Honoring Black History Month

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Unity Center of Peace will be honoring two outstanding African Americans each Sunday in February.

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Mid-week Meditation Series with Rev. Victoria

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Our Midweek, Midday Meditation series has become so popular, we've decided to continue the series into the New Year.  Stay committed to your goal for 2024 of remaining centered in Spirit regardless of the circumstances.  Coupled with your participation in the Sunday service, this midweek spiritual boost can help you remain at a higher vibration throughout the week so you can radiate more love, peace and joy into your life and into the world. 

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Click the middle play button to listen to Rev. Victoria's latest meditation or click the menu button on the top right side of the video to go the meditation playlist

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Comments on "Transcendent Love"

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Rev. Victoria’s recent message on “Transcendent Love” is very significant and important in strengthening and advancing so powerfully and clearly the relation and relatedness of co-evolving science and spirituality. 

 
I was struck by how masterful this message and its delivery, its presentation, were conceived and brought to be.
 
We all are becoming increasingly space-and-universe conscious scientifically, especially since the very recent launch and initial discoveries of the James Webb Space Telescope and the now more sophisticated surface explorer now on Mars. 
 
This commonly shared experience of our expanding understanding of the universe is bringing with it the potential for a parallel and corresponding co-expansion in potential for a sudden immeasurable (non-“quanta-fiable) leap in “cosmic consciousness” or spiritual understanding on an expanded scale—spiritually and personally.  
 
This very real (actual) news of an orbiting asteroid — a space-bound treasure house of vast potential material value — does indeed serve as a new and, up to now, unforeseeable, but perfectly appropriate, image, symbol, metaphor or parable for correlation with the almost meteoric planetary visitations of treasure troves of unlimited spiritual wisdom and love, joy and peace in the form of many spiritually advanced individual personalities.  
 
Among these we would surely include:  Jesus —  the Wayshower; Gautama Buddha—with his innovative noble truths and eightfold path to enlightenment and liberation; Muhammad—with his emphasis on spiritual self-liberation and self-mastery by rigorous application of an inner jihad against one’s lesser thoughts and tendencies; Lao Tse with his unique Way of contemplation, detachment and supreme insight…….the list as Rev Victoria points out—is endless and extends through every age—not excepting our own and even right now, today. 
 
We also can see here a possible correlation —-between an astronomic fact and any of the noted historic spiritual personalities who may have made planetary contact here by bestowing themselves or having been bestowed, for missions on our world ….
 
…. or who, perhaps, may have reached up their own efforts to those stratospheres of spiritual understanding and insight as to possess themselves likewise of the counsel and the insight of the heavens—-
 
either of these would quality them as cosmic visitations or living incarnations of divine celestial truths. 
 
More in our time, such figures as Rev Victoria mentions :  Yogananda, Maharishi, Baha’ullah, (Dr. Herbert Benson), Yogi Bhajan, Jack Kornfield, Gopi Krishna, Richard Bucke—-and this list gets long as well—have advanced their medically or scientifically measurable—demonstrable—connection and relatedness found in such “spiritual sciences” as kryia yoga, brain-wave measurable positive effects of meditation, (such as) the Maharishi Effect, Kundalini Yoga, auric and empathic medical diagnoses, out-of-body and near-death experiences—no need to stop the list with a period but rather with a comma… , 
 
I am markedly impressed by this ultra-contemporary imagistic correlation Rev Victoria has presented of a newly detected asteroid of nearly illimitable material value and that of a nearby orbiting “asteroid” or spiritual personality of quintessential love—who would be of illimitable spiritual value to our world …. 
could it as well be “minedl— or better still—somehow captured, brought to earth, and fairly equitably distributed to the masses of God’s children with their manifold needs and problems, neuroses and unhealed tramas, war-weary dispossessions or outright spiritual destitution.  
 
The lovely and strange irony to all this is — as Rev Victoria clearly pointed out —- knowing and acknowledging that as a planet — we HAVE already been the beneficiary of ample and abundant spiritual wisdom, techniques, practices, methods, insights and worshipful engagements.   
 
I sense I need to draw this perhaps overly lengthy response, though I would emphasize in closing, that the truth and the breadth of the applicability of this message is vast and eminently shareable.  I’d like to see it shared far more widely.  
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"What I See..."

 

What I See…

Thriving, striving, new souls arriving….fearlessly embracing spiritual deep diving…
Giving, living, especially forgiving…not just on the days we celebrate Thanksgiving…
Singing, ringing, clearing, brimming…joyfully bringing forth a brand-new beginning…
Circulating, percolating, committing and shifting…earthing and birthing a new consciousness uplifting
Seeing and being, bending and transcending….living with the certainty that we are never-ending…
Uniting and lighting the world at our door…teaching and reaching…leaching goodness from each pore…
Growing, knowing and sowing friendship like seeds…flowering in a peace that never recedes…
Healing and feeling and revealing what is true…peeling away the cloak of fear whose time is well through…
Facing, embracing, revering the present moment so generous…shedding any doubt that can make life feel tenuous…
Shaking, awaking our spirits within…shining and brining in the seasoning-of-this-life we share in…
Serving, conserving, swerving from negativity…ideating, co-creating, uplifting our community…
Glowing and flowing in the radiance of UCP…so it can be...everything we imagine…it will be!

 

By Brad Goodwin 11/2023

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Inner Peace Meditation Series

 

 

Have you been enjoying our November Mid-Week Meditations: Abundant Blessings? If so, we've got good news: we are continuing our meditations throughout December! And December's theme will be Inner Peace. December is often a busy month and the winter holidays can bring up a number of conflicting feelings. Combine that with the chaos that is happening around the world right now, and it can throw anyone off their center.

That's why you'll want to tune into the mid-week meditations to help reconnect you with inner peace. Think of it as an "inner oasis of calm", or a "mini-spa retreat for your soul".
Available each Wednesday at noon. In case you missed it, you can click right here right now! 

Plan to join us Wednesday at noon as we livestream the next meditation: Awakening to the Light!

 
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Abundant Blessings Meditation Series with Rev. Victoria Loveland-Coen

 

 

We've launched our new Mid-Week Abundant Blessings Meditation Series!  If you missed it, you can go right  here now and enjoy a relaxing, rejuvenating and empowering guided meditation, led by Rev. Victoria. The meditation focus this week is: The Expansive Power of Gratitude! 

Plan to join us next Wednesday at noon as we livestream the next meditation: The Gifts of Gratitude!
With a month of Mid-Week Meditations you will build an energy of gratitude and love which blesses your life, and those around you.
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The Abundance Project Series and Book Study

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Starting Sunday, August 6 th we will be exploring a new way of thinking about, and experiencing
abundance in all areas: Health, Love, Wealth and Happiness. This series is inspired by Derek
Rydall’s book The Abundance Project. Each Sunday we’ll explore a new chapter where we’ll
discover spiritual principles guaranteed to transform our understanding of prosperity. In
addition to the Sunday series, we will be hosting a book study to dive more deeply into these
principles…and there are two ways to join: In person Sunday after the service with Marea
Kavanagh facilitating, and via Zoom on Monday evening with Rev. Victoria.


Here are Marea’s personal thoughts on the material:
“As I have started reading The Abundance Project in advance of our upcoming book study, it
has become abundantly clear (pun intended) that I am thirsting for these insights.  Again and
again, I find myself reading and re-reading a paragraph that speaks to me…making notes…and
contemplating how these Spiritual Truths apply to aspects of my life where I’m currently
struggling.  I’ve had more than a few ‘aha’ moments and I’m only on the second chapter.  And
in a world that feels increasingly out of control and full of struggle, I’m also considering how
these Principles apply to the ‘big picture’, and what is ours to do? I’d love to have a
conversation about this.   


I’m excited at the thought of a group of us in the Sanctuary on Sunday afternoons, or on Zoom
on Monday evenings, sharing of ourselves, supporting each other, and coming together in
Oneness as we integrate the Abundance Principles into our lives. If you are new to this
community, what a perfect way to grasp the spiritual Principles while making new friends. If
you are concerned that you may not have time to stay caught up with the reading every week,
please do not worry!  We are using this book as a guide to a much bigger conversation that I’m
sure you will enjoy participating in.  And if you know you won’t be able to attend every week,
join us anyway. We all have busy lives and your presence some of the time is much better than
none of the time.  I have a very deep sense that this is going to be a special 6 weeks.”


As an exciting bonus the book’s author (and personal life coach to many celebrities) Derek
Rydall, will be joining us live, via Zoom, for a free coaching call!! But you need to register for the
book study to get the Zoom link. Click here to register now - https://unitychapelhill.org/spiritual-support/upcoming-book-studies/

And to access the weekly book study guides, click here - https://mailchi.mp/6990242016e4/theabundanceprojectstudyguide

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Ode to Liberty and Democracy for Us

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While twentysome people gathered via Zoom and physically with proper distancing, little did we know that we would unearth gems while holding the U.S. election process in affirmative prayer. Many shared powerful intentions and prayers of respect, equality, civility and more while collectively generating the energy to sustain these. One that stood out and set the tone is Katja Sage's invocation to start this event. Such is its poignancy and clarity that we just had to share it with you. It is worth reading Ode to Lady Liberty multiple times. It starts with quoting the The New Colussus by Emma Lazarus which is inscribed at Lady Liberty's feet in New York Harbor.

 

 

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Community Forum Recap 2019

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If, for some reason, you missed our Thanksgiving Potluck and Community Forum last Sunday (Nov. 10th) here’s a recap of what we shared.  And by the way, the potluck was amazing!  Thank you to all who brought something to share.  It was perfect!

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New Bulletin Board by the Trail

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The trail sign began at UCP's envisioning retreat in July 2019, when Chris Egle proposed his idea of having a bulletin board for our trail devotee neighbors. Victoria purchased the actual boards, complete with locking doors, and Mark set to work designing and building the structure from materials already in hand.

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Adopt a Highway - June 2019

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The group cleaned the entire 4-mile stretch in less than two hours, with 12 people!!!

The cookout was wonderful before launching out, an impromptu “love feast” party!  A special shout-out to Jude for taking on the grilling and providing nourishment, and to all who brought dishes to share.

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Paris Burning?

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Flames on Notre Dame... No ...
But there they are...
The roof alight — they say it’s wood. Tower crumbles,
Painful sight, 
My heart weeps, thinking about a thousand years
of music, wars, tears, and worship. 
All in flames. 
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A New Divine Presence

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We're blessed by the recent addition of a spiritual master! Jesus has officially taken his place out in our Sacred Spaces on the Serenity Trail and is quite visible from our back deck...

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Adopting a Highway

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Did you know that UCP is part of North Carolina's Adopt A Highway cleanup program?

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Blessing of the Animals

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On Sunday, July 22, 2018, our furry/ feathered / scaled / other species family members were welcomed in spirit into the Sunday service. Some of the well-behaved furry ones made personal appearances. Others were represented with folders. At the end of the service, Rev. Victoria and Rev. Rosemary blessed many of the "extended" family.

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Wow, what a picnic!

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Dawn broke with the gentlest of summer temperatures and humidity - just enough heat to make it a pleasure to dip into Jordan Lake. Families and friends laughed, shared stories and enjoyed each others' company at UCP's 4th Annual Picnic at Parker's Point on Jordan Lake on Saturday, July 14, 2018.

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