Rev. Rick's Blog

Enjoy this archive of Rev. Rick’s weekly blog posts. The most current post is the first entry on the top row.

Moving beyond fear in a pandemic

Moving beyond fear in a pandemic

It is very easy as you read or listen to the news to become full of fear in the face of this pandemic. I have talked with many people who have been in the grips of fear in recent days. They have experienced waves of fear over health-related issues, fears for their...

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Making a Virtue Out of a Possible Necessity

Making a Virtue Out of a Possible Necessity

The coronavirus has caught our society flat footed. Former UCOT president, Paul Smith, recently posted on Facebook that his doctor tried to get a patient tested for the virus, and it was impossible to get this accomplished.             The coronavirus has had an...

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The power of elimination: Making room is hard to do

The power of elimination: Making room is hard to do

Pop singer Neil Sedaka had a big hit in the 1960s with "Break-in' Up Is Hard To Do." The lyrics went like this: I beg of you don't say goodby Can't we give our love another try? Come on, baby, let's start anew 'Cause breaking up is hard to do             Sedaka's song...

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Staying one room ahead of the painter

Staying one room ahead of the painter

I had this scary dream the other night. There were these painters on a steamroller charging down the hall and madly painting the walls. They were only about five yards away from me, and it looked like I would be turned into a pancake by this steamroller.             I...

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Lent: Spiritual Growth is a “We” Thing

Lent: Spiritual Growth is a “We” Thing

It might seem strange to look at the advice of a Buddhist monk, like Thich Nhat Hanh, on how to make the most out of this season of Lent. But that is exactly what I am going to do.             As I have said in previous blogs, the common practice for Lent is to give...

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Lent: with a little help from our friends

Lent: with a little help from our friends

As we move into the season of Lent, I remember way back when going to an Easter mass with my then girlfriend. The homily from the priest really hit home for me. "So this was going to be the Lent when you really were going to get closer to God. You were really going to...

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Three cheers for Lent

Three cheers for Lent

My wife Debbie and I agreed about most things. However, Lent was one of those things we just did not see eye-to-eye on. I believe that Lent can be a fantastic time to jump-start our spiritual growth. Let's just say that Lent was not Debbie's favorite time of the year....

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Presidents Day, John Adams and Harry Truman

Presidents Day, John Adams and Harry Truman

We are coming up on Presidents' Day 2020. This Sunday at the 11 am service, I will be speaking about Presidents Washington and Lincoln. I think there are some important spiritual lessons we can learn from the "father of our country" and "old honest Abe."      These...

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When will I be loved?

When will I be loved?

As we come up on Valentine Day, I can't help but think of one of the songs that Linda Ronstadt made famous-- When Will I Be Loved? Remember the lyrics?: I've been cheated, been mistreated When will I be loved? I've been put-down, I've been pushed 'round When will I be...

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Follow Rev. Dr. Hasselbeck’s advice

Follow Rev. Dr. Hasselbeck’s advice

            I had, and met, many wonderful teachers at Unity Institute and Seminary. But one of the most outstanding teachers at Unity Village was, and is, Rev. Dr. Paul Hasselbeck. Rev. Paul is the former Dean of Spiritual Education and Enrichment at Unity World...

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A New Year and Junk Removal

A New Year and Junk Removal

                  You have seen these signs on the side of the road: JUNK REMOVAL-- Call (918) XXX-XXXX.             I remember this sign from my days of living in Virginia: MR. PAUL WILL HAUL IT ALL-- CALL (703) YYY-YYYY.             At times I have wanted call the...

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Silence the Monkey Mind

Silence the Monkey Mind

For many of us meditation can be hard work!  We will be trying to meditate, and the next thing you know our mind is off thinking about our shopping list for Trader Joe’s– or our brain is thinking about a nasty thing an old girlfriend said to us many years ago....

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The White Stone

The White Stone

Remember a few years ago Heinz Ketchup ran its "Anticipation" TV ad series?             On one of these advertisements two kids both had cheeseburgers. The first freckled face boy was holding a bottle of Heinz Ketchup over his burger, and nothing was coming out....

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My first burning bowl ceremony

My first burning bowl ceremony

Many people tell me that the Unity's Burning Bowl ceremony is one of the most meaningful services they go to all year. I had been to many Burning Bowl ceremonies, but let me tell you about the first Burning Bowl ceremony I conducted as a minister.             Unity of...

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