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!

Way to Peace: A Subversive Power
Wednesdays, January 24-February 28, 6:30-8 p.m.
This class with Jack Seery will explore the subversive power of compassionate, nonviolent living. We will enter into the Way of Gandhi and Jesus through the writing of Terrence Rynne, our own experiences, and other readings.

What kind of power creates peace? What is the source of hope as we work for peace? How do we live as disciples of the nonviolent Jesus in our violent world? The purpose of the class is for each of us to understand how we are called to embrace the Way to peace in our lives.

Cost: Love offering. Book: Gandhi & Jesus: The Saving Power of Nonviolence by Terence Rynne

prayerPrayer Partner Ministry Meeting
Sunday, January 28, after the 10 a.m. Service
Once a year, the Prayer Partner Ministry asks those in our community who would like to serve through prayer to consider becoming a Prayer Partner. A willing heart is the beginning. Training and team support sustain and expand the experience throughout the year. The Prayer Partner Ministry invites those who are interested to meet after the 10 a.m. service. Barbara Kowalska, team leader, will be available to talk about being a Prayer Partner and answer any questions.

Rev. Amy Cousins

Rev. Amy Cousins

The Courage to Forgive
Sunday, January 28, noon-2:30 p.m.
It takes great courage to turn the IDEA of forgiveness into the ACTION of forgiveness. We will explore what courage is, what forgiveness is and what may be gained if we truly commit to letting go of the hurts of the past. Using our power of imagination, we can create peace of mind and heart, and release limiting thoughts that stand in the way of true forgiveness.

Cost: Suggested donation $20, no one turned away.

The workshop leader, 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.

Marie Joseph Spiritual Center

Silent Retreat with Jack Seery
April 20-22 — Thursday evening — Sunday lunch at Marie Joseph Spiritual Center
Is it time for you to go deeper into the Mystery? Silence is the way into a deeper oneness with yourself and that which is the Source of all that is. It is the path to a refreshment of soul as you experience the Presence in the inner depth of oneself and the beauty of nature that surrounds you. This has been a transformative experience for many of us. 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.

Spirit Camps
Unity of Greater Portland is hosting Dancing Jaguar Inspirations’ Spirit Camps for all ages in 2018.
Chakras and Auras
Saturday, January 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Shamanic Journeying
Saturday, February 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Visit Dancing Jaquar’s website for information about these camps for adults.

Vacation Spirit Camp for ages 5-10
April 16-20
Spirit Camp for ages 5-10
July 23-27
Teen Spirit Camp
July 30-August 3

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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