Community Update – August, 2018

Greetings from your Board!

A great deal is happening this summer at the UNITY Center!


In our fourth year of sharing our space and our calendar with Weddings on the Hill, we are having our best year yet – with booked weddings and continued interest by bridal parties and wedding professionals. Rehearsals and weddings are scheduled for most Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and many Sunday afternoons and evenings. Center Tours and Open Houses can pop up anytime, so check for space availability when needed. We are grateful to the Wedding Team for their presence, their energy, and the revenue that WOTH contributes to the Center. We are proud to offer such glorious surroundings, lovely wedding facilities, excellent service and reasonable fees for couples who choose to marry here.



We are grateful for the ongoing support of our gardens – especially by the exceptional Garden Team volunteers who have put in countless hours with the plants, our generous contributors, and the remarkable Paul Etchemendy. And everyone else is lovingly encouraged to pitch in, with weeding and ongoing deadheading when you have a little free time. Every bit helps. Together we can keep this expansive property looking gorgeous!


Leadership and Team Activities

Since early spring, we have had several leadership meetings and a special community event – Honoring Our Past & Creating Our Future – to help guide us through the transition process.  Thanks to all for your lively participation!

At our Annual Vision Meeting in July, we elected three new board members. Joining Jerry Caruthers, and Kelly McBeain who are continuing their terms are Bev Haines, Joyce Jackson, and Ron Schweinsberg. All are dedicated Unity members and active volunteers.  See their bios later on this page.

Special thanks to retiring Board Members Jacki Bauer and Louise Gibson for their years of committed service to our Community!


Your Incoming Board Members

Bev Haines has been a gift in the UNITY Center leadership, over many years. She brings exceptionally solid leadership experience, having served as a board member in the past during another pivotal time for the center. When Bev walks into the room, people feel both her optimism, deep spiritual grounding and confident leadership ability.

Joyce Jackson is an active member of the leadership team, serves as co-chair of the Hospitality team, and has been a quietly central participant in most of the Center activities for several years. Professionally, as a landscape architect and designer, she not only brings a great eye for beauty but also a solid organizational and business sense.

Ron Schweinsberg, along with his wife Phyllis, have been longtime Unity members in Hawaii, their previous home state, and they jumped right in here 1-1/2 years ago. Ron serves on the Greeter and now the Search Team, and can be counted on to step in wherever he is needed. As a retired coach, Ron is the embodiment of enthusiasm and willingness. Ron credits the Unity principles for transforming his life and says he is honored to serve the UNITY Center of West Linn on the board.

Jerry Caruthers, our exceptionally courageous board chair, has captained our ship with love, wisdom and deep spirit through these transition months. Jerry is serving our community in his ninth (and final) year on the Board.

Kelly McBeain, who will be serving his third year on the board, contributes in many essential ways. He holds the unofficial position of VP of All Things Technical! He assists the Communication Team and he is the Board Member liaison to the Youth and Family Ministry.



Our dedicated Communication Team members are working on new initiatives to keep us in better touch with each other. You’ll learn more about them in the next two months.

Did you know we now have a Facebook Page? “Like” us or check us out:

Jenna Wertheim is coordinating our social media efforts to keep you and others informed.

Please feel free to share both our website and our Facebook postings about our guest speakers and intriguing Sunday topics to invite your friends to join you.

We are committed to keeping the website right up to date.


 Our New Minister Search

The good news is excellent candidates are now expressing their interest in becoming our minister.

Great thanks go to all those who began the search process last fall, including the board members, especially Louise Gibson, and former search team members Todd Nicholson, Jenna Wertheim and Craig Butzke.

Our new search team, consisting of Nancy Caron, Jim Lathrop, Nancy Lilly, Ron Schweinsberg, Jerry Caruthers and Jan Carothers will be actively interviewing and referencing candidates through August and early September.

We are targeting September weekends for candidate interviews if possible. We invite you to keep your calendars flexible so you can be present to hear and meet the candidates.

We invite you to include this affirmation prayer for attracting our future minister in your own daily Spiritual practice:

            The UNITY Center of West Linn is attracting our perfect, loving minister, who is also seeking us. All is in excellent order and Divine timing is working right now in the most delightful ways for the good of all.

As always, we are so grateful for your support and appreciate your involvement during this amazing time of transition and Spiritual deepening.

We are grateful for the loving guidance and ongoing commitment of our current, past and incoming board members, and for everyone’s loving participation, attendance and contributions.

Sincerely yours,

UNITY Center of West Linn

Board of Trustees and Transition Team

P.S. Be sure to keep up with the Center calendar for the special Sunday programs coming up in August and September. This is an exciting time with exceptional guest speakers, fun Sunday events, and probably ministerial candidate visits.


Ministry Update From the Board

It is with grateful hearts that we honor all of you that have continued to support this ministry during this time of transition.  Since Rev. Victoria’s retirement, the board has been actively co-creating a vision with our spiritual community.  We have a few updates regarding what’s happening in the upcoming months.
We are excited to keep moving forward with a transitional leadership team (along with our Board)  throughout the summer and fall.  Jan Carothers continues to support us as our ongoing Leadership Coach, while Rev. Cheryl Rohret is our Unity Transitional Spiritual Guide.  She will be visiting  us May 6th, June 2 & 3, and July 7 & 8th.  She will be  supporting the entire congregation in multiple ways. On May 6th, she will  be our guest speaker and after the service she and Jan will conduct  the 2nd leadership workshop with the team leaders and members. She will also be a major support and guide in the ongoing search process for our new minister.

As for the progress on the search, there were few candidates that responded to our first posting, and those that did were interviewed by phone by the Search Team.  Through that process it was determined that they did not closely meet the qualities the congregation stated they felt were priorities as  outlined in our surveys. We have received advice to have the congregation lead ourselves for awhile to give us time to get somewhat distant from Rev. Victoria (in our minds if not our hearts) and begin with fresh intentions.  Spirit’s timing is perfect and we know our perfect minister is there for us, and we move our feet, pray and do our work in consciousness to be ready for the excellent candidates that are being led to us.  We may be reshaping our ministerial position, expectations, etc. while our opening is still listed. If you have an interest in serving on the next phase of the search committee, please contact one of us or the office for next steps.

On June 2-3, Rev. Cheryl Rohret will present, “Honor Our Past and Create Our Future.” We will be inviting everyone who has attended our congregation who has played a role bringing us to this point. If you know people in that category, please invite them for Saturday, 6/2 from 10am-4pm (lunch provided) and Sunday, 6/3 from 1-2:30pm (potluck lunch).  This is an opportunity to fully engage and we hope you can join us!

From Our Hearts to Yours,

The UNITY Center Board

Lifenotes: Update from the Search Team

Since Reverend Victoria’s announcement of her well-deserved retirement, the Unity Center’s Board of Trustees has been engaged in a Spirit Guided process to hire a new minister to carry on and continue to grow the wonderful legacy built by Reverend Victoria and so many members of our community over the past 20+ years.

With the assistance of Unity Worldwide Ministries, we have posted the announcement of our upcoming vacancy across the nation. As of today, we have received applications from 3 dynamic and interested individuals deeply committed to the Unity movement.

Our Unity Search Team made up Todd Nicholson, Jenna Wertheim, Craig Butzke, Jacki Bauer and Jerry Caruthers have been busy studying resumes and videos we have received, preparing questions and setting up a schedule for telephone interviews. The Search Team  will invite the most likely candidate(s) to visit our community for a weekend to talk in depth about their experience and guiding beliefs,  present a workshop, lead a regular Sunday service and take part in a question and answer session with the full congregation.  There will be ample opportunity for us all to get to know one another and to share our hearts as our community makes this very important decision.  Please feel free to discuss this process with any member of the Search Team or Unity Board.

We know that Spirit is guiding this process and that the right individual is out there just waiting for this opportunity!  I encourage you to use the following affirmation as we attract the right and perfect person to our spiritual home:

We are all “Minister Magnets,” clearly aligned with source.  We draw to us a spiritually mature, heart-centered and dynamic person.  This person inspires our growth and prosperity and promotes interfaith teaching and collaboration.

From My Heart to Yours,

Jerry Caruthers
The UNITY Center Board President

Speaking From the Heart Workshop Nov 4 & 5 with Rev. Victoria

Speaking From the heart Workshop Nov 4 & 5 with Rev. Victoria

Are you ready to overcome your fear of public speaking in a safe and affirming environment?  Come discover how to connect with your audience during this 2 day workshop on Saturday 11/4 from 10-4pm and Sunday 11/5 from 1-4pm.  $75 fee includes all materials and lunch Saturday. Reserve your spot today!  Scholarships available.

Register by purchasing below.

Lifenotes: Abundance

Abundance is everywhere.  Golden stalks of wheat have emerged from tiny grains planted in a field.  A surging, powerful ocean wave has developed from the convergence of countless drops of water.  Apple trees hang heavy with fruit during the harvest season, and mighty oaks cover the forest floor with acorns

When we look to nature for inspiration, we can see Spirit’s limitless blessings.  God’s wisdom and Divine Order are evident in the world around us.  Even in our own lives, a seemingly random act of kindness can result in an overflowing of goodness that touches an entire community.  When we believe in prosperity, we become part of the flow of appreciation that creates new forms of abundance.  By nurturing a grateful heart, we affirm that Spirit is our source and that our possibilities are wide open.

This week I encourage you to affirm, “With a thankful heart, I anticipate and accept Sprit’s abundance!”

From My Heart to Yours,


Lifenotes: The Abundance of Circulation

Dear Friends,

All of us experience the Divine Flow of the Universe.  When we are aligned with Spirit as our Source, we find opportunities to share our abundance with others through  the Law of Circulation.  When we open ourselves to giving, our actions act as a mirror that reflects back to us our generosity.

While we recognize God as the ultimate source of our good,  people are the channels through which prosperity flows. All of us may choose to be conduits of God’s unlimited good. When we remember we are here to serve each other, our actions become effortless and we give freely with a grateful heart.  We are all stewards of the Universe’s resources, and we are all channels of abundance for others.I have watched this principle in action for over 20 years during our annual Circulation Day.   Each year I am surprised by how exactly what someone is looking for is exactly what shows up!  By opening our doors to our community, we strengthen our connections to each other and affirm our purpose as a place for all.

Whether we are giving or receiving, we are each blessed.  It takes a team of very dedicated volunteers and generous donators of goods to make this awesome day possible, and I am so thankful to all of them for their efforts.
This week I encourage to you to affirm, God is my source of infinite abundance and through the Law of Circulation as I give, so I receive!

From My Heart to Yours,


The Gift of Change: spiritual guidance for living your best life

During the month of October we will focus on the opportunities that change affords us through Sunday morning services and small discussion groups.

Fall Series – The Gift of Change
October 1 – 29th

Based on the book The Gift of Change by Marianne Williamson
learn to use strategies for facing the fears and anxieties that come with major changes in our world and lives and deepen your connection with the Spirit within.  Join a small discussion groups held Tuesdays noon or 7PM for a deeper study of these truths.

Circulation Day is 9/23

This is the day to recycle items that no longer serve you and give them to those who will use them. Everything is offered free. All items in excellent condition can be dropped off at the center on Thursday and Friday prior to the event. Especially appreciated are children and adult clothes, toys, books, household goods, sporting equipment, and small appliances. The unity center opens its doors to the community and 20 local agencies for this amazing event. This will be the 9/23 from 10 – 2PM.

New Music Coordinator, Laila Murphy

Laila Murphy is thrilled to be joining the Unity Center as the “Music Coordinator”. Laila has been sharing music here off and on since 2002 when she met Unity members at a 9/11 Interfaith commemoration. Laila is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Flute Performance and Musical Theater. Laila has performed with the Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, Artists Repertory Theatre, Lakewood, and many other places in town. Her husband and 3 children often join her for gigs so hopefully they will make an appearance here and there!