Unity of the Valley
3912  Dillard Rd  
39th & Hilyard  
Eugene OR  97405 
(541) 345-9913 

Upcoming Services

Sunday September 6th, 10:30 a.m. Service –How do we manage all our inner drives to find and maintain inner balance and harmony?We will be exploring Finding the Peaceful Balance.

A message from our minsterial team:

The Right Destination

“Life is often lived as if we are on a train, focused mostly on getting to the ‘right’ destination.  How different could this be if we treated it more like a sailboat ride, checking the winds each day and learning to go with the flow?” 

I had to smile at this analogy written by this Sunday’s guest presenter, Lorena Smith.  Mainly because I love trains and am very uncomfortable in the water and on the water, even in large cruise lines.  I like my feet on solid ground at a manageable height because I suffer from altitude sickness at anything over 4,500 feet.  As you can guess, I’m not much fun to travel with if you are an adventurous, mountain climbing person, and I’d be a disastrous companion on an around-the-world cruise. 

Yet, I have managed to live with myself in spite of these quirks and one of my favorite objects is a model of a three-masted schooner that sits on my desk. It gives me a sense of freedom every time I gaze at it, as does pondering the soothing vastness of uncharted seas with nothing to box one in. As does being at the ocean, meditating while seated on the sand.  I guess I am an enigma. But, I think we all are. And that’s ok.

The wonderfully freeing question suggested by our guest speaker is this: “Remember to ask yourself this question each morning: What do I want to experience today?” (Thank you, Lorena, I love that question.) With that as food for our thoughts in the morning, it won’t really matter which vessel we choose to convey us, especially since we will need more than one conveyance at various times through the course of our days, depending on what we want to accomplish.

What matters is that we are free to choose, to stop judgment of right and wrong for ourselves and others. Free to move into the most beautiful, pure experience of being fully present to life, knowing there is a higher power that guides our journey. That power is within us, placed there by a creator who gave us the compass of safety in all directions when we allow it to assist us in aligning ourselves with the flow of our innate wisdom, do our best to make wise choices along the way, and let love be the heavenly star we follow to our destination, whatever it is to be for us.

Today I rode the train, as my destination was to get certain things accomplished.  Tomorrow I will sit back in my boat (while it rests on the sand, I think with a smile), stare out at the vastness of the sea and let all be in the flow, which I can feel in my heart.  Next week?  Don’t know yet.  Spirit has something fun planned, I’m sure. But I will consciously ask “What do I want to experience today?” and then let Spirit go to work. 

Much love to you, my traveling companions. 




Unity of the Valley is hosting a regional Youth & Family training event on Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12, and we have 2 separate out-of-town guests who need a home to stay in.  If you have a room or rooms available, please contact Sherry Lady ASAP at 541-915-6133.


Sunday morning assistance for Lead Teacher, June Hopkins who works and plays with the Unikids (ages 5-8), is needed during Youth Ed time on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month. If you can help out, please contact Shawna at 541-345-9913, ext. 13 or shawna@unityofthevalley.org.

This Week


-  4:30-5:30 p.m. – Introductory Yoga Series with Donna O’Neil. If you are new to yoga or it’s been awhile, join Donna in the Sanctuary in September for this introductory yoga series.  $36 for the month.  Contact Donna at 541-683-7664 or yogawithdonna@gmail.com.  

- 5:45-7:15 p.m. – Spirit of Yoga with Donna O’Neil. An ongoing weekly class for turning inward, with slow, contemplative yoga designed to explore and strengthen the body, stretch the spine, and renew the spirit. Bring your own mat & blanket. Arrive early. Check and cash only.


-  7:00 p.m. - Polestar Gardens Kirtan with special guests Shanti Shivani & Friends. This group is from the big island of Hawaii and is here to share their beautiful sacred music.  Suggested donation is $10.

7:00-9:00 p.m. - Therapeutic Touch in the Fillmore Wing. Donation basis. For more information, please contact Bev Forster at 541-484-6571.

FRIDAY (7:00-9:00 p.m.) – Shamanic Evening in the Sanctuary. Join Gary Wymore and Sunny Schneider as they gather together to celebrate Spirit through drumming and sound. Donation basis.

SATURDAY (11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) – YFM Carwash Fundraiser at Pizza Hut Parking Lot on 29th & Willamette.  Come and support our Youth and Family Ministry teens and get a clean car at the same time.  Funds raised go towards attendance to YFM camps.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 – Unity World Day of Prayer(noon-7:00 p.m.) Pray up your life, pray up the world on Unity World Day of Prayer. We start at noon in the Sanctuary with an opening ceremony, and continue the day with prayer, meditation, a labyrinth, and silence. Closing ceremony at7:00 p.m. Come for part or all of the day!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 – Joy of Watercolor painting class starts in the Fellowship Hall. All skill levels welcome. Donation basis. For more information, contact Ellen at 541-344-1490.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 – YOUTH & FAMILY CLASSES BEGIN. Pick up a registration packet at the YFM sign-in table or click here for the online registration packet.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, (4:00-7:00 p.m.) – Silent Auction at Inge and Leonard’s home. Potluck so bring your favorite dish, (Beer, wine, soft drinks, coffee, and tea provided) live music, raffle too! There is still time to donate an auction item or service to help make this wonderful success. We can accept donations up to Sunday, September 13. Forms in the Fellowship Hall.

Last Call for Vendors and Presenters

Unity of the Valley is hosting a Mind Body Spirit Fair on Saturday, October 3, and we are looking for vendors and presenters who would like to participate. Tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and are $25 + 10% of total sales. The Registration Deadline: August 31, 2015. This fair is a fundraiser to benefit our Angel Network which serves those in need in our community. Pick up a registration form in the Fellowship Hall or register online at http://unityofthevalley.org/application.html.

Do You Have an item or Service You Can Donate to Our Silent Auction?

On Sunday, September 20th we will be holding our annual Silent Auction at Inge Tarantola’s home. We are looking for auction items and services to help make our Silent Auction a wonderful success this year. Do you have an item, service, or skill you can donate? Some Suggestions: baking a pie, providing a basket of goodies, offering a dinner, yard work, massage, vacation rental, tutoring, gift certificates, etc. We are starting our planning early this year. Help us out by picking up a form in the foyer and donating. For more information, you can contact Joyce Aschim at 541-315-6914 or John Freshwater at freshwater541@gmail.com.

Volunteer Opportunities/Needs

Give Blessings and Thanks to Our Wonderful Volunteers!

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