Worship Services at Unity Church
Our worship services combine many different elements to feed one’s soul and to unite us in Common-Unity.
Our services are live-streamed on our YouTube Channel. Hit the subscribe button there to be alerted when services go live. Our streams are then archived on the channel for later viewing.
Sunday Morning Services
With the exception of the summer months, we hold two morning services each Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00 am.
During the SUMMER (from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend inclusive), we offer one morning service at 10:00 am.
These morning services offer thought-provoking talks; beautiful, energetic music; peaceful, calming prayer; and a period of guided meditation. Inspiring messages are given by our Senior Minister, Rev. Crystal Muldrow or occasionally by a guest speaker.
Sunday school for children and teens is offered during the 11:00 am service each week.
Sunday Morning Prayer & Meditation
Between the 9:00 and 11:00 am services on Sunday morning we offer a time dedicated to the practice of meditation from 10:15 to 10:45 in the large upstairs class room, aka: Garden Room. Space is limited to 10. The practice begins promptly at 10:15, and ends accordingly, so that it does not interfere with either of the morning services. Sunday morning meditation is not held in the summer months (from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend) when we have just one morning service at 10:00 am.
The practice of meditation allows us to connect with the Divine in perfect union. The practice can bring us to that place of calm and perfect peace that cultivates our soul. We can then experience more clarity of thoughts and direction in our lives. As Myrtle Fillmore, Unity’s co-founder, said in How to Let God Help You, “If you would know the perfect relation of all things in the universe, cultivate the soul. It is Intelligence Itself and will reveal to you, in the silence of meditation, glories and beauties of which you have not dreamed.”
“OneSong” Sunday Evening Music Service
Then, on Sunday evenings, we hold our “OneSong” Multi-Faith Music and Meditation service at 6:00 pm. Patterned in part after the kirtan gatherings of the Hindu and Sikh traditions, these services incorporate music from various faith traditions including: traditional and contemporary kirtan chants, non-denominational chants, spiritual and gospel songs, and original songs by our music team. Services also include prayers, readings and reflections from various sacred sources and a time for guided meditation.
Each of the three Sunday services typically lasts about 1 hour.
Click for our OneSong Poster
Following our Fall Retreat, Rob shares wisdom from his Little Buddha writings.
Rob’s professional career began with 25 years in the banking industry and concluded with 13 years in management, finance and technology for a non-profit in Albany. Since 1997, he has experience what he feels is direct communication with god. Rob has increased his focus on spirituality and sharing the message that each person can experience their own personal conversations with god.
Sunday, November 4, 9:00 and 11:00 am services:
Ramananda John E. Welshons
Talk Title: The Wisdom of the Hourglass
John E. Welshons (“Ramananda”) is a highly respected contemporary spiritual teacher who lectures, and leads meditation workshops throughout North America. He has practiced meditation and various forms of yoga for more than forty years. He is the author of three highly acclaimed books: ONE SOUL, ONE LOVE, ONE HEART; WHEN PRAYERS AREN’T ANSWERED; and AWAKENING FROM GRIEF, as well as numerous audio programs on meditation and spirituality. He is a gifted counselor and teacher who has worked closely with Ram Dass and Stephen Levine and trained with Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.
During the course of the year we offer a few special services to enrich your life and spiritual journey.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 5:30 pm (11:00 am in 2017)
Rekindle the Christ light in your heart this Christmas. Join Reverend Crystal and our Unity musicians as we sing and celebrate the birth of Christ Consciousness into our world. We have scheduled our service at 5:30 PM so that you can participate and still have the evening free for family and friends. Join us as we listen to the Christmas story, share prayers, songs, and light our Christmas candles together. What a wonderful gift to give the Christ child in you!
The Burning Bowl Service – New Year’s Eve, 5:30 pm (11:00 am and 6:00 pm in 2017)
Clear out the closets of your mind and make room for the life your soul desires. Open your imagination and heart to the blessings God is offering you. This is our traditional ritual of releasing to the burning bowl those things that no longer serve us and writing our letter to God claiming our vision of good for the coming year.
We will sing, pray and step forward into a New Year filled with wonderful possibilities for all.
White Stone Ceremony – First Sunday of January, morning services
This day we set our intentions (similar to resolutions) for the new year. Rather than focusing on what we will do, we focus on who we are called to be in order to birth the emerging vision of our highest essence. During the service, we connect with our divine essence—whatever we call God, as we are invited to ask for guidance on what our word or words will be for the upcoming year. These words will represent our highest intention and may be in the form of a new name that will represent this emerging spiritual identity that will guide us through the new year as our high intentions unfold. That name is then written upon the white stone that we keep throughout the year as a reminder of our intention.
Maundy Thursday Foot Washing and Communion-in-Prayer
Join us for a simple service with a big impact.
The service focuses on the metaphysical/symbolic meaning of Maundy Thursday.
Everyone is welcome to participate in foot washing, or hand washing if you prefer. Communion-in-Prayer is done inwardly with spirit and prayer rather than wine and bread. Guests are always welcome.
Usually held at 7:00 pm on the Thursday before Easter.
Our Seder is a covered dish event with each person bringing a specific part of the Passover meal. Please sign up in advance at the church to reserve your place and coordinate what part of the meal you will provide. This is a non-alcoholic and vegetarian Seder.