Sunday Service: March 5th at 10:00 AM

Introduction to Sunday service with Rev. Jane Hiatt

Bearing Light in Dark Times

With Rev. Jane Hiatt

As we look around at the suffering in the world, and sometimes in our own lives, the pain can be paralyzing. Yet we know the Creative Light of Love is omnipresent. Rev. Jane will be exploring ways to activate that power.

Bring a snack to share at our after service buffet 😁


Watch Service In-Person or Online at UnityCentralOregon.org


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Always growing!

Youth Programs

Little Ones –

The nursery is open for little ones up to 4 years old. We have a fun new addition in our nursery – come let your little ones check that out!

Elementary aged kids –

The Lumindorf adventure continues with capes, wands, adventures, and finding your magic.

Teens –

The teens will be meeting from 4:00 to 6:30 PM at Bend Church in downtown Bend.


Annual Meeting Highlights

Did you miss the Annual Meeting last Tuesday night? You can watch the video on our website to see all the details, but here are the highlights:

Five new board members were voted in – Elaine Cornick, Kevin Kubota, Genesis Ilada, Sarah Jones, and HelenLisle King. We now have a board of 8 amazing people! We hope you get to know them and share your thoughts and ideas with them so they can truly be a voice for our entire community.

Rev. Jane shared her vision for her role going forward as senior minister.

Cylvia Hayes shared her role in our community once she is ordained this Spring.

We voted for the four local non-profits we’ll be tithing to in 2023. The winners are – Around the Bend Farms, PFLAG, Peaceful Presence Project, CO Land Watch, and VegNet Bend.

• Clare Kubota, the board president for the past 5 years did a review of 2022, and new board president, Leia Napoli, shared what the board focus will be for 2023.

BIG NEWS – Dan Pebbles, one of the four owners of our property, shared that two owners, the Wolgamotts, and Dee Elko, will be donating their equity and portion of ownership to Unity this fall making Unity 50% owners of the property! This is very exciting news and also a big financial responsibility we’ll need to prepare for. What a generous gift, we are so grateful.

Linked image is a graphic of the Unity Annual Meeting 2023
Click on the picture to view the meeting recording

MARK YOUR CALENDARS & SIGN-UP


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Cacao Ceremony and Kirtan Music

Saturday, March 4th at 5:00 PM at Unity

An evening of ceremony and joy-filled Kirtan. Willow will lead us in his role as Elder Shaman in a Peruvian Cacao Ceremony followed by heart opening Kirtan. All are welcome. Suggested donation is $5-$20 to support Unity and the musicians. No one turned away for lack of funds. Sing, dance, and be in community. Starts at 5:00 PM and will go to around 6:30 PM.


Sunday Sound Bath

Every Sunday 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

Image is of a group of people sitting on mats in a darkened room with crystal bowls at the front during a sound bath event

Image is of a tree suspended in the air within a broken glass globe.

Earth Care Meeting

Thursday, March 2nd at 4:30 PM at Unity

Come break bread with us as we discuss the next steps we want to take in using our Unity principles to help heal our planet and help folks in need in  our community. Please bring a dish (any simple thing is just fine). We will give an update on our recent actions and brainstorm the next steps we want to take to make out community and world a better place.

These meetings are open to anyone who’d like to get more involved in our mission to prioritize caring for our planet and all her inhabitants. This is where ideas are hatched and next steps are carried out. No RSVP necessary.


Unity Membership Information Meeting

Sunday, March 5th following service

Did you recently become a Unity member, but did not have a chance to participate in this class prior to becoming a member? Are you curious about becoming a member at Unity? This program will give you a chance to learn more about Unity and what is entailed in membership. No registration necessary, just show up. We have lots of great membership info on our website HERE.

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We’re a pretty cute group, don’t ya think?

Introduction to Community Grief Ceremony

Community Grief Ceremony

March 9th – 11th at Unity

Grief is an invitation to feel. It invites us to come into the body to shed light on those things that are ready to be released in order to heal. Because of this, we must have ways to move our pain. Grief needs to be regularly felt and released or it begins to smother our joy, creativity, and our ability to connect with our self and others. This ceremony will be hosted by three trained guides and begins Thursday evening, runs all day Friday, and until 2pm on Saturday. Unity members receive special pricing.


Movie Night & Potluck – Need to Grow

Thursday, March 16th at 5:30 PM at Unity

We invite you to a potluck and documentary night, followed by a brief demo on how to grow your own sprouts, with an amazing super easy, super nutritious indoor technique using mason jars. Food production is one of the biggest human systems in the world and one that needs to be redesigned if we are going to help heal our planet. Sprout growing demo and kits will be available for $5! This is a free event, but love offerings are encouraged to support Unity and future events like this.

Watch the trailer

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Let your imagination run wild!

We Need Your Help 🌎 to Show Up for Mother Earth!

Earth Day Is Right Around The Corner – April 22nd

Unity is planning to have a booth at the Central Oregon EarthDay Fair and be part of the Procession of Species parade! Our goal is to let the Central Oregon community know about Unity and our commitment to Creation care. The parade is an amazing, colorful celebration of people wearing costumes depicting their favorite species. We need help with the following:

  • Booth design
  • Staffing the booth and chatting with folks
  • Costume creation and parade participants

If interested contact Cylvia Hayes.


ONGOING ADULT GATHERINGS


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The weather is warming and the smiles are splendid! Women’s hike at Twin Bridges

Ongoing Programs for Adults

Women’s Activity Group – Every Wednesday at 10:00 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.

Men’s Group – A time to connect and get to know each other. Gatherings are held on the 1st and 3rd Monday at 6:00 PM at Unity. Contact Dan Stephenson for more info. Next gathering is March 6th.

Singing Night – Join Unity SolShine music director, Dave Finch every Wednesday at 7:00 PM at Unity. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome! Contact Dave for more info


Member Appreciation

This week we are appreciating the amazing SolShine musician and long time member, Victor Johnson! We all know Victor for his many musical talents – vocals, guitar, cello, piano, the list goes on. Did you know he is also a gifted music teacher who has shared his songs with pre-school aged children, seniors in assisted living homes, and everyone in between. Our entire music team puts a lot of time and energy into selecting songs to go along with each week’s talk topic AND learns those songs in just a couple days to be able to perform them on Sunday. Victor, thank you for being such a dedicated part of our music team and the love you put into every performance! We are blessed to have you. 🙏🏽💕

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Victor Johnson

What Happened Last Week at Unity?

Here’s a snapshot of some poetry readings, prayer flag making, the annual meeting potluck, and Ananda Das sharing about Ganesh 😁. Lots of beautiful energy going on!

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Image is of a group of people enjoying a potluck sitting at tables and milling around
Image is of Ananda Das on stage talking with an image of Ganesh on the big screen
Image is a wide shot of the sanctuary showing people sitting and listening to Ananda Das on the stage
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Image is of a woman standing at the microphone during a poetry reading

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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