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Welcome to Our Web Site!
We are grateful that you took the time to stop by and visit our home on the web. Enjoy your stay, and please let us know if you have any questions or comments. Our contact information is below. Thank you!

 


What's New...

 

Newsletter and other mailings, events

Greg Tamblyn Comedy Concert - August 13, 2014

July-August 2014 Newsletter

Spring 2014 Events
March-April 2014 Newsletter

Past newsletters and other mailings:

January-February 2014 Newsletter
Christmas Season Events flyer 2013-14
Rev. Mary's Christmas Letter 2013
November-December 2013 Newsletter
September-October 2013 Newsletter
September-October Newsletter with 3 flyers
July-August 2013 Newsletter
May-June 2013 Newsletter
March-April 2013 Newsletter
December 2012 - January 2013 Newsletter
Rev. Mary's Christmas Letter - 2012
Holiday Season events & special services - flyer

September-October 2012 Newsletter
July-August 2012 Newsletter
May-June 2012 Newsletter
March-April 2012 Newsletter
January-February 2012 Newsletter

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Who We Are -- Mission, Vision, and More

Note: These are our new Mission and Vision Statements, effective 4/18/2010

Our Mission

We are a diverse, loving spiritual community empowering growth, transformation and peaceful living.

Our Vision

Spiritually centered we celebrate a world of love, peace and abundance.


 

More About Us

Unity in Buffalo was founded in June of 1944. Our church was incorporated as Unity Center of Practical Christianity, which was amended in 1967 to Unity Church of Practical Christianity. Our building was built during the late 1950s and was dedicated on February 23, 1958.

We offer prayer services (Sunday worship at 10 a.m. and Wednesday Noon Prayer service), a Youth Education program for ages 5-11, prayer support from trained Chaplains, spiritual counseling, regular groups (including A Course In Miracles and Emotional Freedom Techniques), special events, concerts, an art gallery showcasing local and regional artists, opportunities to share creative expressions, community service (including an active VOICE-Buffalo core team), our Unity Peace Park with a gazebo and labyrinth, special services (i.e. weddings, holy unions, memorial services, funerals, christenings), great music, friends, fun and fellowship - and much more!

We are committed to living from that place of knowing that our prayers have already been answered.

We believe in the innate goodness of all people ("original virtue") and that we all have a great untapped potential within us waiting to be called upon.

We believe in the power of prayer and the power of our positive thoughts, words and deeds to make a profound difference in the world.

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What is Unity?

Unity is a worldwide spiritual movement of churches and study centers in every state within the USA and on every continent in the world. It is a spiritual, educational organization founded more than 100 years ago in Kansas City, Missouri. Based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, Unity offers a practical approach to Christianity that helps people find deeper spiritual meaning in their lives and "live life more abundantly." We consider ourselves trans-denominational because we honor the many paths to knowing God in the world. Through Unity's ministries, people all over the world are provided with positive, spiritual messages of hope, healing, prosperity and peace.

Unity publishes the well-known monthly publication, Daily Word, a magazine of daily inspirational messages that goes out to millions around the world.

 

Unity's Basic Teachings

1) There is only One Presence and One Power in the universe and in my life: God the Good, omnipotent.
2) The Spirit of God indwells every person. "Christ in you, the hope of glory." - Col. 1:27
3) We create our experience of the world through the activity of our thinking. Everything in the manifest realm has its beginning in thought.
4) Prayer and meditation are our daily practices for connection with God's loving presence.
5) Understanding these principles is not enough - we seek to live them in every area of our lives.

For further information, please visit the Association of Unity Churches web site. We particularly recommend the AUC's section on The 20 Questions Most Often Asked About Unity.

 


 

The Transformation Experience

In late 2012, Unity of Buffalo completed its third year of participating in The Transformation Experience -- a three-year pilot program of the Association of Unity Churches. It is a whole-ministry transformational initiative designed to create thriving ministries and enlightened leaders. This full-community engagement facilitates a measurable shift in a ministry's capacity to fulfill its mission and co-create a world that works for all. The TE program integrates the wisdom and divine consciousness of the Unity movement with the leading-edge practice of the Thriving Ministry Model. About a dozen other Unity ministries also participated from 2009-2012.

 


Prayer/Services

painted glass window in sanctuary - by Judie Pufpaff
"Spirit Within" - painted glass window by Judie Pufpaff

Sunday Celebration Service at Unity Buffalo is at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Friendship Hour with light refreshments. For those with children, we have a Youth Education program in our kids area during the service. (We are currently accommodating ages 5 through 11 for Sunday School.) Four times per year there is a potluck lunch after our service. All are welcome to attend our services and other activities. Please join us so we can get to know you and you can get to know us.

 

Sunday Services and Lesson Titles

 

March 2 - an introduction to Emma Curtis Hopkins

Lenten Series begins March 9 - "Seven Steps to Manifesting Our Good"

March 9 - "Of Course..."
March 16 - "Just Say Hello"
March 23 - " What else…is possible?"
March 30 - "Be Peace"

April 6: "Forgive Me"
April 13: Palm Sunday – "Step Right In"
Good Friday Service – April 18 at 7 p.m.
April 20: Easter Sunday – "Rise Up!"

April 27: "It IS Easy Being Green!" - A Special Earth Day Message and Potluck Sunday

May 4: "How to Pray Without Talking to God"
May 11: "A Blessing for All Mothers"

 

Sample a Sunday service online! -- Click here

 

Additional Prayer Opportunities

 

We offer a Weekly Prayer and Meditation Service each Wednesday at noon. This service is modeled after Silent Unity's prayer services held at Unity Village, Missouri. Silent Unity is the international prayer ministry of Unity that was founded in 1890.

Our team of Unity Prayer Chaplains provides one-on-one prayer support after every Sunday service, wellness calling to church members, and are available during the week by phone. If you have a prayer request, you may phone us at (716) 882-0391, leave a message on our Prayer Chaplains' voice mailbox (#3) and one of our Chaplains will return your call to hold prayer space with you. When visiting the church, you may leave a prayer request in the Prayer Chest located in our sanctuary. You may also email your prayer requests to us.

Silent Unity also accepts prayer requests through its Telephone Prayer Ministry, at: 1-800-NOW-PRAY (669-7729). Phones at Silent Unity are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All prayer requests received at our church and at Silent Unity are considered sacred and are held in the strictest confidentiality.

Pastoral visits may be requested of our minister and/or our Chaplains team.

 

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Our Minister

photo of Rev. Mary Masters Rev. Mary Masters has been senior minister at Unity of Buffalo since 2003. She was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Association of Unity Churches International (now known as Unity Worldwide Ministries) in 2009 and currently serves as Board Chair. Rev. Mary's passion for organizational development, financial responsibility and spiritual leadership are demonstrated through her ministry, her five years on the board of the Association's Eastern Region, and in service in the Buffalo community. She has a bachelor's degree in political science and organizational behavior, and a master's degree in managerial communications. She was a Licensed Unity Teacher prior to ordination. Rev. Mary is available for spiritual counseling, prayer support, and to perform special services including: weddings, holy union and commitment ceremonies, celebration of life services (memorials), christenings, house blessings, and other customized rite of passage ceremonies to meet your needs.

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Our Board of Trustees for 2013-2014:

President - Rosemary Priore
Vice President - Nabia Bautista
Treasurer - Ken Riches
Secretary - Joe Ferraro
Trustee-at-Large - Tiffany Lampe
Trustee-at-Large - John Michaels
Trustee-at-Large - Rev. Mary Masters, Minister

Vision Statement for Unity Board of Trustees

We are spiritually guided stewards joyfully fulfilling our mission with zeal in a manner that honors all.

Annual Congregational Meeting -- 2013

Our Annual Congregational Meeting was held on Sunday, October 20, 2013.

Unity of Buffalo Bylaws

Our church bylaws may be accessed here.

 

 


How to Contact Us

Postal mailing address:

Unity Church of Practical Christianity
1243 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209

Phone: (716) 882-0391

Fax: (716) 882-5020

Email: Please use our Feedback Form to email us directly from this web site.

Office email address is info (at) unitybuffalo (dot) org .
Minister's email address is revmary (at) unitybuffalo (dot) org .

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Love Offerings and Tithes

Love offerings and tithes to support the work, growth and vision of our ministry are always greatly appreciated, and may be sent to our mailing address above. We are also able to receive offerings and tithes via our web site. Please visit our Donations page for more information on making an online donation to our church.

Year-End Charitable Giving Reminder - Please remember that all contributions to Unity of Buffalo are fully tax-deductible. We appreciate your consideration of including our church in your plans for year-end charitable giving, and your giving all year long. These gifts not only bless and sustain our ministry; they also help reduce your tax burden. Thank you for all the ways you love and support our ministry.

New! Sponsor an Engraved Brick for our Labyrinth, online!

Another Way to Support Us:
Use GoodSearch and GoodShop On-Line

We’ve made it easier for you to support Unity Church of Practical Christianity: We registered our church with GoodSearch.com , a company that helps non-profits like ours raise funds through the everyday actions of our supporters. Here is how you can help:

1) Use GoodSearch when you search the Internet -- they will donate a penny to us every time you do. It may not sound like a lot, but when many people are searching every single day, it adds up!

2) Use GoodShop.com when you shop online --they work with more than 2,500 major brands, have over 100,000 coupons and donate a percentage of every purchase you make to us.

 

Search the Web now Money-saving coupons Raise money for Unity of Buffalo just by searching the web and shopping online!
 
3) Enroll in GoodDining.com -- they will donate up to 6% of every dollar you spend when you eat at one of 10,000 participating restaurants.

4) By downloading the GoodSearch/GoodShop Toolbar for your web browser, your searches and shopping will automatically benefit Unity of Buffalo - you don’t even have to think about it!

Please join our community on GoodSearch.com and help us raise money for our mission. You can get started by clicking the “Become a Supporter” button on our profile page. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you so much!


 

MyEstateManager™: Support for our congregants
when a loved one transitions

We have added a resource called MyEstateManager™ to our website. This is a free tool for estate planning, preparation, and management that helps families deal with such situations confidently, effectively, and with a feeling of control. It offers a secure, step-by-step guide that explains what to expect, what to do - and when. It also shows how to get immediate support from local service providers. Learn more about MyEstateManager here.

 


Related Links

For more information, including recommended reading and listening, please check out the following links to other sites:

link to Silent Unity
Silent Unity
For more than 100 years, Silent Unity has been serving people of all faiths from all parts of the world through prayer. What began as a small group of praying friends has grown into a worldwide prayer ministry with devoted staff prayerfully responding to thousands of requests that pour in each day by telephone, letter, e-mail, or through the Internet ministry.
Unity's Online Store
A Spiritual Resource for Daily Living! Unity publishes spiritually oriented, practical, and uplifting books, audiobooks, cassettes, CDs, and magazines that can be helpful to everyone. Their products are created and designed to offer support, hope, and possibilities for a better life.
link to Read today's Daily Word
Daily Word
Since its inception in 1924, the Daily Word message has continued to reach out to an audience of spiritual seekers thirsty for positive words of Truth and light. Today, the Daily Word message reaches out to a world of readers in a variety of ways, including the Internet.
Birth 2012
Birth 2012
The famed 26,000 year Mayan Calendar comes to an end on December 21st, 2012. Some believe and have taught that this foretold the end of time; however, we in Unity and the New Thought Movement believe it signals the awakening of the human mind to a greater reality. Birth 2012 events took place at Unity and New Thought Centers all around the world. Unity of Buffalo is celebrating the coming of this evolution of consciousness too.
UnityBirth.org
Are you willing to see beyond the crises of our world and help build a positive future? Barbara Marx Hubbard's keynote, A New Vision for Humanity, ignited the people of the Unity movement with a vision of possibility, hope and action during the 2012 Unity People's Convention in June. You're invited to join countless others in a global renaissance - a declaration that something is ending and a new era in human culture is beginning. Imagine a global welcome for the kind of humans we're becoming...
Unity Online Radio
The Unity Online Radio Network is a platform for spiritual and New Thought discussions. The programs on the network are a powerful voice in providing the consciousness, clarity and common vision necessary to create transformation in the world today. Unity calls it The Voice of an Awakening World. The programming schedule offers something for everyone and features more than 36 new program episodes each week, 33 of them broadcast live, allowing listeners to call-in and participate in the discussion.
Unity Family Matters
Unity created this Web site in response to the need for empowering spiritual resources for families. Its content is aimed at both parents and children.

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