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Long, winding road for Unity building purchase

Reverend Jerry Farrell, right, Board President Leita Spoto, ministerial assistant Patricia Haller and board member Crystal Arnold of Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center stand outside their newly purchased church building on Cambridge Court in Grass Valley. A special service and post-service ceremony will be held starting at 10:30 a.m. Sunday to celebrate the purchase.
Laura Mahaffy/lmahaffy@theunion.com | The Union

It has been a long and winding road for Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center to finally own its own home.

The journey goes back more than a decade to the spiritual community’s earlier growth progression in Nevada County.

In late 2007, the community, which had been meeting as a group for some years in various locations, entered into a lease-to-purchase option of its current home at 180 Cambridge Court, off of Whispering Pines in Grass Valley.

A major renovation of the building was undertaken at that time, and the first service took place there on May 18, 2008.

Of course, the 2008 financial crash changed much of the intentional spiritual community’s plans — and its ability to move forward with purchasing the building.

Some lean times followed — but all the while, people kept their faith in the possibility of ownership.

That faith was bolstered by a capital campaign that had originally started in 2005 and that was continuing, despite the downturn, to bring in monies toward a down payment to take up the purchase option.

Finally, this year, that long-term plan came to fruition.

On April 29, the community closed escrow on the property; their much-desired dream of owning their own building became a reality.

The teachings of Unity now have a permanent home in the area due to the dedicated work and generosity of a determined group of New Thought followers.

While relatively small in number nationally, Unity has been around for over 130 years (www.unity.org).

It is well known by many for its Daily Word publication which provides inspirational reflections for each day of the year.

Additionally, many people who have never attended a Unity center are familiar with Silent Unity and call it for 24/7 prayer support.

Locally, the Unity Center has been a mecca for some leading leaders and speakers in the world of spirituality.

Among those who have spoken at Unity in the Gold Country are: Matthew Fox, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Matt Kahn, Gangaji and Mukti.

The beautifully appointed and comfortable sanctuary has been in demand for weddings, receptions, memorials and by local groups such as Gather the Women.

Unity Worldwide Ministries, the parent organization for Unity Centers, has as its goal “to build a world that works for all.” This drives the mission of providing a positive spiritual path for all.

While culturally Christian and founded in the late 19th century in Kansas City, Missouri, Unity reinterpreted the life of Jesus and the scriptures in a metaphysical way that is more relevant to modern day spiritual seekers.

A catchphrase that summarizes its teachings are the words of Jesus that all who utilize the gift of faith will do what Jesus did and even greater.

Unity encourages all its followers to develop their full spiritual potential — to be a positive influence in the world while continually discovering, demonstrating and educating that our Source of Good is God within us.

Many people disenchanted with their childhood traditional Christian upbringing find a welcome reframe of their spiritual beliefs in Unity.

On Sunday, the community will celebrate the purchase of their spiritual home at the 10:30 a.m. service and hold a special post-service ceremony to mark the occasion.

Former attendees as well as the general public or anyone interested in knowing more about Unity are more than welcome to come to the service on June 5 and join in the celebration.

For more information, go to http://www.unitygold.us.

Rev. Jerry Farrell is the spiritual leader of Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center, 180 Cambridge Court, Grass Valley.

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