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Unity Foundation report

This quarter, we are exploring greener investments. One of our board members, Susanne Croft, has been meeting with our investment manager, looking for investment opportunities that emphasize a “triple bottom line” philosophy. Triple Bottom line is an accounting framework with three parts: social, environmental (or ecological) and financial. These three divisions are also called the three Ps: people, planet and profit.

We are dedicating our Foundation to being both good stewards of our donated funds and of our planet!

Let it Go, by Mary Ladwig

The world around me is radiant in golds, yellows, reds, rusts. The wind sifts the leaves out of the trees and I think of cooler weather and the gaunt bareness of winter.  If I were to vote, I would name the life giving seasons as my favorite, yet fall and winter have heart stopping beauty of their own. Since retiring I am content to live at the pace of the seasons. Their predictability allows me to wake each morning secure with a sense of order. Within each season are events that mark our lives:  holidays, birthdays, transitions, accomplishments, milestones.   They come at regular intervals, a collection of stories that define who we are.  Half of our time here is spent collecting stories, possessions, and positions. Then the seasons shift and we spend the rest of our time letting go.

 

Look for more Tree of Sharing!

In January of this year, we received a letter from the directors of the Tree of Sharing (TOS). This is what it said:

“The TOS welcomed the opportunity to once again partner with Unity Spiritual Center to fill gift requests from the often forgotten members of our community during this holiday season. This year our 57 participating agencies requested almost 7,500 gifts, the most ever. The membership of Unity provided 30 of these needed gifts. The support and thoughtful gifts provided by your members made a happy Christmas possible for many individuals and families.”

Well, we are doing it again this holiday season, and this year will be the TOS’ 36th year of sharing. On November 6, Joan McConnell, one of the co-directors, will be at our center dropping off 30 more gift tags for us to fill. Will it be another record-breaking year for TOS? I don’t know, but I do know that our congregation will again give generously to help TOS fulfill their mission of providing modest gifts to those often forgotten brothers and sisters in our community.

Youth and Family Ministry report

Our incredible team of volunteers is faithfully, lovingly and inspirationally committed and prepared to greet our younger Unity family members each Sunday morning. Collectively the 23 of them have served from a year and half to way over 20 years and conservatively have been part of approximately 2,820 Sunday mornings! They are ready for you to join them. Share the joy of opening your hearts and minds to our younger spiritual family members while accelerating the growth of your awareness of who you have come here to be.

 

UniTot Team ( infants – 5 years of age): Bob Luthmers, Elizabeth Herrin, Jessica Sleight, Joan Syverson, Sarah Ramos, Sharol Sanders, Sue Terry, Randy Sleight

 

UniKids Team (Kindergarten – 2nd grade): Mary Ladwig, Michelle Broeckling, Marlene Lock, Lois Green, Zach Supon

 

UniFriends Team (3rd – 5th grade) Hank Broeckling, Cheryl Miller-Arndt

 

Uniteens Team (6th – 8th grade) Joan Broeckling, Karen Dahl-Darling

 

Y.O.U. Team (9th – 12th grade) Cristy Lapke, Jeremiah Supon, Judi Jamison, Ray Clarry, Sandy Schilling, Scott Jamison

 

There are openings waiting to be filled. For information about the variety of ways to serve on one of our youth teams, contact team members and Rev. Jackie Green on Sunday mornings or email Rev. Jackie: jackienwyou@comcast.net..

 

One Person Makes a Difference

Right now as I watch the news or talk with neighbors and co-workers I see a lot of division in the world. This has led me to stop and ask myself two questions:

Am I contributing to this divisiveness with my own thoughts and actions?

What can I do to change my behavior in a positive way to change the world in a positive way?

 

In Unity we believe that thoughts are things that generate the reality of our world. I also personally believe that the things we speak into the world, give physical voice to, have even more impact than our thoughts.

 

I have set a personal goal to strive to eliminate thoughts and speech that add to divisiveness. For me this is not an easy task. I further have committed myself to bringing the attention of those around me think about what they can do individually and collectively to change the world in a positive way (hence this article). I know that many of you are involved in this already as members of the Transformation Transition Team. For the rest of us, I just ask you to stop and think, or meditate and pray on this. Then take action.

 

David Leinweber, President, Board of Trustees

 

Daniel Nahmod, Live in Concert

Singer/songwriter and producer Daniel Nahmod is best known for his passionate, stirring live performances, and an award-winning catalog of powerful, insightful, inspiring pop songs! And he’s coming to our center on Sunday, October 15th at 7 pm! We are blessed!

 

 

Daniel has performed his profoundly moving songs of peace, compassion and connection for most of the world’s major faiths, including Catholic, Christian, Buddhist, Bahai, Muslim, Mormon, Hindu, Jewish, Unity and interfaith audiences. Daniel’s poetic and evocative message of peace, love and compassion across all nations, cultures and faiths has found overwhelming acceptance wherever he has performed. He has been featured on numerous cable and radio broadcasts in over 90 countries; at cultural festivals, interfaith and environmental fairs, workshops and conferences, youth rallies, 9/11 services; and as a keynote musical presenter at benefits for such organizations as Habitat For Humanity, Operation USA, Achievable and Anti-Defamation League. Daniel has also performed for various U.S. governors and mayors, and for congressmen in Washington, D.C.

$15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Purchase tickets on Sudays or Tuesday-Thursday from 10-3. Or call 509-838-6518 to order tickets over the phone.

World Day of Prayer and Peace Week

Thousands of people will join Silent Unity®—an international, transdenominational 24/7 prayer ministry—and Unity churches and centers around the world on September 14, 2017, for the 24th annual Unity World Day of Prayer.  The theme of the 24-hour prayer event is “Peace in the Midst.” This year’s affirmation is “I am peace in the midst of all matters!”

 

As part of Unity’s annual World Day of Prayer celebrations, we’re hosting a meditative peace walk on September 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Join others of like mind as you walk the labyrinth and contemplate being peace in action.  All are welcome!

Please bring a canned good to donate to 2nd Harvest Food Bank, which will be placed in the labyrinth and blessed while we walk.  You may also donate canned goods anytime before Sept 14th, even if you are not planning on walking the labyrinth.

 

Leading up to the labyrinth walk, Unity Spiritual Center will be hosting a prayer vigil from 2-6 pm in our chapel. Unity invites people of all faiths to join in this sacred prayer activity.

 

We are also partnering with the Compassion Games again this year. Look for Alternatives to Violence Project presenting at the Imagine Spokane Forum, Saturday, Sept 16 from 9 am—4:30 pm at the Hemmingson Center at Gonzaga University. Come explore issues of eliminating poverty and creating a just, safe, and inclusive community.  And, our very own SpiritVoice is performing at the World Peace Flag ceremony,  Thursday, Sept 21 at 7 pm at the Hemmingson Center at Gonzaga University.

 

Fall Volunteer Report from Dennis Ashley

Volunteering at church—it’s a magical animal, a bit of a shape shifter actually.  Its original shape is “we need volunteers to get things done at church.” And while that’s true, just start contributing your time and talent, and that act of volunteerism shifts its shape into something very peculiar.

 

Why?  Because volunteering is not a means to an end. It is the end. Volunteering becomes a way to learn something new.  We have fun, and it stretches our limits in ways that never crossed our minds.  And the enigma wrapped inside the mystery is that we discover a lot more about ourselves by serving others.

 

It is certainly true that needed work at the church gets done through volunteers and that is important. But what is far more important is the work that gets done inside of you when you volunteer.  You dive headlong into the deep end of the pool. One day it hits you–you’re not just coming to church, you are the church. So join a team and:

Become a wizard and draw forth the magic that lives inside our children.

Be a magus of books and help at the bookstore.

Host a conflux of a SpiritGroup.

Greet people when they come here on a Sunday and let ‘em know they’re home again.

Whip up a latte.

Champion the grounds with our landscaping team.

Croon with the choir.

Call forth that thaumaturge you didn’t even know was there and become a chaplain.

You get to take yourself and the church to a new level. Not sure what floats your boat on volunteerism?

Shoot Dennis Ashley an email at dashley@unityspokane.org and find out what new possibilities there are. Together we can conjure up something magnificent!

 

Kids are coming! And our Youth Ministry Staff are ready for them!

Our incredible team of volunteer adults are faithfully, lovingly and inspirationally committed and prepared to greet our younger Unity family members each Sunday morning. Collectively the 23 of them have served from a year and half to way over 20 years and have conservatively been part of approximately 2,820 Sunday mornings.

 

UniTot Team ( infants – 5 years of age): Bob Luthmers, Elizabeth Herrin, Jessica Sleight, Joan Syverson, Sarah Ramos, Sharol Sanders, Sue Terry, Randy Sleight

 

UniKids Team (Kindergarten – 2nd grade): Mary Ladwig, Michelle Broeckling, Marlene Lock, Lois Green, Zach Supon

 

UniFriends Team (3rd – 5th grade) Hank Broeckling, Cheryl Miller-Arndt

 

Uniteens Team (6th – 8th grade) Joan Broeckling, Karen Dahl Darling

 

Y.O.U. Team (9th – 12th grade) Cristy Lapke, Jeremiah Supon, Judi Jamison, Ray Clarry, Sandy Schilling, Scott Jamison

 

For information about the variety of ways to serve on one of the youth teams and to apply email Rev. Jackie Green, jackienwyouATcomcast.net, or call 838-6518 for more info on our youth education programs and camps.