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Awakening Oneness, we empower an evolving consciousness
that spiritually transforms the world.


We serve, build, inspire and empower ministries.


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When your Ministry's contact information or your personal contact changes, let us know!


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Are You Being Called to Serve the Region in a Greater Way? 
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Consider serving on the Great Lakes Unity Board. Any individual member in good standing may serve as Trustee. 


Additionally, candidates must:
  • be present and voting during the meeting at which they are elected.
  • be persons who have shown an active interest in the Region's business.
  • licensed or ordained must be persons in good standing with Unity Worldwide Ministries (2 of the six members can be lay persons).
  • not be persons receiving compensation from the Region. 
In order to include bios in pre-printed materials for the Annual Meeting, applications are due no later than....Click here to download the application form. 


          Register Now for Lowest Rate till September 4th!  Save $50!

          FALL CONFERENCE:

          Growing Through Change...Here We Grow Again!

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          Oct. 1-4, Pokagon State Park, in Indiana

          Join us for a Wonder-Filled 4-day Conference of Healing Energy and Spiritual Refreshment to Raise your Vibration!
          • Rev. David McArthur will bring us HeartMath to open our hearts and connect to the power of Love and the intelligence of the Heart on Tuesday.
             
          • Rev. Doug Duerr will be with us on Wednesday to help us learn new skills to navigate change and conflict as spiritual leaders.
             
          • Rama Inacio will bring us the Alchemy of Sound with the 12-Powers Crystal Bowls from Unity Village. He will also create wonderful Sound Healing experiences for us with his didgeridoo, gong and other healing vibrations. 
           
          This year's Conference is designed so we can all participate in all the events and RAISE OUR VIBRATION together!
           
          Click here to make your 2018 reservations TODAY and save $50!

          2018 Conference Fee Schedule 

          $300 through 9/4/18
          $325 after 9/4/2018
          $350 after 9/26/2018


          Should Great Lakes Region Affiliate with UWM?

          Many regard moving Unity Worldwide Ministries' headquarters to Unity Village last fall as evidence of greater unity in Unity. Now, UWM is inviting Regions to consider supporting that energy by becoming affiliated members of UWM. The intent is to create greater coherence and clarity in our organizational relationships. 

          At present, two Regions (Southeast and Northwest) have become UWM affiliate members. Your Great Lakes Region Board is researching pros and cons of affiliation, reviewing whether it would impact existing bylaws and governance, and prayerfully discerning how to proceed. Click here for an overview of pros and cons, then send comments questions to info@greatlakesunity.com


          Events Around the Region:

          Did You Miss It?   August 6th 

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          Big shout out to Unity on the North Shore for hosting a wonderful reception welcoming Unity Worldwide Ministries Board of Trustees to the Great Lakes Region for their Summer Meetings. Just gotta say - the food! 

          A rockin' Moroccan menu (loved the use of coconut). Staff, leaders and congregants from Unity in Chicago, Unity Oak Park, Unity Northwest, Unity in Naperville and even Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing mixed and mingled with board members on a beautiful garden patio under clear summer skies.

          Thank you to Donna LaRue Johnson and all of the visiting Unity Worldwide Ministries team for sharing. Sharon Ketchum, thanks for updating us on everything from SEE credits, to children's programming to working with our volunteer teams.And thanks to uber-talented singer-songwriter Megon McDonough for reminding us Great Lakes Region is up to "Amazing Things."

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          YFM Training:

          Who, What, How?  -  Gen Z

          September 8th
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          Unity Church Northwest
          Des Plaines, IL           10-3pm CT

          An experiential training experience that encourages and inspires. It models skills as well as provides knowledge.  We will examine how social emotional learning empowers Gen Z to live the 5 basic Unity Principles and helps them to express their 3 fold nature: body, mind, and spirit.   After training, participants are ready to put in to practice what they have learned. Their ministries are better equipped to serve Generation Z and their families.

          Click here for Flyer/Registration form.


          Unity on Campus Ministry Celebrates its 20th Anniversary!  October 27th   

          Unity on Campus located at University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University is celebrating 20 years on October 27, 2018 at 5 PM, Dinner at 5 PM.  Tickets are $50.  The event will be held at Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Ann Arbor, MI

          Complimentary congratulatory messages for the souvenir program are welcomed by October 1, 2018.  Formal invitations to follow.  For additional information, please contact Rev. Ernestine Griffin, Founder/Minister.  unityoncampus@aol.com or 734-787-3664


          I Want to Tell Everyone!!!   By Vareta Foster, Ed.D.


              I want to tell everyone that I am so grateful to be a part of the Unity movement.

          Several years ago, I received a phone call from a good friend who invited me to join her on Sunday in a Unity Church in Warren, Michigan. Although I wondered why she wanted me to drive all the way from Detroit to Warren, she was so excited about the church, that I had to say yes We were both members of a church in Detroit, we had friends and colleagues there and I thought that it was just perfect.  However, a few weeks later, led by her continued excitement,  I drove the extra miles to Warren.

          Little did I know at that time, that the few extra miles was the beginning of my road to recovery from fear, anger, anxiety discontent insult and pain to a life of contentment, happiness, joy and peace.

          Jack Boland was the Senior Minister of The Church of Today -- or rather, that church in Warren.  Each week, his message was dynamic and uplifting.  He was so good, I thought that he was speaking directly to me only. It was weeks later, when I heard another person saying the exact same thing that I realized that his message brought a healing for me as well as to all others listening.  (click here to finish this blog article on our website)


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          Rev. Greg Coles Named UWM-GLR Regional Rep

          The UWM-Great Lakes Region Board is pleased to announce that effective Sept. 1, Rev. Greg Coles from Unity of Bay City, MI, will begin serving as our Regional Representative. As RR, Rev. Coles will assist in maintaining the health of ministries within our region through mentoring and providing a pastoral presence for ministers and ministries. In addition, the RR serves as liaison between UWM and UWM-GLR ministries through participation on the UWM Standards Team. 

          Rev. Coles brings more than 15 years of ministry leadership experience within pastoral, large and corporate size churches, and a corporate business leadership background. In addition to serving as Senior Minister at Unity of Bay City, MI since 2010, he has served on the Great Lakes Regional Board, the Regional Relationships Task Team,and is in the process of earning certification as a UWM Wellness Consultant/Specialist. He has also completed a number of other skill development programs, including Mennonite Peace Mediation, Healthy Congregations Facilitator & Leadership Training, UWM Peace Making Skills Training and more. 


          Corporate Policies Updated!

          The Great Lakes Region Board has revised the Policies Manual.  You may see it on our website or click here.


           
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          Email info@greatlakesunity.com to request that your Church or Center's special event be posted to the GLURC website and/or included in future e-newsletters. 

          Please include Title, Date, Location, 25-word description, soft copies of flyers (if available)(,pdf and jpg) and links for details and/or registration info.


          YFM Recommended Books


          Storybooks for teaching mindfulness and meditation by Rev. Chase:

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          • Breathe Like a Bear by Kira Willey is a book of a minute or less mindfulness exercises for relaxation, focus, imagining, making energy and being calm.  Audio is available at Kira Willey.com

          • I Am Peace by Susan Verde includes a guided meditation.

          • In the Lemonade Hurricane by Licia Morelli.  An active child learns how to be still.

          • What Does It Mean to be Present?  by Rana DiOrio


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          UWM-Great Lakes Region Board of Trustees
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           left to right
          President ~ Rev. Ray Nelson, Unity of Louisville, KY
          Vice President ~ Rev. Kurt Condra, Unity on the North Shore, IL
          Treasurer ~ Carl Nawrot, Unity of Oak Park, IL
          Secretary ~ Rev. Glenda Walden, Unity of Ft. Wayne, IN
          YFM Liaison ~ Rev. Meghan Smith Brooks,  New Thought Unity Center, Cincinnati 
          Conference Team Liaison ~ Rev. Deb-Hill Davis, Unity of Ames, IA
          Licensed Unity Teacher Liaision ~Tom Sylvester, Unity of Garden Park, Cincinnati 
          Alternate ~ Rev. Vareta Davis, Renaissance Unity, MI
          UWM Liasion, ~ John McMahon,  Unity of Bay City, MI
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