Board Chair's Farewell Message to Rev. Doris April 9, 2017

Dear Doris, 
 
It is my privilege and honour to express some final words to you on this momentous occasion of your last Sunday Service with Unity Victoria, the spiritual community that you have served as Lead Minister for the past 13 years. 
 
On behalf of the Board, Leadership, blessing teams, Membership and for all those of varying ages, gender, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds that have in some way, been influenced by your service, I say a heartfelt – Thank You.
 
At your retirement party recently we shared in a feast of joy, laughter, and great food I might add where we heard the stories from people whose lives you’ve touched.  There were many other stories untold that are evidence that your ministering has helped us to awaken to our true Divine nature. And oh how you we have laughed, smiled…to become alive in God, with you!
 
You’ve opened your heart, your mind, your home to us, and shared of your prosperity, teachings, and wisdom….and you’ve comforted and supported many of us in our time of pain and sorrow…
 
Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity said that “The work that the overcomer does for the world is to help establish a new race consciousness, new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness”.
 
The ripple effect of your service has been wide and deep, for whatever change, healing and transformation has happened within each one of us, has in some way great or small, been amplified in goodness to the lives, relationships, communities, and to the greater world around us… you can assuredly know that you have been a co-creator in making this world a better place!
 
As transitions and changes embrace Unity Victoria, we take the teachings you have shared with us to activate our spiritual powers so that we can build upon the Legacy of spiritual transformation that you leave behind…and so we carry this Unity movement forward to continue this great work to bless generations ahead of us.
 
And now in closing, an excerpt from Thich Nhat Hahn’s poem, Please Call Me by My True Names
Do not say that I’ll depart tomorrow; because even today I still arrive.
Look deeply: I arrive in every second to be a bud on a spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with wings still fragile, learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower, to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.
I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry, in order to fear and to hope.
The rhythm of my heart is the birth and death of all that are alive.
My joy is like spring, so warm it makes flowers bloom in all walks of life.
My pain is like a river of tears, so full it fills the four oceans.
Please call me by my true names, so I can hear all my cries and laughs at once,
so I can see that my joy and pain are one.
Please call me by my true names, so I can wake up,
and so the door of my heart can be left open, the door of compassion.
 
Dear Doris, may this departure be an arrival every day to newness, to adventure, to continued growth and learning, to serenity…and especially a daily arrival to love and Oneness with God. 
May you be filled with loving kindness, may you be filled with compassion and wisdom, may you be filled with equanimity, and may you be joyous. 
You have served us well, and you have served us with love!
We love you, and appreciate you and see you thriving in this new chapter of your life!
 
God bless - Namaste!