A Year At Unity of Traverse City

At Unity of Traverse City, we prayerfully select a theme that will be our underlying focus for the year.  In 2017, our theme is ‘35 Years: Cultivating a Living Legacy’.  Throughout the year we will honor and celebrate the ministry as we move through our 35th year as a spiritual community.

January

With Christmas having fallen on the last Sunday of 2016, we will offer our sacred Burning Bowl ceremony on the first Sunday of the 2017 New Year, and then again on the last Sunday of the year as we look towards 2018. This is an opportunity for you to release, by literally burning, those things in your life that no longer serve you. You simply write them on a piece of rice paper, place it upon the flame, and watch as it all dissipates into nothingness.  During this service, you also have the opportunity to write a letter to God setting forth your intentions for the New Year. You’ll receive your letter in the mail mid-way through the year in order that you can ‘check-in’ to see the progress you have made or make any adjustments you may wish to make. The following Sunday will offer our traditional White Stone Ceremony. This is a powerful opportunity for you to discern that intention that God is placing on your heart for the year . . . an intention that you write on a white stone you are provided and carry with you as a reminder throughout the year.

February

February is a time when we come together for our annual membership meeting.  It’s a time to celebrate the year past and plan for all that lies ahead.  We provide updates from all operational areas of the ministry, discuss any applicable business matters, and elect new members to our Board of Trustees. You must be a member of Unity of Traverse City in order to vote.


We also begin our annual Outreach program in February, which is typically a food drive for the local Traverse City area.



March

One of our favorite events is the kick-off to our Spring Basket Silent Auction. Individuals, families, and/or teams put their creative hats on and create wonderful baskets with many and varied themes. Everyone has fun bidding on the baskets over 3-4 weeks, with the proceeds benefiting the general operations of the ministry.

April

Join us we celebrate Easter, a Sunday celebration service offering a transformative resurrection message and uplifting music, and then a fun time with our children during our annual Easter Egg Hunt following the service.

In April, we also take time to honor and celebrate our wonderful volunteers on Volunteer Appreciation Sunday. We would not be here without them and this day is all about them and the gratitude we feel for each and every one.

May

In June, we celebrate all of our graduates and open to all that the summers in Traverse City bring. We also begin the annual training for our wonderful Prayer Chaplain team.


We also offer our second outreach program of the year, one in which a special financial offering is taken and donated to a local community agency in service to those experiencing challenges in their lives.


June

In June, we celebrate all of our graduates and open to all that the summers in Traverse City bring. We also begin the annual training for our wonderful Prayer Chaplain team.


We also offer our second outreach program of the year, one in which a special financial offering is taken and donated to a local community agency in service to those experiencing challenges in their lives.


July

One of our most popular series each year is the ‘Spiritual Popcorn Series’. Each week in July, our senior minister, Rev. Eileen Stulak, shares a ‘kernel’ of wisdom from a book in her personal library. This kernel was one that ‘popped’ for her in such a way that it brought profound transformation into her life.


This year, we’re going to focus on just one kernel, that of Compassion. Using books written by Marshall Rosenberg, Thich Nhat Hanh, Richard & Mary-Alice Jafolla, and James Dillet Freeman, we’ll explore the many ways in which compassion can ‘pop’ within our own lives.

August

August is when we offer our annual back-to-school outreach program, which focuses on providing food, supplies, financial assistance, and more to children and families preparing for the start of another school year.

September

We join with millions around the world in celebrating Unity’s Annual World Day of Prayer. A sacred opening night service, followed by a 24-hour prayer vigil and closing ceremony highlight this powerful experience of prayer.

Late September/October

In late September, we begin our annual Fall Program series. This is typically a 6-week series based upon a book chosen especially for the program and one aligned with our mission to transform our lives and the world. We offer small group circles that meet each week to explore the contents of the book even more deeply. They do so fully supported by a curriculum created specifically for this purpose. We celebrate the end of the series with a fabulous evening of dinner, food, fellowship, entertainment, auctions, and more!

November

Join us on the Sunday before Thanksgiving for a special communion service. We join together for a time of sacred connection and sharing of gratitude.

December

The season of Advent begins and continues through the Sunday before Christmas. We choose a special theme for our Advent Series, which includes the lighting of a candle each week in recognition of a particular divine quality that resides within us all.


We have a very special Christmas Eve Candle Lighting service that typically begins at 5:00 p.m.