THE BASIC PRINCIPLES WE LIVE BY:
- God is absolute Good, everywhere present; we are one with God.
- We have the spark of Divinity within us. Our very essence is of God, therefore we are inherently good.
- We create our experiences by what we choose to think and what we feel and believe.
- Prayer is creative thinking that connects us to the Divine and brings forth wisdom, healing, prosperity, and everything good.
- Knowing and understanding the Laws of Life, we do and give our best by living the Truth we know. We make a wonderful difference.
REV MARK ANTHONY LORD
- I started my career as a professional dancer and choreographer, and director – including a 3-year stint at Disney.
- I studied under some amazing spiritual luminaries such as Michael Bernard Beckwith, Byron Katie, Gay & Katie Hendricks, Lynne Twist, Jack Boland, Marianne Williamson, Richard Rohr, and sat with Gurus in an Ashram in India.
- In 2003, I became an ordained Minister at Agape International Spiritual Center, under the direction of Michael Bernard Beckwith.
- I started two spiritual communities in Chicago (Why found 1 when you can found 2?). In 2003, I founded the Bodhi Spiritual Center. Although it's no longer in existence, while there I grew from 3 people around my dining room table to over a thousand members. In 2018 I founded Cityside Spiritual Community. I’m beyond proud of both my babies!
Suzanne Shirey, our Music Director is a classically trained musician and began playing at the age of nine. She has lived in Holland since 1981. Her talent and leadership of our music program is outstanding.
Roger Arbury, Acting President
John Kasza, Secretary
Millie Robert, Treasurer
Sam Raimondo, Member at Large
Thea Pelon, Member at Large
Julie Myer, Member at Large
Unity is a positive, accepting and transcendent, spiritual movement.
We acknowledge truth as it is found in all spiritual practices. We do not claim to have special revelation, but rather admit truth can be found in various teachings.
Although we do say Unity is practical Christianity with tried and proven ways to increase awareness of the Divine in all things, we do not believe in original sin. We follow the teaching and example of Jesus, the Christ. Chief among His teachings, for us, is that we can do the things he did while on earth. The divine “spark of eternal life, is within each of us. And that the kingdom of heaven is within us. We focus on that which is good, loving and positive. We do not deny error, or evil, but affirm that good is far more powerful and abundant everywhere.
Some of the ways we find peace and spiritual growth are positive prayer and meditation. We accept responsibility for our individual spiritual growth. No one can do it for us. We believe in direct personal contact with the Divine, through prayer and meditation. We see aspects of truth in all of the worlds religions, but none of them have all of it.
We follow Jesus' example that the highest and best use of our lives here is to help and serve others. We focus on self improvement first, so that we can better serve others. Through these practices, we believe that we can make heaven on earth.