Worship Services at Unity Church
During the church year (the Sunday after Labor Day through the third Sunday in May) worship services are held at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 4:30 p.m., except where noted. The entrance to the Sanctuary is at 733 Portland Avenue and parking is available in the church's lot on the corner of Portland Avenue and St. Albans Street. Map and Directions
From the Sunday before Memorial Day through the Sunday before Labor Day there is just one service each week at 10:00 a.m.
Each Sunday, through the work of the Generosity Ministry Team, seventy percent of the offering is placed in the hands of the chosen community non-profit recipient. The remaining thirty percent goes to support of the Community Outreach Ministry at Unity Church. Offering recipients for each Sunday are listed below the Sunday service description. If you would like to nominate a non-profit to receive the Sunday offering, please fill out the online nomination form.
November/December Sunday Worship
November 26: The Pilgrimage of Jesus
As we turn towards the Christmas season and our Judeo-Christian religious roots, what can the story of Jesus’ teachings and life’s journey teach us about our own racial justice journey? For those of us who identify as White, what might it mean to give up our privilege? Ministerial intern Andrea Johnson and worship associate Heidi Huelster will explore the theme of transformation through pilgrimage.
Offering recipient: Frogtown Green
No Soup Supper
December 3: When the Light Breaks Through
We are told that the divine broke through in the life of a newborn baby. Is it possible that the divine breaks through every life but does so in ways we can’t easily recognize? Rev. Janne Eller-Isaacs and worship associate Bob Lies will look for the light breaking through in this season of growing darkness.
Offering recipient: We Are All Criminals
December 10: The History in Our Hands
Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago, in The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, presents the ministry of Jesus in the context of generational trauma. Had Joseph only stopped to warn the neighbors of the coming danger his son might have lived a very different life. Much as we long for the simple joy of the season we are still called to consider the whole of the story. Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs and worship associate Suzanne Quinn-MacDonald will help us all to see the stories that our bodies tell.
Offering recipient: Prepare and Prosper
December 17: Family Sunday: One More Redeemer
The whole church family will gather for our fabled carol sing (or, for the brave among you, carol shout at 11:00). We will celebrate the season and the completely unreasonable and unfathomably true story about the little child that comes to save us all. Janne Eller-Isaacs, KP Hong, and worship associate Kevin Ward will lead the worship team.
Offering recipient: Growth and Justice
On Family Sundays, children experience the entire worship together with their families in the Sanctuary. A children’s message and activity books related to the stories and sermon help children to engage in the experience of worship. Regular religious education programming does not take place on Family Sundays; however, the nursery is open for children under five years of age.
December 24: Find a Stillness • 10:00 a.m.
Step out of the din and into the quiet of the Sanctuary as we begin our Christmas Eve services with an opportunity for quiet contemplation, deepening our breathing, and sharing the ancient sacrament of communion. Click here for a complete listing of the services offered on Christmas Eve.
Offering recipient: Ministers' Discretionary Fund
December 31: Slaughter of the Innocents • 10:00 a.m.
The biblical story of the slaughter of the innocents (Matthew 2:16-18) is a difficult story of violence and destruction. Appearing as it does, immediately after the birth of Jesus, we’re forced to grapple with questions of good and evil. As is the tradition at Unity Church, as the holiday season concludes, ministerial interns Arif Mamdani and Andrea Johnson will take up this difficult and complicated story and explore what meanings we might make of it today.
Offering recipient: discapacitados abriendose caminos
Family and Story Sundays
Family Sundays 2017-18
Family Sundays take place five times each church year:
Story Sundays 2017-18
Story Sundays happen frequently throughout the church year, with children in grades 1-8 beginning in worship with the congregation in the Sanctuary. After the opening hymn, prayers, and children’s message, Workshop Rotation children (grades 1-5) proceed with their Journey Guides to their classrooms for religious education programming while junior high youth (grades 6-8) remain in the sanctuary for the entire worship service.
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