If we follow the “Liturgical” calendar, we are in the season of Epiphany.  Epiphany means “MANIFESTATION!”  Roanoke Metaphysical Chapel follows the “Liturgical” calendar, generally, but not  rigidly!  This goes along with “we take the Bible seriously, but not literally! ”  Why follow it at all?   Most Metaphysicians believe that the Bible contains metaphors for individual growth in consciousness.  Let us not forget that we also believe in “personal responsibility.”  In short, we are not looking for “loopholes” in our unfoldment and growth such as vicarious atonement!  We believe that the Christian Master Jesus and other Holy Teachers, came to show us the way, thus we say, Jesus, the Wayshower!  SHOW US WHAT?

Perhaps the answer to that is stated in Native American Philosophy when they speak of “Walking our Talk!”  OR,  are we just filled with a lot of  beautiful theories and have no practical application!

As Pastor and Spiritual Leader of the Roanoke Metaphysical Chapel I am excited and encouraged  about the coming year of 2020.  As Metaphysicians we speak of being in the “NOW!”  The current season, the NOW,  is Epiphany, which means MANIFESTATION, the liturgical color for this season is Green, the color of growth !    This is the time to begin manifesting all of those beautiful theories and apply all that we have learned in our services, classes and workshops.  In the words of Cory Booker:
“Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people
before you tell me how much you love your God, show me in how much you love all of God’s children;
before you preach to me of your passion for your faith, teach me about it through your compassion for your neighbors.
In the end, I”m not interested in what you have to tell or sell as in how you choose to live and give.”

In the ensuing year of 2020, may we all rededicate ourselves to “walking our talk,” and truly make this a year of manifestation & growth!


F. Reed Brown, Pastor

Recently the President of the United Metaphysical Churches, Rev. Justin Terry,  asked that the following be published as UMC’s DNA!  We are a part of the United Metaphysical Churches and I wanted to share this with our individual congregation.


VALUE ALL PEOPLEOur world and our perception changes when we learn to add value to the lives of others and being able to lead with love and service.

LIVING INTENTIONALLYLiving a life of intention will help bring a person’s path into focus and give a life of meaning. When we focus on what we can do today, opportunities that we never saw before will appear before our eyes.

EXCEED EXPECTATIONS – Giving more than expected will accelerate your spiritual growth, give meaning to your life, and support the entire UMC organization and its mission.

GROWTH FOCUS – Growth supports energy, which is essential to live. The more we know, the more we realize we don’t know. Constant and never-ending improvement should be embedded in our DNA.

DEMONSTRATING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE – As you grow spiritually, you will realize that everything does truly happen for a reason- even if it isn’t currently apparent. Good will come out of every situation. Demonstrating a positive attitude will help foster that vision and relieve stress, worry, and anxiety.

TRANSFORMATION – Kindness and forgiveness transform everything. Letting the past go, will help you make peace in the present. Ask what in yourself is being mirrored in the other person. What are they teaching you?

LEADING BY EXAMPLE – The more leaders the better. Some people confuse being a leader with having a power position, which is false. Being a leader is all about influencing ourselves and those around us to be the best they can be.

MODEL CONSISTENCY – Despite the circumstance, remain with perseverance and commitment. We stay centered and act out of love; not react out fear.

BE A PERSON OF FAITH – Whatever our faith, background or belief is everyone is welcomed and loved at United Metaphysical Churches where diversity is truly an asset. Having faith can be faith in God, the Universe, the Light, your higher self. It is that force that draws every leader to change, to help others, to grow, and to influence others to do the same; while realizing your true power is Divine.

Recently I was reading a book by David Brooks titled “The Road to Character.”  The opening paragraph makes a distinction between resume virtues and eulogy virtues.  The resume virtues, he says, “are the ones you list on your resume, the skills that you bring to the job market and that contribute to external success.  The eulogy virtues are deeper. They’re the virtues that get talked about at your funeral, the ones that exist at the core of your being, whether you are kind, brave, honest or faithful; what kind of relationships you formed.”  The words we all want to hear,”Well done thou good and faithful servant.”

If you resonate with the above, consider visiting us, and see what we are offering as a spiritual organization.  Come bring a friend,  ALL ARE WELCOME!

F. Reed Brown, Pastor