Upcoming Services and Special Events!
Sunday, May 29th, 10:30 a.m. Service – “A Morning of Mystical Union.” This highly experiential service led byJon West and Donna O’Neil will have selected readings from Yogananda and will contain more chanting and meditation than our typical Sunday service.gananda and will contain more chanting and meditation than our typical Sunday service.
Sunday, June 5th - 9:15-10:15 a.m. – the Sunday Morning Reading Group will begin the study of Eckhart Tolle’s book A New Earth. Join this group for an illuminating, enlightening, and uplifting exploration.
- 10:30 a.m. Service –Our June series on Nature Speaks begins with a look at “Our Deep Connection with Oceans” with Jon West.
- After the Service – First-Sunday Potluck at Unity. Join us after the service for our monthly congregational potluck. Bring your favorite potluck food, and invite your friends and family. Unity will provide coffee, tea, and cookies. We’ll also have cake to celebrate all the June birthdays!
A message from our ministerial team:
BEING A DIVINE BRIDGE
I want to thank our spiritual community for your openness to exploring the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda throughout this month. Years ago, an older relative of mine who I considered to be fair-minded saw me reading Autobiography of a Yogi. Rolling his eyes, he asked, “What major accomplishment has anyone from India ever achieved?” I think I was too stunned to give much of a response. It might have been helpful to quote Albert Einstein, who said about Mahatma Gandhi:“Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon this Earth.”
Looking back, I believe my relative’s basic assumption was that India’s lack of material advancement proved that her people have little to offer the modern world. In his book Man’s Eternal Quest, Yogananda shared this insight: “In Christ’s birth as an Asiatic, and his acceptance by Western peoples as their guru, is a divine implication that East and West should unite by exchanging their finest distinctive features. It is part of the drama of God that the West was meant to have material power, and the East, spiritual power, so that amity might come through an interchange of their characteristic qualities.”
If that’s true, then we can consider our work at Unity this month as part of the divine bridging between East and West. As we release cultural biases and open to the gifts of God in the hearts of all people everywhere, we express the spiritual oneness that—above all else–will bring peace and harmony to this world.
Seeing you as the ray of Infinite love and light you are,
P.S. Donna and I have been honored to work with the choir in preparing several of the most beautiful chants we’ve ever heard for this Sunday. Prepare to be deeply uplifted.
This Week May 23th to May 28th
WEDNESDAY (12:00-12:30 p.m.) – Noon Prayer & Meditation. Join Linda Flock in the Peace Chapel for a beautiful experience of opening your heart to feel the complete and continuous love of the Divine.
THURSDAY (1:00-3:00 p.m.) – Joy of Watercolor. The emphasis of this class is on joy. Come and explore painting with watercolor in an encouraging and fun atmosphere. All skill levels welcome. For more information, contact Ellen Ticknor at 541-344-1490.
Next Week, May 30th to June 4th
THURSDAY - (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 upstairs Fillmore Wing. Join Gary Wymore and Sunny Schneider as they gather together to celebrate Spirit through drumming and sound. Donation basis.
- 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – Unity Garden Work Party. Join us in the garden for cleanup and planting of the Unity landscaping. Many hands make lighter work for everyone! Snacks provided. If possible, please bring your own gloves and garden tools. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall!
- 7:00 p.m. In Accord Community Choir Spring Concert. Our very own Larry Craig andPattie Pearson are part of this secular community choir made up of amateur singers with a variety of backgrounds and musical experiences. Join In Accord in the Sanctuary for an evening of meaningful and inspiring songs.
MONDAYS (7:00-8:30 p.m.) – The Unity Choir will continue to meet through the summer. Those who are in town and want to sing, come on over and let’s raise our voices together! Kalia Bethany and Laura DuBois are codirecting and are available for questions.
TUESDAYS, JUNE 7-28 (9:00-11:00 a.m.) – Reading and Discussion Group. Join Kalia Bethany in a book study of The Gospel of the Beloved Companion, the Complete Gospel of Mary Magdalene, by Jehanne de Quillan. For more information and to register, contact Kalia at 541-484-9341. Please register by May 31. $10 per class or $35 if paid by June 7.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8 (7:00-8:00 p.m.) – Authentic Communication as a Meditation.Join Gerilyn Van Pykeren on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday in June, July, and August for a class about inner awareness, discovering what is alive for you, communication, and receiving and giving presence. Sliding scale of $3-$10 per session. For more information, contact Gerilyn at 831-332-4476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY, JUNE 12 – Unity’s annual Ice Cream Social after the service.
June Community Outreach Project
We will continue our community outreach in June with the Church of the Resurrection to provide Home-Starter Kits to families who are moving into permanent housing. During the month of June, we will be collecting donations of new or lightly used linens. This includes: Crib, Twin, Double, and Queen blankets &/or sheet sets, Pillows (new only), pillowcases, washcloths, bath towels, and hand towels. A collection bin will be available in the foyer. For more information, contact Bonnie Paquin at 541-345-8873 or Grace Low at 281-507-2707.