Sunday Message – December 3rd, 2017

Led and piano’d by Professor Alastair.

Good morning and peace to you this day in the light. As the air grows cold, we give thanks for the silhouette lace of trees against a moonlight sky. We give thanks for the stars, and the dark spaces between them that leave room for questions and room for more light still. We give thanks for the wind, which carries the echoes of all the voices that have spoken to it before, and memories of all the lungs which have breathed it. We give thanks, for this reminds that we are alive, we are here, and we are part of this great living web called Life.

To all life there is time, and by time all things are done. Given enough time, a trickle of water can wear through stone. Given enough time and investment of energy, all things can change and grow. With enough time and love, even the thorniest gardens can be brought to flower. Time teaches us to be patient. Love gives us reasons to keep waiting and hoping. In times of uncertainty and darkness, patience is at times our only option. Suffering is unavoidable, but can be endured. Life is an ebb and flow of joy and pain, and it is the intertwining tale of each, and how we meet each moment, which gives our lives meaning. With every second of time given to us, we can embrace the circumstances we have, find ways to do the most good with what we have, and thereby make of ourselves living art, choosing to paint our hearts with the wild and brazen colors of hope and love, and where there is art and love, there is also Light.

The Light goes with all hopers and dreamers. If you can picture a better, kinder, more loving world, then the Light is with you, and gives you tools and talents, and circumstances to use them. Each day presents us with challenges to hone our skills, and moments where we may choose to use them. We cannot meet the need every time, but we do what we can when we can. We choose to meet each day as it comes to us, and do what good we can to spread what love and light we can. Therefore, we must always be watching and waiting in the name of Light and Love.

Amen and Namaste.

Sunday Message – October 29th, 2017

Led by Professor Alastair.

Good morning, and blessings this day in the Light. We give thanks today for the love in our lives, the life in our lungs, the ways in which the Light provides for us. We are each travellers in this world, each with our maps, paths, and provisions. We must do the best we can with what we have, and follow our heart’s lodestar when the world is dark.

It is difficult to find stability and quietness. All around us, the world roars in its tempestuous chaos. Song is lost in the grind of war, kind words dissolve into frustration and anger, and the generous hand clenches into a fist. This is the toll of Darkness, this harshening and closing of the world. It takes far more courage to remain open and soft in the face of such a cacophony.

But it is love we must trust, and love we must walk in. Love is what will gentle the wilds, and calm hatred’s crimson tides. Love is what makes us able to forgive one another for the darkness in ourselves, and what inspires us to extend our hands to others. Let us love fearlessly, and boldly. Let us place the flower of kindness on the teeth of rage, and look into the eyes of others so that we might find better reflections of ourselves. Let us sow love wherever we walk, at every opportunity, so that the world might blossom on our wake.

Amen and namaste.

UCFW Sunday Message – September 10th, 2017

Led and piano’d by Professor Alastair.

Good morning and peace to you this day in the Light. Let us give thanks for the breath in our lungs, the opportunities of each new day, and take comfort in the fact that we are all here together. Sometimes that’s not a comforting thought– sometimes it may seem like life would be easier if certain individuals were not in it, but we each serve a purpose, even seemingly antagonistic people. It is not necessary we like everyone, but it is necessary we respect their life here. We are each born of the Light, and while some wander astray, I still believe that for as long as there is life, there is the possibility for change and reconciliation.

I don’t believe Heaven has gates. I don’t believe Heaven is a place, per se. Rather, I think Heaven is true freedom of the soul; by very definition a Free Heaven cannot have gates or walls. I don’t believe there’s a man sitting at a door with your life’s scorecard, waiting to count your good points to see if you make it into the club. Whether or not you “make it to Heaven” is strictly between you and God, and is no one else’s business. No one else can get you into Heaven, and no one else can deny you entry. How you choose to define God (whether you want to include Christ in your concept, for instance) is up to you, but nonetheless, your fate lies with you and your relationship with the Light.

I also don’t believe one has to define God in any particular way, complete a specific series of tasks, or adhere to a certain set of rules. Rather, I believe if one desires the fulfillment of the soul and the freedom of Heaven, one must only turn one’s face to the Light. Reach for God, and God will reach back for you. The transformation that happens as a result, what you do with the power of knowing God and the courage of having the Light at your back, is up to you. My God is a loving God– a loving God doesn’t care what you call Him (or Her or Them), nor whether you did everything right. You are only human; God doesn’t expect you to do everything right. A loving God cares about one thing: Love— do you have Love in your heart? Is there Love enough for God, humanity, and yourself? If there is Love in your heart, you need fear no Darkness, for where there is Love, the Light is with you. Love is what ties us together and ties us to God. Heaven is where all who know Love unite. I imagine there will be some surprise to find out who is there and who isn’t, because sometimes Love is hard to see, and other times great deeds are done in the name of loving altruism but are motivated by self-serving greed. Only true Love makes us immortal. Act by any other motivation, and you do not act in the name of God.

Do not worry about the fate of your soul; worry about the needs of the people around you, worry about the presence of hatred in the world, worry about how you will reach the people who need you. This is worthy worry– this is the worry of Love, and if this what worries you, your soul will be fine. If you look at what is happening to your fellow man, and you feel pain somewhere in your heart, then you know Love: act on it. Love cannot be passive. The Light is not passive. We, as agents of the Light, cannot be passive. We must turn our pain and our Love into action which spreads Love. Love is a cumulative and contagious force. Let us pursue it boldly, and may our lives be mirrors to reflect the Light.

Amen and namaste.

Sunday Message – July 2nd, 2017


Led by Professor Alastair.

Good morning and blessings this day in the Light. We give thanks today for the presence of the Light in our lives, the small things that make us smile, and the things that remind of what is Good.

The law of Light is above all Man’s. It is the law of Love. Where there is Love, no Darkness may triumph. Love is greater and brighter than anything, and it shines differently in each of our lives. May it never be for us to judge the manifestation or expression of love in another. For all that is done in the name of Love and Light, is done for Good.

Love is an organic thing. It lives, it breathes in the wind. It grows defiantly in concrete places, and flowers in the face of all adversity. It is the root, unkillable, undying, from which all our worlds and lives spread. From the root of Love sprang each of us, and in each heart lies the potential for Love to flower. The Tree of Life and Love is infinite– Love is not a finite resource. It is the heart which floweth over, able to give boundless love if we overcome our fears and choose to serve the purposes of Love and Light in our lives.

Time flows like river, each of us pulled along, passing one another in the currents of Life. Every day we have the choice to reach out to one another, to extend a hand in love, or to keep our fist to our hearts in guarded suspicion. To choose Love in this world is a dangerous business; it requires courage, sacrifice, and occasionally hurts like hell itself, but I assure you it is worth it. For the more you choose to Love, the more you will find you have to give.

Amen and Namaste.