A Season for Nonviolence
Unity Center for Spiritual Growth participates in the international observance of A Season for Nonviolence, January 30 – April 4, which are the dates of the assassinations of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., respectively. We have many offerings for you to participate in. Use the links below for more information about each event.
Guest Speaker Tim Wilson
Sunday, January 31, 10-11:30 a.m.
Please join Unity Center for Spiritual Growth as we host guest speaker Tim Wilson, the Senior International Advisor and Director, Maine Seeds Program. The Seeds of Peace Camp, which Wilson founded, is located in Otisfield – right in our backyard.
Seeds of Peace Workshop with Tim Wilson
Sunday, January 31, 12:15-2:15 p.m.
Tim and the Seeds (as the young people from Seeds of Peace Camp are referred to) will do a presentation followed by a dialogue. There will be opportunity for Q&A as well.
The Way to Peace
Tuesdays, February 2-April 12 except February 16 and March 15, 6:30-8 p.m.
A Spirituality of Compassion and Nonviolence. Led by Jack Seery. As part of the Season for Nonviolence, this class is being offered with the purpose to engage in a process of personal and communal transformation through the deeper understanding of silence, compassion and nonviolence. Through readings, presentation and discussion, participants will understand the breath and complexity of these concepts and their application to our lives. We will support each other as we enter into this way to peace.
Movie: He Named Me Malala
Sunday, February 14, 12:15-2:15 p.m.
He Named Me Malala is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.
The Way of Silence — An Invitation (Silent Retreat)
Saturday, February 20, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
This is an invitation to join members of the Unity Center for Spiritual Growth community for a day of silence in community. 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 authentic self, the inner voice of God, however experienced. Being in community creates a supportive atmosphere that allows us to surrender into that silence. Being in silence creates a deeper sense of community.
Guest Speaker Elaine McGillicuddy
Sunday, February 28, 10-11:30 a.m.
Please join Unity Center for Spiritual Growth as we welcome guest speaker Elaine McGillicuddy. In 1989 Elaine, together with her husband Francis, was awarded the PeaceMaker of the Year award from Peace Action Maine. Now, 27 years later, Elaine will share with us stories spanning 40 years that illustrate their efforts as peacemakers.
Dances of Universal Peace Workshop
Sunday, February 28, 12:15-2:15 p.m.
Elaine G. McGillicuddy, a certified leader of the Dances of Universal Peace (DUP) since 1997, will lead these participatory, meditative, circle “dances” which use the sacred words of the world’s various religious traditions in chants/melodies and simple movements – to pray. They’re “body prayers.”
Peace Leadership In Difficult Times
Friday-Saturday, March 11-12, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Presenter Paul K. Chappell is a West Point graduate, Iraq War veteran, and former Army captain who serves as Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Part African-American, part Asian, and part Caucasian, Chappell grew up in a violent household in Alabama with a father who fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Chappell’s most recent book in his seven-book Road to Peace series is The Art of Waging Peace.
Paul K. Chappell, Guest Speaker
Sunday, March 13, 10-11:30 a.m.
Why World Peace is Possible
Sunday, March 13, 12:15-2:15 p.m.
A workshop with Paul K. Chappell