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3300 S 8th Ave Yuma, AZ 85365
 located in the south end of Westward Village; for more info contact: (928) 276-2526

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.


or at

phone number:
  (928 ) 276-2526
The Prayer of Protection 
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!
**Read the article in the “from the archives” section to read the story of this wonderful prayer**
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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 be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God-what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
“There must be a renunciation or letting go of old thoughts before the new can find place in the consciousness. This is a psychological law, which has its outer expression in the intricate eliminative
processes of the body .” 
~ Charles Fillmore 
“You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, “I release the need for this in my life.”
~ Wayne Dyer
“When you release expectations, you are free to enjoy things for what they are instead of what you think they should be.”
~ Mandy Hale
 Dr. January Suarez returns to our center for our TBTBS event October 21st.
WORKSHOP Sat. Oct 21st 12:00-1:00
You are invited to hear her discuss, explain, and use her unique healing techniques and develop your own mindfullness strategies.
Those who have had treatments are feeling more energized, freer from pain and old hurts, and are loving ourselves and others more compassionately.
Private sessions, uniquely combining chiropractic care, body synergy, netwok spinal analysis, and theta healing are available Saturday the 21st and Sunday the 22nd.For more information or to gift yourself by booking a private session, contact Lynn at lynnlizarraga60@gmail.com or 760-791-3449.

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.
“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:
**uPray mobile prayer app
**WRITE: Silent Unity, 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO 64065-0001
***Online prayer request form at

“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
“Through the power of renunciation, I forgive and I am free .”
 “Release is my spiritual name and nature. I naturally and effortlessly release wasteful thoughts of unworthiness and only-human limitation. With every breath, I release the moment past, that I might be wholeheartedly present now.”
Divine Audacity
Linda Martella Whitsette

Betty Bennett, 

and Rev. Lucky King,
 deliver special messages in November.


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.


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


**events may change**

October 2017 Newsletter


Let Go and Grow
by Betty Bennett, LUT and Spirit-Centered Coach
A few years back I was led to leave a job that I truly loved.  At the time it felt like I was actually forced to leave, and it took some time for me to take responsibility for the decision I had made that resulted in a complete overhaul, once again, of my life.
Let me backtrack a bit. I was in a wonderful position, where I was able to serve and at the same time do work that was both fun and rewarding. But it happened that at a certain point, as is quite common in organizations these days, there was a structural change, and my job was about to morph, as it had a few years before, adding yet another position to the mix.  I calculated the obvious result to be many more hours, and perhaps more days a week that I would be required to work to do the job up to my standard of excellence.
There was some attempt to negotiate and rethink the decision, to no avail. And after much prayer and contemplation, I realized that this just wasn’t mine to do.  So I left, on good terms, from that position. And there was a period of grief and loss, as I felt the sting of losing my beloved job and all the wonderful connections that went with it. During the time that followed, having more time on my hands, I noted to my Facebook friends how many of the posts I was reading were about moving on and not living in the past.  At one point I posted, “Have there always been so many of these release-and-let-go posts on Facebook, or is it just me?”  The answer came back, “Always.”
And why is that? It’s because we all have to do it, as it turns out, quite frequently.  In Unity we call it Renunciation, or Elimination.  It’s actually one of our innate spiritual powers-the ability to repent and go the other way. To give up our limiting thoughts and self-destructive actions, is an original blessing that we have only to claim, and Bam! We’re new again.
According to Debra Ingle the Only Little Prayer You Need is, “Please heal my fear-based thoughts.”  And the reason it feels like we are always being reminded to do some form of this letting go and moving on is because we literally have to do it every single day of our lives.  You actually have to let go of today to move on to tomorrow.  Because if you get to tomorrow and are still living in today, there’s no room for the new stuff.  You are stuck in the past, living the same set of circumstances over and over again.  I admit, there are some circumstances that are actually fun to rerun in your mind, like maybe a first kiss, but most things get pretty old pretty fast, especially when we are reliving old hurts, anger, injustices, and on and on. These are the things we tend to reflect upon and repeat, literally for years.
So, let’s just think about some of the things we can practice letting go of:
  1. 1.     Let go of hurt feelings. One thing I’ve learned in life is that no one I know or even run into in the course of a day ever gets up in the morning and says, “Well, I think I’ll go out and hurt Betty’s feelings today.”  It just isn’t so.  People generally walk through the world with their own agenda, believing they are doing the right thing for themselves, and pretty much everyone around them.  When you look at the world from this perspective, and something happens that makes you unhappy, try to see the other person’s side of it.  Most of the time you’ll realize you’re taking things way too personally.  And even if you still believe they’re wrong. Let it go!  It’s not worth ruining your day and definitely not worth carrying into another day.  If you think it will help and you can do it without a lot of drama, ask them what they meant. Otherwise, just move along into your happy life.
  1. 2.     Let go of financial challenges.  Okay, you may think this one is impossible. I’m thinking this may be an almost universal problem that we hardly ever talk about.  If you’re challenged financially, it may not be going away quickly.  But here’s the thing.  It is what it is.  I’m not saying you don’t need to be aware of what these challenges might be, or that you shouldn’t work on rectifying them.  I’m just saying stop worrying constantly about them.  Pray and meditate on your prosperity and abundance, do what you can, and know that it is an infinitely substantial universe, ready to support you in all that is yours to do.  And then let it go, knowing that you always have what you need in every circumstance and every moment. Worrying won’t change it one bit.
  1. 3.     Let go of health issues. All right, now you’re drawing a line, aren’t you? I know this one is a biggie. Chronic health issues are sometimes impossible to get, as Unity people.  We have faith, and trust that we are perfect, whole and complete. And then we get some scary diagnosis, and all hell breaks loose within us. Fear definitely can take over. But the same spiritual laws work here.  This is a great opportunity to let go of fear-based thoughts. Remember, spiritual law always works.  Your subconscious doesn’t know the difference between what’s really happening and what you believe is really happening.  So reflect on your perfection at your core. Talk to your body, just as Myrtle Fillmore did as she birthed the Unity movement. Encourage its wholeness, and whatever the outcome, you will, by releasing the fear and moving forward, become one with either the new normal or the return to your old self.
  1. 4.     And finally, let go of the past.  Whatever else you do, this is the one you have to perfect, so that you can move along into your most wonderful life.  Rememberall those Facebook posts I talked about.  My favorite was a Zen statement: “Let go or be dragged.”  None of us want to be dragged along in our lives, unhappy with whom we are and where we’re going.  We are cocreators with God. To be happy we have to commit to that which is our primary calling-cocreating our own lives and remembering who we truly are.
It’s not always easy, but it’s pretty simple.  In order to move along and grow in the process, we most definitely have to let go. And we have to do it over and over again.

 Sunday Service Topics 
October 1st
“The Only Little Prayer You Need!”
Betty Bennett, LUT
This month we are looking at the spiritual power of Renunciation or Elimination.  It is all about release and letting go of our limiting beliefs.  Most of our life the only thing that holds us back from our dreams and desires is the limitations we decide we have.  In her book, Debra Engle suggests a solution to this issue in one small prayer.
 October 8th
“Release Your Old Vision for Your New Life”
Rev. Judith Moyer
Based on Michael Beckwith’s book, Life Visioning,
Rev. Judith will help us begin to release old fears so we can develop more spirituality and embrace new possibilities for our lives.
October 15th 

“Release: You Make It Sound So Easy”
Betty Bennett, LUT
In Unity, we talk a lot about release and letting go.  But it just isn’t that easy sometimes.  So Licensed Unity Teacher Betty Bennett is going to share her all-time best process for letting things go for goo (until the next time).  Join us and learn a few steps to releasing those things that no longer serve you will.
October 22nd
“Release and Reprogram Through Sound and Blessings”
Connie Glaysher, Rev Lucky King, John and Lynn Lizarraga
Open yourselves to deeper spiritual connections with a guided meditation accompanied by all 9 Solfeggio pipes and special prayers, affirmations, blessings, and music. 
October 29th–collaborative service at YCSL
“The Four Honors of Accomplishment”
Rev G Arthur Hammons
Unity will join together with Yuma Center for Spiritual Living for a special service. Rev Hammons will speak and lead a workshop back at Unity. See details under TBTBS Event in the Oct calendar below.

If you want to listen again to any of the Sunday talks you can download them from our website. Please visit:

from the archives…

“I Am There” by James Dillet Freeman
It was 1947 when James Dillet Freeman heard the words that would inspire his most beloved and widely known poem, “I Am There.” His wife Katherine was in the hospital after undergoing surgery for cancer.
It was a time of deep personal need, Freeman recalled. “I was in great anguish of spirit.”
When the doctors told him Katherine had terminal cancer, he left the hospital and went to the Silent Unity Prayer and Healing Room at the then-Unity Headquarters at 917 Tracy Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri.
“God,” he prayed aloud, “if you are there, please allow my Katherine to live. Oh, God, where are you?”
Freeman would later recall that he heard a “clear and audible empathetic voice” speak to him, “Do you need me? I am there.”
He looked around to see who was talking, but saw no one. While he bowed his head, he could still hear the words and felt hope and comfort.
Unity Archives, as part of the Treasures of the Archives series, reviewed its extensive historic data collection for insight into the late Unity poet laureate and leader, and his most famous poem, which was first published in 1948 in Daily Word®.
Upon reflection, Freeman recalled that hospital scene when the doctor emerged from the surgery room. The doctor, he said, walked slowly over, shook his head and told Freeman, “I am sorry, the cancer has spread.” He said Katherine had just months to live.
A few days later, while she was still in the hospital, Freeman shared the doctor’s prognosis with Katherine, but she seemed to already know. Amid her weakened condition, he said, the couple kept an upbeat façade to comfort each other. Freeman recalled taking her hand and laying down beside her.
“All at once there was a presence in the room with us, and we knew we were not alone,” Freeman later wrote.
Several days later, he took Katherine home. She was in a lot of pain, Freeman said, but her courage carried them both. In the evenings when the pain was nearly unbearable, Freeman would often read to her the words he had heard in the chapel.
Katherine lived for 10 months after the diagnosis. Although a great loss to him, Freeman said he did not lose faith. Rather, he was sustained by his wife’s faithful influence. He said the experience taught him that God’s love is always present.
The original verses of “I Am There” tell of each phase of the months leading to Katherine’s transition. Freeman remembered the question, “Do you need me?” and the divine response of assurance, “I am there.”
On August 7, 1971, the poem was famously carried to the moon by Apollo 15 astronauts James B. Irwin, David R. Scott, and Alfred M. Worden. Stored in a microfilm file, the poem was intended to be left there for future space explorations.
Freeman received a letter from Irwin on August 30, 1971, verifying that in fact his “I Am There” poem was onboard the Falcon lunar module on its mission to the Hadley-Apennine region of the moon. In November of that year, Irwin visited Unity Village to meet with Freeman.
The poem was also adapted into a planetarium video at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A musical score, artwork, photographic support, and special effects were added, and the adaptation was named “A Christmas Star.” It was shown to the public for the first time at the academy on December 12, 1980. Freeman saw the production on December 30, 1980.
Here’s a link on the page to listen to Freeman’s reading of the poem.
October Calendar
WHEN:  October 21st 12:00-1:00 pm
WHERE: Unity Church, 3300 S 8th Ave Yuma, AZ
  COST:  $15.00
Stay after the WORKSHOP to enhance and extend your experience by going deeper into theta and body synergy healing with a private healing session. 

Contact Lynn Lizarraga at lynnlizarraga60@gmail.com or 760-791-3449 for information or to schedule a session.
October 29th

Rev. Hammons will bring us a presentation and workshop while being a presenter who will jumpstart our  

enthusiasm for developing our potential.  His talks


 and seminars inspire people to identify the steps they


need to take to achieve their divine potential.  He wants to make

sure we are all aware of our capability for a successful life and


that we are positioned and headed in the most positive


direction.  He stresses the importance of recognizing personal goals and needs, as well as


focusing on maintaining the momentum that will lead to personal growth and


Sunday 10:00 am –Service at Yuma Center for                                                                            Spiritual Living 781 S 2nd Ave
Rev. Hammons will talk about “The Four Honors of Accomplishment.”
Sunday 11:30 am–lunch at The Clubhouse in
                                Westward Village 3300 S 8th Ave
Sunday  1:00 pm–Workshop at Unity Center of the 
                               Desert 3300 S 8th Ave
 Make your own wishes come true…  You have to pay to leave…Use your w.a.n.d. (wish, affirm, navigate, demonstrate)…Your own personal transformation…Grant your own wishes…Avoid anger and unhappiness by giving yourself permission to have what you want


October 15th
Monthly Board Meeting
followed by lunch out together at a local restaurant
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).
Betty Bennett,LUT
Rev. Ada Bennett
Vivian Autry, LUT
(928) 801-9507
Lorna Bright
(928) 210-4630
CarylAnn Minor
(928) 344-1781
Kat Summerchild
(928) 920-4020
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Unity Center of The Desert, 3300 S 8th Ave, Westward Village, Yuma, AZ 85365

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