News and Events
Services are at 9am and 10:30am every Sunday. The first service at 9am tends to be a small group that is quiet and contemplative. The second service is at 10:30am and usually has more folks in attendance and is more boisterous.
One the 5th Sunday of any month, we combine the services and have one service at 10am.
Childcare is provided for all services. Join us!
Office (& Bookstore) hours/days: Sunday—Thursday, 8:30am—11:30am
At a Glance
Aug 27th ~ One service at 10am inside
& Annual Unity picnic in the backyard afterwards
Sep 6th ~ Movie night ~ Movie TBA
Sep 10th ~ Special music by John Magnie
Sep 13th ~ Drumming Circle ~ 7pm ~ Rumi Room
Sep 24th ~ Special music by Oren Yakovee
Oct 1st ~ Tibetan Monks visit
& Crop Walk after service
Oct 8th ~ Pet Blessing after second service ~ backyard
Oct 29th ~ One service for 5th Sunday at 10am and Unity Orientation afterwards
Peggy’s Preview for Sunday, August 20th
Enlightenment in the Shadows
I love all the excitement about the upcoming solar eclipse – and I am having even more fun thinking about all the life lessons and spiritual metaphors that an eclipse experience offers…
Carl Jung said that we do not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. Exploring our shadows is a necessary part of our journey.
There is a Ute saying: The secret of life is in the shadows and not in the open sun; to see anything at all, you must look deeply into the shadow of a living thing.
Another aspect that strikes me is how fleeting the dark shadow is. It reminds me that when we feel completely lost in darkness, it can never last. The laws of the revolving heavens teach us that this too shall pass.
Paul Chubbuck has written a beautiful “Eclipse” poem; unfortunately he won’t be here on Sunday to share it, so I have asked his permission to include it here. Enjoy!
by Paul Chubbuck
I have a date with the Sun and the Moon
at a place where mountains climb.
The Sun and the Moon will not be late
as they speed their journey cross time.
They speed in their journey cross time.
Earth, Sun, and Moon have so long danced,
for millennia this meeting was fated.
A great shadow midday looms o’re the land.
The Day When Sun And Moon Mated.
That fateful day Sun and Moon mated.
Ages ago such unions wrought fear
of dragons consuming our light.
Today we celebrate and cheer
to watch with awe and delight.
to see the day turn to night.
We’re proud to have knowledge of orbits and spheres,
not ignorant as were our forebears.
Yet other great shadows still eclipse our hearts
and senselessly spread grief and fears,
and needlessly spread rage and tears.
Darkness and shadows still cross our way.
Superstition still darkens our door.
With veils of the mind we hide from ourselves,
while burqas our hearts obscure.
The veils round our hearts obscure.
A man is different in dress, speech, or hue.
A woman speaks firmly her mind.
Do we righteously rise with the need to accuse
those we judge not of our kind?
Those to whose hearts we are blind?
No judgments, no blame will sooth our unease.
No cross or church burnings or bomb.
No critique of our lover nor slap of a child
will restore our bellies to calm.
Our tender bellies aren’t calm.
But sadness and dread may ever be brought
inside our own heart’s compassion.
Our painful shadows need light of day
to tenderly refashion,
to once again find passion.
The shadows which eclipse our sun,
the darkness hiding our path
invite us kindly to embrace
our grief and fear and wrath,
bring balm to our fears and wrath.
We have a date with the Sun and the Moon
to watch day turn to night,
and to notice what happens afterwards:
that shadows pass from our sight.
We hail the return of the Light.
Annual Potluck Picnic
Sunday, August 27th
Please plan to bring a main dish, side, salad, etc., because this year, Unity will not provide the meat/main dish, but rather will provide ice cream and toppings for the dessert!
One service at 10am inside –
followed by the picnic in the backyard afterwards
We will also provide utensils & drinks.
We’ll have a sprinkler set up for kids of all ages, Will Moore will lead cooperative games, & Franklin will head up a sing-along.
Donate Your Vehicle to Support Unity!
Call 1-866-628-CARS (1-866-628-2277) or Donate Online!
Old car with Mechanical Problems? Low Trade-in offer? Gas Guzzler? Instead of selling, trading, or storing your vehicle, you can make a donation and receive a tax deduction!
*The safe and free way to support us—and get a big tax benefit.
*Any vehicle, anywhere, free and easy, and a big help to our Unity.
* Just CLICK here or call 1-866-628-2277.
A great way to support Unity!
Donating is easy. Just complete the online form, or call 1-866-628-2277 to complete your donation. They make all the arrangements for you. If you need more information, check out the most frequently asked questions.
- *They accept cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles, campers, and more!
- *Free Pickup. They will come to your house or office at no cost to you.
- *Get an Income Tax deduction. They provide the donation documentation that you need for your records.
- *For more info, visit our donation page.
Throughout the Summer (thru August)
We invite you to bring the children and arrive a few minutes early for the 10:30 (second) service.
We are finding more ways to include our children in our services this summer. At the 10:30 service, we will begin with our Unity opening and a children-oriented song. Then we will have “Time with our Children,” where the kids will sit on the floor up front, while we all listen to a story together (Miss Pam has the most amazing collection!) or participate in a spiritual lesson. After that, the children will be invited to play outside on the playground, while the adults continue the service.
Unity Wednesday Night Events ~ 7pm
Every 1st Wednesday of the Month: Movie Night (check the calendar for movie)
Every 2nd Wednesday: Drumming Circle
Do you have an idea for a Unity group meeting/gathering for the 3rd and/or 4th Wednesday? Pitch us your idea! We’d love to fill these monthly, 7pm time slots.
Call for Fiber Artists for the Rumi Room
Quilt by Maryte Collard on Etsy.
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. We would prefer the artwork be made by you or someone you know.
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.
- 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 artists are responsible for taking their own measurements of the Rumi Room to ascertain if their art will fit the spaces available.
- 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.
- Artists/sewists are responsible for making their artwork hang-able and for hanging and taking down their own work. We have ladders.
- All art will hang for one month unless there are no other artists in line, and then the art will hang for as long as both Unity and the artist 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: email@example.com
Unity is proud to partner with ClimateWise!
“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 “Gold” status – woot!
Ride Your Bike to Church!
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:
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 5 years now.
The Tunitics group is back!
Contact Peggy to join the Unity choir.
Need childcare at a Unity event?
Just contact Pam at least 24 hours ahead of the event and Unity will pay for childcare for that event.
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 Unity “EFFORT” Fund
For decades, dedicated and loving members of our Unity staff have been there when our congregants and our community needed help. Now, we are happy to announce a fund to help support our Unity staff when they need assistance.
The Unity Council has just established the “EFFORT” (Emergency Fund For Our Respected Team) fund. This fund will aid Fort Collins Unity staff when that staff person might be facing unexpected, extraordinary medical expenses.
We welcome and appreciate your contributions to our EFFORT fund.
- The fund will be open for contributions starting Sunday, June 19th.
- How can you contribute? You can give by cash, check or credit card in the Unity office. You can mail a check to: EFFORT, c/o Grace Cooley, Unity Fort Collins, 1401 West Vine Drive, Fort Collins Colorado 80521. You can also pay via PayPal online. Contact Grace in the Unity Office during office hours (M – Th, 8:30 – 11:30am) for more info about payments. Please specify in all cases, that it’s an EFFORT contribution.
- Any and all distributions must be approved by a consensus of the Unity Council.
- If you have any questions, please contact/see a Unity Council member.We feel so fortunate to have our Unity team. They help make our community the soulful, kind, restorative place that it is. We’ve all received support from this team, so please join us to help provide a stronger support network for them. Thank you for your EFFORT!
Your Unity Council
~ Peggy keeps open-door, drop-in office hours to serve your spiritual needs during the week, check our online Events Calendar for her available days/times.
~ Spiritual counseling can be arranged by appointment ~ contact Peggy at 970. 980. 0656.
~ The Prayer Request box is located in the lobby. Feel free to fill out the form and put it into the (locked) prayer box. All requests are kept confidential by Peggy.
~ Silent Unity is a 24-hour, 7-days-a-week, even-on-holidays, all-faith, free support service provided by Unity Village, 1-800-Now Pray (669-7729)
Unity has a Facebook page! For interactive info on events, happenings, news, etc., LIKE us on Facebook!
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.
- 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 ~ JoEllen Fulton
- 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 ~ Leane Gabel
Care of our Unity home
- Includes building maintenance and improvements
- Grounds upkeep and landscaping, ice mitigation, sprinkler system etc.
Community Life Team ~ Lil McBrien
- 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.
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Don’t move the Unity 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.
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 also submit a written prayer request at our Unity. The Prayer Box is located in the entry. Just write your request on a piece of paper and put it in the (locked) box. Peggy checks the box on Mondays and your information is kept confidential by her. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 970-482-1620 or contact via this website.
The Three Principles Discussion Group
Facilitated by Franklin Taggart
1st and 3rd Mondays
7 – 8:30pm
Franklin first spoke about a man named Sydney Banks and The Three Principles in 2015 and again in August 2016. In the early 1970s Banks had a spontaneous realization about the nature of thought that transformed his life. As his understanding evolved, he began speaking about the relationship between mind, consciousness and thought, which eventually became known as The Three Principles. As he shared his understanding with people, they began to experience life-changing insights of their own. Many people have experienced deep transformation related to this understanding.
The group will be sharing books, audio recordings and video presentations to focus the discussions. In recent years authors Michael Neill, Jamie Smart, Dr. Jack Pransky and others have written about The Three Principles and their impact in several contexts. These include personal development, psychology, prevention, business, spirituality and more.
No prior knowledge of the material is necessary. Contact Franklin if you have questions, or for reading and viewing recommendations.
Mary offers a “geezer” yoga class at Unity. The class is on Wednesdays at 11:45am – 12:45pm in the Big Room.
Drop-in cost is $5 per person.
Contact Mary for more info.
Join Peggy and the group for meaningful, heart-to-heart
sharing, caring, listening, and support.
Tuesdays (ongoing) at 10 – 11:30am in the Myrtle Room.
Flavor of Unity COOKBOOK
We want your Recipes!
And if you like…
Words of Wisdom (WoW)
Your favorite WoW quotes, sayings, etc. We’ll sprinkle these throughout the cookbook. To Submit your Recipes & Words of Wisdom:
Send your Word Documents (preferred) by email to Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org
Name of Recipe & Your Name
Recipe Category (see above) AND you can add vegetarian, gluten-free, diabetic, etc.
Optional: Short History/Story about your recipe
Words of Wisdom please include the source of quote.
We will be collecting recipes ongoing through the winter—until we have at least 100 recipes.
Weekly Ongoing Unity Programs
Heart Talks in the Myrtle Room.
Facilitator: Peggy 970. 980. 0656
Groups that Meet at Unity
Please contact the facilitators to verify times and for more detailed info.
A Course in Miracles
The Myrtle Room
Facilitators: John & Kathe 970. 490. 1673
The Big Room (off the kitchen)
Facilitator: Mary Lucas 970. 381. 7682
The Way of Mastery
The Myrtle Room
Facilitator: Grace Burdette 970. 568. 1184
Unity Logo Apparel
Unity logo apparel is for sale in the bookstore—Tees and Hoodies. We have a variety of colors and sizes in stock now. Proceeds benefit our general fund.
We have so many great items in the bookstore for sale!
Bookstore days/hours are M – Th, 8:30am – 11:30am and Sunday 9am – 12noon.