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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December 30, 2018 -  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.

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December 24, 2018 – 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. 

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December 23, 2018 - The Gift of Surrender

Some 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.

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December 16, 2018 - 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.

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December 9, 2018 - 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.

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December 2, 2018 - 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.

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November 25, 2018 – Moving Through Grief

Grief is often felt and re-lived during the holiday season. It touches each of us in different ways and we move through it on our own timelines. There really isn’t one way that fits all, but there are some foundational principles that can guide us all.
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November 18, 2018 – Thanksgiving Communion Service: I Am Grateful, I Am Free

Holy Communion is one of the oldest and most sacred rituals. Today, we open our hearts in gratitude to the many gifts of Spirit in our lives and all around us. And we join together in the ritual of communion as a reminder that it is an encounter of the heart and a freeing experience that can be take place in any moment that we make a personal connection with Spirit.
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November 11, 2018 - Guest Speaker: Bob White - A Return to Spirit; What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

We welcomed congregant and guest speaker Bob White as he offered his thoughts about his personal journey inward to Spirit. It’s a journey that is ongoing and one that had continually led him to a more meaningful relationship with God.
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November 4, 2018 - Growing Deeper Into Prosperity: Peace + Present Moment = Productivity

We bring our prosperity series for this year to a close with a lesson focused on overall well-being and productivity coming about as we turn away from the stressors in our lives and in the world around us.
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October 28, 2018 - The Soul of Money: Turning the Tide

As we bring our fall series to a close, we do so with a realization of the possibilities we have to use money in wholly different ways. These possibilities become realities as we align our use of money with a combined sense of self and soul. Not only that, it increases our personal experiences of prosperity in ways unrelated to money. It is a daily practice, one that can transform our lives and the world.
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October 21, 2018 - 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.

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October 14, 2018 -  The Soul of Money: Change the Dream; Stand Up for What You Believe

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.

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October 7, 2018 – The Soul of Money: The Truths of Sufficiency

To live from a place of sufficiency is to embrace life grounded in its principles, including 1) viewing money as a flow, not a static amount to accumulate, 2) embracing the power that really makes something grow in value, and 3) the action and potency of appreciation. Today, we begin to practice sufficiency with our money.
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September 30, 2018 -  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.

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September 23, 2018 - 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.

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September 16, 2018 - 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.

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September 9, 2018 - 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.

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September 2, 2018 - Your Hope of Glory

The voice of the divine in us may sometimes be faint; we may even choose to close our ears to it. Yet, it remains, always urging us to climb to higher ground and accomplish more than we ever expected we would.  Today, we take a deeper look at this phrase often quoted in Unity, ‘Your Hope of Glory’.
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August 26, 2018 - 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.

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August 19, 2018 - 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.   

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August 12, 2018 - 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.

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August 5, 2018 - The Journey Continues

We welcomed back Rev. Eileen from her time of sabbatical! 

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July 29, 2018 - 'An Introduction and Overview of the Baha’i Faith' with Rick Dabell

The Baha’i Faith is a relatively new (1853) independent, worldwide religion that, according to the Encyclopedia of World Religions, is the second most geographically dispersed religion, after Christianity. In just over 160 years Bahais have spread to all parts of the word, from all ethnicities, and from all economic strata. They place a strong value on ‘Unity in Diversity’. This lesson will focus on the core principles of the Baha’i Faith and how those principles can address the problems of the world
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July 15, 2018 - 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!

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July 8, 2018 - 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. 

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July 1, 2018 - Love Never Dies - Guest Speaker Christy Burich

Christy shares her journey through grief to healing after suffering the loss of her husband, Larry, to cancer in 2013. She’ll describe the mystical and magical synchronicities that surrounded them as a couple through dating and married life and then the eventual realization of their Soul Contract for this lifetime. Her personal belief that their connection would not be lost and her learning to become aware of the signs is what helped over time to transform her tears to feelings of peace and acceptance. Her message is that our relationships continue in spirit; the heart truly does go on; and perhaps, in some ways, we become more intimately connected to our loved ones than before.
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June 24, 2018 -  Unity Basic Principles vs. Alternative Facts - Guest Speaker Rev. Ernestine Griffin

Rev. Ernestine focuses on the Five Basic Unity Principles/New Thought Teachings and contrast them with ‘alternative facts’ often shared in traditional, mainstream religious organizations.

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June 17, 2018 - The Responsibility of Leadership - Guest Speaker David Ginsberg

The focus for this lesson is on the beauty of fatherhood, memories of the days with our fathers, the lessons learned in our youth, and the opportunities we need to embrace as we become leaders
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June 10, 2018 - The Rise of a Movement - Guest Speaker Rev. Dr. Kathleen Kircher

Over time, some ‘movements’ rise and flourish while others rise and die. Many hope that recent social ‘movements’ will galvanize and bring change to our fragile nation. In sync with what is happening in our world today, the Christian season of Pentecost outlines the Jesus ‘movement’ of the first century with kindred hopes that the developing ‘house churches’ will galvanize and bring change to a fragile world. We will explore the rise of this movement using Acts 2:42-47 as well as recent biblical research and muse together about how we fit into the ‘movement’ rise.

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June 3, 2018 - Fishing Boats and Wishing Wells - Guest Speaker Rev. Laura Elliott

While in Haiti, Rev. Laura was reminded of her faith tradition through the presence of small wooden boats casting their nets to catch fish, and the numerous water wells that been installed in the area through the help of many faith-based and civic organizations. Join us as Rev. Laura speaks to the parallels to the scriptural disciples, all fishermen by trade, and Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well.
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May 27, 2018 - The Journey Begins

Our theme for this year is ‘Growing Deeper Into God’ and a sabbatical is certainly a time to do just that. As Rev. Eileen prepares to move into her time of sabbatical in June and July, we’ll pause to plant our own seeds of spiritual self-discovery, of deepening relationships with God and each other, and of hearts open to all that is possible.
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May 20, 2018 - Growing Deeper Into Prosperity #3: Infinite Possibilities

We live in an infinite universe. Accessing all it has to offer begins with our thoughts and the visions we hold. Let’s pivot from any thoughts of limitation to unlimited possibilities and begin bringing our dreams and visions into being. All are welcome!
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May 13, 2018 - Let the Love In

Are you better at giving than receiving love? Do you ever feel you block the love that wants to come to you? We can all sometimes struggle with this powerful emotion. This week we’ll look at ways to open our hearts to more fully receive and experience love being offered by others and how to offer that same love to ourselves.
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May 6, 2018 - 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.

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April 29, 2018 – Volunteer Appreciation Day: The Secret Sauce

Gratitude is the ‘secret sauce.’ It’s the cherry on top. It’s the simplest and fastest way to jumpstart joy. Well, if all that is true, why do we sometimes forget about it? No sabbatical (or Volunteer Appreciation Day) would be complete without taking some time to be grateful.

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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. 

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April 8, 2018: Taking Time for Sabbath

We can often find ourselves saying, ‘I’m just so busy!’ Well, it’s time to make space in our lives just to be. It has been said, ‘Just to be is holy, just to breathe is divine.’ Sacred space and time for Sabbath can be created in every day, no matter how ‘busy’ you may be. 

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April 1, 2018: Easter Sunday - We Will Rise Up

Easter is a time of celebrating new life. It is a time of renewal and rebirth. It is a time when we connect deeply with the Christ presence in us and rise into greater heights of spiritual consciousness and embrace our unlimited potential. Doing so is the ultimate ‘thank you’ we can offer to Jesus, who taught by his own example and assured us that the things he did, we would do too. Our world is calling us higher. It is time for us to ‘rise up’. 
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March 25, 2018: Palm Sunday: The First Passion of Jesus

Jesus was a radical thinker and someone who was opposed to political power and domination, violence, material wealth, and personal will. While the traditional path is one where his passion is equated to his physical suffering and death, perhaps there was another passion he experienced first. One that held within it the keys to unlocking heaven on earth. 
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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.

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March 11, 2018:  A Good Goodbye

Saying goodbye takes place in any number of circumstances and experiences, some easier than others. Regardless of the situation, there is always the potential for positive and forward-moving outcomes in the midst of our goodbyes.
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March 4, 2018: Growing Deeper Into Prosperity #2 - Discover Your Worth

Our self-worth is just that - ours. It can be elusive at times. However, the more we remain true to what we believe, maintain healthy boundaries, and honor our feelings, the stronger it becomes and the greater value we see in who we are and what we have to offer.
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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. 

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February 18, 2018: Be a Spin Doctor of Failure

We’ve all heard the conversations held from the perspective of ‘either/or’, and also that of ‘both/and’. The latter is one that helps us reframe our thoughts about failure, turn seeming tombstones into signposts, and continue moving forward in fulfilling our potential.
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February 11, 2018: Guest Speaker Brooke Borgeson-Gray

Core Values and Commitment: The Pathway to Purpose; How our core values of Love, Compassion, Integrity, Spirit-led and Service lead to the commitment necessary to discover and pursue our divine purpose. Brooke Borgeson-Gray, Nurse Practitioner and President of the Board of Trustees for Unity of Traverse City, shares her journey to her purpose and how her spiritual path has taken her to medical mission work in Haiti.
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February 4, 2018: Living the Dream. 

Dreams are not reserved just for some. As spiritual beings, our purpose is to know God and to discover all that we are. It’s never too late; we all have gifts to offer; and there are unending opportunities to manifest God in the world.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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January 7, 2018: Burning Bowl Service

We prayerfully and symbolically released all that no longer serves us and created a sacred space for all that we wish to claim for our lives and experience in the New Year.
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