The Powers of Power and Strength, Jennifer Gates, Youth and Family Ministry Director
“We are created for power. It’s in us to succeed, to move forward, and to accomplish. As is true for all our abilities, power can be used to improve or control our material life, and it can be cultivated as spiritual power for inner transformation as well as for blessing others.”
“Spiritual strength is our capacity to stand undaunted in the midst of shifting circumstances, to act courageously, and to stay the course.”
(from Divine Audacity, by Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett)
I control my thoughts. I direct my actions.
I am purposeful, clear, and optimistic.
This week, we will be discussing in more depth the Powers of Power and Strength. Drawing upon the rich history of Unity teachings and traditions along with the text of Divine Audacity by Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett, we will provide an opportunity for our children and teens to understand how Power and Strength are inherent parts of their stock of Powers. We will also define what each of these powers means and look for ways to incorporate them in our lives.
We are also privileged to have a guest presenter today, Alli Mifflin-Groce, who will discuss Power and Strength with our older children and teens! In addition to being a long-standing member of our UCSA community, Alli has served as a Celebration Host, a Communications Team Member, and is a frequent contributor to our UCSA newsletter. Along with her husband, David – who is part of our Music Team, Alli enjoys working with kids and being a pet mom at home. Our YM department is extremely grateful for her willingness to share her time and our space this Sunday!
Our younger children will enjoy the beautiful and whimsical story, Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss along with age-appropriate commentary and discussion about the story’s meaning and ways in which it enlightens our path ahead.
Adult volunteers will provide information about the Powers of Power and Strength and how each of us can remain open to seeing them expressed in our lives.
Children and teens will be able to identify ways that the Powers of Power and Strength show up in their lives. They will briefly explore the meaning of each Power, and they will begin to think about how to integrate the Powers in their daily lives.
Principle #2: I am naturally good because God’s divinity is in me.
Principle #3: I create my life experience by what I choose to think, believe and feel.
Principle #5: I must live the Truth that I know!
Through our study of the Powers of Power and Strength, we each affirm that: I claim my divine attributes, trusting that they are part of the intelligence within the very cells of my body. I stand firm in my convictions.
As always, I invite each of you to join us in our classroom on a Sunday morning. You may just find that your spiritual life is enriched by the lessons we are sharing. We are especially looking for volunteers who are willing to serve during the summer months – July, and August!