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Friends Room Daily Word

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 June’s Classic Recordings we go back many years to 1991 when Rev. David Davenport was Minister at Unity Maidenhead where Daily Word was produced and distributed in the UK. David’s voice has a warmth, calmness and intimacy which remains vividly alive over a quarter of a century later.

Later on in these readings you will notice a new voice. This is Margaret Baker, who worked in Silent Unity at this time. We do not know quite why she suddenly takes over the June 1991 readings, perhaps David was taking a well earned summer holiday, anyway it is a chance for us to listen to Margaret’s clear, caring and gentle voice.

Rev. David Davenport

Rev. David Davenport

Sunday June 18th: 18

Monday June 19th: 19

Tuesday June 20th: 20

Wednesday June 21st: 21

Thursday June 22nd: 22

Friday June 23rd: 23

Saturday June 24th: 24

Sunday June 25th: 25

Monday June 26th: 26

Tuesday June 27th: 27

Wednesday June 28th: 28

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.

Friends Room Daily Services New

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.

June’s Monthly Prayer Service Guide  emphasises the themes of peace and love which seem especially appropriate in view of recent events in the UK.  Leading the service RevKimerie Mapletoft focuses her prayers on those who have been affected by recent tragedies. This YouTube recording has time for your own personal prayer work in the silence; and lasts around 20 minutes:

 

If you wish to listen to our latest  Silent Unity Monthly Prayer Service which you can use in your own personal prayer and meditation, click on the audio link below.  From this month we are presenting this recording as an audio version of the YouTube video (above); however as an audio download it means that you can save it to your computer and listen to it any time at your convenience. To do this simply click on the link below then press Control-Save during playback of the  and the file will be saved to your computer (Windows only):

Monthly Prayer Service June 2017

You may also wish to download a text document of this prayer service for your own use, in which case you can click on the following link:

Monthly Prayer Service (text) June 2017

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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.

Recently in the Unity office we were talking about comfort zones and the need to challenge oneself occasionally not just to accept the safe and familiar patterns of our daily life. Coincidentally in June’s Daily Word there is a reading on just this subject, offering that special wisdom we so often receive from these wonderful meditations….

These words come from the Daily Word entry for June 29th:

 

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.

 

Friends Room prayer & meditation

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 have chosen a very recent recording of some rather beautiful meditation time at the recent St Annes Retreat. In this YouTube video, Unity teacher Glenys Watkins, leads one of the early morning Daily Word Services, beginning with a reading of the Daily Word for that day – and then going into some quiet prayer and meditation.

 

The form of this service is very similar to that which we use at our Unity Maidenhead Daily Word Services which we are now streaming live each weekday morning at 9am. If you want to find out more about these, click here.

If you have enjoyed this meditation why not buy Kimerie Mapletoft’s latest Meditation CD at just £4.95 including UK postage?

 

Friends Room Services

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 June Sacred Circle Service includes a lively and fascinating talk on ‘Imagination’ by Ken Bradley. This small intimate service also contains some beautiful prayer time and meditations:

 

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Our latest Archive Recording is a little gem of a recording from the past. Entitled ‘Prayer and Illumination, this talk given by Rev Margaret Baker at the 1993 St Annes Retreat, is a beautifully clear and succinct account of how prayer and divine guidance operate in our daily lives – and how important it is for us to become open and receptive to this wonderful gift from God. Sadly Margaret is no longer with us, however her words have a warmth, simplicity and freshness which live on – and her message is as relevant now as it was a quarter of a century ago.

Rev. Margaret Baker

Rev. Margaret Baker

 

Prayer and Illumination

 

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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….

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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’……..

Letter from America – Summer 2017

 

Friends Room Musical Offerings

Those of you who have visited Unity Centre South London, or who have attended Unity’s annual Celebration Days – will be very familiar with the impressive musical talents of Gregory Porilo. Gregory, who is both an expert pianist and composer, has recently produced a series of beautiful short compositions, inspired by traditional spiritual music & texts – and the Friends Room is very proud to present these over the next weeks.

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Gregory is trying in these new recordings to relate his musical arrangements to some key words and affirmations currently in the Daily Word. I wonder if you can guess which ones he is inspired by?

Faith is the Victory

Amazing Grace

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Here are some new recordings just in from Gregory:

Spirit of the Living God

Hail the Day

Here is another lovely recording from one of Unity’s Celebration Days in the noughties. This version of the well known gospel song, My Redeemer, is sung by an unknown singer, whose voice you will not so easily forget….

 

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Many of you will know that Unity Village’s Rev. Tom Thorpe has recently been visiting the UK and delighting Unity audiences with his wit, wisdom, warmth and spiritual insight.  What many of you will not know however is that Tom is Minister at Unit Church, Independence in Missouri and that this thriving community have their own  fascinating website:

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If you weant to find out click here to go to their home page.

 

 

 

Friends Room Unity TV Magazine

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.

For June’s Unity Magazine we have departed from the usual format in view of recent tragic events in the UK. Rev Kimerie Mapletoft gives us a short but very powerful reflection on the way we, as a Unity community, can respond in love and peace to the horrendous terrorist atrocities that have taken place:

Friends Room Audio Books

 

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.

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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 6-9, read by David Barnes for the public service audiobook website, Librivox.

06 – The Sixth Chapter – A short conceit of the work of this book, treated by question.

07 – The Seventh Chapter – How a man shall have him in this work against all thoughts, and specially against all those that arise of his own curiosity, of cunning, and of natural wit.

08 – The Eighth Chapter – A good declaring of certain doubts that may fall in this word treated by question, in destroying of a man’s own curiosity, of cunning, and of natural wit, and in distinguishing of the degrees and the parts of active living and contemplative.

Friends Room Profiles

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…

During the recent St Annes Unity Retreat we were luck enough to be able to interview one of Unity’s most loyal and enthusiastic members. Letitia Fehintola has, she told us, been to every single St Annes Retreat since it was first instituted decades ago! The Unity spiritual life is also part of the fabric of her daily family life. In this vivid interview Letitia suggests what Unity spiritual principles mean when they become part of one’s daily experience…

This YouTube video  lasts around 10 minutes.

Friends Room Myspace

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.

This new offering in words and pictures from June Daniell has just arrived in the Unity office and we think deserves an immediate place:

Light in the Sky

One way you can contribute your own material to the Friends Room’s MySpace is to record something on your iPhone and upload it onto Youtube, if you send me (steve.gough@unityuk.org) the link I can then put the recording onto this web-page. For technophobes, of course, the easiest way is still probably to put something onto our Unity voicemail. But however you want to contribute, keep your ideas coming!

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