Some of you may already be subscribing to our free weekly Thought for the Week email which provides an inspiring Unity reflection for every week of the year. As a tribute to this, we celebrate here for the Friends Room a Thought for the Week classic taken from Unity’s audio visual archive.
Unity’s Maidenhead Centre in Boyn Hill, set up by David and Doreen Davenport in the 1980’s.
David Davenport continues to be our inspiration in this Friends Room slot: here is another short excerpt from one of his very early Daily Word recordings taken from some time in the eighties and recently re-discovered in our Unity UK archive. How do we deal spiritually with the challenge of change in our lives? David offers us some very wise advice…
Dealing with Change
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.
We invite you to use our Unity Prayer Service for September as a way of preparing spiritually and meditatively for Unity’s World Day of Prayer on Thursday 12th. Led by Rev. Kimerie Mapletoft, 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 September 2019
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 September choice is Thursday 12th – Unity’s World Day of Prayer, which this year celebrates vast possibilities and unlimited dreams! As the reading puts it, ‘let’s set our sights beyond where we have seen before…’ As always this Daily Word text is read beautifully 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.
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.
Our latest meditation comes from a Silent Unity Healing Service which was held at Unity Maidenhead in 2008. Led by Kimerie Mapletoft this very prayerful healing meditation was at the heart of this event. Using four powerful affirmations through a twenty-minute time of silence, members of the meditation group were encouraged to take these healing ideas and visions deep within – and we invite you to do the same.
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 August featured an online talk to the group by Unity student Nancy Sandoval, who is based in Leeds. Nancy’s talk was entitled ‘I believe in release‘. Drawing on Unity principles first developed by co-founder Charles Fillmore, Nancy asked us to consider faith and release as two activities that draw on our deepest spiritual nature. This 40-minute YouTube recording features her talk in full, as it was presented online, with a Powerpoint presentation to further illuminate her words.
Our archive latest recording is a talk given in 1989 by Rev Paula McClellan, Unity Minister for Springfield, Missouri at that time and on a visit to the UK.
Drawing from visionary and prophetic texts from the Old and New Testament, Paula evokes the powerful presence of the Divine at each now-moment of our lives. Opening up to this high power is the key, she affirms, to an enriched and purposeful experience. Appropriately the talk is called, ‘New Day’
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.
Looking for music to help you relax, or to accompany you and others on a time of quiet meditation?
You may not know that YouTube now features a number of audio streaming channels who specialise in this area. Try for example the following link. Just one of many options you can explore simply by going onto the YouTube site searching under ‘meditation music’.
For our latest musical recording we have turned to a very recent event at Unity, the Centenary Celebrations held earlier this summer in Birmingham. Laura Topper and Jason Salmon came along to provide some wonderful songs, both inspiring and energizing the audience. Here is one of their lively and entertaining tracks:
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 September focuses on Unity’s upcoming World Day of Prayer. Kimerie Mapletoft encourages us to be part of this very special occasion and outlines all that will happen on that day. She then goes on to talk about Unity’s Autumn retreat at the beautiful Whalley Abbey in Lancashire. 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…
We are delighted to present below the second installment of our Unity Profiles interview with Richard Anderson. Richard’s book, Mind-Spirit Detox, is the subject of this latest YouTube recording. Recently published, it includes over forty meditation practices – and Steve Gough, our interviewer, was struck by the mix of spirituality and practicality reflected in this. Richard’s response was very interesting as you will see….
Just click on the YouTube link below to watch the interview selection which lasts around eight 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.
Here is something rather special. It is a meditation of reflections in water, with words and images by June Daniell. We have used her ideas and landscapes to create what we hope is a very evocative short video. Click on the YouTube link to watch…
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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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