2021 Pledge Drive
We are grateful for your participation and the loving support you express towards Unity Palo Alto!
Rev. John Riley, Senior Minister
November 9, 2020
Dear Friends of Unity Palo Alto,
At the beginning of each year, I turn within and open my mind to divine inspiration, listening for a theme for the upcoming year. During my time of discernment the idea ‘The Roaring 2020’s: Expressing our Spiritual Magnificence’ came loud and clear. What I didn’t know then was just how important that idea would become.
As with any meaningful growth, old ways must give way to new thoughts and ideas so that transformation can occur. With the COVID-19 Pandemic, these changes came at full speed. The pandemic brought with it unforeseen challenges and difficulties. It brought a change in the way we work, in the way we connect with each other, and in the way we live day to day.
And yet, through all of the changes of 2020, Spiritual Principle remains a constant and steady source of strength for each of us. Unity’s teachings of Oneness, affirmative prayer, and rock-steady faith have given us strength during these unprecedented times. Through all of these changes we, as a spiritual community, have risen to a greater awareness and expression of our spiritual magnificence.
As I reflect on how far we have come and the possibilities of 2021, I am inspired. I am inspired by how we as a spiritual community have responded to these challenging times. We have come together to support each other online though connection groups, pick-a-parties, concerts, and classes. We have come together to support our Spiritual Center during the financial challenges that appeared with the pandemic. We come together to support one another during our spiritual growth.
Charles Fillmore once wrote “It is your mission to express all that you can imagine God to be.” I am inspired by how we are expressing that spiritual magnificence as Unity Palo Alto. Through the challenges that have appeared this year, we have grown and we are poised to bring this teaching, inspiration, and transformation to more people than ever before.
During these unprecedented times, our leadership team is working diligently to bring this inspiration to life. Our first task was to begin live-streaming our services. Bringing our message, music, and uniqueness online has greatly broadened our reach in the world. Friends from Riverside, CA to Scandia, MN, from Eugene, OR to Fort Worth, TX are now a part of our spiritual community.
Our second task was to address the financial challenges sparked by the pandemic. Thanks to very generous donations from a few Angel Donors and our community’s generous participation in our fundraising efforts, we were able to meet the immediate shortfall and generate enough cash to give us runway through mid-2021.
There is still much work to be done to close the financial gap. As we move forward, our leadership team is creating a new business model for our ministry. Our goal is to continue to serve our local and extended spiritual community and to reach people who have never heard our message of Truth. Our goal is to create meaningful connection and empower spiritual growth in person and at a distance. Our goal is to empower spiritual transformation, contributing to our vision of world powerfully transformed through an experience and expression of our Oneness with God. Together, we can make this happen.
During this time of planning, we ask you to take this vision into your time of discernment and consider how you will support this powerful transformation by supporting Unity Palo Alto in 2021. If you are as inspired as I am about returning to our spiritual center, about continuing our growth, and about our vision, please consider completing the pledge card and sending it back to us in the enclosed envelope.
I am so grateful for your continued participation and the loving support you express. Together, we are Unity Palo Alto Spiritual Center!
With joyful and prosperous blessings,
Reverend John Riley Catherine Hamrick-Down
Senior Minister President, Board of Trustees