3912  Dillard Rd  
39th & Hilyard  
Eugene OR  97405 
(541) 345-9913 
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Upcoming Services and Special Events!

Sunday, August 20th

10:30 a.m. Service:   Rev. Sherry Lady will share lessons learned from both every day heroes and famous ones who have inspired her in The Heroic Spirit in You, Part 1.

Sunday, August 27th

10:30 a.m.Service:  The courage and vision in the greatest heroes is also within each of us. Join Jon West for The Heroic Spirit in You, Part 2.

 OPPORTUNITY: Calling all musicians, actors, dancers, and storytellers: Come, Join Our Cabaret! Unity will host a delightful evening of entertainment for the September 22 Cabaret Fundraiser. Come share your talent. Acts should be no longer than 4 minutes. To sign up, contact Laura DuBois at ladubois@gmail.com or 732-687-3571.


What About Social Justice?Unity Church

This was the question posed to me by a concerned congregant after last Sunday’s service. It wasn’t the first time someone had questioned Unity’s position on taking social action. Nor was it the first time I’d sensed disappointment because I had not directly addressed the latest shocking example of prejudice or violence in the world.

What I shared with this person­–how effectively I’m not sure–was that I am very much in tune with their strong desire for social transformation. I believe the principles and consciousness we share at Unity can directly help us “be the change we wish to see in the world.” Gandhi and Martin Luther King offer models of how we can inspire peace–not with anger and outrage but by strengthening our own love until we can call forth the love in others.  

The need for more of us to step up to our peacemaking potential is a key reason why we will be focusing on “the heroic spirit” in each of us over the next two Sundays.

Now for anyone who has wondered, here are more reasons why you may not hear the headline news directly mentioned in a Sunday service:

1. Sometimes when we are trying to be open to the flow of inner guidance, certain pre-planned details get lost. This past Sunday for example, I intended to begin my talk by observing that much of the violence occurring now reflects a power shift: Fear and prejudice are fighting against an unstoppable tide of spiritual evolution. But I found a place for this comment only very briefly near the end of the service.  

2. I believe all of us on the ministerial team do our best to keep current with the news. One exception for me: I am no longer a Facebook follower. Without explaining all the reasons, I'll just say I wasn’t hugely saddened when I found I could no longer access my account. There are also brief times when I'm not up on the latest news, perhaps because I’ve been focused on ministerial or home issues or because of a need to go inward and get re-grounded. That happened this past Sunday morning as I had not yet heard of local plans to "march against hate."

3. I have to admit that I, like many, don’t always see the world exactly as the media presents it. There are no headlines for the daily miracles of life, from the birth of a baby to the birth of a new star. While one death is judged as newsworthy and spurs public protests, there are no headlines for “normal” events such as the fact that every 10 seconds someone (usually a child) dies of hunger. Lately, it seems every week brings events that someone may think should be mentioned on Sunday. Then again, maybe some congregants feel their lives are already news-saturated enough. Suiting everyone’s preferences may not be possible. 

4. As a general rule, we try to avoid being overtly political during Sundayservices. We don’t advocate for specific candidates. However, we openly support equal civil and human rights for all, regardless of race, sexual orientation, or gender identification. We encourage people to “love thy neighbor” and be responsible, caring stewards of our planet. Some may think I'm being political by saying I believe humanity should accelerate efforts to reduce global warming. But living simply in a way that creates minimal waste and preserves our natural ecosystem strikes me as common sense on a small planet with an ever-growing population. Some ministers may advise congregants to do specific acts of political protest. For the most part, I feel my role is to share universal principles that help people tap their higher love and wisdom so they can make their own best choices. I find a lot of truth in the notion that we will be better able to spread peace if we’ve first learned to access it within ourselves and are creating peace in our own home.   

5. Beyond the 25 minutes or so of speaking time on Sundays, chaplains are available right after the service for one-on-on prayer. Sherry, Inge, and I can also schedule individual spiritual counseling sessions. These are practical ways we can directly address whatever is on each person's mind, including the news of the day. 

So where does all this leave us right here and now, in Eugene, Oregon in late August 2017? I feel the time has come to say that, at least for me personally, I am envisioning a change in the leadership of our nation. I think this issue has grown beyond politics, as many on both sides of the political spectrum see an absence in moral leadership and a dangerous emboldening of hostile and prejudicial attitudes. I encourage everyone to thoughtfully consider how you can help nurture a positive shift in this area.  For me, the first step will be to listen deeply within and ask what is my role in the spiritual evolution of this planet?  

One thing is for certain: We all have some role to play in that evolution. Our journey of discovery will be renewed and refreshed this Sunday as Rev. Sherry leads part one of our two-Sunday series on unfolding the heroic spirit you are. What an honor and gift it is to experience the evolution of our world as a spiritual community!

In divine friendship,

Jon


This Week, August 14th to 19th

TUESDAY - (6:30 p.m.) - Board Meeting in the Garden Room. All are welcome to attend. If you would like to speak at the meeting, please contact Pam Gutierrez at 541-232-5612.

THURSDAY - (7:00-9:00 p.m.) - Therapeutic Touch in the Fillmore Wing. Donation basis. For more information, please contact Bev Forster at 541-520-9358.

Next Week, August 21st to 26th

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 a541-285-3943 /ralban0@icloud.com or Jim Drews at 541-726-8510.

THURSDAY (11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.) – Joy of Watercolor. The emphasis of this class is on joy. Come and explore painting with watercolor in an encouraging and fun atmosphere. All skill levels welcome. For more information, contact Ellen Ticknor at 541-344-1490.

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.

Upcoming in September

Tuesdays, September 12-October 17 (6:00-7:30 p.m.) – The Bhagavad Gita Class. Join Ananda in the Garden Room to explore the Bhagavad Gita through reading, chanting, meditation, yoga, breath work, and music. Suggested donation is $5 per class or $25 for 6-week series. No one turned away.

Wednesday, September 13 & Thursday, September 14 – Unity World Day of Prayer. People from all faiths are invited to join us for an event which features prayer, meditation, silence, a labyrinth, create a prayer flag, and spirit dance. Stayed tuned for more info.

Wednesdays, September 20-November 1 (1:00-2:30 p.m.) – Unlocking the Old Testament? Really? Yes, it’s our history too. Join Rev. Sherry Lady and take a walk with us through the stories, the myths, the mysticism, and some of the most beautiful literature of that era. Plus an investigation of healing secrets still in use today, recommended diets for healthy living, practiced exercise regimens still in use in our culture, and effects of disruptive geological events on politics then and now.  Love offering basis. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall.

Wednesdays, September 20-October 11 (7:00-8:45 p.m.) – Foundations of Unity with Jon West. This is an opportunity to enrich your life more deeply with Unity's core principles. Required for those wishing to become a new member. On Wednesday, October 18, 7:00-8:30 p.m. our Board will serve dinner to class attendees who are becoming new members. (New members will be honored and welcomed on Sunday, October 22.) Love offering basis. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall.

Friday, September 22 – Cabaret Fundraiser (7:00-9:00 p.m.). Join us for a refreshing and delightful evening of music, dance, storytelling, poetry, and just plain fun. Tickets $10 which includes the show, coffee, tea, and delicious desserts too go on saleSunday, August 27!

 

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