This Unity ritual is based on Revelations 2:17: “They that hath an ear, let them hear what the Spirit said unto the churches; to they that overcometh, will I give to eat the hidden manna and will give them a white stone and in the stone a new name written, which no person knowth saving they that receive it.”
Symbolically, the stone represents freedom. As was custom in ancient days during slavery in the Holy Land, a prisoner was given a white stone when he was freed from servitude as a token of his freedom. On his stone was a new name that he would take in this new life.
During the White Stone Mediation, each participant holds a white stone from Jerusalem (or something symbolic of it) in the palm of their hand, allowing the Spirit within to reveal a New Name that is to be worked with during the year.
An ordained Unity minister since 1995, Rev. Sherry is an APC board certified chaplain with over 25 years of experience in hospice and palliative care, as well as being a certified spiritual director. She has pastored churches in Missouri, Kansas and the Pacific NW and currently serves as the Spiritual Advisor for Unity of North Kitsap. Sherry is Rosie’s mom and guardian of canine, Mimi. Her interests include sporadic piano lessons, exploring a new co-housing community, healthy food for elders, traveling the world, and being outdoors anywhere. She aspires to write poetry and has a voracious appetite for reading it.
Dennis & Bonnie O’Hanlon
Bonnie and Dennis have been making music together for the last 30+ years. Dennis is a professional musician who has traveled all across the United States and parts of Asia performing with nationally known children’s artists. Bonnie has sung with many of those same bands, church choirs, and a trio of female vocalists in California. The O’Hanlons make their home in Gig Harbor and perform regularly for festivals, church services, and home concerts.