Embracing Buffalo: Four Days of Hope & Healing

Hope, Healing and Renewal at Unity on Thursday, August 4th & Sunday, August 7th

We will host two Sessions at Unity on Thursday, August 4, 2022:

We are looking for a few volunteers to serve as hosts and ambassadors for our ministry that day. You can sign up at our church or email media@unitybuffalo.org. This is an important opportunity for Unity of Buffalo to open our doors and contribute to the healing of our community - helping create a world of love, peace and abundance for all.

❤️ 10 a.m. - 3 p.m: Healing, Hope and Renewal Workshop for individuals and members of the multiple communities and faith-based groups who have responded to the massacre. Lunch will be provided.

❤️ 6 p.m. - 8 p.m: "Let It Flow" – A workshop combining music, movement, and expressive art. All ages and experience levels welcome.

The Thursday workshops at Unity are sponsored and organized by Embracing Buffalo, a coalition led by the WNY Peace Center, the University of Buffalo and other organizations. To learn more about them,  and additional events being offered throughout the city, please visit https://wnypeace.org/wp/embracing-buffalo/ where you may register for the Thursday workshops.

All workshops will be led by Dr. Carol Penn, a Unity member and faculty member of the Center for Mind Body Medicine. She is dual certified in Osteopathy and Family Medicine. Plus her unique background in dance and science combined with her expertise in meditation and movement makes her uniquely qualified to focus on mind body medicine.

The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) is respected for offering the world’s largest, most effective, evidence-based community program for healing psychological trauma and stress. This is evidenced by television coverage of their success in the Ukraine,  Kosovo, the Sudan and elsewhere, as well as reports in professional journals. CMBM brings together a variety of techniques drawn from the world’s healing traditions, as well as modern medicine, to help whole populations learn to heal themselves. 

For the Buffalo workshops, Dr Penn will be joined by Dena Adler, M.A., ATR a Registered Art Therapist with over thirty years of experience with children and families living with loss, grief and life hardships; and by Sabrina N’Diaye, PhD, MDiv, LCSW-C is a therapist, storyteller, peacebuilder and the founder of the Heart Nest Center for Peace and Healing in Baltimore MD.

Sunday, August 7, 2022:

❤️ 10:00 a.m: Unity of Buffalo Sunday Service which will reflect on “Creating Communities to Heal Hurt,” presented by Dr. Carol Penn. She is leading the weeklong series of events reflecting on the massacre and the horrors that preceded it.

❤️ 11:30 a.m: "Writers for Healing" Sample Journaling Workshop led by Regina Jackson

Regina Jackson is a Reiki Master Teacher who is CEO of Regina Tandeka Productions. “Keeping a journal will give form and meaning to your feelings. It will allow you to create something out of the void that may threaten you when you’ve been traumatized. And writing gives you proof that you can actually do something,” says Dr. Jim Gordon, the Executive Director and Founder of CMBM.

Rev. Mary Masters, Unity of Buffalo’s Senior Minister says, “We are grateful to Embracing Buffalo for bringing this wonderful program to our community and encourage everyone to support their current and future efforts.

“Part of what makes Unity special,” she adds, “is that our core values include full inclusion of everyone, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation or race; as well as respect for the wisdom of all faiths. Both are important values if we are to heal our communities and prevent future horrors.”

Unity is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus and the power of prayer. Unity teaches that there is one Power and one Presence, and many paths to knowing that Presence. We honor and respect all paths and wherever you are on your spiritual life journey.