December 30 - Burning Bowl Service: All Fades Into God
We all make mistakes at one time or another as we live our lives. We sometimes stumble as we discover our imperfections. It becomes our choice as to how we forgive ourselves and move forward. Join us for our annual Burning Bowl ceremony and receive the reminder that when we surround our imperfections with the light of the Christ in us, all mistakes simply fade into the absolute perfection that is God.
24 – Christmas Eve Candle Light Service: What Child Is This?
December 24 – Christmas Eve Candle Light Service: What Child Is This?
More than 2,000 years ago, the birth of a baby broke through the crystallized consciousness of the time to awaken the world. Our world is calling out for a reawakening today. This Christmas Eve, we will celebrate this wondrous birth and all Jesus brought to the world. And we will ask ourselves how to carry on his message of love, oneness, and peace.
December 23 - The Gift of Surrender
things seem bigger than we are. That is when, just like Mary, we have no choice
but to surrender to Spirit. Discover the courage, compassion and acceptance
that lie in you, just waiting for you to express them.
December 16 - The Gift of Courage
Imagine the courage that was called forth from Joseph as he stepped into his role as father. That same courage is in you. Learn how to call forth all the courage and wisdom you need to do what is yours to do.
December 9 - The Gift of Community
When Mary first learned she was pregnant, she hurried to share her news with her cousin Elizabeth. Why? Because community is the vital essence that bears witness to your soul growth. Let our spiritual community honor the gift you are.
December 2 - The Gift of Love
What do you have to give? More than you may think. Come learn new ways of giving that go beyond the shopping mall and live on after the Christmas wrapping.
November 25 – Moving Through Grief
November 18 – Thanksgiving Communion Service: I Am Grateful, I Am Free
November 18 – Thanksgiving Communion Service: I Am Grateful, I Am Free
November 11 - Guest Speaker: Bob White - A Return to Spirit; What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been
November 4 - Growing Deeper Into Prosperity: Peace + Present Moment = Productivity
October 28 - The Soul of Money: Turning the Tide
October 21 - The Soul of Money: Put a Voice to Your Legacy
We can’t always change the circumstances of our lives, but we can choose the conversations we have about them, conversations that lead us to self-examination. These conversations invite us to listen to others and also clarify our own motives, intentions, and commitments – especially as they pertain to money. This week we’ll be exploring how these conversations can empower us to live and leave behind a legacy of using money to affirm all life.
October 14 - The Soul of Money: Change the Dream; Stand Up for What
When we have the courage to let go of the dream to accumulate more, we have the space to envision and create a new dream that sees us engaged in respecting, preserving, and honoring what we have. Money carries the intention we give it. When we endow it with our deepest beliefs, we empower it to change the dream. This week, we begin to move the resources that flow through our lives toward our highest commitments and ideals.
October 7 – The Soul of Money: The Truths of Sufficiency
September 30 - The Soul of Money: The Truths of Sufficiency
With all of the resources that exist in the world, millions of us live with an underlying assumption of scarcity. This week we uncover some of the myths embedded in this assumption and begin shifting from scarcity in order to reclaim the power of what is already present and available.
September 23 - The
Soul of Money: A Great Awakening
Our fall series begins with an invitation to redesign our relationship with money. Author Lynne Twist asserts that doing so is key to the transformation of any condition of life, both physical and spiritual. Join us as we awaken to this wonderful truth.
September 16 - A Vision of Peace
If you were asked for a list of ingredients that would be included in your personal vision for peace, what might you include? As we celebrate the 2018 International Day of Peace being observed on September 21, we’ll take time to ponder what peace means to us and what we can do to bring our visions closer to reality.
September 9 - A Little Faith Goes a Long Way
This year Unity is celebrating the 25th anniversary of our Annual World Day of Prayer. Join us as we explore the divine quality of faith that underlies not only our prayers, but also serves to imbue even the tiniest of ideas with the creative power to impact the entire world.
September 2 - Your Hope of Glory
August 26 - Growing Deeper Into Prosperity #4 - Manifesting a Healthy Life
We’re all likely familiar with healthy choices as they pertain to food, exercise and rest. There are many other avenues to greater health and overall well-being that center on the energies we use and offer as we move through each day and interact with those around us.
August 19 - Bumps in the Road
As we move throughout our lives, we all face challenges and difficulties at one time or another. Some are small and some are life changing. The good news is that Unity offers a firm foundation to help us move through the bumps in the road. Join us to learn five questions we can always use to guide us through whatever challenges may arise.
August 12 - Radical Self-Acceptance
What is ‘radical acceptance’? It is opening our hearts in
the present moment to the love of God that is always within us. It is realizing
that we each are the very love we often seek elsewhere in this world. Let’s
explore how we can make ourselves more available to this divine love in each
and every moment.
August 5 - The Journey Continues
We welcomed back Rev. Eileen from her time of sabbatical!
July 29 - 'An Introduction and Overview of the Baha’i Faith' with Rick Dabell
July 15 - Your Divine Spark - Guest Speaker Kit Holmes
Unity’s second principle states, ‘Our Essence is of God’. How often do we find ourselves challenged to remember that Truth about ourselves? This week, guest speaker and musical artist Kit Holmes offers some ‘illuminating’ insights in this fun and interactive message!
July 8 - Know Pain, Know Gain - Guest Speaker Blake Ringsmuth
Blake explores the benefits of looking at your emotional pain as a tool to understanding yourself and opportunities for spiritual growth.
July 1 - Love Never Dies - Guest Speaker Christy Burich
June 24 - Unity Basic Principles vs. Alternative Facts - Guest Speaker Rev. Ernestine Griffin
June 17 - The Responsibility of Leadership - Guest Speaker David Ginsberg
June 10 - The Rise of a Movement - Guest Speaker Rev. Dr. Kathleen Kircher
June 3 - Fishing Boats and Wishing Wells - Guest Speaker Rev. Laura Elliott
May 27 - The Journey Begins
My 20 - Growing Deeper Into Prosperity #3: Infinite Possibilities
May 13 - Let the Love In
May 6 - The Power Of Prayer
There is no wrong way to pray. Isn’t that encouraging? The most important thing is to create a consistent prayer practice, knowing that it will naturally morph over time. Wherever you are in your prayer life, there are always opportunities to grow. Join us to learn how to enrich and deepen your prayer practice in a way that works for you. Everyone will receive a special 21-day spiritual practice calendar that will offer ideas and support as to various ways in which you can experience prayer.
April 29 – Volunteer Appreciation Day: The Secret Sauce
April 22, 2018: Lighten Your Load
Over and over again, Jesus reminded us that forgiveness is vital to connecting with Spirit. The first step to realizing our oneness with Spirit is to search out any opportunities to forgive and to release judgments, resentments, and regrets. It’s a surefire way to lighten your load.
April 8, 2018: Taking Time for Sabbath
April 1, 2018: Easter Sunday - We Will Rise Up
March 25, 2018: Palm Sunday: The First Passion of Jesus
March 18, 2018: Change: The Essence of Life
Instead of being resistant to change, we can welcome it for the opportunities it brings to enhance our lives and nurture our spiritual growth. Change often signifies and ‘end’ to something and we’ll take a look at some elements of change that can be transformative and the impetus for wonderful new beginnings.
March 11, 2018: A Good Goodbye
March 4, 2018: Growing Deeper Into Prosperity #2 - Discover Your Worth
February 25, 2018: Everyday Jesus
In many ways, we look at Jesus as being larger than life. And yet, his teachings were all based on practical application of spiritual principles in everyday life. These teachings can still guide us today, offering insights for any situation we experience.
February 18, 2018: Be a Spin Doctor of Failure
February 11, 2018: Guest Speaker Brooke Borgeson-Gray
February 4, 2018: Living the Dream.
January 28, 2018: Yes In-Deed!
We kicked off our 2018 prosperity series, ‘Growing Deeper Into Prosperity’, with the first installment being a celebration of our 35th anniversary as a Unity ministry. It was on January 31, 1983, that Unity of Traverse City was incorporated and accepted by Unity Worldwide Ministries as a full member ministry. Over the years, the ministry has been a living example of abundance and prosperity as it has served as a source of inspiration and transformation for so many. Join as we give thanks for this milestone and celebrate all that is still yet to come.
January 21, 2018: Surrender to Wholeness
We all want to enjoy health and wholeness to its greatest degree. And yet, physical challenges do arise. The challenges are not failures, but simply a part of the human life experience. When we surrender to our wholeness as children of God, we can experience the positive parts of any healing process and open to the continued growth of our souls.
January 14, 2018: White Stone Ceremony
With the arrival of the New Year, we have the opportunity to set our course as a ministry and also vision for all that we wish to co-create with God in and for our lives. The white stone ritual is a sacred experience of opening to divine guidance and calling forth a special word, phrase, or even a picture that will serve as inspiration and support throughout the year.
January 7, 2018: Burning Bowl Service
December 24, 2017: Christmas Eve Candle Light Service
Oh Come, All Ye Faithful
December 17, 2017: Christmas in My Heart
December 10, 2017: Christmas in My Heart
December 3, 2017: Christmas in My Heart
November 26, 2017: Christmas in My Heart
Week 1 - The Spirit of Faith
Christmas in My Heart will be the theme of our Advent series for this year. Each week, we will take time to be with some of the inner qualities that are often desired and expressed during this sacred season. Jesus embodied and expressed them his entire life. So as we prepare to celebrate his birth, we do so remembering all he taught about the power of faith, peace, love, and joy.
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.