Welcome to Unity's Ministry Teams

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Living on Purpose- Spiritually Focused Fulfillment

sunset over the pondUnity 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.

love in action with intersecting circlesMission 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.

Ministry Teams

Administration with business symbolsADMINISTRATION 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

 

music symbols, director, golden sky  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

 

closeup of eye with rainbow - SAGE logo  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

 

Words - Design Team  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

 

 

hands creating a board layout Design Team logo 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

 

logo for tech team TECH TEAM Lead: Greg Dening

Board Liaison:

 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

 

TASK TEAMS

planning chart with taskVenue 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.

 

SUBTEAMS THAT ARE CURRENTLY ACTIVE

3 coffee cupsFellowship/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

 

 

 

plate and silverware - Lunch BunchLunch Bunch (Outreach): Lead Nancy Claytor

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.

 

 

 

praying hands with lightSilent 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.

 

 

 

 

leaf and words Caring ConnectionsPastoral 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 dspennin@gmail.com

 

globeUNITY 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.

outlines of man, woman, childYouth 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 PANDEMICcircle with outreach and social

 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.

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