Living on Purpose- Spiritually Focused Fulfillment
Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing’s mission and vision statements are inspired by the vision of Unity Worldwide Ministries. "Advancing the Unity movement that calls us to awaken to our oneness with God, each other and all creation"
Mission: Awakening to our oneness with God, each other and all creation
Vision: A world powerfully transformed through the growing movement of a shared spiritual awakening.
Living into our purpose, we seek to support as each other in our ongoing spiritual awakening through Sunday Services, learning sessions, safe relationships, diverse and inclusive activities, social actions and opportunities for everyone to make meaningful contributions of time, talent and treasure through active engagement and service.
Mission Focused Teams: - there is a place for YOU!
In Unity, we learn that we are love and that it's in our spiritual nature to give. "Love in Action" is based on the truth that each one of us has spiritual gifts or unique talents and abilities to express into life. Each one of us is important to maintain a thriving, growing spiritual community. All that we say, think, and do makes a difference! Note that you do not need to be a Unity member to participate in a team.
If you're interested in being on a ministry team or becoming a team leader, contact the church office at (517) 371-3010 for more information.
ADMINISTRATION TEAM Lead: Jerry Podany
Mission: The Administration Team’s mission is to provide effective administration support for the ministry and its mission.
Board Liaison: Jane Cloos
Sub teams: Budget, Tech, Venue Rental
Main Responsibilities: Financials, Operations, Buildings and Grounds
CELEBRATION TEAM Lead: Jeff English
Mission: To create well planned celebration services that inspire and uplift, model Unity Principles, and include everyone
Sub teams: Music - Jeff English, Ushers - Edmund Mack; Counters - Stacey Ames; Platform Assistants Chris Janson, Choir on Hiatus
Coordinates with Design Team and Tech Team
Main Responsibilities - Sunday Service Experience
SAGE TEAM Lead: Danielle McMahon
(Spiritual Awakening Generates Enlightenment)
Mission: To provide spiritual growth and development classes, seminars, activities and resources that support participants’ spiritual awakening to their oneness with God, each other, and all creation
Board Liaison: Dan Maynard
Main Responsibilities: Planning SALT, Classes, Workshops and Special Events like movies and concerts
DESIGN TEAM Lead: Susan Winklestern
Board Liaison: Nancy Cody
Main Responsibilities: Oversee the cohesive appearance in all decorating designs, plan special decor for holidays, determine permanent signage, display placement, furniture, paint colors, deep cleaning
DIVERSITY TEAM Lead: Teresa Mulford
(I.D.E.A. Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Acceptance/Accessibility)
Board Liaison: Kathleen Assiff
Mission: “To promote increased awareness of the many facets of diversity in an effort to consciously practice the Unity principle of being an inclusive, safe, and welcoming environment for all people.”
Main Responsibilities: Coordinate with other teams to ensure Diversity as a consideration in their activities, review signage, graphics and displays for IDEA values
TECH TEAM Lead: Greg Dening
Main Purpose - to insure best functioning and best practices for all technology
Works with Administration Team for Office computers, Celebration Team for Video, Sound and Hybrid Broadcasting, SAGE Team for Virtual and Hybrid events either on Zoom or YouTube and Venue Rental Team for rental needs for sound, video, steaming
SUBTEAMS THAT ARE CURRENTLY ACTIVE
Fellowship/Kitchen: Leads Chris McEnhill and Nanette Podany
Schedule volunteers for serving snacks and beverages before, during and following Sunday Service. Cleaning up following service.
Also organize table decorations in conjunction with Design Team
A monthly social gathering the 1st Friday of the month at a local restaurant. This is a "no-host" lunch for the purpose of socially connecting.
These gatherings occur when Covid rates indicate it is safe to do so.
Silent Prayer Team: Lead Rev. Sharon Ketchum
A team of 12 people prayer with all those who request prayer support.
Prayer requests come through our prayer box in the Great Hall Entry, online and by phone 517 371-3010.
Pastoral Connections: Lead Deb Pennington
Sending out cards and making phone calls to those experiencing health challenges, grief, or in need of connection. Connect with Deb 517 485-7762 or firstname.lastname@example.org
UNITY EARTHCARE TEAM: Lead - OPEN
Although the team is not currently active, EarthCare activities continue
Styrofoam Recycling: Sybil Spencer and Lisa Schmidt
Recycling Batteries: variety of people
Also: collecting aluminum tabs for Ronald McDonald House
Activities on the horizon: Dental Refuse recycling, Community Garden
TEAMS ON HIATUS
As we reorganize in a time of post fire, post relocating and impact of Covid-19, the following teams are on hiatus until congregational leadership is moved to reinstitute, refresh and reorganize as they are being called to do.
Youth and Family Ministry Team: OPEN
Mission: Rooted in love, joy, integrity and Unity Principles, we strive to provide a safe and respectful environment that enables today's youth to become tomorrow's world changers.
The Youth and Family ministry previously worked in conjunction with SAGE (Spiritual Awakening Generates Enlightenment) to coordinate our learning programs.
Outreach Team and Social Activities Team: OPEN - ON HIATUS THROUGH PANDEMIC
Mission: To acknowledge the interests of USCL and the community by engaging with others in ways that advance the movement of shared spiritual awakening, incorporating Unity principles by creating oneness with God, each other, and all creation.
Subteams are active: Lunch Bunch, Caring Connections, Fellowship
ORGANIZATIONAL CHART to be updated post pandemic - currently we are in the flow, serving as we are called, morphing as we are guided, and showing up in safe, supportive, loving endeavors.
THE LARGE, INCLUSIVE TEAM CIRCLE IS ALWAYS THE MEMBERSHIP
OTHER TASK TEAMS
Venue Rental Exploration Task Team
Team Leads: Karla Janing, Jane Cloos
Board Liaison: Dan Maynard
Event Facilities Manager: Jeff English
This team is exploring the costs and needs to make the Unity Campus available for non-Unity events for members, congregants, non-profits and organizations.