Abut Unity Community of Central Oregon
Unity is a positive, practical, progressive approach to
Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus and the power of prayer.
Unity honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each
individual's right to choose a spiritual path. Unity is a center of spiritual light for people of the world. We are
dedicated to letting this light shine so brightly that people become
more aware of their spiritual nature and express it in their daily
lives. We address physical, mental and emotional needs through
affirmative prayer and spiritual education. We serve those who seek
inspiration and prayer support as well as those who use Unity teachings
as their primary path of spiritual growth.
Unity Community of Central Oregon is a member of Association of Unity Churches International,
an organization founded to serve the ministries of Unity
around the world.
Our community was founded on Martin Luther King Day, 2001. At that time we were called Unity
Center for Positive Living but a few years later we changed it to Unity Community of Central Oregon. Like many pioneering
spiritual centers and churches, we began meeting in the event room of a
local Hotel. Yet, beyond that we were quite different from the
traditional model of a church, or most organizations for that matter.
Within nine months we were in our own home and enjoying the additional
room for our youth as well as the end of church in a box. There were so
many ideas about what we "should do" at the new location. However, true
to new science leadership, "should" never cut it. We had a prayer room
because someone was called to create it. Several times mention of a
bookstore was forwarded, yet it did not happen until a new member
stepped up and said, “I want to do a bookstore" - and a bookstore was
created. From the beginning we have followed some rather different
guidelines of organizational development. For example:
• We give from passion, enthusiasm, love – not from duty, guilt or should.
• Spirit will lead this center, and we will follow where that takes us.
• We will honor our humanness as we seek enlightenment
• Decisions will come from prayer.
• We say, “yes” to any idea that is in alignment with our vision.
• We will pray with anyone who asks.
• Our minister is for life, if we have a problem we will work it out
with her. She will only leave if that is where spirit leads. It will be
her choice and we trust her relationship with God in this.
All of these might seem obvious but here is the amazing result of actually living and leading from this place:
The depth of our community is profound. We sought not to count heads on Sunday, but hearts every day.
We had the courage to step away and go to a church without walls because
it came from visioning and prayer. We decided to do services at the
Tower Theater once a month downtown over the summer of 2006. That was
wonderful in countless ways. That fall we were at Central Oregon
Community College for weekly Sunday services.
We then moved to the Central Oregon Environmental Center in Bend and did
services there for several years. In April of 2010 we moved into the
old Eastern Star Grange Hall (now called High Desert Community Grange
Hall) out on Powell Butte Road where we are today.
Unity Community has a vision, a purpose, and an exceptionally healthy
system. We have been following Spirit since we formed, it has been a
wonderful journey and it has only begun. Please know you are welcome to
join us in any creative way that comes to your mind. Let there be no
boundaries between us – ah the wonder of modern technology.
A true leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. ~ MLK Jr.