Upcoming Services and Special Events!
Sunday, December 11th
9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Services – Jon West will help us learn how to distinguish the call of the Divine as one of the great keys to unveiling our highest Self in “Whispers from Eternity: Recognizing the Voice of Spirit.”
- Before & after the 11:15 a.m. Service – Galilean annual Holiday Sale in the Fellowship Hall. There will be handmade crafts and well-loved resale items too. All proceeds will go toward celebrating Valentine’s Day with the residents at Good Samaritan Nursing Home and providing roses and valentines for them. (If you have well-loved items you would like to donate, contact Alison in YFM.)
- Interfaith Prayer Service at 1166 Oak Street in Eugene. A special occasion of different faith communities joining in the spirit of harmony and universal love. Prelude at 6:45 p.m., followed by the service from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Free childcare offered.
Sunday, December 18th
9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Services – Guest speaker Rev. Nola Woodbury will share how we choose our own spiritual roadmaps in“Navigating Your Journey.” We will also have presentations by the Unity Christmas Choir, our youth, and a visit from Santa after the 11:15 a.m. service.
Are You Listening?
He was stroking the dog’s shiny, sleek hair and humming softly to himself, seemingly unaffected by the noise of the traffic and the smell of car exhaust surrounding him. His brown curly hair looked well trimmed in spite of the apparent lack of recent shampooing – it reminded me of my son’s hair after emergence from camping trips when he was younger. I couldn’t help feeling a special connection to this young man seated on his backpack on the street corner. As I waited for the walk light to come on, I decided to say something to him, which is out of character for me when I’m doing errands with my limited mobility issues. It turned out to be a profound moment.
He didn’t reach out his hand. He didn’t stop petting his dog. He just lifted his head and with a faint trace of a smile, looked me right in the eye. It was like a small electric shock to feel the depth of his gaze and the most incredible light pouring out of his eyes. Like seeing back through eons of time, to a time remembered, yet long forgotten. Like a knowing and a blessing at the same time. He knew me. I had not shared my name, nor asked his and I had no remembrance of his physicality, but he knew me. Somehow in that brief, silent sharing, he allowed the Divine light of the ages to belie his apparent circumstances and instead pour forth acceptance, healing, peace, compassion, and faith in the goodness of humankind.
I attempted to hand him some cash I had in my pocket, though that is not my usual response on street corners no matter how compassionate I may feel in the moment; but, he put up his hand —up, not out—to stop me and said “That’s not why I’m here.” “What then?” I asked. “It’s my day to be at peace with the world and to be present for others if I can. I’m sort of a reminder, I guess.” I asked what had prompted him to do this. He answered, “Something inside kept telling me to do it. I’m sure some people think I’m strange, but I’m pretty normal. I just felt it and had to do it. I do this twice a month. It’s been very interesting.” “Really?” “Yes really”, he replied.
At that moment the signal changed to “Walk” and for the moment I hesitated. But with a smile he said, “Go…now…while you still can. Maybe I’ll see you around again sometime.” So I went because I was already a bit late for an appointment, but I walked with a new confidence for some reason. I didn’t mind being late. Inside I was hearing, “It’s all ok.” To which I could genuinely say, “Thanks, God. I needed that.”
I don’t really know what that experience was entirely all about, but one thing I understand for sure: When we let Spirit speak from deep within, and act on it, we can impact the world most dramatically. It may take some practice to learn how to let the voice of Spirit rise up and then to not be shy about becoming and doing what it is guiding us to do. Who knows what is waiting for you to receive or how you will be sent forth to affirm your place in the world of Spirit and your connection to others. The Source of all of life is found in the Light and the Voice of the One. Open up to them, meditate on them, affirm their presence, share the wisdom gleaned. And never stop listening
Blessings of the season are yours. Take them in, and enjoy being you.
This Week, December 5th to December 10th
MONDAY (7:00-9:00 p.m.) – Unity Open Men’s Circle meets in the Fillmore Wing. This group is open to all men within our church community and our larger Eugene community. For more information, contact Raymond Albano at 541-285-3943 / email@example.com Jim Drews at 541-726-8510.
WEDNESDAY (6:00-8:00 p.m.) – Christmas Decorating at Unity. We are looking for at least 10 adults (the more the merrier) to help with the big tree and garlands, and families with children for craft activities and decorating the small tree in the Fellowship Hall. We’ll have pizza, apple cider, and cookies too!
THURSDAY (12:00-1:00 p.m.) – Prayer Shawl Ministry gathering in the Fellowship Hall. Come and knit or crochet a prayer shawl that will bless people who are going through a difficult time. No experience necessary!
Next Week, December 12th to December 17th
WEDNESDAY (12:00-12:30 p.m.) – Noon Prayer & Meditation. Join Linda Flock in the Peace Chapel for a beautiful experience of opening your heart to feel the complete and continuous love of the Divine.
THURSDAY - (7:00-9:00 p.m.) - Therapeutic Touch in the Fillmore Wing. Donation basis. For more information, please contact Bev Forster at 541-484-6571.
SATURDAY - (6:00-9:00 p.m.) – Reiki Do Satori Open House. This monthly event is open to all who are interested in receiving a short, free Reiki session for relaxation and/or healing. Reiki practitioners who would like to be part of this event are also welcome. Donations accepted.
Saturday, December 24 – Unity’s Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Come and awaken to the blessings of this wondrous night through the power of music, prayer, and the wisdom of the heart. Music under the direction of Laura DuBois and Unity Choir directed by Mo Robeson. Children welcome. Nursery care provided.