Seattle Unity Sermon Videos 10-21-2018—”Border Dwellers”

Rev. Karen Lindvig Sunday Sermon
“Border Dwellers”

Sunday Service Video October 21st, 2018—”Border Dwellers”—Here is the link and player to Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday sermon of 10-21-2018. Rev. Karen continues her 2018 sermons to create in-depth understanding of how to practice the 2018 Annual Theme, “The Inner Pilgrimage.” In her next few sermons, Karen will emphasize the sub-theme in October/November—the practice of embracing the unknown.

In this sermon titled “Border Dwellers,” Karen emphasizes the idea that embracing the unknown calls for us to go to the edges of things and see things before others do, to know things before others know them. That means that when we…(see more below)

Also, Mark Buick offers his reading of “Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart.” (Details and video below.)

Mark Buick Offers his Reading Titled “Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart”

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Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon “Border Dwellers”

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Sermon Summary

Title: “Border Dwellers” — Reverend Karen Lindvig’s sermon on October 21st, 2018 is titled “Border Dwellers.” Rev. Karen continues her 2018 sermons to create an in-depth understanding of how to practice the 2018 Annual Theme, “The Inner Pilgrimage,” with a focus on the October/November sub-theme of the “Practice of Embracing the Unknown.”

In this sermon titled “Border Dwellers,” Karen emphasizes the idea that embracing the unknown calls for us to go to the edges of things and see things before others do, to know things before others know them. That means that when we embrace the unknown, we can be pioneers and leaders in the area of our expertise, whether it is music or art; teaching or leading a company; being a good parent or grandparent, and more…. Going to the edges of what is known, treading into the unknown, enables us to sometimes do things differently.

Karen asked a few crucial questions about our role as border dwellers who inhabit the edge of what is known, peeking into the unknown. They included:

• How many of you were the one who was different in your family or community?
• How many of you have been able to bring a new awareness of new ways of doing things back to your family and community?
• And how many had to leave because the gap was too wide—or you just let it go?

Karen then described the “good company” of such a worldview or mindset as individual leaders such as Einstein, The Beatles, John Coltrane, Gloria Steinem and Rosa Parks. She also described mystical, spiritual border dwellers such as Jesus, Unity’s founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, Yogananda, Sivananda, Swami Vishnu and others. She went on to provide many details about the experiences of Jesus in particular, quoting how he described his disconnection with his family and community.

Because our own spiritual community is entering the unknown with the creation of a new physical space, she reviewed more of the history of our existing building by showing a video of three people: Marge Lindenau, Ruth Atkinson, and Roy Leighton—people who entered their unknown to build our current building.

Rev. Karen emphasized the application of this idea as being deeply important because of our collective, dire need of border dwellers in so many areas of our society, from those with an inward focus who create peace and oneness and behold the Christ to those with an outward focus who don’t accept the idea that torturing people is okay.

Karen then elaborated more on the beneficial effects on entering the unknown in stories about astronauts as exemplified the the current film “The First Man” about the first human step on the Moon by Neil Armstrong with the eight-day Apollo 11 mission, that landed on July 20, 1969. She describes the “overview effect” some of the astronauts experienced when viewing Earth from space, a profound change in thinking that results in a profound leap into the unknown. This was well-described by Neil Armstrong when he said, as he stepped onto the Moon, “One small step for a man, one giant leap for Mankind.”

Karen concludes her sermon with a prayer designed to apply and integrate the ideas she offered in the sermon.

Key quotations related to the sermon “Border Dwellers”:

Christine Valters-Paintner:

“The inner artist seeks to give form to our inner longings and create beauty in the world. Both the inner monk and inner artist are border-dwellers. Neither fit neatly into mainstream society as they both call us to new ways of seeing.”

John 30:27-28 & 30:

John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’ … He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Mark 6:1-6:

Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.

President John F. Kennedy in 1962:

“We choose to go to the moon, not because it is easy, but because it is hard.”

David Beaver:

“When we originally went to the Moon, our total focus was on the Moon. We weren’t thinking about looking back at the Earth. But now that we have done it that may well have been the reason we went. “

Astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan:

“No amount of prior study or training can fully prepare anybody for the awe and wonder this inspires.”

Astronaut Gene Cernan:

Seeing the Earth from space was ”one of the deepest, most emotional experiences I have ever had.”

The Overview Effect:

“The overview effect is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from orbit or from the lunar surface. It refers to the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, ‘hanging in the void,’ shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere. From space, national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide people become less important, and the need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect this ‘pale blue dot’ becomes both obvious and imperative.” (Wikipedia definition)

Mark Buick Offers His Reading “Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart”:

The details of his reading are below. — Mark Buick offers a reading titled “Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart” by Christina Feldman and Jack Kornfield.

“Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart”
Christina Feldman and Jack Kornfield

“The secret of beginning a life of deep awareness and sensitivity lies in our willingness to pay attention.

“Our growth as conscious, awake human beings is marked not so much by grand gestures and visible renunciations as by extending loving attention to the minutest particulars of our lives.

“Every relationship, every thought, every gesture is blessed with meaning through the wholehearted attention we bring to it.

“In the complexities of our minds and lives we easily forget the power of attention, yet without attention we live only on the surface of existence.

“It is just simple attention that allows us truly to listen to the song of a bird, to see deeply the glory of an autumn leaf, to touch the heart of another and be touched.

“We need to be fully present in order to love a single thing wholeheartedly. We need to be fully awake in this moment if we are to receive and respond to the learning inherent in it.”

Link to this reading:

Whole-Hearted Attention