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Charlotte Shelton, President and CEO of Unity, shares with you what's on her mind.
Mar
07
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I have long been intrigued by the question of fate vs. free will. While we Unity students believe our choices define our reality, and thus our lives, we  also talk a lot about synchronicity—the ...
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Jan
24
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Last week I participated in a webinar entitled “Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom.” The presenter was Dr. Rick Hanson, who also has a book by the ...
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Jan
10
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I love the energy of new beginnings; hence I always have a sense of renewed vitality each January as one year rolls over into the next. This year has been no exception. On my first day back in the office ...
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Dec
20
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A very long time ago my husband and I attended a weekend Marriage Encounter experience. The thing I remember most about that experience was that we were told many times that “love is a decision.” ...
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Nov
24
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On this Thanksgiving Eve I am, indeed, counting my blessings. They are too numerous to list; however, they include family, friends, my beloved Unity co-workers and great health and incredible stamina, ...
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Nov
08
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In my last blog I referenced a six-part series on PBS in mid-October called “God in America.” I was particularly struck by the fifth segment and can’t stop thinking about it. This segment ...
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Oct
18
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Last week the ministers and licensed Unity teachers from our churches in the south/central region met at Unity Village. On Tuesday night the keynote speaker was Rev. Ellen Debenport from Wimberley, Texas. ...
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Oct
04
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I love to travel, especially internationally … and especially to places I haven’t been before. Next March 18–29 I will definitely be traveling with Unity Institute faculty, students ...
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Sep
21
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I grew up in a fundamentalist Christian denomination that made a big deal out of miracles, framing them as acts of Divine intervention from a God in heaven (a male God, of course).   One of the ...
Posted By Charlotte Shelton
Aug
16
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Many of you already know that I love movies. Novels and movies are relaxing weekend escapes for me at the end of a busy work week. This past week our board of directors was here; thus after a week of mostly ...
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Jul
26
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We increasingly live in a world of virtual reality, as I noted a decade ago in my book Quantum Leaps.  On page 13 of that book I wrote: “The primary question for the twenty-first century ...
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Jun
28
01:15 PM
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I am blessed with resilience. I’ve always assumed it was in my DNA; however, last week’s Good Business interview on Unity.FM caused me to rethink my assumption. Colleague Jim Blake and I interviewed ...
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Jun
14
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There are few things that energize me as much as learning new concepts and last week’s Association of Unity Churches International People’s Convention was a Mecca of learning opportunities. ...
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May
31
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On this Memorial Day weekend we are called to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. As a Unity student for almost 40 years, I have never been entirely comfortable with ...
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Apr
19
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It has been two weeks since Easter. Have you left your cross behind or are you still carrying it? I love the metaphysical symbolism of the Easter story. It reminds me how easy it is for me, and I suspect ...
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Mar
29
06:00 PM
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Two weeks ago I returned from a trip to India and Nepal. For two weeks I’ve been trying to blog about my experience, but my mind has been rebelling. It feels like some essential part of me is resisting ...
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Feb
14
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Today is Valentine’s Day and hearts and minds are focusing on love. It’s a Hallmark kind of day, but it is also a day for great spiritual reflection. Though there are many types of love (which ...
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Jan
18
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I love January. I love the quiet sense of emotional spaciousness in my life that always follows the busyness of December. I love the physical spaciousness in our house after all the many Christmas decorations ...
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Jan
04
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Those who know me well know how much I love science fiction. Thus, it will come as no surprise that I found time amidst the busy Christmas season to see “Avatar.” I was blown away by the advances ...
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Dec
21
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In his most recent blog, Unity Institute faculty member Dr. Tom Shepherd, introduced me to a new phenomenon, the Advent Conspiracy.  You can read more about it at Tom’s blog on the Unity.org ...
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Dec
07
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Hope is more than a city in Arkansas…much more! Hope is not only the theme for Unity’s first week of Advent, it is the foundation for the other three themes: peace, love and joy. Rev. Duke ...
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Nov
23
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This morning I wrote my Thanksgiving gratitude list in preparation for the upcoming holiday. It is many, many pages long and ranges from small delights like my four beautiful grandsons—who are small ...
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Nov
02
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Last night I slept nine hours and woke up feeling like a brand new me. What a gift a good night’s sleep is…and, I suspect it’s also the foundation of good health. If this is so, why ...
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Oct
19
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I don’t have much time for pleasure reading, but I usually have a book-in-progress on my night table.  Last week it was Dan Brown’s new book, The Lost Symbol.  It often takes me weeks ...
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Oct
05
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The 2nd annual Unity Institute Lyceum convened at Unity Village last week. It was a lively, thought-provoking and sometimes controversial exploration of the topic “Science and Religion: An Evolving ...
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Sep
21
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Did you know that most adults demonstrate less than 10 percent of the creativity of a typical five-year-old? Sad, isn’t it? I can’t help but think that if we could use more of our innate creative ...
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Sep
14
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I have always loved the old African proverb that reminds us that it takes a village to raise a child. In actuality it takes a village, or at least a group of dedicated individuals, to accomplish anything ...
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Sep
07
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Today is the beginning of what we in the United States call Labor Day weekend. Like so many of our holidays, Labor Day has for many become nothing more than an extra day off, or a day that marks the end ...
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Aug
24
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Numerous people that I have cared deeply about have died, or as we in Unity like to say “made their transition”;  however, none of these previous “passings” prepared me for ...
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Aug
03
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On Friday night about 160 people gathered at Unity Village to hear NY Times best-selling author Gregg Braden discuss the phenomenon being referred to as 2012—the year when one 5,000-year historical ...
Posted By Charlotte Shelton
Jul
27
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Guilt is such a yucky feeling. It drains energy and immobilizes the spirit—and often keeps us from doing that which we need to do. This may be a shocking statement, so let me explain. I believe that ...
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Jul
20
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I have been intrigued with the question: “What is real?” for a very long time. My graduate studies in cognitive psychology were my first introduction to this question. In my cognitive psychology ...
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Jul
13
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I’ve long believed that one of Unity’s greatest gifts to the world is Affirmative Prayer. Every year about two million people contact Unity’s prayer room, “Silent Unity,” ...
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Jul
06
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The Fourth of July has never been one of my favorite holidays. When we had young children I was always concerned that they might be injured by the fireworks they always insisted on buying. Additionally ...
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May
31
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Today is my birthday. While it’s not a decade birthday, it’s an important birthday because, in my opinion, all birthdays are important…and joyful.  I easily regress to being child-like ...
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May
11
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May is prosperity month at Unity Village. Twice a day, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., a gong rings over the public address system and we all pause for a moment, reflecting on how prosperity is manifesting in our ...
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May
04
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We have been bombarded with fearful media messages this week about a potential swine flu pandemic. I find this very unfortunate. As FDR reminded Americans in his first inaugural address, “The only ...
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Apr
27
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April is gratitude month at Unity Village. We launched the month with a special service in Silent Unity Chapel. The chapel was filled with employees and guests who, at the close of the service, came forward ...
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Mar
30
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It’s a snowy Saturday in Kansas City…winter in springtime. I am grateful for the beauty of the wintry scene out my window, and I am grateful for an excuse to stay home and catch up with my ...
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Mar
23
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A recent Ellen Goodman newspaper column reflected on what should be done with leftover embryos. Since the 1980s, more than a half-million babies have been created through in vitro fertilization, with  ...
Posted By Charlotte Shelton
Mar
16
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Once a month we hold Community Gatherings with the Telephone Prayer Associates who “answer the call” in Silent Unity. In last week’s gatherings the Director of the Telephone Prayers Ministry, ...
Posted By Charlotte Shelton
Mar
09
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The headlines in yesterday’s local newspaper read “Just a Recession…or What?” The “what,” of course, is the “D” word.  I have heard this word repeatedly ...
Posted By Charlotte Shelton
Mar
02
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I just read an article, “The Times They Are A-Changin’, by Fred Plumer posted on “The Center for Progressive Christianity’s website. This article touched me deeply, not just because ...
Posted By Charlotte Shelton
Feb
23
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A few days ago I listened to a well-known spiritual speaker give an inspirational talk about the challenging times we are facing—economically and environmentally. During this talk she often referred ...
Posted By Charlotte Shelton
Feb
16
08:00 AM
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Martha Lynne, Unity’s V.P. of SpirtPath, and I co-host a weekly radio show on Unity.FM called “Good Business”.  Tonight as I listened to “60 Minutes” and heard tales ...
Posted By Charlotte Shelton
Feb
09
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I’ve been thinking a lot about happiness the past two days. I thought about it this morning as I listened to the January employment statistics and I thought about it yesterday as I previewed a new ...
Posted By Charlotte Shelton
Feb
02
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I have been a Unity congregant for over 35 years. One of the first new ideas that I encountered on my Unity journey was the concept of “chemicalization.”  My layperson’s definition ...
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Jan
26
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This week I have been very aware of the cycle of change—endings and beginnings. The inauguration of a new U.S. President inspired audacious hope for resolving our complex challenges, ranging from ...
Posted By Charlotte Shelton
Jan
17
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January 17, 2009 Today I am feeling immense gratitude…gratitude for our new joint web site (and for those who created it), gratitude for the transformative work of the two parent organizations ...
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Charlotte has served as president and chief executive officer of Unity since July 2006. Previously, she was Chair of the Management, Marketing & M.I.S. Division at the Helzberg School, Rockhurst University, and a visiting professor in Peking University's International MBA program, Beijing, China. Charlotte has also owned her own consulting business, WiseWork, and has held senior management positions in financial services and energy organizations. She is the author of Quantum Leaps: 7 Skills for Workplace Re-Creation (Butterworth-Heinemann, 1999), and coauthor of The NeXt Revolution: What Gen X Women Want at Work and How Their Boomer Bosses Can Help Them Get It (Davies-Black, 2005).
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