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    • Rev. David Ridge
    • Unity was founded on the principle that Christianity must be practical – its practice must lift our lives, enhance our awareness and promote our happiness – if its teachings are valid. We teach that God is loving, every-where present, all-knowing and all-powerful. Sin is merely an error that can be corrected. There is no evil power, only evil behavior that stems from a lack of awareness of God’s Love. Prayer and meditation are tools for our increased awareness. The Bible is our textbook, containing many wonderful myths and historical incidents that represent the truth of our being; but that truth is far more glorious than mere words can express, hence the need for allegory, metaphor and allusion. But we realize that our teachings are not the only expression of Truth. We regard Jesus as a brother and way-shower, as our master teacher. We are each unique and beautiful, albeit imperfect, expressions of the indwelling Christ that Jesus so perfectly demonstrated. We recognize the other religious traditions of the West, the East and the indigenous cultures of the world as appropriate, and similarly metaphorical, expressions of Truth.

Shedding Light on the Gospels Study Guide (based on Bishop Spong’s “Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism”)

This  Study Guide, Shedding Light on the Gospels is based on Bishop Spong’s “Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism.” The Study Guide is organized by Discussion Sessions and includes extensive quotations extracted from Bishop Spong’s book. In addition to Bishop Spong’s book, we will be reading the three gospels: Mark, Matthew and Luke (in that order).

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Study Guide for the book Zealot, by Reza Aslan

The material we are exploring is controversial; the subject matter is often tied to deeply held beliefs. The intention of this study guide is not to change your mind but to challenge your beliefs. That is, our initial objective is not to believe what the author proposes but to be open to consider the validity of his proposition. In so doing, we empower our beliefs through the dynamics of our evolution of consciousness — the purpose of this discussion group.

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