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.”

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!

Stuffed Animals Christmas Drive
We’re collecting 300 stuffed animals for Boston’s Shriners Hospital for Children to be delivered Tuesday, December 11. Stuffed animals must NEW, unwrapped and with price tags attached. Deadline: December 5. Collection Box is available at Unity of Greater Portland.

Winter Kindness
We are collecting NEW hats, socks and mittens for the homeless. There is a bin at the church for you to put them in. Email Elizabeth Peterson with questions.

Compassionate Cafe: Conversations That Matter
Thursday, November 15, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
You are invited to our first in a series of our Compassionate Cafés, offering meaningful conversations in a safe space among people of many faith communities that openly explore the most challenging issues and topics of our time.

Please RSVP by email soon, as space is limited.  For more information: www.abbeyofhope.com.

Silent Saturday
Saturday, November 17, 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.

Jack Seery

Jack Seery

Retreat leader Jack Seery has been a member of Unity of Greater Portland for 11 years. He has been on the spiritual journey since 1957 and presently claims dual spiritual citizenship. He is guided by the prophetic way of Jesus and Christian mystical tradition and the wisdom of other traditions. Over the years, he has been a spiritual guide for many, a teacher of spirituality, active in feeding the homeless and has engaged in various nonviolent actions including public fast, civil disobedience and a weekly public witness for peace. He lives with his partner, Brigit, in Waterboro Maine.

Please bring your own lunch. Please call the office at 207-893-1233 to sign up. A love offering will be collected.

Sunday Thanksgiving Lunch
Sunday, November 18, after 10 a.m. Service
There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board for pies and desserts.

Men’s Spiritual Progress & Support Group
Tuesday, November 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Monthly on the third Tuesday. Facilitated by Jack Cole and Michael Wozich, the group offers a safe, supportive space – open to all men.

Christmas wreathHanging of the Greens
Sunday, November 25, 11:45 a.m.
Decorating for Christmas in the Sanctuary.

Unity of Greater Portland’s Storm Policy

winter roadIf 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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