Sunday Service: Sunday, September 18th at 10:00 AM

Rev. Jane invites you to join us this Sunday

I AM a Light Seed

With Rev. Jane Hiatt

Most people ask, at some point, why am I here? In order to answer that question, we must explore a far more basic question: who am I? Consider the idea that you are a light seed. What does that mean to you? If you are, then what? This Sunday, Rev. Jane will lead us in exploring such an identity.


Watch Service In-Person or Online at UnityCentralOregon.org


Kids Activities this Sunday

This Sunday our kids ages 5 – 11 yrs will be exploring their light seeds with Rev. Jim Pasmore.

The nursery is open for children 4 years and under.

Teen and pre-teen – We are currently in the process of designing a program for this age group. If you have ideas and suggestions we’d LOVE to hear from you! We’re ready for some out of the box thinking 😁.

Come explore with us!

CLASSES


Spiritual Economics

with Lisé Gottwald

Monday, September 26 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM for 5 weeks on Zoom

This class will use the book Spiritual Economics, by Eric Butterworth. Lisé Gottwald is a member of our Unity community who is studying to become a licensed Unity teacher. There is no cost for this class but love offerings are appreciated to support Unity.


EVENTS & MUSIC


Healing Music Sundays

5:30 to 6:30 PM at Unity with Robin Hanbridge (gongs and didgeridoo)

Cost is $10 to support our musician and Unity.

Come in comfy clothes and bring a mat, pillows, and blankets to relax and let the beauty of the music and sounds soothe your soul.

Robin Hanbridge

Where will your journey take you?

Transformational Breathwork and Sound Healing Journey

with Eostar and Mathias

Friday, Sept. 23rd from 7 to 9 PM at Unity

Are you one of the many people who have tried to meditate for years but could not get out of the prison of compulsive mind chatter?   Most people only need to try breathwork only once to achieve amazing results they never thought they would have. Eostar trained at The Breath Center in a technique called “Vyana Vayu”. It is a dynamic active meditation that will quickly take the participants to altered, higher states of consciousness. Participants will be encouraged to breathe dynamically using a certain technique that will be explained prior to starting.

The breath work will be gently followed by a return to physicality on the wings of sound healing instruments played by Eostar and Mathias. They create sound-scapes using didgeridoo, tank-drums, kalimbas, drums, monochord, crystal bowls, Tibetan bowls, guitar, and Gong.

Cost – $15 to $30 sliding scale


Eostar and Mathias in Concert!

Saturday, Sept. 24th from 7 to 9 PM at Unity

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Eostar and Mathias have been submersed in the tribal, conscious and medicine music subculture for over three decades. Hungarian born Eostar Kamala channels deep lyrics and original songs from the mystical muse. Mathias delivers masterful transcendental guitar improvisations that take the listener on an inward journey.

Cost – $15 to $30 sliding scale.

Eostar & Mathias

COMMUNITY SERVICE


Feeding those in need

Volunteers for Family Kitchen Needed

Saturday, Sept. 24th from 9 -1 PM

We have a regular Unity volunteer team that prepares and serves lunches every other month. If you are interested and available to help on Sept. 24th we are looking for additional volunteers. Please contact Ande Cardwell.


Donation Day for Bend Food Project is Oct. 2nd

Every other month our community does a food donation to Bend Food Project. Consider picking up an extra item or two the next time you’re out grocery shopping.

Message from Bend Food Project – the demand for food assistance has increased substantially over the past 3 years due to the pandemic and now high inflation. The need today is greater than ever before. In fact, the demand for food has grown 38% this year alone. THE BEND FOOD PROJECT IS RISING TO THE CHALLENGE AND WILL MEET THIS INCREASED DEMAND HEAD ON. To do this we need to increase the numbers of food donors.  Word of mouth is our greatest advertisement.  WE ASK YOU TO SHARE THE BEND FOOD PROJECT STORY WITH YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND NEIGHBORS AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO JOIN US! Thank you for being part of this generous Bend community that has committed to combatting hunger this simple and intimate way.  You are the reason the Bend Food Project works. You are, indeed, part of something very special. Know that together, we are fighting hunger and changing lives – one green bag at a time.

It’s Green Bag time!

GATHERINGS


Time for JOY!

Senior Lunch Bunch

Thursday, September 15th at Noon at Unity

We’re inviting our elders to gather together, sack lunch in hand, to plan and dream. Pre-pandemic, we had a dynamic “Sageing Together” group and it’s time to see what our elders are longing for now. Rev. Jane and Kathryn Kendall, a longtime Unity member and Central Oregon transplant, are hosting this at our Unity. Please join them!


Course in Miracles Study Group Starting

Tuesday, Sept. 27th from 5:30 to 7 PM with Cylvia Hayes at Unity

Cylvia will lead this group on the fourth Tuesday of each month. This is a gathering to discuss the wisdom in A Course in Miracles. Each session will include a talk on a key Course teaching and then open Q and A and discussion. Perfect for people with a lot of experience with the Course and those who are just starting out or curious.

Love offerings are appreciated.

Are you in?

You’re invited! Come join us!

Ongoing Programs for Adults

Women’s Activity Group – Join others for hikes and other fun adventures. Contact Suzanne Landry to be notified of what’s happening this Wednesday at 10 am and for other activities.

Men’s Group – Gatherings are held on the 1st and 3rd Monday at 6pm in the Unity Foyer. Contact Jim Pasmore for more info.

Singing Group – Join Unity SolShine Music director, Dave Finch every Wednesday at 7pm in the Unity sanctuary (except this week). No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome! Contact Dave for more info.


Member Appreciation

This week we’d like to appreciate our Nest volunteers. If you’re not sure who I’m referring to, The Nest is the new name for our kid’s classroom. Our Nest volunteers are Genesis Ilada, Jim Pasmore, Leia Napoli, and William Gregory. Young animals are often nurtured in a nest for the first part of their lives by their parents before they are able to survive on their own. If they are well cared for, they will be able to take on the next phase of their lives with the needed skills and confidence to thrive. We are so grateful for our volunteers who have stepped up to encourage our young community to shine their light and love as they navigate this amazing and complicated world. We are blessed to have you!

If you’re interested in helping with our children’s program contact Clare Kubota. We are always looking for volunteers 😁.

Thank you!

POEMS


Time Out to Hope

by member Joanne Daley

Impromptu…   organic…

Driven from within

We came …   we heard…

From wherever we had been.

To stop now…   to breathe…

To listen to each note

To softly sink…   to rise again…

Our hearts and minds afloat.

To honor…   as we paused

With tinkling piano keys…

With softly singing bowls

And flute to ride the seas

To places we not know

Except in times gone past.

Tho welcomed as before

As consciousness does last

And takes us softly home

Our feelings now to comb.

Our thots on those now lost

How it’s added to the cost

But focuses our attention

To create a new suspension

That mends the many tears

In fabric greatly worn

Like wool as tangled hairs

From sheep too often shorn.

And yet we hold the vision

Of riding a new stream

And dreaming a new dream…

Of sharing….   and caring…

Of love not gone awry

It’s our plaintiff mournful cry:

To see our species find its way

Thru clouds back to the sky.


LANDING IN A BETTER PLACE

by member Donna Benjamin

Where is hope in the midst of pain

Where is grace in the midst of suffering

Where is support in the midst of feeling disenfranchised

Where is love in the midst of the darkest of storms

I don’t have answers to these questions

But I bet you doI guarantee you have seen sorrow

Yet somehow created a better tomorrow

I know you have risen like the phoenix

Time and time and time again

And survived

Even thrived

We need not search outside ourselves

The answers lie within

You my friend are a treasure trove

Of hope

Of grace

Of support

Of love

Your capacity for caring goes beyond the notion of infinity

It goes beyond all the unanswered riddles of the past

As to why humans act the way they do

So sit right down

Right now

Make a list of the world you envision

Set your intentions for a better world

And add action to hope

For hope by itself falls flat

Add inner peace to grace

For grace comes from embodying stillness

Add an outstretched hand to support

For support is an action not just a thought

And add wisdom to love

For love is so much richer when experienced deeply

Share your stories

Tell the tale of what has moved you out of despair

Reflect on how our ancestors rose up to shine their light

Learn from the children and the elders

For they are beaming beacons of truth

Observe nature and how it replenishes itself after natural disasters

Find your resilience

Dance your truth

Sing your solutions

Know that hope is within and around every corner

And is ever more potent when action is taken

Move the needle toward more

More hope

More grace

More support

More love

And see if that doesn’t land us in a better place than all the AR15s, ammo and violence ever could


Have Something You Think We Should Include in Our Newsletter?

An appreciation, blog content, poem, event, or class? If it fits our guidelines we’re happy to share it. Contact Clare Kubota.


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