Minister's Message October 2019

“Things change all the time, so why do people make such a philosophical to-do that things are constantly in transition?”

~ Twila Tharp


“You are always leaving one chapter behind while moving on to the next.” 

~ Anonymous


“It is when we are in transition that we are most completely alive.”

~ William Bridges


Dear Friends,

I laughed when I read the above quote by Twila Tharp, dancer, choreographer, and writer. Twila put a humorous twist on much of what she did. I could see her rolling her eyes and saying, “What’s the big deal!” before making the more profound remark that things are constantly in transition. Then the next anonymous quote seemed to aptly follow: “You are always leaving one chapter behind while moving on to the next.”

While our lives are constantly in transition, unless we make these transitions with awareness, we don’t have the opportunity to become bigger than we currently are. To be more of the Christ self that lives within us all the time. And isn’t that life’s purpose? To express more love, joy, vibrancy, and light? To live with a fullness that infuses each space we enter? To feel completely alive?

Transition is the process of changing from one state or condition to another. In Unity, we talk about becoming more—more of our Christ self; more of who we were created to be. Yet how often do we drag our feet when such an opportunity presents itself? Transition requires letting go of past beliefs and behaviors so that we can embrace new ones leading to a richer, fuller, more abundant life. Letting go of what is familiar can feel intimidating, a little scary. Only when we’re willing to take the leap can we experience the invigoration that follows.

Fall, my favorite season, transitions us from the long hot days of summer into cooler, shorter days. If used as a time of personal transition, it leads us toward the time of contemplation provided by the dark, cold nights of winter. We can use Fall as a time of slowing down, of looking at our life in a more contemplative way so that we can do the deep work of transformation during winter.

As we enter the month of October at Unity Church in Redding, we take this time of transition to focus on prosperity and all that we have been given. We look with greater consciousness at the abundance of our universe and how that manifests in our life. We begin to take stock of what thoughts and attitudes we must release to reap more of the abundance that is our natural birthright. Then on November 1, we celebrate! We celebrate all that life gives. We celebrate the openness we have created in our personal lives so that we can accept prosperity. We begin to look at ways we can share that abundance with our spiritual source. For many of us, that is our UCIR sacred community. Please mark your calendar for our Fall Commitment Dinner on November 1. This year again, it is our Board’s gift to you.

As we move into Fall with its beautiful colors, I encourage you consider what you desire in your life. Our Sunday services will support you in your exploration. They will present some new tools to assist you in achieving your dreams. They will assist you in determining how much you want to commit to your church for its ongoing ministering to your growth.

I see each of you as an abundant, beautiful expression of God right here on earth. I hold you in my heart knowing that you are always transitioning and growing into the glory and wholeness of who you were born to be. I thank you for being part of my life and for supporting me in my growth and in our ministry.


Reverend Carolyn