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Sunday Message - Rev. John Strickland

Just Stand Up!
June 13 | 11:00 AM
Via Zoom/Facebook Live

There was a group of friends "tubing " down a lazy River, only two feet deep. Only one member of the group did not know how to swim. The others convinced him that they would be close by and would take care of him if anything happened. Wouldn't you know it...the tube began to leak for the one who couldn't swim. He panicked and his fear overwhelmed him. A friend nearby grabbed him firmly by the shoulders and yelled, "Just stand up!" He did as told and the crisis disappeared. 

Have we ever been in a situation like that? I have. And what was needed was for a firm but gentle hand to hold me while I was reminded that I had everything I needed to be safe and secure. I say to you, "Whatever situation you may be facing, be calm and centered in God's Truth. Then, just stand up! Know the truth and the truth will set you free!


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Rev. John Strickland grew up in Unity Atlanta and graduated from Georgia State University in 1974, with a major in Mathematics and minors in Philosophy and Psychology. He graduated from Unity's Seminary at Unity Village, Missouri and was ordained at the age of 23, in 1976. He served as Senior Minister for two years each, in Jacksonville, Florida and Santa Rosa, California, before moving to Unity Village, Missouri. There, he served as Assistant to James Dillet Freeman ('79-'84), and succeeded him as Director for Silent Unity ('84-91).

Rev. John served as Associate Minister with Eric Butterworth at Unity Center of Practical Christianity in New York, for six months, before moving to Hawaii to serve as Senior Minister in 1991. In 2001, John became the Senior Minister of Unity Atlanta, where he served for nearly 17 years, before retiring in 2017.

John was Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Unity School of Christianity for nearly ten years, Chairman of the Board of the Association of Unity Churches ('98-'99), and was the Unity Movement's only delegate to the Parliament of the World's Religions, in Cape Town, South Africa (1999).

In 2003, he received Unity's highest honor:  The Light of God Expressing Award He was both humbled and honored to receive this award from his colleagues. He is a beloved author and speaker in the Unity Movement.

John was a delegate to the Parliament of the World's Religions in Barcelona, Spain, in 2004 and, in Melbourne, Australia in 2009.

John served as President of North Dekalb Rotary Club, Atlanta, GA (07-08). He has served on the Board of Atlanta's Interfaith Community Initiatives (ICI) and is past Chair of GANT (Georgia Association of New Thought).

John retired from Unity ministry in 2017. In 2018, He received his Doctorate in Religious Studies from the Emerson Institute, Oakhurst, California.

John and his life partner Sandra Solomon spend their winters in Tucson, Arizona, and their summers in Cleveland, Georgia.  John and Sandy love to hike, bicycle and travel.