Terry Thompson, Intentional Giving Team Lead
My name is Terry Thompson, and I’m a member of this year’s Intentional Giving committee. I’m excited to launch our 2017 campaign, which will culminate with our Thanksgiving Ceremony on November 20th.
Every year at around this time, we set aside some time to intentionally reflect on our practices around prosperity and abundant living. And, like every year, this is a time of celebration and gratitude.
If you’re a first time visitor or you’re just checking us out, you’ve come at a great time, because you have a great opportunity to observe our community and see how we talk about money as a spiritual exercise in abundance and prosperity.
We have a lot to celebrate and be thankful for here at Unity of SA, and we’re inviting you to support the continued growth of our spiritual community as we step into an even greater vision of what we will become together.
Like many of you, I was raised in a home where giving was rule based rather than faith based. We were taught to hold tight to money and to tithe to avoid punishment from God or out of some sort of desperate plea bargain to keep what we had.
But in my own life, I’ve seen what can happen when you make giving an intentional part of your spiritual practice. For me one of the most powerful shifts has been the shift from lack to abundance.
A shift from giving out of expectation to giving out of celebration
A shift from giving out of obligation to giving out of appreciation.
A shift from fear to truth.
Now, I think of giving as a natural part of who I am. I give because I want to support a spiritual community that nurtures me and my spiritual growth and encourages that same growth in others.
If you’re ready to feel this same shift, we invite you to join us in our practice of intentional giving and see how it magnifies your own spiritual practice. If you’re already an intentional giver, you know the impact your giving has in your life, and we invite you to continue this journey with us.
Here at Unity, there are lots of ways you can give. You can give the traditional way by dropping your gifts in the basket on Sunday morning, you can schedule an automatic withdrawal from your checking account, or you can schedule an automatic payment with your credit card.
Or, you can give like I do, by going to the green quick donate button at the bottom of our website and donating through PayPal.
I prefer this method because I have to go in and manually click send. This physical act of payment is important to my spiritual practice, because it’s a conscious time of reflection for me. Since it’s the last thing I do, it recalibrates my thinking each month as I finish paying my bills and keeps me focused on what I know to be true.
Usually, I click send with an affirmative prayer that’s something like:
Spirit supplies my every need.
I walk in blessings.
I have always had enough.
I gratefully step into my divine abundance and prosperity – which I know are already there.
Sometimes, though, the prayer comes a little more simply in the form of an infomercial voice:
Intentional Giving: “Keeping the lights on, so you can keep your light on”!
So, whether you want to help us keep the lights on – or better yet – step gratefully into your divine abundance, we invite you to join us.
Once you’ve had some time to think about your intentional gifts for the coming year and you’re ready for the next step, we invite you to let us know your commitment by completing an intentional giving brochure that you either received in the mail recently or can locate in the seat back pockets in front of you.