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Unity NW News - Spring/Summer 2017

UNITY NW NEWS               Spring/Summer 2017
Message from our Board Chair, Rev. Rich Broderhausen

Dear Friends in Unity,

May your summer days be filled with sunshine and warmth when you desire them and soft breezes and shade when you call for them. Adjusting to the ups and downs of every season can be a challenge. The same holds true for the seasons of life.


On Saturday April 29th, I attended the memorial service for Tony Sims, the husband of our dear Rev. Rosella Sims of Unity of Bremerton. It was a marvelous celebration of his life. Heartfelt thoughts and memories of Tony’s life and accomplishments actually brought him to life for me in a way. Three fabulous bands in which Tony, a most talented musician, had played, offered their unique sounds. Many of Tony’s musical instruments were displayed and there was a real sense of his presence there.  Let us continue to send our love and prayers to Rosella and all of Tony’s family. They are our family, too.


The very next day I was present at a packed house retirement celebration for Rev. Deidre Ashmore at Unity Spiritual Center of North Idaho in Coeur d’ Alene. It was terrific to hear from so many people whose lives Deidre and her husband Andrew have touched in beautiful and transforming ways, especially through their open, inviting hearts of love. The place was overflowing with good wishes, and some grief as well, at this formal close of the Deidre’s and Andrew’s service at the Church. Listening, it reminded me of how we affect people’s lives without necessarily knowing the fruit of our labors.


Just a few days ago I was told of the passing of Pastor Kathleen McKevitt who pioneered Unity Spiritual Center of Southern Idaho beginning June 21, 2015. Kathleen, a remarkable lady with profound wisdom and an indomitable spirit of adventure, was 72 years young. She delighted me with her determination to bring Truth to as many people who would experience her presence as a writer, journalist, spiritual healer, pastor and a chaplain over the years. Kathleen’s email address was OneLight.mckevitt.


ONE LIGHT!  What a precious reminder of the One Light that we all are, including Tony, Deidre, Andrew, and Kathleen. What a perfect reminder of the symbolic Light that shines 24 hours a day in Silent Unity as a beacon of hope and promise to the world, and especially to all of us who do the work of Unity. It shines for us!

Alive in this life or having moved on to the next, nothing can put out that One Light of the Spirit we share. Let us remember to let it brilliantly shine in us, as us and through us each day. 


Let us remember to see and honor that One Light in everyone, no matter how brilliant or dim it may appear to us. To see the Light is to be the Light. To be the Light is to see the Light! Have a bright summer!

           Peace, Rich

Regional Financials from Board Treasurer, Jack Eckrem L.U.T.

Because of your continued support and the careful stewardship of costs by your Board of Trustees, we are recovering from our past shortfalls. For the first quarter of 2017, we have a surplus of revenue over costs, which will better serve us in meeting our obligations to you and our employees. 


 Since last reporting, these Ministries have received tithes from the Region:

         Unity Center For Positive Living, Everett, Washington

         West Sound Unity, Bremerton, Washington

         Unity of the Valley. Eugene, Oregon



NW Regional Conference

September 25-28, 2017

at Unity in Lynnwood, WA



Dear Unity Northwest Region members, 


We would be delighted to have representatives from your ministry attend Unity Northwest Region Conference 2017, “Peace From The Inside Out”. Peace Troubadour, James Twyman will present on Tuesday with a concert on Wednesday evening. Our Regional business meeting and meetings with Unity Worldwide Ministries and Unity World Headquarters will be held on Wednesday


On Thursday, we will be blessed with a presentation “Transformative Conversations” by Rev. Cheryl Rohret, from Unity of Yakima, WA and our NW Regional Representative. Please make copies to give to your board members, lay leaders, youth team, chaplains, licensed teachers and volunteers. 


We also would like you to send photos of your ministry and members to:

Rev. Rachel Simpson from Unity of Anchorage, AK   unityrachel@gmail.com.  

The photos are to be used in a video to be shown throughout conference.  If you are not able to attend, please send photos anyway so you will be represented at Conference. 



Blessings of Peace, from your Conference Team



PS: Questions? Please contact Karen Breen-James, NW Region Executive Assistant 

360 297 0797     adminunitynw@comcast.net


NW Region Youth Ministry 
Our dynamic and dedicated Youth Ministry Team always welcomes your inquiries:

Click on the Youth Calendar for Youth events


News From Across the Region
 ~ Kathleen Flynn from Unity in Roseburg, OR will be ordained at Unity's Peoples Convention in San Antonio TX, Wed. June 14 at 6pm at the Wyndam Riverwalk Hotel, Executive Salon 5.  Kathleen writes, "Rev. Cheryl Rohret, NW Regional Rep. is honoring me by serving as my ordaining official. Anyone attending the convention that would like to attend this ceremony is welcome. On Sunday, June 25, Unity of Roseburg and I will celebrate our great accomplishments in a special service and picnic. This service is also bittersweet because it is my last one here in Roseburg as I am moving to beautiful Santa Fe, NM, a climate that is conducive to supporting my health."
 ~ In May, Dr. Richard Loren Held from Unity in Lynnwood was approved by the Unity Worldwide Ministries Board of Trustees for licensing and ordination as a Unity minister. Unity in Lynnwood's Board of Trustees proudly announces the ceremony, to be held at Unity in Lynnwood on Friday evening, September 15, 2017. This date coincides with the fourth anniversary of Dr. Held's appointment to Senior Leadership. The event will begin at 7pm and all are welcome. RSVP's will be appreciated. 425 741 7172
 Update from Ocean Unity, Newport, Oregon:
Effective 5-3-2017 Ocean Unity will be a 'wandering tribe' as we will be moved out of our rental space home for the last 10 years or more. We will be meeting for Sunday Services at Pacific Home Beach Club Clubhouse in Newport through the courtesy of one of our members who is young at age 89.  
Ocean Unity is asking to be held in the highest Divine Light during this transition.
 ~  Update from Unity of Salem, OR
Effective 7-24-2017 Rev. Patty Williams is their new minister ~
Welcome back to the NW Region Patty!
 ~  Update from Unity in the Olympics, Port Angeles, WA
Effective 6-1-2017 Rev. Donna Little is their new minister   ~
Donna writes, "I have completed the re-entry process and have received notice of my return to the fold."
~ Unity in Lynnwood, WA "Last Fridays Summer Speakers Series"
July 28, 2017 ~ Arun Gandhi offers “Lessons from My Grandfather”
Aug 25, 2017 ~ The interfaith Amigos in an “Interfaith Dialogue for Challenging Times"
Complimentary shuttle service will be available at 6:30pm. Doors will open at 6:30pm and all seating is general. The series reservation price ($75.00) includes luxurious meet-and-greet receptions and book signings following each presentation.  Sign Up Here
Note:  Please submit your ministry news and events to Karen Breen-James, 
NW Region Executive Assistant   360 297 0797 adminunitynw@comcast.net
Keepers of the Light
Sponsored by Barbara Thorp, L.U.T.
Affirmation for June:  "The abundance of the universe flows to me. I accept it with joy and gratitude."
Affirmation for July: "I claim the power of Plenty. God expresses as perfect Health, Power, Strength, and Prosperity through me right now. Yes, Yes, Yes!"
Affirmation for August: "I look for the Good. I see the Good. I claim the Good. Good is mine and I share it with the world."  
(For each month, Please affirm daily for yourself, your ministry, our Region, Unity Worldwide Ministries, Unity World Headquarters, and our world)
This is a powerful practice that Barbara so lovingly fosters and carries through for us in our Region.  Thank You Barbara for your dedication
2017 Board Members and Officers
Rev. Rich Broderhausen, Unity of North Spokane, WA   509 489 6964     
Vice Chair:           
Rev. Karen Lindvig, Seattle Unity, WA                 206 622 8475 x 121
Rev. Rosella Sims, Unity of Bremerton, WA                  360 479 1757    
Jack Eckrem, L.U.T., Unity in Lynnwood, WA               425 385 2211
Rev. Terry Murray, Unity of Olympia, WA                     360 943 5757
Rev. Rachel Simpson, Unity of Anchorage, AK             907 346 2824
Regional Rep:       
Rev. Cheryl Rohret, Unity of Yakima, WA                    509 575 5551 
L.U.T. Rep:           
Connie Munro, L.U.T., Unity of Skagit Valley, WA          503 318 4410
Alt. L.U.T. Rep:     
Barbara Thorp, L.U.T., Unity in Lynnwood, WA             206 363 9951
Judicatory Rep:    
Rev. David Elliott (advisory), Unity of Tacoma, WA       253 383 2684
Your NW Region Board would like you to know that they have designated liaisons from the Board as we move forward with our work to serve the Region more efficiently.  Please contact anyone of them.
Rachel is now liaison for NGU, Uniteens, and the Website
Jack is liaison for Conference Team
Rich is liaison for Y.O.U.
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