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Eugene OR  97405 
(541) 345-9913 
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Upcoming Services and Special Events!

Sunday, September 24th

10:30 a.m. Service: “We Are the Wholeness We Seek". Jon West will share what an awareness and acceptance of our true nature can allow to ripen into full expression.

— Before and after the service – Signups for Circle Suppers being held in October and November are happening in the foyer. These intimate, in-home potluck dinners for 4-8 people are a great way to experience Unity fellowship and great food outside of Sunday services. They are held in the spring and fall. Sign up in the foyer Sunday or contact Alix Morris at 858-208-8482 or ahimsatoo@gmail.com.

Next Sunday, October 1st

10:30 a.m. Service: “Glimpsing God: Contemplating the One Power & Presence” will be the subject of Jon West's message.

— 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 October birthdays!


What Do We Really Want…for Our Children?Unity Church

“What do we really want?” is the question being asked this coming Sunday. There must have been a powerful want that got me on my soapbox this week when I let a good friend of mine “have it” so to speak. I knew I could let off steam and she would understand. This person is one of my guardian angels and I am eternally grateful for her ability to let me “ripen into full expression” (Jon’s words in last Sunday’s handout) because she will let me express my ripe emotions but not let me get moldy and squishy before she pulls me back into self-control.

This bring me to a question I would like to toss out to all of you: When we say things like “accepting our true nature and allowing it to ripen into full expression,” are we only talking about adults who are seeking a richer, more fulfilling life? What about our children?  Isn’t this what we want for them as well? To “ripen” into the fullest expression of the truth of who they are?

If that is true, then my bigger question is:  How do we do that? In this world of conflicting cultures, racism, bullying, natural disasters, global warming, schools struggling to keep kids safe, graffiti-covered buildings, rising incidents of youth suicide, splintered families, etc., where do we fit in the teachings of finding the truth of who they are, and have it stick?  Social media is way ahead of us in shaping concepts of self-identity, and the kids are buying it while losing any sense of how the world could be different. I could go on and on but I’ll spare you that.  Yet I’m asking all of us, myself included, this question: When we say we don’t watch the news, or listen to the weather channel, or read the newspapers, or put any focus on negative things, but just get quiet and go inside and meditate so we will not be disturbed in our thoughts and physicality, how can we know what’s actually going on in the world for us and our kids?  How can we help them walk through these truly heavy-for-them-and-all-of-us times so they can come out the other side as complete and fulfilled human being?  By not knowing what they are going through in deep and vivid detail (they get the news from their phones, believe me), and if we don’t learn more about the choices they are forced to make when not in our care and we don’t develop skills to help them deal with it all, how will they ever “ripen into the fullest expression and truth of who they really are” as spiritual beings?

Doing something I’ve thought I never wanted to ever do, I have been listening to the songs our teens and pre-teens are listening to, looking over the social media they are glued to almost 24/7, and asking some of them their opinions about things. I’ve learned that very few have any real opinions and resent being pulled away from their phone screens to answer “dumb questions” like that. Yet when finally convinced to listen, they pour their hearts out and I want to weep. Nobody is minding the store and it’s “help yourself to anything” time. While they have free reign, we Om our way through our stressful moments so we can walk in peace, uncluttered by negative realities. Disagree on what’s going on for our kids?  I’ll challenge you to check it out and get back to me.

OH YES – oh yes – please - we must continue to meditate, to pray, to Om, to be present to Spirit, to love one another like we’ve never loved before, to fortify our spirits, to be the light we were meant to be, to let our true nature shine because it’s needed now more than ever before.  The speaker at the “live-streamed” presentation by Silent Unity confirmed this during our Wednesday evening opening ceremony for World Day of Prayer. We need to be peace. But we as adults also need to step out of our insulated prayer rooms and–with peace and calm and strength and love pouring from our hearts–reach out now to the rest of the world, especially our children, and say “Enough!” to all the unacceptable negativity pouring into their minds via their ear buds from adult-created apps for exchanging inappropriate words, images and music and gather these” kid-people” in our arms and Unity centers and, with their parents, love them into a new way of receiving what will help them accept their true nature and become part of uplifting the world.

Yes! “We are the wholeness we seek.” But let’s not keep it to our adult selves any more.  Let’s pro-actively pass it on and help our youth grow through the rock and the hard place into the beings they want to be and we know they can be. If this is what we want, we have to speak up. Today. And not be afraid to do so. Even if it means proactively confronting the adults in the outside world and saying “Please stop.” Somebody has to, or our prayer closets will not be peaceful for much longer. There are peaceful ways to do it all. I’m open to talking about it with anyone. 

Now that I’ve most likely upset some people or preached to the choir, I will close with my heartfelt love for everyone in our spiritual community who is being peace in the world and still welcoming weird people like me through the doors as we all seek to discover what we most truly, deeply, want for this beloved world and the young people who will inherit it from us.  

See you Sunday

Love,

Sherry  


This Week, September 18th to September 23rd

MONDAY(7:00-9:00 p.m.) – Unity Open Men’s Circle meets in the Fillmore Wing. This group is open to all men within our church community and our larger Eugene community. For more information, contact Raymond Albano at 541-285-3943 / ralban0@icloud.comor Jim Drews at 541-726-8510.

WEDNESDAY

– 1:00-2:30 p.m. – Unlocking the Old Testament? Really? Yes, it’s our history too. Join Rev. Sherry Lady and take a walk with us through the stories, the myths, the mysticism, and some of the most beautiful literature of that era. Plus an investigation of healing secrets still in use today, recommended diets for healthy living, practiced exercise regimens still in use in our culture, and effects of disruptive geological events on politics then and now.  Love offering basis. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall. (September 20-November 1)

– 7:00-8:45 p.m. – Foundations of Unity with Jon West. This is an opportunity to meet others in Unity on a deeper level as you enrich your understanding of Unity's core principles. Required for those wishing to become a new member. On Wednesday, October 187:00-8:30 p.m. our Board will serve dinner to class attendees who are becoming new members. (New members will be honored and welcomed on Sunday, October 22.) Love offering basis. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall.(September 20-October 11)

THURSDAY

– 11:00 a.m.-1:00 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.

- (7:00-9:00 p.m.) - Therapeutic Touch in the Fillmore Wing. Donation basis. For more information, please contact Bev Forster at 541-520-9358.

FRIDAY – Cabaret Fundraiser (7:00-9:00 p.m.). Join us for a refreshing and delightful evening of music, dance, storytelling, poetry, and just plain fun. Tickets are $10 and includes the show, coffee, tea, and delicious desserts! Funds raised go towards Unity facility upgrades.

SATURDAY - (6:00-9:00 p.m.) – Reiki Do Satori Open House. This monthly event is open to all who are interested in receiving a short, free Reiki session for relaxation and/or healing. Reiki practitioners who would like to be part of this event are also welcome. Donations accepted.

Next Week, September 25th to September 30th

MONDAY (5:30-6:30 p.m.) – Meditation Circle in the Fillmore Wing. All meditation approaches and drop ins are welcome. For more information, contact Laurie Cracraft at 541-345-7563.

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 (5:30-6:45 p.m.) – Passage Meditation as taught by Eknath Easwaran.  Contact Laurie Cracraft at 541-345-7563 for more information.

Upcoming  

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6 (6:00-9:00 p.m.) – Spirit Dance in the Sanctuary.  A celebration of movement, meditation, world music, and uplifting pop music. Donation basis. All funds raised go to YFM.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 (10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) – Community Building Workshop. Join us in gathering as a community to share our progress in the Shared Leadership model and vision together for our future. In this fun and creative gathering we will see what magic we can create together. Bring a brown bag lunch. Coffee and cookies will be provided. For more information, call Sunny Schneider at 541-461-5663 or sunnyschneider@q.com  or Ellen Ticknor at 542-344-1490 or orgardendancer2@gmail.com. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 (5:30-8:30 p.m.) – Community Fall Festival. Join us for a pie-eating contest, cake walk, carnival games, crafts, and dinner (for purchase). Proceeds go towards YFM activities and classroom aides.

FRIDAY, OCT. 27 (7-9 p.m.) & SATURDAY, OCT. 28 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) – A Course in Miracles Workshop. Allen Watson, Internationally-acclaimed author, scholar, and teacher of A Course in Miracles will conduct an in-depth study on one of the Course’s key sections “I Need Do Nothing.” Cost $140 (early-bird special $110 valid until September 30). For more information or to register, contact Janet & Dennis Chandler at 541-485-5235 or janetkoppchander@gmail.com

 

 

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