Monthly Archives: January 2018

From UB President Rosemary Cathcart: Happy & Healthy 2018!

It seems like just a moment ago, I was wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year for 2017!  Yet here we are again, at yet another gateway, and about to embark on one more 365-day adventure.
I am sending out prayers of hope and peace for every member of our UB family, and all the many citizens of the world. As I pray for others, I also pray that I am able to maintain a cheerful demeanor, no matter what surprises life might have in store.
My hopes going forward for 2018 revolve around goodness and kindness, laced with common sense and lots of love. Love being the key factor for me in every encounter. I hope I am able to remember that lofty ideal in my most clumsy moments when I’m overtired, hungry and short on time.
My personal wish for the New Year is to become more vulnerable and kinder to myself in every transaction, as I extend the same to others.
A year ago I shared an ancient Sufi exercise which always levels the playing field for me, reminding me that we are all children of GOD, and we all deserve sweetness, compassion and understanding.  Here it is again:
Just Like Me
 
“Just like me, this person is seeking some happiness for themselves.
Just like me, this person is trying to avoid suffering in their life.
Just like me, this person has known sadness, loneliness and despair.
Just like me, this person is seeking to fulfill their needs.
Just like me, this person is learning about life.”
Perhaps these simple but profound words can serve as a template for right action in the year ahead. May this sweetness and compassion be woven into the fabric of every day in the coming year for you and all those you love. May you also experience the joy of accomplishment and the warmth of genuine affection.
As a Universal Brotherhood Minister, you are embraced and cherished for the part you’ve chosen to play on the world stage. You are never alone and are always considered “family” to our Founders, Rick and Jeni Prigmore, our Executive Director, Robin Morini, to our Corporate Board and to me. May your Light continue to shine brightly throughout all of 2018, and may you know peace, love, clarity and ease.
Blessings to you and to all those you hold dear,
   Rosemary

GREETINGS OF THE SEASON 2017

Here we are once again, dear friends, in the month of Light and Love, as we celebrate Hanukkah on December 13, 2017 and Christmas on the 25th.
Although our world has suffered greatly these past 12 months, in our shared beliefs of community, good works and the integrity of our actions, I invite us all to come together once again, in harmony. Come together, as we remember the lovely ceremony of our own individual Ordinations as Universal Brotherhood Ministers. These were not empty words and statements, but a gracious invitation to become members of a community of kind-hearted souls with the best of intentions. We are the people who can help change the world for the better.
With this in mind, let us joyfully rededicate ourselves to holding close the memory of the birth of the Christ Child on Christmas, as we also celebrate the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
Celebrated earlier than usual this year, Hanukkah brings “God’s gift of light to the World” as the menorah is lit on each night of the celebration. Each subsequent candle rekindling the ancient memory of how the Temple was purified and the wicks of the menorah burned for 8 days ~ even though there was only enough sacred oil for one day’s lighting.
The hope of Christmas for Christians and the courage and faith of the Jews are more alike than not. I truly believe the “name” we call our faith practice pales in comparison to the deeper held beliefs we share as Children of God. We were meant to shine our Light in the world and there is no better time than December.
Remember the miracles we’ve come from:  the Holy babe in the manger and a menorah that burned for 8 days!  Miracles upon Miracles and Wonders shall never cease. We are all of that and more, and we are meant to be a resource to not only ourselves, but to everyone we minster to, and the whole world as well.
Whether you’ve already celebrated Hanukkah or are about to celebrate Christmas, please do it all with a loving and peaceful heart. Allow yourself to be more aware than ever of the many miracles present in your life right this minute and know that you can be the creator of even more in the year ahead.
You are the Miracle now!
On behalf of the Universal Brotherhood Board of Directors, our Founders, Rick and Jeni Prigmore and our Executive Director, Robin Morini, may the blessings of this Holy season richly reward you for all of your good deeds and willing hearts.
Blessings to you and to all those you hold dear,
   Rosemary