Faith & Spirituality

Young Life celebrates 70 years

Young Life, a worldwide youth outreach organization, is celebrating 70 years of impacting kids’ lives. The local area Young Life here in our Westshore communities invites you to join in the celebration by getting involved with the local ministry. Young Life has been reaching out to teenagers from Bay Village and Westlake for more than 41 years and we need more caring adults in the community to come alongside us to help us reach more middle-school and high-school students in the community.

Maybe you were involved with Young Life as a middle school or high school student and experienced the feeling that Young Life was made just for you. It still is. If you’re interested in helping kids in the area discover fun, adventure, purpose and hope in the context of authentic friendships with caring adults, we have a place for you.

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Volume 3, Issue 21, Posted 4:58 PM, 10.18.2011

Pet blessing at Lutheran Home Oct. 9

The Lutheran Home at Concord Reserve will hold a drop-in Blessing of the Animals in the Chapel area of the campus “Main Street” on October 9 from 2:45-3:15 p.m.

Concord Reserve is the proud home of several “Main Street Ducks,” and five aviaries housing over 20 different species of small birds, including finches, canaries, and doves which inspire our residents and bring them joy each day. Several well-loved cats reside in our resident neighborhoods. The campus is also features an 1,100-gallon fresh water aquarium filled with fish from South America and South Africa.

Lutheran Home at Concord Reserve Chaplain, the Reverend Jim Kulma, will preside at the Pet Blessing. The brief ceremony will honor Saint Francis, patron Saint for the protection of animals, lover of all creation, and a champion of justice. Chaplain Kulma will also bless our campus “creature companions” that day.

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Volume 3, Issue 20, Posted 1:32 PM, 10.06.2011

World-renowned visionary coming to Unity Hall

This December, Clevelanders will have the rare chance to experience the presence of Gregg Braden. A New York Times-bestselling author, Braden is internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science and spirituality. Dr. Deepak Chopra called him “a rare blend of scientist, visionary and scholar with the ability to speak to our minds, while touching the wisdom of our hearts.”

In a weekend program presented by Unity and The Spirituality Conference Group, Gregg Braden will speak on “The Secrets of 2012 and Humankind’s Deepest Truths” at Unity Hall at Unity Spiritual Center, 23855 Detroit Rd., Westlake on Friday, Dec. 9, from 6:30-9 p.m.

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Volume 3, Issue 20, Posted 3:51 PM, 10.04.2011

St. Raphael offers annual pet blessing

Lions, tigers and bears are not welcome, but household animals and their families are invited to the seventh annual Blessing of the Pets on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Tuesday, October 4, at 6:30 p.m. on the front lawn of St. Raphael Church in Bay Village.
Individual blessings will be given to each animal. Dog treats will be distributed and a garden statue of St. Francis will be given away. The event is free and all are welcome!

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Volume 3, Issue 19, Posted 3:01 PM, 09.20.2011

Unity's fall lineup offers fun and enlightenment

A full spectrum of educational and enlightening events will be open to the public at Unity Spiritual Center and Unity Hall this fall. Unity is located at 23855 Detroit Rd., a block west of Clague Road.

Thursday, Sept. 22 (7 p.m.) – "Forks Over Knives," the acclaimed movie, traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering researchers, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn of Cleveland Clinic and Dr. T. Colin Campbell of Cornell University. They examine the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed by rejecting our present menu of animal-based foods.

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Volume 3, Issue 18, Posted 4:13 PM, 09.07.2011

Networking a process of Self - transformation

Networking is the process of doing, while self-transformation is the process of being. In other words, networking focuses on execution and external factors whereas self-transformation focuses on intrinsic motivation and internal factors play an active role in the process. The being focuses on pure, positive, powerful as well as peace of mind including love, bliss, knowledge and truth. Only when the being feels good we are able to network with satisfying outcome.

Networking is about connecting with others, developing relationships and establishing long term contacts. It is not just a mere exchange of business cards and attending networking events periodically. Self-transformation is transmitting positive energy as well as positive vibrations to our being. This process enables us to transform our being.


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Volume 3, Issue 17, Posted 2:57 PM, 08.23.2011

Vacation Bible School in Bay draws hundreds from Westshore community

They came by the hundreds: little children ages four through Grade 5 and teenagers who will be entering grades 6-12.  They were from Bay Village, Avon Lake, Avon, Westlake, North Ridgeville, Rocky River and Lakewood. Even former Bay Village residents, who had moved to China and were back in the States visiting for the summer, sent their children. The last week of July is Vacation Bible School time at Saint Raphael Parish – and this year it was PANDAMANIA!   

As you drive through area neighborhoods and travel around the country each summer, there is something common to all of America: Vacation Bible School. Churches of all sizes advertise VBS with cartoon characters, catchy slogans and the promise of holy fun for five days.

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Volume 3, Issue 16, Posted 2:58 PM, 08.09.2011

Summer experiences bring a range of emotions

My parents and I went on a trip to Hawaii, from Westlake, just before the 4th of July. This was my first trip to Hawaii and I had a great time. I snorkeled and enjoyed seeing how other boys like me were running away from the fish. I also went to Waikiki Beach and went to the Polynesian Center and really enjoyed myself.

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Volume 3, Issue 16, Posted 2:54 PM, 08.09.2011

Unity to host 'The Gathering' program of group prayer

Unity Spiritual Center invites anyone interested in exploring their inner life supported by the power of group prayer to participate in "The Gathering." From July 10 to August 18, Unity will host a 40-day program of daily and evening sessions of group prayer, based on the book "The Gathering" by Jim Rosemergy. 

People of all faiths or no faith are are welcome to attend and to experience improvement in their personal lives through the power of centered group prayer using the guidelines of "The Gathering." There is no charge for participation. The program is somewhat like a book study but amplified with group prayer using the book's nine steps.

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Volume 3, Issue 14, Posted 2:07 PM, 07.12.2011

Poems and meditations blend in a divine inspiration

A delightful little volume of poems and meditations, "Mystical Musings" is the collaborative effort of two talented ladies, Mona Ryser and Deborah Core.

Mona, a painter and writer for many years, explains how their book came to be during a Sunday morning service at Unity Spiritual Center.

“I had quite an experience during prayer time," Mona recalled. "I was praying vehemently for a dear cousin who had been sent home from the hospital, essentially with no hope for his heart condition. All of a sudden, I heard the ‘thump-thump, thump-thump’ of a heartbeat sound. It went on for a bit, and I felt elated! Leaving the sanctuary that Sunday morning, I felt absolutely euphoric – truly like walking on air.”

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Volume 3, Issue 14, Posted 3:25 PM, 07.26.2011

Eat, pray, love, dance and celebrate life at Unity

From dancing to eating to walking the outdoor labyrinth, Unity Hall and Unity Spiritual Center will be full of activities in April and May. Unity is a place where people of all faiths and belief systems can celebrate the joy of living. 

Learn to Contra Dance on Friday, April 29. Contra dancing is old-fashioned fun for everyone. As the precursor to the Virginia Reel, it’s group dancing that’s both good exercise and great fun. 

Live music by “Mud in Yer Eye,” a wonderful band featuring hammered dulcimers, violins, guitar, banjos and much more, will make for a lively evening. Tickets are $8 and kids under 12 are free. Even if you don’t want to dance, just come to watch the crowd!

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 6:24 PM, 04.19.2011

Promoting values together in the community

Values bring families, communities and countries together and connect them for a cause bigger than themselves. Values like trust, integrity, commitment, respect and responsibility improve the quality of interaction with diverse relationships and enhance compassion for fellow beings. Positive energy is generated in the relationship with human beings coming from different ethical backgrounds.

Awareness of experiencing values in life is the process of discovering one’s own inner self and knowing one’s consciousness. The inner guide helps us identify and consolidate our strengths and shows the pathway to rectify mistakes.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 10:00 AM, 03.08.2011

Unity's outdoor labyrinth free and open to public

At 90 feet in diameter, Unity Spiritual Center’s outdoor labyrinth is believed to be one of the largest in Ohio.

The labyrinth is located behind Unity Hall on the Unity Spiritual Center campus at 23855 Detroit Rd., one block west of Clague Rd. Unity welcomes people of all faiths who want to do a walking meditation at their convenience.

The labyrinth is not a maze. There are no tricks to it and no dead ends. It has a single circuitous path that winds into the center. The person walking it uses the same path to return and the entrance then becomes the exit. The path is in full view, which allows a person to be quiet and focus internally. Dr. Lauren Artress describes it as "a path of prayer, a walking meditation, a crucible of change, a watering hole for the spirit and a mirror for the soul" in her book, “Walking a Sacred Path.”

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 10:00 AM, 02.22.2011

SpiritFest at Unity Hall to feature singing group Prayer Warriors

Unity Hall Presents, a new venue at Unity Spiritual Center, will host the renowned musical group Prayer Warriors, a blend of gospel, pop, rock and R&B, at its first annual SpiritFest, Saturday, Feb. 5, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Unity Hall is on the campus of Unity Spiritual Center, 23855 Detroit Rd. in Westlake. Tickets are $15 and cover the entire event. They can be purchased online at, in the USC business office, or at the door.

SpiritFest will begin with a drumming circle hosted by The Cleveland Drum Circle. Bring your own drums, or rent one at the event. While the drumming circle is underway, a variety of holistic healing professionals will offer their services including reiki, massage, reflexology and other modalities at no additional charge. At 8:00 p.m., the Prayer Warriors will rock Unity Hall with their “inspirational groove,” crossing musical boundaries to deliver the message of peace, understanding and brotherhood.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 3:54 PM, 01.07.2011

Broadcaster Larry Morrow to discuss faith, radio at Bay UMC

Larry Morrow, multiple award-winning broadcaster and author, will speak Jan. 27 at Bay United Methodist Church. Morrow, who won numerous awards during his broadcast career of nearly 40 years, will appear in the church's "Living the Faith" series. A member of the Radio and Television Hall of Fame and the Cleveland Broadcasters Hall of Fame, he is the only Ohio broadcaster nominated to the National Radio Hall of Fame.

A late 1950s U. S. Marine Corps veteran, Morrow went to Vietnam to interview troops on their war experiences and brought home their recorded messages for their families. Some were aired by Cleveland and Pennsylvania stations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.

Morrow moved to Cleveland to work at WIXY 1260 in 1966, arriving in the midst of the Hough riots. He and his wife, Rosary, live in Chagrin Falls.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 6:22 PM, 01.06.2011