Church offers Random Acts of Kindness Week |

Church offers Random Acts of Kindness Week

by Denise Frueh

Kindness! What a wonderful word. Do you feel better after you help or give to someone in need? Maybe it is because kindness is part of our spiritual nature. Once we do a generous deed for one person, we can imagine how it will set a series of kind acts in motion. It becomes a chain reaction of good will. Each act of kindness rewards us and reminds us of what is really important in life.

National Random Acts of Kindness Week is Feb. 9-15. Unity Church of Today in Genoa, which is affiliated with Unity School of Christianity, is joining with it in supporting the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation’s week-long program. Unity’s more than 600 churches and ministries in the United States are joining in this nationwide celebration. Rev. Maryellen Youngs, minister of Unity Church of Today, quotes Mother Theresa of Calcutta, who once said, “Be kind to each other. It is better to commit faults with gentleness than to work miracles with unkindness.”

Studies done at Stanford University show that people who are treated with kind words or deeds are significantly more likely to behave kindly than those who have not received the same treatment. But we don’t need science to tell us that giving brings joy to our hearts and puts us in touch with who we really are. It doesn’t matter in what form one spreads kindness; every act makes the world a better place.

Random Acts of Kindness Week was inspired by a newspaper article written by Anne Herbert in 1982. It was during the Gulf War in 1991 that Conari Press, an independent book publisher, started collecting inspiring stories of kindness. It is through their series of Random Acts of Kindness books that today’s kindness revolution began. Conari Press is now in its fourth year of sponsoring the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation campaigns nationwide.

Unity Church of Today holds worship services on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the Genoa Community Church; the youth education program is held at the same time. On Tuesdays, meditation is held at the church office from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

For additional information, the church office telephone number is 782-4429. An inspirational message is available 24 hours a day by dialing 782-4282.

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