Sunday Service: December 18th at 10:00 AM
What if Miracles Weren’t?
With Ali Davidson
What would life be like without miracles? So many people think that miracles are something extraordinary, outrageous, and unexplainable. But miracles surround us everyday. Children, who live in a constant state of “now” and “yes”, know this. In this talk I share how miracles have shown up so many times in my life and how that led to the discovery that there are certain ingredients that are present when miracles occur. These seven ingredients are a roadmap to a life that is juicy, exciting, full of fun and aligned with the principles of Unity teachings.
We will also celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah
Watch Service In-Person or Online at UnityCentralOregon.org
Kids Activities this Sunday
The nursery is open for children 4 years and under.
Our elementary-aged children will meet in The Nest with youth teacher William and continue watching Polar Express and continue Christmas prep.
Teens – Contact Clare Kubota for time and location.
Sign Up to Bring a Snack to Share After Service
Our kitchen lead extraordinaire, Michael Ray, is requesting 3 people to sign up each week to bring a yummy food snack to share. We encourage you to visit with him this Sunday and pick a week that works for you. When you share good food you’re sure to make some new friends 😁.
Events & Music
Healing Sound Sundays – Special Gateway to the Solstice Soundbath!
Sunday from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at Unity
As we approach the longest night, in the Soundbath we will enter the darkness and allow ourselves to release all that no longer serves. In gratitude for the lessons learned and wisdom gleaned from the past we align with the natural rhythms of our glorious planet and welcome the return of the Light without and within. Crystalline harmonics of singing bowls, deep primal pulses of didgeridoo and soaring native flutes aid us in this transformational journey. And, as always, Reiki energy flows. Bring something to lay on, blankets or pillows if needed, and come join us! Donation of $10 to $20 is appreciated.
This Saturday – Poetic Prompts Poetry Workshop
Saturday, Dec. 17th from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at Unity
Join Poetic Presence – AKA – Donna Benjamin and William Gregory – for this 2 hour workshop exploring the many “ways in” to writing poetry. Learn how to work with prompts; how to write from the heart; and about the different forms of poetic structure. Beginners are welcome. Donna and William are talented poets who have a passion for sharing their love of words and encouraging others to find their words. They believe that there is a beautiful poet in every single one of us. Read one of Donna’s heartfelt poems at the end of this newsletter.
Cost for the workshop is $29 which supports the instructors and Unity.
Saturday Night Holiday Poetry Hullabaloo
Saturday, Dec. 17th from 5:30 to 8:00 PM at Unity
Celebrate the holiday season with your original poetry. This is an open mic poetry event featuring Donna Benjamin and William Gregory as your co-hosts as they encourage you to share your poetic talents in a supportive environment. Beginners welcome. One poem per person and a second one if time allows.
$5 – $15 sliding scale – includes refreshments!
SAVE THE DATE
Christmas Eve Service
Both services will feature carols, community candle lighting, and a 12 Powers Candle Light ceremony. This is a great opportunity to invite your friends for a taste of the spiritual sweetness at our Wild Soul Sanctuary.
Saturday, Dec. 24th at 5 PM – Meant particularly for the families of our younger kids who need to get home early for Santa, but everyone is welcome. We will have a procession of children bringing the light. This service will not be live-streamed.
Saturday, Dec. 24th at 7 PM – This service will include a meditation and a slightly longer talk and will be available as a live-stream on Zoom.
New Years Eve Service
Saturday, Dec. 31st at 5:30 PM
This ceremony offers guided meditation and ritual to release unwanted thoughts, habits, conditions that we do not want to carry into the New Year and to identify power words and animals to support us in the New Year. Cylvia Hayes will lead the meditation and Lisa Swisher and Donna Benjamin will provide soothing, inspiring crystal bowl and flute music. All are welcome!
Unity Online Classes Starting in January
If you’ve been enjoying Rev. Jane’s talks on the Bible, you may be interested in her class – Overview of Hebrew Scriptures. The class runs Jan 9-13th from 9 to 11 AM each day – You will gain many different tools to understand what was actually being said. (Hint: none of it was literal!) This class is being offered through the Unity NW Region.
There are 3 additional classes happening the same week. See them all at the link below. You might be particularly interested in Discerning Your Purpose, being offered from 11:30-1:30 PM that same week.
ONGOING ADULT GATHERINGS
Ongoing Programs for Adults
Women’s Activity Group – Every Wednesday at 10:30 AM. Join a group of wonderful women for hikes and other fun adventures. Contact Suzanne Landry to be notified of what’s happening each Wednesday.
Dec. 14th – Badlands off of 20 East.
Dec. 21 – Riley Ranch – meet in parking lot (no dogs)
Dec. 28 – Pine Nursery – meet pickleball courts
Jan. 4th – Snow Shoeing TBD
Men’s Group – A time to connect and get to know each other. Gatherings are held on the 1st and 3rd Monday at 6pm at Unity. The next gathering is Dec. 19th. Contact Dan Stephenson for more info.
Singing Group – Join Unity SolShine music director, Dave Finch every Wednesday at 7pm at Unity. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome! Contact Dave for more info.
Member Appreciations 🙏🏽
We’d like to appreciate last weeks guest musician Jaya Lakshmi for an amazing Altar of Love weekend! What a special weekend it was opening with a beautiful yoga class, then evening concert, singing & mantra workshop, and finishing with an intimate cacao ceremony. Even with the snow storm we still had a wonderful turnout for all the events. Jaya Lakshmi felt so supported by our community, so thank you to all who didn’t let the snowy roads stop you. She plans to be back in the spring so keep your eyes out for her next event at Unity!
Check out Unity member Chris Tappouni on drums! He only got an hour to practice with Lakshmi and it was like he’d been part of the band for years.
Know Someone Who Needs Advice From a Tree, a Hummingbird, or Sasquatch?
Stocking Stuffer Gifts Available at Unity! We have fun magnets, bookmarks, and cards from Advice for Life on display and for sale at the sanctuary. They are perfect stocking stuffers! Be sure to check them out this Sunday. All proceeds go to support our Unity community.
Help Us Bring the Winter Season to our Community Altar
We are about to enter the season of winter. The snow outside is telling us it’s already here! The altar at the back of our sanctuary is a place we’ve created to flow with the seasons. If you currently have something on the altar please swap it out with something for the new season. Help us bring in some fresh new energy for this season of colder weather and longer nights.
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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