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January 13
Griefwalker Movie


Let’s talk about death and dying.

Come to a film viewing and book study.

On January 13th following the Sunday service, we will be presenting the film Griefwalker.

Griefwalker is a National Film Board of Canada feature documentary film, directed by Tim Wilson. It is a lyrical, poetic portrait of Stephen Jenkinson’s work with dying people. Filmed over a twelve year period, Griefwalker shows Jenkinson in teaching sessions with doctors and nurses, in counselling sessions with dying people and their families, and in meditative and often frank exchanges with the film’s director while paddling a birch bark canoe about the origins and consequences of his ideas for how we live and die.

The film runs just over an hour and afterward we’ll have time for discussion of our responses and reactions.

Then we’ll make plans for a weekly book study to begin later in January. Together, we’ll read the book Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul by Stephen Jenkinson. Although not intended to be a support group or therapeutic setting, this discussion group will allow for a safe place to share our own experiences around death & dying, as well as our fears and questions about it.

Note: attending the film viewing doesn’t require participation in the book study, and vice versa. If you want to do either/or, you’re perfectly welcome!

We will provide some food for lunch, if you wish to contribute some, we appreciate that, and we plan on starting the movie about 11:45 AM.  

Questions? Contact Melissa Harris

Ongoing Classes and Groups

SUNDAY SERVICE ~ 10:30 to 11:30 AM in Sanctuary ~ Join us in joyful celebration with great music, an inspirational lesson, singing, meditation and friendly talk and coffee after the service.  Children are welcome in the service or in Sunday School. 

SUNDAY YOUTH EDUCATION ~ 10:30 to 11:30 AM downstairs ~ Children of all ages are welcome in our one-room-school.  Our excellent and loving instructors use Unity curriculum to create an awesome Sunday School experience that includes a lesson, some creative work, a guided meditation and prayer.

REFUGE RECOVERY GROUP MEETING ~ Sundays from 4 to 5 pm in Harmony Hall 
Refuge Recovery is a non-profit organization grounded in the belief that Buddhist principles and practices create a strong foundation for a path to freedom from addiction.

UNITEENS and Y.O.U. (Youth of Unity) ~ 10:30 to 11:30 AM downstairs ~ for middle school and high school aged persons to explore Unity curriculum and leadership. 

TUESDAY ~ Sound Healing ~ 12:00 to 1:00 PM led by Deb Jennings and including many guests, in the Sanctuary.  Deb leads participants in a meditation and plays a wonderful selection of healing instruments.  These sounds work on a cellular level as well as an emotional level.  Participants may bring a yoga mat and other items for their comfort.  You will be “bathed” in sound during this session. 

WEDNESDAY ~ 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM ~ Meditation with Sound and Silence.  Rev. Cynthia Leveque and Hollie Johnson McClay lead people in meditation.  There is a brief meditation instruction, guided into time to meditate with the sound of singing bowls, gongs, chimes and a variety of instruments, a brief period of silent meditation, and more healing vibrations, ending with a chance to share or ask questions. 

WEDNESDAY Al-Anon Adult Children ~ 7 PM Upper Room

WEDNESDAY~ NVC Practice ~ 7 PM (call Cynthia to sign up 515-255-7757).   We learn Marshal Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication, a practice that develops relationships based upon mutual respect, compassion and cooperation and creates social structures that support everyone’s needs being met. 

FRIDAY AA Forgiveness Meditation ~ 6:00 PM Upper Room

To volunteer on any team, leave your information at the office or call and talk to Rev. Leveque 515-782-9612.

Sunday Team
This team helps out on Sunday and adds their ideas to what we create at the Sunday service, picking themes to explore, suggesting new music and other aspects as well as supports our Youth Education.
Office Team
People volunteer on Sunday and during the week to keep the office at Unity Center of Des Moines open and functioning.
Community Outreach Team
Unity Des Moines is dedicated to extending a helping hand to the community. This ranges from hosting support groups to being an active member of DMARC to volunteering in various needs throughout the Des Moines area. The Community Outreach team will brainstorm ideas for new and continuing outreach projects and help co-ordinate participation of these projects.
The Stewardship team is responsible for overseeing and planning the annual giving drive, various fundraising activities and the education of the spiritual aspects of giving.