My wife Sue and I moved into an amazing neighborhood three years ago. We know the neighbors around us but I’ve been saying for two years that I want to have a block party and get to know the rest of the neighbors.
It’s in our make up as humans to want connection, to know and take care of each other and the world around us; yet we’ve become conditioned to be fearful of what we don’t know, to make excuses of how busy we are and frankly, we’ve pulled ourselves inside our homes and our privacy fences to sit in front of our tv’s, computers and our phones. We may spend time with our own families or a select few people, but we aren’t making the time to get to know those who are not in that tight-knit circle.
The Board of Directors at Unity has been working to bring new ideas for added connection. On Sunday, June 14th we are beginning a program called Ambassadors 101. After first and second services board members will gather at the back of the sanctuary with first time visitors or newcomers to discuss what we believe at Unity and answer questions. We have many ongoing groups during the week and want to share information on them, so we’ll give a short description of what those activities are and how to become part of any that interest you.
We love the Spirit Groups and see the continued enthusiasm surrounding the diverse subjects. We will be starting a couple of new groups in the fall. One will be centered around the 5 Principles of Unity. It will meet after services and be an ongoing open group discussion. The other is “Talk About the Talk.” This group will meet on alternating Sundays after second service with BYO lunch to discuss the topic of the service and dive deeper into how it applies in our lives or questions that might come up. This will also be an ongoing open group so anyone can join at any time.
So, about the block party…I just decided to do it. I talked to a neighbor who happens to own a printing business and he volunteered to make fliers. I spent the afternoon last Saturday knocking on doors, handing out fliers and inviting our neighbors to a casual get together in the cul-de-sac down the block. I’m excited to make a personal connection with the people whose homes I pass by on walks or wave at as they drive by. I’m also excited to make those connections with you and get to know you better at Unity of Springfield!
Namaste, My Friends,
President of the Board of Directors