A Year At Unity of Traverse City
At Unity of Traverse City, we prayerfully select a theme that will be our underlying focus for the year. In 2019, our theme is ‘ONE HUMANITY, MANY STORIES’. Throughout the year we will explore various spiritual teachings and principles that will support each of us in remaining true to our individual beliefs and chosen pathways in life. At the same time, our hearts will be opened more deeply to the perspectives held by others that may differ from ours, affirming our belief in the oneness shared with all people and the richness contained within every person’s stories.
February is a time when we come together for our annual membership meeting. It’s a time to celebrate the year past and plan for all that lies ahead. We provide updates from all operational areas of the ministry, discuss any applicable business matters, and elect new members to our Board of Trustees. You must be a member of Unity of Traverse City in order to vote.
We also begin our annual Outreach program in February, which is typically a food drive for the local Traverse City area.
One of our favorite events is the kick-off to our Spring Basket Silent Auction. Individuals, families, and/or teams put their creative hats on and create wonderful baskets with many and varied themes. Everyone has fun bidding on the baskets over 3-4 weeks, with the proceeds benefitting the general operations of the ministry.
Join us as we celebrate Easter, a Sunday celebration service offering a transformative resurrection message and uplifting music.
Also in April, we honor our participation in the Unity EarthCare program by celebrating Earth Day during our Sunday service and recommitting to all we can do to assure our planet’s sustainability. Lastly, we take time to honor and celebrate our wonderful volunteers on Volunteer Appreciation Sunday. We would not be here without them and this day is all about them and the gratitude we feel for each and every person.
We have a powerful Prayer Chaplain program at Unity of Traverse City. In May, we invite our congregants to take time in prayer to discern whether prayer chaplaincy may be the next step in their spiritual unfoldment. General information meetings are offered, with training sessions beginning later in the summer.
In June, we celebrate all of our graduates and open to all that summer in Traverse City brings. We also begin the annual training for our wonderful Prayer Chaplain team.
Our second Outreach program of the year is offered, one in which a special financial offering is taken and donated to a local non-profit community agency in service to those experiencing challenges in their lives.
In July, we bless the tourists, the festivals
and events, and do all we can to be a welcoming presence in our beloved
We join with millions around the world in celebrating Unity’s Annual World Day of Prayer. A sacred opening night service, followed by a 24-hour prayer vigil and closing ceremony, all available via livestream from Unity World Headquarters in Unity Village, Missouri, highlight this powerful experience of global prayer.
In late September, we begin our annual Fall Program series. This is typically a 6-week series based upon a book chosen especially for the program and one aligned with our mission to transform our lives and the world. We offer small group circles that meet each week to explore the contents of the book even more deeply. They do so fully supported by a curriculum created specifically for this purpose. We celebrate the end of the series with a fabulous evening of dinner, food, fellowship, entertainment, fundraising auctions, and more!
Join us on the Sunday before Thanksgiving for a special communion service. We join together for a time of sacred connection and sharing of gratitude.
We also kick-off our final Outreach program of the year, one in which we share our abundance by providing gifts to children and/or families in our local community who may be experiencing financial challenges during the Christmas holiday season.
The season of Advent begins and continues through the Sunday before Christmas. We choose a special theme for our Advent Series, which includes the lighting of a candle each week in recognition of a particular divine quality that resides within us all.
We have a very special Christmas Eve Candle Lighting service that typically begins at 5:00 p.m.
On the last Sunday of the year, we will offer our powerful Burning Bowl. This is an opportunity for you to release, by ritualistically burning, those things in your life that no longer serve you. You simply write them on a piece of rice paper, place it upon the flame, and watch as it all dissipates into nothingness. During this service, you also have the opportunity to write a letter to God setting forth your intentions for the New Year. You’ll receive your letter in the mail mid-way through the year in order that you can ‘check-in’ to see the progress you have made or make any adjustments you may wish to make. It is a very powerful way in which to enter into the start of a New Year.