Rev. Pat Bessey

Rev. Pat Bessey

We behold the Light in you

Welcome to Unity of Greater Portland! We would love to have you come and celebrate a deeper walk in God with us. We are a loving community that celebrates together our love of God, of each other, and all of life. Many who have come here for the first time commonly express, with a sense of awe and gratitude, “I feel like I’ve come home.”

You may know about Unity from the Daily Word, our daily devotional that brings comfort and insight to millions of people around the world, or from Silent Unity, our worldwide prayer ministry.

Unity is a non-denominational Christ-based community and, as its name implies, welcomes and cherishes all people. Our greeting to each other is “Namaste,” meaning “I behold the Light in You.”

two men on mountainTwo Sunday Services!

8 a.m. Early Bird Service: A 40-minute contemplative service with lesson/talk (no Children’s Church or coffee hour)

10 a.m. Service: Regular service with same lesson/talk with lunch following service (Children’s Church during service)

Upcoming Sundays & More

Unity of Greater Portland provides many opportunities to connect with friendly people, explore new ideas, celebrate, and grow spiritually. Please check our Calendar for complete information about all the ways we can bless you!

Easter Invitation
Discover the many opportunities to meditate and celebrate with us during Holy Week

Rev. Denise DeSimone

Rev. Denise DeSimone

Season for Nonviolence 2017

Unity of Greater Portland scheduled a series of special events, including films, classes and workshops, in observance of the 2017 Season for Nonviolence. Here is the final event in our series:

Guest Speaker and Workshop Presenter Rev. Denise DeSimone
Sunday, April 2
Rev. Denise DeSimone will present the Sunday talk, “Yes, Yes, Yes, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You” at our 10 a.m. service.

“Pray Peace,” her powerful multimedia presentation for peace, will be presented during a workshop, noon-1:30 p.m. The multimedia presentation is a compilation of the calming and inspiring words of peace prayers from several different faiths: Muslim, Jewish, Baha’i, African, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, and the prayer of St. Francis, spoken while deeply moving and exhilarating music provides a backdrop for Denise’s voice. Learn more

BibleBible Overview: Christian Scriptures
Mondays, April 3 – May 8 (not meeting on April 24) 6:30-8:30 p.m.
This course explores the Gospels, letters, history (Book of Acts), and apocryphal literature (Book of Revelation) that comprise what is more commonly known as the “New Testament” of the Judeo-Christian Bible.

The student will develop a basic understanding of the Christian Scriptures’ meaning for the people to whom they were written. This course is based on the premise that whatever else the Christian Scriptures may be, they most definitely are the response of early Christian writers to both the person and the message of Jesus Christ. This course examines the Christian Scriptures as a testament about Jesus by early Christian communities. Learn more

Rev. Amy Cousins

Rev. Amy Cousins

Affirmative Prayer Workshop
Tuesday, April 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
We talk about prayer constantly in Unity and, indeed, it is the foundation of our belief system. But what does affirmative prayer mean? How do you “do” it? What are our old beliefs about prayer that might stem from our upbringings? And where is God in all this?

The presenter, Rev. Amy Cousins, is the team leader for our Silent Prayer team. She founded the Prayer Chaplain team at UGP and worked at Silent Unity for 18 months. Prayer is a fundamental premise of her life, and she looks forward to sharing this time with you.

Join us for an informative and interactive gathering. Cost: Suggested donation $20; no one turned away.

growthWanted: Green thumbs, warm homes, and sunny dispositions!
Many of you have already expressed interest in hosting some of our intrepid seedlings for our summer gardens! Thank you! We will be providing small “flats” of vegetables and herb seeds for at-home care after the service. This is just one round of vegetable fostering; each week will provide more opportunities for new fosters. So if you’re not around this Sunday, or there aren’t plants available, have no fear; there are more to come! Tomatoes and eggplants, cabbages and herbs are settling into their earthen beds (in cups and more formal planting attire) this week. Please send an email if you’re interested in taking some little ones home this Sunday. And don’t worry if you don’t have a good seedling germination/nursery area; there’s plenty more to do.Welcome all! And thank you!

Season for the Earth

Season for the EarthUnity of Greater Portland observes and celebrates the Season for the Earth, April-June 2017, with a series of events (more to be announced).

Earth Day
Saturday, April 22
Beginning of Season for the Earth.

Megan McFeely

Megan McFeely

Guest Speaker Megan McFeely
Sunday, April 23, 10 a.m. Service
As She Is:
Film & Discussion
Sunday, April 23, noon-2 p.m.
AS SHE IS is a timely and hauntingly beautiful documentary that explores how masculine domination and drive can give way to feminine relation and belonging — and redress a human world so out of balance. It offers a compelling look at the radical and undeniable truth that our individual happiness and our very chances at human survival depend upon receptive, connective, life-giving feminine strengths. Learn more

joyful womanLoving What Is
Monday, April 24, 6-9 p.m.
Explore stress management through mindfulness, meditation, and The Work of Byron Katie as facilitated by Jen Deraspe, Certified Facilitator of The Work.

The Work is a way of identifying and questioning the beliefs that cause stress, anxiety, and depression in your life. Through guided meditation and practicing this potent tool, allow the mind to return to its true, awakened peaceful, creative nature.

Presenter Jen Deraspe is a Certified Facilitator of The Work, retreat leader and founder of Nurture Through Nature. Her passion is guiding people to their True Nature in a gentle and authentic way. For more information, contact Jen at 207-595-8260. Cost: $65.

Marie Joseph Spiritual Center

Silent Retreat at Marie Joseph Spiritual Center
May 25-28 — Thursday evening — Sunday lunch
This is an invitation to join members of the Unity of Greater Portland community for a three-day silent retreat. It is an opportunity to withdraw from the constant noise and demands of our lives and listen to our inner voice, the inner voice of our deepest self, the inner voice of God, however experienced. It gives us the opportunity to bring a spiritual perspective to our lives. It creates a new level of spiritual awakening. Learn more

childrenSpirit Camp:
Ancient Wisdom for a Child’s Mind, Body and Spirit

Monday-Friday, July 31-August 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

See the flyer on Bulletin Board or contact Eva Goulette via email or at 207-680-6942 for information about this camp for children ages 5-10.

Unity of Greater Portland’s Storm Policy:

If the local status is categorized as “winter storm watch,” a decision will be made by 9 p.m. the night before any scheduled activities by the Board President and Minister. As soon as the local status becomes “winter storm warning,” Unity of Greater Portland automatically closes. This cancellation applies to all activities at the ministry – Sunday and weekday events.

Definitions: A storm watch means that the weather has the chance of turning into a storm. A storm warning means that the weather has become potentially dangerous and is headed our way.

Our policy is caution; we always want you to be safe in your travels. If you have questions about if a class or service will be held due to weather conditions, you may call 207-893-1233  and press #4 for storm cancellation information. Of course, even if a class or service is being held, the weather may be different in your location. Please use your own best judgment – safety first!

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