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holy spiritTo my beloved community,

I just want to say thank you for creating such a loving space for my Unity ordination ceremony last Sunday. The energy in the room was electric, palpable, and the entire experience was beyond my expectations. When I was ordained as an Interfaith Minister in 2011, it was a deeply spiritual and emotionally transforming experience for me. I felt utterly cracked open. It was also held as a private ceremony with only fellow seminarians and faculty present. I wasn’t sure what to expect of this Unity ordination ceremony, which was to be held under very different circumstances. And frankly, I was tempted to do it privately, as it is more my nature to do something like this in private and keep it on the down low.

But I worked through that ego stuff and chose to be ordained in front of the spiritual community that I led for seven years and means so much to me. And I am so glad I did.

All of you, whether you were present in body or in spirit, created a sacred holding place for this sacred activity of Spirit. I wish I could describe it better. It is not something I can put into words. It felt like the arms of God holding me. The Presence of pure Being. The Prayer Chaplains set the stage by enveloping me a prayer circle and each chaplain spoke their intention for me. I love that we demonstrated the power of prayer in front of all who came. It is such powerful activity! And it’s one of the things we do so well.

 

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As I shared with everyone on Sunday, I had the opportunity to select the person who would represent Unity Worldwide Ministries and serve as my Ordination Officer. I knew right away that I would ask Rev. Festus Umeojiego. Rev. Festus was my minister at Unity on the North Shore in Evanston, IL from 2006 to 2008. During his last Sunday service there, he washed my feet in front of the congregation. It was an act of anointment, preparing me to assume the interim leadership position while the board searched for a new minister. I will never forget that day and the generous and authentically raw gift the foot washing was. I was heartened that our community was able to experience Rev. Festus’s kind spirit and deep and profound wisdom. He spoke of the activity of God as the Holy Spirit and we all felt It. Festus is truly a sage and we were all blessed by him.

 

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I want to also mention that the crowning point for me was the energy of our community as the ceremony concluded. There are lots of ways to participate in an event. When it is active engagement versus passive observation, it feels completely different. You all bore witness to the threshold I was crossing. From my vantage point, I felt a heart-centered and enthusiastic engagement, and also very happy, supportive and proud energy coming from all of you. My heart was full.

 

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Lastly, our Gratitude potluck luncheon that followed was fantastic, and colorful. It was carried off with ease and grace and there was a profound sense of deep connection and happiness. I’m not just saying that. The energy was vibrant and easy. And the activity of putting it all on was not work, but sacred service. Blessings to all who set everything up and staffed the kitchen. It was beautiful!

I will always remember this day. From the bottom of my heart and soul, thank you everyone for your part in co-creating it.

Love and Blessings,

Rev 2 Carol

 

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