Unity On The River News
October 8th, 2021

14 Cedar St., Suite 203
Amesbury, MA 01913
Our Vision
Centered in love, we joyously co-create a world of
Oneness, peace, and harmony

Our Mission
We are a vibrant spiritual community that celebrates the
Presence in all and awakens humanity to its divinity.

  • Indigenous Peoples Day Commemoration!
  • Our October Guest Speakers
  • In-Person Service With Stephanie Roy

IN-PERSON and Zoom Hybrid Sunday Service at the Ahavas Achim Synagogue

October 10th, 2021 -- 10am ET

"The Perception Puzzle: Part 1 
Parallax — What We Think We See."

With Stephanie Roy
featuring music by

Meg Rayne * Brian Doser * Keith Bickford * Cherie Gaudet * Kristine Malpica * John Hyde *
and the UOTR Choir

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88442394798
  • Meeting ID: 884 4239 4798
  • Passcode: Unity2020

To join by phone call 646-558-8656
  • Meeting ID: 884 4239 4798
  • Passcode: 666630740

Watch on Zoom, our website, or our YouTube channel

About Our In-Person Services

From the month of June onwards we will be holding in-person services every Sunday at the Ahavas Achim Synagogue in Newburyport 53 1/2 Washington St, Newburyport, MA 01950 at 10 AM (ET). Each service will be a hybrid event with the option to attend over Zoom for those who are unable to gather in-person. Those who just want to Zoom in to services can continue to use the Zoom link located near the bottom of this page. 
COVID-19 REGULATIONS - Because we will be gathering in person we all must abide by the regulations in effect for COVID-19. The MA DPH says that: "Effective July 30: The Department of Public Health has issued a new mask advisory in light of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance. Fully vaccinated (as well as unvaccinated) individuals are advised to wear a mask or face covering when indoors (and not in your own home) if you have a weakened immune system, or if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is an unvaccinated adult." On Sundays we will observe these following rules:

  1. We recommend that both fully-vaccinated and unvaccinated, at risk people wear masks
  2. Social distancing of 6 feet encouraged
  3. Please ask if a hand shake or hug is welcome before touching

Parking can be found at the nearby Cushing Park and on-street parking is also permitted without restriction.
Attending In-Person Services Safely
If you are concerned about being in close physical proximity during in-person services, bring a green, yellow, or red badge or name-tag to wear that signifies your specific comfort level with contact using the system above.

Connect live with other members of our spiritual community

Every Sunday at 11 AM (ET) or around 15 minutes after that day's service.

After experiencing some problems with Zoom Hospitality over the past few weeks, we have created a new Hospitality meeting in Zoom and will be using that for Hospitality going forward. The new Hospitality link and ID is below:

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89221959265
  • Meeting ID: 892 2195 9265 
  • Passcode: Unity2021

To join by phone call 646-558-8656
  • Meeting ID: 892 2195 9265 
  • Passcode: Unity2021

Prayer Chaplains are available for one-on-one prayer in a private break-out room during Zoom Hospitality.
Listen to Sunday talks anytime on your smartphone by subscribing to Unity On The River Sunday Sermons podcast on your favorite podcast platform like Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and more.
Indigenous Peoples Day Commemoration!
Mark your calendars for this coming Monday when the Indigenous Peoples Day Commemoration, which has been aided by the efforts of our own UOTR drumming extraordinaire Kristine Malpika, will be taking place!

In this local event, community members and groups of the greater Newburyport area will come together to observe Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, October 11, at 11AM! The commemoration will include an opening community circle of solidarity with drumming, song and sharing by regional Indigenous representatives, a land acknowledgement and public presentations that will provide education on regional Native history, contemporary cultures and communities, including the Alogonquin, Wabanaki/Abenaki and Pawtucket-Pennacook Peoples. This is a family-friendly event with music and kids activities, open to all neighboring communities.

Location: Moseley Woods Park, 15 Spofford Street, Newburyport, MA

Time: 11AM
The Unity Chapel of Light's Fall Festival of Truth
The Unity Chapel of Light is excited to be able to bring Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett and Rev. Jim Gaither to their sanctuary for a powerful weekend on November 12-14 titled The Fall Festival of Truth. An invitation to stream this event virtually is being extended to other Unity congregations as well and, as we have just had Rev. Linda as a guest speaker this past July, this will be a great opportunity to hear one of her powerful talks again. You can register individually below. 
Online: November 12th - 14th

Peaceful Passing and Openhearted Events and Discussions About Dealing With Death and Grief
Did you know there is a "death positive" movement?

There are a growing number of people who are making it easier to talk about death, dying, and grief and who are encouraging others to release fear through education, inspiration, and community. 

That is one of the many reasons Unity created the booklet, Peaceful Passing, and an accompanying resource web page to offer spiritual guidance and support during the end of life. It's something we will all face.

Upcoming Events That Feature the Peaceful Passing Booklet

The Beautiful Dying Expo.
Unity will be participating in an upcoming online event called The Beautiful Dying Expo. We will be featuring three of our Outreach booklets: one for caregivers, another for grief, and Peaceful Passing, reaching a whole new audience!
November 12th-14th

Experience a Death Café
Join Unity ministers and end-of-life specialist, Barbara Karnes RN, for an open discussion online about death.

September 18th, October 19th, or November 20th

Our NEW temporary administrative office is located at
PMB #207, 203 Washington Street, Salem MA 01970

Visit us Tue-Thur 11am-4pm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Call 978-834-7830 to schedule a visit.
October Guest Speaker Calendar
Our October Guest Speaker calendar is featured above and more information on each individual speaker can be found on the Guest Speakers page on our website.
Committee Information
As we make progress in rebuilding after the impacts of COVID-19, we are delegating the work to four separate committees. These include:

  1. The New Property Committee - For finding a new permanent property
  2. The Minister Search Committee - For searching for a new minister
  3. The BOT Nominating Committee - For nominating and vetting new board members
  4. The By-Law Committee - For updating the by-laws

Sequential Committee Timeline 

Rather than being attempted all at once, the goals of the The Mission & Vision, The New Property, and the The Minister Search Committees must be completed in progressive stages since each hinges on the prior's successful achievement. Below is the outline of the timeline by which these goals must be completed:

  1. Create Mission and Vision statements (community core values) Martha Creek advisor
  2. Property search - a building to support and serve our core values (value within our resource budget)
  3. Minister search - a minister aligned with our core values (financial resources monitored closely)

The objectives of our other two committees, Bylaws Revisal and BOT Nominating, may be carried out independently of this plan. The objective for the former is as follows: 

  • To review and revise the bylaws, then present them at a Community Meeting for approval 
Links For Those In Need
Do you need help during this time? Food? Help with groceries or transportation? Do you know someone who needs help?

Please Let Us Know. We Want To Help! Call the office at 978-834-7830 or reply to this email.

You can also find links to local organizations dedicated to supplying such help on the "Helpful Links" page on our website.
UOTR Prayer Chaplain Team Support

Would You Like a Prayer Chaplain Call?

The Unity On The River Prayer Chaplain Team would like to pray with you. If you would like a Prayer Chaplain to call and pray with you, please fill out the following form.

UOTR confidential prayer line: 978-834-7830 x 211

Prayer Request: prayer@unityontheriver.org

Silent Unity: Call 816-969-2000 to pray with someone at any time.
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UOTR Men’s Group
Saturday Mornings 7:30 AM - 9:00AM


Meeting ID 632 945 092 || Password 958682
The Unity Business Alliance (TUBA)

Wednesdays 8-9am via Zoom. Support and networking for heart-centered small business owners and practitioners.

Open house Wednesday, September 8th!

For more information contact Brad at brad@bespiritual.com.
What’s Good About Today
(Alcoholics Anonymous)

Mon-Sun | 7:00-8:15am
Zoom Id 886 756 436
Weather Related Cancellations  
Check for cancellation notices on UOTR Facebook and website or call the church for an automated message. We will update WCVB TV and WBZ TV when possible.