Monthly Archives: June 2017

Happy Independence Day 2017!

In Philadelphia, PA, 241 years ago this month, a group of proud and feisty men representing the 13 colonies of “The New America” claimed their independence from England. On their courageous and sturdy shoulders rested this brand new entity called the United States of America, and our beloved country was born. In universal time, 241 years is a very small number; however, in terms of our lives and the good fortune American citizens associate with living in this magnificent country, it’s an excellent number indeed.

 

Universal Brotherhood Movement, Inc. is a quintessential American creation, also founded on the principles of good faith and right action for all concerned. As an international organization, UB is represented well with a world-wide membership comprised of people from every culture and all religions.  This is definitely an asset to all of us as we endeavor to become a resource to everyone to whom we minister, with a belief in treating all who cross our paths with respect, acceptance and an open mind.  

 

On Tuesday, July 4, as you enjoy your picnics and family parties, please stop and reflect on the great good fortune that’s at the heart of the celebration. Should you be in the presence of our national anthem, please pause to remember (and this actually means taking your hats and caps off, gentlemen, and standing at attention) as you reflect on the sacrifices made by all those countless men and women who have gone to battle for the freedoms we enjoy. In terms of lives lost and lives forever changed by the scars of war, 241 becomes an infinitely more important number. A number imbued with faith, courage, pride and a deep trust in the principles upon which this country was founded.

 

If you are an American citizen, whether born in this country or as a naturalized citizen, claim your pride at being an American and throughout the 4th of July festivities, reflect on how you can now, in 2017 and beyond, be an honorable resource to our Nation. As the fireworks blast into the night sky, recall the words to America the Beautiful:  


“O beautiful for spacious skies,

For amber waves of grain,

For purple mountains majesties

Above the fruited plain,

America, America! God shed his grace on thee,

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea!”

 

As always, thank you for your dedicated service to UB, and thank you for being a part of the love, healing and growth of our wonderful country, the United States of America.

 

Just as “God shed his grace on our country,” your presence graces and enhances every aspect of Universal Brotherhood and the work we do in the world.

 

Blessings to you and to all those you hold dear,

Rosemary

 

Monday, May 29, 2017 marks this year’s observation of Memorial Day.

 

Originally named “Decoration Day,” the first reported observation was 1861. The name “Memorial Day” was first used in 1882, and was declared the official name of the holiday by federal law in 1967. Memorial Day is intended as a day to recognize, remember and honor those who gave their lives in service to the United States.

 

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 Memorial Day parade, or visit a cemetery and place a wreath on the grave of someone’s husband, wife, brother, sister, son or daughter. If you’re out and see veterans or those currently serving, take a moment to look them in the eye, shake their hand and say thank you.

 

And consider joining in the National Moment of Remembrance. The National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress, asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute. The time 3 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday. At the same time, a number of organizations throughout the country also observe the Moment: all major league baseball games halt, Amtrak train whistles sound across the country; and countless participants make a vow to remember.

 

This Memorial Day, please remember to thank all of our very brave and selfless men and women throughout time who have fought for all of our many freedoms. To my mind, I don’t believe they fought so gallantly for us to have more wars, but to enjoy a peaceful and love-filled life, in a united country where the pursuit of a good life supported by peace, equality and freedoms are extended to all of our many citizens.

 

But maybe we can do even more. Perhaps, as UB Ministers, we can all hold that lofty aspiration close to our very connected hearts on this special holiday of MEMORIAL DAY?  Remember, “Where one or more are gathered in MY name…….”

 

Blessings to us all,

Rev. Rosemary Cathcart

President

SPRING 2017

Spring is definitely blessing us all with sunnier, longer days and the hint of blossoms sprouting up here and there.  No matter where you are located in our vast network of Universal Brotherhood Ministers, please know that we are all a “family of choice.”  Each of us able to worship with whomever we choose, in the manner that best represents our deepest connection to God and Divine Spirit.

 

For those of us in the midst of celebrating Passover (April 10-18th) and those of us who will be celebrating Easter on Sunday the 16th, may we all find ourselves in the company of people we love and with whom we enjoy a deep and profound sense of respect and genuine integrity of spirit.

 

As we come together in our chosen manner of prayer and celebration, let us all remember the extraordinary power of intentional prayers scattered across our communities, our country and ultimately across the entire Cosmos.  We are all brothers and sisters in spirit, and throughout this season of reverence, as we intentionally widen our circle of love and influence, we become the living embodiment of the Christ spirit in action.

To me these sacred and holy traditions are meant to encompass introspection, reflection and deep forgiveness ~ forgiveness toward others.  I do not think it’s any accident that the word forgiveness is mentioned 72 times in the New Testament.  Perhaps that is a clue to the true meaning of attaining peace and wholeness?  I believing it truly is.

 

As always, please 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 the life blood of this wonderful organization, and as such, we extend to you the warm embrace of genuine affection and caring; I certainly hope you are feeling that at this moment and throughout each season of the year.  Please let us hear from you, regularly.

 

May Grace allow you to rise higher and higher during these most special and holy celebrations of Passover and Easter.

 

Blessings to you and to all those you hold dear,

Rev. Rosemary Cathcart, President