Dear Unity friends,

I am so very thankful, to you and to the entire community for your steadfast and true commitment to Unity, which I have seen, heard, and felt, especially this past week, through your cooperation and strength.

Friends, even though we are not physically together on Sunday, we are with each other in faith. Let us remember our common spiritual ground, our common spiritual goal, and our common spiritual need for peace and understanding, especially in these times. It begins with each one of us to be at peace with the world as it exists today, through prayer and meditation, so that we may extend peace and healing to our spiritual community, our city and our planet:

True and lasting inner peace can never be found in external things. It can only be found within. And then, once we find and nurture it with ourselves, it radiates outward.


Taking time out of our day to be silent, to listen to God, and to trust that troubled times will cease is God’s great gift to us all as promised in Psalm 46:10 in the words, “Be still and know that I am God.”

I know you believe as I do that matters of faith and spirituality are practical matters. So instead of turning to practical matters, I will turn to temporal matters.

We are continuously monitoring rapidly changing developments and the escalating impact of COVID-19. With that in mind, I ask that you continue using safe practices described more fully on the Center for Disease Control website and abbreviated here:

  • Take steps to protect yourself. Wash your hands often or use a hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people.
  • Take steps to protect others. Stay home if you are sick. Cover coughs and sneezes. Wear a facemask if you are sick. If you are not sick, you do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • And, I will ask that you stay home unless it is absolutely necessary to go out in this environment.

While we cannot be together now, we are developing and sharing content on our website. This week, on Sunday, March 22, 2020, we will begin offering our Sunday services via livestream. Stay tuned for more information and for instructions on how to connect with us.

Now, more than ever, it is critical to keep our congregation healthy in every way so that Unity Chicago continues to keep our virtual doors open wide, even when we cannot be together in the same room.

Remember that Divine Love blesses and multiplies all that you are, all that you have, all that you give, and all that you receive.

Your generosity is always greatly appreciated and so necessary to our spiritual health.

There are many easy ways to contribute:

  • Text to 773-492-8772
  • Sending a check to the Unity Office
    2650 West Montrose, Suite 110, Chicago, IL 60618
May God’s Light infuse your body, home and life with perfect peace, health and prosperity.
Blessings and Peace,
Rev. James C. Parker
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The UNITY Board and president, John Scothorn addresses the congregation.

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