Rev. Pat Bessey

We behold the Light in you

Welcome to Unity Center for Spiritual Growth! 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.”

What’s Happening Next

Unity Center for Spiritual Growth 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!


Rev. Todd Glacy

Peace Concert
Friday, September 20, 7 p.m.
Join us in intentional community as we come together to cultivate and celebrate PEACE. Through readings, music and contemplative awafreness we will first tune into and empower peace within ourselves, and then consciously share our blessing of peace with the rest of the world. Sacred songs and a gong meditation will be led by Todd Glacy.

Silent Saturday
Saturday, September 21, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
An opportunity to go to the most silent places of your soul. Join us for the whole day or just for a part of the day. Bring your own lunch. Learn more

Rev. Joel Grossman

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Guest Speaker Rev. Joel Grossman
Sunday, September 29, 10 a.m. service
Days of Awe: The Jewish High Holy Days
The Jewish high holy days, called the 10 ”Days of Awe,” start with Rosh Hashanah, the “head of the year,”  which begins on Sunday night, September 29, and ends with Yom Kippur, the “day of atonement,” on October 9. This talk will focus on the ways the Jewish people celebrate and observe this holiday period.

Rev. Joel Grossman, Interfaith Minister, has been a hospice chaplain for 14 years and is presently Director of Spiritual Services with Constellation Hospice, Newburyport, MA. He has had a private practice as a spiritually based psychotherapist since the late ’70s. He is a founding member of the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine (ChIME), an interfaith seminary based in Portland. Joel is a past president of his synagogue, Congregation Ahavas Achim, Newburyport, MA, and led Kabbalah classes and Jewish meditation sessions there for many years.

Having Days Filled with Awe
Sunday, September 29, Noon-2 p.m. 
In this workshop with Rev. Grossman, we will explore how you can promote awe in your life. Drawing on some ways Jews bring life to the “Days of Awe,” and on other religious/spiritual practices for experiencing awe, and from open discussion, we will bring awe to this session and promote awe in the rest of life.

Being with Death: How Death and Dying Can Profoundly Change the Way We Live
Thursdays, October 3-November 14, 6:30-8 p.m.
The opportunity to be involved with death in an intimate and personal way is limited in our present American culture. The medical system, funeral industry and our own denial of death have impacted our ability to take death into our own hands and hearts.

This course is designed to help us cultivate a relationship with – and better understand the full range of choices we have when it comes to – death. Learn more

Unity’s Got Talent
If you are interested in performing in our Unity Talent Show, please email Elizabeth Peterson or sign up on the bulletin board.

Marie Joseph Spiritual Center

Silent Retreat with Jack Seery
November 10-12 or November 10-13
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 the soul as you experience the Presence in the inner depth of yourself and the beauty of nature that surrounds you. This has been a transformative experience for many of us. Learn more

Unity Kindness for the Homeless
We continue to collect NEW socks and Dunkin Donut gift cards for the homeless. There is a collection box at Unity to put them in. Contact Elizabeth Peterson with any questions.

Support for Asylum Seekers
If you want to volunteer time and/or services to help support asylum seekers in Portland, you can get more information and sign up here.

SnowBird Lodge

Men’s Retreat at Snowbird Lodge
Friday, November 8  from 5:30 p.m. (evening meal) to Sunday, November 10, ending with lunch.

This retreat will provide the tools and support to help you discover your foundational purpose in this life.

What is your personal mission here? What are the core pieces that you want to drive the decisions in your life? If you feel you already have a firm grasp of your mission in life, let us support you in empowering and deepening that understanding.

Our time together will include a fire ceremony, a time of sharing our creative side, dream journaling, gong journeywork and time on the beautiful land that surrounds Snowbird Lodge in Harrison, Maine.

All delicious meals included. Please join us for this time of deep connection, reflection and learning with other men.

Learn more and/or register now.

Becoming a UCSG Member Through Independent Study
Have you wondered about becoming a member at Unity Center for Spiritual Growth and didn’t know how to go about it? We have an independent study program that you can complete on your own schedule. If you are interested please contact us.

Looking for Authors from Our Community
Our bookstore wants to feature authors and their books from our community. If you are interested, email Michelle Neas.

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