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 Spiritual Gift of Faith
Wed., Jan. 9, 16, 23 & 30, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.
What is faith? What is faith to you? Are we ever without faith? No. Either we have faith in the good or the negative. How do we cultivate our faith? Come and let's look deeper at the power of faith. Where two or more are gathered there I am in the mist of you. Faith! Where does your faith facility fall on the scale from 1-10? Join Rev. Patty Pipia for this wonderful class on Faith.
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 in Friendship Hall after Sunday service for beverages, snacks and fellowship. Please sign up in Friendship Hall to host and sponsor a coffee hour. On Sun., Jan. 20, the church will be hosting and sponsoring a coffee hour celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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."
Unity Game Night
Fri., Jan. 25, at 7:00 pm
Please join us in Friendship Hall for the first 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. Questions? email@example.com. Hope to see you there.
First Sunday of the Month, 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.
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.
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.
Third Friday of every other month, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Join us for movies, popcorn and other refreshments. Feb. 15 movie: "A Dog Year."
Women & Men of Unity
Every Second Saturday, from 10:00 - 11:30 am for a book study and refreshments. Bernie Thauland, LUT, and Vernon Steele are the facilitators.