Be a part of Unity World Day of Prayer

Watch the Live Opening Ceremony
Wednesday, September 8 at 7:00pm (EDT)

CELEBRATE WORLD DAY OF PRAYER AT UNITY OF THE TRIANGLE


Every year Unity churches all over the world come together for 24 hours to pray and lift up the world in an event called World Day of Prayer.  Imagine a map of the world dotted with lights from every Unity church worldwide.  The power of collective prayer is powerful and makes a difference.  Prayer matters!

Unity of the Triangle will once again participate in World Day of Prayer beginning with an in-person and livestream Opening Ceremony on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 from 7:00-8:00 pm.   The 24-Hour Silent Prayer Vigil will begin at 8:00 pm at the end of the ceremony with the ringing of the bell and will last until Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 8:00 pm.

SUBMIT NAMES TO HOLD IN PRAYER

We would like to hold in silent prayer and meditation as many people as we can name, while affirming:

ALL IS WELL WITH MY SOUL

To submit names to hold in prayer, fill out the form available at the bottom of this page. Submit as many names as you wish—FIRST NAMES ONLY—between August 1st and September 5th. You can also click on the Virtual Candle (at the bottom of this page) to submit names

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRAYER VIGIL

  • In-person in our Sanctuary while masked
  • Online – In the safety of your home and connect to the sanctuary via Zoom

SIGN UP FOR 1 HOUR OF PRAYER
You can now sign up for a 1 hour of prayer during the 24 hour Silent Prayer Vigil. You may choose which hour you will participate in, whether in our sanctuary or at home.  Our goal is to have someone in prayer, at home or in the sanctuary, for each of the 24 hours including the sleeping hours. 

Register here to participate In-Person and Online will be made available soon

Last day to register for In-person and Online participation is Sunday, September 5.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE PRAYER VIGIL

Once you have signed up for your 1-hour prayer appointment, either from home or coming into the sanctuary, we will email you instructions, suggested prayer and meditation practices, and a list of names to prayer over.  Copies will also be available in the sanctuary. 

If you choose to participate from home, you will receive an email with a Zoom link so participants in the sanctuary feel your love and light, and you will be able to see the sanctuary and feel the sacredness created in the sanctuary.

OPENING CEREMONY

To prepare for the 24 Hour Silent Prayer, we will
begin with the Opening Ceremony which you can join either in-person or online from 7:00 to 8:00 pm .

This reverent and holy Opening Ceremony will create the sacred space in the sanctuary and in your home, and prepare your body and mind for your 1-hour of silent prayer and meditation.

Many congregants have said this is their favorite service of the whole year. 

TO ENGAGE IN THE CEREMONY FROM HOME,
we suggest that you have a candle ready to light at the same time we light the Prayer Vigil Candle in the sanctuary at the beginning of the ceremony.  You may even wish to participate in communion at home.

This is our opportunity to shift the pandemic and racism from fear to faith.

The world needs our light and our prayers!

Join Us!

Light a Virtual Candle

Unity World Day of Prayer is a global event. We invite you to light a virtual candle to represent your light shining in prayer.

Gregg Levoy – author and speaker

As tough as this year has been, there can be many insights we may receive from experiencing a year-long pandemic.  What can we glean from this experience and how can we use it for growth?  

With the pandemic, many people are finding their resilience and others are tending to their suffering with excessive tv, food, or alcohol.  Sometimes it’s a little of both.  Quite often, we are forced into heroism, evolution, and self-reflection by our own suffering.

With not being able to participate in many of our normal activities, we have had more time on our hands.  This can lead to procrastination and laziness, but it also affords us the space to ask if we want to go back to some of our old norms.  This has been a time to reassess – do I want to return to my old profession?  Do I want to keep my social calendar so full?  Some people are enjoying a more leisurely existence and want to hold on to a more balanced lifestyle.  We may find we want to keep up activities like walking, being out in nature, reading, and meditating.

As we have the time to look at our lives from a deeper perspective, we can ask what is my purpose and which direction do I want to go with my life?  Do I want to stay in a contemplative state or go back to my busy normal?

An interesting aspect of the pandemic is that we have become used to the idea of others being dangerous to us – don’t hug them, don’t let them breathe on you, keep your distance from them.  This is counter to the social nature of being human.  At the same time, we’ve come together to care for and protect each other, those we don’t even know, by keeping our distance and wearing a mask.  These acts are not just self protection, but protecting our community.  There’s a dichotomy in being afraid of others and protecting them at the same time.

For shy people and introverts, this time has been a relief because we can literally hide behind our mask and not have to interact with others.  For others it’s been a time of loneliness and isolation.  When we get back to some sense of normal, it will be important for us to remember how hungry we were for connection and touch and to appreciate little pleasures like seeing someone’s smile, hugging, being in a crowded room, sharing a meal in a restaurant, and visiting a friend at their home.  What a wonderful time to realize that more is not always better – more stuff, more work, more social media accolades, etc.  This is an opportune time for us to make a commitment to the important things in life like spending time with those we love.

Vaccines are the perfect example of introducing chaos (into the body) in order to strengthen it for an improved outcome.  The suffering, grief, loss, and shock of the last year is part of the chaos that can help us evolve, grow, and strengthen going forward.  It’s out of challenging times that we emerge as the hero that we are meant to be.

What did I learn throughout this past year?  What emerged from me?  Where are my priorities?  What can I take forward?  What do I want my new normal to look like?  There’s power in declaring and claiming what we want and stating our goals.  There will be a chance to do that in the upcoming webinar.  

Gregg Levoy will be a guest speaker on Sunday March 14 at 9am and 11am (ET)

Click here to Join us Sunday, March 14th at 1pm for Gregg’s webinar to find your own heroism that you can take forward into the world in an act of service.

Our Beloved Janice

Our beloved and cherished Janice Falcón, after months of decline from brain cancer, has made her transition. Our community will sorely miss her. Janice’s grace, generosity, love and wisdom have been like rays of light from her soul. It was a blessing to know her. She guided our children’s program for years. Never with her at the helm did we wonder if we could do better. Steadily she guided the education and community building that made our program an example of excellence. The church and each of us who knew her understand we have truly lost someone special.

Her family has been supported by the Friend in Deed committee, extended family, Sean and Diana, and all of us who have held them in prayer. All five of her children and Omar have wanted privacy in dealing with this slow moving transition. Let us send love and prayers as we await from them other ways we might respect their need for privacy and still actively support them. 

Let us remember to cherish loved ones and friends. 

Thank you, Janice, for showing us how to live with spiritual elegance.

Watch the Virtual Celebration of Life Service



Remembrances of Janice

If you wish to leave a remembrance message, please fill out the form below and submit your message. We will be updating this page regularly with your messages.


“A heart is not judged by how much you love, but how much you are loved by others.” — Lyman Frank Baum, from The Wizard of Oz. That was/is Janice.

-Susan Siegmann


During Sunday Service I always loved watching the youth proceeding up to and settling into the stage. As a choir member (being on the stage) I could look directly into Janice’s face as she walked up. That was often my favorite part of the service. Janice’s face always beamed with love and affection. Divinity.

-Dan Wilkinson


I have many, many fond memories of Janice — her smile, her calm presence, her dedication, her excitement, and her loving care for the Unity youth. But one memory does stand out among the rest. During one Sunday 11 am service, I was in the lobby area and I heard this commotion in the fellowship hall as a young boy — known for his wild and uncontrollable behavior — sprinted up the stairs as Janice followed rapidly behind him. I heard continued commotion on the 2nd floor, and soon the boy was racing down the stairs as Janice tried to reach him and reason with him to try to “redirect” his behavior. This seemed to occur a couple more times.

I was president of the Board at that time, and I thought I should let Janice know just how much I thought of the way she calmly and slowly got control of the situation. I was truly amazed at how she was able to handle the situation. I approached Janice later that morning and told her that. She seemed a little worried as I approached her and I told her that, because she told me she thought I was coming to tell her, “Janice, you’ve got to get better control of those kids!” — or maybe, presumably, we’ll find someone else who can. I laughed about that and reminded her how we all marveled at the way she managed, encouraged, and inspired the youth. She said that, for her, she just thought of all those kids as her own, and she loved those kids as she loved her own.

That was her secret — love. We were lucky to have her as our youth director. We were lucky to have her as part of our spiritual community.

-David Johnson


I’m at a loss for words to explain how much you meant to me, Janice. While younger than me, you were so much wiser. I cherish the time I spent in your office at church practicing my Spanish with you, asking your advice on relationships, and hearing about your latest plans for our Unity youth. I loved seeing you interact as a mother with the boys. What fine young men you have raised and I enjoyed seeing your joy in them. Your example has been life changing for me.

I see the amazing qualities that made you such a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and incredible Youth Director. Your patience, acceptance, and sweet nature always stood out to me. Your giggly sense of humor made me laugh. Your smile warmed me. I always felt loved and accepted by you for exactly who I am.

Your love shined through so brightly and always will. I miss you Janice.

-Darla Brown


A woman full of optimism and creativity, giving to others joy and love.
-Sergio Morales-Monroy


Janice’s light and love will continue to live on in my heart. Janice’s dedicated wholehearted thoughtfulness towards making things happen for the Unity Youth made an impact in our church. It was a grand pleasure to work with Janice in bringing Mrs. Claus to the Youth at Unity. Janice’s gentleness, laugh, smile and steadfastness in supporting Unity was a demonstration of God expressing through her beautiful soul.

-Janet Jones


We moved from Charleston to Charlotte and my son wanted to go to Unity of the Triangle in Raleigh. I couldn’t understand why he wanted to travel 2 hours to go to YOU. Then I met Janice. We didn’t talk much but she had quiet calming affect. I knew that she would take good care of Dougie. I met Omar many years ago when I was a Uniteen sponsor taking my kids to rally at Camp Weed. He also went out of his way to make me feel comfortable. I had the pleasure of working with Gabe when we went to Spirit Quest. He and Dougie were co-reggies. I send much love to the family. If there is anything we can do to help let us know.

-Denise Landhan


Such a great loss! She was a true gem in our community and I will never forget her kindness and love. Prayers are with Omar and the boys.

-Virginia Decellis


I am so sad. My daughter, Patti, in Kansas told me. She checks the website often. She said she remembers Janice well because Janice was always so nice when Patti visited and would drop my 2 grand kids off in the classroom. We all miss you Janice.

-Doug Walters, Patti, Jace, and Lexi Hernandez


From the moment I met Janice I felt a kinship with her. I always felt a loving presence when I was with her. She loved her children with a passion and spirit that was beautiful to see. She loved all of our children that way.

As a volunteer with the UCT youth program, I had the privilege and pleasure of seeing her love and joy in action as we worked with the children. Knowing Janice has been a blessing in my life. May her memory be a blessing to us all.

My sincere condolences to her beautiful children and family. You are all in my heart.

-Robin Devoti


The Spirit of Janice

Janice’s Spirit flies on the Wings of Love.
It dips and swirls following eddies of care and compassion.
One drew her to her beloved Omar and her family
and the other pulled her to serve Unity of the Triangle
to minister to our youth and families’ needs.
They depended on each other,
these two complementary energies,
in a connection that will never be erased.
We grieve as she ascends higher
without having to pull against
the downward draft of her mortal challenges.
How easily she expressed her love for everyone around her,
and how abundantly it was returned by all she encountered.
But we know she has been called to enter a higher existence
in her quest to transcend this earthly spiritual plane.
May she keep soaring towards her true calling
as a Spiritual Being transformed by the love she embodied.

-Betsy Lambert, February 1, 2021


Mis respetos y Oraciones con la familia y la comunidad de Unity en este momento tan difícil , Los domingos eran especiales para mi asistir como
Voluntaria cuidando de los niños en el nursery junto a Diana en ese momento y tuve la oportunidad de conocer a Janice y puedo decir que podías sentir su espiritu tan alegre , siempre sonriendo podía trasmitir su buena energia . El cielo está de fiesta con un ángel que fue llamado para cumplir una misión de seguir cuidando desde lo alto a su hermosa familia …!!! Hoy estas en otro plano , espacio o dimensión como queremos llamarlo y se que estarás bien ! tu gran espíritu prevalecerá por siempre Amén ??. Bendiciones y muchas Oraciones .

-Kelia Mora


Janice made me believe in angels.
-Kim Church


I will always remember her sweet words on the phone to her beloved. May God watch over your family as you have done.

-Jesse Mendoza


Janice was the true embodiment of love and compassion. Her beautiful smile and caring spirit will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to Omar and her entire family.

-John Green


Janice, my best friend, my sister, my love. You were always a Ray of Light, we will meet again. Thank you for your unconditional love for 24
Years… RIP

Táyna Rivera


La certeza de nuestro espíritu es que Cristo es amor y perdón; así lo demostró Janice con su ejemplo en tan corta vida. Dejando de ser de ella y ayudando a otros. Cuando leo sus comentarios y cómo la recuerdan, definitivamente veo en su huella los principios de Jesucristo. Hoy ella ilumina el camino a otros con su recuerdo. El plan de Dios es perfecto… prima mía, descansa en Paz.

-Carlos Lugo


Janice Elaine Falcon was such a bright beacon of loving kindness to everyone whose life she touched in any way. To know her was to love and admire her. We cannot help but miss her physical presence now that she has transcended the earthly plane. We do know that the deep grief that we feel over her transition is a testament to the wonderful gift that Janice was in our lives. We allow our hearts to break open as we journey through this time of grief and loss. We love Janice, we bless her, we appreciate her and we behold the Christ in her. And we affirm that Janice lives on in our hearts and Love is eternal.

-Janice Sears


Descansa en Paz!!! Te prometo que estaré pendiente de tu mamá acá en PR!!!

-Juliana Reyes


Miss Janice made our return to the Unity community welcoming and warm. My children loved youth groups on Sundays and the heartfelt messages those lessons provided, under Janice’s leadership and her team of dedicated teachers. She made Uniteen trips a reality for my son Gabe, an experience he will cherish forever. She brought my shy Alex out of his shell, and encouraged him to perform a solo in the Christmas concert! My sweet Madeline’s favorite part of every Sunday was a hug from Miss Janice (and Rev Ana). We will forever be grateful for the love she showed to our family. Her brightness will be missed.

-Laurie Morril


Similar to others, I have several great memories of Janice, but I would like to share my favorite. Several seasons ago, Janice and the kids had organized a chili and cornbread bake sale in the dining hall to raise money for the kids to attend a rally. While I was helping the kids set up, Neusom came in, beaming. He pointed with pride at a pan of cornbread he had brought in and placed on the table. He said to me something to the effect of “Look at what I did!” It was indeed a beautiful pan of cornbread, and I told him so. We laughed and chatted a bit, and eventually he gave me one of those life-affirming hugs. Then I gravitated with others to the sanctuary for the 11 o’clock service. It was during that service that it became clear to all who attended that Neusom was in physical crisis. I went into something of a panic with this thought: what if our exchange in the dining hall earlier that morning was the last moment we’d ever connect? At some point, I had to escape to the bathroom to sob.

After service was over, I was back in the dining hall with the goal of helping Janice out with the kids. Janice noticed the look on my face, and asked if I was ok. She pulled me aside and tears welled up for both of us as we expressed just how upset we were by what had happened with Neusom. After a moment, she said, “I want you to see something.” She pulled out her phone and showed me a picture she had taken with the intention of documenting the kids’ sale set-up. It also happened to capture the exact moment Neusom and I hugged. As I started bawling again, she said, “But look at the pure and absolute joy on your face.” That moment confirmed for me that Janice is full of miracles, big and small. Nothing was ever an accident with her.

I asked her to send me the picture to my email. She did. The other night, when I learned of her transition, I desperately searched my email for the one she had sent with the picture. The subject line reads: “The hug. I love you, Andrea. Thank you for your heart.”

My heart.

Clearly, she was only seeing me as she was. I can’t imagine that I was ever anything more than a simple reflection of her light whenever I was in her presence. I think many of you know what I mean when I say I felt like a full moon around her – merely bouncing back the luminesce of the sun with a serenity and confidence that has the power to pull oceans.

She is magical; yes, her magic persists.

Many prayers to her family, friends and our entire community.

-Andrea Emanuel


Janice, te soltamos al cuidado de la Creación. Fundida con la Fuerza de toda vida te bendecimos y agradecemos tu presencia en nuestras vidas. La familia Glogiewicz-Mercado te recuerda en amor. Vuela alto.

-Juli Mercado


Janice was the true embodiment of love and compassion. Her beautiful smile and caring spirit will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to Omar and her entire family.

-JoAnne Green

Janice, we may share the same name but we didn’t know each other well. But I always was amazed at the love you radiated speaking of the children at Unity and by seeing how much they loved you. You always radiated love and light directly from your heart, and it always warmed mine. May peace, love and many blessings be yours on the next phase of your soul’s journey.

-Janice Pettit


Janice, siempre estaras en mi corazón. Soy inmemsame te afortunada de haberte tenido en mi vida y tener el privilegio de llamarte amiga. Cucla, como nos llamabamos una a la otra, seras siempre un angel. Love you.

-Lorraine Marzan


What a beautiful person and sweet soul! I’ve tried to describe Janice to friends and family who didn’t know her, and the word that best captures her is angelic. An angel is a spiritual being who is a messenger from God and can have special healing or protective attributes. Janis embodied all of those. She acted as a messenger of the Divine in the way she lived her life — with love, compassion, and respect for all. Her presence and her smile were healing, and her protective nature showed in her work and family life, and love of children and teens. She had a certain gentle sweetness and goodness that felt heaven-sent, yet she was grounded and present to the task or person in front of her.

I was blessed to have lots of time and conversations with Janice, especially in the first few months that she was Director of Youth Ministries. We shared a love of kids and families, so talked about Unity kids a lot, about our own families, and about our Unity community. In all the time we talked and all the different scenarios that she dealt with, she never spoke negatively or even a little sarcastically about anyone. She just couldn’t help but feel compassion and love for everyone. It oozed out of her eyes and smile, and she left a trail of it wherever she went. She also exuded a calm joy and expressed it constantly in appreciation and gratitude.

As a Youth Ministries Director, Janice was full of enthusiasm for the kids and appreciation for the volunteers and staff. She was light and bright and joyful, and she embodied a strong faith that all aws moving toward the highest. I saw that faith expressing with the kids, in the ways she encouraged and believed in each one of them, and their capacity to do great things and become their greatest selves. She was a strong support of our youngest son as he went through the teen years and some difficult times. I will always be grateful to her for that.

I also was blessed by Janice as a Hatha Yoga Instructor. She was the best! Her peaceful nature came through, and brought me to peace almost immediately upon sitting on the mat. She was a great instructor as far as knowing the asanas and how to help us with them, and her pacing was perfect to bring us into her aura of peacefulness. I always left feeling better in every way.

I really admire Janice as a mother. Being a mother of 5 sons is such a big job! She was dedicated and involved in their lives and a guiding force. She also brought humility to her role as a Mom. As Daniel and Gabe grew to be adults, she was challenged by Daniel’s decision to join the military. To her credit, though, she was open to learning from him and hearing about how he came to the decision. As she set aside her own ideas about it, she opened to seeing it from Daniel’s point of view. Then, she was not only accepting of his choices, but also very proud and amazed at what she had learned from him.

As a friend, Janice was very generous with listening and responding with love and acceptance. One time when I said something I felt badly about, she was forgiving to the point of saying it all works out for the best and what happened is perfectly OK. I could feel her sincerity and love, and again, her abiding faith that everything happens for the best.

Thank you, Janice. Thank you for being a loving, supportive friend. Thank you for being a dedicated, nurturing and guiding force for our kids. Thank you for being a wonderful mother and raising your boys to be loving, kind and respectful, like you. Thank you for teaching yoga practices of asana and meditation in your gentle and peaceful way. Thank you for being Light, Love and Compassion. Thank you for inspiring us with your way of being. You have been a great gift to the world. I will miss you, and will never forget you.

-Amy Allen


Her Light shines through every single person who knew her. Much Love to family and loved ones. Namaste.

-Linda Dale Edwards


First, one sees a beautiful Latina woman, then one recognizes a talented lover of our children, then, one connects with a sincere, loving soul, and finally, one realizes that the divine is indeed within, throughout, and all about us.

-John Wilson


I’ve experienced many Unity Churches throughout my travels. However, Janice was quite unique and wonderful as Sunday School Director. She had a unique and loving ability when working with the youth! She was truly amazing when working with them. She has such a talent! She made all feel loved and gave them what they needed as a leader and on an individual manner. Janice was also a wonderful Mother to her own boys! She is and will be missed!

-Connie Seitz


Siempre en mi corazón, Gracias Amiga!

-Debbie Diaz


Gracias por tu luz, tu sabiduría y tu amistad. Namaste Janice

-Milagros Rodríguez


My beautiful soul sister, my mentor and teacher, my beloved friend…Janice Elaine Falcón, I am a better person because of your light, love, and friendship. The impact you have had on who I am at my very core cannot be described in words. Your ability to mother your five wonderful sons with such grace, depth, love and joy provided me with so many opportunities to learn and grow as a mother myself. Your heart was always open to me- may I learn to keep my heart open to you in the great beyond. How beautiful it must be- your light shining without boundaries. I always was amazed at how much you reminded me of my own mother- and now you join her and all those who have gone before us. May you both guide me through my days here on earth. Until we meet again…

Te amo, querida hermana. Siempre. Gracias por amarme.

-Dawn Randolph


Que bellas palabras Belia! Todos fuimos bendecidos por ella y la admiramos como mujer, como madre y como esposa. Tan hermosa por fuera como por dentro. Ella fue nuestro ángel que Dios quiso recibir un Ángel en el cielo. Dios la está cuidando y bendiciendo ahora y cuidando de sus hijos y de nosotros desde el cielo. La amamos eternamente

-Belia Villafañe


Janice was truly a remarkable person. She embodied the Unity spirit in everything she did. And she did a lot of things. Like mentoring our youth, helping people to learn yoga, but most of all how to be of service to others. I feel lost without you Janice.
– Brett Batchelder


Janice’s light shined like a beacon on a foggy day. She lifted the veil to show how much light a person could share. I loved our Wednesday nite yoga and meditation. We also shared a light meal after. She was an incredible teacher and friend. She inspired me to be a better person. Working with her on Sunday mornings was extra special too. She always had time to listen to the children. I hope I can continue to make her dreams a reality for our youth ministry. I will forever miss her loving presence. Prayers and love for Omar, the children and family members.

-Mary Christopher


Janice and her family touch me and family with their love and kindness.

As a working mother of two i was looking for a community. Janice welcomed me to her Yoga Wednesday community. I was only able to participate because Omar, Daniel and kids would graciously watch over my little ones.

I am thankful to you all, may you continue to be embraced in the warm and loving light of the divine

-Nela Rodriguez




Be a part of World Day of Prayer

Submit the names of those you wish to hold in prayer
Last day to submit the names is Sunday, September 6

Register here to participate In-Person
Last day to register for In-person participation is Sunday, September 6

Register here to participate Virtually 
Last day to register to participate virtually is Sunday, September 6

Watch the Live Opening Ceremony
Wednesday, September 9

CELEBRATE WORLD DAY OF PRAYER AT UNITY OF THE TRIANGLE


Every year Unity churches all over the world come together for 24 hours to pray and lift up the world in an event called World Day of Prayer.  Imagine a map of the world dotted with lights from every Unity church worldwide.  The power of collective prayer is powerful and makes a difference.  Prayer matters!

Unity of the Triangle will once again participate in World Day of Prayer beginning with a Virtual Opening Ceremony on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 from 7:30-8:00 pm.   The 24-Hour Silent Prayer Vigil will begin at 8:00 pm at the end of the ceremony with the ringing of the bell and will last until Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 8:00 pm.

SUBMIT NAMES TO HOLD IN PRAYER

We would like to hold in silent prayer and meditation as many people as we can name, while affirming:

Standing in Truth, we move from fear to faith. 

To submit names to hold in prayer, fill out the form available at the bottom of this page. Submit as many names as you wish—FIRST NAMES ONLY—between August 2nd and September 6th. You can also click on the Virtual Candle (at the bottom of this page) to submit names

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRAYER VIGIL

Due to the pandemic, you may participate in the 24-Hour Silent Prayer Vigil:

  • In the safety of your home and connect to the sanctuary via Zoom OR
  • In the sanctuary while social distancing and masked.

SIGN UP FOR 1 HOUR OF PRAYER
You can now sign up for a 1 hour of prayer during the 24 hour Silent Prayer Vigil. You may choose which hour you will participate in, whether in our sanctuary or at home.  Our goal is to have someone in prayer, at home or in the sanctuary, for each of the 24 hours including the sleeping hours. 


Register here to participate In-Person

Last day to register for In-person participation is Sunday, September 6.

Register here to participate Virtually 

Last day to register for In-person participation is Monday, September 7.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE PRAYER VIGIL

Once you have signed up for your 1-hour prayer appointment, either from home or coming into the sanctuary, we will email you instructions, suggested prayer and meditation practices, and a list of names to prayer over.  Copies will also be available in the sanctuary. 

If you choose to participate from home, you will receive an email with a Zoom link so participants in the sanctuary feel your love and light, and you will be able to see the sanctuary and feel the sacredness created in the sanctuary.

VIRTUAL OPENING CEREMONY

To prepare for the 24 Hour Silent Prayer, we will
Live Stream the Opening Ceremony
from 7:30 to 8:00 pm in the same way we
hold Sunday services.  

This reverent and holy Opening Ceremony will create the sacred space in the sanctuary and in your home, and prepare your body and mind for your 1-hour of silent prayer and meditation.

Many congregants have said this is their favorite service of the whole year. 

TO ENGAGE IN THE CEREMONY FROM HOME,
we suggest that you have a candle ready to light at the same time we light the Prayer Vigil Candle in the sanctuary at the beginning of the ceremony.  You may even wish to participate in communion at home.

This is our opportunity to shift the pandemic and racism from fear to faith.

The world needs our light and our prayers!

Join Us!

Light a Virtual Candle

Unity World Day of Prayer is a global event. We invite you to light a virtual candle to represent your light shining in prayer.

Happy Youth Monday! 

Did you know that positive news stories lead to an increase in hope and optimism? This in turn makes us more likely to notice positivity all around us and become more solutions-oriented, creating a ‘positive feedback loop’. They can also boost self-efficacy; a person’s belief in their ability to make a difference. Are you ready?

May you be inspired by this video created by our awesome Youth Ministry reporters: Unkids Alexander Trahan (10), Madeline Morrill (6), and their Uniteen brother, Gabriel Trahan (11).  Here are the positive news stories they found:

Conservationists Rejoicing Over Discovery of ‘Ultra-Rare’ Blue Bee

It has been almost a decade since this ultra-rare species of bee was last spotted in the Florida wilderness—but conservationists are now rejoicing after it was rediscovered this spring. First described in 2011, scientists weren’t sure the blue calamintha bee still existed. The species had only been recorded in four locations totaling just 16 square miles of pine scrub habitat at Central Florida’s Lake Wales Ridge.

Those apprehensions changed to delight in March when a Florida Museum of Natural History researcher rediscovered the metallic navy insects—a first step to conserving this understudied and imperiled species. “I was open to the possibility that we may not find the bee at all so that first moment when we spotted it in the field was really exciting,” said Chase Kimmel, a postdoctoral researcher.

Kimmel and his adviser, Jaret Daniels, director of the museum’s McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, are working on a two-year research project to determine the blue calamintha bee’s current population status and distribution, as well as nesting and feeding habits.

Florida’s State Wildlife Action Plan lists the bee, Osmia calaminthae, as a species of greatest conservation need, and this project could help determine whether it qualifies for protection under the Endangered Species Act. A US Fish and Wildlife Service State Wildlife Grant administered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is funding the project.

The bee is thought to live only in the Lake Wales Ridge region, a globally recognized biodiversity hotspot and one of the nation’s fastest-disappearing ecosystems, according to a 2015 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report. As a pollinator, it depends on another threatened species, a blooming plant known as Ashe’s calamint. “This is a highly specialized and localized bee,” Daniels said.

The blue calamintha is a solitary bee, creating individual nests instead of hives like honeybees. While no nests have been found, the species is part of the genus Osmia, which tends to use existing ground burrows, hollow stems or holes in dead trees as nests. To test whether this bee does the same, the research team made and deployed bee “condos,” 42 nest boxes, in locations where the bee or Ashe’s calamint have been found. Each box contains reeds and sand pine blocks with holes drilled in varying diameters and depths to reveal the bee’s nesting preferences. Researchers will periodically check the boxes over the next year.

“All of this work is a collaboration,” Daniels said. “It takes an army to make it happen, you couldn’t do it without all the broader community of assistance that makes a project work to generate good results.”

Portable Sinks for the Homeless

Portable sinks are being installed across the United States as a means of helping homeless people wash their hands amidst the novel coronavirus outbreaks. Over the course of the last two months, Love Beyond Walls—a Georgia-based nonprofit dedicated to helping the homeless—has been setting up dozens of hand-washing stations in areas popularly visited by rough sleepers.

Terence Lester, the founder who had been homeless himself as a teenager, told Katie Couric on her new YouTube show, The Bright Side, that he started the “Love Sinks In” campaign with the hopes of supporting neglected people living in poverty during the pandemic. “People would say things like ‘I’m fearing I’ll contract the coronavirus because I have nowhere to wash my hands’,” said Lester.

Thankfully, the group has been able to scale up their operations thanks to their support from Grammy award-winning hip hop artist Lecrae, who is also a friend of Lester’s. Since Lecrae joined forced with the organization in March, several dozen sinks have been installed across the city of Atlanta—all of which are sanitized three times every day.

Love Beyond Walls has also teamed up with other homeless charities to install sinks in cities like Birmingham, Austin, Columbus, San Bernardino, New Orleans, Baltimore, and New York City. Couric surprised Lester during their interview, by making a $10,000 donation that will pay for the installation of 50 more portable sinks.

11-Year-Old Skater Makes History During Quarantine!

While many people have been left twiddling their thumbs for the duration of the novel coronavirus shutdowns, this 11-year-old athlete took advantage of his free time spent in quarantine to make skateboarding history. This week, Gui Khury became the first skateboarder to ever land a 1080-degree turn on a vertical ramp. 

For perspective, the Brazilian youngster had not even been born when 22-year-old Tony Hawk completed the first 900-degree turn back in 1990. Gui completed his first 900-degree turn at just 8 years old.

Now two decades after Hawk’s accomplishment, Gui says he was able to complete the jaw-dropping 1080-degree feat by using his time off from school amidst the pandemic to train. Upon expertly landing the triple-turn earlier this week, Gui says he could hardly comprehend his achievement.

“I was like, oh my God, what did I just do?” Gui Khury told Reuters. “I was just like OK, I landed it. Now I am going to celebrate.” Gui later told reporters that he celebrated by sharing a bowl of macaroni and cheese with his family.

I hope you are inspired to look for more good news every day!

Namaste,

Janice

Source: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/

Every year we host a Volunteer Fiesta at the Unity of the Triangle as a way to showcase the many opportunities available for congregants to be of the Sacred Service Volunteer Program. The goal of the Sacred Service Volunteer Program is to create and maintain an organization in which people can experience spiritual growth by contributing their time, talents, and skills in meaningful service, furthering the beliefs of this ministry.

With many ways to contribute your time and talents to Unity, we organized the areas of service into the following categories:

Being the GOD PRESENCE

  • Friends in Deed – provides assistance to our Unity family through a variety of services – cards, rides, meals, etc.
  • Sacred Prayer Circle – prays silently for those who make a prayer request.
  • Extended Care – experienced prayer chaplains who provide emotional support through prayer and compassionate listening.
  • Prayer Chaplains – creates and hold sacred space for all Unity of the Triangle congregants by praying and listening.

Planting THE SEEDS

  • Youth & Family Ministry – teach or assist in the youth education program on Sunday school. Helps with donations, provides support at classes, trips, fundraisers and special events.
    • Interested? Contact Janice at Janice.Falcon@unitytriangle.org

Creating the UNITY EXPERIENCE

  • Welcome Team – Greet everyone before and after each service, assists guests in finding their way through the building and answers questions about Unity.
  • Hospitality Team – Prepares and serves refreshments on Sundays.
  • Facility Team – Helps with repairs, maintenance, and landscape.
  • Bookstore Team – attends the bookstore on Sunday, helps keep track of inventory and sales.

Offering THAT SPECIAL SOMETHING

  • Adult Choir – expresses spirituality through music twice a month at the Sunday service, special services and seasonal concerts.
  • Musicians – expresses spirituality through music at the Sunday service, special services and seasonal concerts.
    • Interested? Contact Jay at Jay.Wright@unitytriangle.org.

Making IT RUN MAGICALLY

  • Audio/Video Team – manages the AV needs for services and special events.
    • To join this team, please contact David at David.Johnson@unitytriangle.org.
  • Marketing Support Team – assists with the promotion of Unity and events through social media and event support.
    • To join this team, please contact Yesenia at marketing@unitytriangle.org.
  • Photography Team – takes photos and/or short video clips of events and/or special events.
    • To join this team, please contact Yesenia at marketing@unitytriangle.org.
  • Leadership Selection Ministry – works to find candidates for the board ensuring they are a good fit to the board’s current skill set needs.
  • Board of Trustees – administers the business, financial, and legal affairs of the church.
  • Rental Support Team – Day-of Liaison. Helps setup and breakdown. Greet attendees.

Serving BEYOND OUR WALLS

  • Unity in the Community – extends the ministry of love out into the community and the world with outreach projects.
    • To join this team, contact Karen at kthorsen1434@gmail.com.
  • Ambassadors of Hope – spreads the Unity message in populations in need of support with grief, addiction, and cancer.
    • To join this team, contact

For more information about the Sacred Service program, please contact Barbara, Volunteer Coordinator, at Barbara.Holleman@unitytriangle.org.

What feels better than receiving a gift or nice gesture unexpectedly? 

Giving a gift or nice gesture just because! 

This month we launch into the start of the holiday season with 3 weeks devoted to “random acts of kindness”. Kindness shows up in the smallest of ways but can mean the world to somebody going through difficult times. Kindness nourishes the soul by opening the flow of abundance. 

Kindness as a spiritual practice also reminds us of this years’ theme:

Love. Serve. Transform. 

We seek to transform our world with love and service – one act of kindness at a time. By engaging in random acts of kindness we deepen our spiritual connections with one another and within ourselves. Together, we hope to expand our sense of community within this church and beyond by using social media to document and share our experiences. 

Let’s challenge ourselves to do one act of kindness a day for the next 21 days and experience the gratitude and blessings that open up to us when we are open to giving and receiving. All are invited to participate and use social media to share their experiences beginning September 15th, 2019 and wrapping up on October 6th, 2019. 

Check out the video on this post from Unity of the Triangle Marketing gurus introducing the campaign and follow the steps below. 

4 easy steps to participate: 

  1. Follow @UnityTriangle on Instagram.
  2. Check back on Instagram once a day for the ‘Prompt of the Day’ which is to help you think of new ideas through the campaign. 
  3. Post a photo or story from your account telling us about the experience. 
  4. Tag @UnityTriangle in the post and use the hashtag #21DaysofKindness so we may find your post and feature it on the official Unity of the Triangle instagram page.

Tips:

  1. Tag a friend in your post to “challenge” them and do the same! 
  2. Post to your instagram account and tag @UnityTriangle as much as you want during the 21 days. Remember, the challenge is to take action every day and share it with the church to inspire others and keep the flow of giving open. 
  3. No act of kindness is too small! You are welcome to choose an action outside of the prompts given and post it to your Instagram page. 
  4. Use discretion when documenting your good deeds. It is important that the privacy of others is respected. We recommend obtaining consent for photos or videos, as appropriate. Otherwise we recommend that your post focuses on your personal experience with the challenge. 
  5. Do a group action! Add this as an item at your next small group meeting and plan to take an action together like cleaning up a park together or getting together to write thank you notes. 
  6. Not on Instagram and don’t want to be? That’s okay! Instagram isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. We invite you to post your pictures and videos to the #21DaysofKindness Facebook event page

Most of all, have fun with it and feel good doing it! May love and serve flow freely from you as you continue to transform within and do your part to transform this world. 

Love, light, and blessings to you,

Unity of the Triangle