A WEEKEND WITH DAVID MCKAY
Join David McKay during the weekend of October 14 and 15 at Unity of the Triangle in Raleigh for two workshops. David will facilitate the first workshop, “Your Life is Calling You: The Practice of Compassionate Self-Awareness,” on Saturday, October 14, from 9am-1pm in the Multipurpose Room, revealing how to recognize and let go of the unconscious processes that create disharmony in your life. He will speak on the topic of “Practicing the Presence of God” during the 9:00 and 11:00 am worship services on Sunday morning, and then follow up with an independent workshop on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. This workshop, entitled “The Joy of Our Own Love,” will focus on self-mentoring. You will learn how to unite with your authentic loving nature and live in harmony with the Life that animates us all.
David McKay lived and trained at a Zen Buddhist monastery in California for eighteen years. Three years ago, he left the monastery to seek new challenges and opportunities in the world. Currently David works and practices in the mountains of Colorado, from where he offers a spiritual counseling and coaching practice, writes a blog, and conducts workshops on various topics. He is the author of a book entitled The One Open Door: Adventures of a Zen Buddhist Monk. For more information on David and his work, visit www.theoneopendoor.org.
A RAY OF SUNSHINE FOR DISPLACED FAMILIES by Karen Thorsen, Outreach Coordinator
A recent article in the N&O shared the story of 65 families in Lumberton who had lost their homes and possessions during Hurricane Matthew. With the displaced families in mind—especially the children, who would soon return to school—Barbara Holleman, Brenda Mullins, and I journeyed to meet with Pastor Veronica McNeill of the Greater Restoration Ministries Church in Lumberton to find out how our congregation could be of assistance.
After some brainstorming with Rev. Nuesom and Rev. Ana, we proposed a clothing/shoe drive for the eighty-one displaced children. With the help of Nancy Goodyear, we organized a process for the congregation to select a child for whom to shop. On August 22, Pat and I arrived in Lumberton with bags brimming with new clothes and shoes.
One little boy dug into his bag and pulled out the new shoes, putting them on immediately and grinning from ear to ear. In addition to the new clothes, a number of people also donated gently used items which the church will sell for 25 cents each, thus avoiding the stigma of “handouts” and ensuring pride in purchasing.
Many thanks go out to those already mentioned, along with Bill Piver, Marti Spalding, and Barbara Bettencourt. Our church community is abundant with love and generosity. What a JOY it is to be a member of Unity of the Triangle!
To learn more about Outreach Opportunities, visit unitytriangle.org/ministries/outreach.