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 Reading for February begins with these words: “My spirit finds a quiet home of peace in my heart.” In these challenging times when so many of us seem in a state of constant stress, how uplifting and important these words are! Daily Word’s answer calls us back to the core of our spiritual being, that place of inner peace. Ken Bradley’s beautiful reading for the day is accompanied by gentle images of springtime, from in the Lake District.
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 January reminds us that prayer is a great way of starting – and continue the new year. And a time of silent meditation – offered always as part of this service – is also a wonderful way to enriching our journey through the days and weeks that lie ahead. Our latest prayer service is led by Kimerie Mapletoft. Join her 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 January 2020
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.
January’s Burning Bowl Service Service is a very special time at the start of the New year, when we ‘clear away the wreckage of the past’ and prepare to be renewed, reinvigorated and inspired for all that is to come. Led by Rev. Kimerie Mapletoft, the service climaxes at the moment when each person writes about the past and then ceremonially burns the writing paper and all that has been written upon it. Unity does not have much in the way of ritual in its fellowship events, but this is one occasion where the ritual is important and moving. This twenty-minute recording features some of the highlights of our lovely communal celebration.
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
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.
Our Unity Video Newsletter for January celebrates two exciting events through the coming month. Firstly the Burning Bowl Service which for many is a highlight in the Unity year; and secondly a forthcoming workshop on the subject of Lent. As always our newsletter is presented by Kimerie Mapletoft:
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.
June Daniell has recently sent us some more of her beautiful photographs of the natural world; along with a spiritual reflection on ‘Trees in Winter’. We have put both images and text into a short video which we do hope you will enjoy. June’s ‘Turquoise Beetle’ video was extremely popular a while ago, getting lots of view on YouTube – and we hope this new one will also reach a wide audience. So if you like it feel free to comment and maybe share the YouTube link.
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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