Classes, Workshops & Events

Adult Classes

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.

SEE Credit

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.

Upcoming Classes

Unity 101:  New Members Class
Sun., Sept. 15 & 22
Noon - 1:00 PM - Light Lunch (provided)
1:00 - 2:30 PM - Class
Membership means becoming an active part of a spiritual community and becoming willing to accept the responsibilities and joys of sharing in sacred fellowship on a spiritual journey. If you've already been recently welcomed into membership here at UOP, or if you're not already a member but are interested in becoming one, please join Rev. Jesse for this new membership class! This 2-part class will explore the history and basic teachings of Unity as a church and spiritual movement, as well as how these principles have practical application in our daily lives. If you're interested in becoming a member, please come to the class and you will be asked to fill out a Membership Application at that time.

Events

Coffee Hour
Join us in Friendship Hall after Sunday service for beverages, snacks and fellowship.  Please sign up in Friendship Hall to host and sponsor a coffee hour.  Sept. 29 - Special Oktoberfest celebration during coffee hour.

World Day of Prayer
Thurs., Sept. 12
Held annually on the second Thursday in September, World Day of Prayer unites Unity and draws in New Thought partner communities for a 24-hour period of prayer practice. We invite the entire Unity of Oak Park community to join others from around the world in prayer, as we dissolve our personal barriers by realizing God within us and among us is the active source of Life, Love, and Wisdom.  You can participate by submitting a prayer to Silent Unity online and lighting a virtual candle. You can also join us on the Unity Facebook page to connect with people from all over the world and watch the live-streamed prayer service at 11am CST on worlddayofprayer.org. Or you can simply take time during that day to simply sit in prayer on your own time, using this guiding prayer:
Breathing in to prayer, I am in awe of the unbound spirit, the in¬finite presence within and around me. God is vitality in my breath, beauty in the natural world, strength in my determination, and compassion in my acts of service. I recognize God in the spaciousness of the universe as well as in my limitless dreams.  Let me set my sight beyond where I have seen before, into the vast reality of divine power and presence. Let me draw upon divine power and presence in order to fulfill my great potential.  In the harmony of prayer, my heart beats to the rhythm of God. The pulse of infinite life moves me, nourishes me, and empowers me to give life to my dreams. And so it is, Amen.
 
A FUNdraising Night of Comedy! - POSTPONED
Previously scheduled for Sat., Sept. 21, has been postponed to early 2020.
This event date has been canceled due to low ticket sales. Stay tuned as we reschedule this event for early next year.
 
Unity Game Night
Fri., Sept. 27, from 7:00 - 9:00 PM.
Please join us in Friendship Hall for Unity Game Night. We hope to not only have fun but also enhance our sense of community and fellowship. Popcorn and games will be provided but please bring your own beverages. Hosted by Pam and Mike Doman. Hope to see you there.
 
How to Understand What is Happening to You and the World 
Sun., Oct. 6
Grand changes are taking place in every corner of the globe.  What do we need to know about the big picture and what can we expect going forward?  Join Numbers and Trends Specialist Gail Minogue to learn the necessary requirements to keep ourselves centered and upright as change is happening all around us.  Tickets are $59.00 ($79.00 after Sept. 22). You may sign up and pay for your reservation in the Book Room at the churh or you may purchase tickets here
 
Open House Chicago
Sat., Oct. 19, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, and Sun., Oct. 20, Noon to 5:00 PM.
Open House Chicago is an annual event for the public to explore Chicago's rich architecture. Unity of Oak Park has been selected as one of the spaces to visit. Oct. 19 & 20 (Saturday and Sunday) we will be hosting visitors to our church. We are asking for the congregation's support by volunteering a few hours. In the past, over 1200 visitors attended, so you can see we need volunteers. If you would like to help on Oct. 19 or 20, please call the Center or sign up in the Book Room. Contact Sheila if you have any questions. This is a fun event, and we don't want you to miss out on this exciting opportunity. Blessings
 

Ongoing Events

Tai Chi for Health
Every First and Third Sunday, from 9:00 - 9:30 pm (no meeting on Sept. 1).
Often, tai chi is referred to as meditation in motion. It is one of the most effective exercises for the health of mind and body. Slow and gentle movements enable the qi or life force, to flow smoothly and powerfully throughout the body. Practice of tai chi results in harmony. Dr. Paul Lam, a family physician and a tai chi practitioner for more than 40 years developed a range of Tai Chi for Health programs. Sheila Swann-Guerrero, MS, CTRS became a certified instructor after attending Dr. Lam’s Instructor Training June 2018. Sheila brings her desire to serve UOP and passion for tai chi together to offer beginning Tai Chi. Please feel welcome to join us to learn and practice tai chi together.

Consciousness Club 
Every First Sunday, at 11:30 am. 
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.  Coordinated by Ron Johnson, LUT.

Sunday Morning Meditation
Every Second and Fourth Sunday, from 9:00 - 9:30 am (no meeting on Sept. 8).  Join us for time in the silence before the regular service to open our hearts and minds to the message Spirit has for each of us, we will also consciously move our combined Love and Light out into the world to be part of God’s plan for healing. Marilyn Joy will provide readings and guided meditations to move us closer to the Christ presence within. Please bring your energy, deepen your meditation practice and start your Sunday from the High Place.

Spirit of Wellness
Every Second Sunday, from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
This discussion group facilitated by Lori Kozon is based on Myrtle Fillmore’s proposition, “You have everything you need to enable you to do the many things you came into the world to do, but you need to let the Spirit of God take hold of your soul and set it to doing its perfect work in the body.” Tools that support your wellness as well as help you determine what naturally works best for your own body will be discussed. Guest speakers who are experts in innovative technologies and energetic practices will be included.

Prayer & Meditation Group
Every Monday, from 7:30 - 8:30 pm.
In prayer, we join in God's healing light, and send love and peace to the world.   After a guided meditation, we enter the silence and turn to our Christ within.  Facilitated by Mary Ann Provenza.

Board Meetings
Every 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.

Mindful Parents Group
Every Fourth Tuesday, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.
Unity of Oak Park partners with Book of Life Foundation to offer this group.  Through instruction, discussion, workshop, meditation and refection time, you’ll learn tools to be a more mindful parent.  See how becoming more aware of our thoughts, feelings, and environment through a gentle, nurturing lens can positively impact our families and communities.  Registration required.  You may register here.  

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.

Movie Night
Every other month on a Friday night, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.  Join us for movies, popcorn and other refreshments.