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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.

December’s readings feature another very early early recording read this time by David Davenport, speaking to us from the year 1982, that is all of 35 years ago, yet the voice and the spirit remain young and fresh….

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Tuesday December 5th: 05

Wednesday December 6th: 06

Thursday December 7th: 07

Friday December 8th: 08

Saturday December 9th: 09

Sunday December 10th: 10

Monday December 11th: 11

Tuesday December 12th: 12

Wednesday December 13th: 13

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.

December’s Prayers  take us towards Christmas wit an emphasis on peace and joy and love. Silent Unity’s simple words enable us to connect with this very special time of year with reverence and faith. 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:

Silent Unity Prayer Service December 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.

In Unity we often talk about making prayer part of the living fabric of our daily lives – so that it isn’t set apart from our ordinary experience and becomes integral with all that we are and seek to be. In a rather beautiful reading for November 25th, this idea is celebrated as a way in which our lives become whole and strong, as we “live life as a prayer….”

 

 

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.

Some years ago we presented on CD some very evocative meditations given by Francis Murray, a Unity Elder living in Northern Ireland. It seems a good moment to revivie these lovely recordings on the Friends Room page.

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Francis Murray

To begin a short season of Francis Murray Meditations, here is one entitled ‘Prayerful Journey’. Francis uses visualisations as part of his meditation method and this recording contains a very beautiful visualisation, taken from nature….

A Prayerful Journey

 

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.

 

 

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.

November’s Sunday Service included the latest talk in a series of presentations on Unity Principles, on Elimination. Kimerie Mapletoft gave a very lively talk on this theme, entitled ‘The Power of Release’. The service recording for YouTube also includes readings, song and prayerful affirmations:

 

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In this slot we have often showcased talks by Rev David Davenport, whose ministry and teachings enriched so many lives in the eighties and nineties. Here is an especially illuminating talk given at a St Anne’s Summer Retreat in the mid nineties, entitled ‘Holistic Living’ – although as always his words cover so much ground that this title hardly begins to  describe breadth of the wisdom and insight he offers his audience.  David’s address is also, as usual, leavened with humour and contains some lovely stories drawn from his past experience.

Rev. David Davenport

Rev. David Davenport

For convenience the talk is presented here in two halves, each approximately twenty minutes long.

Holistic Living I

Holistic Living II

 

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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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Thanksgiving, recently celebrated in the US, is of course a very special time for families and individuals. John’s latest letter focuses on his own family gathering, but uses the idea of ‘thanksgiving’ to reflect more widely on the essential affirmative values needed in our modern world – also of course core values for those of us who follow the Unity way.

As always John, eloquently mixes his own personal experience with deeper spiritual, moral and political concerns. We are sure you will get so much from reading his heartfelt words:

Letter from America – Autumn-Winter 2017

 

 

 

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Looking for an audiobook version of the complete New Testament Gospel which you can download for free? Hidden away on the public service audiobook website, Librivox, is a version of the Douay-Rheims New testament, read by James Carson. Douay Rheims is an ancient translation which has similarities with the St James Version. The American reader, James Carson, has a rather eccentric delivery, but it grows on you and there is a warmth and wealth of understanding in his voice which is hard to resist.

 

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You can either listen to the Gospel readings as a live audio stream, or download the whole book for free to your computer or tablet. And don’t worry – this very reputable site has no viruses and no intrusive adverts! Run along the same lines as Wikipedia, it is pure public service and very reliable. Just click on this link to go to the Bible page:

Douay Rheims Audiobook

 

Friends Room Musical Offerings

 

With Christmas fast approaching we are delighted to feature again the very beautiful and evocative Christmas Song, composed by Unity’s very own Dorothy Kirkman. And listen carefully for the words are as important as the music on this beautifully performed YouTube recording:

 

We are also delighted to present as a new Christmas Musical Offering, this lovely melody provided to the world by Chopin and played beautifully as always by Gregory Porilo of Unity South London. Some of you will recognise this tune as it became very famous when used later in the twentieth century to celebrate a mighty political revolution….

Chopin’s Christmas Tree

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.

Our Christmas and New Year edition  of the Unity Magazine,  is packed with information on all that goes on in the Unity community at this time of year – the highlight of which is of course the Candle Lighting Service held in all the Centres around the UK.  Presented as always by Kimerie Mapletoft, the programme lasts around five minutes:

The last couple of months have been extremely busy and so we have not been able to record a Unity Magazine video for a while, but a new episide will be appearing soon we hope!

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 21-5, read by David Barnes for the public service audiobook website, Librivox.

21 – The One and Twentieth Chapter – The true exposition of this gospel word, ‘Mary hath chosen the best part.’

22 – The Two and Twentieth Chapter – Of the wonderful love that Christ had to man in person of all sinners truly turned and called to the grace of contemplation.

23 – The Three and Twentieth Chapter – How God will answer and purvey for them in spirit, that for business about His love list not answer nor purvey for themselves.

24 – The Four and Twentieth Chapter – What charity is in itself, and how it is truly and perfectly contained in the work of this book.

25 – The Five and Twentieth Chapter – That in the time of this work a perfect soul hath no special beholding to any one man in this life.

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…

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 our final segment, Doreen talks about her own work in Unity over the years, and particularly describes her involvement in the Unity World Conference in 1995. She also speak a little about her book…..

This YouTube video  lasts around 1o minutes.

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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.

Our Unity Photographer June Daniel has sent in another amazing image she recently captured during her rural walks – featuring the poppy symbol which is particularly apt at this time of year, with Remembrance Sunday still vivid in our memory. Believe it or not this is a real beetle and not a piece of digital art!

Poppy Beetle

June also included these words, on the significance of a particular Remembrance service in her life. “From the depths of the depression that I had been experiencing when I felt imprisoned by my illness and so isolated both physically and emotionally and even wondering what the point of life was, I was reminded again by the service, which united the spiritual and earthly sides of our lives, of the price that was paid for our freedom…”

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.

Erma Stevenson has sent us a new poem which we were delighted to receive, inspired by the Scriptures and also with some echoes of the traditional hymnal. . .

 

 

 This in the Day….

This is the day that the Lord hath made,

This is the day that the Lord hath made.

Let us rejoice and be glad.

Be glad that Jesus is the maker of the world.

He is our father and redeemer,

He had redeemed us from our sins.

Let us rejoice and praise his holy name for ever more,

For ever more.

 

Jesus is not a man of wood and stone,

He is precious to us.

Jesus is the one we must trust.

Jesus will not leave or forsake us,

He will carry us every step of the way.

And because our ways are important to God’s ways

Trust him forever more.

 

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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