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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) DECEMBER 10 SERVICE CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER

10 a.m. Service: Regular service with same lesson/talk with lunch following service (Children’s Church during service) DECEMBER 10 SERVICE WILL BE HELD ON SCHEDULE


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!

Craft Fair!
Sunday, December 10, 9-10 a.m. and after service until noon
Anyone interested in exhibiting should sign up on the bulletin board or contact Stephanie Plourde. You will need to be set up by 9:15 a.m. and have your table still available after the 10 a.m. service until noon.


Dr. Paul and Sandra Dugliss

Dr. Paul and Sandra Dugliss

Heart-Based Meditation Workshop
Sunday, December 10, noon-2 p.m.
Heart-based Meditation is a simple, effortless meditation technique that allows us to return to our natural state of peace with joy and ease.

Even if you have struggled with meditation before, you will find Heart-Based Meditation to be an easy and enjoyable practice without pressure to “quiet the mind.” With your very first lesson you will be on your way to enjoying a frustration-free practice, as you let go of all the “doing” and “trying” and release the demands of everyday life. Learn more


Silent Saturday
Saturday, December 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
This is an opportunity to enter into silence, meditate in our beautiful gardens and open yourself to the Divine Presence. In this supportive atmosphere you will be able to put aside the preoccupations of daily living and listen to the inner movement of Spirit. During the day you will be alone to engage in whatever form of meditation suits you. Learn more


Fr. John Dear

Fr. John Dear

Living a Nonviolent Life: A Workshop with Fr. John Dear
Saturday, March 17, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Preregistration is required, as seating is limited.
Rev. John Dear is a long-time activist, priest, author and lecturer. He served for years as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the U.S. John has traveled the war zones of the world, been arrested some 80 times for peace, led Nobel Peace prize winners to Iraq, recently visited Afghanistan, and given thousands of lectures on peace across the U.S. He recently helped draft Pope Francis’ Jan. 1, 2017 World Day of Peace message on nonviolence. He is a co-founder of Campaign Nonviolence and the Nonviolent Cities Project. He has authored 35 books, including: The Beatitudes of Peace and The Nonviolent Life. He has been nominated many times for the Nobel Peace Prize, including by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Learn more and reserve your place now.


Paul K. Chappell

Paul K. Chappell

Peace Literacy: Skills & Leadership Summer Workshop
Sunday, August 5 to Friday, August 10 at St. Joseph’s College
Presented by Paul K. Chappell, Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. A graduate of West Point and a veteran of the war in Iraq, he created the idea of Peace Literacy after his time in the military. He develops the idea further in his seven-book series The Road to Peace, where he writes about waging peace, ending war, the art of living, and what it means to be human.

This week-long workshop is offered by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and Unity of Greater Portland. Learn more and reserve your place now.


A Course in Miracles
Sundays, noon-12:45 p.m.
This discussion group is facilitated by Matt Purinton and explores A Course in Miracles chapter by chapter, each week focusing on key ideas of each chapter. Additionally, participants consider teachings from the book Unity and A Course in Miracles by William Heller and Paul Hasselbeck.


winter roadWinter 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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