Welcome to our audio lessons page. Our Sunday lessons are always positive, inspirational, and uplifting. Senior minister Rev. Eileen Stulak and various guest speakers offer messages designed for spiritual transformation and abundant living.  

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September 10, 2017:  Invigorating the Soul

So often we can find ourselves feeling the need to do more and to be more in order to feel accepted and to 'fit in'. What we usually end up feeling is tired and betrayed. Let's reinvigorate our souls by choosing to sing, dance, laugh, and simply allow our souls to express the joy they desire to experience in this life. 
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September 4, 2017: What's On Your Playlist?

Many of us have a play list of music that is made up of songs that inspire us and feed our soul in some way. What if we had a literal ‘play’ list, a list of things to do that were fun and joyful and which could continually foster our imagination, improve relationships, and help us move through challenges in life?
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August 27, 2017: Risky Business

To be creative involves risk. It calls for us to be ok with any fear or vulnerability that may arise. It urges us to embrace our uniqueness, follow our dreams, and even seek out new and innovative ways to express our creative gifts.   With this lesson, we'll look at some of the many benefits that risks can bring and share how some of them have been key to the growth and expansion of the Unity movement.
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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.

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August 13, 2017: Rev. Jane Lippert, guest speaker

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August 6, 2017: The Thief of Happiness

Sometimes we compare ourselves to others. Sometimes we conform to what others expect. Sometimes we compete with others as we try to prove our value, but only end up diminishing our creativity. What if we only compared ourselves to ourselves? What better way to expand, grow, and be the person that only we can be? Join us as we enter into a new month cultivating our creativity and letting go of comparison.
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July 30, 2017: Ask the Minister! (4 of 5 Cultivating Prosperity 2017)

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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.

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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?’ 

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July 9, 2017: The Universal Current of Life

Might there be a place where all of history can be accessed, where the connection of all people to each other clearly seen, and where all we ever needed to know is written? Perhaps there is such a universal place; one we can tap into at any time.
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July 3, 2017: 'Your Independence Day'

In 1776, our founding fathers issued a declaration of independence in order to set forth in writing our nation’s freedom from the British Empire. What would you include in a personal and spiritual declaration of independence for your life today?
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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.

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June 18, 2017: 'It Starts With Me' Guest Speaker, Blake Ringsmuth

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June 4, 2017: 'Cultivating Prosperity: TGIF!'

This lesson is the third installment of our 2017 Cultivating Prosperity Series, ‘TGIF!’.  Please join us as choose to let go of any belief in fear or scarcity, and instead expand our lives through trust, gratitude, inspiration, and faith
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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.

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May 14, 2017: Guest Speaker, Rodasi Campbell

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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’.

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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. 

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April 23, 2017: Earth Day Celebration: 'Seeds of Life'

This weekend marks the 47th anniversary of Earth Day. We’ll take time to honor our precious planet and the interconnectedness of all life that it helps us to recognize and cherish. We’ll also consider what seeds we can plant going forward in order to nurture and sustain our planet and the many forms of life it supports
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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.

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April 9, 2017: 'It Came to Pass'

The phrase 'It came to pass' is used over 450 times in the books of the Bible and its typical meaning is to say, 'something happened'. In light of Palm Sunday and the subsequent story of Holy Week, what if we looked at this phrase in a different light? What if we looked at the challenges and ultimate death of Jesus as being something that came, in order for him to move through and past? And, what if we looked at our lives and challenges we each face at one time or another as experiences that we, too, can accept and move through, in order to rise into higher states of spiritual consciousness? 
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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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February 26, 2017: Founder's Day

Join us for a very special service podcast as we honor the founding members of our church and hear from three of our founders who are celebrating their 35th year in the ministry.
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February 19, 2017: 'Get Out of the Way'

The 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.

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February 12, 2017: 'The Power of Love'

Love is something to be practiced in addition to being professed. Tune into this podcast to hear about at our core value of Love and how we can continue putting it into practice in the ministry and in our lives.
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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.

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January 29, 2017: 'Can You Dig It?'

Many of us learned that 'digging deep' means pushing through no matter how exhausted or overwhelmed we feel. In today's podcast, we learn a new way to DIG deep. We get deliberate, we get inspired, and we get going.
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January 22, 2017: 'The Gifts of Imperfection'

Courage enables us to reach out; compassion guides us to offer empathy to another; connections strengthen our sense of self-acceptance and worthiness. In this lesson, we explore how to put all three of these gifts into practice in our lives.
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January 15, 2017: 'Cultivating Prosperity Week 1: Wholehearted Living'

In this lesson, Rev. Eileen offers the first installment of our 2017 Prosperity Series, ‘Cultivating Prosperity’. Exploring the ministry’s underlying theme for this year, that of ‘Wholehearted Living' we begin with accepting our vulnerabilities and allow them to guide us on a path of consciousness and choice.
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January 8, 2017: 'Cultivating a Living Legacy'

In this episode, we introduce our theme for 2017, ‘35 Years: Cultivating a Living Legacy’, which will be a testament to Unity of Traverse City as we move through our 35th year as a ministry. We look at what a living legacy can mean in our lives and use the ritual of the white stone to discern the individual and unique quality or way of being that will be ours to embody and express as we build upon our personal legacies and that of our spiritual community.
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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.

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