Unity Hosts Boy Scouts of America
On Saturday, Feb. 21st, Unity on the Bay hosted 185 Boys Scouts and their troop leaders as part of their annual 10 Commandment Hike. Local chapters of the Boys Scouts get together and visit different places of worship in a hike that is designed to show them commonalities and differences between different faith communities. Juan del Hierro, LUT, was invited to speak to our visitors on the 6th Commandment, “Thou shall not kill.” “I didn’t want to approach it from the physical perspective of murder but rather the spiritual or emotional. That is why I spoke about ‘thou shall not kill…someone’s individuality and uniqueness.’ This gave me an opportunity to talk about all of us being a unique expression of God, regardless of societal or familial norms,” says Juan. Discussing bullying, Juan spoke about always having a choice, when meeting someone or something that seems different to us, between coming from fear or love. He also spoke about how we can be our own worst bullies. It was truly a beautiful experience for all involved as Juan reminded them to support each other in being their most authentic unique selves.
Jason Bacon, Scout leader, said of Unity on the Bay “What a funky little church! I always like to put something in that is a little off the beaten path to show everyone that religion/faith spans a great chasm and there is something for everyone to identify with. The meditation was a very nice touch and really centered me. I was amazed! Also, I think you gave one of the most memorable lessons about acting out of fear or out of love. It was presented very well and was one of the strongest ‘take away’ of the day.”