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Compassionate Outreach: Crosswalk Dinners

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This is the Crosswalk crew. From left to right: Gary, Bob, Karen, Jane, Diane, Carol and Sophia. This crew cooked and served a nutritious, scratch-made meal to teens (13-17) that are being served by VOA’s Crosswalk. The teenagers seeking emergency shelter and educational assistance at Crosswalk face many life challenges, huge issues that complicate their lives. Some of the issues facing these young people are

  • family conflict
  • lack of education
  • substance abuse
  • mental health issues
  • high risk for depression and suicide
  • sexual abuse or rape
  • parental substance abuse

Unity has been providing one dinner a month at Crosswalk for over 25 years. This compassionate outreach was started by Harriet Jacobson, who experienced the pangs of hunger when she was young girl. Driven by her own experiences, Harriet was drawn to provide nourishing meals for kids, and she brought Unity together with Crosswalk to accomplish this mission.

Harriet began a Buck-A-Month club, that continues to this day, for our Unity congregants. Members donate money to the cause and food is purchased for yummy and delicious meals. Diane, pictured above, is Harriet’s daughter and she continues organizing this compassionate outreach in our community.

If you feel called to serve our Spokane community by helping with our Crosswalk dinners, send us a email and let us know. We serve on the 4th Friday of every month and would love to have you!

 

Welcome Contributing Blogger, JeNeal Brown

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JeNeal is excited to begin contributing to our Unity Spiritual Center Spokane blog. When she returns to Spokane in a few weeks, she’ll be posting monthly as a parent trying to walk the talk and live our Unity values, especially as they relate to Rev. Jane’s and Dr. Gary’s messages and her family.

JeNeal Brown has lived in Spokane for nearly five years and has fallen in love with our area. She is married to a green-thumb farmer, Jordan, and they have three children, Alexsis – 8, Evalyn – 2, and Fenton – 1. When JeNeal and family moved to Spokane, she was “on the search to find a community church that fit with my beliefs.” After searching for a couple years, she came across Unity. JeNeal says that “walking through those front doors was all it took—the energy felt was so beautiful and so welcoming…I knew I had found a very special place, and I was filled with excitement and relief. I had found a place I could bring my family to help grow a foundation in our own spirituality.” JeNeal is currently working on her BA in Ministry as well as completing certification as a Metaphysical Practitioner with a focus of spiritual development through magic, meditation, and movement.  She has a strong desire to work with the youth and women of this community and “now feels ready for the journey that Unity holds for her,” and hopes to help with classes and workshops. JeNeal enthusiastically shares that she “can’t wait to meet and get to know the many beautiful souls of this congregation. I feel very blessed to be a part of Unity, and I love our new reverends and their vision for Unity.”

If you haven’t done so already, say hello and welcome JeNeal and her family!

 

A Wonderful Weekend

This weekend we had a wonderful mix of spiritual, inspirational and totally entertaining at our spiritual center.

We honored Rev. Jackie Green, who has served youth and their families at our center for over 30 years. Our hearts and families are blessed by Jackie’s ever-present shining light of God. We love you Jackie! We also hosted a super-fun Unity Home Companion (UHC) variety show and heard from Dr. Gary on The I of the Storm, Part 2. See our media page to listen to his talk.

Dennis Ashley, UHC Director had this to say about the show:

As the show ended, we were struck with what a wide range of people performed on the stage for Unity Home Companion–all ages, different lengths of time at Unity, and talent that ranged from music to acting to dancing to storytelling. We had people that have been with us from the very first show and people that appeared on the UHC stage for the first time. Isn’t that remarkable?

To have all these people come together and have a great show is really something. The audience was thoroughly entertained, and you got a standing ovation for all your efforts. And it was well-deserved because you rocked the cat box. Nice, nice going.

It truly was a thrilling experience for everyone involved in the show. Thanks to the many who came and those who helped put on the show!

Check out the highlights of the show and Rev. Jackie receiving her award, presented by Minister Emeritus, Rev. David!

2015 Unity People’s Convention–Together Transforming the World

If you’re not on Facebook, you’ve missed some amazing pictures from the Unity People’s Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Like this picture of Rev. David presenting our Youth & Family Minister, Rev. Jackie with the Light of God Expressing In Unity Award.

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And this one of Rev. Jackie, glowing with joy. We couldn’t be more proud of this special woman who has served our Unity families for over 30 years! Jackie reminds our children that they are loved, special and important just the way they are. She is truly the light of God expressing, and she helps our kiddos and their families remember this important principle too.

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We also like this picture of people gathering, listening, and preparing to transform the world together.

Follow us on Facebook for more fun pictures and information about what’s happening at our center and in Unity worldwide.

Spiritual Social Action Update

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Twenty-five people came together to discuss what outreach Unity Spiritual Center Spokane is involved in, where we might also want to go, and the steps to make sure our current forms of service are working robustly before moving forward on any other initiatives.
Ongoing Unity outreach partnerships are many. Currently, we serve…
  •  VOA’s Crosswalk, where we serve one homemade meal a month to homeless teens. We also provide warm winter gear to clients of Crosswalk.
  • Soul to Soles, begun at Unity and organized and supported by Unity members, which provides new shoes and socks to children of low-income families. These children are enrolled in federal and state preschool programs, namely Head Start and ECEAP centers.
  • Meal On Wheels,  where Unity members deliver meals to seniors in need in Spokane County.
  • 2nd Harvest Food Bank, which collects continued food donations from our ministry.

We’ve also connected with different groups through projects and events like the Compassion Games, snack bags for the homeless, Ronald McDonald House welcome bags, caroling at elder living centers, and First Night Spokane, among others.

Save the Date, June 28th, and Join Our next Spiritual Social Action Meeting!
  • Bring your lunch and meet in our Chapel at 12:30 pm
  • All are welcome! If you missed our first meeting, no worries, just join us
  • If you need childcare, call our office by the 21st so we can make arrangements: 838-6518

Your 2015 Summer Discoveries Newsletter

We promised that you’d see our latest newsletter, and here it is: Summer2015!

This season you’ll find messages from our three ministers, reports from our Board of Trustees, Foundation and Bookstore. You’ll also see dates for upcoming events and a new Generosity Report.

JeNeal Brown is our featured “New to Unity” member, and Gary and Marlene Lock have shared their story of volunteerism thru the years.

Enjoy!

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words is a movie worth? A million?

Our Unity Spiritual Center movie captures our energy here and our people. We hope it gives you a sense of who we are. Let us know what you think, and what else we could post to give you a peek at our spiritual community.

Why Volunteer?

Why do you volunteer? Or why would you want to volunteer here at Unity Spiritual Center? Here’s what Gary Lock, who organized our Sacred Rubble rummage sale this year, has to say…

Your time, treasure, and talents are so appreciated. Please contact us if you’d like to help–a great way to make friends and meet new people!

How Do We Share Our Stories?

At Unity, you’ve probably heard us talk about the importance of stories. Sometimes we emphasize stories and their influence, especially when we play them over and over in our head, creating the narrative that we live by.

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We have stories to tell about Center, our Unity beliefs, and who we’ve come here to be.  At Unity Spiritual Center Spokane you’ll find us telling our stories on Sunday mornings during our 9 & 11 am services, in our Sanctuary, and in our Youth Ministry. You can read our stories on our blog, and you can connect with our people and their stories on our social media sites: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We’re finding new tools every day to connect with you and share. Today, I found Magisto, a fun movie-making app.

Here’s a short video I made, showing places around our center and the people you might meet here.

Communication is a two way street, and we welcome you to ask questions and leave comments for us via our blog and our social media sites. We’d love to hear from you!