L i g h t Fo r O u r P a t h Unity in Buffalo July-August 2009 Minister’s Message: Dear Unity friends, • Inspire a majority of our congregation to Unity is... What a wonderful celebration of our 65th take up meaningful • Positive, Practical, anniversary we’ve had over the last few weeks! service roles in the Thank you to everyone that was a part of the life of our church Progressive Christianity and bring expres- celebrations. As we begin this 65th year of • Centered in God, our ministry, this is a great time to be looking sion to our shared co-creating a world forward to what we want to come together mission and vision. that works for all. and co-create with God for the coming years. After considerable prayer and discern- This past year our Association of Unity Churches created a program to help ministries ment, our Board Unity in Buffalo is… more fully realize their potential and become decided we were ready to say “Yes!” to these A thriving ministry, moving thriving ministries. One of the opportunities questions. The next step is with you. We will forward together in love. is to be part of a three-year pilot program with a select group of ministries that will work with be having a town hall meeting in late August to a consultant guide and participate in learning share the details of this program, what is ex- opportunities to advance our spiritual mastery. pected of us and what are the benefits from our In the spring our Board voted unanimously participation. On Sunday, September 20 we will to apply for this program. After a screening have a special congregational meeting with a and selection process, we learned in June that representative from the Association headquar- we have been selected to be one of the 15 participating ministries. In the process, we had ters here to present the program. The voting to ask ourselves these questions— members of our church will need to approve Inside this issue: Are we ready to: our making this three-year commitment for the • Have more than enough energy, creativity, pilot program. Our Board feels this program is Sunday Lessons 3 enthusiasm, expertise, volunteerism and our natural next step for the growth we have Board Members’ 2 money experienced over the last six years. We also Message • Develop a culture of shared ownership and feel it will help pave the way to realizing the Unity Gallery News 4 increasingly lay leadership dreams that were expressed through the Ap- • Experience amazing partnerships between preciative Inquiry process last year. Youth Ed Message 5 credentialed and other leaders modeling More information will be shared in church self-responsibility, personal integrity and a Prayer Support, 6 commitment to spiritual practice and at our Team Leaders meeting on July 15. Prayer Shawls We look forward to sharing this information • Live the vision of who and what we have Prosperity Update, 7 come here to be—making a difference in with all of you and exploring the possibilities People to Know and beyond our community. that are before us. • Model peace-making and non-violent com- Blessings, Rev. Mary munication skills as a foundation for em- bracing the opportunities and challenges of thriving ministry, and Page 2 L i g h t Fo r O u r P a t h A Message from Our Board Member, Rosemary Priore Confucius said “A jour- I left that meeting with a we sing each week- “We ney of a thousand miles sense that Unity would be are all friends here” is so begins with a single step” the place to open up my very true. My journey at Unity heart and let the spirit in, started with one small step and it truly has. When someone sug- in the front door less than gested I join the board, I 2 years ago, and I have I think part of what I was skeptical. I was so truly journeyed many miles. like most about Unity new to Unity I was not At his recent seminar here members is their openness sure I had enough to offer. at Unity Gary Simmons and curiosity- always look- I felt like a spiritual spoke about welcoming ing to learn and expand. “newborn”, so would I newcomers, and the many Like many Unity members have what the board steps successful churches I grew up in a very tradi- needed? When I voiced make in creating contact tional church. There were my concerns, someone with new people. In my rules to learn and dogma said- “Joining the board will “What I like most case it was one single step to believe in. There was so enhance your spirituality that made me feel wel- about Unity members is life and death, good and you will be happy you did” come. Greeting Team their openness and curi- evil, and questions were I am happy to say that she Leader Corey had ap- not welcome. I did not feel was so very right! (So, osity—always looking to proached me on my first a connection with God, when we look for new learn and expand. visit and of course made just fear. board members, remember What a difference Unity me feel very welcome. But the plus side is you will gain Corey did not stop at that- has made for me!” she also gave me her home as much as you give) What a difference number and asked me to Unity has made for me! call her if I would like to When I first came to Unity I hope my journey with meet for coffee. I had experienced a great Unity lasts for a very long personal loss in the death time. I know that no mat- of my husband. It was in ter what happens, there is I took her up on her his passing that I came to always a reason and a pur- offer and that single meet- realize that I was missing pose and Unity will help ing with Corey made me something very important get me there. I hope it decide to take a chance in my life- a sense of spiri- does the same for every- and let the spirit lead me in tual connectedness to the one who takes that first a new and wondrous direc- universe. I also very much step in the door. tion. I’m not sure I ever needed the sense of be- thanked Corey, so I am longing to a spiritual com- doing it now- “Corey, munity. It does not matter thank you for your warmth that we are a very diverse and friendship on that very community. Differences in first day, and for taking the age, race, gender- it does time to meet with a not matter. The song that stranger to explain Unity”. Page 3 J ul y - Au gu s t 2 009 Sermon Titles for July and August, 2009 Power for the month of July: UNDERSTANDING Affirmation: Understanding is knowing that God stands under all things. With an understanding heart and mind, I know that all things are possible. Color: Gold Disciple: Thomas July 5: “I Am Free, I Am Unlimited” July 12: “As a deer longs for flowing streams, ...” - Psalm 42:1-2 July 19: ”The Law of Attraction in Action through Music” - Elaine Silver, Guest speaker & musician July 26: “What To Do When Nothing Works”, Rev. Claudia Stachowski, LUT—guest speaker Power for the month of August: WILL Affirmation: God’s will for me is the highest and the best. I joyously align my will with God’s will to be in the flow of life. Color: Gray, silver Disciple: Matthew August 2: “The Secret of Instant Energy”, Rev. Allaurah Olson speaker Beginning of five-week series on Unity’s Five Basic Principles with Rev. Mary— August 9: It’s All God, It’s All Good! August 16: Who Are You, Really? August 23: Thoughts Held in Mind, Produce After Their Kind August 30: The Most Important Prayers You’ll Ever Know September 6: Living from that Place of Knowing that You Know Regular Weekly Events • Sundays: Sunday Service and Youth Education program, 10:00 a.m. • Tuesdays: A Course in Miracles, 5:30 p.m. Facilitated by John Scott. • Wednesdays: Noon Prayer and Meditation Service Monthly: Reiki “spot treatments” are offered after the service on the first Sunday of each month. Page 4 L i g h t Fo r O u r P a t h Unity Gallery Welcomes the work of Amy & Rob Utzig It was under the most considerable part of her life animal with his camera. His unusual circumstances that studying Spiritualism and love and respect for nature Amy Burison and Rob Utzig visiting Lily Dale, as well as and all living creatures is met. The summer of 2001 close ties to her Cherokee influenced by his Lakota two aspiring artists crossed roots, Amy is very influenced ancestors. While as many paths in an iron casting by nature and religion. Her authentic materials as workshop. Both had prior work also acknowledges the possible are used in his work, summer plans that fell Color Theory research her Rob attempts to recycle and through and the class was a father performed while she reuse following the way of last minute addition to fill was young and the soulful the plains Indians when their summer academics. artwork created by her working on traditional Native They quickly became friends mother and grandmother. American crafts. Painting by Amy Utzig as they broke up iron for Within Amy’s paintings and Currently Amy is casting and fed the coke jewelry you will find images teaching Art at Williamsville furnace. It was when Rob of crystals representing the East High School. In addition was leaving the following chakras, auras, nature, as well to the work in the show, she summer for a 31-day as a variety of other healing creates commissioned sculpture symposium abroad and/or spiritual subjects. jewelry and portraits. Rob is that they realized their Rob has undergone a completing his certification in friendship was destined to be transformation in his artistic Elementary Education. He is a lifelong commitment. Amy techniques after a spinal cord also available for custom and Rob married in 2003 and injury forced him to give up photography services, have dedicated much of their the large scale stone and cast including wedding and family life to creating and metal work from earlier in sittings and one of a kind Photograph by Rob Utzig supporting the arts as artists his career. Returning to Native Crafts. This show is and teachers. focus on his artistic pursuit in the first formal art show that For Amy art is a photographing nature begun Amy and Rob have done therapeutic channel as well as over 20 years ago, Rob flows together. Symbolic of their a way to share healing energy from the use of the modern commitment to one another with others. She is a Reiki digital SLR to traditional 19th they have included 31 pieces Master Teacher and uses art century photographic of artwork. as a healing outlet and techniques. A self-described encourages others to seek “hunter” Rob enjoys hiking out the benefits of aesthetic and tracking animals to expression. Having spent a “capture” the essence of the Page 5 J ul y - Au gu s t 2 009 Unity Youth Education News—from Dawn Lewandowski Sweet Dreams of Youth As the warm and bright nuity for the children. This not disturb, our meditation days of the season call, I’m will mean some people will and prayer. It might mean never quite sure how many be needed to volunteer sending a silent blessing to kids to expect on Sunday. their time in my place. Oth- both parent and child when While I enjoy all the chil- ers may offer talents and a a child is crying. It might dren when they are present, second set of hands when mean finding some crayons I trust that they are always needed. I am looking for- and paper or an activity for learning from the direct well ward to hearing from those a child who is needing fun of Source within wherever who feel called to these op- and play while a parent at- they may be. And regard- portunities. tends a workshop. The pos- less of attendance what has sibilities are endless. held constant is the Energy we are holding collectively Just as important to me is and our vision of a place for the role we all can play. This Energy is something children at Unity in Buffalo. That brings us full circle that can work through all of back to the Energy we are us and that I believe will holding for our program. hold every parent and child Part of this vision, is to offer Part of this Energy, is a call- who walks in our doors a youth program each and ing to stretch our vision to with welcome and support. every week to enable chil- embrace children and their I feel blessed as we renew dren and adults alike to ex- parents in all our program- this intention, knowing that plore their spiritual selves ming. For me, this means Unity has something to offer whenever they are moved welcoming their energy, parents and children alike. to come through our doors. supporting their parents, As I explained in my last and learning and growing writing, we are working to with them. Concretely, this Sweet dreams for youthful set up a system to cover my might mean letting the days ahead… Dawn absences and provide conti- sound of their play enhance, Swan Song—a message from John Scott They look like beige- right next to our lovely the curb every Tuesday af- colored swans with their “swans” which actually ternoon we pick up all these long necks and heads stuck are pedestal ash trays. discarded butts. We have straight up as if to catch these graceful outdoor ash- every falling rain-drop. During our recent clean trays thanks to the dedicated There is one at the front up we removed nine ciga- efforts of Steve Thoren. entrance of our church and rette butts from inside the Now we ask that our smok- another next to the lover’s ash tray at the back and 41 ers use them. bench at the rear entrance. butts from the ground un- Please! It’s called the lover’s bench derneath, in front of and at because that is where ciga- each end of the bench. rette lovers love to There would have been smoke….and discard ciga- many more except that rette butts on the ground when we put the trash at Page 6 J ul y - Au gu s t 2 009 Unity Prayer Chaplains—from Rev. Allaurah Olson What is a Unity Prayer our Sunday services and with nitely plans to return to active Chaplain? monthly “wellness calls” where duty and will participate in a we offer to pray with people training seminar with Lei Lani ♥ Someone who will hold on the telephone. Burt, the founder of the chap- spiritual space for you. lain program, in October. She During May and June our chap- ♥ Someone who will will be on active duty following lains had intensive training at this seminar. This will qualify lovingly listen from the our Chaplains’ Retreat at St. Margo to be a co-leader of our heart. Columbans Center, and at fol- chaplain program with me, and low-up classes in the church. Silent Unity— ♥ Someone who will pray I am delighted to have Margo’s We now have five returning from the heart. support in sharing the leader- Unity’s worldwide chaplains this year and three ship. prayer ministry ♥ Someone who will hold new chaplains fully trained and what you share in the ready to serve for another We would love to know how 1-800-NOW-PRAY year. Margo Downey and Mar- we can support you in prayer. strictest confidence. tha Gesegnet are emeriti chap- Please call the church office to (1-800-669-7729) Our mission is to support our lains, meaning that they did not request a prayer chaplain if you members and congregants on participate in the training this don’t already have one. Help their spiritual journey by pray- year, but may return to active us stay in touch and know how ing personally with people after duty in the future. Margo defi- we can support you. Prayer Shawl Gatherings Tuesdays, July 7 and us to meditate and pray with ever forgotten, and everyone every stitch. We hold the re- continues to receive peace, August 4, 1-3 p.m. cipients of our shawls in prayer comfort and strength. We wel- as the work unfolds, most often come all knitters and cro- A prayer shawl is tangible not knowing who the recipient cheters to join us and become evidence of love and support. will be, but blessing the person part of this comforting ministry who will receive the shawl. which benefits not only the Besides beginning and ending During out meetings we have a receivers, but the givers as well. our shawls with prayer, we find special time to pray for all of that the repetitive nature of the people who have received - Rev. Allaurah Olson knitting and crocheting allows our shawls, so that no one is Prayer Support is available… We would love for you to help us know how we can support you in prayer by calling to let us know… ...When someone in your family is sick or in the hospital, so visits can be made. ...When you are aware of a death in the immediate family of a church member. ...When a new baby arrives. ...When you need spiritual counseling or feel we can assist you in anyway. Help us stay in touch and know how we can support each other! Page 7 J ul y - Au gu s t 2 009 Unity in Buffalo Prosperity Update God is our Source. You are one of the channels through which God is working to prosper our church. Thank you for your tithes that support the work and vision of this ministry. Actual Year to Date Budget YTD Over/Under 5/31/2009 5/31/2009 5/31/2009 Variance Operating Income $ 22, 142.36 $129,648.08 $ 130,437.00 $ (788.92) Operating Expenses $ 19,015.26 $129,905.61 $ 128,736.00 $ (1,169.61) Surplus (Loss) $ 3,127.10 $ (257.53) 1,701.00 $ (1,958.53) Unity Church of Practical Christianity We are a diverse spiritual community empowering growth and transformation. Board of Trustees Ministry Team Coordinators Margo Downey, President 886-0567 A Course in Miracles John Scott Harriet Gromer-Hicks, VP 838-5153 Lynn Tranchell, Secretary 826-6388 Bulletin Board Lesa Fichte Bill Wachob, Treasurer 833-4561 Chaplains Rev. Allaurah Olson Rosemary Priore, Trustee 689-6929 Finance Bill Wachob Tim Maggio, Trustee 885-0419 Faith & Health Ministry/ Judi Bryant and Rev. Mary Masters, Minister 876-5489 Sunbeam Team Joanne McGarry Friendship Hour Tim Maggio Staff Gardens & Grounds Steve Thoren Minister Rev. Mary Masters Greeters Corey Johnson Minister Emerita Rev. Allaurah Olson Marketing Tim Maggio Licensed Unity Teacher Claudia Stachowski Administrative Assistant & Marvelous Metaphysical Movies Paul Kochmanski Public Relations Specialist Randy Atlas Pet & Animal Ministry Randy Atlas Custodian Roosevelt Simmons, Jr. Music Director Michael McNeill Unity Art Gallery Judie Pufpaff Youth Education Director Dawn Lewandowski VOICE-Buffalo Core Team Anna Kay France NON-PROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID BUFFALO, NY PERMIT NO. 640 Unity Church of Practical Christianity 1243 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, New York 14209 Address Service Requested Sent with love to: Phone: (716) 882-0391, Fax: 882-5020 Emails: email@example.com RevMary@unitybuffalo.org Website: www.unitybuffalo.org A Transformational Opportunity you don’t want to miss— Unity’s Annual Summer Cookout and Potluck Sunday, August 9, after 10 a.m. Service Bring your friends, let’s continue the 65th anniversary celebration!