During the April 28 Rev. Carolyne Mathlin introduced Ruthanne Ali and the video included below. Ruthanne was then invited up to share with the community.
To listen to the audio from the service, press play.
Video played during service (without the music)
Over two years ago our community came together on a Saturday to ask the question “What is Spirit’s vision for Unity of Tustin?” A couple of important themes and ideas emerged, many of which centered around education and technology. As we have continued to ‘follow the dots’ (as Dr. Marj Britt has so often said) we have been able to implement some amazing strategic initiatives. We have:
- Increased the Silence in the Sunday service meditation from three to five minutes
- Hosted quarterly on-site meditation retreats on a love offering basis
- Sponsored annual off-site week-long retreats
- Changed the name of our Healing Service to Sacred Circle of Light to reflect that it is a contemplative prayer service
- Formed our Men of Unity (MUTS) group
- Installed and completely paid for Solar Panels (located on our education building)
- Installed energy efficient lights & water pumps around campus
- Updated our rapidly aging technological infrastructure
- New phone & internet system
- New wiring around campus
- New server and sanctuary computer
- New projector for sanctuary
Wow! In two years there have been a lot of changes and it has all been because of amazing selfless servers who have stepped forward to champion them. Throughout this time of growth, expansion and stepping into what’s next for UoT, your Board has realized we need to look at reorganizing our structure to best respond to the unfolding vision. When we ask big questions, we often will get big, life changing answers. One of the insights that has emerged is that our approach to adult spiritual education needs to change. As a result, I want to share with you that our beloved Ruthanne Ali will be leaving us and moving to Georgia to be with family. To hear the announcement in my talk from last Sunday, please click here.
Ruthanne has served in her role as Director of School of Light for 14 years. In that time, there have been approximately 200 spiritual teachers that have come to Unity of Tustin. It has been Ruthanne’s role to coordinate their time with us and to set the field for our community to experience their teachings. Ruthanne has also been the one to oversee our weekly and monthly educational offerings. In addition to her role, Ruthanne has been a friend and spiritual support for many of us over the years. Her love, wisdom, gentle presence and warm hugs will be deeply missed! This Sunday, April 28 we will be honoring Ruthanne for all that she has meant to us here at Unity of Tustin during and after the Sunday services.
Ruthanne has asked that people share stories, memories, pictures, etc. Unity of Tustin has meant so much to her over the years and she wants to be able to cherish those memories for many years to come. She would also love to have people’s contact information so she can keep in touch with us. If you are unable to be with us this Sunday, you are welcome to send your well wishes and contact information for Ruthanne to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will forward the information to her.
Most of all, I invite you to surround our beloved Ruthanne and this process of transition in Love and Light. We are all taking a step into what is next and with that step we are entering a mystery, a mystery that is to be revealed. What we know is that Love is present when we are present to that Love. May we all experience that Love as we walk together through this transition. I look forward to seeing you this Sunday.
Rev. Carolyne Mathlin Senior Minister
On-Going Weekly & Monthly Events
All classes are open to everyone on a Love Offering basis unless otherwise noted.
Spiritual Discussion Group
with Pam Pence and Paul Crews
Currently studying the work of Joel Goldsmith, a respected Christian mystic, using his book Practicing the Presence.
Sun, 9:30 am, love offering
Voices of Unity Choir Rehearsal
with Amy Jahn, Music Ministry Director
Join us in creating music for our community. We sing in services about once a month and everyone is welcome. We sing diverse music, keeping all skill levels challenged and energized! Experience and celebrate the Beloved through music.
For information, call 714 730-3444, ext 307, or e-mail: email@example.com.
Mon, 5:30 – 7 pm
Intenders of the Highest Light
with Lisa Panzica
The Intention Process is being used by people around the world who are bringing their lifelong dreams into reality. Our thoughts create our experiences and our desires are in us to be fulfilled. Learn to serve the highest good of the universe, yourself and others.
Mon, 6 – 9 pm, love offering
with Paul Crews and Diane Fish
Recognizing that there are three levels of understanding – the literal, the metaphysical, and the mystical – this class focuses on the deepest mystical meaning. We are now focusing on an exploration of The Gospel of Thomas by Lynn Bauman. Tues, 10 am – 12 pm, love offering
Heart Wisdom: Processing the Shadow
with William Dexter and Harry Smith
Methods used include HeartMath Discovery Program, Polarity Management, Self Inquiry, and the Shiva Process as means to work with the unconscious that prevents us from realizing the Self.
Tues, 7 - 9 pm, love offering. To listen to Swami Brahmananda’s Heart Lock-In guided HeartMath practice,
Men of Unity of Tustin (MUTS)
This ministry will be led by Unity of Tustin Board Member Tim Truitt who brings experience in facilitating men’s groups. This Men’s Ministry will offer a sacred circle of confidentiality and trust for men to explore their spirituality and foster initimacy with others on the spiritual journey. Alternating Tues, 6:30-9 pm, Love Offering
OC Meditation Group
with Daniel O’Hara
Voted BEST MEDITATION GROUP IN OC by OC Weekly
Are you tired, depressed, have long-standing medical issues or just need mental or emotional clarity? If you answered yes to any of these questions, join us for meditation and healing. Every Thursday is a different powerfully charged, theme night such Prosperity Night, ANGELPALOOZA, LordsPrayerfest, Buddha Bliss, Wholly Healing Night and more; bringing you to the deepest levels of inner peace and healing. Regenerate your body, transform your life and create peace in the world. People from LA, SD and IE join our 50+ people from OC making Thursday nights the highlight of their week. For more information, go to www.OCMeditationGroup.com. Thurs, 7:30 – 9:30 pm, love offering of $10+ suggested
A Course in Miracles Study Group
with Michael Tyree
The Course describes a purely non-dualistic approach to spirituality. It uses traditional Judeo-Christian terminology but is not aligned to the doctrines of any religion or denomination. On January 7, the class will begin with Lesson One in the workbook.
Fri, 7 – 9 pm, love offering
Orange County Near-Death Experience Support Group
with Angel Love Powers
This group serves the community of people with particular interests in this subject and open to everyone. Each month features a different speaker who shares the details of their NDE, or similar experience. The group offers understanding, support and education concerning the NDE or spiritually transformative experience, with a forum for discussion, and questions and answers, in a supportive, non-judgemental environment.
2nd Sat, 1– 4 pm, love offering
Coming Home Interfaith Sufi Peace Retreats
Guided by Gul-Askhi and Kaan
Come friends! Let us enter the cave of the heart and join in a daylong contemplative retreat of meditation, prayer and chanting from various sacred traditions. Send a gift of love from your heart to the Heart of Humanity. A light lunch will be served.
1st Sat of each month, 10 am – 5 pm, love offering