Services / Talk Titles & Lessons
Sunday Service & Youth Education begin at 10:30am
You will find the Sunday Service relaxing and welcoming to all, regardless of your religious background. During the service you will experience wonderful music, a guided meditation, and an inspiring 20-25 minute talk. Following the service, you can meet other friends of Unity in our Social Hall and enjoy some snacks and beverages. We hope you find a community here at Unity of Santa Rosa!
Prayer Circle: Join us for early-morning prayer and meditation before the Sunday Service. Sunday 9:40-10:00am in the Youth Ed Room.
Enjoy a sample of our Sunday Services with this video:
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Recent and Upcoming Lessons
March 1, Rev. Mary Murray Shelton
Lesson: Landing in the Lost & Found
Special Music: Sean & Karen Slavin
A successful life is a bit like making multiple visits to the lost and found. There is as much value in our being lost as in being found, maybe more. We will explore the important gifts of experiencing both.
Rev. Mary is a speaker of profound presence and insight. Her talks are inspiring, informative and full of humor and teaching stories. She has spoken at international events in Peru, India, Canada and Russia. She was the Founding Minister of Global Heart Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rosa, and she served on the United Centers for Spiritual Living International Board twice, and as a regional Director of Holmes Institute School of Ministry. She is the author of Guidance from the Darkness and is working on her second book, Dare to Live the Life You Came to Live.
March 8, Rev. Robin Gail
Lesson: The Pursuit of Happiness
Special Music: Star Tom
Why is it so hard? They keep trying to sell us stuff that will make us happy, but maybe there’s another way.
Rev. Robin is an ordained minister with Centers for Spiritual Living, and she has found a home here at Unity of Santa Rosa. She has retired twice — once from the Press Democrat in 2001, and again from the ministry in 2010. But having discovered Unity principles, it is her pleasure to share them whenever she can, and she simply can’t stay retired! She also speaks at the Unity churches in Ukiah and Lower Lake. Rev. Robin is married and lives in Windsor with two dogs, five cats, and several chickens. Her motto is “Life is Good — all the time.”
March 15, Janet Carol Ryan, RScP
Lesson: Your Heart’s Treasure
Special Music: Cici Wilcoxon & Jesse Boggs
We all have a connection with heart-intelligence, a compass for our path, an all-access pass to the higher centers of creative solutions and spiritual understanding. What an exciting time to be alive, as we discover the convergence of science and Spirit in the heart!
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
Janet is a Practitioner of Religious Science, and has been a spiritual life coach and teacher in spiritual development over the past 14 years. She is also a Licensed 1:1 HeartMath Coach, supporting her clients in living fulfilling lives with less stress and more joy. Her background includes 25 years in the field of philanthropy and community service, artistic expression, as well as many years of study and practice of the universal laws that support our highest unfoldment as creative beings.
March 22, John Beerman, LUT
Lesson: Sweet Surrender: A Pathway to Peace
Special Music: Congregation/Star Tom
Focusing on the solid wisdom found in 12-step programs, coupled with the teachings of Jesus around Oneness and ” non -resistance.” Surrender is something we can do voluntarily at any time, in any situation. This lesson will provide you with the tools to know when psychological surrender is appropriate, and describe the power it potentially brings into your life!
John is a Licensed Unity Teacher and former Spiritual Leader at Unity of Loveland, Colorado. He has been active in Unity churches since 1980 and will be graduating ministerial school in June of 2015. As an Employees Benefits Consultant, John worked with corporations, individuals, and non-profits in the communication and delivery of employee benefit programs and served as member of the National Health Insurance Association, actively lobbying for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He and his wife, Charlotte Garrett, have a large family and enjoy scuba, biking, travel and being with family. John’s lively style of teaching Unity principles, along with his dry sense of humor makes him a sought after speaker at Unity centers and churches throughout the country.
March 29, Richard Southern, Ph.D.
Lesson: The Road to Nowhere: Celebrating the Journey of Your Life
Special Music: Maury & Cheri
This Sunday, we’ll explore why the journey is more important than the destination.
Dr. Southern is a regular speaker at Unity of Santa Rosa. He has a B.S. and an M.L.A. in history, and an MSG (no kidding) in gerontology. He wrote his doctoral dissertation in government at Claremont Graduate University. For the last 23 years, as a church growth consultant, he has worked with more than 1,000 congregations in the U.S. and Canada. He has been active in Unity for 15 years, is a member of a Unity and an Episcopal church and also loves to garden. Richard is co-author of two books: Cracking Your Congregation’s Code, and SoulTypes: Decode Your Spiritual DNA.
Rev. Margaret graduated from Unity Institute’s Master’s of Divinity program in 2010. She is a Unity minister and has served at Unity Palo Alto and Unity of Santa Cruz. She believes that prayer, gratitude, compassion and an open and receptive mind are prime ingredients for a joyful life. Margaret lives in Kelseyville with her husband, Howie. She volunteers for the Lake County Hospice bereavement program and is a regular speaker at Unity of Santa Rosa.
April 12, Rev. Kelly Isola, MDiv.
Lesson: Who Have You Come Here to Be?
Special Music: Star Tom
Rev. Kelly holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Unity Institute. She is also a BePeace Trainer, Healthy Congregations Facilitator, Spiritual Intelligence Assessment coach, and certified to present the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium. She is an adjunct faculty member for the Spiritual Enrichment & Education Program (S.E.E.) at Unity Institute. As an ordained Unity minister, she is a master at creating transformative retreats, rituals, ceremonies, alternative services using music, storytelling, laughter, tears and meditation as catalysts for spiritual transformation. She also facilitates board trainings and leadership development workshops and retreats. Rev. Kelly is sought after as a captivating, funny, inspiring and charismatic speaker and teacher. She has written numerous articles for Unity Magazine and is co-author of the bestselling book, Who Have You Come Here to Be: 101 Possibilities for Contemplation. Read more about Kelly at www.kellyisola.com
April 19, Rev. Phillip Pierson
Lesson: The Divine Design
Special Music: Heartsounds Choir
Rev. Phil established and provided leadership for a number of Unity ministries in Washington, Hawaii and northern California. He and his wife and fellow minister, Dorothy, have broadcast their inspiring television show, The Best Is Yet to Be, for over 25 years, interviewing hundreds of leaders on the cutting edge of spirituality, including Buckminster Fuller, Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Larry Dossey. Most recently, Rev. Phil served as Vice President of Education at Unity Institute. He published The Metaphysics of Buckminster Fuller: How to Let the Universe Work for You! His newest book, The Twelve Freedoms, will be published soon as well.
April 26, Karen Drucker
Lesson: I Give Myself Permission
Special Music: Karen Drucker
Very few people can say they have been a singing mermaid and was literally “elevator music” when she was hired to sing and play piano in a moving elevator. Meet Karen Drucker. Karen has recorded 15 CDs of her original inspirational music and is the author of Let Go of the Shore: Stories and Songs That Set the Spirit Free. She has been a professional comedienne, led her own band, and has been the music director of New Thought churches. Karen has been honored with an Honorary Doctorate of Music for her work within the Religious Science Community, and a “Grace Note” award for her work within the Unity Movement. She loves making music, making a difference and touching hearts.
Click here for info about Karen’s workshop after service on April 26 also entitled “I Give Myself Permission.” You won’t want to miss it!