Please note that because of staff holidays one or two sections of the Friends Room may not be updated over the next couple of weeks. But normal services will resume as soon as possible!
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a very special place
where Unity’s faith and spiritual practice
come vividly alive!
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 October’s Classic readings we go back just six years, to 2011, and once again Ken Bradley’s voice, warm, gentle and intimate, takes us by the hand from one day to the next….
Friday October 13th: 13
Saturday October 14th: 14
Sunday October 15th: 15
Monday October 16th: 16
Tuesday October 17th: 17
Wednesday October 18th: 18
Thursday October 19th: 19
Friday October 20th: 20
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.
October’s Monthly Prayer Service has a warmth and intimacy and reflectiveness which we can use as we prepare ourselves for that shift in the year towards shorter days, and the starker colours of autumn and winter… As always our daily prayers are led by Kimerie Mapletoft, whose gentle, heartfelt presence gives this prayer time its special quality. Our YouTube recording has time for your own personal prayer work in the silence; and lasts around 15 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.
October’s reflection (Thursday 26th) offers us the chance to reflect, meditate and pray upon an area of our modern life which presents growing challenges in the second decade of the twenty-first century: the work of care givers in our community. “As I care for others, I become one in purpose with all who are giving from their hearts…” Whether it is a fostered child, an aged parent, or a sick pet, the spiritual message is the same…..
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.
Last month we presented here a beautiful Kimerie Mapletoft meditation from the archive; and we are following this up with another of Kimerie’s evocative meditations which was given during a special Healing Service at Unity Maidenhead almost a decade ago in 2008. The recording lasts around 20 minutes. It is a good idea to listen to all our meditations using headphones to get the full ‘immersive’ effect.
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.
Our September Sacred Circle Service takes a look at the subject of Divine Order. When we say these words in a crisis do we look up to the skies for help, or open up to a potential Divine solution from within? This small intimate service is led by Rev Kimerie Mapletoft:
Did you know that there is a public service website called ARCHIVE.ORG which offers a huge variety of copyright free material in the form of completely free ebooks, sound recordings and even videos from a worldwide public archive?
Of course most of these offerings have nothing to do with Unity, religion or spirituality! But if you use their search engine skilfully you can find lots of spiritual and religious material, for example, a whole collection of English Hymns which you can download for free. Here is just one example, a rather lovely version of Abide with Me:
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 Letter begins with a reflection on the impact of the recent eclipse, which he witnessed with his family onboard a boat in the Atlantic! The image of that mysterious ring of light, delicatedly transforming the world and quietening the birds, is the prelude for a lovely meditation on the power of that transforming energy of Spirit which connects us all around the globe and gives us the strength to face the worst uncertainties and catastophes – for even hurricanes battering the US seaboard can see thousands of people joining together in hope and faith to rebuild lost homes and lives….
This letter is beautifully written, vivid and moving, and we strongly recommend you read it. Just click on the link below.
Last month in this Friends Room slot we were highlighting the YouTube Channel which is run by Unity Village in the States; and we thought it would be useful also to let you know about Unity Village’s Facebook Page which is actually not easy to find from their main website, so here it is:
To visit this page and enjoy all that it offers, simply click on the picture.
The Unity fellowship includes many multi-talented people, including Patricia Rosser, whose poems are often to be found on our MySpace slot (see below); Patricia is also a rather wonderful singer and so we are giving you all the chance to listen to her version of a classic song, How Glad I Am. She specialises in unaccompanied (a-capello) singing and this song, recorded some years ago on YouTube, tests her abilities to the limit:
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.
September’s edition of the Unity Magazine, highlights our upcoming World Day of Prayer on 14th of this month, and also includes details of our latest education classes. The 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 15-20, read by David Barnes for the public service audiobook website, Librivox.
16 – The Sixteenth Chapter – That by Virtue of this work a sinner truly turned and called to contemplation cometh sooner to perfection than by any other work; and by it soonest may get of God forgiveness of sins.
17 – The Seventeenth Chapter – That a Very contemplative list not meddle him with active life, nor of anything that is done or spoken about him, nor yet to answer to his blamers in excusing of himself.
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 second segment Doreen continues with her account of Unity’s history in the UK, giving us a vivid picture of the birth of Unity in London between the wars; and the remarkable Prayer Ministry of one of Unity’s early British Pioneers, Ruth Hacking…..
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.
June Daniel has just sent us a pair of fascinating new black and white photographs photographs. Here are the two snapshots and June’s eloquent words to describe their special impact and meaning for her…
“Our journey through this life is never
easy so we really need to keep in touch with
God, however we choose to do that. I thought
these photos might serve as an illustration of
one way: when we keep our eyes on the cross
we see a chance of a pathway, but when we
take our eyes off, like a cloud in the sky
then The Way can disappear….”
Do you have a photograph which you treasure because it has had a special spiritual impact on your life? Why not send us a copy and a few short words to describe its place in your life.
Constance Beatson, has just recorded for us a new Unity Poem, ‘A Prayer for Today’ by Winifred Brandon. These simple and evocative verses – feelingfully read by Constance – have a lot to teach us, about how to live our lives moment by moment….