Seattle Unity Sermon Video 11-26-2017—”Radical Generosity”

Sunday Service Video November 26th, 2017—“Radical Generosity”—Here is the link and player to the Diane Robertson’s sermon from 11-26-2017. In this Sunday sermon titled “Radical Generosity,“ Diane Robertson elaborates on the Annual Theme of the Transformational Journey, with November being the month our transformative journey that calls us to generosity and giving thanks, kindness and compassion. In “Radical Generosity” Diane extends the idea of generosity and giving thanks, emphasized in Rev. Karen Lindvig’s recent sermons. Diane does that through… (see more below)

Diane Robertson Sermon “Radical Generosity”

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Sermon Summary

Title: Radical Generosity

http://seattleunity.org— In this Sunday sermon titled “Radical Generosity,“ Diane Robertson elaborates on the Annual Theme of the Transformational Journey, with November being the month our transformative journey that calls us to generosity and giving thanks, kindness and compassion. In “Radical Generosity” Diane extends the idea of generosity and giving thanks, emphasized in Rev. Karen Lindvig’s recent sermons. Diane does that through a form of radical generosity that honors our inner nature to be generous, and in recognition that it is in giving that we receive. She elaborates on this practice with a key definition to guide us, and examples that anyone can emulate at any time.

The definition she offers is the concept of “giftivism.” The examples include simple expressions of kindness like the “Free Hugs” campaign, and other inspiring stories, including her mother’s generosity to the staff at the hospital staff in her last days on Earth.

Diane’s sermon calls our Seattle Unity Spiritual Community to practice generosity by offering seemingly small acts, so that the practice becomes a way of being; a transformation that is generative in our lives so generosity flows through us, inseparable from who we are as people, emanating the presence of love—the heart of our second Unity Principle.

Key quotations related to the sermon:

Pavi Mehta: “We live in a time where we have mastered the art of liking somone on Facebook, but we have forgotten the art of loving each other in real life.”

Anonymous: Generosity allows me to move past the feeling that they MUST get better in order for my efforts to mean somthing. When I’m generous, I’m stepping out of the game of acquiring and achieving.

Mahatma Gandhi: “The fragrance always remains on the hand that gives the rose.”

Key ideas related to this sermon:

Laura Sumner Traux and Amalya Campbell: “Rather than ceasing to listen, or listening narrowly, or listenning without hope, we can listen wisely, engage theneeds of the world authentically, true to ourselves and to our generous instincts.”

Definition of “Giftivism”: “The practice of randomly generous acts that transform the world.”