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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:

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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.

  • Congratulations to Our New Members

    AL WelcomeAt our White Stone service on February 10, 2013 we presented our newest members to the congregation. They are: Alice Good, Sue Kieta, Virginia Love, Lyn Steagall, Daphne Tajalli, Camille Winer, Matthew Winer, and Paul Zavagno (see photos here).

    Becoming a member of our community is like crossing a threshold into a higher level of spiritual living.  The first step toward membership is completion of the Foundations in Unity class.

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  • Earth Day Service - Sunday, April 21

    earth dayJoin us on Sunday, April 21 as we honor creation during a special Earth Day service. Wonder...Gratitude...Awe...Presence...Unity... Joy...Love... these are just some of the ways we can look upon the amazing world in which we live and the amazing selves we are as part of the whole. Our message, music, and prayers will focus on our beautiful earth, her plant and animal life and ourselves as caretakers. Come prepared to appreciate and take action!

  • Community 'Town Hall' Meeting - Sunday, May 19

    Abundant Life Spiritual Center is founded on faith and the power of prayer. We have a Spirit-led vision to grow into a dynamic center that supports people living as a whole, God-centered beings - mind, body and spirit. Over the coming months, we want to share pieces of a board approved Strategic Plan with our community through the forum of "Town Hall" meetings. All members, leaders and stakeholders are encouraged to attend our Community Town Hall meetings to learn, share and ask questions. The next one will be after service on Sunday, May 19. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Community Town Hall Meeting - Sunday, October 20

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    Join us after service on Sunday, October 20 for a Community Town Hall meeting led by the Board of Directors of Abundant Life Spiritual Center. We would like to hear what you value most about our Unity center. The board will share information on its financial strategy and some additional elements of its Strategic Plan. All members, leaders and stakeholders are encouraged to attend our Community Town Hall meetings to learn, provide input, share and ask questions about your spiritual center. 

  • Change in Service Location - March 10 & 17

    url-1On Sundays, March 10 & 17, we will be holding our Sunday services at Shepard Middle School, right around the corner from the Patty Turner Center.  Each year the Patty Turner Center has an event which takes place in our sanctuary space, and for the past two years we have relocated our service to the Patty Turner Center library. But, we have grown since then and require a larger space. Shepard Middle School is located at 440 Grove Avenue in Deerfield, IL. When you're coming to the Patty Turner Center on Elm Street, rather than taking that last left, go straight! You will find Shepard Middle School is right in front of you.

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  • Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Easter Events

    Save the dateSunday Series in March:The Hero's JourneyDrawing on some of the best modern hero legends such as The Matrix, The Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings, we will bring to life the ultimate heroic journey of Jesus during the weeks leading up to Easter. The hero's journey is your own!

    Wednesday, March 13 & 20 - (6:30 PM to 9 PM): Jesus Miniseries (1999) at Rev. Carol's home. Location information to be provided at Sunday Service.

    Sunday, March 24: Palm Sunday with Fellowship Feast after service at the Patty Turner Center.

    Thursday, March 28: Holy Thursday Communion Service at First Church of Christ Scientist, 155 Deerfield Road in Deerfield.

    Sunday, March 31: Easter Sunday at the Patty Turner Center in Deerfield, IL.

  • 40 Days of Mindfulness - March 1 Through April 15

    Lent - lightThis year Lent begins on Wednesday, March 1 and will go through Saturday, April 15. As in past years, each morning during Lent, Rev. Carol will create a sacred space for those who want to be mindful during this holy season. At 7:45 am Monday through Saturday, join us for a daily reading using the Unity booklet, Be Ye Transformed, and a short interpretation and prayer on a conference call. The readings cover spiritual principles such as Wholeness, Forgiveness and Grace and the Twelve Powers of Humankind. Each day's reading will help to direct your spiritual life. Each call will be recorded and available on our SoundCloud page.

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  • Changing Lives, Changing The World

    Who we are

    Hello and welcome! Abundant Life Spiritual Center is a dynamic spiritual community affiliated with Unity Worldwide Ministries. Our focus on awakening those who walk through our doors to the divine within and inspiring them to live confidently, passionately and powerfully. Together we learn how to Live Fearlessly and Love Outrageously because life is meant to be filled with joy and lived with ease as a positive experience, not a struggle. We named ourselves Abundant Life because we know that the Abundant Life - a life of wholeness and authentic self-expression, purpose, creativity and love - is the divine birthright of everyone and we want to support your living it.

    You will find yourself among like-minded people if:

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  • Foundations in Unity Class - Starts Saturday 4/20

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    We are offering the next round of our Foundations in Unity classes on Saturday mornings beginning April 20 to accommodate all those who travel, work or otherwise have challenges coming to weeknight classes. Mark your calendars now because this class is the gateway for you to connect into spiritual life here. 

    This spring's class has been revised to a 6-week class and will be taught by Rev. Carol Saunders. In it, you will connect with others while experiencing an overview of the Unity history/organization, our life-empowering teachings and spiritual practices. Here's what people have said about this class: 

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  • The Miracle Action Plan - Workshop by Seth Braun - Sunday, February 17

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    Once upon a time, in a post-industrial town, there was a young man who hit bottom. In the depths of drugs and destructive denial, he heard the still, small voice calling him to his destiny. On a crisp bone-chilling night, an incident occurred that forever changed his life. He discovered the power within and began to experience miracles. Register now for the life-changing workshop where you will learn the following:

    •  How to get unstuck anytime
    •  The secret technique for doing the impossible
    •  The steps successful people know to stop sabotage

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  • The Spiritual Foundation of Success - Sunday, February 17

    Seth BraunOn Sunday, February 17th, best-selling author Seth Braun will share a dynamic message of authentic success built on the foundation of solid spiritual solutions for every stage of your evolution: The Spiritual Foundation of Success. From this Sunday service message you will learn about the Three Jewels in Buddhism, the exact nature of the Creative Process and how our focus on success can sabotage or salvage our evolution on all levels. 

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  • Boston Marathon Tragedy - Special Prayer Call Tonight 4/17

    Candle vigilThe recent tragedy that occurred at the Boston Marathon calls for us to realign with Divine Love, Peace and Harmony.  It is also a time to hold our Human Family in the light of Faith, knowing that God is everywhere present and transcends all appearances.  We are having a special group prayer call tonight, at 7:00 PM for 10-15 minutes.  All are encouraged to come together and participate.

    Conference call number:  1-712-432-3100 - Enter access code: 653424

    At the beginning of the call, attendees will give their name and the order of prayer participation will be established (alphabetical). An Abundant Life Prayer Leader will open and close the prayer and participants may speak in turn during the body of the prayer.  You may choose to participate with silent energy or verbally express a few words of affirming Truth or Love, such as “Divine Love transcends all appearances” or “God is everywhere present”.

    Join us in this prayer experience as we hold the light for our human family.

  • Discover The Power Within You Class

    Discover-the-Power-Within-You-9780061723797February 11 & 25, March 4 & 18, April 1 6:30 to 8:45 PM

    "This book changed my perspective on life and religion." Oprah Winfrey

    Join us on Monday evenings to "Discover The Power Within You." This course is a spiritual study of the true teachings of Jesus Christ based on Unity Minister Eric Butterworth’s book Discover the Power Within You. Rev. Butterworth was a key influence in the Unity New Thought Movement.  From our course, taught by Rev. Carol Saunders, you will learn how to discover, accept, and release the power of the divinity that Jesus believed dwelled within him and within each individual. 

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  • The Fifth Agreement Series and Class - January & February

    The Fifth Agreement A Practical Guide to SelfMastery-63947Each year after the January Burning Bowl service (where we release thoughts and beliefs that no longer serve us) and before the mid-February White Stone service (where we accept ‘a new name’ for ourselves), Rev. Carol does a Sunday series designed to support us in re-inventing ourselves. This year’s series is on The Fifth Agreement by don Miguel Ruiz and his son don Jose Ruiz. The five agreements stem from Toltec Wisdom. The Toltecs represent a society of artists and spiritual seekers who believe that our reality is created out of our beliefs and thoughts. At the core of all ancient wisdom, we are directed to becoming our best and most whole selves. Join us for this Sunday sermon series and a Wednesday night class designed to support the teachings and create dialogue on the five agreements:

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  • Christmas Outreach

    Sharing ChristmasThis December, our Abundant Life spiritual community is participating in the Waukegan Salvation Army project to provide kids and seniors in need with gifts for Christmas. We have twelve children and eight seniors who have either already been ‘adopted’ by members of our community or are in need of adoption. If you are interested in participating in this outreach activity, please see Brandy Mertes. All gifts need to be purchased and brought to church by December 9. Thanks in advance to all who are participating. You are bringing meaning to the season! 

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  • Book Study Small Group Starting

    Conversations with God Part 1 Book ReviewIf you like connecting with like-minded people in conversation about spiritual books, come to the Spiritual Life Book Group Introductory Meeting on Thursday, November 29. Time, place and RSVP information is show below:

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  • 2012 Christmas Season Plans

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    During December we prepare ourselves for the symbolic birth of the Divine within us. Each week we will provide a wonderful, sacred place to help you keep the meaning of Christmas in your heart and stay grounded in the midst of the typical holiday frenzy. Please stay connected to your spiritual community in December! People often get caught up in ‘all there is to do’ and this is a time when we can support you in creating a season of ease and grace. Our service/event plans are:

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  • Special Halloween Service - Sunday, October 28

    Peanuts HalloweenJoin us this Sunday for a special Halloween service. We will look at the famous story, “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” from a metaphysical standpoint. Rev. Carol will bring us new and fresh insights about this timeless tale as we find within it where we are on our spiritual paths. There may also be some treats….!

  • Thanksgiving Service and Fellowship Feast

    cornucopiaJoin us for our special Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 18 at 10:30AM.
     During service we will focus on Gratitude and enjoy the music of our fantastic band, The Grateful Living. After service we will our annual Thanksgiving Fellowship Feast. Let us gather together in gratitude for the wonder of our lives and for the joy of our spiritual community. Bring friends, family and delicious food!

  • Community 'Town Hall' Meeting and Christmas Caroling - Sunday, Dec 2

    Peanuts christmasDo you consider Abundant Life your spiritual community? If you do, come to our second Town Hall gathering after service on Sunday, December 2.  At this gathering we will engage in conversation and answer the questions: What’s our next step? What's our financial state? What are Spiritual Life Groups all about and how are they different from other small groups? Where are we on our venue search?  What can we do to grow our community?

    But first, we will kick off the meeting and the Christmas season with a little community caroling! Gregg Opelka, our Music Director, will lead us in song on the grand piano in the atrium. The meeting will start after the carolling and end at 1PM. Child care will be available if needed.

  • Congratulations to Our Charter Members!

    IMG 8059At our second anniversary service on September 30, 2012 we presented our first set of members to the congregation. To be eligible for membership, we ask people to complete the Foundations in Unity class, to commit to endeavoring to live in accord with the Jesus Christ principles taught by Unity and to commit to showing up in the life of our community through attendance, service and giving. Our charter members also include those who have been with us from our earliest days, who have fully immersed themselves in our community and who have committed to completing the Foundations in Unity class.

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  • Changing What We Call Ourselves

    Change-AheadAfter two years of calling ourselves Abundant Life Unity Church, we are changing our name. It is with deep and prayerful consideration of market research, feedback from our own community, and our own rate of growth that we are moving forward with the name Abundant Life Spiritual Center. This was presented and discussed at the Town Hall Meeting held on August 19. Also, in the weeks following the meeting, a survey was made available to all seeking your comments on this and many other items of interest.

    First and foremost, please know that we will not be changing who we are, what we teach or our Sunday service content!

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  • Meditation Circle - Sunday Mornings

    zen stones“Your mental state will be a little different, a little calmer.  [We meditate] not for [the] next life, not for heaven, but for day to day well-being.”
    Dalai Lama

    Are you looking for peace and quiet?  Perhaps you feel like you just don’t have time to sit still…and feel the presence of God, to listen for that “still, small voice.” Our weekly Sunday meditation circle is held from 9:30 to 10:00 AM in the library at the Patty Turner Center.

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Abundant Life Spiritual Center, affiliated with Unity Worldwide Ministries, is a non-profit corporation. All donations are tax-deductible.