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  • 9 Nov 2020 9:17 PM | Anonymous

    Dear friends,

    As Covid continues to wreak havoc with our normal sense of connection, it also invites us all to new levels of creativity. Becca Palm, Music Director for Unity of Bellevue and Rev. Jane Hiatt, NW Region Vice Chair, came up with the idea of creating and using virtual music to strengthen the connection among our Unity NW Region Communities.

    For our first project, we chose the season of Thanksgiving with a focus on Gratitude. Five Music Directors from NW Unity Communities wrote original music and created “gratitude videos” made specifically for individual centers to use either for Virtual Sunday music or for special Virtual Community Thanksgiving events.

    With the added intention of supporting the creation of music during this time, the Unity Community of Central Oregon provided funds for this initial project. Our hope is that you will not only be delighted by and use these first few videos in your services/events, that your communities will be nurtured and feel a larger connection to the region, but that you will also send a love offering or tithe (any amount is good) to the NW Region earmarked for the “Music Connection Fund”. Information on how to easily donate is provided with the videos when you click on the following link. 

    Click here to see and download the videos for your services or events. 

    We are visioning for Christmas, the season of Love, and Easter. If you have an idea around how we might use virtual music to further connect our NW Unity Region during this unusual time, please reach out to Becca Palm.

    Also, one of the videos pulled photos from several of our Unity websites to celebrate who we are as a region, so watch closely--you may find someone from your community on "Candid Camera!" 

    With love and gratitude,

    Becca and Jane and your NW Unity Board


  • 8 Nov 2020 9:20 PM | Anonymous

    NW Youth of Unity Retreat "The Spirit of Stories"


    This online event was October 16th-18th. There were 12 participants from 6 Northwest Region ministries. We had a wonderful weekend of connecting, looking at stories through different lenses, and sharing our own stories.

    One participant reflected that, "Stories are spiritual. They have power and a voice. We are living a story filled with chapters; we all have our own, but are also connected to a larger universal story."

    As always, thank you for supporting this event and our youth!

    Blessings,

    Nick Muncie-Jarvis, LUT (he/him)

    NW Youth of Unity Consultant



  • 7 Nov 2020 9:28 PM | Anonymous
    Watch the fall conference update from Unity Worldwide Ministries
    UWM Fall Conference

    Watch the fall conference update from Unity World Headquarters.

    Postcards from the Village: Unity World Headquarters 2020 Fall Conference Update - Ep. 26


  • 7 Nov 2020 9:25 PM | Anonymous

    Active Hope and an EarthCare NW Region Expansion

    Your Unity WorldWide EarthCare core team is delighted to welcome Unity of Bandon as our newest EarthCare certified congregation. 

    Here is the beautiful covenant Unity of Bandon created:

    “We believe that all of creation is connected as One and that we are to be good caregivers of the Creation. As people of faith, we commit to a renewed reverence for life and respect for the interdependent web of all existence.

    We honor our spiritual commitment to the care, support and defense of the balance between our individual needs and those of nature. We envision a world in which everything has intrinsic value and where all beings are assured a secure, safe, and meaningful life that is ecologically responsible and sustainable.

    We agree to transform our individual and congregational lives into acts of moral witness, discarding harmful habits for new behaviors that demonstrate our respect for this harmony and interconnectedness.

    We declare our covenant with God to walk upon the Earth for the greatest good of all creation.”

    Unity by the Bay in North Bend Oregon and Unity of Olympia are also in the works of gaining official certification and are already doing some great EarthCare actions.

    In late October, our Unity Worldwide EarthCare team member, Beth Remmes, offered a beautiful online workshop called Active Hope. 

    This event focused on the fact that we live in an extraordinary moment on Earth. As we witness unprecedented destruction of environmental, social, and political systems, we can feel overwhelmed by anger, fear, despair, and other difficult emotions. How can we remain resilient, creative, and empowered to act for the healing of our world?

    Based on "The Work That Reconnects," Active Hope is an interactive workshop based on over four decades of community work with thousands of people around the world. IT provides an opportunity to express our gratitude and grief and move into a deeper understanding of how we can work towards a more sustainable, just, and peaceful world where all beings can thrive.

    The live workshop had a great turnout and we will be posting a recording replay of the event on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/UnityEarthCare.

    Other resources:


  • 7 Nov 2020 9:22 PM | Anonymous

    Greetings from your NW Unity Conference Team!

    We have recombined as a new team and are already planning our 2021 Online Conference. The new team is composed of Rev. Rachel Simpson, Rev. Jane Hiatt, Rev. Lisa Davis, Becca Palm and Mitch Hunter. We will have plenty to report as we go along but we wanted to start by communicating 2 things: how well the conference went and what we have planned for recording access.

    1.   If you were there, you already know how much fun the conference was and how much great content you received! What you may not realize is how well attended it was since you couldn’t see the crowd. We had 65 registrants plus another 10 who were presenting a Wisdom Spot or a report from UHQ or UWM. In an in-person conference, those 10 would have been counted as attendees and 75 would have been a well-attended conference, so woo-hoo for a first of its kind! We have only partial details of attendees. We had 24 ministers, 9 LUT’s and 4 music directors. We had numerous attendees who were community leaders, probably way in excess of what we have had in the past, so we’re counting that as a victory too!

    2.   We are in the process of figuring out all the technology of sharing the recordings from the conference. More details will be shared but right now we know this much. There will be a limited time to access them and that will be January 2-March 31. Our intention is to have a way for you to share the material with your leaders and we are pretty confident that you won’t be interested in doing that until after the holidays! Because we will need to hire out the editing of the conference, there will be a tier of costs so you can pay just to listen; pay to share with your leaders; or pay to access the material for the first time even though you missed it in September.

    Reports, some presentations, and musician contact info from the conference are available here https://www.unitynwregion.org/reports-resources

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