Starting tomorrow, Unity Church of the Redwoods will be meeting in a new location and at a new time.
For about 27 years, Unity has congregated in the Norway Building on California Street in Eureka. The last service there, on Aug. 25, included special testimonials and music in anticipation of the move.
This Sunday, Unity begins meeting at a new time, 1 p.m., and in another historic Eureka building — the Eureka Woman’s Club at 1531 J St.
“The Eureka Woman’s Club is a lovingly maintained architectural jewel,” said the Rev. Molly Cate, who has served at Unity Church of the Redwoods since 2016.
“Like the Norway Building, it has lots of redwoods throughout, making our folks feel right at home,” Cate said. “The Fireside Room is cozy and just our size for now. There’s easy street parking and a greenbelt as our next door neighbor. We hope to host some outdoor activities there. That stretch of J Street even boasts three handicapped spaces.”
Like faith groups across the nation, Cate says Unity Church of the Redwoods has experienced a decline in numbers over the past several years and, therefore, could no longer afford the rent at its long-standing location.
“People’s lives are so busy; often Sundays are the only days they have to stay home and rest or head outdoors with family,” Cate said. “Also, ours is a deeply materialistic culture teaching people to shove aside their feelings. There is a poor understanding of the immense support and uplift to be found in a spiritual community.”
She added: “We have had a very good relationship with our landlords, the Sons of Norway, and thank them for making us welcome. We held a special service last week to honor our many years in the Norway Building. Like a memorial service, we shared stories, laughter and tears, and beautiful music from members of the McKinleyville (Community) Choir, longtime friends of Unity of the Redwoods.”
This Sunday’s service at the Eureka Woman’s Club will include a blessing of the space. The day’s topic is “Blessing the New.” There will also be a special musical selection to “affirm the love, joy and peace extended to all who enter,” Cate said. Fellowship time follows the 1 p.m. service, with hot beverages and snacks available.
Unity of the Redwoods was first started in 1985 and is a member of Unity Worldwide Ministries, the oldest branch of the New Thought Movement.
“New Thought,” Cate said, “is a system of thinking that heals emotional wounds, strengthens our ability to take responsibility for our lives and leads to positive results. Unity evolved within the Christian tradition, yet has a universal embrace honoring and learning from other faith traditions. Our human task is to create positive life experiences for all through training our minds and healing our fears, the only source of what others call evil. Meditation and affirmative prayer are key tools in that process.”
For more information about Unity Church of the Redwoods, call 707-617-0133 or go to www.unityoftheredwoods.com.