Do your congregants know they are part of a larger organization that spans the globe? Do they know that they, as individuals, can participate in the larger Unity movement? Unity ministers have a history and a culture of being independent. We have great latitude regarding how we run our spiritual communities, and no two Unity communities are alike. Nonetheless, there are times when uniting with other colleagues and congregants in our movement helps everyone.
In my former ministry, I found many people were unaware of the greater presence of Unity throughout the world. They were focused on our individual ministry, and rightly so, but I found bridging our local community with Unity’s larger presence strengthened their commitment as they realized they were part of something worldwide.
It is largely up to us, as ministers and spiritual leaders, to convey the existence of the broad fabric of which we are all threads. The more we come together as a movement—a body of Unity-principled people—to celebrate our faith, our history and evolving culture, the more synergy we’ll create to propel us forward in serving the world.
Knowing “about” Unity’s larger presence is good, but nothing takes the place of firsthand experience. Whenever our congregants attend a conference or convention, either regionally or nationally, or attend Spiritual Education and Enrichment (SEE) classes, or a retreat at Unity Village, they’re experiencing firsthand the legacy of our founders, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore. And when individuals step up to serve on a Unity Worldwide Ministries (UWM) ministry team, sign up to receive our email communications, or attend a regional training, their circle of Unity friends widens and the blessing is magnified. The stronger our Unity network, the more enriched our individual communities become.
Here at UWM headquarters, many people connect in numerous ways. Some people from local ministries routinely help with ongoing work. Others volunteer their time for specific tasks, working “virtually” from their homes all over the USA and beyond. Connection is the key! Expand the connection! I found it made a difference in my spiritual community when I began to bring UWM into my routine conversations and to share news about accomplishments and opportunities. To help you introduce Unity Worldwide Ministries and Unity World Headquarters, many materials are available from UWM which can be used in new member orientations, Unity basics classes, town hall meetings, etc.
Remember, as we weave ourselves together in Unity and love, we are strengthening the fabric of our spiritual community through which a world that works for all can be birthed. Expand the connection!