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.”
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!
Mandala Sand Painting Exhibition
Hosted by The Center for Faith & Spirituality at the Stone Barn
Opening Ceremony: Monday, October 16, 1 p.m.
Closing Ceremony: Thursday, October 19, 5 p.m.
Celebrate the formation of The Center for Faith and Spirituality at Saint Joseph’s, which will provide the space and opportunities to explore spiritual development in all aspects of life. The public is welcome during this mystical art of Tibet live exhibition by the monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery. Over the course of four days, the monks will painstakingly construct a traditional sand-painted mandala, an ancient tool for healing the earth and its inhabitants.
A group from UGP will be traveling together for both the opening and closing events. If you would like to carpool to the opening, please meet at UGP at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, October 16, or meet us there for the event at St. Joe’s at 1 p.m. Watch a video about the monks’ mandalas.
Saturday, October 21, 9:30 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. There will also be a couple of periods in which you will have the opportunity to sit in silence with others. Learn more
Sunday, October 22, 12:15 p.m.
A community meeting is an opportunity for all who choose to come together and review with the leadership what we are doing well as a community and what we can improve upon. We hold these gatherings quarterly or as needed.
Abundant Living with Prosperity
Wednesdays, October 11-November 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
This six-week class facilitated by Rev. Pat Bessey will examine the prosperity teachings of Charles Fillmore and Eric Butterworth, as well as contemporary teachings. Students will explore the broader meaning of prosperity beyond “material things” to discover their own beliefs about money, abundance and lack. By the end of class, students will be able to explain the central concepts of Unity prosperity teachings in their own words; define prosperity, abundance, generosity, giving and receiving; identify elements in their own consciousness where healing is needed, and demonstrate the use of these central teachings for an abundant and more meaningful life.
We will be reading two books during the class – Spiritual Economics by Eric Butterworth and The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist.
This class is available for SEE (Spiritual Education and Enrichment) credit with Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute. (Fee $45.) Additional suggested love offering: $20 per class.
Women’s Potluck and Fire Circle
Friday, October 27, 6 p.m.
We will have a potluck dinner and afterward at the Fire Circle we will have a crystal bowl meditation. We will use the power of the fire to release something “positive” in which we each commit to a vision, or prayer we can hold, to bring greater peace and harmony to the planet. The vision is seeing the fire carry it into the ether and raining it down on the planet.
If it rains, we will have an inside activity. Please bring a comfortable chair, dress warm and bring blanket. There will be a sign-up on the bulletin board at church.
A Course in Miracles
Sundays starting November 4, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 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.