New Year’s Eve Service: December 31st at 5:30 PM

There will not be a service on Sunday, January 1st

Introduction to New Year’s Eve service with Cylvia Hayes

New Year’s Eve –

Burning Bowl Celebration Service

With Cylvia Hayes

This ceremony offers guided meditation and ritual to release unwanted thoughts, habits, and 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.


Watch Service In-Person or Online at UnityCentralOregon.org


Events & Music


New Year’s Day Sound Bath – Welcome the Vibration of 2023

Sunday, Jan. 1st at 5:30 PM at Unity

Led by Lisa Swisher and friends. At the beginning of class, you will be asked to quietly set intentions for what you would like to release and what you would like to allow into your life. Please wear comfy clothing, bring a yoga mat, pillow, blanket (if needed), and a desire to be uplifted and transported through sacred sound!

Please pay at the door: $10-$20 sliding scale

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS & SIGN-UP


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What’s your vision?

Create Your Vision for 2023

Vision Board Playshops – Wednesday. Jan. 4th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM & Saturday, Jan. 7th from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Unity.

These 3-hour Playshops, led by Donna Benjamin, will cover the deepening, creative and fun “ways in” to creating an amazing Vision Board for 2023. Sign up for whichever date works best for you. Cost is $30 and includes most supplies and snacks.


Unity Social & Environmental Action Group Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 3rd at 6:00 PM at Unity

We will be discussing our 2023 goals and the Oregon Interfaith Earth Summit we plan to help host on Feb. 5th. Please bring something (can be very simple) to share as potluck. All those interested are welcome.

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Newcomer’s Potluck Dinner

Tuesday, Jan. 17th at 6:00 PM at Kevin & Clare Kubota’s home

A welcome dinner for anyone new-ish to Unity! Let’s get to know each other and have some fun. All are welcome, but space is limited to 8 guests, so please RSVP as soon as you are ready to commit to joining us. Home address will be given upon receipt and confirmation of your RSVP.


Season of Non-violence Book Read and Discussion

Thursday, Jan. 19th at 10:00 AM at Unity

We’d like to invite you to join us in a Season of Nonviolence book study group as part of Central Oregon Community College’s Chandler Lecture Series and Unity Spiritual Community’s ACT social and enviro justice ministry.

We will be reading the book, This is My America, by Kim Johnson. This book chronicles seventeen-year-old, Tracy Beaumont’s journey writing to Innocence X to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row.

Cylvia Hayes will host a discussion on the book Jan. 19th, 10 to 11am, at Unity.

Please order the book asap and register for the Jan. 19th group discussion. There is no fee for this event.

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CLASSES


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.

Rev. Jane introduces “Overview of Hebrew Scriptures” class

ONGOING ADULT GATHERINGS


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Come hang with us!

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. 28 – Pine Nursery – meet at the 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 Jan. 2nd. 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.


We are Looking for Some New Board Members

We have a board member whose term is ending and a couple others who are required to step down because one will soon be official minister and the other will be a LUT (licensed Unity teacher). We are so excited for them!! If you are interested in learning more about what’s involved in this commitment contact Clare Kubota and she can get your questions answered. We have an amazing board and it is a beautiful way to contribute your talents to our community.

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Is now YOUR time?

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Thank you!

Member Appreciation

As we close out 2022 we’d like to thank every single one of you! At the beginning of this year, we were preparing to temporarily stop in-person services again to do our part to help exhausted healthcare workers. Now we have been back together for several months and are finding our rhythm again. Thank you to everyone who has stepped up to volunteer, attend a class or concert, support us financially, invited a friend to service, and all the other things that have contributed to us being able to connect and feel like a Unity family again. We now have more classes and events happening than ever, the energy at every Sunday service is wonderful, and each month donations are growing and new energy and ideas are brought forth. It feels so good! We can’t wait to share more new offerings with you in 2023 and see what ideas and creativity you have to share with us! Have a very Happy New Year!!


Help Us Bring the Winter Season to our Community Altar

We are in the season of winter. 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.

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Our Community Altar so far!

Images from Christmas Eve Service –

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Preparing for the children’s procession

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William reading one of the 12 Powers

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Rev. Tam doing her reading
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The 12 Powers candles lit.
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Rev. Jane singing along to Christmas carols. We all wished her a very happy birthday.
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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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