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On Faith: Unlock ‘Keys to Successful Living’ at Unity Center of Peace

June 25, 2014 

Unity Center of Peace, an interfaith and New Thought spiritual community, has begun a 10-week sermon series titled “The Ten Keys to Successful Living.”

The series will be loosely based on Leonard Felder’s book “The Ten Challenges” and will explore areas of life many people struggle with such as realizing a fulfilling and rewarding career, satisfying relationships or experiencing inner peace and a solid connection with the Divine.

The Rev. Rosemary Hyde and the Rev. Victoria Loveland-Coen will explore one challenge and its corresponding key each Sunday at 11 a.m. Anyone who is interested will be invited to join them in a conference call the following Wednesday at 7 p.m. to discuss these keys, ask questions and share experiences.

“The experience of success or failure in any area of our lives is ultimately determined by how healed we are, or not, in those areas,” said Loveland-Coen. “Becoming whole sometimes simply requires our understanding of what’s blocking us and inviting Spirit in to help us heal.”

Unity Center of Peace, 8800 Seawell School Road n Chapel Hill, is part of the New Thought Movement that embraces a positive path for spiritual living. Members come together to center in Spirit, connect with other positive-minded people and to celebrate life.

The center is an open and affirming community to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

All are welcome to attend and participate in the sermon series.

New pastor

University United Methodist Church will welcome a new pastor of congregational care on July 1.

Mitzi Johnson earned her master of divinity degree from Duke Divinity School last month and was commissioned by the N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church at the annual conference in Greenville last week.

After earning her bachelor’s degree in history from UNC, Johnson served as a Teach for America teacher in inner-city Houston for three years. She then worked six years as a copywriter, technical writer and editor in media, industry and academia.

For the past 20 years, Johnson has been an active member of large Methodist churches. Since 1998, she has been involved in First United Methodist of Cary, serving in a variety of ways.

She has taught Sunday School for children and youth, led adult Bible studies and designed confirmation and Sunday School curriculum.

“For me, the most life-giving ministerial practices are those that allow me to think creatively about how people worship and form a relationship with God,” she said. “Such practices include preaching, planning and leading worship.”

Johnson now lives in Cary with her husband Gordon, daughter A.J., 16, and son Graham, 7.

They will move to Chapel Hill this summer.

The Rev. Delores Langley, who has served at University United Methodist, 150 E. Franklin St., for the past four years, has been assigned to Riverside United Methodist in Elizabeth City.

Choir tours Germany

Members of the youth choir and the Chancel Choir at United Church of Chapel Hill left last week for a 10-day tour in Germany.

The first destination for youth will be Cologne/Pesch where they will meet brothers and sisters from the Evangelische Kirchengemeinde. Then, together with 30 youth from this partner church they will attend a youth camp in the Rhineland with more than 3,000 youth from all over Germany.

They will spend time with host families in Cologne, worship at Evangelische Kirchengenmeinde and attend school with their German peers.

On Thursday, they will travel to Paris and finally to Amsterdam on Sunday, returning to Chapel Hill on July 2.

During the 10-day trip, the Chancel Choir will be guests of four choirs, performing joint concerts. They begin with the choir of St. Paul’s Church in the southern Rhineland regions.

At the next two stops, the choir will be hosted by choirs in which relatives of Ursula Wuerth are members. Ursula is a member of United Church’s choir, but is not able to travel with them.

The choir will then head east to Eisenach, Weimar and Leipzig, important towns in the life of Bach. The tour ends in Leipzig where Bach spent his last 27 years as Kantor (choir director and organist) of the famous St. Thomas Church.

The choir will attend a service in St. Thomas church to hear the famous Thomanerchor, the boy’s choir that is the successor to Bach’s choir.

In Leipzig they will give a concert with their host choir and then together with their hosts take part in two events: Landeskirchentag, a huge gathering of members of Protestant churches from the region, and a choral festival for Protestant church choirs from all over Germany.

The trip ends with a closing service of Landeskirchentag, which is so large it will take place in the soccer stadium. The final number of the multi-thousand-voice joint choirs will be the majestic closing chorus of Bach’s B Minor Mass, “Dona Nobis Pacem,” (Grant Us Peace), a fitting end to a friendship building tour.

Contact Flo Johnston at flo.johnston314@gmail.com or 910-361-4135.

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