Seattle Unity Sunday Videos 01-29-2017—”The Transformational Journey”

Sunday Service Videos January 29th, 2017—”Transformational Journey”—Here are the links and players to the music videos and sermon from 01-29-2017, with Rev. Karen Lindvig’s sermon titled “The Transformational Journey.” Rev. Karen describes the new annual theme for 2017. The annual theme aims to achieve a number of things: it addresses the times, the context, and the zeitgeist of the outer world around us, in our community and locally, nationally and globally; it helps to align and prepare our inner worlds with that outer world; and it expands and builds on the previous themes. In this sermon, “The Transformational Journey” she offers the annual theme for 2017—Transformational Journey.

Erin McGaughan sings “Spirit of God is Upon Me”

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Erin McGaughan sings “Sweep Over My Soul”

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Esther Rose sings “Shine”

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Erin McGaughan Sings “Better Way”

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Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon “The Transformational Journey”

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Testimony—Couple Describes Why they Give to Seattle Unity

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Esther Rose sings “Ease on Down the Road”

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SERMON SUMMARY

http://seattleunity.org—Every year, Rev. Karen Lindvig develops an annual theme for framing the sermon lessons for the year. The annual theme aims to achieve a number of things: it addresses the times, the context, and the zeitgeist of the outer world around us, in our community and locally, nationally and globally; it helps to align and prepare our inner worlds with that outer world; and it expands and builds on the previous themes. In this sermon, “The Transformational Journey” she offers the annual theme for 2017—Transformational Journey. Rev. Karen also lists and summarizes the previous themes in this decade. These include the 12 Powers, World Religions, Community, Dreaming, Dreaming Community, Soul-Trek, and Archetypes. She said, “We now use these tools to step forward into this transformational journey.” She uses definitions, analogies and metaphors of transformation to clarify and deepen the idea of transformation as it applies to our individual lives, our community, and beyond to larger scales: to our new building, to South Lake Union, to Seattle, to our state, our nation and to our Earth.

Key Quotation Related to the Sermon:

Pope Francis: “It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need of my help.”

Key Ideas Related to the Sermon:

A Hindu Story:

“A Hindu saint who was visiting the river Ganges to take a bath found a group of family members on the banks, shouting in anger at each other.

Smiling, he turned to his disciples and asked, ‘Why do people in anger shout at each other?’

The disciples thought for a while, and then one of them said, ‘Because when we lose our calm, we shout.’

‘But, why should you shout when the other person is just next to you? You can as well tell him what you have to say in a soft manner,’ asked the saint.

The disciples gave more answers but none satisfied the saint. Finally he explained:

‘When two people are angry at each other, the distance between their hearts is larger. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other to cover that great distance. What happens when two people fall in love? They don’t shout at each other but talk softly, because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is either nonexistent or very small…’

The saint continued, ‘When they love each other even more, what happens?’

They do not speak, only whisper and they get even closer to each other in their love. Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other and that’s all. That is how close two people are when they love each other.’

He looked at his disciples and said, ‘So when you argue, do not let your hearts get distant. Do not say words that distance you from each other more, or else there will come a day when the distance is so great that you will not be able to find the path to return.'”