November 19, 2017: Pass the Gratitude, Please
Our annual Thanksgiving Communion service is always a time of deep connection to God’s presence within us. Communion, whether experienced through times of prayer or through the ritual of partaking of symbolic elements, is a time to make a very personal and meaningful connection with Spirit. Our prayer chaplains will facilitate our communion experience and our entire day will be filled with the energy of gratitude for all the good in our lives.
November 12, 2017: Special Guest Speaker: David Ginsberg
November 5, 2017: Consider the Lilies of the Field
October 29, 2017: Wholehearted Living - At Your Service
We conclude our fall series with a new set of personal core values ready to support us as we go forward. Each of us is here to make a difference in the world in some way. As we view ourselves as part of one family of humanity, and with the belief of our oneness with all people through Spirit’s presence in us, we ask, ‘what is mine to do?’ We do so knowing that we have all we need within us to achieve whatever we are called to do. We also have a strong foundation of divine qualities, our core values, to support and guide us every step of the way.
October 22, 2017: Wholehearted Living - Leading Out Loud
October 15, 2017: Wholehearted Living - Compassionate Care
October 8, 2017: Wholehearted Living - Love is Love
October 1, 2017: Wholehearted Living - Here I Am, Guide Me
September 24, 2017: Cultivating Prosperity Week 5: The Creative Process
Let's get metaphysical! Yes, we will take a look at prosperity and abundance by laying a metaphysical lens over the creative process as offered in scripture. We'll see the richness of the prosperity teachings that lay beneath the literal word and ways in which we can apply that in our lives today in new and powerful ways. This is the last installment of our 'Cultivating Prosperity' series for this year.
September 10, 2017: Invigorating the Soul
September 4, 2017: What's On Your Playlist?
August 27, 2017: Risky Business
August 20, 2017: A Part of Our Story
The recent events in Charlottesville, VA, have served to remind us and show us that racism and white supremacy continue to be a part of the story of our country. We invite you to listen to our service lesson from August 20. It is one that Rev. Eileen Stulak noted was a difficult one to offer, yet one that could not be ignored.
August 13, 2017: Rev. Jane Lippert, guest speaker
August 6, 2017: The Thief of Happiness
July 30, 2017: Ask the Minister! (4 of 5 Cultivating Prosperity 2017)
July 23, 2017: The Faith of Science and Religion
Logic and reason need not clash with spirituality and faith. We need them all to find our way through an uncertain world.
July 16, 2017: Was That Really You, God?
One of our five core values at Unity of Traverse City is that of being Spirit-Led, of turning within for wisdom, clarity, and guidance. How do you really know that it’s God ‘talking’ to you? And what if you disagree with what It says? Listen in as we explore the question, ‘Was That Really You, God?’
July 9, 2017: The Universal Current of Life
July 3, 2017: 'Your Independence Day'
June 25, 2017: Guest Speaker, Rev Patricia Bass "How Will They Remember Me?"
Have you ever wondered, “What will people say about me once I am gone?” Have you ever asked yourself, “What will my legacy be?” You make an imprint upon the world with every step you take and every word you speak. At Unity of Traverse City, the core value of love encourages us to acknowledge God’s presence in ourselves and in all people. This means that your presence matters to everyone who knows you, and even those who don’t. It’s never too early (or too late) to become intentional about the energy you leave behind. That is your unique gift to the world. It is your legacy.
June 18, 2017: 'It Starts With Me' Guest Speaker, Blake Ringsmuth
June 4, 2017: 'Cultivating Prosperity: TGIF!'
May 28, 2017: 'A Spirit of Hope, Awareness, and Feeling'
With spirituality as our foundation, we are fully supported in cultivating hope, practicing awareness, and leaning into our feelings at greater and more productive levels. We invite you to listen to this lesson as we bring our month of 'Cultivating a Resilient Spirit' to a close.
May 14, 2017: Guest Speaker, Rodasi Campbell
May 7, 2017: 'A Resilient Nature'
Resiliency helps us move through times of challenge or adversity. It does so through the practice of mindful, authenticity, and transformation. We invite you to listen to this podcast as we enter in a new month of wholehearted living. Our theme for the month will be ‘Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: letting go of numbing and powerlessness’.
April 30, 2017: Volunteer Appreciation Day 'Strive to Thrive'
Today is our annual Volunteer Appreciation Day! With today's lesson titled, ‘Strive to Thrive’, we focus on our core value of Service and offer in honor of all of our incredible volunteers at the ministry. We also reveal our Volunteer of the Year for 2016 during the service, which is always a fun surprise and opportunity to express our gratitude to a member of our spiritual community in a very special way.
April 23, 2017: Earth Day Celebration: 'Seeds of Life'
April 16, 2017: Easter Sunday - 'And Even Greater Things'
Our Lenten season has been one of letting go of self-doubt and beliefs in perfectionism, while creating true meaning in our lives grounded in the truth of our own divinity. When we strip away what we think we’re ‘supposed’ to be, we find who we really are and have been all along . . . sacred creations of a loving God. Jesus was the model of fully expressing one’s sacredness and today we follow in his footsteps. We invite you to listen to a joyous Easter Sunday celebration service as we rise up, embrace our eternal oneness with God, and set a course for even greater things that are ours to do.
April 9, 2017: 'It Came to Pass'
April 2, 2017: 'Nobody's Perfect'
Today's lesson showcases our second installment of this year’s prosperity series, ‘Cultivating Prosperity’. April’s focus is on letting go of perfectionism and cultivating self-compassion. The former can be paralyzing and hamper success, while the latter can energize us and open our eyes to life-enriching opportunities.
March 26, 2017: 'No Doubt'
With this lesson we continue our 2017 exploration of our five core values by focusing on our value of ‘Integrity’. We invite you to listen in as we look at how authenticity, transparency, inclusiveness, and collective participation all serve to form a healthy foundation for the ministry and also for our own lives.
March 19, 2017: 'The Slash Effect'
We sometimes allow ourselves to get boxed in or labeled in some way because we think that’s who or how we’re supposed to be. This talk is all about following our hearts and not the labels. We’ll let go of self-doubt and ‘supposed to’ and discover for ourselves who we really are and that which is ours to be.
March 12, 2017: 'The Board Walk'
Our spiritual community has been lovingly served over its history by incredible members of our governing board of trustees. In today's lesson, we celebrate all who have served on our board over the years and deepen our appreciation for their service to the ministry, along with the qualities of dedication, leadership, and ‘walking their talk’ they have expressed.
March 5, 2017: 'Creating Meaning in our Lives'
Each of us want the experiences of our lives to have meaning. We invite you to tune into this podcast as we examine how we can center our awareness on our abilities to make and keep a commitment, along with accessing and sharing our gifts. We’ll see how our focus becomes much clearer when we view our lives and their meaning through our spiritual lens.
February 26, 2017: Founder's Day
February 19, 2017: 'Get Out of the Way'
late comedian, Joan Rivers, would often ask, 'Can we talk?' In this lesson we look at why answering 'yes' to that question is a way to
free ourselves from the beliefs, feelings, and self-judgements that stand in
the way of our living wholehearted lives.
February 12, 2017: 'The Power of Love'
February 5, 2017: 'Belonging and Being Enough'
Belonging is not the same as fitting in. Belonging can only be experienced when we stay true to ourselves. Tune into today's lesson as we place our focus and energy on the importance of authenticity and self-acceptance.
January 29, 2017: 'Can You Dig It?'
January 22, 2017: 'The Gifts of Imperfection'
January 15, 2017: 'Cultivating Prosperity Week 1: Wholehearted Living'
January 8, 2017: 'Cultivating a Living Legacy'
January 1, 2017: 'Release and Embrace'
Today we had a very special Burning Bowl Service. During the service, and through the ritual of the burning bowl, we symbolically released all that no longer serves us as we bring closure to 2016. We wrote down what we do not wish to carry forward into 2017 and placed our papers into the burning bowl urn. As we watched them dissipate into nothingness, we turned our attention to all that we wish to embrace for our lives as we enter into a new year.