12/8 – Christmas Gospel Concert
12/15 – Family Christmas Celebration
12/15 – 3rd Annual 25 Cent Toys
12/20 - Food From the Heart Christmas Feast and Sock Drive
12/24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Vigil
12/29 – World Healing Meditation
01/05 – Burning Bowl Ritual
01/12 – Letters to God
01/19 – White Stone Ceremony
01/26 – Season for Peace begins
The UNITY Center hosted Arun Gandhi in February of this year, during The Season For Peace, to speak at various locations. He was also interviewed by Allison Frost of OPB’s program, Think Out Loud!
Here is a link to their website and you can listen to the interview and read the article and comments there:
The UNITY Center invited Arun Gandhi, grandson to Mahatma Gandhi, to speak on February 27th at Marylhurst University. His talk was nothing short of inspiring, and the room was packed. Thank you to everyone who helped with this amazing event! Check out some photos of how it went below:
Dr. Arun Gandhi, author, journalist and grandson of the legendary Mahatma Gandhi, will speak at St. Anne’s Chapel at Marylhurst University, Monday, February 25, 7 PM. The event, being hosted by The UNITY Center of West Linn, will be a highlight of this year’s Season of Peace and Nonviolence, the 64-day period between the anniversaries of the Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. assassinations – January 30 through April 4.
Dr. Gandhi and his wife, Sunanda, were co-founders of the Season which is launched each year since 1998 at the United Nations. The purpose of the Season is to honor the shared vision of Gandhi and King to heal, transform and empower people and communities by creating an increased awareness of their nonviolent principles and practices.
Also founder of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute, Dr. Gandhi will speak about the lessons he learned from his grandfather as well as his worldwide travels to promote nonviolence and education as tools to promote economic self-reliance. “Poverty is the worst form of violence,” says Dr. Gandhi.
Tickets for the event at Marylhurst are $20 and may be purchased by going to www.worldhealing.org/peace or at Sunday services at The UNITY Center, 20255 Willamette Drive, West Linn. Proceeds will go to the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute toward the building of a school and residential facility for children in the poorest area of rural India. For more information on the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute, go to www.gandhiforchildren.org.
Rev. Victoria Etchmendy was a guest of Rev. Paulette Pipe on her show “Touching the Stillness” on Monday June 5th.
The topic was “A Drop of Water” for a thirsty soul—wisdom we sometimes forget we have. Download the show here:
If you would rather click play to listen to it on itunes here:
Touching the Stillness, with Rev. Paulette Pipe, is unlike anything you may have experienced before. Tune in each week to hear a compelling, soul-stirring meditation that takes you deep but leaves you jazzed. Hear Rev. Paulette raise the roof as she partners in prayer with listeners through the spoken word. You’ll be glad you did … and meditation and prayer may take on a whole new meaning in your life!
This Sunday Naseem Rakha, author of The Crying Tree, and NPR journalist will speak at the UNITY Center about “Forgiving the Unforgiveable”.
Knowing that forgiveness is a choice, choose to forgive yourself of all others. Choose to harness your energy into this present moment and to release the past. Knowing that those who have hurt you in the past no longer have power over you, forgive them. You are free to choose a different way of being and so, forgive yourself for any past mistakes. You are free from the burdens, recriminations and guilt of the past as you forgive. Your forgiveness bears wonderful fruit and you can expect miracles to manifest and a new life to unfold as you release.
Here is a forgiveness techique that can transform your life, from Catherine Ponder:
Spend half an hour every day mentally forgiving everyone that you are out of harmony with, or are concerned about. Subconsciously they will respond. If you have accused yourself of failure or mistakes, forgive yourself too.
1. Get out a sheet of paper. List the people, organizations, situations, or experiences of the past or present whom you now forgive. Say the following affirmation for each.
“I FULLY AND FREELY FORGIVE. I LOOSE YOU LET YOU GO TO YOUR GOOD QUICKLY AND IN PEACE. ALL IS CLEARED UP BETWEEN US NOW AND FOREVER.”
2. List on a sheet of paper the people, organizations, situations, or experiences of the past or present whom you desire to forgive you. Say the following affirmation for each.
“YOU FULLY AND FREELY FORGIVE ME. YOU LOOSE ME AND LET ME GO TO MY GOOD QUICKLY AND IN PEACE. ALL IS CLEARED UP BETWEEN US NOW AND FOREVER.”
Why do this?
Many people are never permanently prospered, no matter what else they do, because they have not done this. Until they forgive, their prosperity does not come. The word “forgive” simply means “to give up.” Forgiveness is a pleasant inner act that helps you “give up” negative emotions and clears away the blocks to your good. As you practice forgiving yourself and others daily, the results in increased health, weath, and happiness will astound you!
Love and Light,
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P.S. Do yourself a service and go deeper into forgiveness this Sunday. Come and listen to Naseem speak. See you at 11AM/
P.P.S. If you want a quicker option with a meditation and message, check out the new Express Service at 10AM.
I Am Peace
I stand for peace in the presence of conflict.
I stand for love in the presence of hatred and fear.
I stand for forgiveness in the presence of injury.
I know there is only one power and presence – God.
I respect the many ways to worship God.
I honor the many names for God and the many paths to God.
I believe God loves all of us equally.
I turn to God for guidance in these challenging times.
I urge all nations to pursue peace; this honors all faith traditions.
As I pursue peace, I honor the God of all faith traditions.
I stand for peace in my lifetime.
2/7/12, 5:30PM – Ongoing – Yoga with Naomi Elmore
Stretch your body and calm your mind with our own Naomi Elmore, an experienced Yoga teacher. Bring your mat, strap, blanket and water to the UNITY Center. Suggested donation $10.
Naomi Elmore has been a life-long practitioner on the Classical Ashtanga yoga path. She became a certified yoga instructor through yoga alliance in 1997 through her extensive training at Mt. Madonna Institute in Watsonville, Ca. Naomi has taught Seniors yoga as an employee of Maryswoods for four and half years. She has taught yoga for various community education centers and yoga studios. Naomi is also a licensed massage therapist and she is currently a student at Marylhurst University with the aim to receive a Masters in Divinity.
Naomi’s approach to yoga is gentle and nurturing. She advocates everyone to begin from right where they are.
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