Holiday Services and Sacred Events

Below is a list of holiday events. Please check the calendar for specific dates.

New Year White Stone Ceremony

During the first Sunday services of the year, receive a guiding word from Spirit that will help you make decisions, accomplish goals, and even realize more of your Divine self throughout the year. Write it on the white stone provided during guided meditation and music at the Sunday services.

Season for Peace and Nonviolence

Marking the dates of the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr and Mahatma Gandhi, the Season for Peace and Nonviolence spans from January 30-April 4 each year. This peace-consciousness raising season, co-created by the Association for Global New Thought and Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Gandhi, is honored in various ways at Unity including at some Sunday services, special services, and classes.

Easter Week

Pre-Easter Service – During this holy week, a special service of profound preparation, including prayer, meditation, music and meaningful ritual takes place.
Easter Sunday Services – Celebratory services with extra special music and often choir performances make this a joy-filled experience of the resurrection and renewal of our innate Spirit.
Easter Egg Hunt – This annual event for the little ones complete with games, an egg hunt, treats and more attracts many families, friends and neighbors. The Easter Bunny has even been known to hop in!

EarthDay

Tending Our Sacred Grounds – Join hands to clean, refresh, paint and weed in appreciation of grounds and spiritual home that is Unity Walnut Creek. A ceremony of blessings, drumming, and movement honor the Earth and this land’s first inhabitants. Bring a dish to share for the celebratory, plant-based potluck that follows.

World Day of Prayer

Each September, this Unity worldwide event unites hearts and minds in affirmative prayer. A special theme for the year allows us to collectively focus our spiritual intentions. Unity Prayer Chaplains help facilitate the evening service that includes meditation, readings, songs, and illumination of our prayers on the outdoor labyrinth.

Fall Book Study

Each year the full Unity community invites everyone to read one book and join in weekly discussion groups to learn, to grow and to share. Often these groups meet in someone’s home or online. Sunday messages are aligned with the study topic of the week.

Pet Blessing

Animal lovers, congregate! Check the Unity calendar to see when you can bring your furry, feathered, and scaly friends to this fun and heartfelt blessing of our beloved companions on the Unity lawn led by Rev. Kristin.

Thanksgiving Eve Gratitude Service

Do you want to feel and express your gratitude in a meaningful way at Thanksgiving? Raise your joyful vibration with a whole service dedicated to gratitude. Express your gratitude! Sing your gratitude! Pray your gratitude! Leave uplifted and in the full spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanksgiving Day Community Gathering & Dinner

Come and give thanks, bring a dish and enjoy a delicious potluck meal including turkey and all the trimmings. Vegetarian and vegan options are encouraged. Share in conversation, laughter and joy as we give thanks. Singles, friends and relatives are welcome.

Remembrance Service

Remembering those we loved who have made their transitions is best shared together amongst loving, spiritually-inclined witnesses. Grief is an honorable testimony of another’s life and a healing expression of the love that causes us to miss their presence and celebrate their impact. Bring a photo or other relevant item to add to the shared altar. Experience reverent music, meditation, and sharing brief stories in sacred sanctuary.

Holiday Community Service Projects

Unity sponsors an annual Teddy Bear Drive for children who are hospitalized or in protective custody, adopts one or more families to provide gifts and holiday meals, and participates in other holiday clothing and food drives.

Caroling at the Kensington

Every year Unity’s music team and congregants go caroling at The Kensington at Walnut Creek, a retirement community located just a block away from Unity. Participating in this annual event brings joy to others as well as the warmth of holiday singing together.

Christmas Eve Candle Lighting

Every year, many return to Unity for its unique Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service. Come sing carols, enjoy the costumes and readings of the Christmas story, metaphysically told, and experience the magic, joy and light of this holy night.

New Years Eve Burning Bowl Ceremony

Let go of concerns from the past year by writing them down and burning them in the sacred fire, then prepare to create what you want for the new year by writing a letter to your higher self, and it will be sent to you in the upcoming year.

Solstice & Equinox Celebrations

Check the calendar for celebrations and ceremonies at Unity that mark the changing seasons. The Solstices and Equinoxes have been celebrated by a variety of peoples around the world and across the ages to reflect on the environment and spiritual paths.

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