Unity of Oak Park classes are open to all; you needn’t be a member to attend! You will learn about foundational Unity/Truth principles and beliefs. Taking classes at Unity of Oak Park will assist you in your everyday walk as well as with your spiritual journey. We call our teachings, "Practical Christianity," and it can help transform your life, while opening your heart to a richer experience of the God Presence within us all. Most classes are offered on a Responsible Giving Basis.
For those moving toward licensed teacher recognition. Please sign up at the beginning of the series. Those taking the class for credit are allowed one absence. Registration forms will be available after the Sunday service at the bookstore desk.
The Science of Getting Rich
Wed., Nov. 7, 14, 28, Dec. 5, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.
Many believe that the book "The Science of Getting Rich" by Wallace D. Wattles was the impetus behind the phenomenon movie "The Secret." This three-week workshop explores the details for manifesting our desires. While "The Secret" covered, in great depth, the aspect of visualizing, “The Science of Getting Rich” lays out a roadmap to move consciousness from a dormant dream state into activities that support receiving the prosperity of our dreams. This class promises to be interactive, lively and informative. Participants will be provided with dynamic tools allowing them to work toward manifesting success. Facilitated by Rev. R. Ken Turner, Senior Minister at Unity of Chicago South.
Mission, Vision & Core Values
Sat., Dec. 8, from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Ministries thrive when they are clear about who they are, who they serve, and where they are going. The purposes of this workshop are: to support us in the creation of the future we want to experience, to provide direction for our leadership selection and future decision making, and to create guidelines for “how do we walk our talk” (what core values do we demonstrate)? Join our Interim Minister Rev. Phil Smedstad for this six-hour day of discernment and discovery, as together, we create our new Vision and Mission statements and our new Core Values. If you think of yourself as a part of this spiritual community, make sure to join us so that your voice is heard as we let Spirit reveal through all of us what It is calling us to be as we go forward. A potluck lunch will be served. Please sign up in the Book Room if you plan to attend and indicate the premade, precooked dish you plan to share.
Join us at 10:00 am and Noon in Friendship Hall after Sunday services for beverages, snacks and fellowship. . The following people are bringing snacks for the coffee hour this month:
• Dec. 2 - The Twelve Powers Team
• Dec. 9 - Youth of Unity
• Dec. 16 - Unity Singers
• Dec. 23 - Saint Nick & His Helpers are sponsoring Christmas Extraordinaire. The celebration will include Christmas cookies, candy canes, sugar plums, and surprise musical appearances!
• Dec. 30 - Chaplains
Joshua Mhoon's concert previously scheduled for Sun., Dec. 2, at 6:30 pm has been postponed. Check upcoming newsletters or our website for announcements about a new date for this concert.
Bring a Friend to Church Day
Sun., Dec. 9, at 9:00 am & 11:00 am.
During coffee hour after our services, there will be a raffle for folks bringing a friend as well as the friends. Massages and other prizes to be announced. Please bring a friend or two . . or more!
Sun., Dec. 9, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.
Do you want homemade cookies for your holiday gatherings, but you don’t have time to bake them yourself? We’ve got you covered! Please join us on the Cookie Walk, Sun., Dec. 9, 2018, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. Stop by Friendship Hall and fill a box with homemade cookies (including traditional, vegan and gluten free) so you can enjoy more time with your friends and family this holiday season. Come early for the best selection. They make great hostess gifts too! Cost: $12 per container. In order for the cookie walk to be a success, we need at least 15 people to sign up in the Book Room no later than Sun., Dec. 2, indicating your commitment to provide your favorite homemade cookies for the Dec. 9 event. We look forward to seeing your name on the list!
Family Christmas Dinner & Concert
Sun., Dec. 16, at 12:15 pm.
Please join us as we celebrate the joys of the season with our friends and family of Unity of Oak Park. The day will include a bountiful dinner and an uplifting concert given by our musicians, choir and soloists. We will also be treated to a special presentation by our children. Please sign up at the Book Room desk if you plan to attend. Suggested Love Offering: $15.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 5 - 12, children under 5 are FREE.
Annual Holiday Candle Lighting Service
There's no 9:00 am or 11:00 am service on Sun., Dec. 23, but we will have a special extended service from 10:00 am to 11:30 am on Sun., Dec. 23, that will include our annual holiday candle lighting service. There will be no evening service on Mon., Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve), since we will have our annual candle lighting service during the 10:00 am service on Sun., Dec. 23.
Wed., Dec. 26, at 6:00 pm.
Unity of Oak Park invites you to come and celebrate the first day of Kwanzaa—Umoja: To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race. We will welcome you with the drums and invite you to honor our elders, celebrate our oneness, and embrace unity. During Kwanzaa (December 26 through January 1) we are invited to emphasize, learn about and share principles to live by: Umoja—Unity, Kujichagulia—Self-determination, Ujima—Collective works and responsibility, Ujamaa—Cooperative economics, Nia—Purpose, Kuumba—Creativity, and Imani—Faith. This year Unity of Oak Park is celebrating Kwanzaa with drums, music, storytelling and a Karamu (feast) of ethnic delights. So, come wearing your ethnic best (optional - regular wear ok) with a smile on your face and joy in your hearts. Be prepared to join in with Kucha and Baba Tony and participate, to sing and to meditate, to light the Umoja candle, and get to know your brothers and sisters. Please sign up in the Book Room.
Release & Renew
Mon., Dec. 31, at 7:00 pm
This service invites us to boldly enter the New Year by consciously releasing and letting go of thoughts, beliefs, and ideas that no longer serve to lift us to the higher consciousness where "all things become new."
First Sunday of the Month, at 12:30 pm.
This club meets each month to inspire, support, and encourage those who wish to further develop a higher consciousness and fully live the promises of Truth.
Prayer & Meditation Group
Every Monday, from 7:30 - 8:30 pm.
Our Prayer Team meets on Monday evenings at 7:30 pm and is facilitated by Mary Ann Provenza and Caryl Rohlfing, LUT.
Second Monday, at 6:00 pm.
Regular meetings of the Board of Trustees are held on the second Monday of the month at 6:00 pm.
Silence in the Solarium
Every Thursday, from 11:30 am - Noon.
Join us as we set aside a period of time during the week to reconnect our minds and hearts at this meditation service in the Solarium. Facilitated by Mary Ann Provenza.
Conscious Parenting Group
Every Third Thursday, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Join us in Billings Chapel every third Thursday for the Unity of Oak Park Conscious Parenting group. We will discuss how to teach our children to live with loving kindness, mindfulness, and spirituality in the best way we can- by learning and practicing the principles ourselves. Please note that ALL ARE WELCOME. We will read books, listen to talks, and have discussion, reflection, prayer, and meditation around how to show up as people and parents with greater intention and consciousness. Facilitated by Lindsay Ambrose.
Join us every other month for movies, popcorn and other refreshments. Dec. 14 movie: "The Man Who Invented Christmas."
Women & Men of Unity
Every Third Saturday, from 10:00 - 11:30 am for a book study and refreshments. Bernie Thauland, LUT, and Vernon Steele are the facilitators.