What does it mean to be spiritual?

What does it mean to be spiritual?  It means to be who you are.  In order to be who you are, you have to know who you are.  This is where the journey of spiritual awakening begins – discovering the truth of your identity.

Most of us have assumed a false identity.  From our earliest recollection, we were given ideas about ourselves from others and we took them as truth.  At the core of many of these ideas was the assumption that there was something inherently and deeply wrong with us.  We were told that we were incomplete, incompetent, insufficient, unable, undeserving, unworthy and generally miserable.  From the standpoint of our spiritual nature, none of this is true.  Yet we were given these labels nonetheless, and we believed them.  Because the ideas that we believe in make up our experience of life, our lives -- for the most part -- have been challenging.

Our spiritual identity contradicts all of these labels by affirming that we are divine elegance and exquisite in nature.  We are whole and complete just as we are – peaceful, loving, joyous and abundant. 

Our lives become experiences, then, in recognizing what ideas we are holding about ourselves and ensuring that those ideas are in alignment with spiritual reality.  We recognize when we are holding onto false labels and we are willing to exchange them for spiritual truth.

As we align our identity with spiritual reality, our life experience begins to reflect that reality.

Regardless of our human experience, nothing can negate the divine perfection in which we were created.  Simply because we believed false ideas about ourselves does not mean that those ideas are true or that they have lasting influence.

You cannot not be spiritual – regardless of what you believe about yourself.  The very grace of God ensures your identity into eternity, and the expression of our spiritual brilliance is an inevitable, ultimate outcome.

Rev. Chris Jackson
Senior Minister
Unity on the Bay

Meet our newest Licensed Unity Teachers, Sandra Tagle & Alina de la Paz

Sandra Tagle, left, Alina de la Paz, right. 

Sandra Tagle, left, Alina de la Paz, right. 

The journey to becoming a Licensed Unity Teacher (we call them LUTs), is a long one with over 2 years of classes and several trips to Unity Village in Kansas City, Missouri. It requires dedication, discipline, and faith, characteristics that both Alina and Sandra exhibited during this fulfilling journey. 

Sandra first visited Unity on the Bay for an event in the middle of 2009. Her friend invited her. When Rev. Chris Jackson started the event with a prayer she was impressed. She says the way he did the prayer was completely different for her. She felt the need to be involved in Unity because just being in this community made her feel so good.

She went on to volunteer in a multitude of ways, including serving on the Board of Trustees for 3 years and 2 years as the leader of the Spanish Member Driven Ministry. In her personal life she is committed to being a model of living spiritual principles by studying many different paths and modalities which led her to practice Reflexology. 

Alina was born in Matanzas, Cuba, and immigrated to the United States at age 2 with her family. She spent her youth and college years in Chicago, Illinois graduating from the University of Illinois with a B.A. in Spanish and Liberal Arts, and a B.S and M.S in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She is a Speech/Language Pathologist, Coach, Tutor and Registered Yoga Instructor. Alina has two adult children.

Alina has been attending Unity on the Bay for a very long time, moved by the message and teachings and vigilant about practicing the principles in her own life. Like Sandra, she also has volunteered at Unity on the Bay in too many ways to even count including serving on the Board of Trustees as the Board President. 

We are deeply grateful for their dedication to Unity on the Bay and for being models for us all on how to live spiritual principles in our everyday life. Congratulations Sandra and Alina for completing your journey of becoming LUTs. We love you. We appreciate you. And we see you doing great things!

Sacred Service Team of the Month for May 2017

Our Ambassadors Team is truly helping Unity on the Bay shine brightly to our 1st and 2nd time guests. Not only do they provide them with a warm welcome and connect them with the many programs we have, they are also helping us improve the feel and decor of the Welcome Center area in the foyer. Did you notice the difference? Make sure you check it out. They designed and donated all the new furniture. Most of all though, our Ambassadors truly embody who we are as a spiritual community - diverse, welcoming and loving. Thank you, Ambassadors, for all that you are and all that you do.

Sacred Server of the Month for May 2017

Our Sacred Server of the Month is not just a familiar face, she is a familiar voice at Unity on the Bay. But she doesn't just sing in our choir, she pours herself into each song as a way of living what she calls a "life of worship." And you can feel and sense it with every note. This is why we are honoring Mayra Alvarez as our Sacred Server of the Month for May. We are blessed with Mayra's spirit and gifts, which she so lovingly shares with us every week. Thank you Mayra, our Sacred Server of the Month for May.

Free Law of Attraction Meditation

Find a quiet place where you won't be disturbed and listen to this 9-minute meditation by Gita Hirjee, a teacher of the Law of Attraction at Unity on the Bay. Use this meditation to relax and visualize good in your life. Gita is a Transformational Guide and Holistic Healer, guiding people to live their lives with more peace, purpose, and prosperity.

Green Up your Life!

In celebration of Earth Day, Unity on the Bay dedicated this past Sunday to recognizing the beauty of Mother Earth and how we can be better stewards of this amazing resource.

As part of the celebration, we shared the Beatitudes for Earth Sunday by Richard S. Gilbert. You can read them here.

We also invited Luiz Rodriguez, a long-time member of Unity on the Bay and environmentalist, to talk to us about some of what he is currently up to and what we can do to help Mother Earth. We mentioned that we would also provide you with:

Green Tips for Daily Living

Recycling Resource Directory

You can check out the video of our Sunday message where Rev. Juan discusses the way we can work use the same processes to clean our inner environment (our consciousness) as we do our external environment - reduce, reuse and recycle. Watch the video here.

Sacred Server Team of the Month for April 2017

Our Prayer Chaplains are not just committed to Unity on the Bay, they are committed to deepening their consciousness through prayer. Prayer Chaplains in many ways supports our community in their own experience of prayer. They provide monthly wellness calls to our members, pray with people after our services and continually hold the high watch.

We thank our Prayer Chaplains for their dedication and love of our community.

Sacred Server of the Month for April 2017

As one of Unity on the Bay's longest serving congregants, Vicente Fabre has been a constant for our community. Yet many people may not realize it. He has such a quiet and calm disposition, serving without much fanfare or a need to be recognized for it. But we do recognize it. We recognize his love of Unity and his great, caring, expansive heart.

Vicente isn't just committed, he goes the extra mile. On Sundays, he serves our 9 AM, 11 AM and 1:30 PM Spanish service, welcoming people to Unity on the Bay and receiving the love offering as one of our amazing ushers.

Thank you Vicente, our Sacred Server of the Month for April.

Sacred Service Team of the Month for March 2017

Our Sacred Service Team of the Month is one that isn't very much visible. After each of our Sunday Services though, they quickly go into our Accounting Office and help receive and prepare for the deposit our Love Offerings and Tithes from the service. Recently they changed their team name to Count the Blessings Team - well one of the blessings we can count on at Unity on the Bay is them!

Thank you Count the Blessings Team! You are our Service Team of the Month.

Sacred Server of the Month for March 2017

One of our longest serving members of our community, is also one of the most loving and committed. After more than 30 years with us, Veronica St. Albin continues to serve this ministry in many ways, most notably through Angels Everywhere, where she was instrumental in our Christmas Program, which served hundreds of people, and recently beginning the coordination of our Toiletry Drive which begins in the end of March.

Thank you, Veronica for your continued commitment and service. We appreciate you!

Sunday Morning March 5 Traffic Advisory

The Miami Beach Half Marathon is taking place on Sunday, March 5, 2017, and will be causing traffic delays around Unity on the Bay. Please plan ahead when traveling to attend our Sunday Celebration Service both at 9am and 11am. Also remember our services are available live on our Facebook page at 11am only. 

Click here if you want to view the Miami Beach Half Marathon Course so that you can plan ahead. We hope that you still plan to join us. 

New Board Members Elected & President's Awards Presented at 2017 Annual Membership Meeting

Eddie Dominguez, Board President, speaks to the membership at the 2017 Annual Membership Meeting.

Eddie Dominguez, Board President, speaks to the membership at the 2017 Annual Membership Meeting.

Members came out to the Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, February 23, 2017 to hear about our 2016 successes, our vision for 2017, an update on our finances, and to vote on 3 board vacancies. Our Board President also presented the President's Awards for 2017.

We are happy to announce that Dr. Mary McKenry and John Irvin were voted back to their positions on the Board of Trustees and a new board member, Bashir Osman, was elected for serving on the board for the first time. 

We are also happy to announce that Amy Baez was awarded the President's Spirit of Leadership Award, Cheryl Lockwood & Cindy Binder President's Spirit of Generosity Award, and Bill Warren awarded the President's Spirit of Service Award. We are so grateful to have these individuals be part of our community. Thank you!

 

 

 

Thank you to our Sacred Server Team for Feb. 2017

Many wonderful things are taking place in our Family Ministry, especially on Sundays. Our team of facilitators offer support, encouragement, and fun to all the children who attend our Sunday Children's Program. Our Facilitators are committed to sharing Unity Principles so that the children can know more fully their divine identity and what it means to be connected to all of humanity. Their Sacred Service is truly life changing - for themselves and those they serve.

Thank you Family Ministry Team! You are our Service Team of the Month.

Rev. Juan del Hierro promoted to Associate Minister

Rev. Chris announcing to the community on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 that Rev. Juan del Hierro is now promoted from Assistant Minister to Associate Minister of Unity on the Bay.

On February 5, 2017 it was an honor and a pleasure to announce to our community that Rev. Juan del Hierro was being promoted from Assistant Minister to the role of Associate Minister at Unity on the Bay. Rev. Juan started working at Unity on the Bay when he was 24 years old and has held many staff roles along the way. We appreciate everything that he brings to our community in helping us further our mission and vision. Thank you Rev. Juan and congratulations! 

Congrats to our Sacred Server of the Month for Feb. 2017

Many note that one of the things they love about Unity on the Bay is the friendly, warm energy that welcomes them every Sunday. One of the first ways in which it is received is through our Ushers Team and, most especially, from one of our Usher Leaders, Isabela de la Luz. Her energy, smile and love of serving our community is why we recognize her as our Sacred Server of the Month for February.

Possible traffic delays on Sunday, January 29 due to Miami Marathon

Please plan ahead on January 29, 2017 if you are attending our Sunday Celebration Services at 9am and 11am. The Miami Marathon is taking place on the same day. While we don't expect the area around Unity to be affected, we do want you to be aware that there may be traffic in other areas. Please see the map above for affected areas. Also, we do live stream our 11am service on FACEBOOK ONLY. You can tune in at 11am Eastern Standard Time. 

If you would like more info on the Miami Marathon, CLICK HERE.

The Beautification Team - Our Sacred Service Team of Dec. 2016

Our Beautification Team helps Unity on the Bay's inner beauty become expressed on the outside. They worked tirelessly to make sure we looked out best for our Christmas Season and we want to thank them. Under our Cooordinator, Dan Canavan, the team truly brought the spirit of Christmas into our hearts through joy and service. Thank you Beautification Team, our Sacred Service Team of the Month for December.

Farewell to our beloved Rev. Elizabeth Longo

Dear Friend of Unity on the Bay,

In its ninety-year history, Unity on the Bay has been grateful to serve as a conduit through which the worldwide Unity movement has been blessed by outstanding, credentialed leadership.  Year after year, we have supported dedicated individuals in becoming Licensed Unity Teachers and, in many cases, ordained Unity Ministers.

Especially in South Florida, many Unity communities are led and influenced by leaders who once served at Unity on the Bay.  It is an honor and joy to be able to support the Unity movement in this way.

During the month of December, we are going to make one of our greatest contributions yet. Rev. Elizabeth Longo has accepted the invitation to become the Senior Minister of Unity Church of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  Her service there will begin this Christmas season.  We love and congratulate Rev. Elizabeth on this well-deserved milestone in her ministerial career.  
Next Sunday, December 11, Rev. Elizabeth will speak at both the 9 and 11 a.m. services.  These will be her last two talks delivered as Associate Minister of Unity on the Bay.

Rev. Elizabeth has been a member of the staff at Unity on the Bay for nearly 13 years.  For the past 8 years she has served as Associate Minister.  Rev. Elizabeth has wound her way around each of our hearts with her humorous, light-hearted, inspiring and powerful Sunday messages and she has poured a heart of love into each of our lives through her compassionate, pastoral presence.

You are invited to join your spiritual community in celebrating the light and love of Rev. Elizabeth following the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, December 11.  Join us for food, fellowship and celebration in the Courtyard.

We want to assure you that the staff and Board of Trustees stand confidently with you as we move through this time of change with grace, peace and poise.  We are blessed with strong leadership that is mutually loving and respectful of one another and our community.  If you need personal spiritual support from a minister during this time of transition, please let us know. Unity on the Bay is here for you.

Please join us in holding Rev. Elizabeth, our staff and Board, and all who are served by Unity on the Bay in prayer.  Rev. Elizabeth, we love you, we bless you, we behold the Christ in you, and we see you doing great things! 

In unity, 

Chris Jackson, Senior Minister
Eddie Dominguez, President

Haymara Font - Our Sacred Server of the Month for Dec. 2016

The Love Gala was truly a gift of love for our spiritual community. It happened because of the support of many, including the many Sacred Servers that worked for months to make it a success. We want to honor one person in particular - not only because of the time and expertise she provided as part of the Gala Committee, but also because of her great personality and loving energy. Our Sacred Server of the Month for December is Haymara Font.

Thank you Haymara for truly embodying what it means to be in sacred service at Unity on the Bay. We know the love and responsibility you feel for your spiritual community and we are inspired by it!