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  • Unity World Day of Prayer 2014 - September 10-11

    World Day Of PrayerUnity created World Day of Prayer—the second Thursday in September—as a global effort to uplift our world in shared prayer consciousness. Since its inception 20 years ago, this sacred initiative has supported more than 15 million people with prayer. As an expansion ministry of Unity Worldwide Ministries, Abundant Life Spiritual Center participates in this sacred event each year with focus and intention.

    This year the theme is "We are the Light of the World - Let Your Light Shine." Our participation in Unity World Day of Prayer will begin with a contemplative sacred service at 7 PM on Wednesday, September 10 at the Patty Turner Center. This service will launch our 24-hour prayer vigil as we join with Unity ministries across the globe in prayer.

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  • August Guest Speakers

    AL WelcomeOn Sunday, August 18, Rev. Darrell Jones will join us and speak on “Practicing the Presence.“ Darrell is a licensed spiritual counselor at the Bodhi Spiritual Center in Chicago, and hold a Masters degree in Consciousness Studies from Holmes Institute.

    On Sunday, August 25, Rick Robinson, a long-time Unity Truth student and former member of Unity of Cedar Rapids, will join us and speak on “Growth in the Light.” Rick currently resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and shares his joy of Source at various Unity churches.

    Let us welcome Darrell and Rick to our spiritual community!

  • Reach Higher! Anniversary Celebration - Sunday, September 29

    Reach HigherOn Sunday, September 29 we will celebrate our third anniversary during our regular service at 10:30 AM. Our theme is "Reach Higher!" This is a great day to invite friends and family to join you for our weekly celebration of Life. We will have a short presentation of our newest members and take a peak at what is possible for our future. Our band, The Grateful Living, will be joined by some of Chicago's best musicians and will perform with a full band sound. You are guaranteed to feel the vibration of Life and you won’t want to be late! After service, we will gather for our customary Fellowship Feast (aka potluck). Save the date! It's time to celebrate!

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  • My Journey Home - Astronaut Presentation - Register & Buy Tickets Here

    *****TO  PURCHASES TICKETS FOR "MY JOURNEY HOME": CLICK ON ONE OF THE "REGISTER" BUTTONS BELOW THE EVENT DETAILS. *****

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  • Abundant Life Website - New Release Rolled Out

    Abundant Life Web Site Changes

    During the summer of 2013, we released the new version of the Abundant Life web site.  We are excited about its crisper and fresher look.  As part of the new release, we now offer these features:

    -Increased social network options;

    -Search capabilities;

    -Links page providing links to web sites of interest;

    -Ability to save events to icalendars as appointments; and

    -Mobile-ready

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  • Summer Movie Night - Rescheduled

    The Movie Fearless

    Our summer movie night originally planned for Wednesday night, August 7, has been postponed. Please check back at this site for the new date and time.  

    About the 1993 movie Fearless, from Wikipedia: “During a business trip, architect Max Klein (Jeff Bridges) survives a crash of a flight headed from San Francisco to Houston. As the plane was descending Max inexplicably becomes at peace when he accepts he is going to die. The revelation inspires him to comfort many of the fearful passengers, even moving to sit next to Byron Hummel (Daniel Cerny), a young boy flying alone. The psychological trauma of the experience transforms his personality and he enters an altered state of consciousness, rethinking his life and becoming preoccupied with existential questions of life and death.

     

     

  • My Journey Home - Astronaut Presentation – Saturday, October 5 at Lake Forest Gorton Center - Tickets Available at the Door!

    Greg Harbaugh STS-54

    What if you had the opportunity to live your life's dream, but doing so meant great sacrifice, and even putting your life at risk to do so?  If your job were to climb aboard a spaceship with seven million pounds of thrust, what would you say to your spouse and children as you left them?  And once you achieved such a goal, then what? 

    Greg Harbaugh, a former NASA shuttle astronaut whose experience includes four missions and 818 hours in space, including 18 hours, 29 minutes EVA (extravehicular activity or 'space walk’) has lived these experiences and has a story to tell. Over the past 25 years, Greg has spoken to hundreds of audiences around the world, including schools, business organizations, conferences, and museums. Recently he was invited by Purdue University to publicly share his memories of and reflections on the late Neil Armstrong. But Greg has never given a talk like this before.

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  • Coming Soon – Abundant Life Website Changes

    Abundant Life Web Site Changes

    An upgrade to our website is called for to ensure that our site is of a version that is supported by the vendors involved. The new release will look familiar – we will of course continue to offer up-to-date information on classes and other happenings via our events calendar and articles.  The site will not have a community capability. We plan to look at options for the community as we move forward.

    We are excited about the crisper, fresher look of our new website. It will present new features, including the following:

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  • Ravinia Concert - Sunday, August 18

    RaviniaJoin us on the lawn at Ravinia anytime after 5 pm on Sunday August 18 for the Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma and friends. Music starts at 7 pm. Terlato Wines is sponsoring a picnic contest. Please buy your ticket ahead of time if possible. Tickets are $30. For tickets, visit the Ravinia web page for the show at The Goat Rodeo Sessions. This event is being sponsored by the Spiritual Life Book Group. They will prepare a picnic space and provide chicken. If you wish to attend, there will be a sign-up sheet available after service on Sundays. Or, you may email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to picnicking with you!

  • The Five Principles Class - July 29 to August 2

    Five Principles bookCome and explore five fundamental principles that will support your spiritual life. Bonnie DeMartini will be teaching this five consecutive day class on July 29-August 2 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. The Five Principles class will provide practical tools for daily living and suggest answers to the great questions of existence that humans have been asking since the dawn of conscious awareness:

    1.) What is this greater Presence that we sense around us?  2.) Who and what are we? 3.) Why do things happen in our lives the way they do?  4.) How can we communicate with this Presence?  5.) What are we here to do?

     

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  • Matt Nelson Joins The Grateful Living

    Matt NelsonMusic is an integral part of our Sunday service experience and our band, The Grateful Living, continues to evolve. From early on, we have been blessed with talented music directors, vocalists and musicians. In June, 2013 we welcomed Chicago jazz pianist, Matt Nelson, as the leader of the next phase of our band. Matt can be found performing and recording with a multitude of artists and projects around the Chicago area, including his own Matt Nelson Trio. He played regularly in the bands at the Bodhi Spiritual Center and Willow Creek Community Church.  Matt brings positive energy and a fantastic keyboard style that truly amazes us each time he plays. He is also well connected into the Chicago music scene and arranges for wonderful guest talent to join our band. We look forward to watching Matt continue to build up The Grateful Living.

     

  • Summer Series - The Alchemist

    imgresThe mellow days of summer are here and we are shifting the energy of our Sunday Celebration service to match it. Beginning Sunday, June 30, Reverend Carol will begin a 7-week conversation on the bestselling novel, The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho.  Among many spiritual gems found in the Alchemist is this one: “When a person really desires something, the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.”

    All dreamers and spiritual journeyers, join us for a unique, relaxed and interactive Sunday service experience as we discover together and discuss spiritual truths hidden in the delightful tale of a young shepherd boy who boldly seeks his fortune.

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  • Special Father's Day Service - June 15

    fathers day hands bwJoin us for a special Father's Day service on Sunday, June 15 at 10:30 AM. We will honor the universal fathering principle within each of us, as well as our own experience of Dad. Like our Mother's Day service, we will have a short message complemented by congregational sharing of what we learned from our Fathers or Father figures. Our band, The Grateful Living, will be joined by guest musicians and will provide special music with a full band sound. Everyone enjoys our seasonal services. Come early and get a seat. The music will start at the beginning!

     

  • Sharing Sacred Space - A Prayer Class

    Praying hands familyPrayer is a powerful tool of transformation and is something that everyone can do. Praying with another person or in a group is an especially transformative experience. But when it comes to praying with others, we often think that someone else is better at it, don’t we?

    For three consecutive Tuesday nights beginning November 5, Abundant Life Spiritual Center Prayer Leader, Mathea Jacobson, will lead a class on “Sharing Sacred Space.” If you didn't attend the first class you are welcome to attend the second.

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  • Strategic Plan: Our Overarching Goals

    moving forwardWhere are we going? Abundant Life Spiritual Center is a full-service Spiritual Center inhabiting our own inspiring space, where people experience unprecedented care and connection. We are a place where ministry happens everywhere, where everyone belongs and is cared for by someone, and where all our leaders are supported.

    Why do we exist? We exist to unleash the authentic expression within people and to empower people to live the amazing lives they were born to live. We exist to bring more God into the world as Love, Wisdom, Understanding and Joy.

    What are our objectives?We are following a Board-approved Strategic Plan which reveals a number of overarching goals. In the plan itself, each goal is supported by specific action steps as well as target timing. The overarching goals are:

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  • Board Rolls Out Comprehensive Strategic Plan

    strategic planOn Sunday, April 19, 2013 the Abundant Life Spiritual Center Board of Directors held a Community Town Hall Meeting where they shared a Board-approved comprehensive Strategic Plan for our center. “It’s a very exciting time for us because we have created a roadmap with goals and action steps that will ultimately culminate in us becoming a fully staffed, full-service Unity Spiritual Center,” said current board president, Molly Hansen.

    The board plans to roll out different pieces of the Strategic Plan over the coming year. At the April Town Hall Meeting, the first three goals were presented:

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  • Patty Turner Center Summer Construction

     

    Patty Turner CenterBeginning June 4, the Patty Turner Center will be undergoing construction that will continue for approximately 2 weeks. While this construction will not take place on Sundays, it will impact the parking lot. See the diagram below for parking availability. 

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  • Oklahoma Tornado Devastation - Prayer Call - Thursday 5/23

     

    Candle vigilThe devastation from Monday's tornado in Oklahoma calls for us to realign with Divine Light.  It is also a time to hold our Human Family in the space of Divine Love, strength, healing and restoration, knowing that God is everywhere present and transcends all appearances.

    We will have two special group prayer calls this Thursday, May 23rd for 5 to 10 minutes.  All are encouraged to come together at this time and participate.

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  • Chicago Botanic Gardens Walk - June 23

    SpringFlowerJoin us at the Chicago Botanic Gardens on Sunday, June 23. We will meet in the Garden Cafe after service for lunch, then walk the gardens to experience the bounty of summer's plant life. The Chicago Botanic Gardens is located at 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL.  Parking is free for Botanic Garden members (annual membership is $85) Non-member parking fee is $20.

  • Find Peace Using 'The Work' of Byron Katie - June Class

    Paul Zavagno

     Imagine living your life from the perspective that you can’t get it wrong! Imagine seeing 'them' with love, 'it' with peace, and 'you' as innocent. This profound perspective is available to anyone with an open mind. Learn a simple tool called "The Work of Bryon Katie" that will help you to identify and question all the thoughts that cause disturbance in you and your world.  Join Certified Facilitator of 'The Work,' Paul Zavagno, for a three week adventure into yourself.   

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  • Kids' Community Summer Plans and Beyond

    family ministry

    It’s hard to believe another school year is almost over and summer vacation is quickly approaching.  In keeping with that, we want to inform parents that we will be temporarily suspending Kids’ Community beginning June 23 until school resumes in the fall. Basic child care will be provided. We will begin fresh in the fall with a new program, new policies and procedures and a part-time Youth and Family Director.

    Our last curriculum was “Building Community” and we planted the seeds to develop a connection and nurture a spiritual path for our kids. We will be taking these summer months to look at what we can do to build a stronger community and create a more meaningful experience.

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  • Paul Zavagno - Facilitator of 'The Work of Byron Katie' - Guest Speaker

    Paul ZavagnoOn Sunday, May 26, Abundant Life community member, Paul Zavagno, will be our guest speaker. The title of his message will be “You Can’t Get It Wrong!” He will speak to us about judgment, acceptance and forgiveness. We also hope this will inspire you to attend his June class and learn for yourself how to powerfully apply The Work of Byron Katie to your life.

    Paul Zavagno is a retired educator who worked for over 30 years as a teacher and administrator. He is a certified facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie - the only one in the state of Illinois - and currently teaches classes and sees private clients. Paul is also a Spiritual Life Group leader in our community and leads The Daily Word group. His workshops are an inspiration to people as they awaken to the potential of peace and harmony in relationships.

  • Service Team Launched

    readytoserve90We are excited to announce the launch of our newly formed Service Team. This spiritual service team was established as part of implementing a planned, organized approach towards supporting our Sunday Services.  The team is comprised of ambassadors - greeters, ushers and connectors (connectors being those who reach out to newcomers) - committed individuals who want to contribute towards making the Sunday experience a positive one for all. 

     

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  • Natural Awakenings Magazine Features Abundant Life

    Natural Awakenings MagazineWe are delighted to be featured in the April, 2013 edition of Natural Awakenings magazine.  The article features an interview with our own Rev. Carol Saunders where she discusses Unity teachings, the purpose of our Spiritual Center, all that we have to offer and her personal reflections on ministry.  Natural Awakenings magazine can be found at Whole Foods, Sunset Foods, area libraries, and a variety of yoga studios, workout studios, health food stores and chiropractic offices. The magazine is distributed to at least 500 locations in Lake County, and we are very excited to have this exposure. The article can be found online at: nachicagonorth.com/CHI/April-2013/Abundant-Life-Spiritual-Center/

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  • Chicago Tribune Article Highlights Our Social Media Presence

    Chicago Tribune

     The April 2, 2013 edition of the Chicago Tribune profiled Abundant Life as one of the north shore spiritual centers which uses technology and social media to present current content and connection opportunities for the community. In the article, Rev. Carol Saunders emphasizes there are various means to reach people, including sharing the Sunday Service messages and daily meditations on our web site via podcast. Mention is also made of the ministry’s Facebook page, which is updated daily and reaches a wide audience with our positive affirmations, Unity teachings and community events. You can find the article online at: Chicago Tribune Facebook and Social Media.

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