Monthly Archives: June 2015

Memorial Day

Monday, May 24, 2015 marks the 147th celebration of Memorial Day. 

 

General John Logan, the National Commander of the Grand Army of The Republic, “In an effort to unite a divided country following the Civil War,” originated “Decoration Day” on May 30, 1868.

 

Observed by 1890 in all northern states, “Decoration Day” was slow to gain momentum in the southern states until the close of World War I.  At that time, it was decided that the day should be celebrated as a way to honor the memory of all Americans who died fighting in any war at any time.

 

In 1971, Congress declared it a national holiday, officially changing the name to “Memorial Day” and moving it to the last Monday in May.

 

Here we are, 147 years later, still living in a world seemingly divided by politics, religion and ideological differences. It could be a sad commentary on the human condition, or we could turn it into the opportunity to come together in the spirit of honor, dignity and integrity.

 

That’s my choice! When I got up today I turned on the faucet and water came out; I flipped a switch and had electricity; my trash was collected and my mail delivered all with ease. These are just a few of the usual by-products of being an American. Privileges I hold dear and comforts I never want to be casual about. Somewhere, at some time, by someone wearing a uniform that represented this country – my freedoms – and yours were fought for. And won.

 

More than a 3-day holiday with lots of sales and plenty of partying, on this Memorial Day, please take a moment and pause to remember the shoulders on which the celebration rests.  My uncles and brothers all served in every branch of the Armed Forces, as I’m sure yours did and may well still be serving. 

 

Perhaps you could join a Veteran’s Day parade, or visit a cemetery and place a wreath on the grave of someone’s child, husband, brother, son. If you’re out and see a Vets or those currently serving, take a moment to look them in the eye, shake their hand and say thank you.

 

You might also consider joining in the National Moment of Remembrance. The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.

 

I am so proud to have had the privilege to be born in this country and make an effort every day to help in “uniting a divided country” by healing the divisions within myself.

 

Thank you for your service, thank you for the celebration and for continuing to be a part of the love/healing and growth of the most wonderful country on earth, the United States of America. God Bless the USA!

 

All my best,

 

Rosemary Cathcart

President

Universal Brotherhood Movement, Inc.

Easter & Passover Greetings 2015

Spring is in the air, and with it come the joyful celebrations of Easter and Passover. As we join together with beloved family and friends, sharing both prayer and meals, I would like to suggest that your prayers extend beyond those most dear and move outward to include our entire family of mankind. While loving those close, also make space in your hearts and your minds to extend Grace and Blessings to one and all.

 

To me, these sacred and holy traditions are meant to encompass introspection, reflection and deep forgiveness – forgiveness toward others as well as for ourselves. I don’t think it is an accident that the word forgiveness is mentioned 72 times in the New Testament. Could we have been given a clue to the true means of attaining peace and wholeness? Perhaps.

 

As always,  I want you to know that you are being held in the Light by everyone on the Corporate Board of Universal Brotherhood, and by our Founders, Rick and Jeni Prigmore. You are a vital part of this organization and as such we extend to you the warm embrace of genuine affection and caring; I hope you’re sensing it now!

 

May Grace allow you to rise higher and higher on this most special weekend of Easter and Passover blessings.

 

All my best,

Rosemary Cathcart

President

Universal Brotherhood Movement, Inc.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day 2015

On this anniversary of Saint Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2015, let us come together as a community of like-minded ministers and seekers.  Let us embrace “love” as the ultimate gift, the ultimate exchange of personal energy.

 

 Understanding we can only come from one of two places – love or fear – let us consciously choose to come from a place of love. Difficult though it sometimes is, if we “decide” to focus on love and become a resource in the world, we can accomplish that goal. Love is, after all, the ultimate reality and fulfills our purpose on Earth.

 

 Please know that you are held in the hearts and the minds of not only the Founders of Universal Brotherhood, Rick and Jeni Prigmore, but every member of the Corporate Board, including our Administrator, Robin Morini. You are showered with love and genuine affection on a daily basis. Please embrace that love and share it with all of those who are near and dear to you and with all of those to whom you minister.

 

 “Knowing that LOVE is the strongest power on EARTH, I willingly attune my heart, mind and body to love as I open myself to experience every aspect of this life I love living!”

 

 Happy Valentine’s Day!

 All my best,

 Rosemary Cathcart

President

Universal Brotherhood Movement, Inc.

Holiday Greetings 12/24/2014

Love Notes from President Rosemary Cathcart

Hello and Happy Holidays – Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be of service to you individually, and to such an excellent organization as Universal Brotherhood Movement, Inc.

As my first year as UB President comes to a close, I wanted to start the tradition of sending a Holiday message to everyone.

I want to begin by saying “thank you” to each of you for having the courage of your convictions and following your heart to UB. No matter your religious background, UB welcomes original thinkers who possess inspiration, a spirit of adventure and the heart of a leader. I am grateful for our membership as a whole and for each of you individually, wherever in the world you are. An organization is only as strong as the membership – and your uniqueness and your own willingness to grow means our membership is growing beautifully.

Please know that in all of our decisions as a Board, you as an individual are thought about and considered in our plans for the future. I want to hear from you and I welcome your communications at ubpresidentrmc@yahoo.com. Our Vice President, Kelly Graham, is equally open to your comments and can be reached at ubvicepresident@yahoo.com. Of course our Administrator, Robin Morini, is eager to assist in your ministry and welcomes your calls and emails as well. You can reach Robin at robin.ubm@gmail.com.

No matter what form your celebrations take, may you be filled with a joyful heart and a hopeful spirit. On behalf of the Administration and entire Board of Universal Brotherhood, I extend warm holiday blessings to you and to all those you hold dear.

Into The Light

Into The Light

by Rev. Dr. Jeni Prigmore

Out of my darkness, the place where fear lies,

The beginnings, the seeking for something brighter…

Out of my sadness, where the tears are a part of my day,

The possibility of a sweeter outcome…

Out of my ignorance, that muddling place of un-knowing,

There dawns the longing to learn…

Out of the Winter of My Life, cold and gloomy,

Surely there will be a spring…

Out of this void, where I feel un-filled,

I move into the Light of a new day…

Tentative, dazzled, enlivened.