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UNITY CENTER OF THE DESERT
3300 S 8th Ave Yuma, AZ 85365
 located in the south end of Westward Village; for more info contact: (928) 276-2526
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The mission of Unity Center of the Desert

is to love, serve and inspire all people

by celebrating

our connectedness

to God and to one another.

We are committed to letting our light

shine and to

bringing the light and the Unity teachings

to all seekers

in our community

and beyond.

 

WE HAVE A NEW FACEBOOK PAGE NAME–FIND US AT
UNITY CENTER OF THE DESERT
and a new phone number:
  (928 ) 276-2526
The Prayer of Protection
by
James Dillet Freeman

The light of God surrounds us;
The love of God enfolds us;
The power of God protects us;
The presence
of God watches over us;
Wherever we are,
God is!
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YOUR SOUL IS WELCOME HERE!

Unity Center of the Desert is a welcoming and affirming spiritual community! Bring your friends and neighbors

so they can feel and experience love and oneness in their lives, too!

 

Words of Wisdom
“Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgement.”

~ John 7:24
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“Judgement is the mental act of evaluation through comparison or contrast.” 
~ Charles Fillmore 
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“You can develop good judgement as you do the muscles of your body–by judicious, daily exercise.”
~ Grenville Kleiser
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“Judgement is not upon all occasions required, but discretion always is.”
~ Philip Stanhope
 
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  You can now donate
 to Unity Center of the Desert  using your debit or credit  card!
 See our treasurer, Gene  Thaden, after the  service to  make a safe, secure, and  private donation.
 “On human levels of  consciousness one may  emphasize getting and  having as the prime goals, in  spiritual consciousness he  seeks the way of giving and    being.”
– Eric Butterworth

Daily Inspiration From Unity:
published by Unity, offers insight and inspiration to help people of all faiths live healthy, prosperous and meaningful lives. See our treasurer, Gene Thaden to purchase the latest 2-MONTH issue for only $5.
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SILENT UNITY
“Silent Unity. How may we pray with you?”
Do you have a prayer request? There are several ways to contact Silent Unity, the 24/7 prayer ministry:
**CALL: 1-800-NOW-PRAY
                          (669-7729)
**uPray mobile prayer app
**WRITE: Silent Unity, 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO 64065-0001
***Online prayer request form at
http://www.unity.org/prayer
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“The unity Online Radio Network is a platform for spiritual and New Thought discussions. The programs on the network are a powerful voice in providing the consciousness, clarity, and common vision necessary to create transformation in the world today. We call it “The Voice of an Awakening World.”
To listen to music and discussions, go to
http:/www.unity.fm
 
THEME FOR AUGUST:
JUDGEMENT
 
AFFIRMATION FOR AUGUST:
“I make wise choices and deepen my understanding of God’s abundant universe.”
 
 “We all have an innate capacity to judge rightly.It is often referred to as our conscience–think Disney’s Jiminy Cricket who exhorts Pinocchio,
alway let your conscience be your guide.”
You know when you have judged rightly, for you are in heaven–in a state of peace, harmony, and well-being.”
From
Divine Audacity
~Linda Martella Whitsette
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LOOKING AHEAD TO
SEPTEMBER…
Betty Bennett,

LUT

,
Team Unity, and
Lynn Lizarraga
 deliver special messages in September.
TBTBS EVENTS
 continue…
stay after service to enhance and extend your worship experience by going deeper into vibrational/sound frequencies meditation with all 9 Solfeggio Pipes
then share a light fruit and veggie menu of dishes for lunch.  
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After the service is a great time to discuss the talk, meet new people, socialize, and grab a cup of coffee and a snack. Or join us on the days we pop into a nearby restaurant
to enjoy lunch together.

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COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM
Register your Fry’s card online at
 and every time 
you shop at Fry’s Food stores, a percentage is donated to Unity Center of the Desert! If you have already registered, you do not need to renew this year.For more information, talk to Lynn Lizarraga.
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CHECK OUT THE WISH LIST

There are many needs in and for our new space

If you feel moved to bless us with time, talents, or a gift, we would love it! Many hands make light work, work divided is joy doubled, and we need everyone’s great ideas to make our space beautiful and functional.
WHERE WILL YOUR CALLING BE?
This commUNITY
needs all of us.
Many thanks to all who have generously responded
Check the wish list on the bulletin board and speak to any board member: John, Gene, Dave, Rachel

NEWSLETTER TEAM:

CYNTHIA MURRAY
LYNN LIZARRAGA
**events may change**

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August 2017 Newsletter

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Don’t Use Discernment (Or Any Other Power) 
As An Excuse
by Betty Bennett, LUT and Spirit Centered Coach
 
I love Unity!  I’m grateful to be a part of it, and as a Licensed Unity Teacher, I’m a proud credentialed leader of a movement with which I resonate to my core.  But honestly, sometimes the lingo gets to me.
 
My specific example of the day is the term “discernment.”  It’s a word that is often interchanged with the spiritual power of Judgment passed down from cofounder Charles Fillmore. I understand the many colors and meanings that both words present, especially as we look at them from a spiritual or metaphysical perspective.  But over the years I do believe I have been the recipient of some “metaphysical malpractice,” as my Unity friends like to say, with regard to discernment.
 
One example is the time years ago, when I was a volunteer in a Unity church. “Someone,” who remained nameless to me, complained about “something,” which was never shared with me, that I had done.  I was promptly reprimanded for, I didn’t know what, and told to stop doing “it,” whatever it was, and was taken off that assignment rather abruptly.  I objected to the fact that I was not allowed to answer my accuser in any way nor even to know what the problem was. I asked how they came to this conclusion without even talking to me about it, and I was told, it was “discernment.” That was a conversation stopper.
 
Right then and there, the word took on a brand new meaning for me.  It meant heavy-duty, very negative, unfair judgment!  It was a disturbing and very sad day for me-a big-time volunteer who loved my church and all the people in it. And it made me wonder who was unhappy with me, didn’t like me, or was just plain mean.  It made me very sad.  To this day, when I think of it, I get a lump in my throat.
 
Well, that’s enough of conjuring up old stories.  I have long since made my peace, and have come to understand the spiritual power of Discernment/Wisdom/Judgment in a new way. But it brings up a good question.  Just how often do we use one of our principles or beliefs as an excuse for not being straight forward with our friends, coworkers, or family members.  It’s very easy to dive into a ready-made rule as an escape mechanism rather than authentically approaching our challenges and disagreements with integrity and straight forwardness.
 
What is the best way to meet these issues head on?  Just be honest.  Tell the person what you’ve heard and ask them about their side of the story.  They say there are at least three sides to every story. Yours, mine and the Truth.  Don’t we owe it to each other in our relationships to come at it as honestly as we can with our side, and to hear out the other person’s side, before we pass judgment on the situation?
 
I do believe in the spiritual power of Discernment or Wisdom.  I believe that we are given a spiritual gift that allows us to make good decisions based upon Divine Ideas and Truths.  And I am reminded of the scripture in John 7:24, that says, “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”  To me that means taking as much into account as I am able, considering all sides with love and fairness and Understanding.  Because Judgment without Understanding, is that “other” kind of discernment, the one I met that day years ago.
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 Sunday Service Topics 
 August 6th
“Stop Judging (Wait! Are You Sure About That?)”
Betty Bennett, LUT
Most of us have come to the point in life where we don’t enjoy being around someone who is constantly judging our every word and action.  We think of them as judgmental.  So, you might have decided it’s a very bad idea to be judgmental.  May not even be “Christian” and definitely not kind.  But wait a minute.  Let’s give some thought to what it would be like without judgment in our lives.  We’ll do just that at Unity Center of the Desert on August 6th.  Please join us.
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 August 13th 
“Seeing your Body Through Eyes of Love”
 Dr. January Suarez
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 August 20th 
“From Judgment to Discernment”
Betty Bennett, LUT
In Unity, we talk about both judgment and discernment. What do we mean?  Is there a difference?  Maybe–let’s look at that. Whatever we decide these two words mean, they affect our relationships to people, places and things in a big way. On August 20th, join us for the discussion at Unity Center of the Desert.
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August 27th
“Judge Not?”
 Kat Summerchild
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If you want to listen again to any of the Sunday talks you can download them from our website. Please visit:
www.unityofyuma.org
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FROM THE ARCHIVES: The Beginning of Unity and Vegetarianism

Unity founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore became vegetarians in the 1890s, and their views on vegetarianism began surfacing in public as early as 1903.
In those early teachings, Charles expressed his understanding of a person’s diet and the important connectivity it has to spirituality, saying cell regeneration is aided by consuming food of the “highest and purest character.”
“Our food should be full of life in its purity and vigor,” Charles wrote in “As to Meat Eating” in the October 1903 issue of Unity. “There should be no idea of death and decay connected with it in any degree. The vegetable should be fresh and the fruit radiant in its sunny perfection.”
This installment of the Treasures of the Archives series, which highlights findings from the extensive collection held at Unity Archives, takes a historic peek into the Fillmores’ practice of and teachings about vegetarianism.
The Fillmores’ beliefs were greatly influenced by Harry Church, a Seventh-day Adventist, a vegetarian, and their first printer. The couple’s sons, Lowell and Royal, were lifelong vegetarians. Lowell edited the Diet Department column for Unity magazine in 1906 and 1907.
Royal began editing the Vegetarian Department column in Weekly Unity in 1911, the same year Unity leaders announced the opening of the Unity Pure Food Company at the 917 Tracy Avenue Headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri.
The purpose of the new store, according to the Weekly Unity June 28, 1911, article, was to introduce food products to take the place of meats.
Unity introduced a special Bible for Vegetarians in 1915, assuring readers that no life would be sacrificed in its publishing. The book was advertised with round corners and difficult words divided into syllables for accurate pronunciation. It was described as having a red cover with gold edging and cost $3.
In June 1926, when a reader asked why Unity didn’t publish leather-bound books, the publishers said Unity opposes the use of any product that necessitates the taking of life, whether it’s food substance, wearing apparel, or general utility. Therefore, they wrote, Unity does not use calfskin leather but chooses to use keratol binding, a tough cloth material treated to make it resemble leather.
The Beginning of Unity and Vegetarianism Unity founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore became vegetarians in the 1890s, and their views on vegetarianism began surfacing in public as early as 1903. In those early teachings, Charles expressed his understanding of a person’s diet and the important

connectivity it has to spirituality, saying cell regeneration is aided by consuming food of the “highest and purest character.” “Our food should be full of life in its purity and vigor,” Charles wrote in “As to Meat Eating” in the October 1903 issue of Unity. “There should be no idea of death and decay connected with it in any degree. The vegetable should be fresh and the fruit radiant in its sunny perfection.” This installment of the Treasures of the Archives series, which highlights findings from the extensive collection held at Unity Archives, takes a historic peek into the Fillmores’ practice of and teachings about vegetarianism. The Fillmores’ beliefs were greatly influenced by Harry Church, a Seventh-day Adventist, a vegetarian, and their first printer. The couple’s sons, Lowell and Royal, were lifelong vegetarians. Lowell edited the Diet Department column for Unity magazine in 1906 and 1907. Royal began editing the Vegetarian Department column in Weekly Unity in 1911, the same year Unity leaders announced the opening of the Unity Pure Food Company at the 917 Tracy Avenue Headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. The purpose of the new store, according to the Weekly Unity June 28, 1911, article, was to introduce food products to take the place of meats. Unity introduced a special Bible for Vegetarians in 1915, assuring readers that no life would be sacrificed in its publishing. The book was advertised with round corners and difficult words divided into syllables for accurate pronunciation. It was described as having a red cover with gold edging and cost $3. In June 1926, when a reader asked why Unity didn’t publish leather-bound books, the publishers said Unity opposes the use of any product that necessitates the taking of life, whether it’s food substance, wearing apparel, or general utility. Therefore, they wrote, Unity does not use calfskin leather but chooses to use keratol binding, a tough cloth material treated to make it resemble leather.

orrespondence courses and attended classes in Kansas City, Missouri, said Glenn R. Mosley and Rebekah A. Dunlap in Association of Unity Churches International: Its Beginning, Its Evolution, Its Vision for Worldwide Service.

Unity stated its official dual-disciplined stance on eating meat in an April 12, 1930, article in Weekly Unity called “The Vegetarian” by C.O. Southard. He wrote, “Unity School advocates vegetarianism as a factor of physical health, and as a means of promoting spiritual development in the individual and in the race.”
A 1946 article, “Meat Hater” by Robert A. Fuller, shared a story about endurance and vegetarianism that came from former President Theodore Roosevelt, who observed that during his hunting expedition to Africa that vegetarian animals had more endurance than carnivorous animals. As retold, the president witnessed that a vegetarian horse could run down a carnivorous lion. After a mile and a half, the lion became exhausted but not the horse.
Through the years, Unity stood by its teachings about vegetarianism, and its commitment received national news coverage in 1954 in The American Vegetarian. An article titled, “TAV Presents Early Writings of Great Humanitarian Charles Fillmore,” outlined the long-standing vegetarian tradition of Unity as expressed in articles spanning more than 40 years.
In 1981, Unity published a Vegetarianism pamphlet, warning of the health hazards of eating meat, saying beefsteak contains more than 70 percent water and “dirty water at that.” Also, it said, “A pound of beef … contains less than five ounces of actual food and about 18 percent of that is protein.”
In the October 1991 “Viewpoints” column of Unity magazine, the issue of conformity came before readers.
“Why is it that people who come into Unity and accept it as a way of life, continue to eat meat?” the inquirer asked. The editorial reply confirmed the vegetarian ways of Charles Fillmore, but added “just as God created in us a free will to make decisions, Mr. Fillmore believed that we had that same right.” It was more important that each individual have the freedom to seek spiritual growth as the individual feels is best, the editor said.
Unity stated its official dual-disciplined stance on eating me

at in an April 12, 1930, article in Weekly Unity called “The Vegetarian” by C.O. Southard. He wrote, “Unity School advocates vegetarianism as a factor of physical health, and as a means of promoting spiritual development in the individual and in the race.” A 1946 article, “Meat Hater” by Robert A. Fuller, shared a story about endurance and vegetarianism that came from former President Theodore Roosevelt, who observed that during his hunting expedition to Africa that vegetarian animals had more endurance than carnivorous animals. As retold, the president witnessed that a vegetarian horse could run down a carnivorous lion. After a mile and a half, the lion became exhausted but not the horse. Through the years, Unity stood by its teachings about vegetarianism, and its commitment received national news coverage in 1954 in The American Vegetarian. An article titled, “TAV Presents Early Writings of Great Humanitarian Charles Fillmore,” outlined the long-standing vegetarian tradition of Unity as expressed in articles spanning more than 40 years. In 1981, Unity published a Vegetarianism pamphlet, warning of the health hazards of eating meat, saying beefsteak contains more than 70 percent water and “dirty water at that.” Also, it said, “A pound of beef … contains less than five ounces of actual food and about 18 percent of that is protein.” In the October 1991 “Viewpoints” column of Unity magazine, the issue of conformity came before readers. “Why is it that people who come into Unity and accept it as a way of life, continue to eat meat?” the inquirer asked. The editorial reply confirmed the vegetarian ways of Charles Fillmore, but added “just as God created in us a free will to make decisions, Mr. Fillmore believed that we had that same right.” It was more important that each individual have the freedom to seek spiritual growth as the individual feels is best, the editor said.
 
August Calendar
 
 YOU ARE INVITED!
TO OUR 5th TBTBS EVENT
WHO:    EVERYONE
WHAT:    WORKSHOP WITH DR. JANUARY SUAREZ
WHEN:  Saturday, August 12th 1:00 – 2:00 PM
WHERE:Unity Church, 3300 S 8th Ave Yuma, AZ
  COST:   $15.00
 
DURING THIS BODY SYNERGY WORKSHOP,
Dr. January will lead us through hands on exercises to gain awareness, release stuck energy, and access new vitality in our bodies and lives. Bring your yoga mat if it will enhance your experience and comfort level.
Contact Lynn Lizarraga for details: lynnlizarraga60@gmail.com or 760-791-3449
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AUGUST 20TH
Monthly Board Meeting
followed by lunch out together at a local restaurant
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MIDWEEK MEDITATION
In keeping with following our Divine Guidance, UCD
Midweek Meditation has been placed on hiatus June to September.  We are exploring new paths to enhance our enlightenment and Spiritual Growth.
The exciting new program will
begin in early October.
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UNITY CENTER OF THE DESERT
VISITATION/OUTREACH MINISTRY
The mission of the Visitation Ministry is to be a spiritual lifeline to nursing home residents, those recovering in the hospital, and those confined to their homes because of illness or disability challenges. If you or someone you know would like a visit and prayer, call Kat, the co-ordinator, at (928-920-4020).
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UNITY CENTER OF THE DESERT
PRAYER MINISTRY  
Betty Bennett,LUT
unitybettyb@bettybennett.net
Rev. Ada Bennett
adabennett4@gmail.com
Vivian Autry, LUT
(928) 801-9507
autry.vivian@yahoo.com
Lorna Bright
(928) 210-4630
lorna@lornabright.com
CarylAnn Minor
(928) 344-1781
carylannmoody@gmail.com
Kat Summerchild
(928) 920-4020
kumfykat@outlook.com
Sometimes, all it takes is 
ONE PRAYER 
to change everything.
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