Sunday Services

Services / Talk Titles & Lessons

Sunday Service & Youth Education begin at 10:30am

Stacked-rocks google imageYou 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 20-30 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


September 7, Rev. Karen Epps
Lesson:  The Honeymoon Effect
Special Music:  Maury & Cheri

We can keep the love alive in our relationships. The same excitement we feel during a new relationship can be experienced every day. The choice is ours but we need to know how to do it. Whether romantic or other forms of relationship, you will leave invigorated and ready to experience the Honeymoon Effect everyday! This talk is inspired by the work of Dr. Bruce Lipton who is a radical voice in the scientific field of biology.

Karen Epps_Sept 2012Rev. Karen Epps is an ordained Unity Minister who is passionate about Unity teachings, Integral Theory, the Evolution of Consciousness, 12-Step, and Progressive Spirituality. She is a powerful speaker and compassionate, purposeful leader. Her background includes visioning, spiritual leadership, retreat and workshop presentation. Rev. Karen has served Unity ministries in Miami, Dallas, and Beaverton, Oregon.


September 14, Rev. Alyzsa Van Til
Lesson:  7,000 Ways to Listen: A Beginning
Special Music:  Congregation

Rev. Alyzsa kicks off our 7-week book study program. Let’s embark together on a journey of spiritual growth with a focus on listening — to those closest to us, to strangers, to nature, to our own heart and to the great silence. The author Mark Nepo says, “Listening is the doorway to everything that matters.”

Alyzsa Van Til 2013Rev. Alyzsa formerly taught Bible Interpretation at Unity Institute. She was Education Minister at Unity of Palo Alto and has served a number of Unity churches along the west coast. She is now a member at Unity of Santa Rosa where she speaks regularly and offers a variety of thought-provoking and heart-felt classes.



September 21, Rev. John Butler
Lesson: Listening to Your Mystical Poet/Poetess in the Deep Desert of Desperation
Special Music:  Narayan & Janet

John ButlerRev. John has been at the forefront of building genuine relationships in authentic communities in Unity (as well as in other venues) for over 20 years. He and his partner, Debra, were spiritual directors of the Unity Church of Corvallis, Oregon from 2002 until 2010. John is an Ordained Interfaith Minister, a Licensed Unity Teacher, with extensive experience in mediation, peacekeeping, board consulting and classroom facilitation. His spiritual journey was written up in the #1 New York Times Best Selling book, What Should I Do with My Life.


September 28, Rev. Robin Gail
Lesson:  Making a Commitment to Being: Are You on the Bus or Not?
Special Music:  Star Tom

Robin Gail 2013 flipRev. 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.”


October 5, Richard Southern, Ph.D.
Lesson: How to be a More Conscious Human — Listening, Doing, Loving
Special Music:  Carol Manson

RichardSouthernDr. Southern is a regular speaker at Unity of Santa Rosa. 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.


October 12, Rev. Debra O’Rourke
Lesson:  The Majesty of Being Human
Special Music:  Congregation

In Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, Mark Nepo talks about how “we tend to fall asleep to the beautiful fact of being alive” and refers to living as being “a humble and spectacular affair.” Having lost a son to cancer, Rev. Debra could not agree more and shares how we can apply these concepts to daily living.

Debra ORourkeRev. Debra’s spiritual journey was jolted into high gear when her teenage son passed away from cancer. Every aspect of her life changed. She left a successful career in California and moved to Oregon, where she was hired as a part-time bookkeeper at Unity of Corvallis. Over time, grief, healing, and the transformative power of love and community did their work, and she did hers. Debra became fully ordained as a minister, and simultaneously earned her Licensed Unity Teacher credential. She served as the Associate Spiritual Director at Unity of Corvallis. A compassionate healer, gifted teacher and loving presence, Debra brings a delightful combination of humor, heart and head to everything she does.


October 19, Rev. Mary Murray Shelton
Lesson:  The Secret of Belonging
Special Music:  Star Tom

We tend to think we “belong” somewhere when we are welcomed and feel comfortable to be ourselves without fear of judgment or rejection. Belonging is actually much larger.            Rev. Mary will explore belonging with us and a secret to creating a greater experience of belonging.

Rev Mary Murray SheltonRev. Mary is a speaker of profound presence and insight. With a theater background, her talks are inspiring, informative and full of humor and teaching stories. She was the senior minister in Santa Rosa and Huntington Beach, CA, and in Vancouver, BC. She was the Founding Minister of Global Heart Center for Spiritual Living and served on the United Centers for Spiritual Living International Board and as 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.


October 26, Rev. Alyzsa Van Til
Lesson:  Listening: Being Before Doing
Special Music: Maury & Cheri

Listening deeply is an act of creation that shapes us beyond our will. “When we listen with devotion to the voice of universal wisdom we become the Love that we seek.” Rumi

Alyzsa Van Til 2013Rev. Alyzsa formerly taught Bible Interpretation at Unity Institute. She was Education Minister at Unity of Palo Alto and has served a number of Unity churches along the west coast. She is now a member at Unity of Santa Rosa where she speaks regularly and offers a variety of thought-provoking and heart-felt classes.



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