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May Newsletter

May 2020 Newsletter
Note from the NW Region Board
All regional events for the remainder of the year are being planned to shift to virtual formats as necessary. Congratulations to the YOU regional officers and the Consultant Nick Muncie-Jarvis for shifting the April rally to an online experience. It was a great success!
While we envision and affirm that the corona virus curve will flatten, with so much uncertainty, we felt it best to focus our efforts on alternate ways to connect this summer. The safety of our youth is our first priority. New connections are being invented, so stay tuned for more. 
If you are a youth director, Uniteen or YOU sponsor, or you have kids in your ministry and are not getting updates about what's happening, please reply to this email and your information will be forward to the right person.
Youth Ministry News
Online Kids Camp 2020
"Spread Your Wings and Take Flight"
June 21st-24th
Our 41st Annual Northwest Region Kids Camp experience will be online! We will use Flipgrid for all our camp activities. Flipgrid is a secure online learning platform, which will allow the campers to watch videos of the counselors presenting funshops, crafts, vespers, etc. and to record a video in which the can share about their experience. These interactions will enable the campers and counselors to create a sense of community and connection. Programming elements will be prerecorded, so that campers can participate at a time that works best for them and their families. Registration information for this event will be available in May.
Online Unitreat Being Planned
We are planning a virtual Unitreat! We don't have dates yet, but it will be shorter than our onsite week would have been. Our Zoom planning meeting is May 9th. We welcome all Uniteen sponsors/teachers to join us.
Please contact me by email or 503.913.0898 (text & voice mail). 
Check back on the Uniteens page on the NW Region website to see how Uniteens can connect with friends this summer. 
Help our Youth Consultants stay in touch with your ministry. 
Please follow this link and submit your current Youth Ministry contact information. 
The Y.O.U. Virtual Rally was a Success!
April 17th-19th our Region hosted a wonderful virtual Rally for our YOU'ers (9th-12th graders). 
The theme was "Encompassing Your Truth" and we had 31 people participate from 9 Unity centers. The event was hosted on Zoom and it was a great success! The YOU Regional Officers, Antheny Chhay (Eugene) and Danika Buck (Spokane USC), put together a great program full of opportunities to connect and share. They presented workshops on creating sacred space, vulnerability and forgiveness, and creating transformative affirmations. Additionally, there were family group meetings, the Spirit Share talent show, evening vespers, and a Dance/Vibe Session. During the annual business meeting the YOU elected Cody Little-Reece from Unity of Portland as their 2020-2021 Regional Officer. 
This was an uplifting experience for everyone and a much needed opportunity to connect and share--to see and be seen. Even though the virtual hugs don't measure up to the real thing, everyone was grateful for the opportunity to gather as a community. 
Youth Service Team Application Deadline Extended
The Youth Service Team is extending the deadline for team member applications for the Youth Ed. Director position. This position is open to people that are actively engaged in a Unity Center as the Youth Ed. Director. Youth Service Team members plan the annual Youth Team Conference held each January and advise on proposed regional youth policies and procedures, when needed. There is more information about the Youth Service Team in the application. The new application deadline is Wednesday, May 27th. Let me know if you have any questions. 
Nick Muncie-Jarvis, LUT (he/him)
NW Youth of Unity Consultant
Virtual Events at NW Region Unity Centers
Unity in Lynnwood:: In the Flow of Life
Fridays May 3:00-4:00 via Zoom
Fridays, May 1-15 via Zoom by Free Will Offering
Instructors: Dr. Richard Loren Held & Rev. Nina Clark
To Register and receive credentials, email: administration@unityinlynnwood.org
Rev. Eric Butterworth, renowned Unity Minister and author teaches that there is a flow which seeks to demonstrate itself as life, prosperity, harmony and more! Advance reading in Rev. Eric Butterworth's book by the same title is required.
Unity of Olympia: Healing & Wholeness Class
Saturdays, May 2, 9, 16 & 23 10:30a - 1:00p
Instructor: Audrey Pitchford, Licensed Unity Teacher
Cost: $80 | Where: Held via Zoom meeting
The Unity Movement began when our co-founder, Myrtle Fillmore, was healed from a life-threatening medical condition by using spiritual principles. Come explore the Divine Wholeness that was her Truth, and is the Truth of each of us. Available for SEE Credit. 
Resources for You During this Challenging Time
Dear Friends,
We know that not all of our ministries have the resources, technical, time, or financial, to launch online ministry. In an effort to support each other, we have created a page that lists the various services and meetings happening at Unity communities across the region. Please you'll let us know if you have things you'd like to add. https://www.unitynwregion.org/resources-during-covid-19
We know that right now connection with our community is important, so one way you could use this list is invite your group to watch a particular service and then have a video or telephone conference fellowship time following. 
Rachel Simpson, Board Chair, is available if you need some tech support or prayer support, please reach out nwunitychair@gmail.com to schedule. 
Rachel and other Unity ministers are also offering daily meditations:
M-F Meditation at 1 PM Pacific Time on the NW region Facebook page
We are here for and with you. 
With love,
NW Region Board
The UWM Rapid Response Webpage Has Resources
Our Rapid Response webpage is your go-to webpage for the latest in supportive resources during this pandemic. We have added some Zoom setting suggestions to get your music sounding better when conducting an online service. Please bookmark this page and visit regularly for updates. We also link to our Connection Space so you can keep up with informative calls to help you through this time. We are here with and for you! Feel free to contact us with your questions. 
Music Resources
Music video resources page coming soon. Check under the Covid-19 resources tab for new content.
The Butterfly Effect is the concept that the flap of a butterfly's wing in Brazil can affect weather patterns around the world. If this is true, then every single action we take to benefit the Earth has a cumulative effect. Each prayer, refusal to accept single-use plastic, and each piece of garbage we pick up makes a difference. Take one action each day and be the butterfly effect for the healing of our Earth. 
The EarthCare program exists to help your congregation grow and thrive by fostering awareness of our spiritual oneness with our Earth home and promoting active care of creation.
Resources to help:
General Information
Scholarships for Young Adults
The Region is offering scholarships to young adults to take SEE classes or attend regional conference funded by the NGU scholarship fund. Our goal is to support young adults in furthering their spiritual growth and deepening their relationship with Unity.
To read more click on this link.
High Profile Speakers
If anyone has one or more high profile speakers coming that others could piggy back on, please send that information to be included in this newsletter.
NW Region Newsletter
This is a monthly e-newsletter with information from any NW Region churches that have an event, program or job opening that would be of interest to other churches in the Region. Please send information to MarySue Brooks, Executive Assistant on or before the 25th.