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  • Calling All Those Who Wish To Serve!

    Bigger than yourselfBeing in Sacred Service is a spiritual practice and part of the spiritual path. As we near the start of our third year at Abundant Life Unity we are in need of a larger group of servers!  It is so easy to serve in this way.  Step One: Come 30 minutes early. All those who serve by setting up the sanctuary, the sound, the hallway tables, the Connection Café and Kids’ Community, along with our Sunday greeters and ushers pray-in with Reverend Carol at 10am. This time allows us to get centered on the work we are doing in service to our spiritual community. Then we all go to work! Step Two: Do a service. 

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  • Seeking Talented Keys Player

    KeyboardOver the next few months we will be inviting guest keyboard players to play with us until we find the right and perfect person to hire as our Music Director. We are seeking a talented keys player (preferably with some vocal ability) to lead and grow our band, enliven our services and potentially attract young adults. Musical relevance is important to us so pop, rock and indie genres are key components of our expression. Availability is required Sundays from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM plus preparation and practice time if needed. This is a part-time paid position - just a few hours a week to start. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested. 

  • Spiritual Community 'Town Hall' Meeting - This Sunday, August 26

    Steering-ship-240x200Do you have a stake in the life of our spiritual community? Do you want us to succeed and thrive long-term? If you do, then make sure that you come to our first ‘Town Hall’ meeting after service this Sunday, August 26.

    Spirit is at the helm of our growing community and we need ‘all hands on deck’ to become all that we are capable of becoming. We are not able to talk much about our business when we gather for service or classes so here’s an opportunity to connect in and learn. We intend to hold periodic ‘Town Hall’ meetings where you can find out more and ask questions about where we’re headed, our financial state, what's needed for long-term stability and viability, the venue search, and other organizationally related considerations. The meeting will start promptly after service and end at 1PM. Child care will be available. 

  • Welcoming Brainstorming Meeting - Sunday, August 5

    WelcomeCreating a welcoming environment and connecting people into our community is one of the most important things we can do. It's an awful experience to visit a church and have no one talk to you, but it happens! At the same time, some newcomers are overwhelmed if they are overly attended to. They just want to quietly come, check us out and slip out the door. How do we achieve the right balance? Join us after service on Sunday, August 5 from noon to 1PM and help us brainstorm ideas and create some action steps that will enhance our welcoming environment. This session will be facilitated by Bonnie DeMartini.

  • Promotion Brainstorming Session


    GettingtheWordOutWe have so much to offer the world. Our service teams work hard to put on the best services we know how. But do people know we are here? How can we get the word out there? 
    Seventy-five percent of church growth happens through personal invitation. How can we assist people in effectively asking friends and family to join us? 

    Stay for an hour after service on Sunday, July 15and let's brainstorm ways to promote our spiritual community more effectively. BECAUSE.... we have a mighty work to do. We are about the business of transforming our world into one of more Love, Wisdom, Joy and Understanding. Who wants to play the big game? This will be held at the Patty Turner Center right after the service.


  • Member Blog Spot

    change-your-lifeHave you had a transformational experience? Maybe your life has changed in a small but noticeable way. Our spiritual community is here to support people in living the abundant lives they were born to live. We are here to bring more God into the world, throughus and as us. More Love. More Wisdom. More Joy. More Beauty.

    If you’ve had a life-changing experience while being in community here and want to share it, there’s a place for that now. We have added a new element to our website: The Member Blog Spot.

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  • Leadership Class - Wednesdays in August

    Small group leadershipMany people fell in love with the small group experience we started in our recent Foundations class. Ongoing small groups is where true connection and spiritual support happens in our community. In fact, we are going to call these "Spiritual Life Groups" because that is what they are - groups designed to directly support your spiritual life. Perhaps you feel called to begin a Men's group or a Women's group or a Couple's group. Or perhaps you want to continue the group that was formed during the Foundations class.

    If you have interest in leading a Spiritual Life group now or in the future, and have completed or plan to complete the Foundations in Unity class, consider attending our 4-week leadership class this August. In this class you will learn skills that will help you effectively lead a group within our spiritual community. Specifically the class content will include: 

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  • July 4th Picnic and Fireworks - TONIGHT!

    July 4thDon't forget our Fourth of July Picnic tonight at the home of Jim and Jane Ware in Long Grove. There will be a magician to entertain the kids and adults alike. The party starts at 6PM. Fireworks will be viewable from the backyard at 9PM. Bring your family...and bug spray! Food and beverages will be generously provided by the Ware family.

    Time and place: Wednesday, July 4  6PM-9:30PM,  4122 Three Lakes Dr., Long Grove, IL



  • Welcome New Board Member

    Bonnie headshot 2We welcome Bonnie DeMartini to the Board of Trustees. Bonnie has assumed the Treasurer role on the board, replacing Leo Cinquino, who has elected to resign. We are grateful for Leo's significant contribution as a founding member, Board President and Board Treasurer.

    We are excited about what Bonnie brings to our leadership. Nearly five years ago, she began attending a Unity church in Naples, Florida.  While there, she immersed herself in Unity by taking classes, attending workshops, doing mission work in Guatemala and volunteering in the bookstore. She was searching for a Unity church in her home community when she thankfully found Abundant Life Unity Church in April, 2011. Bonnie plunged herself into our spiritual community and has made herself a vital partner and participant from the start.

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  • Summer Movie Night - Tuesday, August 21

    Yes-ManSpiritual truths have been illustrated through storytelling throughout history. Our modern day equivalent is the cinema. This summer we are again holding spiritual movie nights as we gather to watch a spiritually-themed movie and hold discussion afterwards. Our second summer movie night is on Tuesday, August 21 at 6:30PM . We will watch Yes Man, a 2008 comedy film about  a man who seems to have no future until the day he enrolls in a personal development program based on a very simple idea: say yes to everything! The film stars Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel.

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  • Naturally Peaceful Relationships Class

    Paul ZavagnoAre you challenged by some of your relationships? Who isn’t?!!

    Join us for a three-week workshop on Wednesday mornings July 25, August 1 and August 8  from 9:30-11:30AM at the Patty Turner Center and learn how to apply The Work of Byron Katie to the relationships in your life. Our own Paul Zavagno, certified facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie, will introduce you to a method of identifying and questioning the thoughts that cause stress and suffering in your life. This workshop will focus specifically on your relationships, as it follows alongside the sermon series, “Relationships of Biblical Proportion” on the previous Sundays.

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  • First Foundations in Unity Class Completed!

    tree with roots“I loved the feeling of belonging and support.”
    “I have connected more with my Divine Self.”
    “I feel more connected now when going to church on Sundays.”
    “I learned how to apply specific spiritual practice techniques in my life.” 
    “I loved it. It’s so positive and applicable.” 

    These are just a few comments from some of the recent Foundations In Unity class participants. In our first round of Foundations in Unity, we had 34 participants, 24 of whom completed the class with one or no absence. They are:

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  • Summer Sermon Series

    Jesus walksBy popular request, we have two enlightening sermon series planned for the summer. A 4-week series on "The Life and Teachings of Jesus" begins on June 24. After a recent sermon on “Who is Jesus?” demystified much of the mythology that many of us grew up with, our community asked for more. We will focus on some key teachings like “Turn the Other Cheek, Really?” as well as some well known parables.

    After that, beginning Sunday July 22, we will start a new 4-week series that will boldly compete with any reality TV series or daytime drama - "Relationships of Biblical Proportions."

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  • Kids' Community


    Youth
    As the Light of God, we are fun, loving teachers of Truth. We are here to empower children, young people and families to discover their Divine spark.

    If you have children but haven’t visited us in awhile, you should come check out our Kids’ Community.  Each week we have from seven to twelve active kids and we are growing. New families are joining us and the kids are enjoying the interactive program we create with them. Some of their Sunday explorations have included Building Community and Celebrating My God Self. Youth and Family Director, Debbie Coccia says “Our kids are awesome. I’m amazed at how quickly and readily they grasp the Unity spiritual principles that we teach at Abundant Life. It’s a privilege and a lot of fun working with them to build a spiritual community.”

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  • Women In Business Feature in Local Newspaper

    Carol headshotEach year the local What's Happening! community newspaper features a special segment on Women In Business. We submitted an article on Rev. Carol as a great way to promote our church and get the word out about who we are. The following 180-word segment was published in the Deerfield (online) and Northbrook April 25 editions as well as the May edition in Lake Forest:

    Rev. Carol Saunders

    After 20 years working as a chemical engineer/manager in the energy business, Carol Saunders knew there was more to life. The next ten years she spent on the spiritual path, eventually leading to ordination and the grassroots start-up of Abundant Life Unity Church in Deerfield.

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  • New Venue Team Launches!

    Church growthA new team charged with finding our next perfect venue has kicked off! We have a big vision at Abundant Life Unity and we anticipate several moves over many years before we establish a ‘permanent’ church home. We love the Patty Turner Center and are grateful to have had our start there. The First Church of Christ Scientist has also been a wonderful place for our special services and classes. We want our next venue to be more visible so that people can easily see us and locate us.

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  • The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram, An Introduction - Sat, June 9

    enneagramAre there people in your life who are challenging to understand? Do you wonder why you react and defend the way you do?  

    Knowing yourself is a spiritual practice. When you understand the constructs of your personality, you have greater leverage to choose higher states of being. The Enneagram is a personality development system with spiritual roots that distinguishes nine personality types.

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  • Guest Speaker - Sunday, April 22

    Darrell JonesOnSunday, April 22, we are blessed to have Darrell Jones as our guest speaker during service. Darrell will speak to us on Sacred Service.Darrell is in his final year of graduate school at Holmes Institute. He is working toward a Masters in Consciousness Studies and will be ordained at a Religious Science minister at the completion of his studies. He also has his own spiritual counseling practice in Glenview. 

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  • Kids' Community Easter Egg Hunt

    Easter Egg HuntWeather permitting, we will hold a fun outdoor Easter Egg Hunt for the children in Kids' Community on Sunday, March 31. Bring your friends and enjoy our Easter Sunday fun while the grown-ups are in their service. We will start in the classrooms of the Patty Turner Center at 10:30 AM and move to the beautiful outdoor park area for our egg hunt. Bring a basket!

  • Easter Celebration Service - April 8

    empty tombJoin us for our special Easter Celebration service at 10:30 AM on Sunday, April 8th at the Patty Turner Center. Contemporary celebratory music performed our new band, The Grateful Living, will complement our uplifting and life-affirming message about the Great Demonstration, the eternal nature of Life and the resurrection of the human spirit. Bring your kids because weather-permitting, they will enjoy an outdoor Easter Egg Hunt.

  • Good Friday Contemplation - April 6

    serving-handsOn Good Friday evening, April 6 at 7PM in the annex of First Church of Christ Scientist, 155 Deerfield Road, feel free to drop in as Prayer Chaplain, Molly Hansen, leads us in prayer, contemplation and metaphysical interpretation of the last words of Jesus found in the gospels. This is a change to the original daytime scheduling.

  • Holy Thursday Communion Service on March 24

    chalice and breadOn Thursday night, March 24, we will have our annual Holy Thursday Communion Service at 7 pm at the Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm Street in Deerfield. This is an experiential, meditative and contemplative service as we prepare ourselves to symbolically awaken to the Divine Substance and Life Force of Spirit within. We will also have a Burning Bowl ceremony as a symbol of releasing our blocks to God prior to awakening to the Divine Substance within.

  • Jesus Christ Superstar Movie Night on Thursday March 17

    Jesus Christ SuperstarOn Thursday night, March 17, all movie enthusiasts are invited to view this year’s pre-Easter movie, Jesus Christ Superstar, a 1973 movie adapted from the 1971 rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Tim Rice. This rock opera musical depiction of the last week of Jesus is primarily told from the perspective of Judas. This will take place in the home of a member of our community member - TBA.  Plan to arrive at 6:30 pm for some social time. The movie will begin promptly at 7 pm and we will have a brief discussion afterwards. Directions will be provided to those who sign up to attend. 

  • Palm Sunday Service and Fellowship Feast - March 29

    Palm SundayPalm Sunday is March 29. During the service we will walk in the footsteps of Jesus of Nazareth and consider where we are in the story. Then after service we will hold our annual Palm Sunday Fellowship Feast. Invite family and friends to join you and bring delicious food as we celebrate Life in community and break bread together.  We are grateful for all who have stepped up to help put on our annual Fellowship Feast event. We appreciate your joy-filled and Spirit-led action!

  • Foundations in Unity Class - Starts October 8!

    Unity Village verticalWe are offering our second round of our Foundations in Unity classes, beginning Monday, October 8. This class is the gateway for you to connect into spiritual life here. 

    In this 8-week class you will connect with others while you experience an overview of the Unity history/organization, our life-empowering teachings and spiritual practices. It is being offered on Monday evenings and if there is sufficient demand we will also offer a morning class on Wedneday. For parents who find it a challenge to attend because of the children, we are offering a babysitting reimbursement to support your attendance in this very important class. That's one way of saying we want you to be there! Here's what people have said about this class: 

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