Fall Enrichment Program
The Fall Enrichment Program is a 7-week small group experience designed to bring people together to grow in spiritual awareness through studying, sharing, and connecting. This year we will be using the book How to Pray Without Talking to God by Linda Martella-Whitsett (available in the Unity Palo Alto bookstore). Each Sunday Service talk will follow the program and you have the opportunity to join a small study group to dive deeper.
Unity minister Linda Martella-Whitsett provides a new framework for thinking about prayer that will revolutionize the lives of readers everywhere. The good news here is that you can pray without believing in God; that you can have a rich and fulfilling spiritual practice without adhering to a set of creeds or dogmas. She encourages seekers to look within, rather than outside themselves for a God in the sky, for the spark of the divine that is at the core of their being.
How to Pray Without Talking to God shows how to develop a spiritual practice by reforming the words of traditional prayers; cultivating a habit of daily prayer and meditation; learning how to pray with others. Each chapter includes a section called “Talk to Yourself” that poses questions for readers to write about or share in a study circle.
“This book is a refreshing, inspiring approach to prayer that emphasizes one’s connection with the Divine, however named, and the essential worthiness and goodness of all individuals. For those seeking a more meaningful connection with the Absolute, Martella-Whitsett is a wise guide.” -Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Words and Prayer Is Good Medicine
Sunday, 10/27 @ 10:00 am
With Rev. John Riley, music by Deborah Winters and the Unity Palo Alto Band.
As my realization of Spirit expands, distractions gently fall away. My busy thoughts are calmed and any apprehension or concerns are eliminated. I tap into a deeper consciousness as I allow prayer and meditation to bring me to a sacred recognition and appreciation of my life. These moments bring me peace.
Sunday, 10/20 @ 10:00 am
With Rev. John Riley, music by Margo LeDuc and the Unity Palo Alto Band.
We determine our experience moment by moment, by our choice of thought. We decide what is possible and what is not. With a prayer consciousness, I release and dissolve false beliefs and condemnation and affirm the spiritual truth that I AM divine wisdom, love, and vitality in expression.
Sunday, 10/13 @ 10:00 am
With Rev. John Riley, music by the Love, Love, Love Unity Choir and the Unity Palo Alto Band.
Words spoken in prayer, whether silent or aloud, have powerful potential. Words aligned with our spiritual understanding create congruence in prayer that is positively transformational. Choose empowering words.
Sunday, 10/6 @ 10:00 am
With Rev. John Riley, music by Danielle Kane and the Unity Palo Alto Band.
We pray, asserting our Divine Identity so we may express our Divine Identity. Affirmative prayer cultivates our awareness of Oneness, the One Power and Presence, and reveals the highest truth we can comprehend in this moment. We pray so that we embody Divine Nature.
Sunday, 9/29 @ 10:00 am
With Rev. John Riley, music by Deborah Winters the Unity Palo Alto Band.
Divine Omnipresence means God is within us, we are within God, and God is everywhere. Moreover, God is everywhereness, not a being who is everywhere but the pervasive essence of all. You are made in the Divine Image.