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News and Events

Update as of April 22, 2020:
I was on another call with Gov. Polis for community Faith Leaders. And we are being advised to continue with online services through May. They will be able to determine later in May, from the  May data, where we stand for June.
Out of a deep feeling of love for all of you and a commitment to promote the health and well-being of our Unity of Fort Collins community and the greater community, we have decided to suspend all in-person meetings beginning Sunday, March 15th.

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

May 26th ~ Heart Talk online ~ 10am ~ see details below
May 26th ~ Tuesday Online (interactive) Care Connection meeting ~ 12noon ~ see details below to join
May 27th ~ Wednesday Heart-to-Heart Meditation Service ~ 6pm ~ live streaming on our Facebook page ~ to make donations go to our Links page
May 28th ~ Online Book Study Thursdays ~ 10am ~ see details below
May 31st ~ Sunday Service ~ 10am ~ remote streaming on our Facebook page ~ to make donations go to our Links page

 

 

JUNE
Jun 2nd ~ Heart Talk online ~ 10am ~ see details below
Jun 2nd ~ Tuesday Online (interactive) Care Connection meeting ~ 12noon ~ see details below to join
Jun 3rd ~ Wednesday Heart-to-Heart Meditation Service ~ 6pm ~ live streaming on our Facebook page ~ to make donations go to our Links page
Jun 4th ~ Online Book Study Thursdays ~ 10am ~ see details below
Jun 7th ~ Sunday Service ~ 10am ~ remote streaming on our Facebook page ~ to make donations go to our Links page
Jun 9th ~ Heart Talk online ~ 10am ~ see details below
Jun 9th ~ Tuesday Online (interactive) Care Connection meeting ~ 12noon ~ see details below to join
Jun 9th ~ Living in the Mystery of Life…And Loving It Class ~ 6pm ~ via Zoom (see below for more details)
Jun 10th ~ Wednesday Heart-to-Heart Meditation Service ~ 6pm ~ live streaming on our Facebook page ~ to make donations go to our Links page
Jun 11th ~ Online Book Study Thursdays ~ 10am ~ see details below
Jun 14th ~ Sunday Service ~ 10am ~ remote streaming on our Facebook page ~ to make donations go to our Links page
Jun 16th ~ Heart Talk online ~ 10am ~ see details below
Jun 16th ~ Tuesday Online (interactive) Care Connection meeting ~ 12noon ~ see details below to join
Jun 16th ~ Living in the Mystery of Life…And Loving It Class ~ 6pm ~ via Zoom (see below for more details)

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?

 

From Liz:  At the end of April, I was on another call with Gov. Polis for community Faith Leaders. And we are being advised to continue with online services through May. They will be able to determine later in May, from the  May data, where we stand for June.

With gratitude and love always,
Liz

 

 

-Need to talk? Need spiritual counseling? Need someone to pray with you? Contact Liz at 714-478-9561 and/or our own Compassionate Care Team leader, Davine Young, at 408-250-0430.

 

-Want to support local businesses that are open online? Start with the FC Downtown Business Association announcements.

 

-Need groceries or medications delivered to you? Contact Fort Collins Delivery Network or our own Compassionate Care Team leader, Davine Young, at 408-250-0430.

 

-Need more info about the government stimulus payment? Visit the Get My Payment portal at IRS.gov to:

  • Learn the status of your payment.
  • Find out whether it’s scheduled to be direct-deposited or mailed to you.
  • Provide your direct-deposit information to the IRS to receive your payment faster.

 

-Need online/phone counseling? Many organizations are offering free and low-cost counseling by phone or computer. Google “free online counseling during quarantine” to find lots of resources. You can start here.

 

-Need fabric masks? Contact Grace at office@unityfc.org, and she can hook you up.

 

-Need books to read? The library has apps to download so that you can borrow and read books on your device (it’s free).

 

-Want to listen to books instead? Most apps, like Audible, offer a free trial.

 

-Need to get calm, meditate, and be mindful? Here are 9 completely free mindfulness and meditation apps. And here are 15 mindfulness books for kids. Go to our FoCo Unity Sunday School Facebook group to watch/hear Ms. Pam read one of them.

 

-Need stuff for your kids to do at home? Here are 101 fun things to do at home during the pandemic lock down.

 

-Want to start some seeds in your garden (or on your window sill)? Here are the (arguably) 6 best places to buy garden seeds online.

 

-Want to turn your yard, porch, or balcony into a wildlife habitat (it’s easy!)? Go to National Wildlife Federation’s site for info.

 

-Want to read about inspiring stories that have happened during the pandemic? Start here.

 

-Need to connect with our Unity family? See below for details on how to join the online, interactive Zoom meetings:  Sundays at 11am and Tuesdays at 12noon.

 

We love you. Stay well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preview for Sunday, May 31st coming soon…

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Rick online every Tuesday at 10am Mountain Time:

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

Password: 093517

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you missing connecting with our Unity community/family?

Well, never fear, technology is here, and we can still connect and interact with one another via our devices!

Tuesdays at 12noon!

It’s actually a pretty easy process. You just click on the link in the invitation below, and you will be connected. If a prompt comes up saying to launch Zoom, click on that, and you should be in.

We look forward to seeing you and speaking with you. If you have any questions, you may contact Liz at 714-478-9561.

Liz Luoma is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Tuesdays at 12noon Mountain Time

 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/442267059?pwd=NE4wdTNHSDkzbXFBYWh4NE1SSlB3UT09

Meeting ID: 442 267 059
Password: 894344

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.”

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are invited to join Liz and Davine in their new 7-week class beginning June 9th

 

Living in the Mystery of Life…And Loving It

 

This 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 Mountain time online, through Zoom format. Once your register for the class, you will be invited via your email address to join the Zoom class.

 

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

 

The tuition for this course is $20 per class or $130 if paid in full prior to the first class meeting on June 9th. To register, please contact Grace in the office, Mon—Thurs, 9am—12noon, at 970-482-1620 or 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 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 in the Rumi Room

Drumming circles on Wednesday nights are suspended for now to keep

everyone healthy.

Contact Tim for more info: 970-229-0765

 

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.

 

The Man Kind Project
Every other Monday – 7-9pm
The Big Room
Facilitators: Bruce newrulesbtb@gmail.com

 

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