Simon is an independent, ordained, interfaith minister, sacred musician, youth worker and wooden boat builder. In all these vocations, he uses music and carpentry as a means to help individuals and groups connect sacred presence with everyday life. He also leads worship services, preaches, facilitates workshops, crafts personalized rituals, and performs weddings, baptisms, and funerals as well as other rites of passage. A dynamic and talented public speaker and musician, Simon has shared his unique combination of creative worship, sacred music, and storytelling with universities, community groups, and spiritual gatherings across the US, Australia, and Scotland. His unusual life and music are the focus of the award-winning documentary film Funny Kinda Guy. Simon’s musical work includes playing for rites of passage, healing, worship services, and community-building events; lately some of his favorite gigs have been played at youth centers, sickbeds, industrial workshops, homeless drop-in centers, and ancient chapels.
Burning Bowl Ceremony
“When you hold onto your history, you do it at the expense of your destiny.” ~Bishop TD Jakes
The Burning Bowl Ceremony is Unity’s unique way of leaving all that old, worn-out baggage behind, so you can begin the New Year fresh. Do you have old memories you’d like to release? You know those old resentments, angers, and hurts that you are holding on to in mind; you don’t need them anymore, they prevent God’s goodness from flowing into your life. Through the Burning Bowl Ceremony, you can release those bumps, bruises and challenges and enter the New Year without any attachments. Thus, you can embrace your vision for the year to come.
White Stone Ceremony
As you hold your white stone in your hand, know that you are starting with a clean slate. In this ceremony, we are doing two things. We are choosing our white stone and we are also writing down a new name for ourselves. The white stones that we are using are from between Hebron and Bethlehem, Israel. Just allow yourself to feel the energy of the stone you are holding.
“The white stone is an ancient ritual. Back in the time when Jesus was teaching, and someone served time in prison or in bondage of any kind, they were given a white stone when they were released. Each of us come from bondage today, and we are being given a white stone to signify our freedom.”
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