News and Events
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Our Summer Service Hours run through September 1st: One Service at 10am
Childcare is provided for all services. Join us!
Office (& Bookstore) hours/days: Monday—Thursday, 8:30am—11:30am
the at-a-glance calendar
Jun 17th ~ No Prayer Shawl group ~ we’ll resume in the fall
Jun 19th ~ StoryZime ~ 6:30pm ~ Rumi Room
Jun 23rd ~ Guest speakers Robert and Anne Hudgens
Jun 26th ~ Book Study ~ 7pm ~ Rumi Room
Jun 39th ~ Guest speakers Kathe Molloy and John Magnie
Jul 3rd ~ Movie Night ~ 6:30pm ~ Christopher Robin ~ Rated PG
Jul 4th ~ Unity office closed in observance of Independence Day
Jul 7th ~ Guest speaker Julie Legg & special music by the Unitics
Jul 10th ~ Drumming Circle ~ 7pm ~ Rumi Room
Jul 14th ~ Guest speaker Amanda Fewell
Jul 14th ~ Special music by Brian David Collins
Jul 17th ~ StoryZime ~ 6:30pm ~ Rumi Room
Jul 24th ~ Book Study ~ 7pm ~ Rumi Room
Aug 25th ~ Annual picnic in the backyard
Preview for Sunday, June 16, 2019, Father’s Day
This Sunday’s talk will be given by several of our Unity members on the topic of “Spiritual Insights from Family Life.” We’ll be sharing lessons learned as parents, as children, and as extended family.
Some spiritual traditions believe that our families are made up of souls who have made agreements with together to help each other evolve through their experience on Earth. Some teach that family bonds extend beyond birth and death.
Family inspired spiritual insights are probably more common than any other kind. No matter how they function, our family experiences shape our early understanding of life and the world. They ultimately inform us of the kinds of people we want to become, or the kinds of people we wish to avoid becoming.
Every family is as unique as a fingerprint, so there are many ways to learn from each other. This collaborative talk is an opportunity to hear a variety of stories from our own people about wisdom gained, lessons learned, and silver linings found in our families.
Transition Update ~ June 12, 2019
Decisions from the council’s regular monthly council meeting on June 9th: Leane, JoEllen, and Pam will begin working on filling out UWM’s packet of info they need to be able to send us candidates. Gerald will contact UWM and ask for options for getting our search team trained.
Please check out our Transition Timeline page on our website, to see our progress with the transition.
Call for Volunteers for the Spiritual Leader Search Team:
The deadline for getting your name on the volunteer list for consideration is Sunday, June 23, 2019. Please contact Grace, in the office, to get your name on the list: 970-482-1620.
We are calling for 4 volunteers to be on our Spiritual Leader Search Team.
Each volunteer is asked to agree to an individual, thoughtful process with the Unity council to choose, out of all the volunteers (if we have more than 4), the 4 that will be on this team.
After the 4 volunteers are determined, one council member – Corina – will complete this team. This team will be involved at a very exacting level in helping select candidates to recommend to the council for further consideration.
We will provide search team training for the entire team. After which, as a member of this team, you will be available for frequent Search Team meetings; read candidate resumes; schedule and conduct candidate interviews via phone, video conference, and/or in person; report to the council and the congregation; meet with the council regularly; stay in “prayerful discernment about each candidate…that doesn’t preclude strong discussion, advocating or argument. But at some point, call a halt, take a breath, be willing to surrender your stake or agree to disagree and make room for Spirit.”
Continuity in this team is important, so please understand that this is at least a 3-month commitment, with many meetings, once we start accepting resumes – and it could go longer. You will be on this team until we hire our next Spiritual Leader.
Needed for this team:
-Good communication skills and willingness & ability to talk in front of our Unity congregation
-Consistency – follow a consistent process and ask consistent questions of all applicants
-Sense of fairness, tolerance, open-mindedness, and justice – there is no room for prejudges of any kind
-Record-keeping – keep accurate records of all interviews and the team process
-Confidentiality with lack of politics, campaigning, and agendas
-Reporting – deliver regular, short (one-minute) reports to the congregation every two weeks, conduct longer (30-minute) monthly gatherings about your process and progress with the congregation, as well as report to the council
-Integrity and lack of conflicts of interest – e.g.: if you know a candidate, you must recuse yourself. You also shouldn’t have communication with any applicant outside of the agreed upon process by the team
-Willingness to diligently check references, make phone calls, write emails, ask difficult questions, and possibly have uncomfortable conversations kindly.
-Scheduling and planning – make arrangements for housing/hotel and transportation, tours of Ft. Collins, etc. for in-person interviews
Next StoryZime is June 19th, 6:30pm, in the Rumi 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.
Next Book Study meeting is Wednesday, June 26th at 7pm in the Rumi Room
Next Movie Night is Wednesday, July 3rd
Movie for July: Christopher Robin
Out of the Wood. Into the city.
In the heartwarming live action adventure Disney’s “Christopher Robin,” the young boy who shared countless adventures with his band of lovable stuffed animals in the Hundred Acre Wood is now grown up and living in London but he has lost his way.
Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin rediscover the joys of family life, the value of friendship and to appreciate the simple pleasures in life once again. Disney’s “Christopher Robin” is directed by Marc Forster from a screenplay by Alex Ross Perry and Allison Schroeder and a story by Perry based on characters created by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard.
Drumming Circle in the Rumi Room
Next meeting is Wednesday, July 10th at 7pm
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 “Platinum” 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 10 years.
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! 🙂
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. 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
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 Big Room (off the kitchen)
Facilitator: Mary Lucas 970. 381. 7682
A Course in Miracles
The Myrtle Room
Facilitators: John & Kathe 970. 218. 3608
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. 776. 6891