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Rev. Vicky's Message June 16, 2022

I had a wonderful vacation visiting my Cincinnati family: Bri, Salvador, Mateo (who is now taller than me!) and Joaquin (along with my sister, Karen). We drove to New York City (a first time visit for me) and were tourists – seeing many of the famous attractions – including the Broadway show, “Come From Away,” which was the perfect follow-up to the 9-11 Museum and Memorial. (It poignantly and musically tells the story of the small town in Nova Scotia that demonstrated compassion and generosity, as they hosted the stranded passengers of numerous commercial jets forced to ground there in the midst of the 9-11 crisis… if you get a chance to see it locally – do it – it’s well worth it!) From Cincinnati, I went to Unity Village for pre-meetings and the opening ceremonies of the 2022 International Convention. Visiting the Village is always a walk down memory lane. And I am again filled with gratitude for the spiritual grounding of Unity in my life. While in Cincinnati, I attended Clifton United Methodist Church (a “reconciling” community) where Bri & Salvador (and my grandkids) are now attending. The Pastor shared this closing prayer… I hope it speaks to you as it did to me: May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships so that you may live deep within your heart. Amen. May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace. Amen. May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain to joy. Amen. And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in the world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done. Amen. It’s good to be home! Blessings, Rev. Vicky


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