"The Leap List: Making the Jump from To-Do to Today"

This Sunday, May 17,
guest speaker & artist, singer/songwriter & humanitarian,
Daniel Nahmod, shares his remarkable talents with us.
Daniel's CDs will be available for purchase after services as well.

Then come back at  
1:30 pm for Daniel's amazing CONCERT in the sanctuary! 
Tickets: $20 at the door

For those who need some lunch between services and this not-to-be-missed concert, we will be grilling hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers down in harmony hall.   
All this and a bag of chips can be yours  
for a suggested $5 love offering!

California-based singer/songwriter, producer and humanitarian,
Daniel Nahmod, began his music career in 1999. His songs are recorded and performed all over the world on a weekly basis. Daniel's poetic and evocative message of peace, love and compassion across all nations, cultures and faiths has found overwhelming acceptance wherever he has performed. He also performs as a keynote musical presenter at benefits for such organizations as Habitat for Humanity, Operation USA, Achievable and Anti-Defamation League. Daniel has presented his spectacular music and message for nearly all of the world's major faiths, including Christian, Catholic, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Bahai, and Mormon audiences, and has worked with some of the most influential and brilliant speakers and leaders in the world --- including Jean Houston, Marianne Williamson ("A Return To Love"), Deepak Chopra ("Seven Spiritual Laws of Success"), Mark Victor Hansen ("Chicken Soup For The Soul"), Arun Gandhi (grandson of Mahatma Gandhi), Yolanda King (daughter of Martin Luther King Jr.), Rhonda Britten (of NBC's "Starting Over"), and Neale Donald Walsch ("Conversations With God"). We enjoy Daniel's music from our platform many Sundays, but we are blessed beyond measure to have the artist himself here to speak and perform his own music this Sunday on May 17th!

We look forward to seeing you there!    
Men's (AND Women's!) Breakfast - May 16

Men's Breakfast - 8 to 10 am, Saturday, May 16 in harmony hall

guest speaker, Pamela Wagner of Mindful Counseling, LLC.

featuring "How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime" TED Talk by Nadine Burke Harris.


The Women in Unity are also invited to share in this breakfast and presentation! 


Childhood trauma isn't something you just get over as you grow up. Repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who've experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. During our time together we will learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and the impacts they have on our health. Did you know that everyone has experienced at least one ACE in their lifetime and many of us more than three? These experiences have tangible effects on the development of our brain and can impact our physical health.  

Following a viewing of pediatrician, Nadine Burke Harris' TED talk, "How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime," you will be offered an opportunity to complete the ACES survey. We will conclude with an exploration of resiliency factors you can develop to maintain and thrive physically, mentally and emotionally.  


Our speaker is Pamela Wagner, who has a private psychotherapy practice called Mindful Counseling, LLC. She brings mindfulness, authenticity, compassion, movement and play into her practice with children, their families and caregivers. Pamela is a licensed social worker with over 3 years experience offering individual and family therapy to children and families at psychiatric residential treatment centers, Head Start and community-based therapeutic programs. Additionally, she is an adult educator offering a Mindfulness with Children class with KU's School of Social Welfare. She has over 20 years experience as an executive coach and creator and facilitator of leadership development programs within telecommunications and engineering firms. You might want to visit Pam at www.mindfulcounselingllc.com


Fair Trade Open House in the Bookstore - May 17
Unity is celebrating World Fair Trade Day on May 17th and this year a special milestone has been reached - Fair Trade Towns, the national organization, has declared Overland Park a "Fair Trade Town!" UCOP has been an active participant in the fair trade movement by offering fair trade coffee in harmony hall and selling fair trade products in the UCOP Bookstore. Members of the bookstore participate on the Overland Park Fair Trade Steering Committee, created to promote the principles of fair trade and educate the public about the positive impact of conscious consumerism. UCOP is proud to be part of the fair trade movement and endorses an economic system that provides opportunities and transforms the lives of farmers and artisans around the world.

In celebration of World Fair Trade Day join us in the bookstore for an open house event this Sunday, May 17. So get some lunch at our cookout downstairs and then come on back to the bookstore for dessert!  We'll have cake and cookies and 20% off all Fair Trade Items. There's even a chance to win prizes. It's a great way to spend some time before the concert begins!

When you choose Fair Trade products, you endorse an economic system that provides opportunities for international farmers, artisans and workers to lift themselves out of poverty. Thank you for your support.
Couple's Group Brunch Cancelled This Month
The UCOP Couples Group have cancelled their regular 3rd Sunday brunch at First Watch this month so that everyone may enjoy the Daniel Nahmod concert at 1:30 pm on Sunday, May 17th.  We invite you to purchase your $20 tickets at the door and join us for some fabulous and inspiring music!
Prayer Chaplain Informational Meeting

Prayer Chaplain Informational Meeting

Sundays, May 17

12:30 pm in the peace chapel


Is Spirit nudging you to go deeper in your spiritual practice? Do you desire to serve your congregational family is a spiritually meaningful way? Perhaps it is time to give prayerful consideration to becoming a Prayer Chaplain. An informational meeting will be held May 17 in the peace chapel at 12:30 pm after Sunday morning services. This informal meeting will provide you the opportunity to obtain more details and ask questions about the chaplaincy program. The meeting is intended to help you discern whether becoming a prayer chaplain is the next step on your personal spiritual journey. More information about the program can also be found in the brochure rack.


Unity Garden Plant Sale - one more day - May 17
Spring is here!! Help support Unity Garden with our much anticipated annual plant sale. Healthy, organic transplants of vegetables, herbs and flowers will be available for purchase downstairs in harmony hall this Sunday, May 17 after each service.  All proceeds help keep Unity Garden sustainable. Great selection and helpful advice will be available. Please contact Kelly Sturgeon at ksturgeon@ucop.org or 913-649-1750 x3010 for more information.
"Touching Hearts in Haiti" T-shirts

Get your "Touching Hearts in Haiti" t-shirts through the month of May by ordering online at www.booster.com/touchingheartsinhaiti. A portion of the proceeds comes back to UCOP Global to help with the cost of Touching Hearts in Haiti volunteer housing, interpreter and island transportation fees. Deadline for sales is May 24th.


Sheets & Towels Drive

The homeless and displaced families served by Community Linc often find themselves without the very basics of self-care, such as bed and bath linens. So for the month of May, UCOP is collecting new, or gently used, sheets and towels. Sheets should be twin and/or queen sized sets (fitted, flat & pillow cases) and towels should be bath towels or sets (with bath towel, face towel & wash cloth). You may bring your sheets and towels to church anytime during business hours.
On Sundays, there will be a counter in the lobby to receive your gifts. During the week,
you may leave them at the reception counter. Thank you for making a real difference
 in the lives of Community Linc families!


Church Closings in May
The bookstore will be closed on Thursday, May 21st.

The church will be closed on Monday, May 25
in observance of Memorial Day.

Benefit Concert for Levi Ross

Please join us for an afternoon of fun, frolic and music at Davey's Uptown!! Fast Johnny - Two Headed Cow - Laura Lisbeth - and MANY more bands TBA. There's a silent auction to enjoy. Tickets are $15 per person with  

all proceeds going to Levi and his family to help with expenses while he continues his fight with cancer.


Levi Ross is an 18 yr. old student/athlete from LaCygne, KS and the younger brother of UCOP's beloved soloist, Kelly Potter. He is fighting a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Levi is currently being treated at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. Here are some links if you would like to learn more about Levi and his story.








If anybody would care to donate items for the silent auction, please contact the event organizer, BJ McArthur at 913-687-2214.
Board of Director Nominees- Annual Meeting June 28
This year's nominees to our 2015-2016 Board of Directors are:

Steve Birge   -   Rosie Dominguez   -   Randy Fikki   -   Cathy Fisher
Tom McNamara        and           Greg Pregon

Photos and biographical information about each nominee
is available online here. 

Everyone is invited to the Annual Membership Meeting on Sunday, June 28 after services.  You will hear about our accomplishments the past year and our plans moving forward. All church members will then have the opportunity to vote for the Board of Directors. 
Childcare is available during the meeting and the children will have a special movie presentation complete with popcorn while we
conduct our business meeting.

Youth & Family Ministry Summer Camps!

Pixies, Pirates and Fairies!

The Little People's Camp

June 1-3 6:30-8:00 pm

Ages 3 through Kindergarten.  

(Must be potty trained)  

Our little ones will discover their inner divine power through exciting stories that revolve around those powerful little people: Pixies, Pirates, and Fairies! Each night we will explore how to tap into our inner power and express our best through a fabulous mix of fun group activities, art, songs, games and building our own fairy houses or pirate ships! Healthy "fairy-themed" snacks will be served.

Camp Fee: $30 for full 3 night camp or $15 per individual night.  

Registration ends May 28 at 5pm.


Budding Stars Theatre Camp

June 15-19 6:00- 8:30pm

Ages 6-13

A unique and fun-filled camp for kids K thru 6th grade who love to express themselves through acting, movement and voice. Games, story-telling activities and healthy snacks will be provided. This group will be our core troupe for our upcoming 2015 Christmas performance. The final night of camp will showcase our kid's efforts and talent. Come join the fun!!!

Camp Fee: $50 for full 5 night camp or $15 per individual night.

Registration ends June 12 at 5pm.


Master Builders Boys Camp

June 29-July 1   6:30- 8:30 pm

Ages 6-13

It's our second annual Master Builders Boys Camp! A camp designed for boys who want to discover their talent of working with their hands and raising their self-esteem and creativity. We will once again be joined by members of our UCOP Men's Group, who are masters in their own right at designing and building. The boys will gain a stronger connection to the men of our church and come away with new skills and appreciation for their own abilities. Participants will receive an awesome take home surprise if they attend all three nights! Healthy snacks served.

Camp Fee: $40 for full 3 night camp or $15 per individual night.  

Registration ends June 25 at 5pm.


Power Girls Camp

July 13-15 6:30-8:30pm

Ages 6-13

This is our second year to host our amazing power-filled girl's camp! Our camp will have a "retreat" like theme, where each girl is celebrated for her uniqueness and reminded of her inner divinity. We will have creative activities and games to explore how we can tap into our beauty, strength and resourcefulness as Power Girls! There will be plenty of time for chatting and expressing our ideas. Each participant will receive a very special gift if they attend all three nights! Yummy, healthy snacks will be provided.

Camp Fee: $40 for full 3 night camp or $15 per individual night.

Registration ends July 9 at 5pm.


Space is limited for all these camps so sign up soon!

For questions and to register your kids please contact  

Kelly Sturgeon at ksturgeon@ucop.org  

or 913.649.1750 x 3010



Quantum Prayer! Quantum Reality!

Quantum Prayer: It's Already Answered!  

Quantum Reality: It Already Exists!

7:00 to 9:00 pm, Mondays, May 4 - 18

with Cathy Combs


Join UCOP congregant and author Cathy Combs as she shares from her recently published book, Quantum Prayer: It's Already Answered! Quantum Reality: It Already Exists! In an interactive and experiential format, participants will discover God, prayer and ego from the perspective of the Unity principles. If the reality that 'there is no adversary' intrigues you, come enjoy as Cathy offers her perspective on this idea. This class will offer you an inspirational, uplifting view of yourself and your world.


Class Fee: $15 per session



Cathy Combs is passionately devoted to Unity, UCOP, personal empowerment, spiritual community leadership development and public service. Her background is in education and counseling, having received an MA in Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in California. She has been in Unity since 1974 and has been a very active volunteer at UCOP for several years. She loves and lives Gandhi's statement: 'Be the change you wish to see in the world.'


Jesus' Teachings with Rev. Jesse Tanner, Ph.D.
In this course, students will use the Gospels, as well as ancient literary sources outside biblical canon, to discover both the concepts that have been reported that Jesus taught and the methods he used to teach his disciples. Students will learn to build a strong spiritual foundation based on what we believe Jesus actually taught rather than what others taught about him and his work.


Text: Charlesworth, James. The Historical Jesus: An Essential Guide. Abingdon Press, 2008.


Class Fee: $15 per session

Class is available for SEE Core Credit



Jesse Tanner is an ordained Unity minister and professor of Scriptural and Religious Studies at Unity Institute and Seminary. He holds an M.T.S. in New Testament and a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Religion. His research interests are centered on religious pluralism, interfaith dialogue and textual interpretation. Jesse enjoys conversation, coffee, hiking, playing music and spending time with his wife and son.
Yoganetics Summer Session Starting Soon


Summer Class Series

Smart Yoga for Bodies in Transition

24  Mondays & Thursdays  

May 11 - August 3

Mornings: 9:30-10:45am

with Wyatt Townley, E-RYT 500


Yoganetics is a user-friendly, gentle-yet-deep yoga system. Its breath-based, core-based, slow-motion approach increases flexibility while reducing stress. People with back pain, arthritis and fibromyalgia have found relief with Yoganetics.            


Poet Laureate of Kansas, Wyatt Townley, has been teaching yoga for over thirty years. Her Yoganetics book was deemed an "Editor's Choice" by Yoga Journal and her work has also been featured in Self, Dance Magazine, Parents, Body and Soul and The New York Times.


For more information, call (913) 381-1984, go to www.yoganetics.com or visit the Yoganetics table May 3 & 10. (Fee-based class-first class free for new students!)


Who Have You Come Here to Be?

Are you ready to live a life of purpose and passion? Attend this two-part workshop and learn how you can live a more fulfilling life where you live more freely from your deepest values. Have fun expressing your life purpose and passion with more grace and ease!


This transformative workshop weaves together the most current findings in the fields of brain research and quantum science with profound wisdom teachings. Rev. Diana Kennedy shares ancient wisdom through a modern message of empowerment and wholeness.  

During this interactive workshop you will experience powerful exercises and cutting edge teachings, all presented through vivid multi-media.


Class Fee: $15 per session



Diana Kennedy has been in the Unity movement over twenty years and currently serves at Unity Worldwide Ministries. She is a Unity Minister, a Certified Q Coach and an Intuitive Change Agent. A powerful speaker, Diana is passionate about sharing spiritual teachings and supporting individuals on their journey. Her approachable style inspires her students to dive in deeply and get the most from her transformative workshops.


Gemstone Class with Greg Pregon

Learn about a special class of therapeutic gemstones whose primary focus is healing, energizing and nourishing the physical body. These therapeutic gems can help you attract whatever your physical body needs for healing, feel more grounded and stable, accelerate or integrate the positive effects of other therapies, develop healthier personal boundaries, handle multiple tasks with greater ease and feel more energetic, positive and joyful. After we discuss this class of therapeutic gemstones you will have a chance to experience one of many different gemstone treatments. So come and join in the fun and treat yourself to an experience of gemstone energies.


Class Fee: $15



Greg Pregon has been attending UCOP for the past 4 years. He has served UCOP as a Prayer Chaplain and is one of our Youth and Family volunteers serving as a classroom teacher. He is an educator and has taught children and adults alike. He has served in several school districts across the metropolitan area, as well as at UMKC and the Metropolitan Community College at the Longview Campus. He has taught adults with disabilities, children in Behavioral Health Centers, children from preschool through high school and is currently working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. In the last year his diverse interests and abilities have led him to studying and working with gemstones for health and spiritual growth. He has completed Gemstone Energy Medicine Foundation and Advanced Color Ray Healing Color Dynamics classes. Greg wants to use his newly gained knowledge and abilities to as a way to serve our community.


UCOP & You - May 18

This class has been designed for those who are newer to Unity Church of Overland Park. The materials presented will offer the history of Unity and UCOP. In addition, participants will hear about the various ministry staff members and their individual roles and responsibilities. Participants will be provided information about 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.


This class is a prerequisite to membership at Unity Church of Overland Park and is offered on a love offering basis. REGISTER HERE! 


Rev. Jan Stromseth is Associate Minister of Congregational Care here at Unity Church of Overland Park. Rachel Asbury is the Volunteer Coordinator at UCOP.


Spiral Dynamics

Spiral Dynamics is a psychological/spiritual model that presents a new framework for understanding the dynamic forces at work in human affairs, looking at the history of humankind and how the same forces are reflected in the psychological development of individuals. It is based on decades of research, real-world applications and the latest findings of both organizational theorists and neurobiology. Spiral Dynamics is a useful model to understand one's personal values and one's current levels of consciousness, to better understand what is happening in the world today, as well as what is happening in individuals, organizations and communities.


Class Fee: $15 per session



In 1988 Rev. E.J. Niles retired from 30 years as a career civil servant and entered Unity ministerial school. After being ordained in 1990, she entered church ministry in Bandon, Oregon. In 1993 she became the minister at Unity of Fairfax, Virginia where she stayed until 1998. In January 1999 she founded an alternative ministry called "Embracing the Bible" and, with her husband, Harv Morrow, toured the country doing classes and workshops. In June 1995 she came to Unity Institute as the Bible instructor until September 2011. She continues to serve as adjunct at Unity Institute teaching part time. The alternative ministry continued under three different ministers and went through several changes. It is now called "Spiral Pathways" and Rev. Niles is again the minister and teaching classes and workshops at a number of Unity churches.


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.


Class Fee: $15



Debra Baker is a spiritual counselor, energy worker, Reiki master, Oneness blessing giver and teacher who has been helping people heal their lives since 1988. A gifted medium and intuitive, Debra is the author of Amazing Intuition, Expanding Your Most Important Resource, which is available in the UCOP bookstore.
Unity Basics - June 1
This class has been designed for those who desire a basic understanding of Unity's teachings and principles. Each of the five basic teachings will be reviewed, along with a listing of 'identity statements' that further expound upon what is meant by the teachings and how they are expressed by Unity as a spiritual movement. Focused attention will be given to prayer and meditation and the positive, affirming ways in which they are taught and utilized by Unity.


Suggested Love Offering: $10
Register Here! 
Unleash Your Inner Genius

Everyone has genius in them. Most of us don't know it or don't even know what it is! When we uncover and step into our unique genius, life become easy, success naturally follows and we live more satisfying lives. Join Tamie in this experiential workshop as she helps you tap into your unique genius. You'll walk away with a blueprint for implementing a way of living and working that's free from limitations and sets the necessary foundation to live your full potential and thrive in all you do.

Class fee: $15      Register Here! 


Tamie Rising is a speaker and GENIUS coach, best-known for helping purpose-driven entrepreneurs and high-performers who struggle with jam-packed calendars and are overwhelmed with what steps to take next to get more done with less effort, increase performance and impact and have way more fun! She is the host of the Live Unleashed! event and the creator of the "Unleash Your G.E.N.I.U.S." 6-step formula. She is acutely aware that to have uncommon results requires an uncommon approach to life and work.


Membership Class - June 8

If you would like to make a deeper commitment to your spiritual community, then you are invited to attend our Membership Class. We will explore what it means to step into membership at the church, discuss the Vision, Mission, and Values of Unity Church of Overland Park, review the church governance and join together in a sacred circle of sharing what membership in our ministry means to you.  

Prior attendance in the 'UCOP and You' and 'Unity Basics' class is required.

In addition, all participants are required to be in attendance at one of the  

celebration services on Membership Sunday, June 14.


Pre-registration is strongly requested and appreciated.

Suggested Love Offering: $10
Register Here!


New Spotlight Gallery Artist -Eugenia Ortiz

In May and June we feature the works of Eugenia Ortiz, a visionary, intuitive, light worker creating spiritually based artwork. She channels Divine Universal Energies that flow, express and communicate through her information and healing frequencies to raise the vibration and energy of the viewer and the space in which her work is displayed.


Eugenia and her spouse, Roman Bermudez, celebrate the opening of their new space, Jaguar Eagle Spiritual Healing Source in Olathe. Together, they will be offering many spiritual healing modalities for divine alignment, such as Resonance Repatterning®, Attunement, chromotherapy, sacred geometry activating, intuitive drawings, energy cleansing/balancing and life coaching, to name a few. They will have a grand opening of Jaguar Eagle Saturday, May 16th at 1pm located at 500 East Santa Fe, Olathe, 66061.


Eugenia has also been appointed to the City of Olathe Arts Master Plan Committee and is looking forward to brightening Olathe!


Small Groups Webpage
You can view all the latest information on our new small groups on our website. Learn what groups have formed and how to get involved with them. Learn what steps you can take if you're interested in forming a new small group yourself.  You can find the Small Groups page under the "Get Involved" tab of our website homepage at www.ucop.org.  Or, you can just click right here!


Wholly Health Empowerment

Sundays, 12:15 to 1:00 pm in harmony hall 3 

with Barbara Gintzel


Can you improve your health, prevent disease and stay healthy with spiritual and natural activities? Join us after church on Sundays for 45 minutes or so as we pool our knowledge, our skills and our prayer power to raise each other to greater awareness of ways we can bless our bodies and help each other achieve our personal health goals. The focus of each meeting will be to discuss our individual health goals (as desired) and one health topic. The health topic for the month of May will be:

"What is really right for my body?"
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. We'd love to have you join us. 


May 17 - Cinzetti's Italian Buffet  7201 W. 91st St., Overland Park, KS
May 24 - First Watch  9916 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS
May 31 - Jack's Stack  9520 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS     
June 7 - Carrabbas Italian Grill  10586 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park
June 14 - Granite City  15085 119th St., Olathe
June 21 - Hy-Vee  8501 W. 95th St., Overland Park
June 28 - The Thai Place   9359 W. 87th St., Overland Park

Contact Linda Brozanic for more information at 913-219-7538.
Please arrive at the restaurant no later than 12:45. 
CommUnity Books & Gifts
20% off all Fair Trade Items in May!   
Bookstore hours: Monday-Thursday 12 to 5pm
Friday & Saturday closed /Sunday 8:30am to 1:00pm

On-Call Weekend Facilities Position Available

This job involves setting up and tearing down after weddings, receptions and workshops, as well as cleaning meeting rooms & bathrooms.


If interested, please contact Jane Sauve at jsauve@ucop.org

or call 649-1750 x-3012 



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.

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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.