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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November 11 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 -  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 – 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 -  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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - The Journey Continues

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

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July 29 - '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 - 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 - 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 - 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 -  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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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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My 20 - 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 - 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 - 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 – 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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December 24, 2017: Christmas Eve Candle Light Service

Oh Come, All Ye Faithful

Listen to our audio lesson to from the Candle Light Service on Christmas Eve. We celebrate the birth of Jesus and the lasting impact his life continues to have in the world today.
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December 17, 2017: Christmas in My Heart  

Week 4 - The Spirit of Joy
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.
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December 10, 2017: Christmas in My Heart

Week 3 - The Spirit of Love
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.
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December 3, 2017: Christmas in My Heart

Week 2 - The Spirit of Peace
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.
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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.

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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.

 

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November 12, 2017: Special Guest Speaker: David Ginsberg

Listen to guest speaker Dave Ginsberg as he offers his thoughts on becoming still, listening within, and bringing forth the clarity you seek. Dave is a fabulous speaker and storyteller. You won’t want to miss out on receiving his words of wisdom. 
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November 5, 2017: Consider the Lilies of the Field

It isn’t hard to get caught up on the busy-ness of life, especially as the year-end holidays approach. However, it only takes seeing from new perspectives and being mindful and attentive to our emotions to release anxiety and replace it with a sense of calm. It’s a great lifestyle and one we will begin to create as our first step into this very busy time of year.
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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.

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October 22, 2017: Wholehearted Living - Leading Out Loud 

Who are you? In what do you believe? What do you stand for? How do you show up in life? These are very important questions to ask. Even more important is how we choose to express their answers in our daily lives. Do we do so with pride, or heartfelt conviction? Do we offer them as absolute truth for everyone, or leave room for others’ perspectives? Do we close our minds or engage willingly in respectful disagreement with those around us?
The goal of ‘leading out loud’ is not to convert others to your way of being; it is to be a model for how they can also access their own answers and offer them in ways that welcome diversity and civil engagement in a diverse world. 
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October 15, 2017: Wholehearted Living - Compassionate Care

Although we can think positive thoughts and hold a vision of all that is possible in life, life will have its challenges. No one is immune to the wide spectrum of difficulties that can come our way at any time. As hard as it may be to experience them, it becomes much easier to do so when we tap into our compassion. Whether we offer it to ourselves or to someone else, it has the power to transform the challenges, and in turn, transform our lives.
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October 8, 2017: Wholehearted Living - Love is Love

The world is crying out for love today perhaps more than ever before. A love that is unconditional and offered without judgment or filters of any kind. This love that is unchanging and without limitation is the love of God, a sacred quality that exists deep within us all through the presence of the Christ. Let’s take time to remember the inherent goodness and love with which we came into this world. Let us express it in as many ways as we can so that everyone we meet remembers this same truth about themselves.
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October 1, 2017: Wholehearted Living - Here I Am, Guide Me

One of the most powerful actions we can take is that of spiritual surrender, an act of inviting God into our thoughts, words, and actions. Prayer and meditation helps us to connect with the sacred within us. It is from that connection that we access the wisdom, clarity, and guidance we seek. Join us as we surrender to God within by simply saying, ‘Here I Am’
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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.

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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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