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 mountainNow Two Sunday Services!

NEW 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!

Season For Nonviolence Banner

Season for Nonviolence 2017
Unity of Greater Portland has scheduled a series of special events, including films, classes and workshops, in observance of the 2017 Season for Nonviolence. Activities begin on January 11. See the complete schedule.

Vegan Potluck
Rescheduled to Thursday, February 16, 6-8 p.m.
Come, break bread with us as we share together the beautiful food our Earth provides for us. Eating vegan is one of the most powerful ways we have to put our principles of peace, compassion, and nonviolence into the practice of our daily lives. Bring a dish to try or an old favorite, as long as it contains no eggs, dairy, or meat.

Annual Meeting
Sunday, February 19, noon
Rev. Pat Bessey and UGP’s Board of Trustees extend a hearty welcome to all to attend our 2017 Annual Meeting. At our annual meeting, we review and discuss a number of important items, such as:

  • events of the past year
  • the Ministry’s focus for the upcoming year
  • financial statements for the past year
  • proposed budget for the current year
  • election of new board members

Everyone is welcome at the meeting. Only those who are members may vote. We would be honored to have your voice and your support!

Peaceful_RevolutionClass Series: Yes… Peace is Possible
Wednesdays, February 22-March 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Join Revs. Pat Bessey and LeRoy Lowell for this class, which will use Paul K. Chappell‘s book Peaceful Revolution as a guide to explore ideas about unlocking the mysteries of human nature, and how the muscles of hope, empathy, appreciation, conscience, reason, discipline, and curiosity give us the power to end the war.

Paul lays out the evidence and reasoning needed to solve our world’s most serious problems. The teachings from this book will provide the art of living, and through practicing these teachings we can transform our lives into the masterpiece of being fully human. We will then see a spiritually transformed world. Learn more

Mary Ellen Quinn

Mary Ellen Quinn

Workshop: Christian Nonviolence: A Way of Life and Resistance in a Culture of Violence
Sunday, February 26, noon-2 p.m.
Based on the work of Fr. John Dear and his book The Nonviolent Life, this workshop with Mary Ellen Quinn will explore the three aspects of living a nonviolent life as taught by Dear: practicing nonviolence toward ourselves; our world, including our planet; and involvement in grassroots actions to bring about peace & nonviolence. The workshop will include a brief presentation and a series of questions for reflection and discussion. Information will be shared about Pax Christi and Campaign Nonviolence. Learn more

Lucille Ann Meltz

Lucille Ann Meltz

Elder Widow’s Walk: A Journey of Heart, Soul, Courage & Renewal
Wednesdays, March 1-29, 1-2:30 p.m.
A five-session supportive, interactive class for widows 65 and beyond. This class includes:

1. Four renewal practices for coping with loss and adapting to this new stage of life.
2. Mutual learning and connective support with other bereaved widows 65+.
3. Recognition and sharing of the unique aging issues of elder widowhood.

Learn more

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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