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 the Unity archives, featuring a short, memorable wisdom from the past – but one which will be just as fresh and relevant today.
We are all very familiar with this First World War poster, ‘your country needs you’; but Dee Rimmer, in a Unity Retreat two decades ago, asks us to affirm to ourselves, ‘you are needed’. Here is what she says, which a powerful celebration of our inner spiritual selves:
You are Needed
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.
Led by Rev Kimerie Mapletoft, Our Prayer Service for May celebrates the coming of summer’s light and life with a series of gentle, affirming, life-giving meditations;. We invite you to join in these beautiful prayers by clicking on the link below, then you can either watch the video, or simply close your eyes and listen, becoming part of our daily prayer time….
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 May 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 favourite Daily Word for May is a meditation on divine guidance which contains a beautiful and poetic description of how the light of God works in our daily lives. As we look forward to the sunny days of summer it seems good time to reflect on how that blaze of divine spirit continually transforms our lives. Click on the YouTuve link to glimpse the sunshine and listen to Ken Bradley’s evocative reading:
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.
Unity’s co-founder Myrtle Fillmore is familiar to us now, mainly through her books, especially her Healing Letters, which combine spiritual insights with down to earth practicality in dealing with life’s daily challenges. She is less known these days for her skills as a leader of prayer and meditation, so this recording, retrieved from Unity’s archives, is a reminder of how powerful she could be in groups of people. It is a short meditation in which Myrtle uses the image of the garden to reflect on the gifts of the spirit. Note this is a very old recording and inevitably the quality is a little rough, but we hope you will still be informed and inspired by what you hear…..
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.
Unity’s Easter Flower Service this year took place a little earlier than usual on Palm Sunday. Unfortunately we were not able to do our usual video of the service, however it was live-streamed and we have been able to retrieve and present here an edited audio recording of the service. The service was led by Kimerie Mapletoft, who gave a very informative and insightful talk on the significance of the Gospel story of Jesus’s final, palm-strewn entry into Jerusalem. Our YouTube audio presentation lasts around 30 minutes:
In our latest meditation slot (see above) we have featured an vintage recording made by unity’s co-founder Myrtle Fillmore. It seemed therefore right and proper to include here in our archive section another very early audio produced this time by Unity’s other co-founder Charles.
This short talk on healing is especially notable because Charles Fillmore reveals a quirky sense of humour which we might miss noticing in his books. He also comes up with the fascinating (if slightly bizarre)idea that we can live as long as we want if we decide to do so. The power of positive thinking!
Talk on Healing
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.
Would you fancy taking a tour around Unity Village, Unity’s home in the United States? We if you want to take that stroll why not go onto YouTube, search for ‘Unity Village’ and your tour will pop up in front of your eyes in seconds.
If you can’t even wait that long, just click on this beautiful image of Unity Villages’s famous water tower, and go straight to the YouTube video.
We have been featuring some vintage Unity recordings on the Friends Room recently and we continue that theme in this slot by featuring a very old recording made at Unity Village where singing The Lords Prayer was often a way of closing a Unity Service. The voice you hear leading the singing is Charles Fillmore himself. The audio quality is of course a little worn from the years, but the spirit of the singing comes through vividly!
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 Unity Video Newsletter for May looks forward to two special events in the coming months, firstly the Martin Nathanael workshop; and secondly Unity UK’s special centenary celebration in Brimingham in July. Click on the link below to find out more! Ourt YouTube video 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 71-75, read by David Barnes for the public service audiobook website, Librivox.
71 – The One and Seventieth Chapter – That some may not come to feel the perfection of this work but in time of ravishing, and some may have it when they will, in the common state of man’s soul.
72 – The Two and Seventieth Chapter – That a worker in this work should not deem nor think of another worker as he feeleth in himself.
73 – The Three and Seventieth Chapter – How that after the likeness of Moses, of Bezaleel, and of Aaron meddling them about the Ark of the Testament, we profit on three manners in this grace of contemplation, for this grace is figured in that Ark.
74 – The Four and Seventieth Chapter – How that the matter of this book is never more read or spoken, nor heard read or spoken, of a soul disposed thereto without feeling of a very accordance to the effect of the same work: and of rehearsing of the same charge that is written in the prologue.
75 – The Five and Seventieth Chapter – Of some certain tokens by the which a man may prove whether he be called of God to work in this work.
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 latest Unity Profile is the second part of our recent interview with Rev. Vernon Thomas a very experienced, warm and popular Unity Minister, whose association with Unity London goes back many years. In this segment, Vernon talks about his ministry in the UK after returning from Unity Village in the States, speaking movingly of his work as a spiritual counsellor, supporting others in their spiritual journey.
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.
We have recently received another fascinating image from our longtime Unity member, June Daniell. June usually works through photography, but this is a painting which she says she she completed some years ago:
In her letter, June describes a possible meaning of the colours which later came to her after she had completed the painting. Black, she suggests might refer to ‘sin’; red to ‘Christ’s blood’; white to ‘purity’; and finally orange to describe our journey through life. Whatever meaning we might give to the colours in June’s painting, it is undeniably a powerful spiritual image.
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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