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Exciting News About SpiritGroups This Fall

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:

  1. NEW…“The Five Principles: A Guide to Practical Spirituality.” This series provides tools for daily living and suggests answers to the great questions of existence that humans have been asking since the dawn of conscious awareness. Based on the book by the same name by Rev. Ellen Debenport, this series poses questions such as: What is this greater Presence that we sense around us? Who and what are we? and many more… (For returning hosts).
  2. NEW…“Your Twelve Mystical Powers” offers a fun and practical approach to discovering your innate spiritual faculties. Based on the book, “The Twelve Powers” by Charles Fillmore and the companion book, “Christ Enthroned in Man” by Cora Fillmore, this series walks you through each of the “Twelve Powers,” each representing a divine quality that can be called upon and practiced as a part of our spiritual growth and development. (For returning hosts)
  3. “NEW…Explore as a group the spiritual message from the previous Sunday’s talk at Unity Spiritual Center. Together, you will dive deeper into the content shared by either of our co-ministers using thought-provoking questions provided. What a great way to increase your understanding as well as further your learning and application of spiritual principles! (For returning hosts)
  4.   “Thy Will Be Done” is a great kick-off for new hosts and small groups, introducing members to the 5 Spiritual Disciplines which, when kept in balance, contribute to ongoing and long-lasting spiritual growth. (For new hosts as well as returning hosts)

 The dates:  

During the day and time you have chosen:

  • Week of September 11: Kickoff Week!  (Groups get to know each other, learn about what to expect and discuss group agreements. Sample agenda & handouts provided in Host Packet)
  • Week of September 18: Introduction to the Series Content  (Video Segment 1 & Facilitator Discussion Guide provided in Host Packet)
  • Weeks of September 25 — Week of October 23: Curriculum and discussion  (Varies depending on what content you have chosen)
  • Week of October 30: Service Projects  (Groups perform service projects based on what the group decides)
  • Week of November 6: Small Group Social  (Groups have social event based on what the group decides)
  • Week of November 13: Community Celebration  (Party to celebrate, reflect and begin signups for next series!)

Another Fabulous Kids Week – Thanks to All Those Who Helped!

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? Spiritual Gifts

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.

Join Rev. David for a fun workshop of self-discovery to uncover more of the gifts, talents, and treasures hidden away in the depths of your being. NewDavidSm

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

What I Do for Self-Care, with Board President, Charlie Ker

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.charlie

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.

 

SpiritGroups: A review AND preview!

A Quick Review: Our 1st Series at Unity Spiritual Center!

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* Our first series of SpiritGroups was a huge success! We had 80 people involved, which is more than 50% of our average attendance on Sundays.

* SpiritGroups were offered at 10 locations and hosted by 14 people in our community.

* Every SpiritGroup participated in a service project of their choosing. Here are just a few of the service projects that occurred:
Service at, food donation to, and a tour taken at Anna Ogden Hall, a women’s recovery treatment facility in Spokane by the Women’s SpiritGroup.
A blood mobile – provided to Unity Spiritual Center on July 17 during both services
An artistic video representation of the spiritual gifts and disciplines of all the members of one group
A deep-cleaning of the kitchen pantry and kitchen counters
A road trip to Montana’s Ross Creek Cedar Grove and meditation for planetary healing.

* Our community celebration was held on Wednesday, June 29 in which 55 of the 80 people involved in the 1st series attended, including 2 not-yet-a-member/curious folks! Hosts and Pilot Group members were acknowledged. Also, those present had the opportunity to share their experiences of the impact of their SpiritGroup on their lives with the large group as well as meet with Dr. Gary for a testimonial. In small groups, people noted feedback on how to improve the program and then came together as a large group again to dance the “5 Spiritual Disciplines.” Then we celebrated with cake!

* Leadership attendance at broader Unity events
Rev. Jane, Dr. Gary Simmons and Tara Wear (SpiritGroup Program Leader) attended the 1st annual Small Groups Leadership Summit in Kansas City, MS on the Unity Village campus. Awards were received by our ministry for our excellent engagement of our community in our SpiritGroups (Glenda Engagement Award), our leadership as a ministry in SpiritGroup work (Campus of the Year award) and in the category of Challenge (Challenge Group Leader of the Year, Tara Wear). Rev. Jane & Dr. Gary Simmons attended the People’s Conference in Kansas City. While there, they both produced video curriculum for future SpiritGroups.

A Preview: Looking Into The Future

Preparing for our fall series, From the celebration:
9 New Hosts signed up (were members of a group and want to host in fall)
5 Returning hosts (hosted last series)
6 Host Mentors (previous hosts)
23 people said they would join a SG in the fall

Fall Series-Week of September 11: Kickoff Week!

Week of Sept 11:Groups get to know each other, learn about what to expect and discuss group agreements. Sample agenda & handouts provided in Host Packet

Week of September 18: Introduction to the 5 Spiritual Principles w/Video Segment 1 & Facilitator Discussion Guide provided in Host Packet)

Weeks of September 25 — October 23: Curriculum and discussion, w/Curriculum options still to be determined

Week of October 30: Service Projects w/Groups perform service projects based on what the group decides

Week of November 6: Small Group Social w/Groups have social event based on what the group decides

Week of November 13: Community Celebration w/Party to celebrate, reflect and begin signups for next series!

Thank you, all – Hosts, participants, financial contributors, Board of trustee members and more! You ALL make SpiritGroups and their success possible!

Tara Wear, SpiritGroups Program Lead

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Important Dates: Next SpiritGroups Series

Please mark your calendar!
  • All: Fall SpiritGroup sign-ups begin mid-late August
  • All: Next series begins week of September 11 and concludes week of November 13
    • Week 1 — Welcome Week (Get to know each other, decide on group agreements)
    • Week 2 — Intro Week (5 Spiritual Disciplines practiced in SpiritGroups)
    • Week 3-7 — Topic Content Weeks (A few options will be available for host’s choosing.)
    • Week 8 — Service Project week (Details determined by group)
    • Week 9 — Social Event week (Details determined by group)
    • Week 10 — SpiritGroup Community Celebration Week (Wednesday, November 16 @ 630pm
  • New Hosts: “One-on-One” with Tara held August 1 — 19 (scheduled individually)
  • All Hosts (New and Returning): Attend Host Orientation/Training EITHER:  Wednesday, August 24 @ 6:30—8pm OR Sunday, August 28 @ 1–230pm
  • Returning Hosts: Small-Group Facilitation Training is Sunday, September 18 @ 1–3pm (Optional)
  • Host Mentors: Orientation date to be determined based on volunteer’s schedule availability (See Tara)
Know someone you think would be a super host or would benefit from being in a SpiritGroup??? Send them my way on Sunday mornings or have them email me at twearATunityspokane.org
Comments and/or questions? Please let me know. Thanks!!
Tara
Cheers – To the next series and our future transformations!
Tara

Youth Connection with Rev. Jackie

A Word from Rev. Jackie Green

I want to feature Emily Michels (pictured below) from USCSpokane who is our NW Regional Youth Of Unity (YOU) Officer.

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She was elected at Rally in April to lead and guide all the regional youth events from July 2016 through July 2017. Judi Jamison will accompany Emily to iYOU the international gathering of teens at Unity Village hosted by Unity Worldwide Ministries. I will have the great pleasure of being there with them also this July 3-8. Here is an excerpt from Emily’s application…

 

Describe prayer in your life and in YOU.

“I think prayer is not just a statement of gratitude, it is a meaningful communication with Spirit. A prayer can be a single word, or an intention or simply a feeling of energy and spirituality. I use prayer during meditation to get myself in a calm and open state of mind. I use prayer to set an intention for an activity and to define the energy of a space. I use prayer to be thankful for what I have and who I am.”

 

What is your vision and mission as a regional officer?

“My vision is to create an inclusive, supportive and engaging environment where individuals can have positive, spiritual, educational experiences. I want to make the YOU community stronger and more encouraging than ever. Events are safe spaces where anyone can make friends, have fun and even discover some truth about themselves, I wish to continue this mission. Specifically, I want to teach others how they can find joy in their own lives and in their own identities and through this joy, find love in themselves, others, and in life. I want to teach spirituality not just as an ideal but to teach the useful practical applications of everyday spirituality. The true power of spirit lies within everyday moments.”

 

We are blessed to have Emily, parents Joni and Tim, brother Johnathon, and cousin Sylas in our Unity family!

 

Summer Has Arrived!

Summertime has arrived, abounding in opportunities to rest, relax, and become immersed in the healing beauty of nature. While all of the seasons hold out the promise of supporting our healing work, the summer seems to be tailor made for it. It invites us into spending time releasing the stresses of everyday living, while focusing on the abundant gifts of nature and has great potential for healing.JaneGary_1lo

The Unity movement sprang out of a seemingly incurable healing of tuberculosis in its co-founder Myrtle Fillmore. Inspired by the words, “I am a child of God and therefore do not inherit sickness,” she took on a practice that, in essence, consisted of loving her body back to wholeness, with miraculous results.

Many have been drawn to Unity’s teachings through the healing path over the years, following Myrtle’s lead and seeking their own expression of wellness. This includes not only physical healing, but also emotional, mental and psychological wholeness. In addition, the internal healing effect can extend outward to aid in transforming relationships, finances, career, addictive behavior and all aspects of one’s life.

Healing happens by removing the stress from the body, allowing the neuro-immune system to take over its job of healing whatever is wrong. Although the effects of healing can be as varied as the needs of those seeking healing, the root cause remains the same – it is a spiritual healing and a journey of the heart.

Last March, Dr. Gary shared with the congregation news of his cancer diagnosis and how his healing journey would unfold. You can learn more about his story and his efforts from his blog: drgarysimmons.com. Recently, he joyfully reported that his tumors have shrunk as a result of the many varied approaches and treatment regimens including alternative therapies and a self-directed, heart-centered, energy healing process, in addition to his Keytruda treatments.

Charles Fillmore affirmed, “I have faith in the glorious infusion of the more abundant life of Christ vitalizing me. I am lifted up and healed.” As we allow this glorious infusion within us to fill our awareness, we open the door to loving ourselves back to wholeness. Let us step into this sacred, bountiful time of year, prepared to rest, relax, get still and let the power of Spirit bring forth healing for whatever is showing up in our journey of the heart.

Blessings, Gary and Jane

 

I Spent the Weekend at Unity Village

We, Unity Spiritual Center (USC) of Spokane, are making history! At the Small Groups Leadership Summit this last weekend in Missouri (Unity Village), our center was recognized as the “Campus of the Year” for our spiritual community’s commitment to our mission of transforming lives through SpiritGroups. We are the first Unity to create and invest in a SpiritGroups Program Leader position. Plus, in our first series, we had over 50% of our congregation engaged! USC is a leader in the Unity movement! I just thought you should know…

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Yes, I was blessed with a weekend getaway to Unity Village in Lee’s Summit, Missouri where I attended the first annual Small Groups Leadership Summit. I have come home energized, excited and ready to take our Center and community to the next level!
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The setting of the Unity Village was perfect with calming fountains, a rose garden in full bloom and quiet sitting areas for peaceful reflection. The musician for the weekend was Robin Hackett (yes, the same angel voice from the SpiritGroups curriculum videos). She is a sparkling soul with a guitar that expresses beautiful Spirit through music (her voice fills my office as I type). She has a gift and brought us all together with her smooth, buttery sounds and soulful, uplifting lyrics.Inspirational ministers, leaders, volunteers and curious people from several states across the country joined Mendi Audlin (the program creator) and a variety of incredible speakers to share ideas, nuggets of wisdom and stories of true impact on lives changed from SpiritGroups.

So what’s next for our center? We finish our first series at the end of this month after an amazing launch – 10 groups hosted by 14 angel hosts for over 80 participants. That’s more than half of our average Sunday attendance! What this tells me is that a good number of people in our USC community are practicing spiritual disciplines, connecting with each other through exploration of ideas and service and that numerous lives are a-changin’. To continue living our mission, our next series kicks off the week of September 11.

To celebrate and reflect on our first series, we will be having a community-wide event on Wednesday, June 29 @ 6:30 pm in our Unity Spiritual Center Sanctuary. Whether you are a current host or group member, plan to host or be in a group in the fall, are simply curious about what all these people have been up to for the last ten weeks or just want to come celebrate with us, please join us at the end of the month.

Hope to see you there!
Tara Wear