Buddhist scriptures tell the story of a man who spat in the Buddha’s face. At the August 23 Sunday service, Rev. Dr. Rick Belous will talk about what we can learn from how the Buddha handled this situation.
“In this year where we have seen a lot of anger, it is interesting to view how Buddha not only dealt with this angry man, but how he also responded to his angry monks. This incident happened about 500 years before Jesus was born, but it sounds like something from a modern news cycle,” Rev. Rick notes.
At the Sunday, August 16, service, we will be looking at sea horses and real peace. Rev. Dr. Rick Belous will be talking about a diver who found his connection to God underwater through sea horses.
“There is a great deal to learn from this diver’s adventures- and misadventures. His bond with sea horses was a ‘pure activity.’ It is good to examine if we have such ‘pure activities’ in our life,” Rev. Rick says.
Rev. Dr. Rick Belous will be formally installed as Unity of Roanoke Valley’s senior minister this Sunday at the August 9th service. Rev. Russell Heiland, senior minister, of Unity of Fairfax, Virginia will lead the installation. Then Rev. Russ will lead the meditation and give the message.
Rev. Russ will be speaking about: “How Can What Is Before Us, Be For Us?”
“Rev. Russ was my minister when Unity of Fairfax was my old home church. He is a fantastic speaker, and I believe his message is just what we need to hear during these challenging times. He has been a great mentor to me,” Rev. Rick notes.
TURN YOUR RADIO ON! There is a famous old gospel song that goes, “Turn your radio on!” Sometimes this can be hard in the age of the internet. What can we do when it appears that our Higher Power isn’t sending us any signals?
At the August 2nd service, Rev. Dr. Rick Belous will be talking about what we can do if, at times, our prayers and meditations have gone dusty, musty, and rusty. “There are ways we can turn our radio on and hear that ‘still, small voice,’” he adds.
Unity’s first basic principle talks about “God the good.” We are now experiencing a pandemic that has killed thousands and impacted millions in the areas of health, economic wellbeing, and peace of mind. It is reasonable to ask: “Where Is God In This Pandemic?”
Rev. Dr. Rick Belous deals with this question. “Why do bad things happen to good people? This issue has come front and center during COVID-19,” Rev. Rick notes. He explores Unity’s key answers to this age-old question during his message. “There are positive ways to get through this crisis and thrive,” he adds.
It was just “another day at the office” when Stanislav Petrov saved the world. At the Sunday, July 19 service, Rev. Dr. Rick Belous will talk about how Petrov, who was a Colonel in the Soviet military, literally stopped World War III from happening.
“There is a great deal we can learn from Petrov’s brave actions, including how to center when facing a jam. Petrov may not be a familiar household name, but he should be,” Rev. Rick notes.
Many modern Biblical scholars believe that there was a bay in the Sea of Galilee where Jesus told many of his parables to hundreds- if not thousands- of listeners. “This spot is known as the Bay of Parables, and it has come to represent a place where our best dreams and hopes are shared,” Rev. Dr. Rick Belous explains. At the Sunday, July 12th service, Rev. Rick talks about how we can form a “Bay of Parables” for both our deepest individual dreams and sincerest hopes for Unity of Roanoke Valley. “It was at the Bay of Parables that Jesus first shared his vision of what it meant to go from good to great. The Bay of Parables is a state of consciousness that we can really use – and can have – today,” he notes.
The 4th of July is most often celebrated as a time of political, social, and economic freedom. But at the Sunday, July 5th service, Rev. Dr. Rick Belous will be talking about another type of freedom. “Freedom from the ghosts of the past and future is so important if we are to spiritually grow,” Rev. Rick notes.
There are ways we can be released from these chains which bind so many people. “Given what has happened so far in 2020, and what we can expect, this year is a very good time to be free of these limitations,” he adds.
During the pandemic, many people have felt like Alice In Wonderland when she fell down that rabbit-hole. On Sunday, June 28, at his first service as Minister of URV, Rev. Dr. Rick Belous will talk about what we can do spiritually to get out of these rabbit-holes.
“It is even possible to avoid falling into these rabbit-holes in the first place,” Rev. Rick notes.
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We have not been together for almost three months. However, our connection in Spirit is real. Every Sunday when we do the service, we can see your faces in our minds. We feel your love. We feel your presence. So join with Rev. Ginny for her last Sunday with us in spiritual communion – a time when we can rededicate ourselves to our journey as ambassadors of Truth.