"Strong at the Broken Places" 

Join us this Sunday to hear our guest speaker, Reverend Barbara Hadley. Rev. Barbara is
an ordained Unity minister who also works
as a chaplain at Overland Park Regional
Medical Center in the Neonatal Intensive Care and Mother & Baby units.  In addition to
chaplaincy, Rev. Barbara speaks at Unity churches regularly and facilitates the Alternatives to Violence program in state
and federal prisons. She and her husband,
Tom, have also been members of this
church community for over 25 years. 
We are blessed to have her
on the platform this Sunday! 
  Also Soloist Sebastian McCarty joins
Fred Albers and our rockin' UCOP Band.
See you there!

2014... the Year of "I AM"
The words "I AM" are a holy expression for the name of God - the highest aspect of yourself. This year, we explore the highest possibility for our lives by choosing a quality each month to focus on and express. In every moment know that you are the living expression of the Christ!

This year we invite you to consider empowering your life
with the following affirmations:

"I AM"...
Boundless... Real... Courageous... Aware... Curious... Lighthearted... Outrageous... Visionary... Limitless... Connected... and Sacred

In the month of June, let us affirm together:

Annual Membership Meeting  THIS SUNDAY!



Please Join Us at Our Annual Meeting


As our spiritual community moves forward in hiring a new lead minister, your participation makes a difference.  As an integral part of our spiritual community, you have been called to go deeper spiritually.  We are poised to move into a new and exciting creation. The next step in this process of bringing our vision to reality is the annual membership meeting.  The meeting will be held THIS SUNDAY, June 22 at 12:30 pm.  This will be a time for you to receive an update on the ministry, review the finances for the 2013/2014 fiscal year, vote for new board members and be updated on where we are headed in the days ahead.  We look forward to joining with you
and the rest of our spiritual community at this important meeting -
 the next step in the journey of Unity Church of Overland Park. 
Please plan to join us at this exciting and pivotal meeting.


Childcare is available during the meeting and the children will have a
special movie presentation complete with popcorn while we
conduct our business meeting.

2014 Board of Director Nominees


Evelyn Criswell           Donna Crosswhite      Cathy Fisher     

Debra King     Tom McNamara


There is additional information about each of our nominees
to be found online here. Members will vote on our nominees
at the annual meeting this Sunday.




Youth Camps Return This Summer!


Parents please take note of the registration deadlines posted below.  We must have a minimum of 5 children registered for each camp by these deadlines in order to hold the camps.

Boys Camp (1st-6th grade) held June 30- July 2 "Master Builders Camp"
registration closes June 25
Our young men will explore all things building.  They will be supported by the Men's Group in learning building basics.  A fun "hands on" experience for our boys 1st grade through 6th.  They will have a project to take home at the end of camp.   

Girls Camp (1st-6th grade) held July 14- 16. "Girls Can! Camp"
registration closes July 9
Our young ladies will have the opportunity to discover their inner power and creative abilities.  There will be lots of fun creating artful projects, talking and snacking.  Girls can do anything!  Open to girls 1st through 6th grade.

"Budding Stars Theatre Camp" (K- 6th grades) held July 28- August 1
registration closes July 23
Our very popular camp is back! This year we will choose some short one-act plays and develop them for a showcase performance for friends and family on Friday night, the final night of camp.  Lots of fun parts for all levels of talent for children kindergarten through 6th grade.

All camps are from 6:30 to 8:30pm and include a healthy snack each night.  Grade levels listed refer to the grade already completed.  Girls and Boys Camps cost $30 for all three nights, or $15 for a single night.  Budding Stars Theatre Camp costs $50 for all five nights, or $15 for a single night.

For more information, please contact Rev. Brandon Nagel, Associate Minister, at 913-649-1750 x 3009, bnagel@ucop.org or Kelly Sturgeon, YFM Assistant at x 3010, ksturgeon@ucop.org


Pre-K Craft Night - June 26

Please contact Rev. Brandon Nagel at bnagel@ucop.org or Kelly Sturgeon at ksturgeon@ucop.org to register by Monday June 23.
Karl Anthony to Guest Speak June 29th

Join us Sunday, June 29 for a celebration service you won't soon forget!  Musician Karl Anthony will present both the music and the lesson for the day as our guest speaker/singer! Karl Anthony's life liberating concerts and social action contributions are legendary. From 20,000 seat arenas in Moscow to a child's hospital room, his work unites humanity.  Karl has received several Gandhi/King Season for Non-Violence Peace Hero Awards for his humanitarian efforts. And when he is not touring the world, he works at Rady Children's Hospital as part of their Healing Arts Department providing a  musical outlet and connection for children and their families.  Karl's strong distinctive voice, which is a cross between Sting, Robert Plant and Cat Stevens, drives his community outreach and creativity. His music communicates a meaningful urgency which is a perfect home for his always poignant lyrics and his unforgettable live performances. His career crosses countless boundaries and truly is an international language of service, action and pure joy.


Karl Anthony will also present a brilliant laser light show entitled "MANTRA" with vibrant acoustic Kirtan music in harmony hall 2 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm after his Sunday lesson. MANTRA is a fusion of Sanskrit and English chants while surrounded in an atmosphere of vibrant laser lights.  Open your eyes to a spectacular visual experience and watch your busy mind be captured and embraced into the present moment. That is what Kirtan music does best. Music and light are powerful healers and whether you choose to sing or just chill in the vibration, you will be nourished deep within every cell of your being.  The audience is included and becomes part of creating the Mantra event. This moves the community into a peaceful and blissful state and many have said it is like nothing else they have experienced. It is as if you are being showered in light.


$15-25 suggested love offering  

Register for the "Mantra" event here. 


Big Green Team Event June 21st!


Join the Green Team for an enchanted evening of community spirit,
reconnection with nature and fun as we celebrate spring turning to summer
and the sacredness of water. The evening will start with a pot luck picnic
followed by the ceremonies and music.  Bring a covered dish, a vial of water
that has special significance to you and, should you choose,
a short poetry reading. Refreshments will be provided.


Craig Wolfe, a passionate environmentalist who's been active with the Sierra Club since 1988, will perform as part of Soular (www.Soular.com). The music duo Soular has its roots in the classic rock era of Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Jackson Browne, the Beatles and, of course, the 5-piece group Amdahl Wolfe where Craig Wolfe and Randy Deutch first played together. Their original music follows their motto:


 Thought for the Mind... Love for the Heart...  Truth for the Soul 


Their tunes are inspired by helping the environment and finding a better path
for our future.
Stop by the Green Team table in harmony hall on June 15th
for more information.
Women in Unity Explore Unity Village!


Please join us Saturday, June 21st as we welcome in the first official day of summer by experiencing an array of attractions found on the grounds of Unity Village.  This event will afford you an opportunity to leisurely explore what speaks to you while visiting with old friends and making new ones along the way as you enjoy the bookshop, coffee shop cafe, Myrtle's Grove,  the fountains, the rose gardens, the architecture, the walking trails and more.  There is so much to see, do and enjoy on the 1200 acres that is Unity Village. You are welcome to pack a lunch and enjoy it in the rose gardens while breathing in the views of Unity Tower, Unity Tower Prayer Garden and the three mirror pools and fountains found in Unity's central courtyard.  If a packed lunch doesn't tickle your fancy, a group of us can enjoy a lite deli lunch from the coffee shop cafe which features Starbucks coffee.


If you are comfortable driving on your own you can find directions to Unity Village at unityvillage.org under "About Unity Village." Then scroll down to "Maps and Directions."  Please be aware that there is presently road construction on Colbern Road which is expected to continue through the end of June.   If you would like to carpool and/or caravan we will meet at 9 am in our church parking lot and depart together at 9:15.  Upon arriving at Unity Village we will meet in the bookstore/ coffee shop cafe parking lot found at the intersection of  Unity Way and Unity Circle at 10 am.

If you would like to let us know you are participating or have questions please contact Vanessa Green at 913 596 8493 or vanessa@opgreens.com 

We look forward to seeing you!

Pack-a-Backpack Starts Soon!

Summer may have started, but kids will be returning to school before we know it, early to mid-August in fact.  And once again, UCOP's Pack -a-Backpack Team will be partnering with Community Linc, ReStart, Operation Breakthrough and SAFEHOME to help supply needed school supplies to returning students.  If you would like to serve on our Backpack Team, please contact team leader, Kae Kesler, at backpacks@ucop.org or contact  

Volunteer Coordinator, Rachel Asbury at rasbury@ucop.org or call 913-649-1750 x-3025.  Adoptions begin June 29th.  


Practical Spirituality


Practical Spirituality is a meditation class designed to bring more clarity, peace, empathy and compassion into your life through connecting with the Divine Energy of universal human needs; e.g. belonging, abundance, love, growth. After the meditation, there will be some time for debriefing, sharing and questions. Through these meditations, participants will learn to be more aware of the aliveness within and understand new ways to get needs met that value everyone's needs. We will be using the four-part Nonviolent Communication Process developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, founder of NVC and a meditation process developed by Mary McKenzie, co-founder of the NVC Academy online.  



Jan Stanley has been engaged in her passion and joy: facilitating, teaching and practicing Nonviolent Communication (also known as NVC or Compassionate Communication) since 2001. Contributing to peace and attunement with the Divine Energy through prayer, meditation and mediation (being a peacemaker to parties in conflict, whether inner or outer) is the expression of her mission of "teaching the world to sing" or, in other words, to live with vibrant abandon, deep self-connection and authenticity. Jan has taught NVC and heart connection practices to administrators, teachers and students in schools. She is also a 3rd year graduate of the NVC Mediate Your Life program as a student and a coach. Jan is intent on making space in the world for all voices and perspectives to be heard and understood.


Suggested Love Offering: $10
Register here
Guided Meditation

Summer Blood Drive July 13th

 Women In Unity will be working with the Community Blood Center this summer to sponsor a life saving blood drive event here at Unity Church of Overland Park on Sunday, July 13,  in harmony hall 2 from 9 am until 1 pm.  Someone needs a blood transfusion in our local area hospitals every 4 minutes.  37% of the population is eligible to donate but only 7% do.  Please be part of that 7%.  You never know when it will be your life that needs saving.  Furthermore, each donor is eligible to win a Disney World Family Adventure package!  You can sign-up for the blood drive on June 29 and July 6 in harmony hall after services.  Or you can also sign-up anytime by visiting the CBC website www.esavealifenow.org then enter sponsor code "UCOP."   For more information please contact Vanessa Green at 913-596-8493 or vanessa@opgreens.com .

Save a life... and maybe even win a vacation ... WIN-WIN!

In the Presence Meditation

This meditation provides the opportunity to go into a deep, deep experience of the Presence. Meditation does wonderful things to our human bodies, giving them time to revitalize and heal themselves. At the same time, our souls experience their real, true selves, going to the place inside that is timeless and eternal. After the meditation, there will be a sacred prayer circle to share and honor one another's prayer intentions. You'll experience such serenity you'll want it to go on forever.


Suggested Love Offering: $10

Register here 


Debra Darpel Baker has been helping people to heal their lives for 20 years as a spiritual counselor, energy worker, Reiki Master and teacher.  She is a gifted medium and intuitive whose readings have been described as "life changing," "profound" and "extremely accurate."
Lessons in Truth

We will be embarking on an exciting adventure to explore Truth with
Dr. H. Emilie Cady.   Dr. Cady was a physician and metaphysician in the New Thought movement.  The chapters that form Lessons in Truth are some of the very first metaphysical discussions published by Unity.  This book is an important foundation to the understanding of Unity metaphysics. This course will include
both large group and small group discussions of Emilie Cady's book Lessons in Truth. Over the course of this 5 week journey students will spend time exploring Cady's concepts of Truth including how human thinking determines humankind's expression of freedom and goal attainment. They will learn how to use this knowledge in their personal life as well as the purpose of denials and affirmations as an aspect of the role of prayer in the development of our wholeness.



Suggested Love Offering:      $10   

Register here 

Yoganetics Summer Session

Why deny yourself something that feels so good and is so good for you? Yoganetics is smart yoga for bodies in transition-a gentle, therapeutic system that builds a strong core and increases flexibility while decreasing stress.  It's never too late to begin-or to start again if you've been away. People with back pain, arthritis and fibromyalgia have found relief with Yoganetics.            


Now the Poet Laureate of Kansas, Wyatt has been teaching yoga for over thirty years. Her Yoganetics book was deemed an "Editor's Choice" by Yoga Journal and her work has been featured in Self, Dance Magazine, Parents, Body and Soul and The New York Times.  "This work," she says, "saves my life on a daily basis."


For more information, call (913) 381-1984 or visit www.yoganetics.com. (Fee-based class - first class free for new students!)  


Do You Shop on Amazon?

Many of us do our shopping these days from the comfort and convenience of our own homes using the Amazon marketplace. Did you know that if you go to our website first, and then enter the Amazon site through our link, the church will then get a small percentage of that purchase?  It's like free money for the church!  And it doesn't have to be a spiritual book or something church-related either. We will get a small percentage of anything you purchase on Amazon, if you go through our site first on your way there. How cool is that?!  It doesn't cost you anything to help support your spiritual community because you were going to shop anyway, weren't you!  Now you can do it and help UCOP at the same time. Just click here and it will take you to the UCOP Amazon access page.  You can also find the Amazon access page from a link on our Homepage as well at www.ucop.org.   So happy shopping and thank you for your support!  We truly appreciate you.

Singles Group Sunday Brunch 
Singles Group

Want to connect with other singles at Unity Church of Overland Park? Each Sunday at 12:30 this group meets at various local restaurants. Put these dates and locations on your schedule for the rest of June. We'd love to have you join us. 


June 22nd - Margaritas -7829 Quivira

June 29th - Carrabbas Italian Restaurant - 105th and Metcalf

July 6th - Cinzettis - 7201 W 91st St (west side of Metcalf) 

July 13th - Bo Ling's - 9055 Metcalf

July 20th - Thai Place - 9359 W. 87th (Antioch to 87th, then left)

July 27th - Hy-Vee - 95th & Antioch - Brunch All-You-Can-Eat Menu (Please arrive before 1pm)  

August 3rd - Johnny's Tavern - 95th & Antioch

August 10th - Old Chicago Pizza - 117th& metcalf

August 17th - Jack Stack BBQ - 95th & Metcalf

August 24th - Jose Peppers - 103rd & Metcalf (FYI- most of the group will be attending the New Theatre - reservations are required for this by July 9th)

August 31st - Red Robin - 95th & Metcalf (just west of Metcalf) 



Contact Linda Riggs for more information at 913-634-5359.
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Unity Church of Overland Park
10300 Antioch Rd., Overland Park, Kansas 66212
913.649.1750, www.ucop.org

Office Hours:     Monday-Thursday:  9am to 5pm
Building Hours:  Sunday  8am to 1pm; Monday-Thursday: 9am to 9pm
We offer practical, spiritual teachings that empower abundant and meaningful living.