Our community extends way beyond our Sunday morning gathering. We open our doors to many groups during the week to support the movement of Spirit in and through our wider community. Some groups meet here weekly, monthly or just once a year. Our Unity community provides meeting space for Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Power Club, A Course in Miracles, Mind Shifters and more. We gratefully open our doors knowing that as we give with open minds and hearts so shall we receive the abundant love that is God right in that same moment!
We believe that all people are created with sacred worth. Our ministries and outreaches are inclusive and open-minded, free from discrimination on the basis of race, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability and sexual orientation. We recognize and honor the Divine within as the one common denominator that we share on our human journey.
In January we honor the following holy days and festivals:
Nativity of Christ, Armenian Christianity
Bodhi Day, Buddhism
World Religion Day, Bahai
Mahayana New Year, Buddhism
Tu B'shvat, Jewish
Conversion of St. Paul, Christianity
Guru Har Rai's Birthday, Sikh
Membership in Unity of Wilmington
Becoming a Member of Unity of Wilmington indicates a definite, considered choice to be an integral part of this Unity spiritual community. It represents a commitment to the manifestation of Unity principles in one’s life, and a commitment to share in the joys and responsibilities of co-creating and maintaining this on-going Unity ministry.
We offer a Membership Class twice a year so that you can explore what it means to step into membership, discuss the Vision and Mission, review church governance, and join together in a sacred circle of sharing what membership in this ministry means to you. Attendance is required. New Member Induction occurs the following Sunday during service.
Here are some of the benefits of membership:
- An assurance of having a spiritual community that is strong and effective in supporting you in your spiritual growth.
- An abundance of love, empowerment, fulfillment, true friendship, education, and spiritual support.
- A depth of spiritual understanding which comes to those who commit to this level of expanding consciousness.
- An experience of “relationships that work” as you practice applying spiritual principles with everyone here.
- The realization that participation in raising collective consciousness co-creates transformation in the lives of others.
- A deeper experience of the value of your unique contribution.
- Practice in knowing how to listen to the voice of Spirit.
- An experience of the abundance in you as you approach life as both a giver and a receiver.
Opportunities to Join in 2019: March and October
2019 Membership Confirmation Begins September 1, 2018
Unity membership is unique. While other spiritual communities may have specific obligations, it is most important to recognize that membership in Unity of Wilmington is a commitment to deepen our own personal spiritual expansion, and to experience relationships which are centered in integrity, authenticity, and unconditional Love.
Membership also is a commitment to share in the joys and responsibilities of co-creating and maintaining this on-going Unity ministry. We unite in purpose in order that we may minister more effectively to each other and to the greater community. Together, we are a powerful force of love and joy, embracing diversity and living Unity’s spiritual principles.
With the formal adoption of revised bylaws last February, all members are required to declare their desired membership status for the coming year. If you are a member, please complete your membership declaration card and return it to the Admin Office no later than October 15.
Sacred Ceremonies & Life Celebrations
At Unity of Wilmington, we are committed to providing members and friends with special services and ceremonies, designed to pause and observe the spiritual dimension of significant moments within your personal and family journeys.
We provide a sacred spiritual setting for many ceremonies. As you enter the sanctuary through double doors we offer a room filled with love and light. A beautifully colored stained glass window on the west wall of the sanctuary adds color and dimension to our space.
Unity of Wilmington honors all faiths and paths to God and welcomes diversity of individuals. All ceremonies are created individually to honor the participants and provide a meaningful and memorable spiritual experience.
Weddings/Holy Unions/Renewal of Vows
Whether or not the couple is a member of Unity of Wilmington, we can perform your Holy Union or Wedding. Because such events are as unique as the people getting married, we can hold the ceremony in our Sanctuary or at an offsite location of your choice. Let us help you make your special day a sacred one.
Our prayer is that your ceremony be beautiful and deeply meaningful for you and your loved ones and that your union be blessed in the Unity service that celebrates your spiritual commitment to one another. We believe that the joining of two souls is a union that takes place between two persons in the presence of the Holy Spirit in the midst of them. When such a true bond already exists, we are delighted to affirm, celebrate, and bless the union that only God can create.
Much thoughtful prayer goes into the consideration of the services presented through our ministry. Yet, we want to be open to honoring any special requests that you may have in the planning process. It may help you to know that we do not include “love, honor, and obey,” nor do we ask “if there be any reason why these two should not be joined,” etc., and we do not say, “in sickness and in health . . . ‘til death do us part,” etc. We believe that we are to “obey” inner guidance, rather than another person; that true marriage is between God and the two individuals concerned; and we do not suppose that “death” interrupts a true union. The Unity service is very personal and always positive and uplifting. We are receptive to your suggestions of a favorite poem, prayer, or other idea for inclusion in your service. Prayer will always be integral in the Unity service, and we are open to honoring diverse religious traditions.
Christening within the Unity tradition is a public act of welcoming a new life into the world and formally recognizing this beautiful soul by name, on its human journey. Our tradition is grounded in and guided by the ministry of the Master Teacher, Jesus, who was known to take children in his arms and bless them. Mark 10:13-16
A Christening ceremony is also created for the parents and others to express their dedication to raising the child in an awareness of the Loving Presence we call Love, Source, Spirit, God. The celebrating family can choose to have Godparents or sponsors participate in the Christening Service.
The Christening ceremony includes the elements of Holy water, rose petals and anointing with sacred oil. The blessed water symbolizes the purity of Spirit within. In ancient times those in prayer often reported the scent of roses as a symbol of the Christ presence; rose petals have long been representative of love. In ancient times, sacred oil was expensive and being anointed was a gesture of honoring the anointed.
Memorial Services and Funerals
Compassionate and caring services are designed to meet the individual needs of the grieving family. We are glad to help, and will help plan a ceremony at Unity of Wilmington or location of your choice.
Every life is unique from the beginning to the end. We enter this world as an unknown to those who await us; and we depart having created our own story of being, a web of relationships, and a treasury of life experiences.
At Unity, we honor each human journey by memorializing your loved one with:
· Prayers and reflections that are in harmony with your beliefs
· Eulogies and memories by family and friends
· Recorded music/video and/or live music, as desired
· Meditation and silence for remembering and letting go
· Warm, heart-centered, individualized memorial services
In Unity, we believe that the Presence of Love transforms our life experiences into that which is spiritual and thus sacred and transcendent. Together we will create a memorial service to celebrate and affirm a life completed, a soul’s journey, as we evoke memories of your loved one with affection, with respect, and in that Presence of Love.
Finding and making a home is one of life’s greatest joys, and a spiritual moment of great importance. If you would like to celebrate the sacred space you call Home, the place you share peace, love and purpose, contact us. Yours can be a brand new home or apartment, or one that you simply want to rededicate as a safe sanctuary of love and harmony; a special home blessing can bring new meaning to the words Holy Ground and your sense of Home.
For pet owners who have experienced the death of a beloved companion, we host a special pet memorial service.