Rev. Leland Stewart, B.S.E., .B.T.
Unity-and-Diversity World Fellowship
29 April 2012(12)
THE ORDINATION OF DR. LINDA GROFF
In the midst of the many, there is the One!
Today is the day when Dr. Linda Groff, who still teaches at California State University at Dominguez Hills, was ordained as an interfaith minister through the Unity-and-Diversity World Fellowship. The Fellowship is a specialized affiliate of the Unity-and-Diversity World Council, Inc.
Linda has been teaching in future studies, intercultural and interreligious studies, and world affairs. She likes looking at the big picture and the wholeness of things. Now that her teaching load is decreasing, she is paying more attention to spiritual matters, starting with the holding of monthly spiritual salons at the Village Church and Interfaith Center on the Westside of Los Angeles. About fifty people came to the ordination, including four interfaith ministers, six ministers of a variety of faiths, and three other leaders who are in some form of interfaith activity.
Unity-and-Diversity Ministers are those who have a commitment to the well-being of all. They recognize the diversity of paths uniting in the One Spirit – whether that One is called God, Brahma, Yahweh, Allah, Great Spirit, or by any other name or no name. They see that every atom in the universe is co-existent with every other atom, that what affects one affects all. Such committed beings, therefore, are entering into a life of service to the new civilization as listeners as well as speakers, and as servers as well as guides.
Unity-and-Diversity Ministers are those who not only make a place for their own thought and teaching, but who also make room for the ways of all other sincere seekers. Unity-and-Diversity Ministers are those who work toward the dynamic integration of diversity among all paths. Such individuals seek the love and light in all paths. They aim in all humility to serve the good of the whole, transcending the personal self, so as to become clear channels for honoring Spirit as it connects us and all our paths.
Now that Linda has been ordained, she will continue to develop the spiritual salons, aim to complete the writing that she has well begun and which spells out the teachings she wishes to share with the world, and also carry out marriage, funeral, and other kinds of services as requested. She is now part of a core group for a Sunday morning interfaith service that has just recently begun. She may well take on some leadership role in that gathering as it develops over time.
We wish Linda well in her ministry and look forward to continuing to work with her.
In the Spirit of Unity-and-Diversity!!!
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