Rev. Jacquelyn's Message                
January and February have presented a few opportunities for First Church, Vallejo to celebrate who we are. The Season for Non-Violence started on January 30 and we are posting the daily principles on our Facebook page. February celebrated African-American History Month and Valentine's Day, and we are looking forward to celebrating Women's History Month in March. The more we learn about each other and why we have these designations, the better we will be able to grow our spiritual practices from an inclusive love, rather than fear-based consciousness.  
These first few months of 2017 are also presenting us with numerous opportunities to recognize, evaluate and understand our differences in perspectives, which defines as particular attitude(s) toward or way of regarding something; a point of view. This idea of perspectives can be thought of literally as where we stand in relationship to other persons, places or circumstances. For example, if we ourselves or our loved ones fall into any category of folks needing the protection of additional laws, guidelines or regulations to insure their rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, we are concerned when these protections under the law are repealed or eroded. If, however, we are not a member of any of these groups, we might easily have a perspective of being imposed upon, and may also feel denied our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness because "they" are taking or getting some of my advantages or opportunities. It is as if there is a belief that there is simply not enough liberty, happiness, freedom or other resources to go around!
Hmm! Let's see. Let's go back to that grass we talked about. There does not seem to be any scarcity there. How many blades of grass are in a square yard? And about that rain? Although we may experience drought, the sheets of rain that have doused the Bay Area most certainly have not been reflective of lack. The Master Teacher, Jesus, asked that we Love One Another. Now that was not love one another of the same perspective, that was Love One Another. Suppose we practiced Love as a principle and a value and looked at each other's perspectives from a place of Love and a consciousness of Abundance? Might that mean extending invitations to courageously and lovingly dialogue, with the goal of co-creating solutions that result in a world that works for everyone?  
Ernest Holmes, the founder of Religious Science, has this advice for us:
"And you and I should form the habit of taking definite time each day to pray for peace with justice -- for there is no peace possible without justice. Let each, in his own way, dedicate his time, his service, his hope and his spiritual conviction to the common cause of liberty and justice for all." (The Essential Ernest Holmes, The World Has Suffered Enough.)  
This is how we weather the storm to get to the bright sunshiny days.
Most Abundant Blessings,  
Rev. Jacquelyn