Sunday Service Video December 24th, 2017—“The Arrival”—Here is the link and player to the Rev. Karen Lindvig’s sermon of 12-24-2017. In this Sunday sermon titled “The Arrival,“ Rev. Karen Lindvig elaborates on the Annual Theme of the Transformational Journey. She does this with a metaphorical interpretation of the birth of Jesus towards… (see more below)
Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon “The Arrival”
Title: The Arrival
http://seattleunity.org—In this Sunday sermon titled “The Arrival,“ Rev. Karen Lindvig elaborates on the Annual Theme of the Transformational Journey. She does this with a metaphorical interpretation of the birth of Jesus towards the birth of Christ consciousness within each of us, and our fellow human beings. This interpretation includes relating the media we use to learn and to communicate, including the Internet, to how various spiritual traditions describe how we connect together as one collective body. Through a series of stories: a medic responding to the recent Amtrak derailment near Seattle; a Buddhist Satva; the beaming love of a child towards her mother; the sayings of Jesus about the spiritual consciousness that can and should develop in groups of two or more people; and the Unity interpretation of the Trinity-concept of God. Here is an excerpt from her talk, describing her Unity interpretation of the meaning of the birth of Jesus Christ, for us, in our time.
Karen on meaning of the birth of Jesus Christ starting at 5:32:
“We are celebrating obviously the birth of Christ. So what does this mean? What does the birth of the Christ mean? What is this? We talk about enlightenment, we talk about awakening. What does it •mean to us individually and collectively?
“So in Unity you know that we see the Trinity a bit differently—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Father-Mother God, the Divine Mind; the Son or the Spirit of Christ that’s in each one of us; and the Holy Spirit being the activity of God.
“We are celebrating that Divinity that’s within each one of us. We are celebrating that Christ presence in each one of us. So it’s not about one person waking up. It’s not about one God waking up. It’s about all of us waking up together. It’s not about somebody coming who’s going to save us, because we all have to wake up in order to save all of us, and the planet, right?
“Barbara Marx Hubbard said it this way. She said ‘Our story is a birth. It is the birth office humankind as one body. Christ consciousness, and Christ-abilities are the natural inheritance of every human being in Earth.’
“I think Jesus said it this way when he said, ‘Ye are Gods—sons and daughters of the Most High.’
“Do we always act like it?
“Not necessarily. But THAT’S what we’re called to do. That’s what this is about. It’s the ‘new Jerusalem,’ the waking of us all together.”
Quotations related to this sermon:
“While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
“What day is it?”
It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
Barbara Marx Hubbard:
“Our story is a birth. It is the birth of humankind as one body. What Christ and all great beings came to Earth to reveal is true. We are one body, born into this universe… Christ-consciousness and Christ-abilities are the natural inheritance of every human being on Earth.”
Thich Nhat Hanh:
“We need enlightenment, not just individually but collectively, to save the planet. We need to awaken ourselves. We need to practice mindfulness if we want to have a future, if we want to save ourselves and the planet.”