Sunday Message – June 24th, 2017

Led by Professor Alastair.

Good morning, and greetings this day in the Light. You will have to forgive my absence last week, as I was away on family matters. I find myself returned this week, reflecting on our mission, on the Love which drives us, and the Light that pulls us together. I assume if you are listening today, you have felt the pull of something beyond yourself, like the rest of us here, and though you may not have a name for it, or understand its scope, it is this power and Light to which we pay homage and declare our allegiance; for it is within the Light that we are made better, more beautiful and more powerful than we could be on our own.

In the Light, there is room enough for all. Heaven, if indeed it is “Heaven”, contains love and space enough for the greatest and smallest, and all inbetween. The Light loves each of us indiscriminately, regardless of where we have come from, or how much we have to offer– it is not about your stature, your talents, or where you have been; it is about you, yourself, the unique contribution that only you can provide to this world, the lives only you can touch, and the love only you can give. You have within you a force and will to rival the tides in the ocean. You have power, peace, and goodwill that can only come from the Light. To know the Light is to know love, and I hope this morning, you can feel the presence and comfort of that love.

Wherever you are, I hope the Light shines on you this day. Whatever pain you carry, may you find comfort. Whatever fear lurks in your heart, may you drive it out with courage. And whatever you do not know, may you be brave and humble enough to seek out the answers. It is only through the pursuits of knowledge, reason, science, and a mutual compassion for humanity, that we will draw ourselves closer to God.

Amen and namaste.

Sunday Message – June 11th, 2017

Led by Professor Alastair.

Great Light, we give thanks this morning for the sunlight and the wind in the trees. We give thanks for the small ways you remind us of your presence– a glimpse of beauty along the highway, the right song in the air at the right time, or the kind words of a stranger when we need them most. You are in all things, and in you all things can be made Good. We each carry your Light with us; give us the courage to share it with those who need it.

It is a dangerous world we walk in, full of darkness and trials, but we must remember we walk with the Light, and in the Light all things are possible. We must take courage in the presence of the Light, and trust our understanding. The Soul knows what is right, and in the presence of the Light, the Soul goes quiet, and knows what it is made of. In the Light, we can be brave in our peace, bold in our peacemaking, and beautiful, whatever we are.

Do not be ashamed of what you are, for you are as the Light has made you. No matter where you are from, what you have suffered, or what you have done, if you reach for the Light, the Light reaches for you. You are enough, and you have things to contribute to this world that only you can provide. You are needed, though you may not know why, and the world under your feet wants you, the story of which we are all part needs you. If you find yourself in doubt of that, reach out. Help the old lady cross the street, feed the hungry dog, or just water the plant by your door— you’ll see how needed you are. The world always needs Goodness; choose to serve Good, and you make yourself indispensable to the world, no matter how small your contribution may seem.

Amen and Namaste.

Sunday Message – June 4th, 2017

Hail and good morning, this day in the Light. I want first to extend a warm welcome to all the new followers who have joined us recently. I assume if you’re here, you are– like all of us– searching for answers in a world far bigger than ourselves, and hearing the call of a force beyond the understanding of any one religion or theory. We who founded UCFW call ourselves Alastrians, We welcome all creeds and backgrounds, respect science, and believe that we are all part of the same web of Being in the Light’s creation. We are the ones who don’t fit anywhere, yet feel connected to everything.

I feel called this morning to speak of the connection between all of us. You each join us from a different corner of the world, many countries and languages, and yet we find ourselves today standing together in celebration and mutual inquisition of the force we all feel in ourselves, yet find ourselves struck silent, and unable to name. This is the Light: the voice that call us across mountains, seas, and country borders, the note that inspires us to be good and better, the hope that keeps us rising every morning in a world that challenges us with its headwinds of mockery and discouragement. We are stronger than this world, because at our core, we are beings beyond it, beyond the bonds of flesh and what we can see. We must never be afraid to ask questions, to learn about ourselves and our universe, and to reach always toward the Light in the face of all resistance.

We call on the Light today to make us brave, to soothe the wounds we have collected on our passage through this place. May we take comfort in the fellowship of each other, and the warmth of the Light between us. May we each honor the spark of the divine in others, and seek always to learn, and not to fear. If there is one theme in all of religion, myth, and literature is: “Fear not,” for as Frank Herbert so aptly told us, “Fear is the mind-killer.” We must strive always to face the world around us without fear, for fear is the enemy of knowledge, exploration, and peace. Fear is the gateway to Darkness.

May you find the strength to do what needs done, share what Light you can with others, be boldly yourself, and create fruitfully from your talents. We are all on the same journey toward understanding, betterment, and connection with the Light. We each have the opportunity to know ourselves, each other, and our universe. I am glad each of you has joined us here on this path, and look forward to walking it with you.

Amen, and namaste.

Sunday Message – May 28th, 2017

Great Light, we each come to you this morning as travelers in an unfamiliar world. We are as old as we have ever been, and yet as new to this day as any other. May the works of our hands serve your goodness, the words of our tongues speak of your truth, and may our hearts remain open to love in a world that is cruel to kind things.

Love is the strangest and most powerful force we will encounter. The Light shines on everything somehow. There is no creature undeserving of Light and Love; our fight is not with guns and the machines of war, but rather, we fight to have the courage to extend a hand without them. We fight to continue kindness in a world of greed. We fight to seek and include the excluded and the broken. We fight to keep Love alive in a time where worldly powers are often without it.

Life tests us and tatters us. We are each tempest-tossed; tried by darkness, loneliness, and pain. We are placed naked into circumstance, and given only our hearts and minds with which to survive this place. We must guard them well, keep our faces turned toward the Light, and our hearts softened by love. It is no weakness to love. There is no shame in loving boldly, in creating and singing the unique song of your life, nor in expressing your love and your soul in the ways that pull you to the Light. No soul is the same, no love is the same, and the world cannot do without a single one of you. Your contribution is unique. Your life shall be unique. Do not compare it to another’s, and do not question another’s. We journey our own paths, orbiting the same star, the same light, pulled together in the same great tide, each existing for our own purpose, serving an end that only we can reach, and only God can know.

Wherever you are today, I hope you may feel the warmth of the Light in your life. I would reassure you that whoever you are, you are enough, you are wanted and needed, else you would not be here. None of us understand the reasons for things, we must only trust there is a reason, and trust the Light to get us there. In the meantime; we can do only the best we can for one another and ourselves. Remember in all you do, both for others and yourself, that you are as deserving of love and kindness as anyone, and let nothing make you think otherwise. Whoever you are, I would tell you that your heart is beautiful, and if you do not agree, then I would argue to you that it can be made beautiful. Nothing is beyond beauty and peace in the Light. We have a choice each day what we purpose will serve. To serve the Light is to be made beautiful. To serve Love is to know love, and love makes all things bright.

Amen and namaste.

Sunday Message – May 14th, 2017

Led by Professor Alastair.

Great Light, we greet you with praise and thanksgiving this morning– this morning of Mother’s Day. We give thanks for the mothers who birthed us, for the mothers who raised us, for the mothers who fed us and comforted us– whether those people were mothers by blood or circumstance.

We remember today the divine feminine; the full bounty of creation, the warmth and love of life. We give thanks to our mother the Earth, and remember our honor and duties as stewards of this planet. May we remember kindness and compassion, and strive to nurture our world and our neighbors in it. May we be humble and honor the divine in the beauty we see around us, in the faces we meet, in the graceful kindness of strangers.

Let us strive always to be a place of solace in a world of pain. Let us remember to be patient and generous in spirit, and give freely from our tables and ourselves to whomever is in need. It is not for us to decide who is deserving of love– ALL are deserving of Love and Light– it is only for us to walk with grace through a world of fire, and show love to those who need it.

May we each find peace this day, and the will to keep our hearts soft, the courage to be kind, in a world that would turn us to stone.

Amen and namaste.

Sunday Message – May 7th, 2017

Great Light, we greet you with praise this morning, wherever we are. We give thanks for the day you have made, for the life you have placed in us, for the time we are given to walk this world. Help us remember always that you work through us; we are your vessels. Open our eyes to the world and the people around us. Fill us with compassion for our neighbor. Help us resist doubt, suspicion, and selfish motivations.

Open our hearts to the thread of Love connecting us all, and keep our eyes turned toward the wonders you have made. Let us not be made weary by the world around us, but keep our spirits fixed on the Light which shines on all things, leads us through the times of shadow and fear, and makes us strong in spirit, and courageous of heart. Let us seek not understanding from the world, but let us seek to understand the world as it is, in all of its imperfection and ugliness, and teach us how we fit into this grand design, what our contribution will be to the sum of Light, so that we might soothe what hurt we can, feed who we can, and leave this place better than when we arrived.

Let us not despair in the face of hatred and greed, but rather take courage, for our we draw our strength from the Light and Love itself. We must be gently kind in world that is cruel. We must extend the hands of peace in a world that arms itself for war. We must question everything we see and hear, and seek always the deeper truth that underlies the fleeting and empty things we see in the works of men. Bless our paths as we move through the world, guard our way, and keep us always in the warmth of your light.

Amen and namaste.

Sunday Message – April 30th 2017

Great Light, we give thanks today for the breath in our lungs, the sun in our sky, and the fire in our souls. You have kindled in us purpose and courage, and from it we offer you our gratitude and service. Teach us to walk your path, guard our way as we go, and make us bold in our passion for you and the life you have given us.

Though we will weather storms, though night will inevitably fall, and shadows close around us, we will hear your bell in the night, your voice on the wind, and see your beacon through the darkness. Keep us close to you as you move through the world and through us, and be close to us wherever we go. Make us instruments of your light and love and vessels for your peace, this day, and always.

Amen and namaste.

We also wish a fond happy birthday to one of our founders, Elanor.