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Carolyn’s Quilts I’ve enjoyed Carolyn’s beautiful, classically trained voice for several years, and only just learned that she’s also a quilter.  We see Carolyn regularly now in Zoom Fellowship, and got peeks at some of her masterful work. From Carolyn: I started getting interested in art quilts about 10 years ago and it’s become quite…

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Bonnie’s Refrigerator Magnet Travelog I’ve known Bonnie Pasek as a multi-modal artist and crucial volunteer for anything and everything at the church that needs doing.  She’s smart, warm, creative, open to wonder, and a brilliant conversationalist — the perfect travel companion. Here’s just one of her Covid projects, which she’s been sharing on her Facebook…

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Call for Feedback! Worship Arts Director Erin McGaughan is looking for your input, as we plan (and budget) for the future. Hello church family I need your feedback and ideas! Any feedback is welcome, but here are some brain-storm starters: What elements of the Sunday services have really been working great this summer, as we’ve…

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Chants On Demand 2 This is the second installation in our series pulling from our archive of meditative chant recordings.  (also check out Chants on Demand 1) While I know chanting at home isn’t the same as chanting together in a group, I encourage you to give it a try.  In addition to the meditative…

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Chants On Demand During this time of social distancing, chanting together is one of the things I miss most.  A congregant recently asked about a particular meditative chant, Sa Ta Na Ma, which inspired me to post this page with a bunch of different meditative chant recordings from our archives. I encourage you to see…

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Elaine’s Call to Writers Elaine Roe leads our Writer’s Group, and invites you to join in, too. Email her at laneyroe@hotmail.com to get the Zoom entry info. At left is Elaine with her (now grown) son.  Below, Elaine describes a bit about how her writing and spirituality weave through her life’s her passions. “I enjoy…

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Meditations On Demand The Unity movement has a long tradition of meditation practice as a core spiritual tool. Currently, Seattle Unity congregant Laura Hebert leads an early Zoom meditation at 9. a.m. every Sunday.  If you’d like to access recordings of these meditations, like this one, she generously creates and posts these on our Seattle…

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Kiraya manifests Divine Creativity I first met Kiraya Kestin Langberg through choir music, but later learned about her lifetime of multi-modal creative output, through fashion, jewelry, painting, music, gardening, and the art of family. She tells me her name Kiraya has a Native American origin, meaning “Flying Rays of the Sun” or “One who Creates.”…

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Lyn’s Songwriting Process Long time attendee and chaplain current chaplain Lyn McKay has been weaving her music and songwriting into her spirituality for many years.  Here’s a song she shared recently, and the story behind it. “During one of my meditations the mantra came to me to breathe in Spirit and breathe out love.  That…

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Casey’s Eye on the City If you’re lucky enough to see his posts on Facebook, you already know Casey Longacre as a sort of philosopher/photographer. He gave me permission to post some samples of his city walks during this strange time, simultaneously his retirement, springtime, and COVID-19.   March 4th “The light bounced off the…

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Mitch Learns a Tech Thing Covid-19 challenges all of us to learn new things and leap over new hurdles. It’s rarely easy, but we can support each other as we each negotiate these obstacles.  Here’s Mitch’s story. Hi Erin, One of the things I learned this week was how to create a ZOOM webinar (video).…

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Annie’s Mask Project Annie Christensen was on staff for Seattle Unity for many years, and currently co-leads the Intuition Circle.  She’s a multi-modal artist, and you may have seen her knitting prayer shawls during Sunday services in recent times.  I asked her if she had any knitting projects going during this Covid-19 time. Hi Erin,…

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Didi’s Collage Meditations We continue looking at great stay-at-home worship arts ideas, this time with longtime community member, artist and archivist Didi Graves, who generously shared her collage process. “I started making paper collages in May of 2018. In one way or another as an artist I have been making assembled pieces for many years,…

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5 Element Taiji James Tierney teaches in our Youth Program often, and recently shared with us his special unit on 5 Elements Taiji.  Check this out, it’s not just for kids, though; the very brief format and imagery makes it easy for adults to learn, too. “The point of the movement is to help us…

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Three Minutes of Bliss If you saw our Easter Service video, you enjoyed the 3 minute meditation featuring the sounds of bells and bowls, played by Andrea Cariño.  For our first Worship Arts blog, we’re offering that piece here, too. Come back to it any time you need a pause.   A long time church…

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Sunday Service Podcast July 19th – Pandemic and Protests

“I think that there is an awakening that is happening right now, and it is a furthering of the cosmic plan for equality and for justice. ” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig goes deeper into how our spiritual tools are called for right now, in transforming societal structures.  How do we build structures that are…

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Sunday Service Podcast October 25th – Pause for Praise

“When an idea comes from that great galaxy of supreme ideas it goes forth in strength and harmony.” Rev. Maggie Alderman joins us from New Braunfels, Texas, to talk about our most core Unity beliefs. Our principles are much easier to hold on to when things are going well. But how do we experience the…

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Sunday Service Podcast June 27th – Diversity in Unity

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“So often, Unity gets equated with sameness… and it’s not. Unity is not about sameness.” Associate Minister Diane Robertson leads a vibrant Pride service, a fitting first Sunday for our series on The Alchemy of Compassion. Using stories from history, testimony from congregants, and revelations about her own personal journey, she addresses one of the…

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Christmas Eve Service Podcast December 24th – Candlelighting

Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig leads a full Candlelighting Service, featuring Associate Minister Diane Robertson. Worship Arts comes from guests Sage Suzerris and Stephanie Anne Johnson. Full service video is here. Please join us in person next Sunday, at 10 a.m. at our Sodo venue, Metropolist. And take advantage of all the ways we can stay…

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Sunday Service Podcast January 16th – Holy Wisdom

“Who in your world embodies this type of Divine wisdom?  Somebody who is without ego or this sense of separation? And a bigger question is: when have you embodied Sophia?” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig caps off the 2021 theme of the Alchemy of the Soul, by looking at the Alchemy of Wisdom. The talk…

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Sunday Service Podcast January 9th – Whitestone

“I think what we’ve learned over these past couple of years, is:  yeah, you set this intention, and then you better be ready to shift and change with whatever is happneing in the world.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig returns to lead our annual Whitestone ceremony, which has new meaning in this time of Covid.…

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Sunday Service Podcast December 19th – Still Point

“I believe that the star symbolizes the true north for each one of us, metaphysically. It’s that calling, it’s that thing that always brings you joy.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig steps into the Alchemy of Wisdom, using the Christmas story as well as the Solstice, for metaphysical inspiration. From the Christmas story, she points…

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Sunday Service Podcast December 12th – Core of Christmas

“There’s the tree, there’s the gifts, but what about the core of Christmas?  It’s like taking the frosting on the cake but not really trying the cake.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig invites us to look closely at the biblical Christmas story. She helps us interpret these miracles in metaphysical ways, for example by seeing…

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Sunday Service Podcast December 5th – Rays of Light

“The Alchemy of Generosity includes the generosity of Spirit, which is being in the flow of life. It’s offering help and kindness to others. It is love, it is grace, it is seeing the good.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig returns to take us deeper into this series on the Alchemy of Generosity, which takes…

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Sunday Service Podcast November 28th – Light of Hope

“He said ‘I am the light of the world’ in John 9:12 but he also said you are the light of the world. And he taught this repeatedly, and so in Unity we see this teaching as the truth of each one of us.” Associate Minister Diane Robertson leads us into the first Sunday of…

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Sunday Service Podcast November 21st – The Alchemy of Generosity

“What’s your focus?  Is your focus on what you have and being grateful for that? Because that will increase.  OR is the focus on what you have not? Because, guess what, whatever it is we focus on is what increases.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig begins a new series on The Alchemy of Generosity, which…

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Sunday Service Podcast November 14th – The Other Side of Transformation

“Re-assessment, re-thinking, making changes, taking chances, all of these are pre-cursors to a transformation. And so it’s no longer business as usual.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig wraps up her series on the Alchemy of Transformation, by looking at this moment in our societal transformation as a “gestation period”.  A gestation period may feel as…

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Sunday Service Podcast November 7th – What Matters Most

“What if you lost everything? What would remain, and what matters most? Because life is impermanent, and yet we act as if it isn’t.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig takes us deeper into this series on the Alchemy of Transformation. In recent weeks, this journey began with our willingness to see things clearly, then letting…

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Sunday Service Podcast October 31st – The Sixth Sense

“Halloween is an opportunity to lean into the mystical side of life, and to contemplate death in a playful way.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig revels in the symbolism of Samhain, drawing deep and delightful meaning out of such stories as the Jack O Lantern and Treat or Treating.  As she shows, various cultures and…

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Sunday Service Podcast October 24th – Make Room for Darkness

“The Alchemy of Transformation invites us to let go and accept life as it is, before we can change it.” Rev. Karen returns from her various sojourns to open the doors to this next series. As she explains it, again using the core metaphor of lead-into-gold, The Alchemy of Transformation “takes the lead of things…

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Sunday Service Podcast October 17th – The Radical Truth of Relationships

“You are in relationship to everything, seen and unseen. Since the Divine is everything and everyone, all of your relationships are aspects of your relationship to God.” Gues Speaker Rev. Eric Odel finishes our series on The Alchemy of Relationships. He uses material from great spiritual masters including Ernest Homes and Emily Cady, along with…

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Sunday Service Podcast October 10th – The Way of Friendship

“The Alchemy of Relationship takes the lead of separation and transforms it into oneness and love.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig returns from her trip to Greece to speak to our current series on the Alchemy of Relationship. She focuses mostly on the type of love characterized in scripture as Phileo – brotherly/sisterly love –…

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Sunday Service Podcast October 3rd – Alchemy of Relationship

“I think if we’re doing relationships right, then it’s a little bit of both:  a little bit of nurture, a little bit of challenge, a perfect kind of mix.” Associate Minister Diane Robertson continues in our series on The Alchemy of Relationships. She enlists the testimony of Carl Woestwin and Marcia Rutan, and highlights how…

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Sunday Service Podcast September 26th – Michael Bogar

“Alchemy means ‘the pouring’ so the idea is pouring things together and mixing them up so that you have something entirely different after it’s all stirred. So the Alchemy of Relationship has behind it the notion… that this cosmos is the mixing bowl.” Guest speaker Michael Bogar returns to kick off our series on The…

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Sunday Service Podcast September 19th – Rev. Judith Laxer

“Pagans follow what we call the Wheel of the Year, which is our cyclical model for the passing of time. We don’t see time as linear, we see it as cyclical. And hopefully as we go, year after we year, we ascend and evolve and become better human beings.  ” Guest speaker Rev. Judith Laxer…

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Sunday Service Podcast September 12th – Ann Holmes Redding

“When we as a community take on this notion of service as an attribute, very often we take it on from the side of privilege. We take it on from the side of ‘we have something to give’. And, with that, in the back of our minds sometimes is this kind of shadow of shame.…

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Sunday Service Podcast September 5th – Alchemy of Service II

“I do this instead of complaining, because now I feel like I’m building hope —  hope for the homeless individuals, their families and our city, and I also restoring my own hope that through acts of service small groups of dedicated people can help change the world.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig quotes Board member…

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Sunday Service Podcast August 29th – The Alchemy of Service

“If you’re doing dishes you’re doing God’s dishes. If you sweep the walk, you’re sweeping God’s walk. When you feed a homeless person, as Mother Theresa did, yes? You’re feeding God.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig returns to start this new series on the Alchemy of Service. She cites stories from history, everyday life, and…

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Sunday Service Podcast August 22nd – with Rev. Meghan Smith-Brooks

“You know those old world maps, with the terra incognito, where it had the world as we knew it was defined, and then it had all the scary monsters and the dragons on the outside, and you’re not supposed to go there? No, we’re supposed to go there.” Guest speaker Rev. Meghan Smith-Brooks gives a…

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Sunday Service Podcast August 15th – Goodwill

“You know, then, that you are a force that can help heal the planet, that can help heal any situation in your life. ” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig finishes the series on Courage, by exploring the concept of Will – human will, divine will, and how we conceptualize them.  She introduces a central New Thought…

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Sunday Service Podcast August 8th – Center Stage

“So we have this divine spark, this divinity, this light within. And our job, if you will, is to let that light shine and to express it here on this earth. ” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig continues the series on Courage, this time inviting us to let ourselves be seen for who and what…

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Sunday Service Podcast August 1st- Summer Fun

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“The alchemy of courage takes heart. So before the summer is over, and the days become short and the rains return, take time to enjoy and relish these beautiful days.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig continues looking at the Alchemy of Courage.  This time, in recognition of today’s community picnic, she looks at the spiritual…

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Sunday Service Podcast July 25th – The Alchemy of Courage

“Courage is the ability to show up when you think you can’t. Courage is the ability to speak your truth, and confront obstacles. Courage puts feet on your prayers, and lets you try new things.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig dives into a new series on The Alchemy of Courage, which she describes as taking…

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Sunday Service Podcast July 18th – Return to Kindness

“The truth is when we take a moment to see the Divine in another, kindness automatically follows, right? If I’m looking and I’m seeing the Divine in you, I’m inclined to be kind.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig finishes our series on the Alchemy of Compassion with an uplifting look at how simple kindnesses strenthen…

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Sunday Service Podcast July 11th – Way of Compassion

“So just know that if you’re facing challenges in your life, you didn’t do anything wrong, you’re not being singled out. It’s part of being in a body. It’s part of being on this Earth. ” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig takes us further in our study of the Alchemy of Compassion. Using everyday stories…

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Sunday Service Podcast July 4th – Yearning to Be Free

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“Even my father’s grumbling about July 4th not being his holiday was gift, because I hadn’t thought about that. Can you believe I hadn’t thought about that?” Pamelagrace Beatty returns for both a contemplation and celebration of July 4th, in its old and new significance. Using the touchpoints of Community, Compassion and Independence, she helps us take…

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Sunday Service Podcast June 6th – Loving What I’m Becoming

“My spiritual journey at 80 is being aware of what I want to feel and choose…shifting my perspective to that of joy. My granddaughter, Quinn teaches me every day what spontaneous joy is, and the many, many ways to express it.” Rev. Karen invites congregant and chaplain Donna Hutchinson to share some thoughts about her…

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Sunday Service Podcast May 30th – The Art of Reflection

“We can think about reflection as being like a mirror, right? When you look in the mirror you can check to see if you have spinach in your teeth, see if your hair is okay. So we see ourselves reflected back to us, so we can make changes. Reflection of the mind is a similar…

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Sunday Service Podcast May 23rd – The Alchemy of Understanding

“Jnana yoga is the philosophical approach to the yoga of knowledge. It uses intellectual inquiry for spiritual evolution.’” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig ventures into this new series on the Alchemy of Understanding. One of the 12 powers of man identified by Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore, Understanding here refers to intellectual pursuits. But it may…

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Sunday Service Podcast May 16th – Alchemy of Strength

“During our prayer service on Wednesday nights, we always have a reading of the Daily Word… and this Wednesday, the affirmation is ‘I grow stronger with every experience of life. I am bolstered by my Inner Strength.’” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig wraps up the series on Strength with a rich and deep service, including…

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Sunday Service Podcast May 2nd – Dare to Prosper

“I realized, in every single area of our lives we tend to hold on, and our whole culture says ‘hold on to as much as you can, the one with the most stuff wins.’  What we’ve learned is that in spirituality, it’s exactly the opposite. ” Guest speaker Rev. Cynthia Alice Anderson joins us, continuing…

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Sunday Service Podcast April 18th – Life on Earth

“… when is a time in your life that you were so touched, by the beauty that you saw? Whether it be out at sea or in a mountain, maybe it’s in the woods or your yard. It can be something as simple as watching how the light shines through the window… we have those…

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Sunday Service Podcast April 25th – The Call of Challenging Times

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“Is the universe a friendly place or not? I think how you answer that question is going to impact if not determine how your life unfolds. How are you going to interpret and respond to the things that happen to you, including events like the pandemic or the political, cultural, racial turmoil of the last…

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Sunday Service Podcast April 11th – Walk the Talk

“So the Alchemy of Leadership, then, is not about doing it all yourself, because you can’t turn lead into gold alone.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig continues our series on leadership using examples from scripture, personal experience, expert authors, and … geese!  Nature has great lessons to offer us about vision, collaboration, and communication. Burnout…

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Sunday Service Podcast April 4th – Happy Easter

“So imagine if you will that this past year has been about fermentation, right? That there has been a remembering that has been happening.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig ushers in a new Easter. With the pandemic abating, many of us are emerging from the tombs in perhaps a more profound way than ever before.…

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Sunday Service Podcast March 28th- Crossing the Threshold

“So rather than looking to someone else to be the leader, to solve whatever it is that needs to be solved, may we be wise enough to take the leadership of Moses and Jesus to the next level, and cross the threshold into a new way of being.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig returns to…

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Sunday Service Podcast March 21st – Leading from Within

“She started working these practices, and when I say working it, she was *working* it. She was actually living this fifth principle.” Associate Minister Diane Robertson takes a first step into our new series Alchemy of Leadership. Pulling from her current ministerial training materials, she introduces us to Francis W. Foulks, who wrote Effectual Prayer,…

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Sunday Service Podcast March 14th – Glimmer of Hope

“Maybe you have felt extremely connected to God during this time, and maybe you have felt abandoned and alone. Perhaps it’s been a little bit of both. But the truth is that no matter where you have been, God has always been present.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig concludes the series on the Alchemy of…

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Sunday Service Podcast March 7th – Alchemy of Dreams

“Since this is Pisces season, we’re looking at intuition, emotion, spiritual connection that goes beyond rational thought, water flowing —  dreams.  As we develop our intuition, it can help prepare us for what lies next in our lives.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig pulls some golden bits from her ongoing Dream Interpretation class. How do…

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Sunday Service Podcast February 28th – Looking Through Mystical Eyes

“When we look at alchemy through our spiritual eyes rather our mercenary eyes, we’re looking at Elements. From my tradition, the earth-based tradition, we follow earth, air, fire, water, and ether, or spirit — the spirit that animates all things.” Guest speaker Rev. Judith Laxer speaks to our annual theme of Alchemy of the Soul,…

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Sunday Service Podcast February 21st – Breaking the Shell

“Any time you step out and break through that limitation, you break it for others as well.” In honor of today’s annual congregational meeting, Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig takes  a quick look back at Unity basics and Unity founding history. What makes Unity unique and different from other traditions?  She describes Unity as a…

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Sunday Service Podcast February 14th – Aspects of Love

“Imagine a wheel with all the different aspects of love. While Eros may get the fire going, it’s Pragma, enduring love, *standing* in love, that actually keeps it going.” Celebrating a very snowy Valentine’s Day, Rev. Karen leads an all-remote service. She examines many different kinds of love, from love-for-all to romantic love to sustaining…

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Sunday Service Podcast February 7th – Indomitable Spirits

“Ruth explained again and again that the Unity system for licensing teachers and ordaining ministers was stacked against Black people with tests that were biased in favor of whites, and that its discriminatory practices were counter to Unity teachings. In other words, Unity was not practicing what it preached.” In honor of Black History month,…

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Sunday Service Podcast January 31st – The Realm of Divine Ideas

“The truth is that we are all sons and daughters of the most high… and we’re only using a small percentage of our capacity. So, my question to you is: what do you want in your life?” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig looks at manifestation, and our human power to create from our imagination. How…

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Sunday Service Podcast January 24th – Change Agents

“I invite you to embrace your inner misfit, your inner rebel, the one that knows there is a better way, the one that knows there is a way we can create a world that works for all.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig explores what it means to be a change agent in the world. Using…

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Sunday Service Podcast January 10th – Reincarnation

“If it’s true, then we come to this earth school – I call it soul-making – to have myriad experiences in order to perfect or to complete this thing called the field of soul.” Guest speaker Michael Bogar returns to discuss the concept of reincarnation, especially the recent work of Ian  Stevenson, Andrea Leininger and…

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Sunday Service Podcast January 17th – Words Matter

“We can use our words to create havoc, or we can use our words to increase love and understanding.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig returns to discuss the power of the Creative Word.  This concept appears in the works of Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore, and resonates especially deeply this week, in the aftermath of an…

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Sunday Service Podcast December 24th – Christmas Eve Candlelighting

“The truth is, that since we’re not so busy, running to parties and doing all the things that we normally do socially, this actually gives us an opportunity to focus on the true meaning of this holiday.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig leads a very different version of our Christmas Eve Candlelighting service, but this…

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Sunday Service Podcast January 3rd – Whitestone

“That word white … comes originally from the word leukos, and leukos can also mean bright or brilliant. To me this is the essence of the White Stone ritual. It’s calling out that brilliance in you, that divine quality, that is most needed in this moment, in your life and in the world.” Associate Minister…

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Sunday Service Podcast December 27th – Burning Bowl

“It is when we change ourselves that we then can influence and change the world around us.” This year’s Burning Bowl ritual of releasing is different from other years, in that we’re not doing this together, but independently at our homes, but Rev. Karen speaks the word about this rich practice.  2020 perhaps more than…

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Sunday Service Podcast December 13th – The Way of Truth

“The more clearly we see the reality of the world, the better equipped we are to deal with the world. We have some big issues that we need to face.” Rev. Karen uses this third Sunday in Advent to explore both truth and Truth. While (big ‘t’) Truth is eternal, small ‘t’ truth is shifting,…

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Sunday Service Podcast December 20th – The Christmas Star

“The word solstice, in latin, means ‘sun set still.’  I believe that ‘sun set still’ is also a reminder for us to be Soul still.” On this Fourth Sunday in Advent, Rev. Karen draws on one of her superpowers:  astrology.  As we prepare for the The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on this year’s…

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Sunday Service Podcast December 6th – The Spiral Path

“It may feel we end back at a place where we began. We learn something, and then we’re called, with the same pattern, to learn it again at a deeper level.” Rev. Karen uses this second Sunday in Advent to explore the idea of repeated lessons.  This is how we can come back over and…

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Sunday Service Podcast November 29th – Infinite Potential of Hope

“Hope to me is that idea of transcending and reaching beyond our human experiences… to me hope is Spiritual Vision.” In this First Sunday of Advent, Associate Minister Diane Robertson helps us to identify hope, to cultivate our ability to see it even when we don’t feel it. How do we heal, as a nation,…

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Sunday Service Podcast November 22nd – Gift of Appreciation

“When I chose this theme [Seeds of Grace], I had no idea what this year was going to be like…. but when I look back over this year I realize that we *have* been planting Seeds of Grace, we just didn’t know it, seeds that will sprout and grow in the coming years.” This morning…

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Sunday Service Podcast November 15th – Gravity of Gratitude

“You can find that you’re so depleted that making a list of your blessings can feel like another thing on you TO-DO list. One must engage the heart… what do I love?” This morning Rev. Karen Lindvig turns our attention toward Gratitude as a grounding energy.  Without the centering force of gratitude for keeping our…

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Sunday Service Podcast November 1st – The Twilight Zone

“Each one of us has to stop and do our inner work…every single one of us has a step that we can take.. and what ever small steps you take can affect the whole.” Rev. Karen Lindvig returns with our own Worship Arts team, for our first live-streamed service, auspiciously scheduled on All Saints Day,…

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Sunday Service Podcast November 8th – The Foundation

“So let me ask you, what is the inner work that you need to do? What is it in your own basement, in your own underground, that needs to be brought up, lifted up, brought into the light to be healed?” In this first service after the 2020 election, Rev. Karen Lindvig speaks to the…

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Sunday Service Podcast October 18th – The Hidden Gifts of Grief

“I’ve come to be aware that grief slowly creeps into every part of us… it finds its way into the cells of our body… every aspect of our lives. So I’ve decided my only option is to make friends with grief.” Guest speaker Rev. Meghan Brooks Smith gives a resonant and well-timed talk. Using stories…

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Sunday Service Podcast October 12th – Guardians of the Soul

“Dogs come when you call them. Cats take a message and say they’ll get back to you later.” Today is our annual Pet Blessing Day, and senior minister Rev. Karen Lindvig takes a lighthearted look at how animals enrich our lives and help us manifest our best, most authentic selves.  She notes the new ways…

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Sunday Service Podcast September 27th – Myrtle’s Gift

Rev. Karen re-visits the core spiritual tool of prayer, in its various forms, as a great way to navigate current challenges.  Examining the healing and affirmation works of Myrtle Fillmore, she encourages us to re-invigorate our prayer practice. Worship Arts include group recordings from Seattle Unity band, Erin McGaughan, Olivia Hamilton, Jesse Whitford, David Loy,…

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Sunday Service Podcast September 20th – Walking Through Fire

“It is no longer a theory; it is what is. And perhaps we can use this Equinox energy to accept where we are and surrender to a higher power.” With the fires, the hurricanes, and virus, Rev. Karen acknowledges our current upheavals.  She looks at some lessons offered by 12 step processes, and incorporates nature…

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Sunday Service Podcast September 13th – Who’s on Your Shoulder

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“What is your spiritual practice, that disengages you from the Ego and the Pain Body, where you can have that space? Is it mindful meditation, is it yoga, is it tai chi, is it walking in nature?” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig returns to explore the image of an angel on one shoulder and the…

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Sunday Service Podcast September 6th – Release & Forgive

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“We take our stuff, we throw it on our back, and then we walk into the next situation, we take down our stuff and we plunk it right into our new situation.  We bring our stuff from the past… and put it right down into our future.” Associate minister Diane Robertson welcomes her ministerial school…

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Sunday Service Podcast August 30th – All In This Together

“Are we looking through the glass, and looking for the horizon… or are we focusing on the spots on the window?” Guest speaker Don Barton joins us from Christ Church Unity in Orlando, Florida, bringing his Florida flavor, along with some lovely underscoring from the CCU staff pianist. Don looks at the Unity principle of…

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Sunday Service Podcast August 23rd – The Descent of Spirit

“So Abraham then, represents this call that we get, that says, hey, there’s more to this world than eating, drinking, and sleeping.  There’s more to this world than what I am currently experiencing.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig explores that something more, which we access through our spiritual practices. When we forget our practice we…

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Sunday Service Podcast August 9th – Make Hay While the Sun Shines

“In the garden of our lives, we might ask, what IS it that we actually planted? Did we plant good things?” Seattle Unity welcomes first time guest speaker Rev. Judith Laxer. Judith is the founding priestess of Gaia’s Temple, an inclusive, earth-based ministry in Seattle, about to celebrate 20 years of service next month. She…

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Sunday Service Podcast August 16th – Time Between Time

“I’m wondering if it’s that we’ve stepped out of clock time.  Not totally, not a hundred percent, but in many ways we have stepped out of clock time.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig examines how the concept of time has changed due to the virus.  She weaves in historical contexts like The Spanish Flu, as…

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Sunday Service Podcast August 2nd – Are We There Yet?

“When we hope, we have energy… we have vitality, we have courage, and we’re able to keep moving forward. What we are experiencing right now is finite disappointment, but there’s always infinite hope. ” Rev. Karen Lindvig faces our current covid weariness head on, and uses Unity principles to find the glimmers of hope that…

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Sunday Service Podcast July 26th – Standing Firm While the World is Shaking

“Awareness is the key to being the light, and being able to stare down the darkness. ” Faith Ireland has been a member of this community for more than 50 years, and this Sunday she brings her wisdom to the fore.  She uses some key points from transcendentalists as well as contemporary New Thought writers,…

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Sunday Service Podcast July 5th – What Does It Mean to Be Patriotic?

“And so how do we reconcile, sometimes, these ideals that we have in light of what we see as not living up to those ideals?” This year’s Fourth of July brings a mixed bag of emotions, and Associate Minister Diane Robertson wrestles with the central questions around our sense of national identity. Diving deep into…

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Sunday Service Podcast July 12th – Speaking the Same Language

“We’ve read our spiritual books, we’ve done our meditation, we’ve done our spiritual practices, we’ve gone on our retreats. We’ve been spiritual aspirants… and now, we need the tools that we have built over all of these years, whether you’re fifteen or eighty-five, this is the moment that you have, that we have been waiting…

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Sunday Service Podcast June 28th – The Accidental Activist

“This was a time period when many lesbian mothers across the U.S. lost their rights to care for their children, strictly because they were lesbian.” To mark Pride Sunday this year, former Seattle Unity Board chair Dr. Desi Bailey describes her advocacy work over the decades.  The scope and commitment of her work is inspiring,…

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Sunday Service Podcast June 21st – Father’s Day

“I think that we as grandparents should hold in trust institutions, our country, our world, for our grandchildren… to hold in trust what we have, and make sure that we pass it on.” Today’s Father’s Day celebration service is a little longer than usual Sunday Services, because it includes the slideshow of Congregants’ Fathers, as…

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Sunday Service Podcast June 14th

“COVID-19 knows no boundary of country, it knows no boundary of race or culture or religion… apparently knows no boundary of age… of language. COVID-19 demonstates exceptionally clearly how incredibly interconnected we all are, and calls us to a kind of mutual support, should we wish to survive, as humankind on this planet.” Today’s talk…

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Sunday Service Podcast June 7th

“So we are at a crossroads, and we can try to keep the status quo or we can move forward with tremendous change and transformation.” Rev. Karen Lindvig speaks to the protests and unrest over the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Arbery and so many others.  How do we take action that creates…

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Sunday Service Podcast May 17th – Unexpected Good

“It’s almost as if … in Tarot, we’ve all been dealt the Tower… the destruction of the tower means that things must happen in order to clear out the old ways and welcome something new.” This Sunday Rev. Karen Lindvig teaches us how to acknowledge present pain, even while looking with determined optimism toward building…

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Sunday Service Podcast May 31st – Be Attitude

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the Earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be…

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Sunday Service Podcast May 24th – Twist of Perception

“A twist in perception can change what we see, and how we feel, in a single moment.” This time, Sunday Rev. Karen Lindvig looks at how our world shifts as we allow our perception to shift.   She weaves material from myth, personal life, the works of Jean Houston and others. Karen’s talk begins at 12:20.…

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Sunday Service Podcast May 3rd – Mayday

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“This quarantine has given us the opportunity to step back from our lives in a way that we never could have done before… to ask ourselves: is it possible to begin to think differently?” Continuing our stay-at-home time, Rev. Karen uses two meanings of “Mayday”, the pagan springtime dance as well as the nautical distress…

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Sunday Service Podcast April 19th – The Call of Gaia

“Are you having prophetic dreams?  And are there synchronicities that are showing up in your life, that you may not have seen or noticed before?” Rev. Karen turns our attention toward Earth Day, and what it means in this very special year.  Our stay-home restrictions have created a necessary rest for us, and for nature,…

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Sunday Service Podcast May 10th – Lightbearers

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“We celebrate not only mothers, but the compassionate, nurturing energy, that goes beyond gender.” Senior Minister Rev. Karen Lindvig pulls new lessons from the traditions of Mother’s Day, looking at the energy of caretaking and compassion, and how that energy can serve us profoundly during this time of sheltering in place. Karen’s talk beings at…

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Sunday Service Podcast April 26th – The House Guest

“The practices of Ramadan  — the practices of fasting, and feasting,  and reflection — help us build on that capacity to receive and to respond to this invitation of love, from Allah.” Today’s online worship service features special guest speaker Bahiyya Ann Holmes Redding.  Ann is a former Episcopal priest, now practicing Muslim teacher, writer,…

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Sunday Service Easter Podcast April 12th – Planetary Resurrection

  “There’s a quietness that didn’t exist before. Have you noticed?” Easter comes in an entirely new way this year, and Rev. Karen leads a virtual tribe into a multi-modal, exuberant, and varied virtual Easter worship experience.  She frames this year as a collective shamanic journey, which offers spiritual wisdom that we are collectively poised…

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Sunday Service Podcast March 29th – Invitation to Descent

“I think first we have to take a step back and acknowledge that there is a collective grief that is circling the planet right now.” Today, Rev. Karen explores our collective grief, referencing work from founder of grief.com David Kessler, as well as astrologist Laurence Hillman.  Grief can be an invitation to explore the dark…

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Sunday Service Podcast April 5th – Core Strength

“We’re kind of in a marathon and we’re only in the middle of it.” This week Rev. Karen leads us in celebrating Palm Sunday, but in a different way.  The traditional story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem offers interesting lessons about the Power of Strength, in negotiating the challenges of great spiritual undertakings.  Rev. Karen…

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Sunday Service Podcast March 22nd – Strange Wonder

  “We are living in strange times and we are in unknown territory. Right now this is a very strange wonder.” Rev. Karen Lindvig leads the service team in another new experiment in Live Stream service, as we continue to navigate the enormous challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Karen’s talk begins at 22:30 Worship Arts…

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