Jennifer Llamas, Youth and Family Ministry Director
What makes a community? Is it necessary to be in a shared space to be connected? Are there benefits to living in a digitally connected world? As we collectively found ourselves in a strange new world two months ago, these are a few of the questions that began forming in my mind. Fortunately, being fully immersed in the world of Unity Youth Ministry, I’ve had plenty of time and material to help inform my conclusions about these and so many other head-thumpers.
During the months of April and May, our YM lessons have continued to focus on this year’s topic of Unity’s 12 Powers. Even though we have not been meeting in person, we have been able to share the same lessons and partake in similar activities through the magic of the internet. Beginning in January, our children and teens have explored one Power per month. In January, we examined the Power of Faith, February, the Power of Strength, March, the Power of Wisdom. As we transitioned to fully on-line learning, April brought us the Power of Love, and May, the Power of Power.
Each week, our YM Families have received lesson plans delivered directly to their email boxes, and those who have chosen to join us are also part of a private Facebook Group. In addition, text messaging and phone calls have kept us in touch with each other’s lives. So, our sense of community may have shifted, but the ability to remain connected in securely intact. And, expanding on our knowledge of Unity Principles, it remains true that there is only One Power, and we are each imbued with a spark of that Divinity – always connected through Source.
This Sunday happens to be a 5th Sunday. This occurs 4 times during each calendar year, and when we are all meeting in-person, our community uses this opportunity to celebrate together as Family Sunday. All ages are invited to join together in the sanctuary and share an intergenerational experience. In the spirit of this concept, I would like to share with our entire community some ideas for engaging with those around you and with the natural world. I invite everyone reading these words to choose an activity and if so inclined, take some photos that you can send to me to be shared with our larger Unity of San Antonio Community!
- Let’s think about the Power of Faith! This activity can be done with any number of people. If you have lots of people, just be sure you give yourself plenty of room! All you need is a few feathers, or if you don’t have those available, you could try small scraps of tissue paper. The idea – each person tosses the feather/paper in the air, and then using his/her own breath attempts to keep the item afloat as long as possible. Like our breath with the feather, faith is the unseen power that supports our lives. It is also an active power that speaks to our belief in things not yet seen!
- Do you have marshmallows and toothpicks in your kitchen? If so, you’re ready to look at the Power of Strength. What creations can you make with these items? Can you assemble a tall tower? Is it better to make a wide base first to create stability? If you have trouble with your creation, are you willing to remain steadfast in pursuit of your design? Unity co-founder, Charles Fillmore reminds us that – similar to these structures we are building – we each contain a multitude of potential versions of ourselves, and through our attention and intention we help manifest our next, best self. Our faculties of stability and steadfastness sustain our growth.
- In practicing the Power of Wisdom, consider starting or adding to a journal. Begin recording what your daily life is like right now. While journaling is a great way to reduce stress, the words you record now will also create a living history of the unprecedented time we are all sharing.
- Create a symbol of the Power of Love that you can display in your home to remind you that Love is the magnetizing, harmonizing, and unifying power in our lives and world. You could make a collage, gather a few objects for an altar display, or create a drawing or poem.
- As we conclude our study of the Power of Power this month, let’s continue to share our Power with the world around us. Knowing that our Power of Power allows us to hone our faculty of concentration and practice self-mastery as we stand in the Truth that we know, consider making some beautiful sidewalk chalk art or displaying words of affirmation in the windows of your home. You may also think about writing letters to send to friends, family, or to assisted living or nursing home residents. Let’s use this time of uncertainty to be the Light of the World!
Feel free to send me a text or email with your creations! I’d love to hear from you. Thank you for being part of this beautiful world that we are creating!
Jennifer Gates Llamas, [email protected], (210) 383-0438