Category Archives: Gary Simmons

The Q Process for Boards (Teams)

Last weekend we held our annual Board retreat. It is traditionally an opportunity for new trustees to get acquainted with our current Board culture as well as a time of deepening our connection and caring for one another. It is also an opportunity for building greater capacity in our efforts to take the ministry to the…
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Shadow Work: A Path to 2nd Tier Ministry

Last Sunday during my Center Update I shared the Q Card / Shadow Card of Unity Spiritual Center. And together, as a congregation, we affirmed: "Please have compassion for us when we are being fearful, not enough, a victim, distrusting, not important, or powerless, because THIS is who we have come here to be: in integrity, compassionate,…
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Transformation vs Translation

Last Sunday, Jane shared from Rev. Robert Brumet's book, Living Originally, an important distinction between two types of spiritual teachings: transformational and translational. Brumet cites Ken Wilber as the originator of this distinction, defining translational teachings as those that are intended to improve or translate a moment--from a difficulty or hardship to an opportunity or something to leverage within…
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The Q Process Workshop

Ministry leaders who have followed the progress of the Pilot Program (a three year program, 2009 - 2012, where 13 Unity ministries participated in field-testing a new ministry practice) know that much of the program's design was informed by my doctoral work. I sought to formulate a research-based new paradigm of ministry based on Ken Wilber's integral theory that was…
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Who Have You Come Here to Be?

Who Have You Come Here To Be? We are the ones we have been waiting for. ~Hopi Elders Prophecy In our world of busy-ness, rarely do people inquire of themselves or of each other, “Who have we come here to be?” Instead we gather at parties and PTA events and ask each other, “So, what…
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