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

Sunday, October 22nd

10:30 a.m. Service:  Laura Dubois and Jon West will continue using the metaphor of music to reveal effective ways to nurture harmonious relationships. We will also be welcoming new members!

— Before and after the service  Galilean Pumpkin Sale in the Fellowship Hall. All proceeds will go towards providing Thanksgiving dinners for two families in transition

Next Sunday, October 29th

10:30 a.m. Service: How does A Course in Miracles stack up to Unity metaphysical teachings? Guest Speaker, Allen Watson will share his insight in "Unity and A Course in Miracles: Their Common Path to Oneness."


ATTENTION: The Unity Board Nominating Committee is seeking potential candidates for our Board of Trustees. We need to fill 2 full (three-year) positions, 2 (one-year) interim positions, and 2 Alternates to complete the terms of any Trustees who choose not to complete their entire term. If you are interested in filling one of these important and fulfilling volunteer positions, please contact Bonnie Chappa at bonniechappa@gmail.com for information regarding qualifications and a job description.

Unity Church

In Tune with Each Other

Sometimes I go on either YouTube or Facebook to look for one of my favorite kinds of posts: those showing places such as railway terminals, town squares, hotel lobbies, the front of a restaurant, or other open areas where people walk by on their way to the business of their lives—though it could be just about any area that crowds of people might be.  Into those spaces, unbeknownst to those passing by, someone will come and begin playing an instrument or start singing.  As they do, others join the scene—one instrument or voice at a time—until there is an orchestra playing hauntingly beautiful music or a group of singers filling the air with an aria or show tunes, etc. 

What happens? People passing become intrigued and stop for a moment, shedding their serious expressions and breaking into smiles as their eyes light up in recognition of the magic of the moment. Pretty soon fairly sizeable crowds form and stand close together, sometimes taking pictures or just standing still and letting the music wash over them.  On some occasions dancers emerge expressing joy through their movements, and people watch with amazed attention. I’m sure most of us have resonated with these events. 

Whenever these things happen, it is incredible how people are able in spite of age, ethnicity, life circumstances or musical preference, to stand elbow to elbow and just listen, observe, and be present, seemingly without thought about anything else, at least for a moment or two. To some it is the kind of experience that they have to capture on video or in photos to share. For others it is just a time to listen, breathe and share in the thrill of being transported to another reality that touches the soul.  At those times everyone is bathed in oneness as a people and in focus.  To me that is the way life is supposed to be.  These times need not be the extra ordinary, but the ordinary.  Not just in the moment of the shared ecstasy that music can provide, but in each facet of our lives.  This is what I believe music keeps trying to teach us.  Our souls know this, our souls long for harmony like this—to be bathed in the music of our commonality, not in the disharmony of our perceived or actual differences.

I was five years old, taking piano lessons and sometimes singing at church, when my mother took me to my first film. It was about the lives of famous composers.  I remember being awestruck by the beauty of the music. At that age I couldn’t express it well, so I just kept it inside, remembering that music when facing some rough spots as a child, or when I sang to my dolls while playing house.  Sometimes I sang church hymns. Sometimes I made up songs that I tried to sing in a more classical style that I’m sure would have made the composers cringe. I just knew I had to have music in my life even beyond the singing I did in church and the piano lessons. Those experiences at times seemed like a real drag because I was still too young to understand the need for the discipline these things required, and I rebelled and wanted to get out of being “forced” to do them.  That movie, however, was the turning point for me—or maybe I was growing up a bit. In any case, I got it that music had to be woven into my life and into my love. 

I listened to a recording recently of “the music of the spheres” – actual recordings of the sounds that can be heard when one is out in space.  The person recording these sounds described the sounds as perhaps what those at Jesus’ birth referred to as “angels singing.”  The recordings were so soothing, so gentle and expansively beautiful that I found myself tearful as I listened.  The universe singing.  The cosmos providing music we are hearing for the first time.  What could be more beautiful? And, I believe that when we tune in to each other in this lifetime in the way Spirit intends us to, the music of our souls will propel us into heights “of glory” beyond what we can imagine, which is what “the heavens” are trying to tell us.

I’m so happy and appreciative of what Jon and Laura are sharing together with us.  The inspiration is like the music from the universe flowing through our hearts.  Thank you, dear friends, thank you. We can live in tune and in harmony with each other and your example is profound.

In harmony with your mission, each and every one.  

Love,

Sherry  


This Week, October 16th to October 21st

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 (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

- (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.

- (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.

FRIDAY (5:30-8:30 p.m.) – YFM Community Fall Festival. Join us for a pie-eating contest, cake walk, carnival games, crafts, and dinner (for purchase). Proceeds go towards YFM activities and classroom aides.

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.

Next Week, October 23rd to October 28th

MONDAY, OCTOBER 23-30 – COMMUNITY OUTREACH – SHELTER WEEK.  Unity will be providing and serving meals (breakfasts and dinners) for families in transition who will be staying at the Church of the Resurrection next door. Many volunteers are needed for cooking, serving, child care, clean-up, and other tasks. There are morning and night shifts available. Sign-up in the Foyer. For more information, contact Bonnie Paquin at 541-345-8873.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27 (7:00-9:00 p.m.) & SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) – A Course in Miracles Workshop. Allen Watson, Internationally-acclaimed author, scholar, and teacher of A Course in Miracles will conduct an in-depth study on one of the Course’s key sections “I Need Do Nothing.” Cost $140. For more information or to register, contact Janet & Dennis Chandler at 541-485-5235 or janetkoppchander@gmail.com.

Upcoming  

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 (7:00 p.m.) – The Coming Alive Theater Group presents Ordnary Home Companion Radio Show. A show packed with fun skits and great musical guests. Join us for a great down-home time! Donations accepted.

TUESDAYS, NOVEMBER 7-21 (6:00-8:30 p.m.) – Meditation Practices. Join Rev. Inge Tarantola for an experiential exploration of a variety of meditation techniques. Suggested offering of $5 per class. SEE credit available. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall.

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