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Faith minus vulnerability and mystery equals extremism. If you’ve got all the answers, then don’t call what you do ‘faith.’ ~Brene Brown

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 14th ~ Heart Talk ~ 10am ~ Rumi Room
Aug 15th ~ StoryZime Circle ~ 7pm ~ Rumi Room
Aug 21st ~ Heart Talk ~ 10am ~ Rumi Room
Aug 22nd ~ Book Study group ~ 7pm ~ Rumi Room
Aug 26th ~ One service ~ 10am ~ Inside
Aug 26th ~ Special music by Susan Bomar
Aug 26th ~ Unity annual picnic ~ 11am ~ in the backyard
Aug 28th ~ Heart Talk ~ 10am ~ Rumi Room
Sep 3rd ~ Office closed in observance of Labor Day
Sep 3rd ~ Arleen Brown’s annual Labor Day open house party
Sep 5th ~ Movie Night ~ The Castle ~ 6:30pm ~ Rated R (for language)
Sep 12th ~ Drumming Circle ~ 7pm ~ Rumi Room
Sep 13th ~ Unity World Day of Prayer
Sep 14th – 16th ~ Almost Annual Buckhorn Camp Retreat
Sep 19th ~ StoryZime Circle ~ 7pm ~ Rumi Room
Sep 22nd ~ Waking Up Laughing Comedy Show ~ Swami Beyondananda comes to Unity! ~ 7pm ~ Tickets
Sep 23rd ~ Guest Speakers Steve & Trudy Bhaerman ~ 9 & 10:30am
Sep 23rd ~ Defying Gravity Playshop with Trudy & Steve Bhaerman ~ 2 – 5pm ~ Tickets
Sep 26th ~ Book Study group ~ 7pm ~ Rumi Room
Sep 30th ~ One service at 10am for 5th Sunday and Pet Blessing
Oct 7th ~ Hunger Crop Walk ~ 12:30pm
Oct 28th ~ Soup for the Soul (benefiting the Food Bank) ~ 11:45am

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preview for Sunday, August 12th

 

Buh-Bye, BS  

 

I’ve been hearing a lot of blame and shame lately. Or maybe it’s just louder than usual.

 

It seems to me that even though they are not the same thing, blame and shame kind of go together. Blaming is an active practice. I think of it as the act of declaring someone guilty for causing something we deem unacceptable.

 

Shame is more the feeling that results for the recipient of the blame. When someone feels shame frequently or long enough, it can actually become a state of being. That person then lives a life based on the strong belief that he or she is actually unworthy. Irredeemable. Unlovable.

 

That belief is a lie.

 

And it infects everything.

 

These next 2 weeks I will be talking about blame and shame. This Sunday I will focus on finding more helpful practices than blame. Next week I’ll talk about ways to heal and find freedom from shame.  (That explains the title of this week’s talk, “Buh-Bye, BS.”  Blame and Shame are the “BS” J)

 

The truth is “Love IS all we need!”   Not romantic, schmaltzy love, but powerful, divine love.

 

Unity pioneer Eric Butterworth said, “Just as a flower unfolds in the rays of the sun, so the heart center opens through daily meditation and the practice of the presence of divine love.”

 

In Love,

Peggy

 

A Unity Love Prayer:

I am an expression of God’s infinite love, and I recognize the divinity in each person. The love of God radiates through me to others, establishing joy, harmony, acceptance, and peace in my life. The power of the living Christ presence lifts my thoughts and opens my heart. I grow in understanding as the Christ light of love shines within me.  (from “Unity Courage to Imagine” booklet)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heart Talks

Join Peggy for meaningful, heart-to-heart
sharing, caring, deep listening, and support.  
Tuesdays (ongoing) at 10 – 11:30am in the Myrtle Room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

StoryZime Circle

Every 3rd Wednesday of the month       
Wed, August 15th, at 7pm in the Rumi Room

Join us for StoryZime for adults. It’s a time of storytelling for healing, humor and inspiration. After gathering the courage to tell my personal story at Unity of how the heck I ended up spending a year in China, the idea of gathering to hear other people’s stories blossomed into “StoryZime.”
Come and tell a short personal story or just come and listen. Life is an amazing journey, and we all have plenty of stories. This is informal gathering and is for anyone. It’s about having fun and laughing (and maybe crying) together in community…as we explore and celebrate this mysterious ride we call life. 
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 astoryzime@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Study Group

7—8pm, the 4th Wednesday night of each month 

Myrtle Room at Unity 

Meetings on: 

August 22nd

Join us to read and discuss Eric Butterworth’s book, Discover the Power within You.  We will meet at Unity in the Myrtle Room.

What a good time of year to discover, explore, share, and learn more about the Christ within. We’ll all learn together.  For more info,  contact Lil and Gerald at 970-690-6355.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unity Annual Picnic in the Backyard

Sunday, August 26th ~ One service at 10am ~ Picnic follows

Join us for our annual potluck picnic in the backyard. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie Night

Wednesday, September 5th, 6:30pm

The Castle ~ Rated R (for language)

Snacks provided and/or bring a snack to share

Love offering accepted


Working-class tow-truck driver and father of four Darryl Kerrigan’s (Michael Caton) only distinguishing feature is his beaming reverence for his home and family. Although his kids appear to be underachievers and his home is located on the edge of a major international airport, his family is his pride and joy and his home is his castle.

So when government officials demand that Kerrigan sell his house for an expansion of the airport, he fights back through the legal system- all the way up to the Supreme Court.
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: Rob Sitch
Written By: Jane Kennedy, Rob Sitch, Tom Gleisner, Santo Cilauro
Runtime: 85 minutes
Studio: Miramax Films

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drumming Circle in the Rumi Room

Wednesday, September 12th at 7pm

Join Tim Peak and the group in the Rumi Room for an evening of percussion. Bring your drum(s), your rattle, your voice. We also have a few extra instruments for your use if you don’t have one. All skill levels (or lack there of) are welcome! 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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unity Almost Annual Buckhorn Retreat

Sep 14th—16th

Mark your calendar for the Unity Retreat in September!

Will Moore is once again organizing our most excellent retreat at the Buckhorn Summer Camp and Retreat Center.

The retreat will start Friday afternoon, Sep 14th and go through
Sunday at noon, Sep 16th.

The Unity retreat is unique in its design in that you get to decide exactly what you want to do – and not do. There are no mandatory exercises or events. All are welcome, and all are welcome to participate at whatever level is comfortable.

There will be classes and events presented by Unity folks who sign up to conduct those events/classes, and then you are free to choose which events and classes you would like to attend. You are also free to attend none of the events. Attend for just a day, or the whole time, or whatever works for you.

More specifc info on accommodations and meals upcoming. Meanwhile, check out the facility at Buckhorn. It is beautiful and there are plenty of activities, even if you choose not to partake in Unity classes/events.

Buckhorn Camp is a 320 acre facility owned and operated by the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church. Nestled in a deep grassy meadow surrounded by pine forests, Buckhorn Camp is located in the foothills, northwest of Fort Collins. At an altitude of 7800 feet you can view the 12,000 foot snow-capped peaks of the Mummy Range to the west and look below on the silver lakes and green plains to the east.

From the Buckhorn website
Lodging:
“Most of our groups choose between our Elkhorn Lodge and our duplex cabins. Elkhorn Lodge has 4 dorm style rooms each sleeping 14 in bunk beds. Our Duplex cabins sleep 6 to a side in bunk beds. Each side has a bathroom with shower.

Meals:
“We aim to please! We love to cook a range of age appropriate savory meals. With advanced notice, we’re also more than happy to accommodate special diets and requests.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WAKE UP LAUGHING

Serious Laughter for Serious Times

Cosmic Comic Swami Beyondananda brings his Evolutionary
Up-Wising to Unity of Fort Collins as a comedy show, the Sunday morning talk, and a work/play shop on Sunday.

Who Is the Swami?
He’s the Only “Guru” to Channel Both Bullwinkle and Elvis!


As anyone who follows the news can attest, we are living in serious times. The antidote? Serious laughter. Take it from the Swami himself: “The best way to overcome gravity is with levity.”Swami Beyondananda brings his laugh-filled cosmic comedy to show to Unity on Saturday evening, Sept. 22, 2018, as part of his
Wake Up Laughing tour.Swami appears on Saturday night, Sept. 22, 2018, at Unity of Fort Collins. The show begins at 7pm. The Saturday evening show consists of two sets, and the second set is Swami taking questions from the audience.He will be guest-speaking – as Steve – the next morning at Unity, providing our usual Sunday morning talk and also teaching a play/work shop the afternoon of Sept. 23rd here at Unity with his wife, Trudy.Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for Saturday night.The cost of the playshop is $25 in advance and $30 at the door.We are offering a special package price for attending both events (Saturday night comedy and Sunday afternoon playshop) of $40.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Including Our Children in our Services

 

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. 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 go to Sunday School, while the adults continue the service. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call for Fiber Art for the Rumi Room

Quilt by Maryte Collard 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 would help 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.

Rules:

  • 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!

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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 “Gold” status – woot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ride Your Bike to Church!

 

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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 7 years now.

 

 

 

 

 

The Tunitics group!

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Contact Peggy to join the Unity choir. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Spiritual Support

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~ 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!

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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 ~ 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.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

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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

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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. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geezer Yoga 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Ongoing Unity Programs

 

Tuesdays—10am
Heart Talk 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.

Wednesdays—10am
A Course in Miracles
The Myrtle Room

Facilitators:  John & Kathe 970. 490. 1673

Wednesdays—11:45am
Geezer Yoga
The Big Room (off the kitchen)

Facilitator:  Mary Lucas   970. 381. 7682

Thursdays—10:00am
The Way of Mastery
The Myrtle Room

Facilitator:  Grace Burdette  970. 568. 1184