"Weekly Silent Meditation Service"

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A Silent Meditation Service is held by Unity Northwest, 259 East Central Road, Des Plaines, at 6:00pm every Tuesday.  It is led by Gregory Barrette, minister of Unity Northwest..

“Spending forty five minutes in meditation can make a powerful impact on your well-being and quality of life,” said Greg Barrette.  “There is no single better tool for spiritual growth and personal well being than meditation.  Being supported by a group makes meditation much easier.  Numerous studies by research labs at major universities have confirmed the effectiveness of meditation to heal and reduce stress. We have witnessed healings of mind, body and circumstances that can be attributed to this group practice.”

A free-will offering will be taken.  For more information on this Silent Meditation Service, please call 847-297-099

“A Simple Reverent Prayer Circle”

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Each Sunday at 10:20 am
Facilitated by: Greg Barrette, Senior Minister

"This Simple, Reverent Prayer Circle will give participants an opportunity to spontaneously speak aloud our heartfelt prayers for other people in our lives.  By supporting each other in prayer, we will each experience the power of healing that Jesus claimed would happen when 'two or three are gathered'" said Greg Barrette. "This will be an easy, natural and unrehearsed gathering of healing hearts in prayer, and will be about fifteen minutes in duration."

A free-will offering will be taken.  For more information on this event, please call 847-297-0997

“Circulation Day”

Saturday, June 24, 2017
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Unity Northwest Church, 259 E. Central Road in Des Plaines, is holding their "Circulation Day" which is a kind of Yard Sale without any money involved.

"We invite everyone in the Northwest Suburbs to simply bring their unwanted items to the church and then take what they need from what has been left by others," said Greg Barrette, Senior Minister of Unity Northwest Church. "Absolutely no money changes hands."
"Circulation Day demonstrates that there is always enough to go around, if we simply distribute it right. Just bring what you don't need and take what you do. It's free of charge.  We have been hosting this event for many years and there are some amazing and miraculous stories associated with Circulation Day.  Over the past forty years, Circulation Day has been experienced by hundreds of thousands of people. It is a lot of fun and teaches us that there truly can be enough if we just circulate it!"
For more information, please call 847-297-0997

“How to Pray”

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
7:00 pm
Facilitated by: Greg Barrette, Senior Minister

“What are the simple methods of prayer that will bring powerful results in our lives, and how can we use them to effect changes in us?” said Greg Barrette. “Prayer does not change God. Prayer changes us. These proven and practical techniques will turn around any stuck situation, because they will turn us around.”

A free-will offering will be taken.  For more information on this class, please call 847-297-0997

“Enneagram and Spirit Class”

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Thursday, July 13, 2017
7:00 pm
Facilitated by: Jim Ware

From one point of view, the Enneagram can be seen as a set of nine distinct personality types, with each number on the Enneagram denoting one type. It is common to find a little of yourself in all nine of the types, although one of them should stand out as being closest to yourself. This is your basic personality type.

The class will open with a short review of the Enneagram.  Then, we’ll use the Enneagram in class to discover how to best stay “above the 5” on the Spiritual Thermometer.  For those of you who are new to the Enneagram, you can go online for free and take a short assessment to see what your type may be at the website:

A free-will offering will be taken.  For more information on this class, please call 847-297-0997

“Spiritual Intelligence: the 21 Skills for SQ”

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Thursday, July 20, 2017
7:00 pm
Facilitated by: Jim Ware

Based on the book by Cindy Wigglesworth, Spiritual Intelligence, this class defines spirituality as “the innate human need to connect with something larger than ourselves.” The class opens with an exercise in which all participants will address these two questions:

1. Who are the spiritual leaders/teachers you have admired in your life?
2. What are the character traits that caused you to admire these people?

The consistency of the responses from this exercise suggests that we already have a general perception of what makes someone “spiritually intelligent.” What we do not yet have is a way of describing Spiritual Intelligence that is faith-neutral and specifically focused on the skills and abilities we are trying to attain when we seek spiritual growth.

We define Spiritual Intelligence as “the ability to behave with Compassion and Wisdom while maintaining inner and outer peace (equanimity) regardless of the circumstances.” Compassion and Wisdom together form the manifestation of Love. “Behave” is important because it focuses on how well we maintain our center, stay calm, and actually treat others with compassion and wisdom. The statement of “regardless of the circumstances” shows that we can maintain our peaceful center and loving behaviors even under great stress. This is what we admire in our spiritual leaders. The class will include a handout showing the 21 skills and describing the path for growth. Length 90 minutes. We can have follow up classes if the attendees wish.

A free-will offering will be taken.  For more information on this class, please call 847-297-0997

“How to Meditate”

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
7:00 pm
Facilitated by: Greg Barrette, Senior Minister

“This workshop will focus on the practices and methods of meditation that will move you deeper into the presence of your innermost Being," said Greg Barrette. “How can you make this contact with the divine? Where is 'the secret place of the most high' and how can you experience it in your times of meditation?”

A free-will offering will be taken.  For more information on this class, please call 847-297-0997

"Monday Morning Metaphysics"

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10:30 am to Noon
Facilitated by: Rev. Mary Beth Speer

Monday Morning Metaphysics will soon embark on a new book entitled Sacred Thinking – Awakening to Your Inner Power by Dr. Jim Lockard.  This book explores questions such as: What is the meaning of life, of the universe, of God?  How do you, as am awakening human being, find your way as the creator of your life?  How do you find happiness and spiritual fulfillment?  Written in easy-to-understand language, Sacred Thinking is a practical guide to personal transformation.  Author Jim Lockard is an ordained Religious Science minister and New Thought leader, and is considered to be one of the foremost teachers of spirituality and consciousness today.  Books are available in class or on line.
Monday Morning Metaphysics is a casual drop-in book study group, meeting Monday mornings from 10:30am to 12:00 noon.   There’s no “homework” or outside preparatory reading required, and is open to anyone.  A love-offering is accepted at each class. Rev. Mary Beth Speer facilitates.

For more information on this class, please call 847-297-0997