Unity of The Villages started as a study group under the direction of Unity of Ocala, FL in August of 2007. The purpose was to be able to teach basic Unity courses in The Villages that would be open to the public.
In January of 2008, a small group of people suggested that Unity hold Sunday services in The Villages area in order to expose more people to the Unity message. An organizational meeting was held on January 14 with about 35 people in attendance, and an Advisory Board of 10 people stepped forward to plan for Sunday service. The first Sunday service was held at the Oxford Community Center on February 3, 2008 at 3 p.m. Services were held every other week.
It immediately became apparent that there was a strong desire for a local Unity church. Unity of The Villages was chartered as an independent expansion ministry in July of 2008 with Norman Bogert, Licensed Unity Teacher, as the Spiritual Leader. Guest speakers were invited several times each month in order to expose the congregation to different points of view and delivery techniques.
After temporarily holding Sunday services in two local churches, in July 2009 Unity moved to rental space at their present location. This move allowed them to change the time of the Sunday Service to the morning and also to offer classes and other activities. Unity of The Villages quickly evolved into a caring community, encouraging individual spiritual growth and enriching the lives of participants.
In addition to Sunday services, Unity of The Villages holds a weekly prayer service each Wednesday at noon. The church offers spiritual classes, seminars and workshops. The church contributes to the community by supporting the Christian Food Pantry, Haven shelter, and Sandy Acres Baptist Church that ministers to the homeless and impoverished who live in the Ocala National Forest.
In April 2014, Unity of the Villages was recognized by Unity Worldwide Minstries as a full-status ministry, allowing for voting at the national convention.
Unity of The Villages is our spiritual home where we know, love and serve God through our prayer and meditation... our Sunday celebrations and classes... our community and fellowship. Our Mission is to transform consciousness by seeing and serving the Christ in all.
We are a loving spiritual community welcoming all.
Our Values: Diverse, Prayerful, Empowering, Generous, Transformational, Joyful
Minister-Rev Marge Brown, MBA, RD, 352-454-3120; Emergency calls: 352-454-5107; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Trustees
Deni Ralston, President
Joan Peet, Vice President
Renee Romero, Secretary
Jon Buth, Treasurer
Mary Lou Mason
The church holds services at 10 a.m. every Sunday morning.
We do not have a Sunday School or youth program at this time, but we welcome children in our Sunday services.
Our Metaphysical Book Store is open when the church has activities (Sunday morning mainly). Our offerings include Unity books, Joel Goldsmith books, a children's shelf, A Course in Miracles, New Age authors, and selections by Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer and Marianne Williamson, to name just a few. We also offer used books and a lending library. Suggestions of authors and titles to order are always welcome!
We are affiliated with the Association of Unity Churches, Unity Institute, and Silent Unity, publisher of the Daily Word.
Unity of The Villages welcomes all people seeking a new spiritual home with a positive approach to life.