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

Sunday, February 25th

10:30 am ServiceJon West will share timeless principles for “Preparing for the Natural Step We Call Death.

 Before and after the service – Signups for Circle Suppers being held in March and April are happening in the foyer. These intimate, in-home potluck dinners for 4-8 people are a great way to experience Unity fellowship and great food outside of Sunday services. They are held in the spring and fall. Sign up in the foyer Sunday or contact Alix Morris at 858-208-8482 or ahimsatoo@gmail.com.

12:00 p.m. – Unity’s Annual Congregational Meeting. Join us for lunch and our Annual Meeting where we will bless our outgoing board members, elect new board members, review our accomplishments of 2017 and envision possibilities for the future. Childcare is offered.

Sunday, March 4th

10:30 a.m. Service: Jon West will explore how we can be wisely informed and involved without losing our inner balance in “Seeing the News with Spiritual Eyes.”

 


Unity Church

IN THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH
A message from Jon

Our hearts go out to all the souls impacted by yet another senseless school shooting. As we pray for peace, for healing, and for the collective will to create a safer society, this Sunday may seem like an odd time to contemplate “preparing for the natural step we call death.” If we don’t paint death in the starkest and darkest of terms (the thinking goes), aren’t we somehow minimizing people’s anguish and anger?  Isn’t anguish and anger the very fuel needed to bring about the changes we need?

That’s one of the questions we will consider this Sunday. What we can’t ignore is that death—even the most heart wrenching kind—surrounds us whether it’s headline news or hardly mentioned. Consider that 20,000 children and teens die every year in the U.S. or that worldwide, some 29,000 children under five die every day, mainly from preventable causes.  

Can we grasp the meaning of such statistics without becoming callous-hearted or blithely putting it off as “God’s will”? Conversely, could seeing death as primarily a terrible and fearsome thing make us avoid understanding and preparing for it? Are some of us cruising toward an inevitable collision with death without the seatbelt or airbag of spiritual understanding to soften the crash? 

Ultimately, we arrive at the question we’ve been circling each Sunday this month: If the soul is eternal, how then shall we live?  The great poet and polymath Rabindranath Tagore, the first non-Westerner to win the Nobel Prize, told us: “Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.”  

We may not be ready to agree with such a vision. But a good starting place might be to hold hands and walk toward the dawn together.

In loving oneness,
Jon


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February 19th to February 24th

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

TUESDAY

– (12:00-1:30 p.m. – Strong Bones Yoga series with Donna. There are 2 spaces available in this series. This 6- week series is focused on strengthening bones and preventing osteoporosis. (February 20-March 27). Cost is $54. Register with Donna at yogawithdonna@gmail.com or 541-683-7664.

– (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 Ann Woeste at 541-344-4087.

– (7:00 p.m.) – The focus this week in the Behind the Lens Seminar is The Awful Truthdirected by Leo McCarey followed by a Q&A session with Tom Blank. Cost: $15 for remaining 6, or $5 per time

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.

February 26th to March 3rd

TUESDAY  – (7:00 p.m.) – The focus in the Behind the Lens Seminar is Grand Illusiondirected by Jean Renoir, followed by a Q&A session with Tom Blank. Cost: $15 for remaining 5, or $5 per time

WEDNESDAY - (6:45-8:30 p.m.) – Inner Rhythms: Meditation - Warm Up, Dance Jam and Heart Shares in the Fillmore Wing. Suggested donation $4-$10. Children and Teens FREE. If you would like to help with this event, please sign up in the Fellowship Hall. For more information, contact Gerilyn Van, M.A. at 831-332-4476.

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.

Upcoming

FRIDAYS, MARCH 23-APRIL 20 (6:30-8:00 p.m.) – Unity Foundations with Jon West. Come and explore Unity’s basic principles in both large and small groups in this 5-week series. (Board-hosted dinner for new members on April 20.) Attendees qualify for voting membership in Unity. Donation basis. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall.

SATURDAY, MARCH 24 (10:30 a.m.-Noon) – CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS: Unity’s Rooted in Joyful Service VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION BRUNCH. Come and join us for a morning of food, frivolity, and festivity as we show our appreciation to you for your gifts of time, talent, generosity, love, and service to this community.  Please sign up in the Fellowship Hall. 

February Community Outreach Project

As a follow-up to our Families in Transition project, we are working with the Church of the Resurrection to provide Home Starter Kits to families who are moving into permanent housing. These families have been homeless for some time, and often do not have the basic items to set up a new home. In February we will be collecting donations of new or lightly used kitchen and utility items:  Dinner plates, Frying pans, Paring knives, Soup/cereal bowls, Saucepans, Cloth grocery bags, Mugs, Cooking spoons, Kitchen towels, Potholders, Drinking glasses, Pancake turners, Knives, forks, spoons, Vegetable peelers, Laundry detergent, Dish detergent, Laundry basket, Scrubber sponges, Paper towels, and Aluminum foil. A container will be in the foyer for these donations. For more information, contact Grace Low at 281-507-2707.

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