The Path

The Path. All roads lead to Oneness.

This column, written by Sharyn Mann, will contain interviews of visitors and new members discussing what brought them to Unity of Bon Air. These stories will allow us to learn more about our fellow seekers. Please notice our visitors and new members and welcome them in the Unity way — because as we know no one is a stranger at Unity of Bon Air!


December 2016 on the Path with…

Harry Simmons

Briefly tell us about yourself.

I am a retired educator with forty-seven years of experience serving the needs of middle and high school students. I was inspired by the civil rights movement during the 1960’s to become an educator. I chose to be of service to young peoples as my way to make a meaningful and positive contribution to my world and the future.

What brought you to Unity?

While in my early twenties my life was very full, as I had a young family, while working full time and attending college full time. I felt the very strong need to have a spiritual life that would sustain me from Monday though Saturday so that on Sunday I could be recharged for the next week. I visited all manner of churches over many months searching for my spiritual home.Ten years ago, I had a life changing event and Debbie Johnston offered a class that she felt I could benefit from, 4T, and it changed my life.

Briefly tell us about your experience since you’ve been at Unity of Bon Air.

 have belonged to just two churches in my life, both Unity based teaching ministries. In both of my churches, spiritual education has been the foundation of the classes and Sunday lessons. The classes have been more than wonderful as there were opportunities for my questions to asked and answered as well as to share with other members seeking to come to know more about our god self.

If you had to describe Unity of Bon Air in only one word what would it be?

Acceptance.


November 2016 on the Path with…

Gary Miles

Briefly tell us about yourself.

My name is Gary Miles. For close to 30 years, I’ve run a martial arts school. Martials arts has been the gateway to new lands, experiences, and amazing people. Coming from a very religious background, it helped me find balance between my spiritual and secular ideas. Outside of martial arts, a lot of my life lessons have come from raising my daughter.

What brought you to Unity?

Ten years ago, I had a life changing event and Debbie Johnston offered a class that she felt I could benefit from, 4T, and it changed my life.

Briefly tell us about your experience since you’ve been at Unity of Bon Air.

Since I’ve been at Unity, I’ve meet some wonderful, caring, and loving people, Who, through opening up their lives and experiences to me, have shown me God’s love. I’m eternally grateful for that.

If you had to describe Unity of Bon Air in only one word what would it be?

Family.


October 2016 on the Path with…

Jake Lemacks

Briefly tell us about yourself.

I am 20 years old, I teach meditation and a bit of yoga, as well as wait tables at Joe's Inn. I grew up as a martial artist of all sorts and continue to practice Thai boxing and Brazilian jujitsu on a daily basis.

What brought you to Unity?

My mother convinced me to come to Unity after noticing that I was in an extremely depressed state. Being an Atheist for three years and hating the institution of Christianity in America as it is today, it took a good deal of convincing. However, after hearing that Unity was not a traditional church and simply focused on principles of love, I was willing to give it a shot.

Briefly tell us about your experience since you’ve been at Unity of Bon Air.

In short my whole life turned around. I used to be stuck in depression and addiction, alcohol in particular, and now I find myself giving workshops on breath and shamanic practice. I was elected Regional Officer of Spirituality when I was part of the Youth of Unity and have transferred into the newly created Next Generation of Unity. Each day I feel the universe offers me a new lesson to learn, and I find myself living in gratitude and wholeness. There are still times where I slip up and allow fear based thoughts to control my actions, but I always remain on the path to enlightenment; the road to Zion.

If you had to describe Unity of Bon Air in only one word what would it be?

Medicine.


September 2016 on the Path with…

Sharyn Mann

Briefly tell us about yourself.

I am originally from New Jersey but have lived in Richmond for 22 years. I have also lived in Hampton and Alexandria while working for Federal Express. I had a disabling stroke almost ten years ago due to a rare bacterial infection. I retired from Federal Express after going from Call Center Rep to Senior Manager of the largest delivery station in the mid-Atlantic Region. I have one daughter who is a Psychology Post-Doctorate Fellow at VCU in clinical studies and three dogs, a lab a foxhound, and a daschund.

What brought you to Unity?

My best friend of 30+ years found Unity in Jacksonville, Florida where she   lives, and since we are very similar ,she suggested I find Unity in Richmond.

Briefly tell us about your experience since you’ve been at Unity of Bon Air.

Growing up in Jersey we did not regularly attend church as a family, but I was allowed to attend with friends and went to their churches. I was young and didn’t understand what I was supposed to walk away from the experience with. That confusion led me to describe myself as spiritual but not religious. I knew there was a higher power but didn’t think I could ever be in tune with it. I started coming to Unity to attend "A Course In Miracles" and then I started attending services. I immediately knew I wanted to be part of this experience and attended new member orientation and then the new membership service. I currently volunteer in the Bookstore, belong to Women of Unity, write these "The Path" articles.

If you had to describe Unity of Bon Air in only one word what would it be?

Inclusive. There is no judgment everyone is made to feel welcome and there are activities for all interests and backgrounds.


August 2016 on the Path with…

Deana Browder

Briefly tell us about yourself.

I am originally from the Richmond area. I am 46 years old and single. I love people , animals, technology. I am vision impaired, but thanks to the wonders of technology, I love to read and I read just about anything I can get my hands on. In my spare time. I also love music, pet sitting, and house sitting.

What brought you to Unity?

I learned about Unity through a wonderful friend of mine who lives in my apartment building.

Briefly tell us about your experience since you’ve been at Unity of Bon Air.

I have just recently been able to start coming to Unity on a more regular basis, but every time I come to Unity, I always leave feeling spiritually, physically, and emotionally better than I did when I came in. Every time I come I always learn something and its always a beautiful experience for me.

If you had to describe Unity of Bon Air in only one word what would it be?

Home.


July 2016 on the Path with…

Stephanie Curtis Glasser

Briefly tell us about yourself.

I am originally from Virginia and have lived in Richmond for the past nine years. I am privileged to work as a Nurse Practitioner in internal medicine. I am recently married and also mother of an 8-year-old 4-pawed son who holds my heart.

What brought you to Unity?

I found Unity two years ago during a particularly stressful time in my life. I just happened to notice the church on my commute to work and felt pulled to check it out. The first time I came to Unity I immediately felt at home and was so excited to find a church community so inclusive of all people no matter their religion, gender, or lifestyle. I quickly came to spend the week looking forward to Sundays and joined Unity with the first new member class since I’d arrived.

Briefly tell us about your experience since you’ve been at Unity of Bon Air.

I have been so impressed by the wonderful community of people that make up Unity. It’s hard to imagine a community that could be more open, friendly, or full of positive energy than this one. Since joining Unity I have volunteered at the bookstore and really enjoy doing this. I am hoping to continue to join more groups and continue to meet more people who make up this wonderful community.

If you had to describe Unity of Bon Air in only one word what would it be?

One word would be hard so I will say the first one that comes to mind and the one that rings true to my heart… "HOME." I feel like I finally found a spiritual home in Unity and with this community.