When we talk about healing, most people focus on the individual. However, the idea of healing also can be applied to families, congregations and organizations. There has been much discussion of late about the need for healing within Unity Worldwide Ministries (UWM). Tracing its history, we can see that UWM was born of conflict, and that consciousness of conflict has remained as an underlying background “hum” within the organization throughout its existence. In recent years, the energy of conflict has increased. Those of us on the spiritual path understand that this increasing energy creates an environment in which great healing and a great creative renewal are possible.
So, what does healing mean in the context of an organization? As with an individual, organizational healing must begin with willingness. In the Gospel of John, the author describes Jesus healing a man at the pool of Bethesda. Jesus begins by asking the question, “Do you want to be healed?” (John 5:2-6)
It seems like a simple enough question with an obvious answer. Yet, how often have we known people who hold tightly to their misery or their sense of brokenness? How often have we ourselves preferred “the devil you know” over the work and risk involved in creating a new vision of who and what we are?
In an organization, the commitment to healing must be present within a critical mass of the membership. So, as members of UWM, we must each ask ourselves, “Do I want UWM to be healed?” Do I want it enough to forgive the unskillful actions of others? Do I want it enough to acknowledge my own unskillful actions and how they have contributed to the current situation? Am I willing to work to become more skillful? Am I willing to acknowledge the work others are doing to become more skillful, giving credit where credit is due?
Do I want healing enough to …
- Give up my part in perpetuating our collective story of pain?
- Let go of any “us against them” attitude?
- Let go of any belief that I can change the past?
- Stay engaged and participate in the healing process?
- Make it okay for others to have a different worldview from my own, without making them wrong?
It turns out, wanting to be healed can be a tall order. For those who are willing, healing requires each of us, individually, to shift from a consciousness of dis-ease to a consciousness of wholeness about UWM.
In releasing my own consciousness of dis-ease, I can explore: What am I making this ongoing conflict within UWM mean? Am I willing to make it mean something else? How might this conflict contribute to a healthier, better UWM? How might it contribute to my own personal growth?
In building a consciousness of wholeness, I can consider: What does wholeness for UWM mean to me? What matters most to me about UWM and its mission? What do I see wanting to emerge within the organization and its membership? What would shift UWM to the next level?
And as I find my consciousness shifting, I can begin manifesting that shift by taking every opportunity to engage in respectful and creative collaboration with my fellow members to move UWM toward that vision of wholeness.
The Truth is that wholeness is our natural state. We are not required to create something that does not exist. Rather, our task is to remove the obstacles that block us from expressing the wholeness that we already are.
And so, what is one small, simple step you are willing take to support UWM in expressing its wholeness?
Avenues for Healing Unity Worldwide Ministries
It is important to Unity Worldwide Ministries to bring together our members, leaders, board and staff to co-create on matters of importance to our Unity movement. We have created many avenues to better serve the needs of our Unity leaders and ministries. Some of these include:
- Unity Worldwide Ministries’ new mission and vision statement and a working document that focuses on practical, structural processes and systems to support our ministers and ministries.
- Developed www.UnityWorldwideMinistries.org, a clear and welcoming website where our leaders can access our ample resources.
- Biweekly e-newsletter The Path: Streamlined our segmented newsletters into one up-to-date movement newsfeed including links to surveys, calls, documents, resources and so much more.
- Created specialized Facebook pages to connect and serve our leaders.
- Unity Leaders Journal – Created to keep our leaders and ministries informed about topics that matter to them.
- Developed Important Communication, an as-needed email designed to keep our leaders in the loop on what is happening when it’s happening.
- Created Conversations with Unity Leaders– Hosted 7 online web conference calls in the past year, providing a place for leaders to share about important topics facing our movement.
- Conducting surveys via The Path to canvas the information needed to help lead our movement.
- Facilitated the January Summit to open a time to come together and discern how to best work together.
- Our staff and board strive to be receptive to our membership’s needs, providing resources and support whenever possible. Please contact us if you have a need or question about our services.
Unity Worldwide Ministries’ board and staff are listening to feedback shared by our Unity leaders and adjusting policies and procedures where it benefits our entire movement. The leadership of UWM is committed to serving the Unity movement by taking forward action so that together, we make our movement strong and sustainable.