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
THIS Sunday is the last day ~ Realities for Children Toy Drive
THIS Sunday is the last day ~ Giving Tree
Dec 13th ~ Healing our Gender Wounds ~ 7pm ~ Rumi Room
Dec 15th ~ Tunitics practice ~ 9:30am
Dec 16th ~ Annual Bake & Craft Sale ~ Rumi Room ~ After both services
Dec 16th ~ La Bendicion Update & Slideshow ~ 5pm
Dec 17th ~ Prayer/Comfort Shawl Group ~ 7pm ~ Myrtle Room
Dec 18th ~ Heart Talk ~ 10am—11:45am ~ Myrtle Room
Dec 19th ~ StoryZime ~ 6:30pm ~ Rumi Room
Dec 24th ~ Christmas Eve Services ~ 6pm and 7:30pm
Dec 24th – 27th ~ Unity office closed for the holiday
Dec 26th ~ No Book Study Group this month
Dec 30th ~ One service for 5th Sunday ~ 10am ~ Guest Speaker Franklin Taggart
Dec 31st ~ Hour for Peace ~ 5am
Jan 1st ~ Unity office closed for New Year’s Day holiday
Jan 2nd ~ Movie Night ~ movie TBA
Jan 6th ~ Guest Speaker Denise Fedelleck
Jan 6th ~ Unity council meeting ~ 12noon ~ Myrtle Room
Jan 9th ~ Annual Burning Bowl Ceremony (instead of Drumming Circle) ~ 7pm
Jan 10th ~ Healing our Gender Wounds ~ 6:30pm ~ Rumi Room
Jan 13th ~ Special music by Maxwell Hughes
Jan 16th ~ StoryZime ~ 6:30pm ~ Rumi Room
Jan 21st ~ Prayer/Comfort Shawl Group ~ 7pm ~ Myrtle Room
Jan 23rd ~ Book Study Group ~ 7pm ~ Rumi Room
Feb 3rd ~ Unity council meeting ~ 12noon ~ Myrtle Room
Feb 10th ~ Unity Annual Meeting ~ (right after 2nd service)
Feb TBA ~ Guest Speaker Tim Wade
Preview for Sunday, December 16th
Carriers of Love
This Sunday is the traditional Advent celebration of Love. Love is my favorite topic and yet in some ways it’s the hardest to talk about…
It is Everything.
It is Who We Are.
It is All That Matters.
Bette Midler’s performance of “The Rose” goes deep into my heart and soul every time I hear it. I also find the lyrics profound… especially the words, “I say Love, it is a flower, and you, its only seed.”
Upon looking up the origins of the song, I learned that the songwriter, Amanda McBroom, had a spiritual experience in which the song basically wrote itself! In her description of writing it, she ends with expressing her eternal gratitude, “…to the Universe for speaking to me in the first place and for showing me what I truly believe.”
I love thinking about being a seed of the flower that is Love. It’s another way of saying that I am a child of God, for God IS Love.
Another image that came to me this week is that of being a carrier oil. In aromatherapy, certain strong essential oils are diluted by a “carrier oil,” so that the potent oil does not burn or irritate. Maybe we are like a carrier oil for the essence of Love!
As part of our reflections on Light and Love, Shannell Sedgwick will share a personal miracle story of a longed-for, unexpected birth.
Blessings and Love,
PS – Don’t forget to take time to go into your own Inner Stillness.
Healing our Gender Wounds
Every 2nd Thursday of the month
Next meeting on December 13th
6:30—8:30 Rumi Room
Claire has a master’s in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and has worked as a grief counselor and an Art Therapist. At this stage in life Claire is most passionate about living a simple, joyful, connected life, and being a quiet agent of healing and cultural transformation in her community.
Paul is a body-centered trauma psychotherapist with a private practice in Fort Collins called “Releasing The Past”. He is currently enrolled in a yearlong professional training with Gender Equity and Reconciliation International.
Together Paul and Claire hope to foster a spirit of love, emotional safety, exploration, and healing of these issues in the group members, in themselves, and in our families and communities. If you need further information, you may contact Claire at (970) 231-6194 or Paul at 970) 493-2958.
There is a suggested love offering of $10.
La Bendicion Update
Sunday, December 16th at 5pm in the sanctuary
Join Mike Hawes, Cindy Sargent, and the engineers from Engineers without Borders for an update on Unity’s contributions toward, and experiences in, La Bendicion, Guatemala.
There will be a slide show and info presented about the water and kitchen projects that are ongoing there.
Comfort Shawl Group
Join us the third Monday of each month for our Prayer Shawl Group Meeting. We meditate and create.
Our next meeting is December 17th at 7pm in the Myrtle Room
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drumming Circle in the Rumi Room
Next meeting is Wednesday, February 13th at 7pm (we’re skipping January because the Burning Bowl Ceremony will be Jan. 9th)
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.”
Donate Your Vehicle to Support Unity!
Call for Fiber Art for the Rumi Room
Wall quilt by Sally Manke 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. 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.
- 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: 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 7 years now.
The Tunitics group!
Contact Peggy to join the Unity choir.
Need childcare at a Unity evening or
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! 🙂
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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 ~ Barb Wade
- 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.
Weekly Ongoing Unity Programs
Heart Talk in the Myrtle Room.
Facilitator: Peggy 970. 980. 0656
Groups that Meet at Unity
Please contact the individual facilitators to verify times/dates/possible cancellations and for more detailed info.
A Course in Miracles
The Myrtle Room
Facilitators: John & Kathe 970. 218. 3608
The Big Room (off the kitchen)
Facilitator: Mary Lucas 970. 381. 7682
Fort Collins Argentine Tango Practica
The Big Room (off the kitchen)
Facilitator: Kevin Kim 970. 310. 7111
The Way of Mastery
The Myrtle Room
Facilitator: Grace Burdette 970. 568. 1184