After many years of service from Rev. Richard Billings and Rev. Helice Greene, we are blessed to have Rev. Linda Oglesby serving as our temporary minister as we await a new senior minister to guide us into our next chapter.
About Rev. Linda
Rev. Linda Oglesby was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She spent 17 years living in California, including nine years in San Diego, and 8 years in the Los Angeles area. While living in California, she studied with many new thought churches and occult study groups. Rev. Linda visited the church of Light in 2011 and found her true calling.
She is an ordained minister of the Universal Foundation for Better Living, a licensed teacher for the Jonnie Colemon Academy, the teaching arm of Christ Universal Temple located in Chicago, IL. The church was the largest New Thought Church in America with a congregation of 8,000. The Church sets on a 33 acre site that includes a 4,500 seat sanctuary, a state of the art banquet facility and elementary school. She taught metaphysical/New Thought classes at the Johnnie Coleman Institute for 9 years. She is life member of the Theosophical Society and a member of the Rosicrucian order.
She has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Master in Business (MBA) emphasis in accounting. Rev. Linda was employed 23 years with the Treasury department. She taught math for the Community College District of San Diego for 8 years. She is a member of the American Federation of Astrologers, the International Society of Astrological Research Incorporated and OPA (Organization of Professional Astrologers). She has traveled extensively in Europe, China, UAE (United Arab Emirate), and Australia.
Unity of Oak Park is dedicated to teaching Spiritual Truth; awakening individuals to the indwelling Christ - I AM; and putting into practice Universal Laws of Love, Peace, Prosperity, and Healing.
Affiliated with Unity Institute and Seminary, Unity Village, MO | Member of The Association of Unity Churches
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Childcare available for all ages in the Nursery (located upstairs)
Childcare available for children under 3 in the Nursery (located upstairs)
Youth Education for children and teens 3-18years in the Youth Ed Room (located downstairs)
405 N. Euclid Avenue
Oak Park IL 60302
5 Basic Principles
- God is absolute good, everywhere present.
- Human beings have a spark of divinity within them, the Christ spirit within. Their very essence is of God and therefore they are inherently good.
- Human beings create their experiences by the activity of their thinking. Everything in the manifest realm has its beginning in thought.
- Prayer is creative thinking that heightens the connection with God-Mind and therefore brings forth wisdom, healing, prosperity and everything good.
- Knowing and understanding the laws of life, also called Truth, is not enough. A person must also live the Truth that he knows.
New to Unity?
Unity is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus and the power of prayer. Unity honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual’s right to choose a spiritual path.
God is Spirit, the loving source of all that is. God is the one power, all good, everywhere present, all wisdom. God is divine energy, continually creating, expressing and sustaining all creation. In God, we live and move and have our being. In Unity, some other ways we speak of God are Life, Light, Love, Substance, Principle, Law and Universal Mind.
We believe that Jesus expressed his divine potential and sought to show humankind how to express ours as well. We see Jesus as a master teacher of universal truths and as our Way Shower. In Unity, we use the term Christ to mean the divinity in humankind. Jesus is the great example of the Christ in expression.
The Nature of Humankind
We are each individual, eternal expressions of God. Our essential nature is divine and therefore inherently good. Our purpose is to express our divine potential as realized and demonstrated by Jesus and other master teachers. The more we awaken to our divine nature, the more fully God expresses in and through our lives.
Unity co-founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore studied the Bible as history and allegory and interpreted it as a metaphysical representation of humankind's evolutionary journey toward spiritual awakening. In addition, Unity recognizes that the Bible is a complex collection of writings compiled over many centuries. We honor the writings as reflecting the understanding and inspiration of the writers at the time they were written. The Bible continues to be a valuable spiritual resource for us.
Unity teaches that each person is a unique expression of God created with sacred worth. Living from that awareness transforms our lives and the world. Unity emphasizes the creative power of thought in our life experience. We refer to this as the Law of Mind Action. When we take personal responsibility to choose life-affirming thoughts, words and actions, we experience a more fulfilling and abundant life. Unity emphasizes the importance of applying spiritual principles in our daily lives. Unity teachings continue to evolve as we identify, embrace and apply spiritual insights and the spiritual implications of new discoveries.
Prayer and Meditation
Affirmative prayer is the highest form of creative thought. It includes the release of counterproductive, negative thoughts, as well as holding in mind statements of spiritual truth. Through meditation, we experience the presence of God. Prayer and meditation heighten our awareness and thereby transform our lives.