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20295 Little Valley Road NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370 United States

March 2018

Sunday Celebration at Faith Episcopal

Guest Speaker: Rev. Sherry Schultz Sherry has been an ordained Unity minister since 1995 and served churches in Missouri and Kansas before returning to the Pacific Northwest. She is also a board certified chaplain serving at Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care since 2006 as well as a certified spiritual director working with individuals and groups. Sherry is grateful to be living here, for her daughter who attends Seattle University, and for the ceaseless opportunities to grow and find beauty in…

April 2018

Sunday Celebration at Faith Episcopal in Poulsbo

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Sunday Celebration at Faith Episcopal in Poulsbo

Rev. Joanna Gabriel Every Drop Counts It seems we hear about extremes every day… extreme weather, extreme loss, extreme violence, extreme statements. Rev. Joanna will explore the important lessons here and a call to response available in the midst of the extremes. As a spiritual counselor and coach, Rev. Joanna Gabriel has had the honor to walk with people along their journeys for over 30 years, both individually and in group settings with hundreds of people from around the world. Her…

Sunday Celebration at Faith Episcopal in Poulsbo

Rose Riedel “Being With the Presence” Divine Presence within all that is. We can tap into our divine presence,  the universal force within all life, calmly and peacefully through practice. Then, listening to our inner voice, the perfect guidance of God will take us where we want to go. Our own Rose Riedel has been a professional singer and songwriter for over 30 years as well as the owner of Olympic Environmental Equipment for over 20. The mother of three,…

May 2018

Rev. Joanna Gabriel with Guest Musicians Hank & Claire

Rev. Joanna Gabriel Every Drop Counts It seems that we hear every day about extremes…extreme weather, extreme loss, extreme violence, extreme statements. Rev Joanna Gabriel explores important lessons and a call to response available in the midst of the extremes.​ Rev. Joanna’s life and work experience includes serving as the Director of Education and Worldwide Communications for the ReCreation Foundation, supporting the work of Neale Donald Walsch, author of the Conversations with God series of books. She is also an…

Sunday Celebration with Rev. Sherry Schultz and Music by Dennis & Bonnie O’Hanlon

Rev. Sherry Schultz What Do You Expect? This Sunday is known in some traditions as The Ascenscion, commemorated 40 days after Easter.  Muslims, who have fasted and prayed during the month of Ramadan, take this opportunity to break fast.  What  on earth did it mean in the time of Jesus?  What has it meant historically, and what does it mean to you and your spiritual path today? Sherry has been an ordained Unity minister since 1995 and served churches in…

Sunday Celebration with Doug Benecke & Sally Spirit

Team Kindness If life is play, how do you play the game – and what team are you on?  We all know how competition feels, whether at work, trying to get someone’s attention, or just getting on the highway.  From time to time, we may have had the feeling we’re going to make a mistake, give up an advantage, or lose out.  What if, instead of trying to win, we were trying to… be kind?  Are you operating from kindness,…

Sunday Celebration with Anna Welsch & Music by Becky Thatcher & Matt Corey

Good Vibrations! Anna Welsch More and more, it seems we are discovering  the importance of gaining control over the endless chatter of our monkey minds as well as awareness of the ego mind and its cunning convictions. With the teachings of Buddhism and  Mindfulness, the Law of Attraction, and Christ-Consciousness, along with a host of beautifully written books old and new, we are entering into a new paradigm of thinking. This new paradigm is a focus on what we love.…

June 2018

Sunday Celebration with Raylene Ewing, RScP, and Musician Jean Mann

How Prayer Works Raylene Ewing, RScP Does God answer some prayers and not others? What’s going on when my prayers don’t manifest? Co-creating with Spirit is a skill anyone can learn and use, but sometimes the outcome doesn’t seem to match the vision. Learn how prayer works and what it really means when your prayers don’t manifest the way you want them to. Raylene serves as Associate Minister at Unity of Tacoma and as a Practitioner at Seattle Center for…

Sunday Celebration with Rev. Sherry Schultz and Musicians Bonnie & Dennis O’Hanlon

Rev. Sherry Schultz Sherry has been an ordained Unity minister since 1995 and served churches in Missouri and Kansas before returning to the Pacific Northwest. She is also a board certified chaplain serving at Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care since 2006 as well as a certified spiritual director working with individuals and groups. Sherry is grateful to be living here, for her daughter who attends Seattle University, and for the ceaseless opportunities to grow and find beauty in every single…

Sunday Celebration with Doug Benecke & Sallie Spirit

A Word to the “Why’s” When a new opportunity arises, do you ask ‘why’ or ‘’why not?’  What does your answer say about you?  Which question is more useful and which makes you more useful, more present to the promptings of Spirit?  This week at Unity, as we celebrate Father’s Day, join songwriter and speaker Doug Benecke and the ever curious and harmonically thoughtful Sallie Spirit as we explore the why’s and the why not’s! Doug is a lifelong musician…

Sunday Celebration with Rev. Joanna Gabriel and Musicians Becky Thatcher & Matt Corey

Living is Easy with Eyes Closed It is said that perception is everything.  It is also said that we don’t see things as they are, but rather as we are.  Rev, Joanna Gabriel joins us to discuss the power of perception and how conscious awareness of it assists us both in navigating today’s relentless challenges, as well as our own spiritual growth.     Becky Thatcher & Matt Corey Becky and Matt are musicians, expressive arts leaders and choir directors…

July 2018

Sunday Celebration Service with Pastor Bill Comfort and Musician Carole Glenn

“Healing–Restored to Unity” In this week’s collaborative service with Pastor Bill, he asks us to consider and perhaps share: “”How have you experienced multiple levels of healing?” Pastor Bill Comfort is a United Church of Christ Minister who most recently served as the interim Pastor of the Suquamish UCC. He entered the ministry after a career as a systems analyst with Boeing and has also served UCC churches in Montana, South Dakota and elsewhere in Washington. He and his wife,…

Sunday Celebration with Rev. Sherry Schultz and Musicians Hank & Claire

Rev. Sherry Schultz Sherry has been an ordained Unity minister since 1995 and served churches in Missouri and Kansas before returning to the Pacific Northwest. She is also a board certified chaplain serving at Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care since 2006 as well as a certified spiritual director working with individuals and groups. Sherry is grateful to be living here, for her daughter who attends Seattle University, and for the ceaseless opportunities to grow and find beauty in every single…

Sunday Celebration Service with Doug Benecke and Sallie Spirit

The Little Things Are The Big Things We are rightly and naturally concerned with our lives’ major decisions, the big pieces of the puzzle.  Still, most of our time is spent in the small moments that add up, one by one. And, these small instances are, in fact, our very lives, as we experience them. The little things are the big things. This week at Unity, a moment by moment reflection on how the small pieces fit together in crafting…

Sunday Celebration Service with Gale Gray and Musicians Becky & Matt

Meeting Adversity in Spiritual Ways Recently, today’s guest speaker, Gale Gray, went through cancer. So, how does a Mystic approach this adversity? In many ways, like others do, but there were some important differences. At the time, he thought that it would be good to share these with others. Perhaps in a talk titled, “The Cancer.” But, with the passage of time, he now realizes that many of these differences are more universal; they could be applied to other adversities.…

Sunday Celebration Service with Rev. Joanna Gabriel and Musician Michael Powers

Aspects of God Rev. Joanna returns to explore aspects of God as described by spiritual author and teacher, Emmett Fox.  Fox’s writing is known for reminding us that aligning one’s self with the presence and power of God is the most effective way to create a desired life and a better world. ————————————————————————————————————————————— Rev. Joanna’s life and work experience includes serving as the Director of Education and Worldwide Communications for the ReCreation Foundation, supporting the work of Neale Donald Walsch,…

August 2018

Catherine VanWetter, MSW, and Native American Flute Musician Joe Arnold

“Everything Happens for a Purpose” During this time of intense upheaval, have you tried to figure out the reason? What if instead of believing that everything happens for a reason, the reality is everything happens for a purpose? What if? How would that change your personal perspective? And, how would your life change? Catherine VanWetter, MSW, is a spiritual practitioner focusing in the area of highly sensitive people. She holds a masters degree in social work and is trained in…

Pastor Bill Comfort with Music by Bonnie & Dennis O’Hanlon

“Living into Abundance” Pastor Bill will be asking us to share their experiences of abundance and/or the lack thereof. All of the world’s religions recognize that God has been and continues to be very generous in in providing all of creation with an abundance of everything. Humans, however, frequently find their own lives plagued by lack. Is there a way forward? Pastor Bill Comfort is a United Church of Christ Minister who most recently served as the interim Pastor of…

Guest Speaker-Songwriter-Musician Doug Benecke with Musician Sallie Spirit

“Peace Talks” From time to time, we hear of world leaders meeting for peace talks.  This makes the news, especially these days, because peace talks are not usually the norm in global discourse.  Everyone wants peace, but how much does our world work for it?  How much do we work for it in our personal lives?  How often do we nurture the seeds of conflict, deep down in our hearts, when we so long for peace in our families, in our communities, and on our…

September 2018

Sunday Celebration Service with Guest Speaker Katie Evans and Musician Jean Mann

The Circle of Life Many of us plant gardens in the spring and reap what we have sown in the summer and fall.  It’s the same with life.  How much attention do you pay to the Garden of Your Life?  Do you tend it?  Water it daily?  Remove the weeds regularly? Join Katie Evans as she shares her thoughts–often funny–on the Circle of Life. Katie Evans has been a student of Unity since 1986 and tells us: “Life just works so…

Sunday Celebration Service with Rev. Joanna Gabriel & Music by the O’Hanlons

Swiss Cheese Spirituality Rev. Joanna Gabriel returns to discuss some common beliefs that may get in the way of a deeper connection to Divine Essence… filling the holes with new awareness. Rev. Joanna’s life and work experience includes serving as the Director of Education and Worldwide Communications for the ReCreation Foundation, supporting the work of Neale Donald Walsch, author of the Conversations with God books. She is also an ordained new thought minister and, serving in a chaplaincy capacity, has…

World Day of Prayer Gathering & Meditation in the Faith Episcopal Sanctuary

Courage to Heal I am a healing presence. World Day of Prayer is a 24-hour prayer vigil and meditation. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the event and thousands of individuals and communities around the world will come together to affirm and celebrate the true spiritual nature of healing. Unity of North Kitsap will participate with a special, drop in prayer service from 6:00 – 7:00 pm and you are invited to stay or join us at 7:00 for…

Sunday Celebration Service with Doug Benecke & Sallie Spirit

Saying Yes to Life We may think we already say yes to life; of course we do.  Indeed, it is easy for anyone in our harried and hurried culture to check ‘yes’ and move on.  But . . . what do we affirm?  What do we negate?  And what do we simply not even see as an option?  When you say yes, have you read the whole menu or are you just picking a dish you’ve had before?  This week…

Sunday Celebration Service with Rev. Simon deVoil & Music by Becky Thatcher & Matt Corey

Listening for the Sound of Silence: Intuition & Mystical Perception  Rumi says, “Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.” But this doesn’t mean that God isn’t talking! God is speaking to us all the time through both the seen and the unseen world. This talk will explore intuitive, meditative, and extrasensory practices we can use to hear God’s voice in our daily lives. Simon is an interfaith/interspiritual minister, sacred musician, youth worker and wooden boat builder. In all…

Sunday Celebration Service with Carolyn Cruso

Music & Spirituality: How They Intertwine in My Life Music and spirituality are inherently interwoven. The word inspiration contains the root for “to breathe in; to infuse, as in with life; to animate.” Animate comes from the Latin for soul.  We play music and our souls are animated.  Carolyn shares with us her journey, musings, and her personal distillation of much reading on the subject in this delightful talk  revealing that playing music is a spiritual practice and a devotion.  …

October 2018

Sunday Celebration Service with Rev. Lynnea Jardine and Music by Hank & Claire

“Do No Harm, Be at Peace” An exploration of how we can be the Eye in the storms of Life, Love, and the pursuit of Good. Rev. Lynnea is a master of spiritual psychological re-design who specializes in working with clients who are struggling with transition, breakups, loss, and uncertainty of purpose. Lynnea helps people solve spiritual and emotional challenges, transform uninspired behaviors and open clients’ minds to their greater potential. An ordained minister with the Centers for Spiritual Living,…

Sunday Celebration Service with Rev. Joanna Gabriel & Musicians Dennis & Bonnie O’Hanlon

 “Healing Presence” Prayer and affirmation remind us of the power we possess to lift our selves and our experience toward healing and wholeness.  Rev Joanna Gabriel returns to explore access to this innate power, especially during those times when the physical state of our health is challenged. Rev. Joanna’s life and work experience includes serving as the Director of Education and Worldwide Communications for the ReCreation Foundation, supporting the work of Neale Donald Walsch, author of the Conversations with God…

Sunday Celebration Service with Doug Benecke and Sally Spirit

  Mysterious Life, Precious Life Albert Schweitzer once wrote, “Everything that lives has value simply as a living thing, as one manifestation of the mystery that is life.” As a physician and humanitarian, Schweitzer put this philosophy into daily practice.  Who was Dr. Albert Schweitzer and how can his credo and life story inspire and help guide our steps today?  This week at Unity, we look at reverence for life in the thought and spirit of Schweitzer; reflections by songwriter…

Sunday Celebration Service with Rev. Annie Lonardelli and Music by Becky & Matt

It’s All God! In this talk, Rev. Annie will explore Unity Principle #1 and reflect on its practical meaning in our lives. Rev. Annie Lonardelli is an ordained Interfaith minister, teacher, spiritual director, and author who holds a master’s degree in Humanities. Her book, Another Way Home – Moving Beyond Religion to the Interspiritual Jesus and the Sacred Feminine, was released this spring. Annie served as co-founder and spiritual leader of Unity Center of Peace in Bothell, WA and currently…

November 2018

Sunday Celebration Service with Rev. Simon de Voil

Why Everyone Loves Saint Francis Saint Francis teaches the importance of doing small things with great love.  He touched the world around him with a tender, loving intimacy that birthed healing, self-acceptance, and joy in others.  Rev. Simon will explore with us how and why this saint and mystic did this and the ways we might follow his lead. Simon is an independent, ordained, interfaith minister, sacred musician, youth worker and wooden boat builder. In all these vocations, he uses…

Sunday Celebration Service with Rev. Annie Lonardelli and Musicians Bonnie & Dennis O’Hanlon

The Wonder of Words Together we will consider the power and limitations of language especially when it comes to the wordless wonder of connection with Spirit. Rev. Annie Lonardelli is an ordained Interfaith minister, teacher, spiritual director, and author who holds a master’s degree in Humanities. Her book, Another Way Home – Moving Beyond Religion to the Interspiritual Jesus and the Sacred Feminine, was released this spring. Annie served as co-founder and spiritual leader of Unity Center of Peace in…

Sunday Celebration Service with Doug Benecke & Sallie Spirit

Leaves, Loss and Legacy The leaves of autumn lie strewn across roads and pathways everywhere now.  They represent and reflect the loss of summer’s vitality, and the beginning of a period of more darkness.  Transition is the word of this time.  How do you cope with transition?  What are you learning through the inevitable losses of this life?  And what will your legacy be?  These are the questions to be explored at Unity in a talk by songwriter and speaker…

Sunday Celebration Service with Catherine Van Wetter and Musicians Becky Thatcher & Matt Corey

Embodying Your Twelve Powers During These Shifting Times During these times of tremendous change and shifting, would you like to feel more fulfilled, centered and in charge of your life? When you harness the phenomenal energy of the 12 powers that are within each and everyone one of us, you can become all that and more.  Just imagine! Catherine VanWetter is a spiritual practitioner focusing in the area of highly sensitive people. She holds a masters degree in social work…

December 2018

Guest Speaker Gale Gray and Guest Musician Carole Glenn

Wisdom We often hear the word Wisdom and may even have been called “wise.” But what is Wisdom? When have we encountered it and are there ways we can be Wise more often? Join Dr. Gale for this shared journey. It will be a good preparation for the holidays, and yes, as part of the process, he will play a didgeridoo or two for us. Doctor Gale is known for his simple, yet powerful spiritual work. His skill lies in taking complex,…

Guest Speaker Rev. Joanna Gabriel with Guest Musicians Becky Thatcher & Matt Corey

A Perfect Gift Ready or not, we are quickly heading into the season of decorating, gifting, celebrating and remembering. Depending on how we choose to perceive it, it can be a very sweet time or a very challenging one.  Rev. Joanna Gabriel joins us to explore ways we can find peace in the midst of it all.   Music by Becky Thatcher & Matt Corey Becky and Matt are musicians, expressive arts leaders and choir directors for Unity churches throughout…

Sunday Celebration Service with Doug Benecke & Sallie Spirit

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“An Awakening of the Christ Within” – A Musical Christmas Celebration

You won’t want to miss this special Christmas celebration. We’ll have lots of beautiful carols to sing together interspersed with short readings by some of our members about the glory of your own, true Divine nature. Music by Dennis & Bonnie O’Hanlon and the newly formed UNK Choir under the direction of Carole Glenn and accompanied by Marcia Smith Hill. Bonnie and Dennis have been together and making music for the last 30 years. Dennis is a professional musician who…

Guest Speaker Marganne Glasser & Guest Musician Michael Powers

“Rekindling the Flame” Human questing for paradise is replete with paradox, the journey through life inevitably accompanied by setbacks as well as joys. Community is where we halve our cares by sharing them and expand our celebrations. We meet to fill one another’s chalices with spiritual food and drink to sustain us until next we meet again, in merry measure. Marganne earned a master’s degree from St. John’s College after her undergraduate degree in psychology. Career work has included medical…

January 2019

Burning Bowl & White Stone Ceremonies with Rev. Simon de Voil

Simon is an independent, ordained, interfaith minister, sacred musician, youth worker and wooden boat builder. In all these vocations, he uses music and carpentry as a means to help individuals and groups connect sacred presence with everyday life. He also leads worship services, preaches, facilitates workshops, crafts personalized rituals, and performs weddings, baptisms, and funerals as well as other rites of passage. A dynamic and talented public speaker and musician, Simon has shared his unique combination of creative worship, sacred…

Rev. Joanna Gabriel with Musicians Bonnie & Dennis O’Hanlon

The Grand Opening Right in the midst of what feels like pretty challenging times, we begin a New Year. What does this point on the calendar offer us as we seek to find clarity within ourselves, our world, and Life itself? Rev Joanna Gabriel joins us to explore some possibilities. Rev. Joanna’s life and work experience includes serving as the Director of Education and Worldwide Communications for the ReCreation Foundation, supporting the work of Neale Donald Walsch, author of the…

Doug Benecke & Sallie Spirit

Amazing Space A new year, a turning point, opens a doorway into what is truly unknown. Those of us with decades under our belts will sometimes feel ‘ho hum’ about what may lie ahead; “more of the same,” we’ll say. But, truly, what will unfold in the future is Mystery, Promise, and Hope — and our actions and intentions will be elemental in our experience of the year to come. This week at Unity, a January message about our ongoing…

Rev. Annie Lonardelli with Musicians Becky Thatcher & Matt Corey

“Building a Better Belief” In this discussion, Rev. Annie will explore with us what it means to believe and how to choose a belief that best reflects our values and blesses the world. Rev. Annie Lonardelli is an ordained Interfaith minister, teacher, spiritual director, and author who holds a master’s degree in Humanities. Her book, Another Way Home – Moving Beyond Religion to the Interspiritual Jesus and the Sacred Feminine, was released this past spring. Annie served as co-founder and…

February 2019

Rev. Sharon Ramey & Soloist David Duvall

Mindfulness and Miracles! Mindfulness, although valuable in so many ways, is thought to require too much time, attention, and focus to be easily useful.  Rev. Sharon will introduce some simple and quick techniques for utilizing mindfulness to deepen spiritual connection and experience more Good! After 40 years in Seattle as business woman and minister at Center for Spiritual Living, Rev. Sharon and her husband, Paul, recently took off for the Hill Country of Texas.  In the midst of this adventure, she…

Sunday Celebration Service: CANCELLED DUE TO WINTER STORM

Rev. Sherry Schultz Sherry has been an ordained Unity minister since 1995 and served churches in Missouri and Kansas before returning to the Pacific Northwest. She is also a board certified chaplain serving at Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care since 2006 as well as a certified spiritual director working with individuals and groups. Sherry is grateful to be living here, for her daughter who attends Seattle University, and for the ceaseless opportunities to grow and find beauty in every single…

Sunday Celebration Service: Doug Benecke & Sallie Spirit

“Your One Precious Life” A contemporary poem concludes with this question: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” This elegant, piercing question will be the focus for reflections by speaker and songwriter Doug Benecke, as always, accompanied by the wild and precious musical contributions of Sallie Spirit.   Doug is a lifelong musician and student of the human spirit. He holds a religion degree from Oberlin College and works daily as…

Sunday Celebration Service: Roy Holman with Becky Thatcher & Matt Corey

Stretching our Comfort Zone Many of us are expanding, but not always in the right places! How do we truly expand our consciousness and align with the Divine? How do we live a little larger each day, remembering our purpose and sharing our passion? With a commitment to the present moment, we can lovingly make moment-by-moment choices to stretch our comfort zone and break free from our smallness and self-imposed prisons, sharing our gifts with the world. Roy Holman lives…

March 2019

Rev. Joanna Gabriel with Musicians Dennis & Bonnie O’Hanlon

Come Ye Apart Awhile The author, May Rowland, the former director of Silent Unity, stressed the importance of complete relaxation in God. This week, Rev. Joanna Gabriel will explore May’s advice and how it serves us in the midst of our daily experience. Rev. Joanna’s life and work experience includes serving as the Director of Education and Worldwide Communications for the ReCreation Foundation, supporting the work of Neale Donald Walsch, author of the Conversations with God books. She is also…

Rev. Annie Lonardelli with Musician Jean Mann

“The Creative Power of Thought” The Fillmores taught it; the Buddha said it.  As people called to a spiritual life, this is a principle we want to return to again and again to explore its deep meaning in our lives. Rev. Annie is an ordained Interfaith minister, teacher, spiritual director, and author who holds a master’s degree in Humanities. Her book, Another Way Home – Moving Beyond Religion to the Interspiritual Jesus and the Sacred Feminine, was released this past…

Sunday Celebration Service with Doug Benecke and Sallie Spirit

World Repair 101   What does it take to repair this aging and aching world? Is it irreparable? Who gets to be on the World Repair Committee? How can I sign up for this sacred duty? What is the compensation package like? These questions and others to be explored in a survey course of global restoration, a study by songwriter and speaker Doug Benecke, with the harmonious technical assistance of Sallie Spirit, as always. Doug is a lifelong musician and…

Sunday Celebration Service with Rev. Simon de Voil & Musician Becky Thatcher

The Spring Equinox Rev. Simon will share some of the Celtic wisdom associated with this sacred time of the betwixt and between. Rev. Simon is an independent, ordained, interfaith minister, sacred musician, youth worker and wooden boat builder. In all these vocations, he uses music and carpentry as a means to help individuals and groups connect sacred presence with everyday life. He also leads worship services, preaches, facilitates workshops, crafts personalized rituals, and performs weddings, baptisms, and funerals as well…

Sunday Celebration Service with Gale Gray & Musician Carole Glenn

Paying Attention to Intention In our western culture, we can become very focused on things such as actions, outcomes, and results. We also look for leaders who are successful in these areas. Often, our attention becomes focused on goals. Then, by default, achieving a goal can become our intention. However, Spiritual Traditions tell us what is important is that good attributes be our intentions. For example, attributes such as kindness, compassion, or serving others. And then things like actions can…

April 2019

Guest Speaker Rose Riedel with Musicians Bonnie & Dennis O’Hanlon

“Peace of Mind with our Divine” How do you keep your mind calm when the environment is so tumultuous? What can we do as individuals to overcome and free ourselves from limiting thoughts that create stress, anxiety and suffering? Based on teachings from Great Masters, we will discuss various approaches we can take to create peace and calm for ourselves and others. Our own Rose Riedel has been a professional singer and songwriter for over 30 years as well as…

Sunday Celebration Service with Rev. Simon de Voil

“Let’s Face the Music… and Dance!” There are some moments in our lives when we’re invited —or pushed! — to fully awaken. Call it destiny or a time of trial, eventually it will knock on all of our doors, announcing: “It is time. Will you step forth?” Do we take that bold step forward into the unknown?  If so, we may find that we are forever changed, as Grace moves with us and we emerge more fully in our authentic…

Easter Sunday Celebration Service with Doug Benecke & Sallie Spirit

Fly Away When the women went to the tomb, it was empty; the stone had been rolled away. An angel there said to them, “You are looking for Jesus, the Nazarene who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here.” The mystery at the heart of this story touches us at the deepest level — the question of an ongoing existence, beyond the bounds of our earthly bodies. On Easter at Unity, we will be exploring the mystery of…

Sunday Celebration Service with the Pacific Northwest Interfaith Amigos

“The Problem With Interfaith Dialogue” The Amigos will focus on challenges to effective interfaith dialogue, why dialogue alone is never enough, and consider the necessary next steps toward healing both persons and planet. Rabbi Ted Falcon, PhD, spiritual guide, author, teacher and therapist, has taught Jewish traditions of Kabbalah, meditation and spirituality since the 1970s. Ordained in 1968 at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, he served in Los Angeles as a congregational and then a campus rabbi. In…

Pacific Northwest Interfaith Amigos Community Dialogue

“Meeting the Problems with Interfaith Dialogue” This afternoon session will provide opportunities for participants to move toward personal and communal healing and planetary restoration. Conversation circles, spiritual practices, and sharing will be part of the afternoon process. Related

May 2019

Sunday Celebration Service with Rev. Annie Lonardelli & Music by the O’Hanlons

The Field of Compassion Compassion is the activity of Oneness. There is something about compassion – call it an energy – that is persistent and motivates us to live our values in a way that makes a positive difference in the world.   Rev. Annie Lonardelli Rev. Annie Lonardelli is an ordained Interfaith minister, teacher, spiritual director, and author who holds a master’s degree in Humanities. Her book, Another Way Home – Moving Beyond Religion to the Interspiritual Jesus and…

Mother’s Day Celebration Service with Rev. Joanna Gabriel & Musicians Hank & Claire

Listening to the Heart Mother’s Day may be the perfect moment to consider those times in our lives when there is a distance between what is expected of us and what our hearts may ask us to do. Rev Joanna Gabriel will explore such a time as an opportunity to acknowledge the presence of Spirit as Divine Love that can bridge that gap toward healing and peace. Rev. Joanna’s life and work experience include serving as the Director of Education…

Sunday Celebration Service with Doug Benecke & Sallie Spirit

Going Deep These glorious spring days are times when the beauty of blossoms, bees, and birds  stirs our hearts to gladness.  In this radiant season, the surface of our old world is spruced up and everything seems new.  Yet, in these times, as in our darker moments, there is a call from Spirit to go deeper in our perception of the sacred underpinnings of all we see. This Sunday at Unity, we will be heeding the call, answering the invitation,…

Sunday Celebration Service with Catherine van Wetter, MSW, and musicians Becky Thatcher & Matt Corey

Activating Our 12 Powers During Turbulent Times During this time of extreme shift and change, how do we find within us the source of resiliency and fortitude to move forward in a positive and proactive way? One way is to activate the 12 powers embodied within each and every one of us. It is your birthright to utilize the infinite power that resides within. You are the change we have been waiting for! Catherine VanWetter is a spiritual practitioner focusing…

June 2019

Sunday Celebration Service with Reverend Sherry Schultz and the O’Hanlons

Rev. Sherry Schultz Sherry was ordained as a Unity minister in 1995 and has served churches in Missouri, Kansas, and the Pacific Northwest.  She is also a board certified chaplain serving at Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care and a certified spiritual director working with individuals and groups. Sherry is grateful to be living here, for her daughter who attends Seattle University, and for the ceaseless opportunities to grow and find beauty in every single day. Related

Sunday Celebration Service with Reverend Simon Ruth de Voil

“Sacred Witness” Albert Einstein said: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” In order to shift our perspective, we need to cultivate an internal spaciousness and stillness of mind. The spiritual practice of holding witness allows us to listen deeply from that still point within ourselves from which deep change can begin. Rev. Simon is on the staff at Unity of Port Townsend and is an independent, ordained, interfaith minister, sacred musician,…

Father’s Day Celebration Service with Doug Benecke & Sallie Spirit

The Fathering Kind Are you the fathering kind? Does the “paternal instinct” speak to you, speak through you? Who is a father, anyway? Who ─ and what ─ do we honor when celebrating Father’s Day? Reflections on the message, the meaning, and the mission of Father’s Day from speaker and songwriter Doug Benecke, accompanied, as always, by his beloved musical collaborator, Sallie Spirit. Doug is a lifelong musician and student of the human spirit. He holds a religion degree from…

Sunday Celebration Service with Rev. Annie Lonardelli and Musicians Becky Thatcher & Matt Corey

The Dream That Awakens Us Rev. Annie will share what inspired her and some of the insights she discovered while writing the book Another Way Home ─ Moving Beyond Religion to the Interspiritual Jesus and the Sacred Feminine. Rev. Annie Lonardelli is an ordained Interfaith minister, teacher, spiritual director, and author who holds a master’s degree in Humanities. Her book, Another Way Home – Moving Beyond Religion to the Interspiritual Jesus and the Sacred Feminine, was released this past spring.…

Sunday Celebration Service with Our Own Gale Gray & Carole Glenn

Finding Our Way How can we find our way on our Spiritual Path? Join Dr. Gale as he shares stories and teachings from his experience. As we journey together, things can become clearer. To aid us in the journey, he plans to play the didgeridoo. Doctor Gale is known for his simple, yet powerful spiritual work. His skill lies in taking complex, esoteric information and making it simple and practical. Gale holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master’s…

July 2019

Sunday Celebration Speaker Jeanette Dames with Musicians Dennis & Bonnie O’Hanlon

“The Magic of Trust” As spiritual beings on this human planet, one of the toughest things we have come here to learn is trust. Yet, angels are everywhere waiting to help you manifest your dreams and that manifestation is amplified and accelerated when we can trust and recognize the signs that they are really here – working hard to make our lives everything we would like to experience. Jeanette will share with us the many ways we might step out…

Sunday Celebration Service with Rev. Joanna Gabriel & Musicians Dennis & Bonnie O’Hanlon

Fine Lines We are living in a world fraught with continuous messages about challenges to our health and well-being; challenges such as climate change, tumultuous leadership and more. The idea that preparation has an energy of expectation or inevitability and, if what we focus on is what comes into our experience, focusing on disasters may not be a good idea. But, we want to be responsible, so how can we be both responsible and create what we desire in our…

Sunday Celebration Service with Doug Benecke & Sallie Spirit

  The Heart of Summer   Sometimes it seems that the rest of the year we live for the warmth and flowering of our brief summer, now fully expressing itself each day. There is a sense of joy and connectedness with our fellow travelers on Earth when folks in the ferry line can stand outside and visit instead of staying huddled in their metal boxes. The heart of summer presents an opportunity to open more fully our own hearts to…

Sunday Celebration Service with Katie Evans & Musicians Becky Thatcher & Matt Corey

“Batter Up!” You won’t want to miss Katie’s thoughts and insights about the “metaphysical side of baseball” and how we can all be more spiritual using the same tools athletes employ. Katie is an author, professional speaker and hypnotherapist.  She has been a member of Unity for over 30 years and loves to teach what she calls “practical spirituality”–how to bring Unity principles seamlessly into your daily life.  She lives in Everett with her dachshund, Heidi who teaches her unconditional love…

August 2019

Sunday Celebration Service with Rev. Simon Ruth de Voil

Peace Pilgrim once said: “Only as we become more peaceful people will we be able to live in a more peaceful world.” This week marks 74 years since the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Rev. Simon will honor this important date by exploring the transformative power generated by those who walk the path of peace. Rev. Simon is on the staff at Unity of Port Townsend and is an independent, ordained, interfaith minister, sacred musician, youth worker and…

Sunday Celebration Service with Doug Benecke & Sallie Spirit

“Storylines” Whether consciously or unwittingly, we write our own life stories. Unity puts it this way: “We create our life experiences through our way of thinking.” How true and, yet, how often do we feel simply overwhelmed or overcome by the trajectory, the impact, and even the drama of our own storyline? How often do we feel that we are less of the creators of our experience and more the victims? For an exploration of our stories and myths, our…

Sunday Celebration Service with Rev. Annie Lonardelli and Musicians Becky Thatcher & Matt Corey

“The Song of the Adorable One” “The Adorable One is seated in the heart and rules the breath of life.” ~The Bhagavad Gita This Sunday, Rev. Annie will continue lessons on living a practical, compassionate life by staying tuned in to our essential Self. “This Self – The Adorable One – which is Supreme.” Annie is an ordained Interfaith minister, teacher, spiritual director, and author who holds a master’s degree in Humanities. Her book, Another Way Home – Moving Beyond…

September 2019

Rev. Sharon Ramey with Musicians Dennis & Bonnie O’Hanlon

“Labor Not” As a society, we seem to honor “hard work” as a prerequisite for success and happiness. But what if all that we struggle with could just be easier?   Join Rev. Sharon Ramey as we look at some ways to let go of the “labor” of living and relax into a little more EASE, while allowing God do the heavy lifting! After 40 years in Seattle as business woman and minister at Center for Spiritual Living, Rev. Sharon and…

Rev. Joanna Gabriel with Special Guest Musician John Hoover

Where Change Begins Beloved Unity teacher, Ernest Wilson, discussed in his book, The Great Physician, how we have been given the means toward healing, even in the laws of the Universe at the dawn of creation. Inherent in life is the key to sustaining it. Rev. Joanna Gabriel will explore a powerful reminder from this classic Unity text. Rev. Joanna’s life and work experience include serving as the Director of Education and Worldwide Communications for the ReCreation Foundation, supporting the work…

Sunday Celebration Service with Doug Benecke & Sallie Spirit

Step By Step Our visual capacity encompasses a vast range — from glimpsing dust motes floating in summer sunshine to viewing the hazy outlines of the Andromeda Galaxy nearly three million light years away. Yet. no matter how well we apprehend the big picture, daily life is a series of small moments, minute actions, seemingly trivial choices. We dream of giant leaps we wish to make, while in truth our goals, our journeys are only accomplished step-by-step. Join us for…

Rev. Dr. Sheldon Ganberg with Musicians Becky Thatcher & Matt Corey

“Faith: A Process of Letting Go” In New Thought, it is said that in order to have faith we must have a conviction that all is well. In order to keep faith, we must allow nothing to enter our thought which will weaken this conviction. Faith is built up from belief, acceptance and trust. But what happens when we’re void of Faith? How do we muster up faith when the faith is not felt inside? How do we take a…

Doctor Gale Gray with Musician Carole Glenn

The Next Step On September 15th, our guest speaker, Doug Benecke, shared “Step by Step,” a way we can make progress. But what is our next step? Join Doctor Gale as he shares some thoughts about what the next step might be. As we journey together, things can become clearer. To aid in the journey, he plans to play the didgeridoo. Doctor Gale is known for his simple, yet powerful spiritual work. His skill lies in taking complex esoteric information and making…

October 2019

Rev. Sherry Schultz with Music by Dennis & Bonnie O’Hanlon

 “Oh, How Good and Pleasant It Is…” Psalm 130 refers to the importance of living as sisters and brothers, how good and pleasant it is.   Though we know this intellectually, treating one another as family can be an emotional challenge and is most certainly a spiritual call.  This Sunday, we will reflect on relatedness, share in a significant chant, and experience a ritual of connection. Rev. Sherry has been an ordained Unity minister since 1995 and served churches in Missouri…

Speaker & Musician: Rev. Simon Ruth de Voil

Bard of the Holy Isle A tiny, windswept spot off the west coast of Scotland, the sacred island of Iona holds a special light that draws thousands of pilgrims each year. Rev. Simon Ruth de Voil lived and worked in Iona Abbey for three years and found his life entirely changed. In this talk, Rev. Simon will give  us a brief introduction to this island of druids, monks, murderous Vikings, and holy mystics, as well as share his personal understanding…

Sunday Celebration Service with Doug Benecke & Sallie Spirit

  What We Get To Do For so many of us, as householders trying to live a spiritual life, we struggle to find the time, energy, and bandwidth to do all the things we feel we have to do. We wish for a life of leisure, imagining that our happiness depends on the luxury of free time, that joy is measured out in vacation days, and that inner peace is possible only when we are completely free of burdens. But,…

Rev. Annie Lonardelli with Musicians Becky Thatcher & Matt Corey

Harbor of Insight Spiritual community is a refuge, a harbor of insight, in this busy world. This is where we are reminded we are one and yet each one unique. In this place, we can honor each other knowing that Oneness is not sameness; the insight that we are like individual beads on the strand of the Sacred. Rev. Annie Lonardelli is an ordained Interfaith minister, teacher, spiritual director, and author who holds a master’s degree in Humanities. Her book,…

November 2019

Rev. David McArthur, J.D, with Dennis & Bonnie O’Hanlon

“Your Spiritual Heart” Recent scientific discoveries have validated what Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore realized through his mystical understanding ¾ we connect most directly with our spiritual wisdom through our hearts. This Sunday Rev. David McArthur will share with us the life transforming discovery of how to make a deep connection with our spiritual nature through our hearts. When we are in the midst of difficult situations is when we most need the clarity and peace of our spiritual nature. It…

Rev. Joanna Garbriel with Musicians Hank & Claire

The Big Reveal We are familiar with the TV shows that offer the culmination of lots of demolition and renovation to get to the new condition, the new beginning, the new home. Rev. Joanna Gabriel looks at how we all have experienced plenty of demolition and renovation… where has that led us… who are we now?  Rev. Joanna’s life and work experience include serving as the Director of Education and Worldwide Communications for the ReCreation Foundation, supporting the work of…

Sunday Celebration Service with Doug Benecke & Sallie Spirit

  Love Who??? Jesus said it – there is no mistaking his words: “Love your enemy, and pray for those who persecute you.”  It’s that simple, isn’t it?  And yet . . . how many of Jesus’ followers seem to clearly carry out this mission?  How well do you and I follow these straightforward instructions?  If we grade ourselves honestly, perhaps not all that well.  In fact, this moral precept may be the single most difficult challenge any of us face,…

Catherine VanWetter, MSW, with musicians Becky & Matt

Compassionate Grief ~ A Pathway to Wellness Grief lives within our soul. If we acknowledge this, then we can begin to transform the unspoken pain, suffering, anger, despair, and isolation that grief sets before us. Grief can then become our greatest teacher and our greatest ally, leading us into the realm of relief, acceptance, peace, hope, and resolution. This will enable us to witness and empower others during their time of grief. It truly takes a village. Catherine VanWetter is a spiritual…

December 2019

Rev. Annie Lonardelli with Musicians Dennis & Bonnie O’Hanlon

The Season of Advent – The Coming of Consciousness Advent means coming, expectant waiting, moving toward the morning of hope.  This Sunday, we will explore what this time of year is really telling us and what we need to do to be ready. Rev. Annie is an ordained Interfaith minister, teacher, spiritual director, and author who holds a master’s degree in Humanities. Her book, Another Way Home – Moving Beyond Religion to the Interspiritual Jesus and the Sacred Feminine, was…

Our Own Gale Gray with Musician Carole Glenn

My Next Adventure Gale Gray has had a number of spiritual adventures, including travel in Nepal, Tibet, Australia, and South America. Join him as he shares stories about past adventures and describes his next adventure. As in the past, he will be inviting others to join him on the journey. After the talk, he will lead a meditation using the didgeridoo. Doctor Gale is known for his simple, yet powerful spiritual work. His skill lies in taking complex esoteric information…

Sunday Celebration Service with Doug Benecke & Sallie Spirit

Keep The Change What is the purpose of prayer, of meditation, contemplation, or any kind of spiritual practice? What is the role of worship and gathering together as a church community? Perhaps it makes us feel better. We may be uplifted and we very well may enjoy our time together – but is that its purpose or more of a side effect? This week at Unity, we deepen our Advent journey by exploring what prayer and spiritual practice is for:…

Annual Burning Bowl & White Stone Ceremonies with Rev. Simon Ruth de Voil

The Burning Bowl Ceremony is Unity’s unique way of leaving old, emotional baggage behind so we can begin the New Year afresh. Intuitively, we know we don’t need the old resentments, angers, and hurts that we all tend to hold onto in mind. During this ceremony, we have an opportunity to release those challenges and enter the New Year with a clean slate. During the time Jesus taught, whenever anyone completed a prison sentence, upon release, they were given a…

January 2020

Sunday Celebration Service: Guest Speaker Rev. Joanna Gabriel with Musicians Dennis & Bonnie O’Hanlon

Signs It’s a new year and there is a lot going on, both anticipated and dreaded for 2020.  How can we let the signs of the times empower us rather than cause fear, doubt and limited experience? Rev Joanna Gabriel will explore possibilities for having a meaningful 2020! Rev. Joanna’s life and work experience include serving as the Director of Education and Worldwide Communications for the ReCreation Foundation, supporting the work of Neale Donald Walsch, author of the Conversations with…

Sunday Celebration Service: Rev. David McArthur with Musicians Claire Favro & Hank Payne

Cinderella: A Story of Our Transformation The great scriptures of the world reveal that our point of sacred connection with the Divine is our heart. Spirit also brings to humanity this great truth through the symbolic messages hidden in what we call “fairy tales.” Join Rev. David as he explores a spiritual teaching that has been guiding us to enlightenment through the story of transformation we know as ‘Cinderella.’’ Within this simple tale is hope to overcome whatever is challenging…

Sunday Celebration Service with Doug Benecke & Sallie Spirit

Everything Is New A new calendar year is something we may see as arbitrary or even as random. And yet, there is a power and a presence in the New Year as an agreed-upon reality, as a time for change. What practices can bring about those changes we seek in the consciousness we carry and the lives we live – no matter when we start? This week at Unity, transformation in the ‘annus novus’ of 2020 featuring a talk by…

Sunday Celebration Service with Rev. Sherry Schultz & Musicians Becky & Matt

Sherry has been an ordained Unity minister since 1995 and served churches in Missouri and Kansas before returning to the Pacific Northwest. She is also a board certified chaplain serving at Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care since 2006 as well as a certified spiritual director working with individuals and groups. Sherry is grateful to be living here, for her daughter who attends Seattle University, and for the ceaseless opportunities to grow and find beauty in every single day.   Musicians…

February 2020

Rev. Asha Burson-Johnson with Music by The O’Hanlons

Rev. Asha is the founder and spiritual director of the Center for Spiritual Living Port Angeles. Her ministry is about kindness and compassion — for ourselves, for others, and for the world. She focuses on staying in the present moment as much as possible while using her natural joy, humor and buoyancy through all “proble-tunities.” She also uses her background in improvisation as a spiritual growth tool which allows her to flow with whatever is happening and give space for…

Rev. Simon Ruth de Voil with Special Guest Musician Michael Mandrell

Brigid and the Quickening of the Year Brigid is one of the most beloved of the Celtic saints and goddesses. Sometimes called ‘Mary of the Gaels,’ Brigid is a healer, a teacher, and a protector, known for her bravery and generosity. Brigid has much to teach us about the compassionate face of the Divine and how we can fearlessly bridge the rifts around us.   Michael Mandrell Described by Public Radio International’s Echoes host John Diliberto, Michael is “…the acoustic…

Sunday Celebration Service with Doug Benecke and Sallie Spirit

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