Best-selling author Neale Donald Walsch comes to Westlake
Each fall, Unity Spiritual Center Westlake holds a fall program in which the entire community studies a spiritual book for a period of seven weeks. This year, the community is reading Neale Donald Walsch's book, "What God Said."
Neale Donald Walsch is the author of the "Conversations with God" series of books, seven of which have made the New York Times bestseller list. Neale has written 29 books on spirituality and its practical application in everyday life. "What God Said" is based on the 25 core messages from the "Conversations with God" series.
The intention of holding a fall program each year is to encourage community by studying together a book with a spiritual focus. Congregants get together in small groups for weekly book discussions. This provides an opportunity for new relationships to form while deepening in understanding of spiritual teachings and ideas. This year there are 12 groups meeting and 110 people participating.
There are two added dimensions to the program this year. During each weekly gathering, the participants join together in prayer for one individual who shares their prayer intention with the group. While meditation has always been a part of the small group meetings, the added intention and prayer is a new element to support each one in understanding the power of being in prayer together.
In addition, each small group has been invited to engage in a service project to be completed by the end of 2018. Unity Spiritual Center believes that we must practice the Truth we know, and engaging in a service project is a reflection of that belief. These service projects are encouraged to extend beyond the walls of Unity Spiritual Center into the greater community at large.
The fall program has been studying seven of the 25 core messages including: We are one; All truth is subjective; The human race lives with 10 illusions; There are three levels of awareness; You are the creator of your own reality; God talks to everyone, all the time; and The purpose of your life is to re-create yourself anew. These seven messages support Unity Spiritual Center's year long focus of "The Courage to Imagine."
This year, Unity Spiritual Center is excited to be hosting the author, Neale Donald Walsch, at a public event on Saturday, Nov. 17. This will not only be the culmination of the fall program activity, it is also an opportunity to host a New York Times-bestselling author who will draw individuals from outside Unity Spiritual Center to come and experience the community.
A cocktail party is planned from 5-6:30 p.m. That will be followed by a conversation with Neale Donald Walsch from 7-9 p.m. Tickets for the optional cocktail party and the talk are $40 each. Tickets are available through the website at USCWestlake.org or by calling the office at 440-835-0400.
Rev. Joanne Rowden
Senior Minister as Unity Spiritual Center since November 2014.