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Special World Day of Prayer at Unity Churches

Sep 01, 2014 02:51PM

Special area services will celebrate the 21st annual Unity Worldwide Ministries World Day of Prayer, themed We Are the Light of the World: Let Your Light Shine!

Events will also commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Unity Movement, begun by Myrtle and Charles Fillmore in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1889. The co-founders believed in healing prayer and always kept a candle lit in an upper room whenever anyone was in prayer there. To honor Unity’s roots, the symbol for this year’s World Day of Prayer is the lit candle.

At Unity of Naples, a 24-hour prayer vigil will begin in the Sanctuary at 7 p.m. on September 10, and continue through to a closing ceremony on September 11.

“World Day of Prayer gives us an opportunity to come together in celebration of our oneness with God, each other and our world. Through prayer, we foster peace and wholeness in our community and in our individual lives,” say Unity ministers Rev. Diane Scribner Clevenger and Rev. Eileen Shaw.

Location: 2000 Unity Way. To submit a name for prayer, visit WorldDayOfPrayer.org. For more information, call 239-775-3008 or visit NaplesUnity.org.

Senior Minister Rev. Jim Rosemary will lead services at Unity of Fort Myers beginning at 7:30 a.m., September 11, for those that want a quiet place to spend an hour in contemplation or a whole day in retreat.

Following a healthy breakfast, the daylong prayer vigil includes meditation services, a healthy lunch and chaplains on duty to companion those that prefer to pray with someone. Participants are invited to take part in a nature walk in silence, a labyrinth meditation, sacred poetry writing from spiritual guidance, several modalities of prayer and meditation demonstrations, special music and a shamanic sacred fire ceremony to close the day.

Location: 11120 Ranchette Rd. For more information, call 239-278-1511, email [email protected] or visit UnityOfFortMyers.org.

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