Stepping Up

Rev. Pat Palmer will be speaking about “Stepping Up” at the 11:15 service.  Just as the children in the first service are being celebrated for stepping up to the next class, we are all many times invited to rise into our own next step - and get to celebrate Self when we do!

 Recognizing these personal openings reveals life as a fascinating journey!  When we can see an experience as a possibility, it transforms from a block or negative, to a doorway to our greater good.  We will consider together how to do this - how and why we might be able to repeatedly make the choice for good - for joy - for feeling blessed.  We already know (from Quantum science and from Unity Principles) that our expectations influence what happens in our life.  How we label something that happens - the meaning that we give to it, generates our expectations in a major way.  WE choose how to step; let’s make it UP!

Sunday, June 4th
9:30am & 11:15am
Rev. Medora Gordon & Rev. Pat Palmer

Rev. Pat Palmer will be speaking about “Stepping Up” at the 11:15 service.  Just as the children in the first service are being celebrated for stepping up to the next class, we are all many times invited to rise into our own next step - and get to celebrate Self when we do!

 Recognizing these personal openings reveals life as a fascinating journey!  When we can see an experience as a possibility, it transforms from a block or negative, to a doorway to our greater good.  We will consider together how to do this - how and why we might be able to repeatedly make the choice for good - for joy - for feeling blessed.  We already know (from Quantum science and from Unity Principles) that our expectations influence what happens in our life.  How we label something that happens - the meaning that we give to it, generates our expectations in a major way.  WE choose how to step; let’s make it UP!

Led By: Reverend Medora Gordon - Director of Education Ministry

I came to Unity in Marin in 2003 and soon discovered the joy there is in working in a positive, supportive, and devoted spiritual community. I began work as the Director of the Education Ministry in 2004, entered Unity Worldwide Ministries’ Field Licensing Program in 2008, and became an Ordained Unity Minister in 2011.
I have a life-long passion for learning and spiritual practice, and after attending high school in San Rafael, CA, I went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater from the University of California at Davis. Shortly thereafter, I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico with my family and spent 11 years raising my two young children and being involved in both church and civic activities, serving on the Santa Fe City Council from 1976 – 1982. In 1982 I married my beloved high-school sweetheart Richard and returned to Marin County in 1985. By 1987, with the children grown and our small business safely launched, I returned to my passion for spiritual learning and development, following my dreams to enter Seminary at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA earning a Master’s Degree of Divinity in 1992, and a second Master’s Degree in Religion & Psychology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley in 1997. I have been working in intentional spiritual communities ever since. Richard and I have been married for 28 years and have a blended family of six children and fourteen grandchildren.
I believe that it is true that we are all one in God and that the best way to know God is to know yourself. I love my work and look forward to continuing to build the amazing community that is Unity In Marin - joining others on their spiritual journey as each of us seeks to be all that we can be.
Blessings Always,
Medora G
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Celebration Leader: Lisa Starbird

Event Producer, facilitator, teacher, presenter, worship assistant, stage manager, Lisa Starbird is an active volunteer in many areas at Unity In Marin. Why? She says, “Unity In Marin supports practical spirituality and the path of healing and growing, which aligns with my personal vision to give back and support that which inspires me.”
Lisa is the Wednesday Service Coordinator working with a dedicated team and she supports all aspects of the diverse weekly services which includes sound healings, music nights, deeper dialogues and community testimonials. She is also on the Ministry Leadership and Celebration Teams that oversees the detailed logistics for the community including all services and events.
Other roles for Lisa at UIM have included: Unity Prayer Chaplain for six years, facilitating Remembering Loved Ones (a loss and grief group), member of the UIM choir and soloist, assistant to Rev. Bill for the Resolutions to Realities class, teacher of Rev. Michael Beckwith’s Visioning Process and support of the Family Ministry Team.
She is also a current volunteer with Insight Prison Project. At San Quentin state prison she facilitates a weekly men’s group, saying that this work is an experience like no other. Lisa thrives on making a difference every day and continues to learn valuable lessons both as a student and a teacher.
 
 
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Guest Speaker: Reverend Pat Palmer -

Rev. Pat Palmer discovered Unity In Marin in 2007, after coming to the Bay area when her first grandchild was born in San Rafael.  With a background as a teacher, counselor and minister, it was a natural fit for her to begin her work with the Youth and Family Ministry and she served in that capacity for 5 years.  In the intervening period, Rev Pat has taught many classes at Unity In Marin, and directed our Service Ministry.
We welcome Rev. Pat back into leadership as Coordinator of Youth and Family Ministry.  Her experience in public speaking, organization and leadership are assets which will help us expand our already wonderful programs for families.  She particularly welcomes input from parents and reaches out for everyone’s creativity and involvement in together building a solid spiritual community for our children and youth.  Her bottom line is each child’s awareness of spiritual presence and our willingness to live the beautiful Unity principles. . . . Read More

Musical Guest: Deborah Winters -

A lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Deborah Winters' childhood was immersed in music and dance. Heavily influenced by her father, who pursued the drums as a young man, and by her mother, who was a professional ballet dancer for the Oakland Metropolitan Ballet Company, Deborah developed a passion for music, dance and the theatre at a very early age. Big Band sounds rang through the household where Deborah and her father listened to the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman, to name a few.
During her adolescent years, while moving around the country with her family, Deborah commenced her study of voice and the guitar. Deborah became increasingly influenced by singer/songwriters such as James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and Rickie Lee Jones. As an acting/theatre major in college, Deborah sought to combine her love of music, dance and art through the stage as a musical actress. However, her ongoing desire to sing and play the guitar in intimate settings kept pulling at her heartstrings. This led to Deborah playing clubs and finding her way into the studio to record a few of her own compositions before graduating.
As her musical palate expanded to include jazz standards and contemporary musical forms, Deborah began to perform in San Francisco and establish musical alliances with some of the Bay area’s most highly acclaimed performers, including legendary drummer Tony Williams, singers Bobby McFerrin and his Voicestra group, pianist/arranger Frank Martin, and Brazilian guitarist Jose Neto.
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