A Week-Long Celebration in Virginia Beach

September 18-23 is a week-long series of four FIVE events in Virginia Beach.

Here's what's lined-up:
Independent Alliance of Ministers in Unity banner

From Tuesday through Thursday, September 19-21 the Independent Alliance of Ministers in Unity will hold their Fall Conference. This meeting is open to all ordained Unity ministers and to spiritual leaders of Unity churches.

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The 2017 Fillmore Festival is on Friday, September 22 2017. Rev. Joyce Kramer and Jim Blake, CEO of Unity World Headquarters, will lead this fast-paced, intensive day. The Fillmore Festival is a time to explore the true foundation of the Unity movement — what I call the DNA of Unity. In today's world, we study DNA to learn how a living thing expresses itself. What we see in Unity today is an expression of Unity's DNA, which is filtered and conditioned by current trends and events. We need to dive deeper.

We will see a passing of the baton for the Fillmore Festival to Unity World Headquarters, and we can look forward in the future to an annual gathering of Unity's best scholars meeting at Unity Village, the repository of Unity's most sacred treasures.

Metaphysical Bible Gathering Banner

The 2017 Metaphysical Bible Gathering is scheduled for Saturday, September 23, 2017. The speakers for this gathering are leading metaphysical Bible interpretation in New Thought and Unity. Each speaker is well-known and Spirit-directed and each message promises to be a diverse and powerful testimony about how Truth transforms consciousness through scripture. Like the 2016 Gathering, it promises to be a fast-paced, intensive day.

Metaphysical Bible interpretation is telling the story about our spiritual transformation of consciousness. When interpreted metaphysically, the Bible is the story of our spiritual journey toward a clear and pure consciousness that is open, receptive and responsive to Spirit. Metaphysical Bible interpretation gives us not only a gauge as to where we are but valuable insight as to how to grow through a particular phase of that journey.

Rev. Joyce Kramer

However there is another reason join us on September 22nd... Friday evening we celebrate the ministry of Rev. Joyce Kramer. We invite all friends and fans of Rev. Joyce to this special party, where we will honor her fifty years of ministry and service to Unity. We will also give her thanks for the quarter century that Rev. Joyce has kept the Fillmore Festival running for the Unity movement.

And — even though she didn't reveal what year ;) — we celebrate her birthday! We gather at 6:00. Call the church for more information. An RSVP will help us in preparation and it will also bring joy to Rev. Joyce.

Joyce Kramer's work may be the finest living example of the woman-led viral ministry that established Unity centers across the country. The development of the Unity movement would not have occurred without the work of people like Joyce Kramer.

SEE at Unity Renaissance

Finally ... Just across town from Virginia Beech is Unity Renaissance of Chesapeake, who is hosting an intensive SEE week Monday-Friday. “The Wisdom Is Within You” is the theme for S.E.E. Week. This year, they are offering six required or elective S.E.E. classes. Along with the standard classes, they have an additional focus this year on the Gnostic Gospels including: “The Gospel of Mary Magdalene” and “The Gospel of Thomas.”

Instructors include Rev. Elizabeth Mora, Rev. Laura Barrett Bennett, James Scott LUT, Rev. Paula Mekdeci and Richard Mekdeci LUT. Click here for a PDF of the program.

So it's an action-packed week and you are welcome to attend some or all of the events.

Mark Hicks