My name is Rev. Karen Epps although people often call me “Rev. K.” Thank you for taking a moment for us to become acquainted. I’d like to share just a bit about the story of my spiritual journey.
When I was a child, my grandmother would take me to church with her, which I absolutely loved. To me, it was uplifting and a lot of fun and I didn’t understand anything that was going on! However, it felt good and I enjoyed being with her. My dad, on the other hand, didn’t want anything to do with church. He was an intellectual, and our home was filled with people who were creative: artists, actors, teachers, and activists. Needless to say, I was exposed to two very different views about the role and relationship of God in our lives. I was confused.
To a certain degree the only way I had to make sense of God was through my parents. And when they divorced, I parted ways with God because I didn’t think God loved or thought anything about me. Why else would my folks split up? It had to be God’s fault. That departure resulted in an emptiness that in my adolescent years was filled by alcohol and drugs. Eventually I “hit bottom” and found my way into a 12-Step program and thus began a journey of discovering a new idea about Spirit.
Over the years, my understanding and relationship with Spirit has morphed and changed from “God out there” to “God as amorphous” to “God as Life & Divine Love” to “God/Spirit Is.” I’ve come to believe in a path of spirituality that is trans-denominational, meaning less focused on doctrine and more emphasis on the experience of God.
My influences include Unity’s original teachings (Charles & Myrtle Fillmore), Jesus, Buddhism (including Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chodron, Genpo Roshi), Taoism, A Course in Miracles, Integral Theory (Ken Wilber), Evolutionary Enlightenment (Andrew Cohen) and modern mystics such as Sally Kempton, Andrew Harvey, Byron Katie, Adyashanti, Ernest Wilson and others. I am passionate about retreat ministry and relish spending time in meditation.
Perhaps you relate to my journey – it may be similar to yours. If you are seeking a spiritual community whose primary intention is fostering an environment for you to experience the presence of Spirit in your life, then you may have just found “home.”
Welcome to Unity Global Heart!
Love & Blessings,