Worship Arts Design

Worship Arts Design

Worship Arts Design Meetings are on the first Sundays of each month, and are a chance for members and visitors to contribute ideas to the arts in the Services!  Directed by our fabulous Worship Arts Director, Erin McGaughan, the meetings are an hour-long discussion that informs upcoming Services – the music, the visuals, the entire worship experience.

Each month has a different focus, but they’re all about getting your input on the evolution of our worship Services. Do you have ideas about how to create great visuals for holidays or seasons?  Observances for Spring Equinox, or Summer Solstice?  How about an interfaith project, or experiential worship elements like dance, mudra, or yoga?   Experience and expertise are not required, either – if you attend our services, then your ideas matter!

(There are often snacks, too.)


As always, if you have input, but you can’t attend these meetings, email your thoughts about Worship Arts to erinm@seattleunity.org.

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Post-service Patio Singalong - Boomer's choice.

After the service, during the fellowship hour on level 3, come out to the patio and join into some easy secular oldies tunes.  Think of like an urban campfire singalong. Connecting with our Generations theme, we'll be singing things Boomers might remember, from 50's to 80's (and later faves, if...
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Worship Arts Design News

Generations of Chant – notes and links

By Erin McGaughan | April 10, 2024

Thank you, to all who joined in on our Generations of Chant class on April 7th. Here are some notes and listening links, so you can hear more of the little snippets we heard in our session. —- Unlike a chant bath, this session’s approach was like a wine-tasting class:  to learn about it, taste…

Generations of Chant – A Worship Arts Experience!

By Erin McGaughan | March 18, 2024

Announcing:   Chant is a spiritual practice that appears everywhere on our planet, expressing a vast range of spiritual traditions, over millennia of human history. Yet, some musical elements pop up again and again — why is that?   Erin will guide a mini-tour through several ancient forms and songs… Full article on the event itself…

2023 Virtual Art Show

By Erin McGaughan | December 6, 2023

Worship Arts Blog – Poetry inspired by the Tree of Life theme

By Erin McGaughan | May 12, 2022

Marcia Rutan is a poet and multi-modal artist with a keen awareness of the spiritual in everything.  She and husband Carl Woestwin reside on the edge of a gorgeous wooded ravine, and they both share an abiding connection with and appreciation for nature.  Here’s her latest piece inspired by our 2022 theme of The Tree…

Call for Mother’s Day Slideshow Photos

By Karen R. Smith | April 7, 2022

  Erin is creating the annual Mother’s Day slide show! Send her a picture of your mother or grandmother, or you AS a mother or grandmother by May 1st to be included. If you have sent pictures before, please send an “okay to re-use”. (Erin won’t re-use old ones without your okay.)   You can…

Worship Arts Blog – The Mushroom Connection

By Erin McGaughan | March 5, 2022

Worship Arts is about any way in which our creativity interfaces with spirituality.  So, yes, cooking is absolutely a form of Worship Arts. For this project, I bounced off the nature-based metaphors provided by our current Tree of Life series. We’re studying how the underground networks of mycelia can connect many different species, and it…

Worship Arts Blog – 12 Powers Project

By Erin McGaughan | February 10, 2022

Worship Arts Director Erin here. As we move through this Seeds of Intention series in our 2022 Tree of Life theme, now is a perfect time to re-engage with Unity basic teachings. I’ve done this several times before, always with interesting results, and once I even got a pretty good teaching song out of it.…

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By Erin McGaughan | September 3, 2021

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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By Erin McGaughan | October 10, 2020

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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By Erin McGaughan | September 28, 2020

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…