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Color for December: Red
Power for December: Life
Twelve Powers Summary

Upcoming Special Events:
17 Dec 2017 05:00 PM Candle Lighting Service
 
17 Dec 2017 06:30 PM Candle Lighting Dinner
 
31 Dec 2017 11:00 AM Sunday Lesson: Burning Bowl
 

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Unity Movement Year 2015: A Journey of Spiritual Discovery

The Upcoming Week:
10 Dec 2017 10:00 AM Discussion Group
 
10 Dec 2017 11:00 AM Sunday Lesson: TBA
 
10 Dec 2017 11:00 AM Soloist: Tony Camilletti, Guest Musician: Don Bartkowski
 
10 Dec 2017 11:00 AM Truth Classes for Children
 
10 Dec 2017 11:00 AM Uniteens and YOU
 
10 Dec 2017 11:00 AM Birthday Sunday
 
10 Dec 2017 12:00 PM Fellowship
 
12 Dec 2017 01:00 PM Tuesday Afternoon Study Group
 
12 Dec 2017 08:00 PM AA/ALANON
 
14 Dec 2017 07:00 PM Attitudinal Healing
 
15 Dec 2017 11:00 AM AA/ALANON
 

Unity Church of Rochester started as a study group on October 2, 1972. It was sponsored by Royal Oak Unity. The classes were taught by Dona Gilsdorf. The group flourished for a while but disbanded in 1973. It was during the same year that Dona would become a Licensed Unity Teacher.

In October of 1974, again under the sponsorship of Royal Oak Unity, Dona once again began teaching Unity classes in Rochester. Our first real home was an American Legion Hall. We became an official satellite group of Royal Oak Unity in January of 1977.

In September of 1980 we relocated to an office building at Rochester and Avon Road. It was here that we formed our first steering committee; Rochester had become our new home. We celebrated our first baptism there in 1981. In May of 1982 we welcomed our first members.

It was also in 1982 that we were incorporated by the State of Michigan and were accepted into the Association of Unity Churches. Now all we needed was a permanent home.

We moved into our present location at 1038 Harding on February 1, 1984. Exactly one month later, on March 1, 1984, we joyfully held our first Sunday service and have been blessed to be doing so ever since. Dona Gilsdorf remains our spiritual leader and was ordained as a minister in June of 1985.

Unity Church of Rochester is affililated with Unity School of Christianity, publishers of Daily Word, and is a member of the Association of Unity Churches.

This ministry is solely supported by your tithes and love offerings. Even though we are spiritually affiliated with Unity School of Christianity and the Association of Unity Churches, we do not receive any financial support from either of them. As a ministry, we practice the laws of tithing by supporting Unity School of Christianity and the Association of Unity Churches, so that the TRUTH that UNITY teaches can continue to be spread throughout the world. We appreciate your continued tithes and love offerings for they make it possible to maintain Unity Church of Rochester as a center where all might have the opportunity to experience TRUTH from the UNITY point of view. We also appreciate the love for one's fellow human, and the TRUTH that is demonstrated by including Unity Church of Rochester in your will. This act of love multiples so that it touches the lives of many.


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Core Values

GOD
(Mk. 12:29)
We accept that there is only one presence and power, God the Good.
PRAYER
(Matt. 6:33)
We practice daily prayer and meditation to heighten our awareness of God, active in our lives.
PEOPLE
(Matt. 5:14)
We let the love, wisdom, and power of God in us, express through us.
INTEGRITY
(James 5:12)
We apply Unity Principles and the Law of Mind Action by making and keeping our agreements in thought, word, and action.
SERVICE
(Mk. 12:31)
We seek to serve all people in a spirit of love by supporting them to claim natural health, wealth and joy.
MASTERY
(Matt. 5:48)
We commit to excellence in every aspect of our ministry, as we invite all people into spiritual maturity.

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Mission and Vision

Our Mission Statement: Unity Church of Rochester is a center for worship, spiritual growth and prayer support based on the practical application of the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Our Vision Statement: This church will be a continuing demonstration of all the spiritual principles. Our vision is to have a conveniently located, well equipped facility which is fully staffed and which serves to support the personal transformation of our congregation through the teachings of truth principles.


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Unity's Statement of Faith

  1. We believe in God, the one and only omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Spirit-mind.

  2. We believe in Christ, the Son of God, in whom is imaged the ideal creation, with perfect man on the throne of dominion.

  3. We believe in Christ Jesus, the Son of God made manifest in Jesus of Nazareth, who overcame death, and who is now with us in His perfect body as the Way-shower in regeneration for all men.

  4. We believe in the Holy Spirit, which baptizes the universe and man with the thoughts of God and perpetually establishes the divine law in all manifestation.

  5. We believe in the supremacy and the eternity of good, as the one and only objective of man and of all things visible and invisible.

  6. We believe in the twelve disciples, the twelve powers of man, going forth into mind and body and authority to teach, preach, heal and wholly save man and the world from sin, sickness and death.

  7. We believe that "God is spirit" as Jesus taught, and that all of His Spirit is with us at all times, supplying every need.

  8. We believe that divine intelligence is present in every atom of man and matter, and that the more abundant life, which Jesus promised, is flooding the world and quickening the minds and bodies of men everywhere.

  9. We believe that the original authority and dominion given to man was over his own thoughts, emotions, feelings and passions, and that, in the lawful exercise of this authority, he will harmonize all discords within and without and restore the kingdom of God on the earth.

  10. We believe in the creative power of thoughts and words; that they do accomplish that whereto they are sent and that all men are held accountable for even their lightest words.

  11. We believe that through indulgence in sense consciousness men fell into the belief in the reality of matter and material conditions. We believe that the "kingdom of God" can be attained here and now by overcoming the world, the flesh, and the adversary through Jesus Christ.

  12. We believe in the at-one-ment that Jesus re-established between God and man, and that through Jesus we can regain our original estate as sons of God.

  13. We believe that the prayer of faith will save the sick, resurrect the body from trespasses and sins, and finally over-come the last enemy, death.

  14. We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is alive and in the world today. We believe that the more abundant life, which Jesus promised, is poured into the race stream as a vitalizing energy, and that, when accepted in faith, it purifies the life-flow in our bodies and makes us immune to all diseased thoughts and germs.

  15. We believe that sense consciousness may be lifted up "as Moses lifted the serpent in the wilderness" and that all men be again restored to paradise through faith, understanding and practice of the divine law, as Jesus Christ taught and demonstrated.

  16. We believe that creative Mind, God, is masculine and feminine, and that these attributes of Being are fundamental in both natural and spiritual man. "And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him: male and female created he them."

  17. We believe that we live, move and have our being in God-Mind; also that God-Mind lives, moves and has being in us, to the extent of our consciousness.

  18. We believe that the body of man is the highest-formed manifestation of creative Mind and that it is capable of unlimited expression of that Mind. "Know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit?"

  19. We believe that with conscious union with Jesus in the regeneration man can transform his body and make it perpetually healthy, therefore immortal, and that he can attain eternal life in this way and in no other way.

  20. We believe that the blood of Jesus represents eternal life; that the body of Jesus represents incorruptible substance. We believe that these are original elements in Being and that they can be appropriated by all who, through faith and understanding, attain the Christ standard of spirituality.

  21. We believe that spirit, soul and body are a unit, and that any sepration of these three is transgression of the divine law. We believe that the death that came into the world through the Adamic man resulted in body dissolution and that the restoration of the lost Eden is already begun, in the demonstration other the death of the body, as shown in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

  22. We believe that the dissolution of spirit, soul, and body, caused by death is annulled by rebirth of the same spirit and soul in another body here on earth. We believe the repeated incarnations of man to be a merciful provision of our loving Father to the end that all may have the opportunity to attain immortality through regeneration, as did Jesus. "This corruptible must put on incorruption."

  23. We believe that the kingdom of heaven or harmony is within man and that through man the law and order existing in Divine Mind are to be established on the earth.

  24. We believe that the "second coming" of Jesus Christ is now being fulfilled; that his Spirit is quickening the whole world. "For as the lightning cometh forth from the east, and is seen even unto the west; so shall be the coming of the Son of man." "Watch therefore; for ye know not on what day your Lord cometh."

  25. We believe that the Golden Rule "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" should be the standard of action among men.

  26. We believe that Jehovah God is incarnate in Jesus Christ and that all men may attain the Christ perfection by living the righteous life. "Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."

  27. We believe that the Word of God is the thought of God expressed in creative ideas and that these ideas are the primal attributes of all enduring entities in the universe, visible and invisible. The Logos of the first chapter of the Gospel of John is the God idea or Christ that produced Jesus, the perfect man. We believe that the Scriptures are the testimonials of men who have in a measure apprehended the divine Logos but that their writings should not be taken as final.

  28. We believe in the final resurrection of the body through Christ. We believe that we do free our minds and resurrect our bodies by true thoughts and words and that this resurrection is being carried forward daily and will ultimate in a final purification of the body from all earthly errors. Through this process we shall be raised to the consciousness of continuous health and eternal life here and now, following Jesus Christ in the regeneration or "new birth."

  29. We believe all the doctrines of Christianity spiritually interpreted.

  30. Almighty Father-Mother, we thank Thee for this vision of Thine omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence in us and in all that we think and do, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen!


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About Unity

Unity was founded in the late nineteenth century by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore in Kansas City, Missouri. More information can be found at the following links on the Unity.org site: The History of Unity, What We Believe, Frequently Asked Questions about Unity, and Unity's Vision, Mission, and Values.


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Unity Symbols

Unity is a Christian church. We study the teachings of Jesus the Christ and we believe in the Trinity. The cross and its meaning are accepted in Unity and you'll see this common Christian symbol from time to time. However, Charles Fillmore came to believe that an Egyptian symbol better stood for the principles or teachings of Jesus which Unity emphasizes. The "winged disc" or "winged globe" that you see in the sanctuary and elsewhere represents the whole of mankind being lifted up or raised in consciousness above earthly appearance or condition...to a spiritual realization of the Christ within. This symbol was adopted and is still used by the Unity School of Christianity.

Old Unity Wings

The other symbol seen in Unity centers is the circle with a dove in flight. This symbol's meaning is close to that of the winged globe. It represents the spiritual freedom one experiences when s/he discovers the Truth, as Jesus taught it. It's the logo of the Association of Unity Churches. The Association is an organization separate and distinct from Unity School. It's the field administration organization that supports and assists Unity centers, and their ministers, all over the world. The symbol you see below is unique to Unity Church of Rochester and was designed for us by Ruth Nutting.

Unity Church of Rochester Bird

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