Faith & Spirituality

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

Spiritual communities offer more than solace in troubled times

The December massacre at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut carved a swath of inexorable pain through all of us. Thousands reached out, flooding the city of Newtown with love and support. Those living far from Newtown were left to seek solace with each other. 

Many found support through Facebook and other online sources, and many through their churches, temples and mosques. The advantage of having a spiritual community in which you are already integrally involved is enormous when troubled times appear. You have somewhere to go and kindred spirits with which to connect while feeling safe to talk, pray, cry or swear.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:26 AM, 01.08.2013

'Catholics Coming Home' program at St. Raphael Church

For the eighth year, St. Raphael Church in 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 support-group format.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:22 AM, 01.08.2013

Marriage retreat held at Bay Presbyterian Church

Last November, Bay Presbyterian Church hosted its first two-day Marriage Retreat, entitled “Renew, Refresh, Revive.” Sixty-five married couples of all ages attended. Pastors Garnett Slatton, Tom Madden and Matt Guertin, along with the lay marriage team, offered messages, personal stories and music. Topics were based on the book, “The Meaning of Marriage,” by Timothy and Kathy Keller. Interestingly, though it’s likely that wives may have been the primary instigators to get some of the husbands to attend, all of the favorable comments at the end came from the husbands.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:14 AM, 01.08.2013

Start 2013 by harnessing 'powers of the universe'

What a unique opportunity! "Powers of the Universe" is a new program at Unity Spiritual Center brought to you by a truly amazing facilitator, Maureen Haggerty, who shares her lifelong passion for our evolving Universe Story and the exploration of our evolving consciousness in which she is adept at making deep connections between the scientific, the philosophical and the spiritual!

This 12-week spiritual journey is based on cosmologist Brian Swimme's DVD series and the spirituality of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. You can now participate in this program which includes a unique combination of lecture, DVD viewing, group discussion, artistic expression, meditation and energy embodiment with energy exercises with Patrick Davis. Beginning Jan. 24, 6-9 p.m., at Unity Spiritual Center, this program explores the 10 cosmological dynamics that have shaped our universe since the Big Bang.

 

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:37 AM, 12.11.2012

Be inspired, be filled with music, be a part of Christmas at Unity Spiritual Center!

Christmas means many things to many people. Make Christmas this year personal and meaningful with all Unity Spiritual Center has to offer.

The snow will be flying soon, and when it does, it really means that the holidays are here as well. Unity Spiritual Center begins the Christmas season with an inspirational program based on the book by Jean Houston, "Godseed: The Journey of Christ."This is a spiritual journey of the Nativity to be held on four Tuesdays from Nov. 27 through Dec. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. 

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Volume 4, Issue 24, Posted 10:31 AM, 11.27.2012

Painting the future and shifts in consciousness at Unity

Many West Shore residents have come to know and love Unity Spiritual Center through many different avenues. It might be through yoga, meditation, reiki, and fantastic speakers on many different topics. It might be through the Spiritual Cinema which will have its last movie for 2012 on Friday, Nov. 16, from 7-9 p.m. This month it is "Painting the Future" which reveals how the thoughts we choose create the life we live. The film is based on the teachings of Louise Hay and explores the power of positive thinking in healing past struggles and learning to live joyfully and heart-centered. This movie is truly inter-generational with a nine-year-old young lady stealing your heart away.  

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:12 AM, 11.13.2012

Stress less with gratefulness at Unity Spiritual Center on Nov. 9

The holidays are approaching! The relatives are coming! The holiday season is a typically stressful time of the year, but make 2012 different! Prepare to be grateful this year rather than preparing for the annual stressful times!

Mark Friday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m., on your calendars to attend a Gratitude Workshop at Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake.

Why should you attend? Well, let's look at some questions you can ask yourself to answer that: Do you concentrate on what's missing in your life? Do you neglect to acknowledge your loved ones? Do you push yourself without embracing your journey?

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:43 PM, 10.30.2012

Claim your spiritual authority and learn to support others in prayer

Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake will host Reverend Linda Martella for a weekend of workshops Saturday, Oct. 27, and Sunday, Oct. 28. Rev. Linda considers herself called to be an instrument of spiritual clarity, and she will demonstrate that in both of her workshops at Unity. The opportunity to hear her speak is truly worth your time on both days, and you will come away with a new understanding of prayer. 

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Volume 4, Issue 21, Posted 9:51 AM, 10.16.2012

St. Bernadette kicks off universal 'Year of Faith' Oct. 19

Pope Benedict XVI announced in his apostolic letter "Porta Fidei" ("Door of Faith") that there would be a “Year of Faith” for the universal Church to begin Oct. 11, 2012 and lasting through Nov. 24, 2013. During this year, the faithful are called to “a renewed conversion to the Lord, the one Savior of the world.” In other words, the Year of Faith is an opportunity for people to experience a conversion – to turn back to Jesus, rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his Church.

This Year of Faith marks three momentous occasions: the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, the 20th anniversary of the release of the "Catechism of the Catholic Church" and the World Synod of Bishops for the New Evangelization taking place in Rome this October.  

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:28 AM, 10.02.2012

Unity offers peace and meditation in October with labyrinth walk and prayer bead workshop

"The mind can go in a thousand directions. But on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, a gentle wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms." – Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk

In the month of October, Unity Spiritual Center is offering those who are seeking ways to pray a variety of programs that will open new doors to prayer. For example, on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon, you can give yourself the gift of a Saturday morning and join in the ancient practice of labyrinth walking. You will learn from a short lecture what's behind the growing attraction of the mysterious labyrinth and why it is being revived in popular culture. It is a powerful tool for transformation whether you are seeking healing, exploring the next steps on your personal life path, exploring your own soul work or you just want to learn what the labyrinth is all about. 

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:12 AM, 10.02.2012

Unity goes 'In Search of the Future' Sept. 28

Where did we come from? Why are we here? What do the "wise ones" know?

These are questions that many of you may have asked over your lifetimes. On Friday, Sept. 28, Unity Spiritual Center, in a special Spiritual Cinema offering in combination with the annual Fall Program, presents a bold synthesis of information, uniting ancient prophecy and indigenous wisdom with cutting-edge science with the showing of "In Search of the Future," a feature-length documentary in the nature-of-the-universe genre pioneered by "What the Bleep Do We Know?" and "The Secret."

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Volume 4, Issue 19, Posted 9:51 AM, 09.18.2012

St. Paul's youth group gives week of service to rural community

During the summer, 36 youth with seven chaperones under the guidance of teacher Laurie Lenz from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Westlake were able to participate in a life-changing YouthWorks Christian Mission Trip to the community of Warrensburg, N.Y., in the Adirondack Mountains.

The youth assisted with painting homes, helping on farms, making a mosaic in a neighboring town, creating a garden in rocky soil, setting up a rummage sale, trimming greenery, cutting down trees, helping people and sharing the love of Jesus. Having morning quiet time for devotions and Bible servant-based discussions in the evenings really made a difference as each person shared the miracles of that day.

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Volume 4, Issue 18, Posted 10:57 AM, 09.05.2012

Reconnect with your Catholic faith

Catholics who want to reconnect with their faith are invited to the Awakening Faith program at St. Lad's Parish in Westlake. This six-session series includes topics such as "Spirituality: What's the Buzz?", "Can I Accept God's Mercy?", "Can the Mass Make My Life Meaningful?" and "The Church and Me." You can learn and ask questions, all in a friendly and confidential setting with other Catholics.

The sessions are on Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning on Sept. 17 at St. Ladislas Parish, 2345 Bassett Rd. For more information go to www.stlads.org or call 440-835-2300 and ask for Deacon John.

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Volume 4, Issue 18, Posted 10:53 AM, 09.05.2012

The universe is calling you on the World Day of Prayer

As we listen to the Universe, we are lifted to new heights of awareness and understanding. You can unite with people all over the world responding to the call of the Universe to let go and let God!  

On Sept. 13, Unity Spiritual Center will join Silent Unity – an international, interdenominational, 24/7 prayer ministry – and spiritual communities worldwide for the 19th annual Unity World Day of Prayer.  

Unity World Day of Prayer unites people of all faiths in prayer for the well being of one another and our world. This year's theme is "The Universe is Calling," which is drawn from the classic book by the late Reverend Eric Butterworth.

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Volume 4, Issue 18, Posted 10:51 AM, 09.05.2012

Unity Spiritual Center book study groups are forming now!

Fall is here! School is starting! Do you wish for the days when you looked forward to meeting new friends and learning new things? At Unity Spiritual Center, you still can!

As a part of the annual Fall Program at Unity, the 2012 Book Study Groups are beginning their signup the week of Aug. 19. There are over 15 different groups in various Greater Cleveland locations, as well as Unity Spiritual Center at 23855 Detroit Rd. in Westlake, accepting members for the seven weekly gatherings. Their book this year is "How to Pray Without Talking to God."

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Volume 4, Issue 17, Posted 9:55 AM, 08.21.2012

Global day of prayer opens Unity's fall programs

How can you pray without talking to God? Come to Unity's Fall Program and learn how.

Beginning Sept. 13, 2012, we can listen to the Universe and become lifted to new heights of awareness and understanding with the observance of the World Day of Prayer. At Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake, the World Day of Prayer begins the Fall Program small-group book discussions.

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Volume 4, Issue 16, Posted 10:26 AM, 08.07.2012

Are you ready for a positive story about food?

There are many movies about food today, and most of them talk about bad, bad things! Are you ready for a beautiful, positive story about food?

When the premiere of "For the Love of Food" was held May 1 at the Environmental Studies Center of Oberlin College, there were moments when the photography was so beautiful that it could have been a film for meditation! Northeastern Ohio – including towns like Kent and Garrettsville, Oberlin and Vermilion, and many more – is a mecca of local food, and the countryside where so many farms are is so beautiful. "For the Love of Food" gives you a respite from the typical movies about food while showing how beautiful our part of the country is!

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Volume 4, Issue 15, Posted 10:11 AM, 07.24.2012

Looking forward to spiritual cinema this summer at Unity

Popcorn anyone? Following the successful opening of the Unity Spiritual Cinema Series with the June 15 showing of "The Keeper of the Keys" featuring local author Lisa Ryan, July 20 and August 17 are dates to be marked on everyone's calendar for the next two very different movies. The Spiritual Cinema Series prides itself on having a wide variety of movies that are just plain wonderful!

Friday, July 20, at 7 p.m., the movie (with popcorn!) entitled "Biology of Belief 'Lite'" will be shown. We all somehow "know" that the mind/body connection is key to real health. Are you tired of trying to find the words that describe how the mind and body are related, and why their relationship is important to proper health? A renaissance in cellular biology has led to a new understanding of the mechanisms of the mind/body connection. Research scientist Bruce Lipton, Ph.D.,introduces a long-awaited paradigm shift in the biomedical sciences. The movie will inspire your spirit, engage your mind and challenge your creativity as you comprehend the enormous real potential for applying this information to your life.

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Volume 4, Issue 14, Posted 12:50 PM, 07.10.2012

Christ Church Westshore moves to middle school, air conditioning

The Christ Church Westshore congregation will begin holding Sunday services at Bay Middle School on Sunday, June 17, due to summer construction at Bay High School where the congregation has been worshipping since November 2011. The Anglican congregation – made up of more than 250 individuals and together for more than 50 years – held services in the St. Barnabas church building at Bradley and Wolf roads prior to moving to Bay High School last fall.

“Bay City Schools are wonderful hosts to Christ Church,” said Rector Gene Sherman. “When they alerted us about their summer renovation plans, they gave us a choice to stay in the high school during construction with no air conditioning and, likely, with construction obstacles in and around the facility. We chose air conditioning, frankly! Bay Middle School offers air conditioning, beautiful windows and a lot more flexibility in set-up options than the stationary seating in the high school auditorium.”

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 9:41 AM, 06.12.2012

Unity Spiritual Center hosts 'Pets Be Blessed'

Your pets give so much to you, Unity Spiritual Center wants to honor the pets you love! Bring your pets to Unity on Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for group and individual blessings.  

Many healing modalities such as reiki, massage and acupressure will be offered. Cash or check donations to benefit animal groups are requested for the healing services. This is a wonderful opportunity for a time outdoors with your beloved pets.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 9:43 AM, 06.12.2012

Unity presents 'Prosperity Plus: A New Way of Living' classes

Making a commitment to live by the laws of the universe in every part of your life to the abundance that is here for every one of us. This is larger living!

Reverend Barbara Smith will facilitate this 10-week experiment in larger living. You have incredible potential within you; it's waiting to emerge! Attend the introductory class at no charge to find out all of the details and decide if you are willing to be a part of the experiment. The introductory class will be Sunday, June 17, at 12:30 p.m. at Unity Spiritual Center, 23855 Detroit Rd. in Westlake.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 9:43 AM, 06.12.2012

Unity offers free 'student of experience' workshop

Everyone experiences shifting emotions and feelings throughout the course of a day, but many of us simply try to ignore them and get on with being productive. However, if we can be a "student of our own experience," we can increase our awareness and understanding of our feelings and emotions, and ultimately move our lives in the direction we choose, rather than being at their mercy. 

The practice of being a "student of experience" will be presented at Unity Spiritual Center, June 9 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and is free to the public. Due to limited seating, registration at www.unityspiritualcenter.com is requested. Author and creator of the Student of Experience practice, Jim McDonald, will guide participants in exploring the idea that we are responsible for our suffering, and that believing someone or something outside of us is responsible is a learned pattern that prevents us from ever being truly free.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:03 AM, 05.30.2012

Unity Spiritual Center to screen movie that takes the 'Hell out of self help'

Unity Spiritual Center's Spiritual Cinema will show "The Keeper of the Keys," which features Cleveland native and nationally recognized gratitude expert Lisa Ryan. The movie will be shown with an intro by Lisa, at 7 p.m. on June 15, and it will be followed by a discussion group led by Lisa.

"The Keeper of the Keys" is the first funny personal-development movie; it is a hybrid that combines a self-help documentary with a humorous fictional story line. The film's goal is to empower viewers by "taking the Hell" out of self-help.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:09 AM, 05.30.2012

Learn eternal spiritual principles May 27 at Unity

Nationally recognized speaker, trainer, and writer Reverend Ric Schumacher will travel through the pages of Myrtle Fillmore's most powerful writings in his own unique way. Myrtle Fillmore, an Ohio native, was a co-founder of Unity.  

In this lecture-style workshop on Sunday, May 27, 1-3 p.m., at Unity Spiritual Center, 23855 Detroit Rd., Westlake, Rev. Schumacher uses powerful graphics to illuminate deep spiritual principles making them easy to understand and apply to your personal situation.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:33 AM, 05.15.2012

Meditation made easy at Unity Spiritual Center

Meditation, meditation, meditation!We are hearing a lot about meditation these days – from medical practitioners, from television programs, from our religious leaders. It sounds like we all should know how to meditate, but many people have never meditated, don't know to meditate and cannot even begin to think about how to start.

Meditation Made Easy may be the answer for those who want to meditate but need some help in getting started. On Tuesday, May 29, from 7-8:30 p.m., Unity Spiritual Center Reverend Fred Wright, himself a Unity minister, brings simplicity and a sense of humor to meditation that makes it easy to understand and practice.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:33 AM, 05.15.2012

Unity Spiritual Center hosts premiere screening of 'Revealed'

"Revealed" is an exploration of self – a glimpse into the spiritual expressions and personal beliefs of 11 individuals who have been given the unique challenge of symbolically capturing their essence and spirituality in a small box. The 42-minute film created by photographer Scott Indermaur, a native of Lakewood, Ohio, has been accepted into five film festivals and has received several raving critic reviews.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 10:22 AM, 05.01.2012

Bay UMC invites area children to weeklong vacation Bible school

We're ready for a vacation Bible school your children will never forget!

At SonRise National Park, your kids will get to experience Jesus in a camp-like setting. We’re setting up tents and gearing up for a fun week of outdoor play. We’ll have fun with music, crafts, games and really active playtime as kids learn that Jesus is always there for them.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 10:33 AM, 05.01.2012

Exhibit of Vatican-approved miracles on display at St. Bernadette

St. Bernadette Parish in Westlake is pleased to host the Vatican International Exhibit of Eucharistic Miracles of the World.  This photographic exhibit has been brought to America by the Real Presence Association of Chicago, Ill.

The exhibit will showcase the various miracles that have occurred over the centuries in many countries. These miracles have been approved since the eighth century by the Vatican. The Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit has pictures that are printed on posters and displayed on wooden stands. There will be 152 posters along with maps showing the locations of the miracles with historical explanation.

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 11:22 AM, 04.17.2012

Unity hosts Living in Oneness group meditation

Unity Spiritual Center will offer the group meditation program, Living in Oneness: 2012, at a time when the energies of transformation are increasing daily.  This is the fifth Living in Oneness gathering, and the first to be offered in Westlake at Unity Spiritual Center.

The evening will begin at 7:00 p.m., Monday, April 23, at Unity Spiritual Center, 23855 Detroit Rd. A $5.00 minimum love offering will be accepted. Everyone is encouraged to register online at www.TheSilentMind.com. Walk-ins are welcome, but it is helpful to register online so that you are sure to have a space and that guidelines for the evening can be sent to you. Please wear socks and bring a blanket to lie on.

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 11:11 AM, 04.17.2012

Westlake UMC offers dinner, discussion about salvation

Religion scholar Dr. David Aune will visit Westlake United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 28, for an evening of conversation about reconciling real-world thoughts on salvation with the teachings of Scripture.

"There are a number of Biblical passages which claim that salvation is only possible through the name of Jesus,” Dr. Aune states, “and yet many Christians understand God's grace to expand beyond the boundaries of our particular religious tradition. How can we affirm the possibility of God's expansive love while remaining faithful to the clear teaching of Scripture on this issue?”

This free event begins with a potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share! Registration is required by calling the church at 440-871-3088 or online at westlakeumc.org. Go to "More Articles" and click on Dr. David Aune Event. Free professional childcare is offered for kids up to age 11. You must register for childcare.

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 11:23 AM, 04.17.2012

Master Stephen Co to present healing workshop at Unity April 17

Master Stephen Co, who has been covered by CBS News and endorsed by health experts Deepak Chopra and Carolyn Myss, will present a workshop on healing at Unity Spiritual Center, Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. Master Co is very well known in the western U.S. and is now bringing his techniques to the Midwest. Unity is very pleased to be one of the first in this region to welcome him. 

Unity is located at 23855 Detroit Rd. in Westlake. To register in advance for the event and for details, visit www.unityspiritualcenter.com. You can also view the CBS news coverage of Master Co on the site. Although tickets will be available at the door, pre-registration is suggested to ensure seating is available.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 10:42 AM, 04.03.2012

Easter a time of transformation

We are once again entering Holy Week. This is a ritual we reenact every year in spring. It is no coincidence this holy time is in spring. It is truly a resurrection for our planet as it comes out of the womb of winter.

Of course, if we live in the southern hemisphere, that analogy goes out the window, So it must be something deeper; something that touches the very core of our being. Jesus was an iconoclast. He went against all the codes of conduct of the time.

He challenged the Pharisees for their pride in following the letter of the law. Imagine their confusion when they thought they were doing the “right” things and then were criticized by a country rabbi who could perform miracles. That didn’t go over well.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 10:46 AM, 04.03.2012

Release your inner splendor with Unity's Lenten meditation and book study

Unity Spiritual Center offers a two-part program for Lenten preparation based on the theme of releasing your inner splendor by affirming divine wholeness and erasing thoughts and patterns that no longer serve us. On Tuesday evenings from Feb. 21 through April 10, Unity will offer a guided meditation from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. 

Following the meditation, a book study will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m based on Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore's book "Keep A True Lent." It contains thought-provoking essays and affirmations on self reflection and prayer that guide the reader toward a spiritual awakening. You may attend either of the events or both.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 11:02 AM, 02.07.2012