Introduction to Islam

Sunday | March 24 | 1:30-3:30 PM

Join Imam Luqman Gondal for a discussion of the basic fundamentals of Islam. He’ll show some videos and also talk about his community or sect.

$20 suggested love offering

Led by Imam Luqman Gondal

Born in Pakistan, Imam Luqman Gondal came to the US in 2007. He completed high school in Brooklyn, NY, and then joined Jamia Ahmadiyya Canada located in Toronto (the Ahmadiyya Seminary College) and received his Shahid degree after successfully completing the 7-year course in Islamic Theology and Comparative study of religions. He had the honor to serve in Mali Country in West Africa, Santiago de Querétaro city in Mexico and London UK before starting his journey to the US. He has been serving the Minnesota and Iowa Chapter since September of 2017. He is married and has two beautiful daughters.

Women of Unity April Meeting

Saturday | April 6 | 9:30-11:30 AM

Open to all women!

Lynne Stylianou-Jensen will present “Spiritual and Practical Lessons from the 2018 UN Conference on the Status of Women.”

Lynne will talk everyone through a “Quick Heart-based Technique” and then participants will gather in small groups to discuss ideas from breakout sessions of the 2018 United National Conference on the Status of Women. Each Women of Unity regular meeting begins at 9:30 AM with meditation, prayer and member check-in led by a designated WOU member. The speaker’s regular meeting presentation is approximately one hour long.

“The Universal Christ”

Tuesdays | April 2-30 | 7-9 PM

Most know who Jesus was, but who was Christ? Is the word simply Jesus’s last name?

Drawing on scripture, history, and spiritual practice, Rohr articulates a transformative view of Jesus Christ as a portrait of God’s constant, unfolding work in the world. “God loves things by becoming them,” he writes, and Jesus’s life was meant to declare that humanity has never been separate from God—except by its own negative choice. When we recover this fundamental truth, faith becomes less about proving Jesus was God, and more about learning to recognize the Creator’s presence all around us, and in everyone we meet.

Thought-provoking, practical, and full of deep hope and vision, “The Universal Christ” is a landmark book from one of our most beloved spiritual writers, and an invitation to contemplate how God liberates and loves all that is.

$50 for the series or $10 per week

Join Rev. Jeanette Byington & Rev. Pat Williamson for a discussion of Richard Rohr’s newest book!

Minister’s Book Group: “The Last Week”

Thursdays | April 11, 18 & 25 | 10:30 AM – 12 PM

Join Rev. Pat for a discussion of what Marcus Borg and John Crossan (two top Jesus experts) believe is the real story of Jesus’ final week in Jerusalem based on the Gospel of Mark.

Reading Assignments:
April 11 – Preface, Chapters 1 & 2
April 18 – Chapters 3, 4 & 5
April 25 – Chapters 6, 7 & 8

$10 suggested love offering per week

Led by Rev. Pat Williamson

The Spirituality of Dreams

Sunday | April 7 | 1:30-3:30 PM

How significant are your nightly dreams? Can they contain information you’ve overlooked, show you a situation in a new light or unveil an unrecognized aspect of yourself? Perhaps they are unopened letters from God. If you’ve ever had a perplexing dream or been curious about your dream world, this workshop will give you tools to better understand the spirituality of your dreams.

Bring a written dream and join Janet Ruth, spiritual director & dreamwork facilitator, who will introduce you to a dreamwork method that was developed by Rev. Bob Haden of The Haden Institute in Flatrock, NC.

$20 suggested love offering

Facilitated by Janet Ruth, Dreamwork Facilitator

Judaism

Sunday | March 31 | 1:30 PM

All you ever wanted to know about Judaism, but were afraid to ask.

Join us for an interactive workshop to get to know your Jewish neighbors and learn all about Judaism.

  • Who are the Jews?
  • What do they believe?
  • What do they practice?
  • And what does it mean to be a good neighbor?

Bring your curiosity and your questions!

$20 suggested love offering

Led by Judy Snitzer & Jenna Mitelman

Judy Snitzer was born and raised in an Orthodox Jewish family in St Paul, attended Torah Academy elementary school in Minneapolis and graduated from Highland Park Senior High. She completed an MSc degree in Microbiology at Hebrew University, Jerusalem. She also lived in Israel for one year in both 1961, and in 1967 and now travels to Israel 3-4 times a year. Judy is retired and works as an artist. She is a member of Darchei
Noam, an Orthodox synagogue in St Louis Park.

Jenna Mitelman moved to Minneapolis from San Francisco, CA, and has never looked back (even on the really snowy days). She was a child refugee from religious persecution and lived in Israel for a number of years. Jenna has been speaking about Judaism with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota for over a decade, sharing perspectives on Judaism with audiences across the state. She currently lives in Plymouth with her husband Mike.

Last Days of Jesus

Sunday | April 14 | 1:30-3:30 PM

This workshop will provide cultural, historical, and metaphysical background for the upcoming Unity events held during Holy Week: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. Key events to be discussed include the Last Supper, the Agony in the Garden, and the Crucifixion.

$20 suggested love offering

Facilitated by John and Marie Pettingill
Both Marie and John have been designing and delivering training in the business world for the last 30 years. They have also participated in Unity for the same amount of time. Last fall’s Unity Holy Land Tour energized their interest in the New Testament. They are excited about a Unity group discussion of the Holy Week events and mysteries.

Joy Thru Tai Chi Chih Movement

Thursdays | April 4 – May 16 | 12:15-1:30 PM

Tai Chi Chih is an easy-to-learn moving meditation. This gentle, flowing set of 19 meditative movements and one pose helps you to circulate and balance your inner energy (Chi). The movements are easy and enjoyable to learn and do, and suitable for people of any age and physical condition.

And the benefits of regular practice are many, including …

  • A greater sense of well being & serenity
  • Improved general health
  • Reduced stress
  • Improved focus and memory
  • Improved balance
  • Expanded awareness and creativity

No special equipment or dress is needed to learn and do Tai Chi Chih, but comfortable clothing is recommended.

Suggested love offering of $50 for the 7 classes or $10 per drop-in class

Facilitated by Jeannie Hamlin
Jeanne is an accredited Tai Chi Chih instructor who has been practicing the form for many years. Originally attracted to it by the pure joy that radiated from her first teacher at Unity South Church in Bloomington, Jeanne quickly found it helpful in reducing stress and anxiety, and gaining clarity about challenging life circumstances. She went on from there to achieve her accreditation in 2001 with the desire to share this beneficial practice with all who want its many benefits.

Jeanne raised her children at Unity Minneapolis and sang in the Choir during the 90’s. After moving away for some time, she has recently retired from a professional teaching and consulting career and is now living closer by in White Bear Lake.

 

Membership Class

Wednesdays | March 6-27 | 7-9 PM | Fillmore Room 
Facilitated by Rev. Pat Williamson and Rev. Jeanette Byington and guests
New Member Sunday is March 31

Come for community, knowledge, tool, friendship and–yes–membership!

Whether you’re interested in becoming an official member of Unity Minneapolis or simply want to delve more deeply into Truth principles and expand your spiritual community, Unity Minneapolis’ membership class is a great way to do it all! Participants choose to elect membership or not at the end of the class. Those choosing membership are welcomed into this official status at a special ceremony to be held on Sunday, March 31.

To register, sign up in church, online (using the form on the left side of this page) or contact our office: 763-521-4793 or office@unityminneapolis.org.

Childcare is available.

Unity 101

Wednesdays | April 3 – May 1 | 7-9 PM

Whether you are a beginner or advanced, you will gain opportunities through this class to explore aspects of the Unity movement, experiment with and test the principles, and probe for deeper resonance and meaning of spirituality in your life. Come and discuss the answers to questions, including the following topics:

  • What are the core beliefs of Unity?
  • What does Unity teach concerning the nature of God? Jesus? Jesus Christ? Christ Jesus?
  • What is affirmative prayer? Meditation? Silence? And Treatment?
  • What is Unity’s relationship to the Bible? How does one metaphysically interpret the Bible? What about other sacred texts?

We will also discuss what Unity teaches about death, communion, baptism, and other rituals. The 12 Powers will be overviewed as well.

When you finish this course you will have a clearer direction about your next step of study. We invite you to join us for this powerful course, where you will learn to experience Unity with new eyes—eyes of the heart.

There is a minimum of 8 people needed for the class. Please pre-register so we can provide the correct amount of materials.

Course Fee: $80 including The Quest (required text)
If you already own The Quest, the fee is $60.

Experience Unity through new eyes!

Facilitated by Rev. Jeanette Byington & Karen Onny