3912  Dillard Rd  
39th & Hilyard  
Eugene OR  97405 
(541) 345-9913 

Upcoming Services and Special Events!

Sunday, March 25th (Palm Sunday)

10:30 am Service: Jon West will explore a wondrously unified view of life in “The Great Correlation: The Shared Message of the Greatest Souls in History.”

Sunday, April 1 (Easter Sunday)

10:30 a.m. Service: Our Easter theme is A New Understanding. On this holy day, our Ministerial Team will share a new understanding of ForgivenessGratitude and the Sacredness of Life. The prelude will feature classical cellist Kathryn Brunhaver, and the service will include uplifting performances by the Easter Choir under the direction of Mo Robeson.

– After the service – First-Sunday Potluck at Unity. Bring a main dish or salad, and invite your friends and family! Unity will provide coffee, tea, and dessert.

Unity Church

By Rev. Sherry Lady

Before I turned 12 and other things began to take up my time, there was usually some space between chores, homework, and babysitting for the neighbors when I could wander off to my special place. In a wooded area just beyond our house and across my father’s strawberry patch, I had my created my own get-away world. It consisted of a pile of rocks my father let me have left over from the gravel he used in our dirt-bed driveway.  In my imagination this was a sandy beach.  On one side of the rock pile there was a tree stump about 4 feet high, which I draped with strips of cloth.  It became my waterfall.  Sometimes I called my pretend world “My Hawaii Beach Place.” Other times it was my “Polynesian Place.” I had never been to either place, but I had read about them in National Geographic and my geography book from school. I knew they were special and so I created them for myself.

Around the circle of rocks I set various stuffed, rubber made, and wooden oak tree limb “animals” and would tell stories to them, or sometimes read stories. I imagined they talked back to me. This world worked well in spring, summer, and fall but got pretty shabby in the winter when I had to take the animals inside.  Sometimes I would go in the snow – carrying my animals in a big bucket – but I didn’t stay long.  Just checked the place out.

The remembrance of this came back to me this last week when I read the title of Jon’s upcoming talk:  “The Shared Message of the Greatest Souls in History.”  What if we created a large sandy beach in our imaginations where we brought some of the great souls through the ages, had them join in a circle, and then let them speak to us?  What might they say? I’m sharing a few my favorites with you. I had to leave so many of them out, but I know you all have many of your own.  (You may not recognize many of these people, but they are still great souls in their own right.)

There are many paths to enlightenment. Be sure to take the one with a heart.  Lao-tzu

If you are enlightened, you are not free – you are freedom itself.  Not like a bird in the sky, but the bird itself.  William Keers

A person who says ‘I am enlightened’, probably isn’t. Ram Dass

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. Victor Borge

The more we forget ourselves in giving to others, the better we can understand what love really is.  J. Donald Walters

Love doesn’t make the world go round.  Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. F.P. Jones 

I am realizing every day that the search for truth is in vain unless it is founded upon love. Mohandas Gandhi

Love is a fruit in season at all times and within the reach of every hand.  Mother Teresa

You are part of the universe, no less than the stars and trees, and you have a right to be here.  And whether it is clear to you or not, the universe is unfolding as it should. Desiderata

For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Blessed is the person who can enjoy the small things, the common beauties, the day-by-day events, sunshine on the fields, birds on the bough, breakfast, dinner, supper, a friend passing by.  So many people who go afar for enjoyment will find they have left it behind at home. David Grayson

It isn’t more light we need, it’s putting into practice what light we already have.  Peace Pilgrim

The world is full of so many things.  I’m sure we all should be happy as kings.  Robert Louis Stevenson.

Again, not all of these people quoted here may seem to be of the greatest souls in history.  However, the wisdom spoken qualifies them for inclusion in that category, as far as I am concerned.  And there is one more – the stuffed tiger that I had in my place in the woods who spoke to me these words: “Know that you are worthy of the blessings that come your way.” It was written on the tag around its neck by the friend that gave it to me.  I still have the tag, but “Tilly Tiger” has been gone for quite a number of years, having been loved by so many children in my classrooms.

Jon will have more to share on this coming Sunday as we are immersed in each other’s light and love in our wonderful sanctuary.  See you there!  Feeling blessed.   


March 19th to March 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.


– (7:00 p.m.) – The focus in the Behind the Lens Seminar is The Lady Vanishesdirected by Alfred Hitchcock, followed by a Q&A session with Tom Blank. Cost: $5.

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.

FRIDAYS (6:30-8:00 p.m.) – Unity Foundations with Jon West (March 23-April 20). This is an opportunity to more deeply 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 (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.  If you haven’t signed up yet, please call the office at 541-345-9913 to do so.

March 26th to March 31st

 (9:00 a.m.-Noon) – Garden Work Party. Come and join us in the garden for our annual clean-up, planting, and spring prep of the Unity landscaping. Many hands make lighter work for everyone! Snacks provided. If possible, please bring your own garden tools. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall.

– (7:00 p.m.) – The focus in the Behind the Lens Seminar is You Can’t Take It With Youdirected by Frank Capra, followed by a Q&A session with Tom Blank.


TUESDAYS, APRIL 10-JUNE 26 – NEW Behind the Lens 12-Week Series begins. Pick up a schedule and registration form in the Fellowship Hall!

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 (10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) - Facility Deep Clean Work Party. Our facility is in need of a thorough cleaning, and on Wednesday, April 11 we will be dusting, scrubbing, washing windows, and cleaning all those areas that don’t get attention on a regular basis. Many hands make lighter work for everyone. Please join us in giving some tender loving care to our facility. If you can bring a vacuum, rags, and/or feather duster, that’s great too! Sign up in the Fellowship Hall.

March Community Outreach Project

In March we are collecting donations of new or lightly used linen items to be put in the Home Starter Kits that the Church of the Resurrection puts together for families moving into permanent housing. These items include:  Crib blanket and/or fitted sheet, twin blanket and/or sheet set, double (full) blanket and/or sheet set, queen blanket and/or sheet set, king blanket and/or sheet set, pillows (new only), pillowcases, washcloths, and bath towels. A container will be in the foyer for these donations. For more information, contact Grace Low at 281-507-2707.

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