Faith & Spirituality

Master Co to give prosperity healing workshop at Unity

Helping people transform their "poverty" consciousness to a "prosperity" consciousness through the understanding of spiritual principles has long been a staple of Unity Spiritual Center and the broader Unity movement worldwide. Master Stephen Co returns to Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake for the third time on April 17 at 7 p.m. with a workshop on "Prosperity Healing: Balance Spirituality and Material Abundance."

An author and nationally recognized speaker, and senior disciple of the originator of Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga, Master Co has been featured on CBS News and has been spoken of as "the real deal; his Power of Prana could save your life" by Wayne Dyer. He will share simple and practical energetic techniques to purge out poverty/lack consciousness and flood your mind with prosperity energies to magnetize abundance.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:28 AM, 04.01.2014

Combating addiction one life at a time

One life at a time ... that is how we will combat the epidemic that we’ve been hearing about for months now. Becoming informed is an important component in this battle. Last year, CrossPointe Community in Westlake hosted a very helpful forum on the topic of heroin addiction. Several similar events have been hosted in our community, including one at the Bay Village Branch Library on Feb. 20.

As a pastor, I am personally grateful for the work of Y-Haven in Cleveland which has provided us with a number of young men who are in recovery. Two of these young men began a Christ-centered 12-step group a year ago, which I wrote about in the Observer last year.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:33 AM, 04.01.2014

Fire and spring

Are you, by chance, feeling anything like I am about the snow, the cold and the ice? Want to throw your hands up in the air and say enough already?

Perhaps we should call on the Wicked Witch of the West from the land of Oz, and revive her line of menace, but turn it around for good – "How about a little fire, Scarecrow?"

The properties, characteristics and legends of fire are fascinating! Fire is commonly associated with the qualities of energy, assertion and passion. There are three astrological signs associated with fire – Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. In the practice of alchemy, fire is the prime method of conversion, it is the great transformer. Everything that fire touches is changed, rearranged. In one Greek myth, Prometheus stole fire from the gods to protect helpless humans. Yet today, humans have learned to harness fire and use it for good.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:21 AM, 03.18.2014

Spiritual songbird visits Westlake

A little blonde girl with a big heart who loved to sing, whose mom sent her to her uncle's to learn to play guitar, but ... she continued to sing. She grew into a beautiful heart-centered woman, and continued to sing. Today she sings, and holds "heartfelt" workshops for hundreds of people in Unity churches, from Tennessee to Indiana to Ohio.

If you've never heard Jody Soland sing and play guitar, you're in for a spiritual treat, a slice of audio-bliss, when she visits Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake on March 9. Her music will dance on your heart strings and move you into new places. Her numerous CDs bring forth her strong voice, and vocals primarily written by her and her husband, Gary, a singer-songwriter whom she met in Nashville. Her music allows a story to unfold, so the listener can become one with the story, or sit back and simply enjoy the musicality.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 9:55 AM, 03.04.2014

From death to life, a true life story of hope

If you were to visit CrossPointe Community Church in Westlake, the first person who would greet you is Linda Lucas (permission granted to use full name). Eight years ago on the last Sunday in February, Linda decided she was done with drugs and prayed that God would direct her to a church.

She drove down Columbia and saw the red, white and blue welcome flags flying that "looked like the arms of God." She turned in and drove around to the parking lot and prayed; deciding that this was to be the church to which she would come. I followed up with her that week and shared how God loved her unconditionally. She decided to open her heart to Jesus Christ and become a Jesus follower.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 10:02 AM, 03.04.2014

Advent parishioners feed homeless

Advent Episcopal Church in Westlake is in its fourth year of actively supporting the Metanoia Project which gathers and welcomes homeless, especially the shelter resistant (living under bridges, in alleyways and on park benches) and provides meals, relationships and overnight hospitality.

Advent prepares and serves nourishing meals to as many as 85 guests the first Sunday of every cold-weather month from mid-November through mid-April at the Hospitality Center in the old St. Malachi’s School at West 25th Street and Detroit. Advent volunteers lead a time of spiritual nourishment for guests who choose to join in prayer, Bible readings and devotions – a quiet time to reflect on the Good News of Jesus. We collect their prayer requests and carry out intercessory prayer on their behalf in the following 30 days.

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Volume 6, Issue 5, Posted 9:50 AM, 03.04.2014

Unity welcomes speaker on conscious evolution

Unity Spiritual Center invites all to hear special guest speaker, Vince Lisi, on Sunday, March 2. Lisi, a philosopher and faculty member of both Youngstown State University and Penn State University, will speak on moving forward in conscious evolution while facing questions of limitations and vulnerability.

Lisi will speak at Unity's 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services, and conduct a workshop from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Unity is located at 23855 Detroit Road, a block west of Clague. Details at www.unityspiritualcenter.com or call 440-835-0400. 

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:24 AM, 02.18.2014

Expanding your prayer power

More is better, right? That's the message we hear repeatedly from the AT&T commercials with the cute kids sitting around a table in thoughtful discussion.

Does that "more" theory apply to everything? Can we apply it to our hopes, our dreams, our wishes? What is the best way to do that? How do we multiply the good things in life, the desires of our hearts, that we don't yet have, into our personal daily existence?

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 10:22 AM, 02.04.2014

'Catholics Coming Home' program at St. Raphael Church

For the ninth year, St. Raphael Church in Bay Village will conduct a series called Catholics Coming Home on seven Wednesday evenings from Feb. 5 to March 19, 7-8:30 pm. These sessions are for non-practicing Catholics who might be interested in returning to the Church. There will be informal sharing and an update of the Catholic faith in a support-group format.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 10:17 AM, 01.21.2014

Above and below, the new and the old

A new year, a time to make new resolutions, a time to grow, to leave the old behind, sing Auld Lang Syne, allow the new to emerge, ring in the New Year, watch the ball drop – common phrases we have all heard around this time of the year. But I wonder, what does all that mean for us individually?

As we party here below, the skies above are busy giving us unique configurations, and warm smiles from the round-faced man in the moon. Nineteen years ago was the last time a New Moon (one of the eight phases to our favorite aerial rock) landed on our New Year. In addition to the New Moon, we can glimpse the Blue Moon if we only look up around the end of January.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 10:06 AM, 01.07.2014

Inner peace and empowerment workshops Dec. 8, 9 at Unity

The Renaissance, a cultural movement that spanned the 14th to the 17th centuries, beginning in Florence, Italy, brought widespread educational reforms and magnificent artistic developments to our planet. In addition to affecting art and education, its influence touched music, politics, science, religion, philosophy, etc.

The word itself means "rebirth." Thinking about this time in history, we can't help but think of the people who embodied its true spirit. Men like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo lived this spirit to the fullest and were the inspirations for the term Renaissance Man.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 9:56 AM, 11.26.2013

Melinda Mason to share her inspirational story of recovery Dec. 1

Melinda Mason, a University of Mount Union junior, was seriously injured when a drunk driver crashed into a car she was driving during the kickoff of the Drive Sober Get Pulled Over campaign at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium earlier this fall.

The near-death experience due to being hit by a 34-year-old drunk driver is the basis for an inspirational talk presented by Melinda on Sunday, Dec. 1, 10:30 a.m., at CrossPointe Community, 1800 Columbia Road in Westlake.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 10:04 AM, 11.26.2013

Spiritual retreat in Westlake, Nov. 24-26

Do you seek something more than what could be called "churchianity?" We invite you to CrossPointe Community, 1800 Columbia Road, Westlake, for a spiritual retreat featuring Billy Huddleston. Gathering times for the three-day retreat are Sunday, Nov. 24, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 25, 7 p.m.; and Tuesday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m.

Billy Huddleston has a passion to lead people into a powerful encounter with the living Christ. It is his desire to see lives and lifestyles changed as a result of those encounters. It is Billy's belief that all lives, young and old alike, are valuable to Jesus Christ and that each one has a vital role to play in the fulfillment and building of His Kingdom.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:21 AM, 11.12.2013

Grandkids camp can help foster lifelong connections

What is the best time for grandparents to influence their grandchildren as they consider life’s biggest decisions – those life-shaping decisions about college, careers, relationships and marriage? Hu Auburn, former pastor of Bay Presbyterian Church and author of a new book entitled "Grandkids Camp Guidebook," believes that window of opportunity opens when grandkids are three-years-old and potty-trained.

At least that’s an ideal time to begin planning and hosting an annual grandkids camp: a week (or less) when grandkids gather at their grandparents’ home to “do life” together in a way that phone calls, shorter visits and the presence of parents don’t allow. A week at the Auburns' grandkids camp includes daily flag-raising ceremonies, a camp pledge, hikes, outings, games and a daily excursion to local ice creameries to score and rank the product and experience.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:13 AM, 11.12.2013

Free wellness event set for Nov. 9

There are many paths to health and wellness, but the most important one is to take responsibility for yours. Ever hear the names Hatha, Kundalini, Ashtanga or Iyengar, and wonder what in the world was being discussed?

Mystery solved: all are very different types of yoga. Some yoga styles teach through slow and gentle movements, some are intense and focus on the core, others focus on alignment and detail using props, but all aim to increase your wellness and health. Not sure which one may be right for you? Take the time to talk to an expert one on one.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:21 AM, 10.29.2013

Faith speaker exposes the 'blind side' of human interaction

Collins Tuohy, sister of the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive tackle, Michael Oher, spoke to students at Westside Christian Academy on Oct. 18 and to almost 300 people in the evening at Westlake High School for the Family Strong Series, “Never Lose Faith.”

Her family’s story was included in Michael Lewis’ 2006 book and was the basis for Academy Award-winning 2009 movie, "The Blind Side." Lewis started to write a financial piece to examine why the left tackle is the second highest paid player on a football team after the quarterback. He protects the quarterback’s ‘blind side’ and prevents possibly a career-ending injury.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:13 AM, 10.29.2013

Heal your past with day of introspection on Oct. 19

Looking back, some take a stroll down memory lane "lightly" – they bring to mind old beaus, wild friendships, favorite songs from that era, crazy things they did then but wouldn't do now, their favorite pair of jeans or even a funny hat they wore constantly as their signature accessory. Some look to their past to recall and remember happier times, yet others take a more serious look backward with a specific intention, the intention of healing old hurts. 

All humanity exists within the sphere of the trilogy of time consisting of past, present and future. We weave our way through these three, not often realizing how one is affecting and influencing the other. What we bring forward from the past can shape our present day thoughts, habits and actions, essentially how we live our lives.

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Volume 5, Issue 21, Posted 10:13 AM, 10.15.2013

Unity's small-group book study to focus on 'The I of the Storm'

For over a decade Unity Spiritual Center has held a six-week Fall Program featuring many small groups studying a special spiritual book. A very popular ongoing event, the Fall Program begins with a kick-off ceremony on Sept. 18.  

This year's book is "The I of the Storm: Embracing Conflict, Creating Peace" by Dr. Gary Simmons, a renowned peacemaker, Unity minister and spiritual leader. The book is now in its 16th printing.

In "I of the Storm" we learn to go beyond merely managing the conflict in our lives to actually embracing the conflict, allowing it to teach us what we otherwise might not learn. This process leads to peacemaking whether it be within ourselves, in our relationships, or as a result of outside circumstances.

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:39 AM, 09.04.2013

Unity Spiritual Center an oasis of self-healing

Have you ever felt there is too much chaos in the world, and wished you could make the world less so? It's very possible you can, and it may begin very close to home, meaning with yourself. Becoming more peace-filled, less frenzied, less hectic, beginning with the person in the bathroom mirror, can truly add peace to us and to the world.

Often anger, even self-hate or doubt can hide deeply and hold securely, leading us to live lives that are less serene than we would desire. Repairing old hurts frees you up to be more creative, happier, healthier, consequently contributing this harmony to those close to you, therefore expanding it into the world.

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:29 AM, 09.04.2013

Celebrate World Day of Prayer at Unity

Prayer is the bedrock, the solid foundation of Unity's philosophy. Prayer is the time and the place within that we converse with God, the Spirit who expresses through us, God who is our friend, our guide, our therapist, our counselor, our guru, our bliss.

Prayer has energy and power, and when the prayers of many unite and combine, they expand the intention beyond the individual. Uniting all in affirmative prayer is the purpose of World Day of Prayer. 

Throughout the day, celebrated Thursday, Sept. 12, people worldwide will join prayer upon prayer, heart to heart, sharing like intentions, for Unity's 20th annual World Day of Prayer. The theme of this sacred event is: Living Well, Nurturing Mind, Body and Spirit.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 9:52 AM, 08.20.2013

Uncover your internal detective at Unity Class

Think about the Bible for a moment.

Do your thoughts become mingled with confusion over the enormous amount of writing by different authors in this historically rich Book of books? Or do you think back to the Hollywood drama starring Kirk Douglas as Moses? Do you ponder over the interesting characters whose stories are told, like Samson and Delilah, Noah and his Ark, Elijah and his fiery chariot?

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:45 AM, 07.23.2013

If you haven’t seen your friends for a long time…

From June 14 through June 16, a Catholic youth conference was held at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, which is located about three hours away from Cleveland. This youth conference is one of the most famous youth gatherings in the country, with hundreds of Catholic high school students from various parts of the nation attending. I went to this conference and I feel fortunate to have been able to be part of the magnificent experience.           

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:52 AM, 07.23.2013

Local authors present their latest book at Unity Spiritual Center

Philip R. Belzunce and Lalei E. Gutierrez, holistic psychologists with over 60 years combined experience, have written a book to help readers learn what "pathway" in their relationship life they are currently on. They will be sharing their experiences and hosting a presentation and book signing at Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake on Thursday, August 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This is a free event. 

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.23.2013

Unity Spiritual Center hosts candlelight labyrinth walk June 28

Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake will be hosting a beautiful candlelight walk this Friday, June 28, at 7 p.m. At 90 feet in diameter, Unity’s outdoor labyrinth is one of the largest in Ohio. This meditative experience, “Walking a Sacred Path,” will focus on the Lord’s Prayer and the seven steps to transforming your life. This event is free and open to the public.

Why walk the labyrinth? The world is thirsty for a connection with the soul, and the answer can be found in the renaissance of this ancient image. The mysterious labyrinth is a symbol of wholeness, combining the circle and the spiral into a meandering yet purposeful path.

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Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 10:38 AM, 06.25.2013

What makes ceremonies special?

Even with our hectic lives, most of us find time for significant ceremonies.

Weddings, graduations, christenings, memorials, civil unions, birthdays and other rituals in our lives makes us stop and think about what is important to us as human beings. Many ceremonies are short, followed by merriment that goes on much longer. Yet we know in our hearts that the ceremony is still the cake, and the party to follow is the icing, for without the substance that the words and power of the ceremony provide, we have only unsatisfying fluff.

It's usually the ceremony, not the hoopla afterward, that brings tears to the eyes, because a well done ceremony touches the heart.  During the ceremony most of us are totally present and focused, instead of multi-tasking in thought and action like we normally do.  In a ceremony, we stand as witnesses to people we care about who are being celebrated, supported or remembered. We allow life to slow down for a few minutes so we can hear what is being said and think and feel about what is meaningful to us.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 9:52 AM, 05.29.2013

LIFE Anonymous discussion group can help you overcome battles

You may not have a substance abuse issue, but is there something – or maybe even more than one thing – with which you constantly battle? Is there something to help you overcome? You can pay a lot of money for someone to listen to you and then to talk to you. You can choose to suffer alone or you can opt to connect with a small group of people who are on the same journey called LIFE and it's free.

Many of us have character and conduct flaws that challenge us, to say the least. They raise their ugly heads at the most inopportune times. Just when we least expect it and we find ourselves in a painful situation with our children, our parents, our friends, people at work and we just wish we could stop! Like the challenge to stop smoking, these behaviors are tough to change.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 10:13 AM, 05.29.2013

Bethesda’s Vacation Bible School open to area children

Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church invites area children of all faiths to its Vacation Bible School program, “God’s Backyard Bible Camp,” from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 17, through Friday, June 21. 

For preschool through sixth-graders, the program will focus on serving family, friends, neighbors, community and Jesus. Each day will include Bible stories, crafts, snacks, music, outdoor games and service projects.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 10:09 AM, 05.29.2013

Popular JAM Nite returns June 8

It’s a simple idea... with far reaching ramifications! Christian musicians come together for an evening of celebrating any and every musical genre from contemporary, to hip-hop, rock, country, rap and gospel... any others? 

The first JAM Nite held in March had a small turnout with two bands and several individuals. On April 20 the event grew to four bands and several studio musicians who played spontaneously together. That was definitely fun! Two individuals came to sing with trax and one solo accompanied herself on the keyboard. It was a fantastic night; laid back, enjoyable, fun... a real celebration!

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 10:21 AM, 05.14.2013

Recovering addicts seek to 'Fill the Void' faced by others

Dave and Tony, two young men in recovery, have launched a Christ-centered 12-step recovery group for teens and young adults. Fill the Void meets every Sunday at noon at CrossPointe Community, 1800 Columbia Road in Westlake (just south of Hilliard). It is a discussion group. Dave and Tony facilitate the group utilizing Scripture and the 12 Step Recovery Bible. 

These two young men realize the importance of carrying the message to other addicts. They have come to realize that a major component of their own recovery is intensive work with others recovering from substance abuse.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:20 AM, 04.30.2013

'What the Bleep' comes to Unity April 26

If you’ve never seen the riveting film, “What the Bleep Do We Know!?” you need to make your way to Unity Spiritual Center on Friday, April 26. In fact, even if you have seen the movie, see it again. It’s simply that kind of movie that yields something more, something different, each time you see it.

For those who haven’t seen it, be aware that “What the Bleep Do We Know!?” is a unique type of film. Released in 2004, it is part documentary, part story and part elaborate and inspiring visual effects and animations. Blending science and science fiction, this strange and fascinating film asks the question, “What is real, what is unreal, and how do we really know the difference?”

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 10:46 AM, 04.16.2013

Unity can help you bring on a breakthrough!

Unity was teaching people about the universal law of attraction 100 years before the famous movie "The Secret" came out in 2006. Many people who viewed the film became enthusiastic about it but, without a consistent effort, failed to realize much change in their personal lives.

The law of attraction is summed up in Unity's law of mind action: thoughts held in mind, reproduce after their kind, and out-picture on the screen of life as our experience. It is also in keeping with Unity's fifth basic principle that encourages people to practice and live the Truth they know.

Jeremy Johnston, an avid student of the law of attraction for over 16 years, brings his enthusiasm, skill and dynamic talent in group interaction to making the practice of the law fun and rewarding.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:47 AM, 04.02.2013

St. Paul Lutheran to host parenting seminar May 4

St. Paul Lutheran Church in Westlake will host a parenting seminar entitled "Cooperation, Consequences and Keeping Your Sanity" on Saturday, May 4. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the church located at 27993 Detroit Rd. The cost of the seminar is $20 per person which includes both lunch and a children’s program running concurrent to the seminar.  

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:39 AM, 04.02.2013

Christian healing conference coming to Westshore area April 26-27

“Sacred Paws – Experiencing the Unconditional Love of God through Canine-assisted Therapy,” a workshop led by Patricia Griswold and Captain Jack, a certified therapy dog, will be one of five Saturday workshops at an upcoming Christian Healing Conference. The conference, “Inviting God's Presence,” will be held this year at Avon Lake Presbyterian Church, 32340 Electric Blvd., at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, and beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:40 AM, 04.02.2013

Bay United Methodist offers alternative service

“Open Harbor,”a second weekend worship service will be added Saturday evenings at Bay United Methodist Church beginning next month, William Buckeye, the pastor, announced.

Beginning April 6,  the new alternative will start at 5 p.m. Saturdays with coffee and fellowship. The service will begin at 5:30 and "Rev. Bill" promises the total time to be an hour or less.

The service will be structured on an Open Table/Progressive Christianity model, the pastor said, noting it will be a more contemporary and casual offering than the current, traditional service at 10 a.m. Sundays. This casual service is open to anyone, with the GLBT community particularly invited and welcome.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 10:48 AM, 03.19.2013

Motivational speaker to light up Unity Spiritual Center April 7

Curious about Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake? Ever wonder what goes on up that hill on the south side of Detroit just west of Clague? Your perfect opportunity to find out presents itself on Sunday, April 7.

On that morning Terry McBride will speak at Unity Spiritual Center at both the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday celebrations. Mr. McBride, esteemed author and one of the most sought-after speakers in the metaphysical and motivational movements, will speak on the topic, “The Mystical History of Unity.”

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 10:50 AM, 03.19.2013

Christian musician jam night March 23

Are you a Christian musician? Do you love to hear God’s praise? Let's come together to share the joy of the Lord through music. My mother use to say, "Music is the universal language." It is obvious that music is a prominent means of pleasure for God as the Psalms is the largest book of the Bible and musical instruments, songs and singing is mentioned throughout the Bible. 

So the idea for Jam Night is one of bringing musicians together for an enjoyable experience of praise to God. This comes from the heart of Jeff Wilkins, whose band, Last Man Standing, plays in the area and who is also a member of the 24/7 Worship Band at CrossPointe Community.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 9:51 AM, 03.05.2013

Master Stephen Co returns to Unity, back by popular demand!

Master Stephen Co returns to Unity Spiritual Center March 14, back by popular demand. A highly regarded master in Pranic healing (which involves the body's own energy centers), Master Stephen Co has a following among spiritual teachers like Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer, but is also respected by many celebrities. 

Actress Melanie Griffith said, "Master Co is one of the most interesting and intriguing healers that I have ever had the honor of being touched by." Actress Mary Steenburgen said, "In a seemingly egoless way, he shares his phenomenal knowledge and talent so that others may benefit from all he has discovered. I admire him very much."

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 9:55 AM, 03.05.2013

Consciousness remains as memory dissolves

The experience of observing a beloved parent's mind diminish from dementia or Alzheimer's is difficult to endure, but it also raises fascinating questions about the mind, brain, soul and consciousness.    

Consciousness is pure awareness. It is the ability to be aware that we are aware. It is different from the "content" of your consciousness which may comprise all of your experiences, knowledge, relationships and beliefs. In my own experience with my mother's dissolving memory, I see that she no longer remembers all of what she was, but she knows that she is.  She exists, she feels, she wonders about her world; she is fully conscious.

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 9:58 AM, 02.19.2013

Explore the secrets of happiness at Unity Feb. 17

Dr. Param Srikantia, a distinguished professor at Baldwin Wallace University, will be speaking at Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Srikantia blends the wisdom of Indian mystics with his knowledge of business and life to give people of all ages what he hopes will be a life-changing experience.

His two-hour presentation is entitled “Why Life Sucks: Enjoying the Lightness of Being... Addressing Contradictions and Transforming Inner Reality.”

Have you noticed how exhausted and drained out many of us are at the end of the day? Isn’t it strange that no matter how much money we make, we are in a condition of perennial scarcity? Isn’t it ironic that with increasing levels of material affluence, we are left with progressively less leisure or peace of mind to enjoy our lives?

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 10:22 AM, 02.05.2013

Catholics Coming Home

For the eighth year, St. Raphael Church, Bay Village will conduct a series called "Catholics Coming Home" on seven Wednesday evenings from Jan. 30 to March 13 from 7-8:30 p.m. These sessions are for non-practicing Catholics who might be interested in returning to the Church. = There will be informal sharing and an update of the Catholic faith in a support-group format.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 11:56 AM, 01.22.2013