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Some of you may already take audio Daily Word as a regular monthly cassette or CD, as a paid subscription, or free if you are registered blind or partially sighted. Here however we are offering a completely new Daily Word service, featuring audio downloads of classic Daily Word readings from the past. These recordings will be refreshed regularly to keep you up to date. Click on the blue date numbers below to start your audio download. Your computer’s media player will open and you should automatically hear the recording after a few moments. Please note that because these are historic recordings, the daily readings may occasionally deal with special days in the past calendar (eg Easter Sunday or Mothering Day) which occur on different days in this, our present year.
For our August Classic Recordings we go back three years to 2009. If you are finding it hard to recall what was actually happening in the world eight years ago in August then you might like to be reminded that in cricket England won the Ashes in that month! And it was in August 2009 that a metal detector enthusiast came across nine thousand Roman coins buried in woodland near Shrewsbury. This amazing discovery became known as the Shrewsbury Hoard.
August’s Daily Word readings are spoken as usual by Ken Bradley.
Tuesday August 15th: 15
Wednesday August 16th: 16
Thursday August 17th: 17
Friday August 18th: 18
Saturday August 19th: 19
Sunday August 20th: 20
Monday August 21st: 21
Tuesday August 22nd: 22
Wednesday August 23rd: 23
If you have enjoyed these classic recordings, why not consider taking out a subscription for the audio version of the current Daily Word, which is still offered at just £15 a month to subscribers – and is FREE for blind or visually impaired people. Please click here for more details.
Those of you who phone the Silent Unity prayer-line will know that we hold services here at Unity Maidenhead every weekday where we keep everyone in prayer who is named on our daily prayer lists. Now, and exclusively on the Friends Room, you will be able to take part in these services as we will be placing a regular recording on YouTube which you can access by simply clicking below.
The recording is usually a little shorter than our full daily service but does have periods of silence during which you too can join in our silent prayer and meditation. Because of confidentiality, names of those on our prayer list, which are spoken during the service, have been edited out of the recording.
August’s Monthly Prayer Service centres our awareness on peace and stillness, appropriately in a month when we might think of drowsy summer afternoons with the hum of bumble bees all around us. Once again Kimerie Mapletoft takes us through the five-stages of contemplative prayer, focusing on Peace Within, Guidance, Healing, Abundance – and finally World Peace. This YouTube recording has time for your own personal prayer work in the silence; and lasts around 20 minutes:
You may also wish to download a text document of our latest prayer service for your own use, in which case you can click on the following link:
Over the years, we all have our favourite memorable Daily Word meditations. Some of us may cut out these pages and keep them nearby us in a purse, a wallet or by the bed. Some Daily Word subscribers go through each new bi-monthly magazine marking the pages that seem most wise or powerful for this time in their lives. In this section of the Friends Room we highlight an especially memorable Daily Word reading for the month, and present it to you in the form of a short YouTube film featuring meditational sounds & images accompanying the audio reading for that day by Ken Bradley. Ken’s reading is taken from the regular audio version of Daily Word which you can subscribe to, or have sent free if you are blind or partially sighted.
Choosing a favourite day from August’s Daily Word, wasn’t hard for us, especially after returning from Unity’s wonderful silent retreat at Holland House recently. The words for the day on 21st August are Inner Peace. And the affirmation, ‘Peace dwells in the silence of my soul’ As usual the reading is by Ken Bradley and the images are taken from the 2017 Unity Calendar which every year features landscape views of Unity Village……
If you have enjoyed this recording, why not consider taking out a subscription for the audio version of Daily Word, which is still offered at just £15 a month to subscribers – and is FREE for blind or visual impaired people. Please click here for more details.
In this special prayer and meditation section of the Friends Room we are offering a variety of Unity recordings to support your daily spiritual life.
For our latest meditation we present one of a number of excellent meditations which we hold in the Unity archive. This recording of a beautiful half-hour meditation led by Kimerie Mapletoft, dates back to 2006, when Unity Maidenhead was based at Boyn Hill near the centre of the town.
The focus of the meditation is on ‘love and light’ which opens up within us as we let go and allow God’s stillness and peace to enter in…..
Those of you with Windows PCs may like to know that it is possible to save all our audiofiles to your own computer as you listen to these downloads, by pressing together ‘control’+’s’ as you listen. This way you can listen to the meditations again and again without needing to be on the internet.
Every month Unity Maidenhead holds its popular Fellowship Service which features prayers, meditations, talks & singing., For some time we have included recordings of important events such as the Burning Bowl Service or the Unity Carol Service. However here at the Friends Room visitors can view regular monthly recordings throughout the year so that, wherever you live, you can begin to feel a real part of the fellowship life of Unity.
Unity’s July Sacred Circle Service focuses on the theme of Understanding, one of Charles Fillmore’s Twelve Principles This small intimate service is led by Rev Kimerie Mapletoft and includes a talk by Unity student, Peter Lang:
Over the years Unity in the UK has produced a number of leaders and educators inspired by the principles, values and spiritual insights of the Unity tradition. However only a very few have made Unity their academic vocation, studying Unity in that more disciplined way. One of these was Ann Thoresby Parker who gave a talk at the St Annes Retreat ten years ago which is typical of her knowledge and spiritual wisdom. Entitled ‘Women in the Time of Jesus’ her hour-long talk explores the gospel stories where women played a leading role, and what they reveal about Unity’s Truth Principles.
As many Friends Room members will know, Rev. John Wingfield was Unity Minister at Unity Maidenhead some years ago, returning to his home in the US in 2007. A very popular, warm and friendly figure at Unity services, retreats and Celebration Days, John was also greatly valued for his personal reflections on ‘living the Unity life’. We are so delighted therefore that John is now contributing from the States his regular ‘Letter from America’ to the Unity Friends Room, containing thoughts and feelings about Unity Living from across the Atlantic Ocean….
John’s latest Summer Letter is a little longer than usual – which is not surprising as in this latest piece John is trying to convey to us, as a Unity minister, his spiritual understanding and response to a number of intertwining events and issues which are currently challenging his nation. The somewhat tarnished image of the US flag shown above perhaps reflects the current American state of mind as people take in the new Trump administration, along with the rising tensions over racism, unemployment, climate change, healthcare and a score of other complex issues.
This is a letter (like the last) needs to be read slowly and carefully so that we might take its contents deep into our hearts. And its Unity message, it hardly needs to be stated, is as relevant to us across the Atlantic, as it is to US citizen throughout the ‘united states’……..
Visitors to our Unity UK website will perhaps have clicked on the YouTube icon to visit our YouTube channel and perhaps watch one or two of our many videos ion offer there. But are you aware that Unity in the US also have their own Unity Village YouTube Channel with a host of videos to browse and enjoy?
To visit this page, simply click on the picture above which will take you to Unity’s click and play TV Channel in the US…
As part of the Friends Room’s video offerings we present here a regular TV magazine programme letting you know about all that is going on in Unity here in Maidenhead (headquarters of Daily Word and Silent Unity) and beyond.
Silence is something we often avoid in our daily lives – silences on the phone, or meeting friends or work colleagues. And yet silence can bring us movingly close to our deeper spiritual selves – and there is no better way of exploring this than going on a silent retreat. For our latest August edition of the Unity Magazine, Kimerie Mapletoft describes her experiences running Unity’s latest silent retreat held recently at Pershore. Kimerie also talks about our upcoming World Day of Prayer in September, where again silence plays a key role in enabling us to join in communion with Unity members around the world. This latest programme lasts around five minutes:
The Friends Room is excited to present over the next few months complete audio recordings of an ancient Medieval spiritual text, The Cloud of Unknowing, which many see as an important source for today’s practices of contemplative spirituality. Written by an anonymous monk in the fourteenth century it is a series of profound reflections on the nature of our mysterious connection with God, based, the writer affirms, not on will or conscious intellect, but on the deeper ‘cloud of unknowing’ within the intuitive part of our being.
Wikipedia in its introduction to this amazing book, writes: The underlying message of this work suggests that the way to know God is to abandon consideration of God’s particular activities and attributes, and be courageous enough to surrender one’s mind and ego to the realm of “unknowing”, at which point one may begin to glimpse the nature of God…
We continue our month by month serialisation of this audiobook with Chapters 10-14, read by David Barnes for the public service audiobook website, Librivox.
Month by month in the Friends Room we are highlighting the life and work of some of our Unity elders in the UK and beyond. We can learn much from books, listening to spiritual discussions, joining in meditations – but there is something special about those small jewels of everyday personal experience shared directly between us…
This coming autumn Unity Maidenhead will proudly announce the publication of Doreen Davenport’s ‘History of Unity in the UK’. To mark this auspicious event we will, over the next couple of months, be highlighting Doreen on our Unity Profiles slot, presenting highlights of a recent Skype talk she gave to Lois Cheatham at Unity Village. In this first segment Doreen describes how Unity entered her life; and also how Unity began in the UK in the early years of the twentieth century….
This YouTube video lasts around 12 minutes.
This place in the Unity Friends room is your space! Here we plan to put contributions from Unity people around the country whether it be personal prayers or reflections; poems or songs; pictures or drawings! We invite contributions, preferably by email (see below). But you can also put contributions in the post, if you prefer, or even record your poems, prayers or reflections (not too long!) onto the Silent Unity prayerline or office voicemail.
Patricia Rosser is inspiring us here at Unity Maidenhead with a flood of new poems and limericks, one of which we present below. On the subject of ‘Friends’ it seems especially appropriate to put it on Unity’s Friends Room. We hope you like it and if you would like to see more poetry – or have a poem of your own on a Unity theme which you want to contribute to the friends Room, do let us know.
Friends are like water in the driest terrain,
When all’s dusty and dry – how welcome the rain.
Life will blossom and bloom in every way,
Sharing and caring, and brightening our day.
We’re truly blessed to have such folk in our lives,
It’s how all move forward, and everyone thrives.
Laughing and loving, and ever-supporting.
Keeping all secrets – and never reporting.
Giving, forgiving, compassionate and true.
Thinking the best of us. Praise where it’s due.
But if we wish that our friends would ‘up their game’,
Then maybe we should think about doing the same.
As a lot of our traits, and also our values
Are reflected in many of the friends we choose.
So if we want the very Best of the Best,
What should we do? Oh yes, you’ve guessed.
Be the Best Friend we would like to meet.
Then simply wait for our mutual treat.
Our BFFs are looking for us as well.
So let’s hold up our mirrors, and start ringing our bell!
June Daniel’s evocative photographs have often graced these Friends Room pages, not least because they reflect her personal spiritual journey, facing the daily challenge of health problems and as a result a more restricted life, when once she travelled far and wide. Here is the latest of her images – of a sudden miraculous transformation in the forbidding sky near her home. ‘This photo was taken recently on one of my short walks and I felt it was such a good illustration of John 1:5…. “the light still shines in the darkness and the darkness shall never put it out…”‘
Another frequent contributor to the Friends Room page, Constance Beatson, has also recently sent us another reading, this time of an old Daily Word meditation which she has treasured over many years.
Constance, now in her nineties, keeps a bag next to her in the house filled with Unity books, booklets and old Daily Words – something you might also think of doing? Here is her reading, delightfully presented as always, using our telephone voicemail to make her recording: