Kelly Gerling’s Seattle Unity Earth Day Sermon 04-22-2018—”Healing Mother Earth”

Kelly Gerling’s Sunday Earth Day Sermon 04-22-2018
“Healing Mother Earth”

Earth Day Sunday Service Video April 22nd, 2018—“Healing Mother Earth”—Here is the link and player to Kelly Gerling’s Sunday Earth Day sermon of April 22nd, 2018.

Every year, Rev. Karen Lindvig develops an annual theme for framing the sermon lessons for the year. In 2018, our Annual Theme is “The Inner Pilgrimage.” The sub-theme for April/early May is “Thresholds.” Here is Kelly Gerling’s 2018 Earth Day sermon, titled “Healing Mother Earth.” In it, Kelly explores…(see more below)

Kelly Gerling’s Sunday Earth Day Sermon—”Healing Mother Earth”

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Sermon Summary

Title: “Healing Mother Earth” — The annual theme of The Inner Pilgrimage has a key component we are covering—thresholds. Kelly Gerling’s 2018 Earth Day sermon is titled “Healing Mother Earth.” In it, Kelly explores how to create healing of the Earth through treatment plan through the threshold of global change in which we are living. Kelly offers a framework for understanding how to heal our Earth to enable organized human life in this century. His sermon includes:

– A key idea Kelly encountered during his 1983 interview with Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart.

– The relationship between thought, action and faith-in-the-future, to heal Mother Earth through the third and fifth Unity Principles.

– A reminder what Rev. Karen said in a sermon a couple of weeks ago—that intention and commitment add up to, or equal, faith.

– A framework of healing that includes diagnosis; treatment plan; and the implementation of the treatment plan.

– Details of diagnosis of the planetary problems that signal peril if not treated properly.

– A key idea for formulating a treatment plan.

– The necessary ways to leverage individual efforts towards large-scale innovation across multiple areas of human societies with a focus on institutions.

– The WWII mobilization in the American economy as a precedent for large-scale change towards universal prosperity and a sustainable civilization.

Kelly concludes his sermon with a way to deal emotionally and spiritually with our diagnosis from a scene in Star Trek, and a closing guided meditation.

Key questions to activate our powers:

What are my powers, such as special skills
and deep knowledge; contacts and memberships;
privileges and wealth?

How can I use my powers to bring about
large-scale institutional support for healing
Mother Earth by joining with others in unity?

Key quotations related to this sermon:

James Lovelock, founder of Gaia Theory

“One role we play is as the senses and nervous system for Gaia. Through our eyes she has for the first time seen her very fair face, and in our minds become aware of herself. The Earth is … a living system and we are part of it.”

Global Environmental Outlook report (GEO-5) by the United Nations Environment Programme on critical thresholds:

“As human pressures on the Earth System accelerate, several critical global, regional and local thresholds are close or have been exceeded. Once these have been passed, abrupt and possibly irreversible changes to the life-support functions of the planet are likely to occur, with significant adverse implications for human well-being.”

Carl Sagan in “Contact”:

Ellie Arroway (Jody Foster’s character) question for the aliens: “How did you survive this technological adolescence without destroying yourself?”

Wikipedia on Medicine:

“Medicine is the science and practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.

John Anster with inspiration from the words of Goethe in “Faust.”

“Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute.
What you can do, or dream, you can begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”

“Mother Earth” definition:

Mother Earth is a common personification of nature that focuses on the life-giving and nurturing aspects of nature by embodying it, in the form of the mother.

Earth Charter Conclusion

“Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.”

The full, linked transcript of the sermon, with supporting images, is published here:

The flyer for this service is here:


Talent Links


  • Sound engineer Nick Charlton
  • Videography Paul Jackson