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.
Our Daily Word reflection for November, Wednesday November 18th, asks us to take a journey within ourselves in order to bring a deeper self awareness into our daily spiritual lives. Psychological exploration is something not often touched upon in Unity; and so this very thoughtful reading seemed an excellent one to highlight in this month. As always this Daily Word text is read by Ken Bradley:
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.
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 on the Friends Room you will be able to take part in these services which are being made available to you on YouTube.
Our Unity Prayer Service for November is led by Rev. Kimerie Mapletoft, inviting us to rest in the stillness and focus our minds and hearts on God’s healing, guidance, divine order, abundance and peace. The service lasts just under twenty minutes. Join in these prayers by simply clicking on the link below, then you can either watch the video, or simply close your eyes and listen…
You may also wish to download a text document of our latest prayer service which you can use as you follow the service recording – or keep to use as the basis for your own daily prayers. Just click on the following link:
Silent Unity Prayer Service November 2019
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.
If you have been on a Unity retreat you will know that times of meditation remain most vividly in the mind and heart when the retreat weekend is over.
Our latest meditation was recorded just a few moths ago at the 2019 Whalley Retreat and is led by Kimerie Mapletoft. Offered to the retreat group at the start of the day, it was an opportunity for everyone to become centred and receptive for all that was to follow. It is an especially gentle meditation and we encourage you to listen to it at the start of your day to place yourself in an open and receptive mood for all that the day will bring…
Melting into Presence
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. Of course not many people are able to join us in Maidenhead regularly each month but here at the Friends Room everyone can now have a chance to taste these lovely occasions via a highlights video on YouTube where you can begin to feel a real part of the fellowship life of Unity.
Our Sunday Service for October features an online talk given to the service group by Unity’s Beth O’Connell, who lives in Paris. Entitled ‘Open Your Heart, Extend Your Hand’, Beth looks at how we can move from a spiritually centred life towards meaningful and compassionate action in the outside world – spreading out those all important ripples of love and life in these very challenging times. The talk lasts around fifteen minutes – and the whole service, here presented as an audio-only youTube upload, is around 25 minutes long.
We have often featured inspirational talks by Rev. David Davenport in this Archive slot; but what we invite you now to listen to is a little different. Recorded at a Unity Celebration Day in 1991, David spoke here of the Unity movement generally; and all that it meant to him, and to his Unity community. Minister and Centre leader at Unity Maidenhead through the eighties and nineties, David vividly touched many people’s lives and few can forget his thoughtfulness, sensitivity and sense of humour…
The Unity Movement
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….
In his Letter from America for Spring and Summer 2019, John looks in some depth of those Unity principles which can help us during times of uncertainty and doubt. Trust in God, a sense of the powerful connectedness of all living things…. these and other Unity ideas can be like a strongly constructed raft which can help us ride through the waves of the storm.
Riding the storms of life
Letter from America, Spring & Summer 2019
In this section of the Friends Room we highlight Non-Unity websites we have come across which we feel might help you along your spiritual journey.
Continuing our search for websites that offer support for times of personal prayer and meditation we have come across a site with a rather unattractive name (MyNoise) but which offers some surprisingly rewarding background sounds which you can stream instantly to provide you with aids to your relaxation.
If you want to go direct to the MyNoise page and sample some of the many different types of relaxing sounds they offer, click here.
Gregory Porilo’s piano arrangements of Unity songs and hymns have enlivened numerous Unity events over the years including services and celebration days. They have also featured on this page, but not recently, so it seemed a good moment to offer up some examples.
Over the All Souls and Halloween period at the end of last month Gregory came up with several delightful melodies connected with these seasonal events. Can you guess what they are?
mystery melody 1
mystery melody 2
mystery melody 3
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.
In our Unity Video Newsletter for November Kimerie Mapletoft updates us on Unity’s special offerings as we approach Christmas and the New Year, notably Silent Unity’s beautifully produced Advent Booklet; and the Unity 2020 Calendar which is now available for just £3.95. There is also news of Unity’s one day retreat in Maidenhead on November 16th. This short YouTube video lasts around seven minutes.
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…
Our third and final part of Richard Anderson’s interview is fascinating as a reflection of Richard’s own experiences of the mysteries of spiritual connections in his own personal and family life. Richard also talks about those elements in Unity faith and fellowship which especially appeal to him as a spiritual writer and teacher.
Just click on the YouTube link below to watch the final part of our Unity profiles interview.
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.
Recently a Unity member loaned us some old VHS recordings featuring events at Unity retreats twenty or more years ago. Amongst these archive gems we discovered a rather magical musical performance by Unity’s Isabel Compton and Nuala Sikorski, providing retreatants at St Annes with Unity’s spiritual take on a song from The Sound of Music. I think you will agree this is truly a golden oldie!
Do you have a photograph, or a video 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.
One other 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 (email@example.com) 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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