Social Events Ministry


The Social Events Ministry needs your help! We would like to know what sort of events interest you and when you might be available to participate. We look forward to hearing your ideas. Please follow the survey link here.

Sample Soap Project

Do you have some extra shampoo, soap or other toiletries taking up space in your bath closet? Are you shopping for your weekly groceries and see a 2-for-1 sale? Consider bringing these unopened products to donate to the Sample Soap Bucket that will soon be in our URSC Lobby.

Sample Soap, a local Rochester nonprofit, collects unopened toiletries of all sizes: soap, shampoo, toothbrushes & toothpaste, cosmetics, hygiene pads & tampons and more! These are redistributed to agencies around Rochester that serve unhoused people, refugees, women and families in transition, veterans’ assistance agencies, and many others. In September alone, 148 poounds of donated toiletries were sorted and delivered to agencies such as Restore, DePaul and Rochester Refugee Resettlement Services. These products are essential to the people’s self-esteem and health. They cannot be bought with food stamps or WIC and these donations mean human service agencies do not have to divert funds from other activities.

The collection bucket will be in the lobby year-round! It will be located around the corner (as you approach the community classroom). God’s abundance is infinite and all-encompassing. Thank you in advance for your generosity. The Sample Soap Motto is “With a little time + a little money, we do a lot of good.”

Questions? Please see Carol Baumeister.

And the Winner Is…

“A Sacred Walk” by Liz SantaMaria  

The current exhibit in our Unity Art Gallery is themed “Glimpses of Rochester.” We opened an invitation for anyone to take a photo of one of their favorite places within the City of Rochester. The exhibit was opened for a vote of the favorite one by our congregation, and we are pleased to announce our winner is Liz SantaMaria’s entry titled: “A Sacred Walk.”  This beautiful, serene pathway is known as The Poet’s Garden and is in Highland Park, Rochester NY

Watercolors by Dianne Wilde

A new Art Gallery exhibit at Unity Church of Greater Rochester

Dianne Wilde was born and raised in Amsterdam, NY.  She attended SUC at Cortland, where she earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. She then went on to teach in Denver, CO, and Niskayuna, NY for a total of four years. Dianne then qualified to earn her Tour Card on the LPGA Golf Tour, but unfortunately had to leave Tour competition due to a hand injury. Following that Dianne was one of the first ten women in the US to earn membership into the PGA of America in 1982. She has worked for the last 40+ years as a PGA Professional at both public and private facilities. Although retired, Dianne is still working as a Teaching Professional at Eagle Vale GC in Rochester.

Dianne has lived in Rochester since 1982 and spends her winters in Hobe Sound, Florida. It is there that she started doing watercolor painting two winters ago under the tutelage and encouragement of an experienced and accomplished artist, Ruth LaPrise. Dianne has discovered a whole new passion for painting and will continue to learn and grow.

We are thrilled to show her watercolor exhibit till the end of August. All are welcome to attend the Gala Opening Reception Friday, July 14, at 7 p.m. Dianne’s art will be on display every Sunday through August 27

We will have a new name!

Members have voted! We will have a new name: Unity Rochester Spiritual Center.

The vote was completed on June 11 with a membership quorum and the proposed name change passed. Thank you to all the members who attended the meeting.

Changing the branding to Unity Rochester Spiritual Center will be a process that will evolve in the months ahead. We will maintain the use of the current Unity logo and name (UCGR) until such time that all legal details have been resolved. 

Nothing will change as far as our services and operations. We are committed to teaching and living the Unity Principles and basing our lessons on the teachings of our founders and other New Thought thinkers. The Bible will continue to be our primary textbook. 

We will keep you updated.

A Name Change?

The Board has proposed the action of changing the dba (doing business as) Unity Church of Greater Rochester to Unity Rochester Spiritual Center. Our legal name will always remain Christ Church Unity. We had some discussion during our Annual Membership Meeting in March and would like to continue the conversation. 

 

Through research and conversations with a senior Unity minister who is a church marketing specialist, it is the Board’s belief that this name change will enhance our appeal and visibility to a wider spectrum of people. This move will allow us to grow in membership and programs while we solidify our financial stability. 

 

To help facilitate the conversations during future meetings, the Board requests your comments in writing. You may email the office or mail in comments via U. S. Mail. The plan is to have a final vote on June 11. Please take this opportunity to allow your thoughts to be expressed. 

40 Days of Letting Go: Lent 2023

The 40 Days of Letting Go: Lent 2023 booklet offers inspiration and specific suggestions for releasing whatever keeps you from realizing your true spiritual nature. The booklet not only identifies qualities to release — anger, anxiety, fear, and more — but explains how to do it. Lent begins Wednesday, February 22. The booklet is available in our bookstore now.