30 May

Yesterday wasn’t an ordinary Sunday at Unity of Independence (if such a thing exists). We like to have the kids involved in some way on the 5th Sundays, and so a few months ago I hatched a plan to have the Uniteens lead the service.

Now my Uniteens are great kids, sweet, insightful and with plenty of energy, but not jumping up and down about talking in front of a group of people with a microphone. So we made a deal, we would work on the service and they could do whatever parts they were comfortable with and I would fill in the rest.

My oldest decided she wanted to lead the meditation. As a group we created some skits to show how the 12 powers (what we’ve been studying) show up in their lives. We rehearsed and everyone was good with their level of speaking or not. Then Oh oh! One family isn’t going to make it. I reminded everyone that meant they were gonna have to talk and I was impressed with the calm way that was taken.

Sunday we sat down with the order of service and divided up the duties, welcoming, candle lighting, etc. then we re-cast our skits and rehearsed them. What was awesome for me was to see how every time I said, “who is going to do this?” Someone stepped up.

We had three great skits and a meditation and covered at least 6 powers. I had the role of tour guide and wove everything together. And I can easily say that my awesome uniteens not only made dramatic examples of the powers, they also showed these powers in them.

Faith, Strength and Imagination- they saw what they wanted and didn’t let their fears hold them back.

Wisdom and Understanding- not only did they demonstrate in a fun way what listening to the voice of spirit looks like they Understood that it was time to take the next step in leadership even though it might have been scary. They used wisdom to discern fun and meaningful ways to present their material.

Power- they used the power of their words and intentions to state their truth.

There are not words to describe how bursting with pride I am for how magnificently they showed up Sunday. I can’t wait till next time, as I told Korie who was very nervous about her meditation, that was the scariest it will ever be, next time it will be easier.

As I was thinking about this post, what came to mind was this fabulous song by Jana Stanfield.

Let us take a moment and consider what we would do today if we were as brave as my dear Uniteens.

I have great gratitude for the Unity of Independence community who said yes to letting us be brave and have this opportunity, truly, these young teens are making a difference in our world!


2 Responses to “Bravery”

  1. Kim Smith May 31, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    How wonderful for these young people to step out in faith and take on a Sunday service, that is a HUGE step! Just wanted to add what an awesome, amazing person and leader you are as well. Rock on Rachel and your brave spirit driven youth, it is so refreshing to know these wonderful people are our future.

  2. bneal817 May 31, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    The kids were great – and it was truly a fun service for all of us.

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