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News and Events

Scroll down to check on any service time changes from the norm:

 

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.

 

On 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

 

 

 

 

the at-a-glance calendar

Apr 18th ~ Extra Council Meeting ~ 5pm ~ Rumi Room
Apr 21st ~ Peggy, speaker ~ Easter
Apr 24th ~ Joy Practice ~ 6:30pm (right before book study) ~ Rumi Room
Apr 24th ~ Book Study ~ The Book of Joy ~ 7pm ~ Rumi Room
Apr 27th ~ Outdoor Spring Cleanup Day ~ 8am—2pm
Apr 28th ~ Peggy, speaker
Apr 28th ~ Artist’s talk with Susan Driver ~ right after second service (she will be talking about her art that is on our art wall throughout April) ~ Rumi Room
Apr 28th ~ La Bendición info table in the lobby after both services

May

May 5th ~ Peggy’s last day and send-off party
May 12th ~ Guest speaker Kirsten Bolton ~ Mother’s Day

 

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, April 21st ~ Easter Sunday 

For some 2000 years or so, stories have been circulating about this guy named Jesus, whose last name, by the way, was not Christ. Tales abound, both oral and literary, about the teacher, miracle-worker, truth-teller and healer, who appeared for a brief time in a remote and fairly tiny area of Earth, only to be horrifically murdered by both religious and political elites, and then miraculously raised from the dead, thus founding a whole new religion.

There are numerous problems with the stories and interpretations that have been passed down. I don’t have time here – or on Sunday – to address them all, and certainly many others have done so in articulate and thought-provoking ways.

But on Sunday, I would like to share my perspective on what is called the “Easter story.” (So yes, I intend to give an actual Easter talk.)

I want to explore the idea that the power in “Easter” lies not so much in the idea that there is life after death, wonderful as that is, but rather in the message of Hope and Faith in the face of unbearable Fear.

What happens when everything we think we know and rely on is turned upside down and inside out?

What happens when one’s family, one’s community, is torn asunder by a seemingly hopeless ending?

How do we go on when everything seems to have fallen apart and our world is thrown into chaos?

Here is where I believe the true message of Easter lies.

Hope in the face of despair.

Peace in the face of fear.

Trust in the face of the unknown.

I look forward to celebrating Life with you on Sunday.

Blessings to you on Easter and always!!

Love,

Peggy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transition Update ~ April 18, 2019

The bylaws team has submitted an updated set of bylaws with a few changes that were arrived upon after their video conference with Carrie and Cynthia at Unity Worldwide Ministries (UWM).

 

During the regular monthly council meeting on Sunday, April 14th, consensus was reached to approve the bylaws changes that the bylaws team made. We then sent the proposed bylaws amendments to UWM to verify that the changes are in alignment with their suggestions. Our next step with our bylaws will be to bring them to the congregation in a special meeting for discussion, possible amendment, and possible acceptance.

 

A group of six people has agreed to participate in creating the next round of drafts of the Unity vision, values, and mission. This group will take the information gained in the second workshop along with feedback gathered from the forms that were handed out at the last few services and to integrate those sources into our drafts. This set of drafts will be also be presented to the congregation for approval in a special meeting before being considered final.

 

While we don’t have a specific date for the congregation to meet about these items, we do encourage you to participate once a date has been announced. Look for the special meeting announcement(s) here on our website, in our weekly newsletter, and in the Sunday bulletin. Your participation is your representation in this process and your voice matters.

 

The next phase of our search process will be to form a team that represents the council and congregation. The search team will be trained to carry out the search for our new spiritual leader. Decisions about who will provide that training and who will be on the team itself have not been reached, and the council is meeting in special sessions to carry these discussions out in a timely and transparent way. A special session council meeting is

 

Thank you for holding this process and our community in the highest and brightest guidance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unity of Fort Collins Bylaw Info

Watch the video conference meeting between our Unity of Fort Collins bylaw committee and Unity Worldwide Ministries (UWM).

 

You also may also be interested in the Video link of the March 21, 2019 UWM By-Laws call with Unity Leaders nationwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Lil and Gerald for “Joy Practice” at 6:30pm, right before book study.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next International Service Trip to La Bendición, Guatemala

 

Join Mike and Cindy in the lobby after both services on Sunday, April 28th, for info on the next international service trip to La Bendición. Our first step is to see who might be interested in going to do service work there. For more info about past trips and the great work this team has done there, check out their webpage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next Movie Night is Wednesday, May 1st

at 6:30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drumming Circle in the Rumi Room

Next meeting is Wednesday, May 8th 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comfort Shawl Group

Compassionate Creations

Join us the third Monday of each month for our Prayer Shawl Group Meeting. We meditate and create.

Our next meeting is May 20th at 7pm in the Myrtle Room 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donate Your Vehicle to Support Unity!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call for Fiber Art for the Rumi Room

 

Wall quilt by Sally Manke 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.

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 “Platinum” 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! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 ~ 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.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 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.
Facilitator:  Peggy  970. 980. 0656

 

 

 

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.

Wednesdays—10am
A Course in Miracles
The Myrtle Room

Facilitators:  John & Kathe 970. 218. 3608

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

Facilitator:  Mary Lucas   970. 381. 7682

Wednesdays—6pm
Fort Collins Argentine Tango Practica
The Big Room (off the kitchen)
Facilitator:  Kevin Kim   970. 310. 7111

Thursdays—10am
The Way of Mastery
The Myrtle Room

Facilitator:  Grace Burdette   970. 776. 6891