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“To be near something beautiful or precious but to be unable to experience it is the subtlest possible form of torture.” ~Robert Johnson

News and Events

Update as of June 17, 2020:

In-person Outdoor Activities at Unity

Hope this finds you and yours well and happy and doing okay within the covid-19 uncertainty. We want to give you an update about what we have going on here at Unity. 

We are doing our best to follow state, county, and city ordinances as they come out in an effort to keep everyone healthy and happy. 

Keeping the ordinances in mind, we are just now beginning a multi-phased “reentry” plan for doing stuff in small groups in person here at Unity.

We are starting with: 

  • Coffee & Conversation at Unity (Weekly on Sunday mornings – starting Sunday 6/21/20 – bring your own coffee):

8:30am – 9:30am – Limit 10 in-person / must pre-register / bring your own chair or sit in your car / contact Annette at 970.689.7293  

In order to participate, you will need to adhere to these guidelines:

-all participants must sign a release/waiver form
-outdoors only – no building use 
-10 or fewer folks (which means “registration” ahead of time)
-keeping at least 6 feet apart at all times
-access to one bathroom in the building and no one is allowed to be in other parts of the building during your event. See attached photo. That is the only door that should be open during events and use limited to that one, closest bathroom in that hallway.
-follow mask restrictions while in your group – and especially when entering the building
-no use of Unity’s furniture (including outdoor furniture), dishes, silverware, etc. 
-if food and drink is involved, everyone must bring their own food and drink and not share it
-ETC. (pls contact Annette, below, for full measures required and to register for the above events)

We will be doing extra cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces such as light switches, door knobs, faucets in the available bathroom, etc. 

As we move through our phased plan, which is not fully defined at this point due to the uncertain nature of the pandemic, and begin to open up to more groups and, at some point, even get back into the building – for ALL groups and activities – we will keep you informed.  

Please contact Annette McFarlane, our council president, at 970-689-7293 or gadgetgal7@gmail.com for more info and to register.  

Thank you for your patience and stay well!

Sunday Remote Services

In-person services are suspended until further notice. Please join us on our Facebook page at 10am Mountain time on Sunday mornings for our remote services. You can watch the services/videos AFTERWARDS on our Facebook page or on our Sunday Podcasts page.

Also, to keep us up and running without an interruption in bill payments and pay roll, please consider giving your usual Sunday donation via our “Donate” button on our website
We do this not out of fear of a virus, but out of a sense of doing the right thing for all.
We ask that all leaders/facilitators of any and all groups meeting at our Unity move to using an online format and presence (such as Zoom) to continue connecting with others.
Thank you for your understanding and adherence to this new and temporary policy.
Thank you!
Liz Luoma
Spiritual Leader

 

 

 

 

ADA Information

We have three different ADA (handicap) parking spots:  2 up front and one on the west end of the building. We also have 3 ramps:  one on each end of the building, and one at the front door. We keep a wheelchair in the lobby for those that need it, and will soon be offering hearing assist devices. Let Grace, in the office, know if you need extra assistance and/or info:  970-482-1620.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the at-a-glance calendar

 

Jul 2nd ~ Online Book Study Thursdays ~ 10am
Jul 5th ~ Coffee and Conversation outside at Unity ~ 8:30am (see details below to pre-register)
Jul 5th ~ Sunday Service ~ 10am ~ remote streaming on our Facebook page ~ to make donations go to our Links page
Jul 7th ~ Heart Talk online ~ 10am
Jul 7th ~ Living in the Mystery of Life…And Loving It Class ~ 6pm ~ via Zoom
Jul 8th ~ Wednesday Heart-to-Heart Meditation Service ~ 6pm ~ live streaming on our Facebook page ~ to make donations go to our Links page
Jul 8th ~ Drumming Circle ~ 7pm (see details below to pre-register)
Jul 9th ~ Online Book Study Thursdays ~ 10am
Jul 11th ~ Community Session ~ 12noon ~ via Zoom
Jul 12th ~ Coffee and Conversation outside at Unity ~ 8:30am (see details below to pre-register)
Jul 12th ~ Sunday Service ~ 10am ~ remote streaming on our Facebook page ~ to make donations go to our Links page
Jul 14th ~ Heart Talk online ~ 10am
Jul 14th ~ Living in the Mystery of Life…And Loving It Class ~ 6pm ~ via Zoom
Jul 15th ~ Wednesday Heart-to-Heart Meditation Service ~ 6pm ~ live streaming on our Facebook page ~ to make donations go to our Links page
Jul 16th ~ Online Book Study Thursdays ~ 10am
Jul 19th ~ Coffee and Conversation outside at Unity ~ 8:30am (see details below to pre-register)
Jul 19th ~ Sunday Service ~ 10am ~ remote streaming on our Facebook page ~ to make donations go to our Links page
Jul 21st ~ Heart Talk online ~ 10am
Jul 21st ~ Living in the Mystery of Life…And Loving It Class ~ 6pm ~ via Zoom
Jul 22nd ~ Wednesday Heart-to-Heart Meditation Service ~ 6pm ~ live streaming on our Facebook page ~ to make donations go to our Links page
Jul 23rd ~ Online Book Study Thursdays ~ 10am
Jul 26th ~ Coffee and Conversation outside at Unity ~ 8:30am (see details below to pre-register)
Jul 26th ~ Sunday Service ~ 10am ~ remote streaming on our Facebook page ~ to make donations go to our Links page
Jul 28th ~ Heart Talk online ~ 10am
Jul 29th ~ Wednesday Heart-to-Heart Meditation Service ~ 6pm ~ live streaming on our Facebook page ~ to make donations go to our Links page
Jul 30th ~ Online Book Study Thursdays ~ 10am

For more information about upcoming events, see our calendar. Also check out the Unity “Get Involved” page to see all of our events throughout the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Are You?

Would you like a phone call?

Would you like someone at Unity to call you—either once or on an on-going basis—to see how you are doing during these weird times?

Do you need some help at your house?

Do you need groceries or medications delivered to you?

We can help with that!

Call Davine Young at 408-250-0430. She heads up our Unity Compassionate Care team. The members of this team are reaching out to our Unity folks – to talk, to help, to listen.

We would love to support you in whatever way we can!

For more info on how to take care of yourself and the ones you love:  https://www.alonetogether.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preview for Sunday, July 5th

In-person services are suspended until further notice—catch our remote service on our Facebook page at 10am Mountain time on Sunday mornings.

 

HOW TO WATCH: Go to our Facebook page, look on the left hand side of that page for “Videos.” If the service has started, you will see LIVE next to it. Click on “Videos,” wait for the video page to load, scroll down and look for the video that is playing, and click on it. Again, it will have LIVE in the upper left corner of that video, so you know which one to click on.

If you go to our Facebook page and look on the left hand side and you do not see LIVE anywhere, that means the service has not started yet. If you do not see LIVE, please be patient.

 

You can watch the services/videos AFTERWARDS on our Facebook page or on our Sunday Podcasts page.

 

 

 

 

 

The Footpath of Faith

Dear Beloved One,

Have you ever found yourself feeling impatient with someone or something in life? I believe we all experience times and degrees of impatience throughout our lives. You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Dear God, give me patience and give it to me now.”

We may smile when we read this, while we also realize that we live in a world where “instant gratification” is the norm for the majority of us here in the western world.

You’ve also probably heard “Patience is a virtue,” when in truth it’s so much more. Patience is “a way of life.” Looking to nature as our teacher, we see only patience, and we would do well to honor and follow nature’s example to living a more stress-free and joyful life.

Patience is just one of the core elements of living and following the “Footpath of Faith.” Come join us this Sunday as we explore the footpath of faith, the power of patience, and how we can walk the path with more joy, peace, harmony, freedom, ease, and grace.

May all your days be blessed and filled with greater peace, love, and joy.

HAPPY 4th of JULY!!
Be Safe and hope to connect with you on Sunday!!

With great gratitude and love always,
Liz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us for Remote Sunday School for our Youth 

Children
Hello Everyone! Every week we will post different stories, art, home discussion, and other activities for children
(and for the child in all of us adults)
in the new
FoCo Sunday School Facebook public group

Uniteens
(middle & high schoolers)

The Uniteens will meet every Sunday via Zoom with sponsor, Stacey Thompson, at 11:10am. Click https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3210230211 to join the online meeting. Contact Stacey for more info at Staceythompson702@gmail.com

Love you all,
Ms. Pam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us after the remote service on Sunday mornings to visit, stay in touch, and connect.

 

Liz Luoma is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: UFC Sunday Online Community Connection

Sunday’s at 11am Mountain Time

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/817872201?pwd=S3FBTElTODBYWG5CbWcweEFsUEtWZz09

Meeting ID: 817 872 201
Password: 674774

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Co-creation Session

Saturday, July 11th, at 12noon 

Got something to say? We want to hear it! The Unity Council will have a Zoom meeting to offer an appropriate space for those in the community to speak and allow them to be heard by the Unity Council. This will be a safe and sacred place for heart-centered communication where connection can be made.

 

Look for a Zoom link here as we get closer to July 11th. 

 

Agenda:

1. Opening: Meeting purpose—to provide the Unity community a safe space to be heard regarding concerns and brainstorm solutions, versus Council meeting where business items are handled.

2. Moment of Silence / Centering

3. Ground rules:

~I agree to take turns speaking, not interrupt, and not talk over others.

~I agree to listen respectfully and sincerely try to understand the other’s needs and interests.

~I agree to hold a safe and sacred space for others to speak and be non-threatening, blaming, or shaming in my communication.

~I recognize that, even if I do not agree with it, each of us is entitled to our own perspective.

~I will describe behaviors, feelings, and desired changes using “I” statements.

~I will seek to avoid dwelling on things that did not work in the past, and instead focus on the future we want to create.

~I agree to make a conscious, sincere effort to refrain from unproductive arguing, venting, and narration and agree to use our time to work toward our most constructive co-creation.

~I will take responsibility for my behavior and request a break if helpful.

 

4. Check-in (1-2 min time limit)

5. Concerns/issues for discussion

6. Breakout groups to brainstorm solutions

7. Come back together in the large group to present small-group recommendations

8. Closing

 

We value your input! At any time (or if you cannot attend this Zoom meeting but want to give feedback or suggestions), as always, please feel free to contact our Council President, Annette McFarlane at 970-689-7293 or gadgetgal7@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Rick online every Tuesday at 10am Mountain Time:

https://zoom.us/j/282544458?pwd=bmFuZGxqWm8ya3NQMUl4TWFUV1RYQT09

Password: 093517

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living in the Mystery of Life…And Loving It

 

You are invited to join Liz and Davine in their 7-week class which began Tuesday, June 9th

6pm—8pm MST

Drop-ins are welcome. You do not have to attend all the classes.

This 7-week class is based on the book, “The Art of Uncertainty
by Dennis Merrit Jones.

 

In this time of major uncertainty, wouldn’t it be nice to have a guide to assist us in learning how to be at peace with uncertainty? Wouldn’t it be great to learn how to embrace the possibility that the future is full of mystery, excitement, and unlimited opportunity? What if we discovered that a new paradigm can be more fulfilling, more rewarding, and more peaceful than what we have known?

 

When we make living in the mystery a daily practice, we prepare ourselves for the adventure regardless of whether we are pushed onto that path by inspiration or desperation, by pleasure or pain.

 

Living in the I don’t know and loving it is an art form we can all master, and this class is the perfect format to explore and learn how to do this very thing.

 

Each class is a mixture of discussion, interactive exercises, assigned reading, plus worksheets to complete during the week.

 

The class will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6—8pm MST online, through Zoom format. Once you register for the class, you will be invited via your email address to join the Zoom class, so please give us your email address and phone number upon registration.

 

Please purchase your own book, and read the Introduction, and chapters 1 and 2 prior to the first class.

 

The cost of each 2-hour class is $20. To register, please contact Grace in the office, Mon—Thurs, 9am—12noon, at office@unityfc.org.

 

Payment can be in the form of snail-mailing checks to to the office made out to Unity. Put “class fee” in the memo:

1401 W. Vine Dr.
Fort Collins, CO 80521

or online via Paypal.

 

For questions and more info, please call Liz at 714-478-9561.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In-person Wednesday services have been suspended until further notice.

Services will be live-streamed on Facebook every Wednesday at 6pm, Mountain Time.

Here’s how to join us:  Go to our Facebook Video page at 6pm, and click on the video that says, LIVE. If you do not see LIVE, please be patient; that means the video has not started yet.

Please consider giving your usual weekly donation amount online.
This is our links page with a “Donate” button:  http://www.unityfc.org/links/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Unfolding Now

The keys to self-knowledge and deep contentment are right here before us in this very moment—if we can simply learn to live with open awareness. In The Unfolding Now, A. H. Almaas presents a marvelously effective practice for developing the transformative quality of presence. Through a particular method of self-observation and contemplative exploration that he calls inquiry, we learn to live in the relaxed condition of simply “being ourselves,” without interference from feelings of inadequacy, drivenness toward goals, struggling to figure things out, and rejecting experiences we don’t want. Almaas explores the many obstacles that keep us from being present—including defensiveness, ignorance, desire, aggression, and self-hatred—and shows us how to welcome with curiosity and compassion whatever we are experiencing.

 

Zoom link:  https://zoom.us/j/282544458?pwd=bmFuZGxqWm8ya3NQMUl4TWFUV1RYQT09

Password: 093517

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In-person Movie Nights have been suspended. Contact Lil at 970-690-6355 for more info.

(they have switched to the first FRIDAY of each month)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drumming Circle Outside at Unity

Limit 10 in-person / must pre-register / bring your own chair  

Contact Tim to register and for more info: 970-222-5951

In order to participate, you will need to adhere to these guidelines:

-all participants must sign a release/waiver form
-outdoors only – no building use 
-10 or fewer folks (which means “registration” ahead of time)
-keeping at least 6 feet apart at all times
-access to one bathroom in the building and no one is allowed to be in other parts of the building during your event. See attached photo. That is the only door that should be open during events and use limited to that one, closest bathroom in that hallway.
-follow mask restrictions while in your group – and especially when entering the building
-no use of Unity’s furniture (including outdoor furniture), dishes, silverware, etc. 
-if food and drink is involved, everyone must bring their own food and drink and not share it

Read what this article has to say about the benefits of drumming circles:
“Drum therapy is an ancient approach that uses rhythm to promote healing and self-expression. From the shamans of Mongolia to the Minianka healers of West Africa, therapeutic rhythm techniques have been used for thousands of years to create and maintain physical, mental, and spiritual health.

“Current research is now verifying the therapeutic effects of ancient rhythm techniques. Recent research reviews indicate that drumming accelerates physical healing, boosts the immune system and produces feelings of well-being, a release of emotional trauma, and reintegration of self.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In-person StoryZime has been suspended.

Contact Leslie for more info (below).

 

Facilitated by Leslie Townsend: 
Leslie Townsend loves and values the ancient art of storytelling, as well as the healing power of mutual sharing. Growing up in an Irish family in Montana, stories and humor were loved and cherished. Leslie has a BA in Cultural Anthropology, a Master’s in Social Work, and is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker assisting people as they journey through life transitions. She has lived in Larimer County since 1985. For more info call/text Leslie at 970-227-6909 or email her at storyzime@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donate Your Vehicle to Support Unity!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call for Fiber Art for the Rumi Room

 

Wall quilt by MaryPascoeCreations on Etsy.

We need fiber artwork of all sizes for the walls of the Rumi Room. It is very echo-y in there and fabric on the walls helps out with that.

The artwork will be rotated monthly if we have enough folks interested. You are welcome to put a price tag on your item if you are willing to sell it. The art work can be made by you, someone you know, or just really lovely to look at. 

Even small fiber art pieces may be submitted for approval.

Fiber arts only.  NO paintings, artwork framed in glass, “fibers” that are not “soft,” stretched canvas, or photographs please.

Specifications:

  • All pieces must be submitted via digital photograph(s) with dimensions, and approved by committee before anything is hung. Do not bring anything to Unity until approved, please.
  • All hanging methods must only use small nails or push pins and must be approved also, prior to hanging. We do not want large holes and molly bolts, etc. in the Rumi Room walls.
  • You are responsible for making your artwork hang-able and for hanging and taking down your work. We have ladders and stepstools.
  • All art will hang for one month unless there are no others in line, and then the art will hang for as long as both Unity and you are in agreement that it should remain hanging.
  • All art may be tagged and sold by the artist – with the money going to the artist or to Unity. If the art sells, then at the end of the month, it may be taken by the new owner.
  • After approval, all artwork must be installed and then taken down during regular Unity office hours:  Sun – Thurs, 830am – 1130am.
  • Submit digital photos (include dimensions / size) to Grace in the office:  office@unityfc.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unity is proud to partner with ClimateWise!

ClimateWiseLogo

What is ClimateWise, you ask?

ClimateWise” is a free voluntary business program that encourages the adoption of strategies proven to use energy, water, and land more efficiently, while generating less waste, lower operating costs and reducing greenhouse gases.”

 

Unity has achieved “Platinum” status – woot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ride Your Bike to Church!

 

bikerack in front

Got a problem? Biking can fix that!

We hope you are getting out on your bike—to come to church, to recreate, etc.—because it is perfect bike-riding weather!

Need to know the best route to take to Unity? Check out the Fort Collins bike map.

Need more Fort Collins area bike info? Check out the city biking page.

Want to get the Fort Collins biking newsletter? Go here to sign up.

We now have covered bike parking in the front of the building (that’s the lovely and graceful Stella parked there).

Why should you ride your bike to church?
Because riding your bike will change your life for the better!
Not convinced? Here’s the science:

Top 40 Reasons Why You Should Ride A Bike
(And Change Your Life)

Want more info on how to get started riding your bike more?
Read this and/or talk to Grace in the office; she’s been riding her bike as her main form of transportation for over 10 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need childcare at a Unity evening or

weekend event?

 

No worries.


Just contact Pam at least 24 hours ahead of the event and Unity will pay for childcare for that event. Please note that Unity can provide childcare for evening and weekend events only, as it is almost impossible to find anyone to help during weekdays. 

 

 

The Council & staff recognize the need for childcare at Unity events. And Unity is happy to pay someone in order to give you more opportunities to join in.

If you need childcare at a Unity event, please be so kind as to contact Pam
(text please: 970-391-8374) at least 24 hours before an event to let her know, so that she can arrange it.

And then if you “order” childcare and your plans change, please be so kind as to let her know, so she can plan accordingly.

Join the Childcare List

If you would like to be on a list to provide childcare and be paid for your time, please contact Pam to let her know. She is accepting adult as well as teenage candidates for this list.

Thank you! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Uni-Teams

 

 

A few years ago, when we had the forums and asked folks what they wanted to see at Unity, you asked for more personal interaction. You asked to get involved. So the Uni-Teams were born. At that time, the teams were formed according to the interests folks spoke of.

Since that time, some of the teams have thrived, some have lost energy. So at your request, we have reorganized them. Have a look at what’s available and let us know if you’d like to participate in one (or more!).

Don’t see a team for a subject/area that you’re passionate about? No worries.
Pitch your team idea to us. You can even be the chairperson.

 

Here is a list of the current teams and their description:

 

OutReach Team 

  • Provide service to help support under-served individuals and communities external to our Unity—in our neighborhood, town, state, country and world, enabling them to become more self-sufficient and prosperous.

 

 

Hospitality Team 

  • Focusing on raising community awareness of our wonderful Unity facility, and hosting additional appropriate events in our Unity home. We have several existing Unity hosts currently trained in sound system setup.

 

 

Facilities Team

Care of our Unity home

  • Includes building maintenance and improvements
  • Grounds upkeep and landscaping, ice mitigation, sprinkler system etc.

 

 

Community Life Team

  • Nurturing and caring for our Unity community in the form of movie nights, book study, education, classes, etc. “In-house” events for our Unity members to encourage bonding, engagement, education and spiritual growth.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unity Weekly Newsletter

Want to sign up for our weekly digital Newsletter and receive updates, news and love right in your email inbox? Great! Go here to get signed up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t move the Unity piano!

 

joythe piano

Our grand piano is named “Joy” and sits up on the stage in just the correct and appropriate spot. Why is that her specific spot and why can’t she be moved—not even by professional piano movers?

 

Because the stage used to be smaller. And when we got Joy, the stage was extended out and that new part was built to withstand her (considerable) weight. The old part of the stage is not built to withstand her weight and moving her to that part of the stage could result in Joy crashing right through the stage, damaging the stage and possibly herself.

 

So PLEASE! Do not move her—not even a little bit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer Requests

prayerrequestsSilent Unity
1-800-NOW PRAY (669-7729)

In need of a friendly voice and an affirmative prayer for yourself or someone else?

 

Silent Unity is a 24-hour, 7-days-a-week, even-on-holidays, all-faith, free support service provided by Unity Village, at Unity Headquarters, in Missouri. You simply call the number and you are greeted with a lovely recorded voice for a (very!) brief hold, then a live person comes on the line and talks to you and tells you that they are privileged to pray with you today, and asks how they may join you in prayer.

 

All requests are kept confidential.

 

After your prayer, he/she will ask if you would like to receive a support letter.

 

Then they take your prayer request and write it on a piece of paper and take that paper to their Chapel, where in 30-minute shifts, someone stays in prayer 24/7.

 

Your request is held there in their Chapel for 30 days, being prayed over constantly.

 

Myrtle Fillmore started Silent Unity as a prayer group. People started writing in and requesting prayers, and they would pray on those issues and answer the letters. When the amount of letters arriving became overwhelming, they had a phone line put in to handle more volume. This was in the early 1900’s. It has been a free, supportive service ever since.

 

You can call their number (1-800-669-7729) and talk to someone, email them, or you can even download an app for you mobile device.

 

You can also submit a written prayer request at our Unity. The Prayer Box is prayerboxlocated in the entry. Just write your request on a piece of paper and put it in the (locked) box. All notes are kept confidential unless otherwise requested. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 970-482-1620 or contact via this website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Ongoing Unity Programs

 

Tuesdays, 10am—11:45am
Heart Talk in the Myrtle Room.

 

 

 

 

Groups that Meet at Unity

These groups are outside of Unity’s purview, so please contact the individual facilitators to verify times/dates/possible cancellations and for more detailed info.

 

 

 

A Course in Miracles
Wednesdays – 10am
The Myrtle Room
Facilitators: John & Kathe 970. 218. 3608

 

Geezer Yoga
Wednesdays – 11:45am
The Big Room
Facilitator: Mary Lucas 970. 381. 7682

 

The Way of Mastery
Thursdays – 10am
The Myrtle Room
Facilitator: Grace Burdette 970-776-6891

 

Dances of Universal Peace, Chant Group, and
Women’s Spirituality & Everyday Life Group
Various times and dates – contact Sara for more info
The Rumi Room
Facilitator: Saraswati Rain 970. 337. 5275