Unity on the Bay

A positive path for spiritual living

Unity on the Bay is a diverse spiritual home that embraces and radiates unconditional love, acceptance, energy and healing.  At Unity, we believe that there is one power: God, the good, omnipotent, and that the awareness and connection with this power opens the manifest world to its highest and best good in every individual and the universe as a whole.  As this awareness becomes an intricate part of our lives, we begin to transform ourselves, our community and our world.

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!

Sacred Service Team of the Month for November

We want to take a moment and thank the amazing people who make up our Gala Committee. The Gala Committee worked tirelessly for months to support one of Unity on the Bay's most fun nights of the year. Through their love and support, Unity on the Bay held it's 8th Annual Gala and created an unforgettable experience for our community. Thank you to all those who made it possible!

Gala Committee Members: Haymara Font, Marcelo Rivero, Steve McCoy, Bill Warren, Larry Hughes, and Fay Tatiana.

The Love Gala 2016 Committee

Together you gave over $36K on Give Miami Day. Thank you!

For the 3rd year in a row, The Miami Foundation has blessed non-profits in the Miami area with Give Miami Day. This year on November 17, for 24-hours The Miami Foundation matched a percentage of your donations to Unity on the Bay. You heard the call and in just one day our community gave $36,929 to support the positive work that Unity on the Bay has been doing for almost 90 years. With overwhelming joy and gratitude, we say THANK YOU to the 135 people who gave on Give Miami Day. 

*Thank you to...

  • Aaron Moore 

  • Abe Wainer  

  • Achilles Ballestas  

  • Alex and Mandy Marchant  

  • Alex Lam  

  • Amy Baez  

  • Ana Besu  

  • Ana Corrales  

  • Ana Raney  

  • Ana Santos in memory of Maria Vargas

  • Andy Melick  

  • Angela Khalil  

  • Angela Ribero  

  • Anibal Hermosilla  

  • Ann Hoffman  

  • anonymous anonymous  

  • Anthony Alvarez  

  • Arlene Luis  

  • Barbara Garcia  

  • Bashir Osman  

  • Bill Gorman  

  • Bob and Daenira Meyer  

  • Brenda Westhorp  

  • Carla Strannigan  

  • Carlos Diaz  

  • Carmelle Colson  

  • Carmelo Giugno  

  • Carmen Navedo Cordova in memory of Margarita Rivera

  • Cheryl Deknatel  

  • Christina Robinson  

  • Christine Ulloa  

  • Christopher Jackson  

  • Cindy Binder  

  • Claudia Forero  

  • Claudia Llerandi  

  • Dale Stine  

  • Dennis Carman  

  • Donald GRAHAM  

  • Donald Inniss  

  • Dorothy DAVIS in memory of ANTIONETTE DAVIS

  • Douglas Barra  

  • Eddie Dominguez  

  • Elizabeth Longo  

  • Elizabeth Regalado  

  • Emilia Diaz-Padron  

  • Francisco Perez  

  • Francisco Seyler  

  • Francisco Zayas in honor of All the children with terminal disease

  • Frank Ferrara  

  • Hal Martin  

  • Heather Waldron  

  • Helen Viviand  

  • Isabelle Camille  

  • Ismary Musa  

  • James Bay  

  • Jason Weeks  

  • Jawara Dia Cooley  

  • Jerome Williams  

  • Jerry Bell  

  • Jessica Camargo  

  • John Irvin  

  • John Ruark  

  • Jose Arevalo  

  • Juan and Hiram Acosta Colas  

  • Juan del Hierro  

  • Juan Keledjian  

  • Kareen Besson  

  • Karen Martinez  

  • Karen Mobilia  

  • Keith Webster  

  • Kelli Brockmeyer  

  • Kevin Moran in honor of Aaron Powell

  • Kevin O'Brien  

  • Laura Thezine  

  • Laurina Anderson in memory of Willis Taylor

  • Leslie Rosen  

  • Linda Eads  

  • Lisa Ghai in honor of Juan Del Hierro

  • Luis Zuluaga  

  • Lynette Richardson in memory of Mattie Richardson

  • Lynn Montero in memory of Ned & Dorothy Shelby

  • Maggie Reyes  

  • Mandy Giust  

  • Margarita Rey  

  • Maria Caraballo  

  • Marina Tavarez  

  • Mark Butler  

  • Mary McKenry  

  • MaryAnne Lukacs  

  • Melanie Hardegree in honor of pastor Chris

  • Melba Rodriguez  

  • Mercedes Palomo  

  • Michelle Barrial in memory of Ramsay Navarette and Connie Barrial

  • Moshe Heyn  

  • Nelly Ayala-Ramos  

  • Noemi aleman  

  • Nubia Tosco  

  • Oliver Dissman  

  • Pamela Mitchell  

  • Peter Newman  

  • Pilar Herreros  

  • Raeford Melton  

  • Raul Hernandez  

  • Renee Schafer in honor of Minister & Staff

  • Rick Moss referred by Unity on the Bay

  • Robbie Bell  

  • Robert Knight in honor of Stormy Knight

  • Rodannie Zapata  

  • Ronald Urbaez  

  • Rosemary Romero  

  • Russell Gilbert  

  • Ruth Palmieri  

  • Sabrina and Matthew Grosack  

  • Sandra Tagle  

  • Shante Haymore  

  • Silvia Rojas  

  • Skarley Guerrero  

  • Stacey Kress  

  • Stefanny Suarez  

  • Stephanie van Vark  

  • Stephany Gonzalez  

  • Stephen McCoy  

  • Talita Pinhero  

  • Tony Moss  

  • Traci Winn  

  • Trudy Freeman  

  • Victoria Krall in honor of Peggy Goodman

  • Vivian Rosado  

  • Wendy Hayward  

  • William Cameron  

  • William Lai  

  • William Walker referred by 

  • William Warren  

  • Yolanda Arnavat-Parga  

  • Yvonne Fedorsha in memory of Felipe Cruet

* Note that some individuals who gave chose to give anonymously. 

A Checklist for Action

A Checklist for Action

Some people hold an image of the spiritually-devoted individual as one who becomes reclusive, removing himself from society while meditating on a distant mountain top.   

While Unity students certainly value the spiritual significance of solitude, stillness and silence, we also to embody a very practical, action-oriented way of life.  We believe that actions inspired by inner guidance and rooted in spiritual principle are highly effective and efficient as a means of supporting personal and global awakening.

It’s very important to check in with ourselves before taking action.  All too often our actions are actually reactions, meaning that they are knee jerk, ego-based responses based on defensiveness, fear, anger or self-preservation. 

As we continue our study of Rev. Ellen Debenport’s book, “The Five Principles,” we discover a helpful list of questions we can ask ourselves to ensure that our actions in life are coming from a place of spiritual clarity and power.

When deciding how or if to take action in any situation, begin by taking a deep breath and calling upon the infinite intelligence within you.  Now ask these questions of yourself:

  1. Do I affirm divine intelligence and love in this situation?
  2. Do I remember my own divinity and that of others involved?
  3. Do I take responsibility for attracting this situation into my experience and know that its outcome for me will match my thoughts and feelings about it?
  4. Have I aligned myself with God, the universe, the Good, and received guidance before I act?

When we take the time to ensure that our actions are born of spiritual discernment, we never need to worry about the results that will follow.  We may also find our actions become far more powerful and impactful.  When we know an action is right for us, unparalleled levels of certainty and strength may rush through us.  We know that we are doing what we must do, regardless of the opinions or reactions of others. Get into the healthy habit of always pausing before taking action in your life. 

Remember that you have the resource of divine intelligence available to you always. 

Rev. Chris Jackson
Unity on the Bay Senior Minister

Laura Thezine receives 2016 Exemplary Life of Service Award

Laura Thezine

Unity on the Bay is overjoyed to present Laura Thezine with this year's "Exemplary Life of Service Award". Every year we present this award to a Sacred Server in our community who is has made a visible and felt path in service of at least five years, and is an example of authenticity, integrity, and respect, among many other characteristics. 

Laura celebrated 20 years as a congregant this year. She serves with love, dedication and such gratitude to the people who make up Unity on the Bay. She became a member in 1998 and was already serving in various ways. In 1999 and 2000 she actually worked for Unity on the Bay as our Accountant and she credits her employment at Unity on the Bay for giving her a new vision for her life and work. She has served as a Family Ministry Facilitator for 3 years, a Prayer Chaplain for 7 years and counting. She has served on the Board of Trustees twice. Once as the Board President, and currently as a board member. 

We can't thank Laura enough for her service to this community. 

Listen to Rev. Chris present the award to Laura at our September 18, 2016 Sunday Celebration Service: