Sunday Message – November 5, 2017

Led by Professor Alastair.

Good morning, and peace to you this day in the Light. We give thanks today for the fire of our spirits, and the brilliant tapestry of life, of which we are all part. This world is full of wondrous things, life more diverse than anything we could imagine. We must respect all life, for all living things share in this time and energy, the ephemeral power of now.

The natural world is our mirror and our teacher. Reflected in the world around us is the truth of life and time, the presence of the Light, and the interconnectedness of things. By studying the world, we study ourselves. The water speaks of patience, the air of change. The elegant brutality of predator and prey teach us of life and death, the necessity of each. We move through this chess game of fate and chance, teaching ourselves as we go, watching for patterns and signs, and choosing daily to follow the pull of the Light.

We exist in the intricate balance of life, stewarding a world we do not understand. We must make ourselves allies to each other and the creatures in our care. Let us be mindful citizens of our planet, and act upon it with respect, not greed. Growth and healing come only from compassion, and we must nourish our environments and ourselves in the name of love.

Amen and namaste.

Sunday Message – September 3rd, 2017

Led by Professor Alastair.

Good morning, and peace to you this day in the Light. We give thanks for the breath in our lungs, the earth below our feet, and the stars above us. We give thanks for the life we have lived, the things we have learned, and we look with hopeful eyes toward the horizons we’ve yet to reach.

I want to speak today about fear. It is a personal subject, a darkness which brushes each of us indiscriminately. Fear is a tool of survival, and should be nothing more. Fear is one of the last remaining chains on humanity, what keeps us from “boldly going,” and from healing the open wounds in the world around us. Fear is what makes us distrustful of one another. Fear is what stokes war, and perpetuates prejudice. Fear is what keeps people silent when they should speak, keeps them home when they should take up the banner, keeps their heads down and their eyes blind.

All around us are reminders to fight fear. In ‘Dune,’ it’s, “Fear is the mind killer.” FDR said, “The only thing we have to fear is Fear itself.” In Star Wars, fear is a path to the Dark Side. In the Bible, the most repeated phrase is, “Fear not.” Every great story involves the mastery of fear– because it is so important to becoming the powerful forces we are meant to be.

What is fear to us? Why does it hold such sway? The root of all fear, I believe, lies in the fear of death– either literally or the metaphorical loss of what one considers one’s life. While the means by which death might find us can be frightening, death itself is only frightening if you think it means the end of you. Death marks the end of the body– your atoms and borrowed energy will be returned to the Earth and recycled in the ongoing ecosystem of life– but death does not mark the end of the soul, merely the release of it. The part of you which is not of this world, the part capable of thinking beyond it, the part which feels the pull of the Light and the threat of Darkness, the part which longs for connection, knowledge, and meaning– this part of you was not born of the Earth. Therefore, what is fear to a soul of Light? Whatever this world may do to you, keep your heart turned toward the Light, and there is nothing that can touch your soul.

When we consciously work to put fear in its place, to remind ourselves it is a part of our survivalist brain, and not part of our greater being, we can become powerful forces for Light. There is a reason we are commanded not to fear, for fear is what keeps us from being the Light’s hand in the world. We are soldiers and peacemakers, seekers and teachers; there is no place for fear in a life of Light. Fear will keep us from reaching the ones who need the Light most. Fear will keep peace from taking root. Fear makes us distrust anything that is different, and in this wild and varied universe, everything is unique– to fear difference is to fear everything. The brilliant variety of Life is its strength, just as the diversity of humanity is what makes it enduringly beautiful, despite its pain. We are each part of this marvelous expanse. Let us reach for it with wondering and compassionate hands, lest fear be met with fear.

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.

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 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 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.