If a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s a video worth? I don’t know! Click on the pic below to get a feel for our most recent picnic and how our spiritual center celebrates life. Thanks to the Ryburn family, Wayne Green and the Bissons for buying food, and all the wonderful people who helped prep, set up, clean up and brought tasty dishes to share!
School has started so it’s officially fall right? Well that and SpiritGroups are about to meet, so that’s another sign that it’s fall. To register with your SpiritGroup, follow the instructions below…
SpiritGroups link to your campus:
This time of year can bring forth the urge to sharpen pencils and buy brand new notebooks. That back-to-school feeling, whether for young students or adult learners, signals the return to the routines that make our lives more predictable and manageable, but also awakens an exciting impulse to make a fresh start.
We can bring that joy and excitement into the transformative programs and activities planned at Unity Spiritual Center.
While we may be returning to a more structured schedule, we also recognize the importance of our return to deepening our spiritual understanding and practice that moves us beyond our yesterday selves. In many respects, this means looking at ways of “breaking the habits” of being, that keep us entangled in the stresses of life and the concerns of the world.
In the next few months, we will begin a new emphasis on exploring the science and spirituality of manifesting our vision in life. Simply put, our goal is for everyone in our spiritual community to learn how to create a greater good that translates into a more happy, healthy, prosperous, and fulfilling life. Since we are already masters at creating our own personal reality through our thoughts, beliefs and ways of being, we need to move from unconsciously replicating our past (old mind stuff) to consciously creating a new future that gets us to the next level (conditioning ourselves to a greater mind). To effect this shift, we will introduce powerful tools that are aligned with the lastest principles from quantum science, brain research, and spiritual laws that will make clear the nuts and bolts of creating the life we are meant to live.
When we can become very coherent with respect to some desired future and sustain elevated feelings as if the future is happening right now, we welcome it in as we upload our heart’s desire to the quantum field. Then the effort is to routinely focus on the images, feelings, and sensations of this desired future to such an extent that we authentically feel gratitude for what is making its way into our life.
What do you want to create in your life? The formula for success is conceive, believe, achieve. What our minds can conceive and our hearts can believe, we can manifest in our lives. This involves visualizing what we want to see happen and then getting into the feeling behind it. How will you feel when you have reached that goal? Get into the feeling before you see it fulfilled. The tools we will be sharing are designed to help us create the vision and elevate the feelings in order to co-create the life that we are longing to express.
Ready to sharpen your metaphysical pencils?
Blessings, Gary and Jane
If you have been attending Unity Spiritual Center since Revs. Drs. Jane and Gary Simmons became our co-ministers in April 2015, then you have heard the phrase, “raising the bar here at Unity” many, many times. You’ve also heard Dr. Gary share numerous times during his Center Update that the Board of Trustees has also been working on raising our bar so that we can be in integrity and be held accountable by the congregation. Over the past 18 months, I believe your Board of Trustees has transformed, and I want to share a couple of those transformations with you.
It begins with Core Values. At our board retreat in May 2015, we focused on developing core values that we want to live by and demonstrate. We steadily worked on our core values list over the next 6 months and here are those cores values that your board is committed to demonstrating to you and ourselves:
Integrity – we are in a state of wholeness, undivided; congruent and consistent as we do what we say we will do, honest as we show up, and it feels good.
Commitment – with intention, we are bound to our mission and follow through
Emotional maturity – we identify, own and manage our feelings while responding, rather than reacting, to others and situations
Spiritual maturity – we identify, are in touch with and aim to consistently act from our True Self (the Inner Guide, Divine Wisdom)
Accountability: We walk our talk by counting on each other, accepting responsibility to do what we say we will do and freely share our progress without excuses or blaming.
Fiscal Responsibility: Being Spirit-led (as Source) we come from gratitude and act in the highest and best regard for financial health and integrity of USC. We recognize money is one of many Divine tools we use wisely to transform lives.
Another area of transformation that we continuously work on is who we’ve come here to be. At every board meeting right after our opening prayer, we go around the table and do a check in. The check in consists of sharing what is on our Q-card. We ask for compassion when we’re being on and/or in our shadow qualities. Then we share who we’ve come here to be such as compassionate, loving, healthy or more than enough. Then we share what’s going on with us individually, whether it be exciting news or asking for support because of dealing with a difficulty. By doing a check in at every meeting, it allows us to become present thus being able to do our work as trustees. Plus, I firmly believe it helps us connect with one another.
I can whole-heartedly say that your Board of Trustees is committed to raising the bar here at Unity Spiritual Center. We believe that transforming Unity Spiritual Center begins with us. We are ready and willing to do the work we need to do as Unity Spiritual Center moves towards the next level. We are excited and inspired, and we want to extend an invitation out to you to join us!
With Love & Blessings,
Charlie Ker, President Board of trustees
Karl Anthony is a musician whose career has spanned more than three decades and taken him all over the globe, and he’ll be performing at our center, August 26th at 7 pm! His performances feature a synthesis of eastern and western musical styles, such as the infusion of kirtan call-and-response chants, These are mixed in with a little acoustic rock and Karl’s amazing story telling.
Rady’s Children’s Hospital is where Karl Anthony sings when he is not on the road touring. He became part of the hospital’s Healing Arts Department where he and other artists work closely with hospital staff to facilitate the very best supportive conditions for whole and proper healing.
A child once told Anthony that receiving chemotherapy was like having an earthquake inside him with the ground shaking from within. Deeply moved by the boy’s response, Anthony asked, “What do you do when the ground is shaking?” The boy’s reply was, “Hold the sky.” Anthony smiled and said to the boy, “Let’s write a song about that.”
He knew there was a powerful song in this young boy’s experience, and his new album, entitled “Hold the Sky,” debuting this month, features this title song.
Anthony has received several Gandhi/King Season For Nonviolence Peace Hero Awards for his humanitarian efforts and innovative music. Karl Anthony is a producer, songwriter and singer but more than that he is a facilitator of authentic connection with music.
The news: Unity Spiritual Center has purchased new video curriculum for SpiritGroups!
So, now, as a returning host, you have more choices in content for your group in the fall. Your choices are:
During the day and time you have chosen:
What a fabulous Kids Week we had this summer–collaborating, connecting and creating! Seeing is believing–watch the video for the highlights…
Who Have You Come Here To Be?
A five-week exploration of your spiritual gifts and how they express themselves to bless the world. Wednesdays, at 6:30 p.m. beginning August 3.
Your spiritual community, even your global community, needs people like you who know who they are and why they are here. Opportunities for sacred service await for those who see themselves as themselves as stewards of those gifts.
Knowing why you came here and what is yours to do and be gives you a new sense of meaning and purpose to your life. It becomes the mooring for living your life in alignment with what you love to do and be as well as what benefits your spiritual community.
Come find your compass, your inner GPS and create positive and creative solutions that arise when you put feet to your spiritual gifts.
If you are looking to become a Community or Governing Member of this community, this class is vitally important. Suggested love offering – $15 per week
It was sunny, cool and absolutely beautiful when we arrived at the Stage Neck Inn in York Harbor, Maine in the late afternoon on Friday, April 29th. The Inn was perched on a small cliff right above the water looking out to the Atlantic Ocean. Next to the inn was a small crescent shaped beach. It was so beautiful and serene; we were instantly transformed into a calm and peaceful state.
Rebecca and I took this trip centered on a Self-Care retreat for Women that was hosted and led by Cheryl Richardson. Rebecca had registered for this retreat over a year ago, and the original plan was for her to go by herself. Then in January after realizing that getting to York Harbor would be all all-day affair, we decided I would go on the trip too and be her travel companion! Rebecca would spend her time at the retreat for women, and I would do whatever I wanted. I’d hang out, walk on the beach, watch TV, walk around, drink wine and explore. Not only did Rebecca attend and enjoy her self-care retreat, I too ended up having a self-care retreat of my own.
So, what did I do for self-care? Well, I read a book. When Rebecca went into her conference room on Saturday morning, I curled up on the sofa at the inn’s sitting area by the fireplace and started reading. The next thing I knew, two hours had gone by. And you know what, I completely enjoyed it. I lost track of time. I was engrossed in the book. I was comfortable and cozy and best of all, my attention was on the book and not in my head. My mind was quiet. I can’t remember the last time that happened. I spent most of that afternoon and all day Sunday reading. In the end, I had the most relaxed, calm and peaceful weekend, and it was wonderful.
That weekend, I gave myself the gift of self-care. I can’t even remember the last time I did something like that for myself because I normally don’t take time for myself. By getting caught up in a book, I had one of the most memorable self-care times I’ve had in a long, long time. Most of all, I came away with an appreciation and deep understanding that I need to make time for myself and to take care of myself. And as I write this article, I realized I need to do a Q worksheet on my lack of self-care. I have reached a point in my life where I now have an awareness of how important self-care is. My personal pursuit is to start carving out time every day for self-care. I’m hungry for it, and I deserve it. And, I’d like to invite you to examine how your self-care is going. We all need to take care of ourselves. If you need a suggestion, I recommend curling up in your favorite chair and reading a book.
With Love & Blessings and in Gratitude,
Charlie Ker, President Board of Trustees.