-old and noticing everything the child is noticing. When we move at pace, we have time to question and time to listen for answers before moving on. When we move at the pace of guidance, it occurs to us to wonder what plans the Divine might have for us, in the midst of the plans we have for ourselves.    Baldwin says speed tends to cancel out our guidance and keeps us out of touch with Spirit.   The best way to move at the pace of guidance is to maintain a regular meditation practice. Meditation teaches us to listen, hones our awareness of our inner wisdom, and inspires us to see Spirit everywhere.
Be Willing to Be Present.
Perhaps the most important action we can take is to be present and aware. In his book One Minute Wisdom (Doubleday, 1985), Anthony de Mello tells a story of a student who asked his spiritual master, "Where shall I look for enlightenment?" The master responded simply, "Here."    The student was not satisfied and asked the master what he should look for and how exactly he should look. The master told him just to look at anything and look in the ordinary way. The frustrated student asked, "But don't I always look in the ordinary way?" The master said, "No ... because to look you must be here. You're mostly somewhere else."
We really do live in a field of infinite intelligence, and it is not hiding itself from us. It's up to us to decide to be present. Right here in this moment is where the guidance is. To notice the metaphorical burning bush, we must be as observant as a 3-year-old, or we will walk right past it.
Be Willing to Be Open.
Finally, attuning to Spirit's wisdom requires us to be open-open to the timing and open to the guidance. The answer we receive may not be one we've ever considered.  I vividly recall the night I prayed fervently to know the next step on my career path.  Boy, was I surprised when I awoke the next morning to the guidance that I was to become a Unity minister. It was not something I'd ever dreamed of, nor was it something I wanted. Nevertheless, the inner knowing was irrefutable.

Guidance comes in many forms. It can be a feather on the path. A book falling from the shelf. A profound inner knowing. A persistent idea. We cannot predict the form, the timing, or the content, but we can set a clear intention to stay open, awake, and attuned. The message will come in the perfect way and at the perfect time as long as we remain open.

The Courage to Imagine. 
Seeking guidance is an act of courage and faith. So let's take this moment to imagine and affirm some of the truths we know:
  • We are immersed in a field of infinite wisdom.
  • All the wisdom we need is already within us.
  • Each of our cells is alive with divine intelligence.
  • We can ask anything of this wisdom and we will be guided.
  • No question is too large and no situation too complex.
  • We are in tune with Spirit's guidance. Right here. Right now.

Live in peace, love and harmony in the world this week.
Rev Joy Wyler-Bradburn
Calendar for this week
Wednesday 3/7/2018
7pm  Lent Book Study - Centered In Prayer - CANCELLED TONIGHT
Thursday 3/8
7pm Choir Practice
Friday 3/9

Sat  3/10

Sun 3/11
10am The Crazy Dog Guide to Happiness

4:30pm  Iglesia Emmanuel Service*

7pm  CODA meeting*
Monday 3/12
office closed
Tuesday 3/13
7pm ULV Board Meeting

To listen to our service, The Backwards Bucket List, from 3/4/2018, click on the link

Dates to Remember:

April 14th-15th: Connection Practice Part 1

April 21st: Michael London concert: One Whole Heart      A celebration of Rumi and new music

April 28th: ULV Choir concert: All God's Children

July 13th: Iron Pigs Game

Sept 9th: Annual Picnic

       DON'T BE LATE SUNDAY March 11th


GAME NIGHT: March 16th 7pm
Bring a game if you like and we'll have games here.  Bring a snack to share.

SORRY JARS: An awareness campaign to benefit YFM

So many times we apologize without really being clear that we have done anything wrong.  Sometimes our apology comes from a place of feeling that we are "less than" or a place of feeling we need to keep the peace at any cost.  Many times we say things "unconsciously" or without really thinking and without noticing the long term effect of our words.  

The Youth at ULV invite you to increase your awareness of something you say without thinking and how it might be impacting how you see yourself. Maybe it is "I'm sorry" or maybe it is "I'm so dumb, clumsy, forgetful, old, etc"  Each time you catch yourself saying the words, set an amount to put in the jar--a dime, a quarter, a dollar.  Enlist others to help you notice how often you say the words!  Share the jar and different members of the family pick your own words that trigger a contribution to the "Sorry Jar".  Have some fun noticing our words of imperfection!

We will hand out Sorry Jars on Palm Sunday, March 25th (and we'll have some available at church after that).  Take your jar home and bring it back the  last Sunday in April, the 29th, with the change collected during your awareness lesson.  You are a perfect child of God becoming more aware of your precious value every day!  

 Soles 4 Souls Shoe Collection at ULV
One person ' s unwanted shoes can help provide meaningful opportunities that many in developing nations need, which is why Unity of Lehigh Valley, is launching a shoe drive to collect new or gently used shoes.  Any size shoes for children, women and men are accepted.  
The shoes that we collect will be delivered to Soles4Souls -
a non-profit social enterprise that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Founded in 2006, the organization has distributed more than 30 million pairs of new and used shoes in 127 countries.

The shoe drive will kick off on Palm Sunday, March 25th and run through April 29th.   There will be a tub inside the church's main door to collect your donations during our shoe drive!  

For further information, please click on this link Soles4Souls

You can also contact Denise with any questions on this worthy cause at this link.  Contact Denise

Easter Flowers 
It's that time of year again!!  Easter will soon be upon us.  Order your Easter flowers now!  

The flowers will decorate our Sanctuary on Easter Sunday, and then will be available for you to bring home after the service! 

This year we are offering Lilies, Primrose, Dwarf Iris, Crocus, large-flower Daffodils and Tulips of varying colors! 

Order forms are at the church or you can download an order form from the link below!  Orders with payment are due by March 18th.  

  A Celebration of Easter
Join us for any and all of these services and events

March 18th:   Flower Orders Due

March 25th:  Palm Sunday      
                   10am Service, "Why Me?"         
                   YFM Easter Egg Hunt and Sorry Jars
                   Palm Sunday Brunch: Sign up to contribute to our 
                   brunch buffet on the sheet d ownstairs or contact the ULV 

March 28th: 6pm Pause For Peace meditation

March 29th: 7pm Maundy Thursday Service  

April 1: 10 am Service "Easter Is No Joke"

  Ride Buddies 
for Sunday Service

From time to time we receive requests to locate someone willing to give a ride to someone hoping to come to service who cannot drive or is without a car.  Even a ride once a month can be a blessing for someone missing community.  If you would be willing to be a resource for a ride to church, please let the office know.  You will be notified if you are within an area where a ride is needed.  Ride arrangements will be up to the individuals.  

What are you grateful for?
  Mary Driesbach extends her thanks to everyone in the ULV community who contributed to her "Hearts 4 Healing" chocolate pops campaign.  All funds benefit victims of human trafficing and Mary appreciates the community's support of her passion.  

If you are grateful for something at ULV, send a message to the office:   

This Saturday, March 10th, 2pm with Jo Sieger  

Thinking about Unity based enrichment?  Planning a vacation?  Why not do both?  

SEE in the field in Houston, TX, April 2th -May 4th featuring Rev Robert Brumet   For additional information and registration go to

SEE in the field at Unity Renaissance, Chesapeake, VA 
April 16-20, the Gnostic Gospels    For additional information and registration go to 

Fillmore Festival at Unity Village: August 16-19  For more information and registration: CLICK HERE

Just north of us, Kirkridge offers great opportunities for renewal and spiritual exploration. Bishop John Shelby Spong and Bill Tammeus are scheduled in April with several other spiritual adventures throughout the year.   Check out upcoming programs at their website by CLICKING HERE

Bradbury-Sullivan Center  Classes, Workshops and Support  
Check out the many activities.  Go to their website by CLICKING HERE   The Center is located at 522 W Maple Street in downtown Allentown.  
Unity of Lehigh Valley
26 N 3rd, Emmaus, PA 18049

Reverend Joy: