May 20, 2020
Mystery or Chaos ?
         

Uncertainty seems like a word with a lot of negative energy right now.  Everyone longs for something familiar but not the inside of their house or the people they've been quarantined with for the past couple months. 

Many are talking about the disruption to the economy and healthcare and social interactions.  One pattern that intrigues me is the disruption of the plague that preceded the era of the Renaissance. I found this online: The Black Death marked an end of an era in Italy, its impact was profound, and it resulted in wide-ranging social, economic, cultural and religious changes. These changes, directly and indirectly, led to the emergence of the Renaissance, one of the greatest epochs for art, architecture, and literature in human history.

Mystery reveals clues.  Mystery allows us to explore possibilities.  Mystery does require us to come with an open mind, a sense of curiosity and a willingness to discern what to pay attention to and what not to pay attention to.  Mystery is not certain.  Webster says a mystery is difficult to understand or explain.

Chaos, on the other hand, Webster says is
the inherent unpredictability in the behavior of a complex natural system.  Most of us resist the idea of chaos.  But what are we really resisting?  
 
What if we let go of the positive or negative energy we generate around the language choices and simply allowed a time of uncertainty to open us up to new possibilities? What if, out of the disruption we are experiencing, a new renaissance period is emerging?  What if we claimed the power of co-creation and set some intentions around the direction we desire our lives to move in?    
 
Like it or not, all of us are living in some elements of uncertainty right now.  I cannot find an exact quote attribution but I am living into this right now: When nothing is certain, everything is possible.   

 God, the divine allness of the isness, is in the midst of us, these conditions and the path unfolding. Be well.  Be kind. Stay centered.      Reverend Joy  
 

  
Calendar for this week
TODAY:  Wednesday 5/20
 Office closed, Phones and emails answered

Thursday 5/21
 Office closed, Phones and emails answered


Friday 5/22
Office Closed  

Sat 5/23

Sun 5/24
10:20am: Rev Joy  "Healing Power of Forgiveness Service  Live on our Facebook Page
 
CoDA*: cancelled until further notice
 
Mon 5/25
Office Closed 
Happy Memorial Day!
Tue 5/26
Office closed,  Phones and emails answered
 
Recovery Dharma*: cancelled until further notice

* Indicates non-Unity event.   Please check with the event coordinator for the status of this event
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Looking Ahead 
Rev Rachel Sue Ritz
Guest Speaker 
June and July 2020
Via Facebook Live

During June and July Rev Rachel Sue Ritz will be using THE HANDBOOK OF SPIRITUAL TOOLS by Rev. Lauren McLaughlin for her Sunday messages. The Handbook of Spiritual Tools is a small book with a very big message. It offers a formula for what to do when you reach the end of your rope. That is the time when human minds become enmeshed in the details of their problem and fail to realize that nothing will change - their mental loop will continue - until they reach beyond the challenge to find the solution.

Reverend Rachel Sue Ritz was a member of Unity of Lehigh Valley from 1989 to 1998 prior to attending Unity's Ministerial Education Program. In 2000 she graduated from ministerial school and was Senior Minister at Unity by the Bay in Maryland. She and her husband, Alan, then moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland where they pioneered Unity Church of Life. In 2005 Rachel rejoined Alan in the Lehigh Valley where he was attending chaplain training.

While attending ULV Rachel Sue became a Licensed Unity Teacher and served on most teams at the church.  She and Alice Anne Miller (Unity of Lehigh Valley co-founder) were co-spiritual leaders at ULV while the church was searching for a new minister.  

Rev. Rachel Sue is grateful for the opportunity to serve as a guest speaker at her home church where she was spiritually fed and reborn.

Join us in welcoming back Rev Rachel Sue Ritz to Unity of Lehigh Valley for June and July! 
 

Join Reverend Joy for
The Power of Forgiveness
 
You may want to have some paper and a pen handy to fully participate in this interactive Sunday Service.  Sometimes endings leave lots of unfinished business.  This is an opportunity to explore the healing power of forgiveness to let go of the past so that we can live more fully in the present and dream freely of the future! 
 


Due to the COVID-19 situation, the ULV group event to the IronPigs on July 17th is cancelled.  
 





Open to the Flow






Unity of Lehigh Valley continues to incur routine bills, even while we are not meeting in our sanctuary.  Your continued gifts assure the ongoing work that we do and maintaining our building to return to. 

There is a DONATE button on the top navigation of our website.   
 
Additionally you can mail checks directly to the church at ULV, 26 N 3rd Street, Emmaus, PA 18049 or set up a weekly or monthly payment directly from your bank. Contact the church office if you have questions about how to get your tithe to the church.

This WEEK, through May 20 (includes mailed and online donations)



 
 Thank you in advance for remembering ULV in your giving!

 

What Are YOU Grateful For?
 
We are grateful for the joyous events of birthdays, graduation and wedding that we celebrated on Sunday.
 
We are grateful for the uplifting music of Eddie Watkins, Jr and others who continue to connect us to a spirit of worship.   
 
We are for the creative new insights being revealed to us as we navigate in this new territory.  Unity of Lehigh Valley thrives and evolves!  
 

If you have something you are grateful for or want to celebrate, please send a note to the office by Tuesday of each week at unitylv@rcn.com




September 20th: Annual Picnic 



For a limited time PostNet is offering these special yard signs to connect us as we stand for love, hope and unity - universal values with a unique significance in this moment. For more information and to order CLICK HERE

To access their signs for #SeniorYearInterrupted, CLICK HERE


Check out Facebook for concerts by Unity favorites like Daniel Nahmod, David Roth, Charlie Thweat, Kelley Hunt.  And Tuesdays with Not For Coltrane! John Thomas is hosting mini-concerts to uplift on Friday evenings at 8pm!  

Time to Read?  Here's a new book from our artist friend, Anna Kodama! Making its Amazon launch today!

 
 




 

 

  
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
  Go to their website by CLICKING HERE    The Center is located at 522 W Maple Street in downtown Allentown.  
Contact:
Unity of Lehigh Valley
26 N 3rd, Emmaus, PA 18049
610-965-3036
Office Hours: Tue-Thur 8:30am--3pm
Closed Mondays and Fridays

Administrator: unitylv@rcn.com
Reverend Joy: revjoy@rcn.com