Spetember Minister`s Message

Message From the Minister September
A Season of Change

In the wake of yet another climate disaster, this time in Houston, I am forced to go deeper into what I truly believe. I have four friends on the ministerial ordination path that live in the Houston area. So for me, I have had to look at this disaster from a personal, yet global perspective simultaneously. No longer can we live in our little bubbles and pretend we are not connected to everyone, everywhere. If someone is trapped in a flood in Houston, that’s me. If someone is experiencing a famine in Yemen, that’s me. If someone is going to help and heal, hey that’s me!

Yes, people have helped each other in miraculous ways to escape and recover from the floods recently. The physical recovery will take many years to come, and for some, the death and destruction will have overcome their life here on earth. If we can respond so wholeheartedly, and with so much love and care in these times of crisis, why do we not choose this loving attitude always? If we can respond in times of great need, can we not act out of love at all times as well? If there is the capacity for such focused cooperation for survival, can we not see that the entire human race is at a crossroads of its very existence? What is stopping us from taking similar action to save our planet for our future generations? What stops us from ending the scourge of racism, sexism or any other prejudice in our world once and for all?

I truly believe it is because we, as a species, still operate from a fundamental error in our thinking. If thinking leads to our beliefs, and beliefs lead to our actions, and our actions give us the world we experience; then the thought system based on the idea of our differences must be overcome by reason. It is not reasonable that we allow our climate to change and people to suffer needlessly. It is not reasonable to me that the illusion of our separation be the foundation of our thought system, when in fact we are all equal and we are all one. What do those two things have in common? What does separation have to do with climate change? These are two dots that can be easily connected if we care to look at them from the perspective of spiritual principle.

The thought system of separation and fear is at the core of our laws, our societies, our governments, our educational systems, businesses, and religions as well. In order to protect our separate selves and separate lives and separate interests we have to compete.
Finally it is a competition no one can ever win. All we do is build up the ego and try to replace God with the this false idol we have made to take God’s place. Fear rules the ego’s world and drives the machine of separation. Fear of each other keeps us in the mad rush for success at the expense of all our natural resources. The quest for human/ego power has placed profits above human the value of human lives, and this is not something people of faith can afford to tolerate any longer.

I am going to suggest that September be the month of change, the change of our minds about our purpose for being here, the change of our hearts about joining together in the truth, the change of our thinking as to who and what we really are, and most importantly, the change in our attitudes toward each other and the planet on which we live. If something must die in the autumn season, then let it be my apathy toward the great need before us. Let that unconsciousness be swept away by the winter winds, and let us be witness to a powerful rebirth of positive and practical solutions for Humankind, solutions that come from the One Power and One Presence active in the universe and in me.

Always yours in Christ Consciousness,
Rev. Tony

MInister’s Message August 2017

Message from the Minister August 2017 
You Have The Power

Absolute good, everywhere present, that is how we define God in Unity. Whatever term you use to define God; the universe, divine Mind, our source, oneness of being or universal consciousness, this one thought can change your whole experience of life and your attitude about everything. This is the foundation of positive, practical Christianity. The more we can see the good in all things, the closer we are to the true nature of the universe, God and ourselves.

Recently I posted a statement on Facebook. It reads, “The Universe is not punishing you or blessing you. It is responding to the vibrational attitude that you are emitting.” In other words, it is giving us another example of the third principle of Unity, “We create our experiences by the activity of our thinking. Everything in the manifest realm has its beginning in thought.”

The problem we have with this teaching is that we don’t want that much power. We would rather remain small and separate from the universe. It seems much safer to go through life that way. It seems much safer to give that power to something outside of our own consciousness. The problem with that kind of thinking is that it keeps us limited to a very small perception of everything, especially ourselves.

I have a challenge for each and everyone of us here at Unity on Cape Cod. Let’s make August the month of reclaiming our spiritual power. For this month, I would like to hold one thought in mind each day… “I have been given all power in Heaven and earth.” and I will be asking myself a question…“What will I do with this power to bless myself the world today?” Each day I will remind myself of my ultimate reality and allow my reality to be manifest in form according to divine ideas.

I am one with the unfailing universal power of truth, love, wisdom and peace. I bring this peace with me wherever I go, and the power of this light in me shines through every appearance of lack or limitation in my life and in the lives of those around me. I am the change agent in every situation that calls for positive change. I am the healing power in every situation which calls for healing. I am the demonstration of love wherever there is a thought of hate. I will represent oneness in the face of separation, and I step forward in the totality of universal love, from which I was created.

Yours in Power and in Truth
Rev. Tony

Minister’s Message July

Message from the Minister July 2017

Celebrating our Independence

July is the month we begin by celebrating our nation’s independence day; but a greater liberation awaits those who are now willing to abandon the world of suffering and accept their freedom as a living, loving creation of a loving God. We have together discovered the immutable law of oneness; that we are of one mind, one heart, one love, one God, one creator and one perfect creation, forever expanding in the eternal reality we all share. Now has come the time to claim this truth as your own unchanging reality. Free from all thoughts of separation and loss, we can continue to discover this amazing, dynamic truth which holds us in an energy of continuous healing and harmony.

What does it take? What do I need to do?
Perhaps you need a revolution of consciousness in order to break the chains of limited thinking, that’s why we have chosen the spiritual path. Each one of us here at Unity has made a choice to practice freedom from separation and suffering in every form it takes.
By practicing the principles of truth, we train our minds to always see the world Spirit is offering us each moment. When we live in that world, we offer the way to freedom and of peace to all our brothers and sisters everywhere. The shift of awareness, the awakening of consciousness and the world of oneness is a real thing my friends.

Your time is now!
This might be your time to join the revolution of mind and become a catalyst of true spiritual freedom for yourself and for everyone. The world needs your awakening and your joy. I can see no better way to be the light and carry healing to all those who have forgotten who they really are. Look into your heart now and ask this question of yourself, “Am I willing now to bring peace and freedom to the world?” If your answer is yes, you are in the right place, right here at Unity!

Yours in Christ Consciousness
Rev. Tony

Minister’s Message June

Message from the Minister June 2017

Remember our source

 

Summer is a time of fun in the sun, gathering with family and friends, hosting events for everyone to share in our happiness and our joy. As summer gets underway this year, let us keep in mind the true source of our all our good and all our happiness. There is always an abundance of opportunities for us to receive our good, but sometimes we get distracted by the fleeting moments of excitement in sense consciousness. The result of our misalignment of focus on Spirit brings only confusion and anxiety. However, I can choose to remain focused on the source of all good and all power and walk with the great expectancy of that good being manifest in my life and in the world.

The great adventure of life continues, as we make this choice together as a community to stay focused on the source and the truth within our hearts, everything we need to thrive in the Spirit will be given us in good measure, pressed down and running over. I see an abundant summer ahead, and welcome the warmth of our spiritual family even more than the warm weather ahead, knowing they are both part of the whole experience of God in me expressing in the world.

Get ready my dear ones for amazing things ahead. An incredible time of spiritual growth continues for all of us. I am attending my first intensive at  Unity Village, as part of the Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute in the first days of June. We are beginning again our twenty one day prosperity experiment on June 11, as well as hosting our annual volunteer appreciation luncheon. We have the return of The Hyannis Sound to Unity the following weekend and we will end the month with a beautiful Sacred music concert with Felicia Rose.

This summer we will also be enriching our prayer team, and more importantly our prayer consciousness. So as the summer moves into full swing and the nature around us in full bloom, let us be steadfast and resolute to do the same, allow the garden of our hearts and minds to burst into the brilliant expression of God’s love we always dreamed possible. For in God, not only are all things possible, they are already accomplished.

Let the Fun Begin!

Yours Always in Christ Consciousness

Rev. Tony

 

Minister’s Message May

Message from the Minister May 2017

What a joy to Bloom where you are planted…


Here we go… jumping into spring with expectancy and full expression of the Christ in us. I am so happy to see so many new faces coming regularly to Unity every Sunday. We just completed our most successful Earth Care series and Earth day celebration to date. Easter and our recent “Bring a friend to church” day were also services to remember. Our yard has been cleaned up and looking good. The Stained glass altar box will be ordered soon, and new furnaces are on the way. Our prayer chaplain program is getting new life, and the healing continues throughout the week. There really is more amazing things happening than I can say.

Spirit has given us more energy to accomplish all we desire and more. In this time of greater growth, a new prosperity project is going to help us bring in the substance to manifest all we need to keep up with our growing community. Workshops, classes and concerts are lined up for the next few months. Fasten your seat belts everyone. The adventure continues. I want to express my gratitude for all our team leaders and remind everyone how much your involvement is appreciated, in fact it is what makes it all happen.

My deepest prayer in these days is that we continue acknowledge and cherish one another with the love of Spirit, always and in all ways. My only request of you, my dearest brothers and sisters, is that you bloom right here where Spirit has planted you.
And if you are one of our beloved summer residents, welcome home! Remember you are always with us in spirit, wherever you travel, I want you to know this is always your spiritual center and your home. I pray that we continue to bloom together in our garden of light and love, one that has been prepared by the Divine Presence of the living God with each and every one of us.

There really is no limit on our joy or on our healing and abundance. As I said in last weeks message, my life is yours, I lay down the false desires of separate self, and embrace the life I am given by our oneness. As the African quote says, “I am because we are.” That is the beauty of creation. Even though we may look different and have our own unique individual expression of God to bring into this world, we are One in Spirit and in Truth. I honor the oneness that we share. I feel truly blessed to simply take the time to to do what my Mom always told me to do, to bloom where I am planted.

Namaste’

Rev. Tony

Minister’s Message April

Message from the Minister April 2017
Happy Easter

 

That long awaited time of spring is just around the corner. As we enter into this most sacred cycle of rebirth, renewal and regeneration, I am reminded of why we have chosen the path of spiritual awakening. With the Easter season comes a fresh new moment, a moment of new opportunities for healing our sense of separation from God, from nature, and from each other. This is the time when we come back together, in times of celebration, greater inner growth and new adventures of the soul.

As we awaken from the slumber of the winter months, and perhaps from our long sleep of sense consciousness, the wonder of creation begins to call us back to family, community and greater joining. All the rites and rituals of spring can be seen as simple reminders of just how much we need each other, and how much we depend on our connection to Spirit. Our connection to the divine in us and all around us is the life blood of our true self.

I see each and everyone of us becoming more peaceful, loving, abundant and giving as each new day passes into another. I see each one healthy, creative, enthusiastic and abundant. I hold a vision of you as the perfect and whole child of God that you are, living joyously in the earnest expectation of the fulfillment of your divine purpose here on Earth. There is nothing and no one that can hold you back from expressing the Christ in you, through you and as you, now and always. Our collective resurrection is at hand. We step forward into this season with great intentions for a world awakened through the recognition of our own individual power and perfection.

When the Spirit of the Living God dwells in you, who can be against you? Therefore my friends, see no one as enemy, judge nothing as lacking, take all things as a blessing, and above all else, remember you are loved. Perfect love will cast out any lingering fears you may have, and bring us into that bright day of resurrection and regeneration together as one holy child of a wholly loving God.

Be in Peace,
Rev. Tony

Minister’s Message March

Message From Our Spiritual Leader
March 2017, Unity on Cape Cod

As we enter the season of Lent, let us remember that the Jesus story is our story as well, only in a different forms; but the theme and direction of the story, the archetypes and the events remain the same throughout time. The first days of our journey toward resurrection we are going through a lot of inner changes and deep reflection about the meaning of our lives. It feels to me that many of us are going through the same deep inner turmoil right now, at the beginning of our journey to higher consciousness. During the memorial for our friend David Long, I was reminded that from Spirit we have come and to Spirit do we return. It is not ashes to ashes and dust to dust; but Spirit to Spirit and Glory to Glory. We are amazing and beautiful creations of a perfect Creator.

In our forty days of transformation we too can travel the entire road of regeneration of our minds and bodies, and emerge victorious over the thoughts of death, as the living Christ we were born to be. As we move in consciousness from limited and separate human beings to the remembrance of our whole and perfect spiritual identity, a change takes place in the way we view the world and every living thing in the world. Now the world begins to take on the light of our awakened mind, and our oneness with all creation shines back at us in reflections of the universal will of a loving God.

The New testament has a wonderful description of this process in (1 John Chapter 4) where it states, “No one has seen God at any time, but if we love one another… His love is perfected in us, for as He is so as we in this world.” We are the representation of God-mind in this world. We are the hands and feet and mouth of the Almighty, spreading the good news that all of creation is One! There can be no separation in Heaven or in earth.

Look at your hands and remember, these are the hands of Christ, look at your feet and remember the same. And every time you open your mouth, remember who it is that wants to speak through you, and above all remember Life is eternal. No one and nothing can stop you from your own awakening and resurrection to the Truth of who you really are! Hang in there my beloved brothers and sisters. Easter is just around the corner, and with it will come the glorious rebirth of all that is holy and true.

Thanks for being with us. The Journey Continues !

Rev. Tony

Minister’s Message February

Message From Our Spiritual Leader
February, 2017 Unity on Cape Cod

 

As our New Year and our new energy grows in our community there is always much to do and to dream about for our future together. The most important thing for me to remember these days is to stay focused on the goal of inner peace and spiritual awakening. It would be so easy to get carried away with the work that lies before us, and forget about the fun and excitement born only out of the moments we share in the light of Truth. Every miracle and every moment of positive growth came to me through surrender, not sacrifice. Every happy event has always come with a joyful letting go into the flow of Divine Ideas, being expressed effortlessly in the present moment, and by accepting the guidance of my higher self. Deep listening, followed by purposeful action can bring us to beautiful places together. I don’t feel it is time to push or pull, strive or strain; but perhaps it is a time for contemplation, dedication and celebration.

When I allow life to come to me, I find a grace and ease I could never before imagine. However, trying to force things to happen before their time always leaves one in a tangle of frustrated memories. Let’s stay focused on our inner path and extension of the truth of our being. Plant the seeds of faith, hope and love this winter, and sit back and watch what a beautiful garden will emerge in the spring. To all my fellow gardeners, “Thank You” for planting your spiritual seeds with vision and purpose.

An amazing growth is taking place. Spring is right around the corner. I can already see and feel the garden in full bloom, but for now I will bask in the quiet of a winter filled with holy companions in the light.

Yours always in Christ Consciousness,

Rev. Tony

Minister’s Message, January

Message From Our Spiritual Leader
January, 2017 Unity on Cape Cod

Happy New Year

This new year feels different to me. Something is in the air, something wonderful is about to happen, and is happening now. I have heard it said that this is the foundation to living a really happy and fulfilled life, to always believe something wonderful is about to happen. Even if I cannot see it, it is there waiting for me, waiting for us. Some very exciting and important things have taken place in this past year, but within my heart I feel we are just getting started.

This past year I completed my Spiritual Education and Enrichment program with Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute, and have embarked on the journey of a lifetime as the Spiritual Leader of UCC. Now I am enrolled in the Masters of Divinity program with UWSI Online Seminary, and we now have almost every night filled with uplifting programs and soul-enriching groups on the schedule. Our website is completely rebuilt and receives between twelve and sixteen hundred visits per month. Our youth program is flourishing and every Sunday is another day of celebration and awakening to the Christ in all of us. Our classes, workshops, concerts and movies are bringing a much needed message and experience of hope, comfort, caring, and transformation to so many across the region. Every day new possibilities await. Expanded awareness and higher vibrations of love can be felt growing within the community.

The membership is rising and so is our consciousness. We are grateful for a year of change and growth both individually and as a congregation. Our Spiritual Center is a vibrant community of inspired individuals working together to keep Unity alive and thriving on Cape Cod. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you not only have a place here at Unity, we want you to feel engaged and empowered to join us in making this the most amazing Spiritual Center we could ever dream of. Each of you have dreams and desires, not just for 2017, but I imagine for the many years to come. There is a lot of work to do and fun to be had by all of us in helping make those dreams become a reality. Whatever way you feel you can contribute to our community; the giving of your talents, time and treasure is what we are so very grateful for. Your continued involvement, or your new interest in Unity is so welcomed and appreciated. We Love you, we bless you and we behold the Christ in you.

Abundant Blessings this new year, as we grow together in Spirit and in Truth.

Rev. Tony

Minister’s Message. December.

A Message From Our Spiritual Leader

December , 2016

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There is room at the Inn. There is always room for one more to enter in and take his/her rest in God. The Christ light is being born in you this season. Everyone needs a place to nurture the Christ spirit within, until you are ready to demonstrate it fully in the world. The process of transformation can sometimes be like giving birth to a child. You have carried this child with you for many months and cared for the baby growing within you. Now it is time to give birth to this Christ child. You might be thrilled and frightened all at the same time. Yet still, the time has come and the moment is upon us.
Yes, there will be some labor pains and it may require more strength and certainty than ever before; but the midwives are present, and the family has surrounded you with their love and prayers. The world is still and quiet in anticipation of this glorious advent. All you need now is a place to rest as you bring forth this child of light. Perhaps one of the greatest gifts there is in having a spiritual center, is knowing you have a safe place to experience your own individual healing, growth and transformation.
There is a place for you here at Unity. We have kept this place open for everyone, no matter where you find yourself on your spiritual journey.
All of us have to walk our own path to God and in God.
It is so very comforting to have others walking this path with you. Even if our process seems different, we are all One in spirit and in truth, we are all just walking each other home. I just want you to remember that we always have each other to count on, and there is always an open door and always a room at the Inn for you, for one more to enter in and find the peace of God. Now all hearts are beating in harmony with each other in Unity.
In the house of our Father/Mother God there are many rooms, one has been prepared for you since the time you came into being. This Christmas we can let ourselves bask in the peace and joy of our true nature. You are the beloved one, the holy child of the universe and the light of this world. We are so grateful for your presence in our spiritual family.

Welcome Home,
Rev. Tony