"Who Will Weep for Nineveh?
A New Look at the Story of Jonah" 


Ready for a rootin'-tootin' Old Testament sermon from Unity Institute's always provocative theologian and historian, the Rev. Dr. Tom Shepherd? If you attended Sunday school as a kid, you probably learned the Jonah story is about a reluctant missionary who tried to escape God's call and got swallowed by a whale. But the headline for this clearly mythological ancient tale ought to be much more than "Runaway preacher thwarted by voracious marine mammal..." The Book of Jonah is about learning to forgive the unforgivable. At a time when the world is so polarized, it is a message humanity desperately needs to take seriously.   


Rev. Dr. Shepherd will also be available

in the lobby after services to sign his book, "Glimpses of Truth."


The Rev. Dr. Shepherd is best known to Unity audiences as the author of the popular column That's a Good Question, which has run for 15 consecutive years in Unity Magazine®. A retired U.S. Army chaplain and decorated Vietnam veteran, Dr. Shepherd has been in ministry since 1976. He is the author of several books. He has also taught middle school for 10 years, run for public office in Georgia (and lost), driven a taxi in Idaho, flown helicopters in Southeast Asia and published two science fiction novels. Today "Dr. Tom" teaches historical and theological studies to ministerial students at Unity Institute® and Seminary. Like his Unity Magazine column, his Unity FM radio program "Let's Talk About It" is edgy, controversial and full of lively, collegial exchanges.

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... Adventurous... Lighthearted... Visionary... Limitless... Connected... and Sacred

In the month of August, let us affirm together:

Small Group Ministry Webpage

In recent weeks you've been hearing about new small groups forming.  There is now a brand new page on our UCOP website where you can view all the latest information on our new small group ministry.  Learn what groups have formed and how to get involved with them.  See the videos of the launch leaders' Sunday platform shares.  Learn what steps you can take if you're interested in forming a new small group yourself.  You can find the Small Group Ministry page under the "Get Involved" tab of our website homepage at www.ucop.org.  Or, you can...

World Day of Prayer
Thousands of people will join Silent Unity and Unity churches around the world on September 11 for the 21st annual Unity World Day of Prayer. The theme of this 24-hour prayer event is "We Are the Light of the World: Let Your Light Shine!"  World Day of Prayer gives us an opportunity to come together in celebration of our oneness with God, each other and our world.  Through prayer we foster peace and wholeness in our community and in our individual lives.  The 24-hour prayer vigil will begin the evening of Wednesday, September 10 with opening ceremonies featuring keynote speaker, best-selling author and poet, Mark Nepo.  Names may be submitted for prayer online at www.worlddayofprayer.org. The 24-hour prayer vigil traditionally begins with a beautiful candlelight walk across the central courtyard of Unity Village. This year, for the first time, we will symbolize the power of our united prayers by asking people everywhere to light a virtual candle at www.wordldayofprayer.org. These virtual candles will be displayed as points of light on a global map.  Further information about all the events surrounding World Day of Prayer can be found at the above website, or in Spanish at www.diadeoracionmundial.org
Workshop with Our Spotlight Gallery Artist


The participants will identify issues related to lack of self-worth and negative self-talk. Connecting with their sub-conscious mind they will learn how to overcome their negative feelings. They will learn to change their attitude to positive expectations and improved self-esteem. They will be guided to focus on their positive goals in life. They will use simple art materials like paper collage, creative expression, affirmation and scribbling to create their dream map.


All art materials will be provided by the facilitator. The participants will take their own art work home at the end of the workshop.


Materials Fee: $5   Suggested Love Offering: $10   Register here! 



Bhasweti Gewhas, PhD, CHt, is a certified hypnotherapist, stress relief therapist, spiritual life coach, artist and energy worker. She works as a stress relief therapist and helps people overcome their challenges by using the power of their conscious and sub-conscious mind. Bhasweti teaches various workshops on simple self-help processes of stress relief to integrate joy in everyday life. She has spent many years as a wellness consultant engaged in extensive research and training (in India and the United States) in holistic health. Art is one of the passions that made her life stress-free and she inspires others to embrace inner creativity for the joy of life. Please visit her website www.stressfreetools.com for more about her work.
Meditation Practices

Practicing the Silence as part of both the prayer and meditation process is fundamental to Unity teachings and essential for the development of spiritual understanding. During this course, we will focus on the meditation process. We will learn about and apply different meditation practices and explore the benefits of, and obstacles to maintaining and deepening our own meditation practices.  

This course is being offered for SEE credit. 10 Core Credits


Required Text: Meditation for Dummies: 2nd Edition CD by Stephan Bodian.   

Wiley Publishing: Indianapolis, 2006.           


Suggested Love Offering: $10

Register here! 


As an attorney who practiced prayer and meditation in her San Francisco law office, Nhien Vuong has certainly seen how a regular spiritual practice has enabled her to meet any life circumstance with grace and love. Currently enrolled in Unity Institute & Seminary's ministerial program, Nhien plans to graduate and become an ordained Unity minister in June 2015. At her home church of Unity In Marin, California, Nhien served as a teacher, prayer chaplain and member of the Board of Trustees. Nhien also led an Enneagram workshop, gave the communion talk & meditation at UCOP last fall and served as a ministerial intern at UCOP this spring.
 She is also guest speaking at UCOP August 3rd.

Guided Meditation September 2
Come experience an hour of guided meditation. Offered on the first Tuesday of the month, participants will experience various meditation methods and techniques as they are guided into a space of relaxation, peace and oneness with God. Give yourself the gift of taking time away from your busy schedules. Allow yourself to experience the presence of God in you.


Suggested Love Offering:      $10
Register here! 
Fillmore Healing Class Available


Join us as we explore the spiritual principles that support the expression of health and wholeness in our minds, bodies and affairs. We will be working with Myrtle and Charles Fillmore's interpretation of how Jesus used and demonstrated those principles in his own life. Such principles will be presented to support participants in developing a practical understanding of Myrtle and Charles' theology as heart-centered metaphysicians. The goal will be that through the development of such practical understanding, participants will be inspired to also become heart-centered metaphysicians in their own lives. We also expect them to develop a "tool kit" for using healing principles in their daily lives and in supporting other people in their own healing process.


10 SEE Core Credits available


Suggested Love Offering:      $10

Register here! 


Required Texts: "How to Let God Help You," "Myrtle Fillmore's Healing Letters," "Christian Healing" and "Jesus Christ Heals"


Lois Hootz was the spiritual leader of Unity Church of Temple, TX. She has been involved with Unity teachings for over 17 years. She brings the richness of experience gathered from hospital chaplaincy, social work as a child abuse investigator, a teacher, a trainer and a minister. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Divinity Degree. She has served in Unity churches as a board member and board president, a prayer chaplain and trainer, workshop leader and Sunday school teacher. 
Men's Group Breakfast Saturday, September 6

Men's Group Breakfast - Saturday, September 6

from 8 to 10 am in harmony hall, with Cathy Combs.


Cathy says, "My basic premise has always been that we are Spirit Incarnate. I didn't always have that wording but I've always had that knowing and writing my books has made that knowing crystal clear and I'm so very grateful. I have always been connected with a quiet calm and confidence that I consider the hallmarks of my life. I have always known that we are innately good and that knowing is an immeasurable blessing. These knowings are the hallmarks of all I do as I continue to share my messages with a world I love so very much.


You might want to visit Cathy on Youtube at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYBzJ7wJ7OY

or her website www.cathycombs.com



Yoganetics FALL Class Series

YOGANETICS® Fall Class Series

Smart Yoga for Bodies in Transition

12 weeks / 24 Mondays & Thursdays, Sept. 8 - Dec. 8

Mornings: 9:30-10:45am

with Wyatt Townley, E-RYT 500


Yoga is not about getting fit, it's about getting home. Fitness is a byproduct of giving the body the nourishing motion it craves. With its gentle yet deep approach, Yoganetics moves toward greater flexibility, less stress and core stability from within out. People with back pain, arthritis and fibromyalgia have found relief with Yoganetics.            


Wyatt Townley, the new Poet Laureate of Kansas, has been teaching 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.


For more information call (913) 381-1984 or visit www.yoganetics.com. (Fee-based class-first class free for new students!)
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."
Women in Unity Meeting - September 20

As we move into the Fall season, we will want to resonate with the positive qualities of that season - reaping the benefits of the harvest planted in the other seasons. Positive qualities of this season include nurturance, acceptance, groundedness and abundance. When we resonate with these qualities and not our problems, we live our lives with greater joy and happiness. When we are out of sync with this element we may find ourselves expressing and living from a negative state of mind and missing out on the abundance of what is there for us. Resonance Repatterning is a system that will allow us to realign ourselves so we can fully enjoy the positive qualities of this Fall season.


Shirley Collins, LSCSW, a member of Unity Church for over 15 years, will be offering Seasonal Repatterning for the Unity Women's Group on Saturday, September 20.   It will be in her home with a potluck luncheon immediately following the group repatterning. The address is 10608 Bluejacket Street, Overland Park, KS 66214. The house is located just south of 103rd St. & Nieman Rd.   If you have questions or need clarification on directions, call Shirley at (913) 341-2704. womeninunitygroup@gmail.com
UCOP & You - September 22

This class has been designed for those who are newer to Unity and/or Unity Church of Overland Park. The materials presented will offer the history of Unity and UCOP. In addition, participants will learn about various ministry staff members and their individual roles and responsibilities at the church. Participants will be provided information pertaining to volunteer teams, outreach programs and affinity groups. The class will offer opportunities for attendees to uncover and begin offering their gifts through stepping into service for the ministry in some way. As with all classes, participants will begin to build relationships and community with one another.


Suggested love offering $10

Register here! 


Rachel Asbury is the Volunteer Coordinator here at UCOP. Rev. Jan Stromseth is our Associate Minister of Congregational Care.


Soul Collage - September 22

SoulCollage® is a spiritual process that supports the journey through life by using images to express both the wisdom and the shadow-side of one's soul. This is a time to gather together and make SoulCollage® cards. There will be a meditation, followed by card-making time and then time to "read" our cards as a group. All supplies will be provided for you, but you may bring special magazines if you would like. Also bring any cards you have already made. If you would like to purchase additional card blanks, they are available at the UCOP bookstore. You don't need any artistic ability; the cards are made with simple cutting and pasting skills. Everything you need is already within you, waiting to be discovered through this simple "soul-tending" process. If this is your first SoulCollage® experience, contact Barbara ahead of time and plan to arrive at 5:15pm.  


Rev. Barbara is a certified SoulCollage® Facilitator and has trained with Seena Frost, the originator of the process. She is an ordained Unity minister and a master teacher who brings creativity, heart and soul to life. Her passion is to guide individuals and small groups through discovery processes that lead to greater self-awareness, providing tools that deepen students' intuition, insight, relationships and experiences.   You can contact her at www.YourSoulWorks.com.


Child Care is available; please indicate your request for child care with your registration.

Suggested Love Offering: $15, which includes a $5 material fee
Register here!


The Vision Workshop - September 28

  • Do you want to discover your true dream or purpose?
  • Would you like to eliminate fear, doubt and worry and move toward your goals with confidence?
  • Do you want to increase prosperity and stay in complete harmony in all elements of your life?

In 1853, Henry David Thoreau wrote a famous essay called "Walden," in which he included a hidden code for prosperous living. During this dynamic Vision workshop you will unlock this code so that you can harness your life's purpose and the prosperity you deserve!


You will learn:


*           Two essential keys for tuning into your purpose

*           A 5-point test for determining whether your dream is right for you

*           Simple thinking-strategies that will guard you from fear, doubt and worry

*           What wealthy people do that creates sustained success

*           The number one factor that causes people to lose steam when going after a dream, and how to stay motivated and override it

*           A proven method for dissolving resistance you may have to prosperity so you can attract higher levels of results and abundance

*           The one critical thing you must give up in order to reach your dream


Suggested Love Offering: $30

Register here! 


Lois Hootz was the spiritual leader of Unity Church of Temple, TX. She has been involved with Unity teachings for over 17 years. She brings the richness of experience gathered from hospital chaplaincy, social work as a child abuse investigator, a teacher, a trainer and a minister. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Divinity Degree. She has served in Unity churches as a board member and board president, a prayer chaplain and trainer, workshop leader and Sunday school teacher. 
Exciting Local Author/Artist Event - September 28

We have a number of talented authors and musical artists in our local area.  This is your opportunity to meet them, purchase their books or CDs and get these items signed by the authors and artists themselves.


We are excited to host these artists and authors:


Fred Albers

Tom Anderson

Kathryn and Patrick Andries

Debra Baker

Steffany Barton

Dr. Rima Bonario,  Cathy Combs, Dr. Julie Connor,  Nancy Cramer,  Jeannine Fox, Lee Harris,

Karen Marie,  Lark Mason, Craig McAndrew, Mike McCord, Michelle Robin, Roderick Townley,  Wyatt Townley, Poet Laureate of Kansas,  Jay Woods and Millie Webb


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. 


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

September 7th - Thai Place -9359 W. 87th (Antioch to 87th then left)

September 14th - Old Chicago Pizza - 117th & Metcalf

September 21st - Hy-Vee - 95th & Antioch - Brunch Buffet ($11.99) - All you can eat - please arrive before 1pm

September 28th - Conroy's Public House - 5285 W. 95th - east of Nall

October 5th - Cinzetti's - Italian Buffet ($14.99 no menu)

October 12th - BoLings - 9055 Metcalf

October 19th - Margaritas - 7890 Quivira Rd.

October 26th - Carrabbas - 10586 Metcalf

November 2nd  Red Robin - 7111 W. 95th St.

November 9th - Jose Peppers - 103rd & Metcalf

November 16th - Conroy's Public House - 5285 W. 95th - east of Nall

November 23rd - Old Chicago Pizza - 117th & Metcalf

November 30th - Hy-Vee - 95th & Antioch - Brunch Buffet ($11.99)- All you can eat - please arrive before 1 pm 


Contact Linda Riggs for more information at 913-634-5359.
Please arrive at the restaurant no later than 12:45. 
CommUnity Books & Gifts

20% off all Metaphysical books  
in August 
Bookstore hours: Monday-Thursday 12 to 5pm
Friday & Saturday closed /Sunday 8:30am to 1:00pm

Does Unity Church of Overland Park feed you spiritually? Your gifts and tithes are greatly appreciated and lovingly accepted. Gifts are made through PayPal, a safe and secure way to make online donations. Make an online donation today. 
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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.