September 12, 2018
I am the Light

From the article written by Rev Ed Townley at  

How can we adequately describe to others the experience of making progress [in shifting our consciousness out of darkness]? Where are the words that can explain the joy of discovering that we ourselves are the light-the divine energy we've been seeking, the energy that allows us to make manifest an uplifted consciousness?

Jesus clearly faced the same challenge; he used many different images in his attempts to get the idea across to his diverse listeners. The kingdom is like a farmer sowing seeds of new possibility; it's like a housewife whose joy is great in finding a lost coin; it's like a merchant who finds a pearl of great price (all from Matthew 13).
I think the image he uses most, however, is the image of light. He wanted his listeners-as he wants us today-to find and recognize the light that is our true expression.

"I am the light of the world," he said. "Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life" (John 8:12).
"You are the light of the world" (Matthew 5:14).
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it" (John 1:5).

Other writers, from Paul through Revelation, used the same image of light to describe the ineffable-the effect the teachings of Jesus Christ will have upon our life experiences. What they describe is not the opposite of darkness; it is a light that has no darkness. It is the light we truly are, shining as new possibilities, new choices.
It's not that in the light we are free from fear-based ideas, whether from collective consciousness or from our own sensory input. Rather, it's that we now know the light we are, so our choices become surer and easier.

It would seem Jesus Christ knew what he was doing when he chose to speak to us often of the light. We are the Christ, and in that Truth our kingdom lies, waiting to express through our clear, loving, and light-filled choices.

As you look in the mirror in the morning, remember to say, "I am the light!"  
 Rev Joy

Calendar for this week
TODAY:  Wednesday 09/12/2018

Thursday 09/13
7pm: World Day of Prayer Service
Friday 09/14

Sat 09/15

Sun 09/16
10am:  Guest Speaker and Musician Mike Holliday
7pm:  CoDA*
Mon 09/17
Office Closed 
6:30pm A Course in Miracles*
Tuesday 09/18

* indicates non-Unity event

Rev. Joy's sermon  The Power of Lif e is available by clicking the link.  

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12 Powers Summer Series

The 12 Powers in American History

Our 12-Powers summer series for 2018 is ongoing!   

Each power has its own color and you are invited to join in the fun and dress with the color of the power we are discussing.  Here is the order for September:

Sept 16th: Guest Speaker Mike Holliday
Sept 23rd: Power is Release and the color is Russet
Sept 30th: Power is Order and the color is Olive Green

Are you the one?

We are seeking New Thought leadership for our YFM program.  It might be one person or a team!  It could be someone called from within the congregation or someone you have in mind with a Unity or New Thought background.  We prefer some experience working with youth.  If you are interested in this paid position, please submit your resumé to Reverend Joy at or fax to 610-965-1100. 

Please join us as we affirm together:  
United in love, we provide a positive environment for our children to discover and express their spiritual nature. 

This Sunday!
September 16th

Guest Speaker and featured Musician 

Mike Holliday

Join us for Sunday service this Sunday September 16th as Mike Holliday returns as our guest speaker and featured musician.  Welcome back Mike!

Bette Phelps is continuing her healing at Country Meadows, 4035 Green Pond Rd in Bethlehem.  Her room phone is 484-898-1539.  

We see Divine Life vibrant and shining in and through every cell of her body.  

7pm, This Thursday evening in the Sanctuary

Join us for music, prayer, drumming and meditation as we support and strengthen our courage to heal ourselves, our communities, and our world, guided by the affirmation: 
I am a healing presence.

In praparation for our World Day of Prayer we will feature a weekly reflection.  This week we reflect upon: 
I heal the world.

Philosopher/psychiatrist William James wrote: Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. What is the potential impact of my prayer and meditation focused on the world? As I affirm, I am a healing presence, where and how do I envision my presence making a difference? 

For more information on Unity's World Day Of Prayer, click here

What are you 
grateful for?

Karen would like to thank Rev Joy, Kari Wyler and Ed Buchman for covering the office for her vacation. 

Thank you to Jon Durn and Jutland Medina for organizing and coordinating our picnic this year.  

Thanks to everyone who donated to our picnic both financially and with goodies.  Thanks to everyone who attended our "in-door" picnic.   A little bit of rain cannot dampen our fellowship!   

Thanks to Mark Eutermoser for, once again, lifting our spirits higher and higher with his incredible voice and for leading the congregational songs! 

Big thanks to Karl Hertwig and Jon Durn for safely removing the gigantic tv from downstairs.  Grateful for the environmental consciousness of recycling!

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

September 23: Overview/New Member Class: Affirmative Prayer
September 26: Pause for Peace Meditation
September 30: Overview/New Member Class: Welcome to ULV
October 7: Praying is for YOU, a workshop by Rev Sandra Haase after service
October 20: Meditation Retreat, 10am to 3pm
October 31: Pause for Peace Meditation
November 18: Thanksgiving Fellowship after service



Just north of us, Kirkridge offers great opportunities for renewal and spiritual exploration.   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.  

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