I've spent my life searching for answers. I surely have not found them all, but I've found enough to know that the search is worthwhile. As a matter of fact, it's the most important thing in the world...to find answers to the secrets of life!
When I was 12, there was a sign on the church basement wall which read, "With Awareness Comes Responsibility." I made a covenant with God at that point in time. I wanted the awareness and so I vowed to accept the responsibility of being accountable to a higher state of awareness, and the responsibility of passing it on. Since that point in time, my life has been devoted to doing just that. Some things I learned the hard way, and some things I learned the easy way. Either way, these lessons have been a gift to me in my life.
I consider the work that I do to be a calling. It is my driving force.
My quest for learning the secrets of life began as a child, playing outside with the wildlife and insects. I developed a reverence for all of nature and life. At the age of 10, my mother first introduced me to concepts of natural healing. At 12, we began attending the Akron Unity Center, a church founded on healing. I became very involved in my studies there, and still study Unity teachings today.
Unity provided the foundation for my belief system. In addition to what I was learning, I also had several jobs with the church over the years, starting with an office job at the age of 15, then as adult education assistant, and later as the youth director for many years. I also attended and worked at several other Unity churches, as well as the First Congregational Church of Akron as youth director, family minister and addictions counselor, in addition to my other community work.
Unitarianism also holds a place in my heart, right alongside Unity, Congregationalism, and the spirituality of the "God as you understand him"
12-step recovery world. What they all share is the common thread of allowing for different views, with love of God, self and others at the core of their beliefs. To me, that sums up what all great spiritual teachers have taught.
I believe we all should have the absolute right to believe as we see fit, with differing opinions and insights all being good. I was taught to be a seeker of Truth. We all have to decide for ourselves what that is. I, myself, tend towards metaphysical interpretations, but every loving and peaceful religion has it's place in the world.
I am ordained by the Universal Life Church
. This is the tradition in which the Essentials of Life Holistic Enrichment Center
is founded. The Universal Life Church stands strong for religious freedom. I like the tenets they put forth. I am in harmony with their ideals. I have devoted my life to trying to do the best that I can, living and helping to live, eternally progressing towards my highest good and helping others along the way. That is all that is asked by the Universal Life Church. I became officially ordained as a ULC minister on May 13, 1998.
Essentials of Life Holistic Enrichment Center is established to spread the awareness of God's healing power, available to everyone, regardless of faith, income or insurance. God has given us the tools to heal ourselves, through nature and goodness alone. We hold traditional church services on Tuesday evenings, as we are here to enrich, not replace what you already have. We also hold online at www.genesis1.org
, We have wonderful events and groups
that you can attend if you're in the area. Check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/eolhec
I believe that from the very beginning God has provided us all that we need to live happy, healthy and productive lives. It is my hope to pass this awareness to you.
Naturally Yours in Good Health,