An Inclusive & Welcoming Spiritual Community

Welcome to Unity of Monterey Bay!

At Unity of Monterey Bay, we support one another in remembering the Truth of our Being - each of us being an individualized expression of God - in spite of any appearances to the contrary. Together, we co-create a collective consciousness that invites ALL who are seeking to know and live this Truth to find a home in Unity;
and to affirm together, in deep gratitude:

 

Thank You, God, for this most AMAZING DAY...
Miracle follows Miracle and Wonders Never Cease! 

What is Unity?

"There is only One Presence and One Power in the Universe, God the Good - expressing as Infinite God beyond us (arms spread wide), Intimate God beside us (Namaste position: hands in front), Inner God being us (hands over heart)...Divine LOVE in Action (hands clasped together)." 
Unity of Monterey Bay's Current Statement of Faith

“Unity is part of the mystical, New Thought movement, which began in the late 19th century; we share a Christian heritage – with Jesus as our Master Teacher – but we focus on the teachings OF Jesus – rather than the religion that has grown up ABOUT him. As our name, UNITY, suggests – we are inclusive –  meaning we honor other religious and spiritual traditions and Master Teachers, believing ultimately that all paths, grounded in love, lead to God.”  Rev. Vicky Elder

Our Vision: Just imagine a world powerfully transformed by advancing the global movement of spiritual awakening and transformation through Unity.

Fall 2022 Affirmation: 

My life is an adventure in spiritual growth as I live from my spiritual nature and use my divine gifts.

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Our Senior Minister

Vicky Elder (she, her)
 

Rev Vicky Elder (she, her) has served as our Minister since 1998, first as co-minister with her late husband, Rory, and since his passing in 2007, as the Senior Minister. Her passions include creating a safe space for all people to explore their spiritual nature, become biblically and spiritually literate, and discover their own Path to the Sacred; and social justice--which she actively pursues through UMB's involvement with COPA (Citizens Organizing for Relational Power in Action - an IAF affiliate).

 

Vicky also serves as the West Central Region of Unity Worldwide Ministries (UWM) Regional Representative to the UWM Standards Committee.

In addition to ministry, Vicky's passion is her family. She has two sons who grew up in Monterey and continue to make it their home; Travis with his wife Catherine; and Kyle with his wife, Justine, and their daughter, Rory Rose (Vicky's first granddaughter), and their son, Lennon. Vicky's daughter, Brianna, lives in Cincinnati, OH, with her husband, Salvador, and their sons, Mateo and Joaquin (Vicky's grandsons). And of course, Vicky's rescue pup, Tohbi, lives with her in Castroville.

Prior to ministry, Vicky worked as a Program Manager for the CA Attorney General's Crime & Violence Prevention Center and as a counselor at the Unity Life Enrichment Center in Sacramento, CA. She has a BA (Political Science) and an MA (Public Policy) from San Francisco State University, an MA in Marriage and Family Counseling from the University of San Francisco, as well as her Divinity Training at Unity's Ministerial Program in Lee's Summit, MO.

Our Associate Minister

Michelle Vargas, MA Mdiv (she, her)

Rev. Michelle Vargas (she, her) graduated from Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute with a Master of Divinity degree and was ordained at Unity Village in June 2019. Michelle has been a member of Unity of Monterey Bay since 1996 and joyfully served as a Prayer Chaplain and on the Leadership Council for many years. She now serves as Associate Minister and works very closely with Rev. Vicky. Some of Michelle’s passions include Bible interpretation, Jesus’ teachings, inclusive and intergenerational ministry, prayer/meditation, nature, and helping others to come to know God as Love.

Prior to ministry, Michelle received a Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and worked as an ESL instructor at Hartnell, Gavilan, and Monterey Peninsula Colleges. She has also worked as a family law paralegal and a medical transcriptionist. Michelle received her BA in Language Studies from UC Santa Cruz. While an undergraduate, she lived in Mexico for two years, where she studied at the Universidad de Guadalajara and taught ESL. She is fluent in Spanish and is passionate about Mexican history and culture. A few years ago, Michelle created a Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos celebration at UMB which has become part of our annual liturgical calendar.

In August 2021 Michelle celebrated 26 years of sobriety and she is excited and knowledgeable about how the teachings of Unity can complement a 12-step recovery program. Michelle’s greatest joy in life is raising her son, Alexander, who has special needs. She lives in Monterey with her husband, her son, their dog, and two cats.

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Leadership Council

(Board of Trustees)

Sue Rojcewicz (she/her): Co-President (Chaplain Coordinator/Liaison, Music Team, COPA) 

John Dundon (he/him): Co-President (Highway Cleanup)

Colleen Adams (she/her): Treasurer (Usher/Banquet Liaison, Platform, COPA)

Kay Payan (she/her): Secretary (Sacred Grounds Store Manager)

Joni Caldwell (she/her): Trustee 

MaryAnn Boylan (she/her): President Emerita (COPA Liaison)

James Bogan (he/him): Trustee Emeritus

Larry Sanks (he/him): Trustee Emeritus

Robin Falkenburg (she/her): Trustee Emeritus 

CHURCH STAFF

Vicky Elder (she/her): Senior Minister

Michelle Jelinch (she/her): Associate Minister

Denise Hedlind (she/her): Music Director

Dori Bogan (she/her): Administrative Team

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IN SERVICE TO OUR CHURCH CommUNITY

What's Happening

Sundays at 10:00 AM

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Sunday Services

We look forward to everyone returning to in-person services (there’s nothing like physical hugs to boost our spirits and our immune systems); all services will continue to be in-person and live-streamed on our Unity Monterey FaceBook page at 10 AM (technology permitting). 

 

“Friend” our “Unity Monterey” FB page by visiting and clicking on the thumbs-up in the heading – and a notice/link to the service will automatically drop into your email. (You can create a basic FB page and use it ONLY for our Sunday Services and/or other UMB events.)

 

Additionally, after the close of the live-stream service, the video can be viewed at your convenience by visiting our Unity Monterey FaceBook page (click on “Videos” with the current date – any time after 11:15 AM) OR on our Unity of Monterey Bay YouTube channel (usually posted by 1 PM Sunday).

NEW COVID GUIDELINES (as of 7/28/2022)

As the COVID situation continues to morph, erring on the side of caution, the Leadership Council has established new guidelines for our Unity CommUnity. With the newest Omicron variants on the rise in Monterey County, and recognizing that we serve a largely vulnerable population, please adhere to the following guidelines:

Thank you for your ongoing understanding and cooperation.

Spirit of Recovery Podcast with Rev. Michelle Jelinch

Tuesdays at 2 PM

Spirit of Recovery explores the ways that Unity teachings and 12-step recovery intertwine -and work together - to support our spiritual growth on our recovery journey. Each week Rev. Michelle and her co-host, Rev. Dan Beckett, share their experience, strength, and hope in a fun, casual format. You can listen live, and/or access all past archivesd shows at the link; or you can find Spirit of Recovery on the Mind Body Spirit.fm Podcast.

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Spiritual Education & Enrichment

Wednesdays  12 - 1:30 PM

New Class Beginning Nov. 9th!

The Universe Is Calling…Opening to the Divine Through Prayer

A Unity classic by Eric Butterworth, The Universe is Calling offers a deep dive into Unity’s approach to prayer and meditation – outlining principles that enable us to enter into the stream of God-consciousness. (Book suggested – available on Amazon.Smile)

 

“[The call of the universe] is the call to come up higher to take charge of your life, to release your imprisoned splendor…In our praying we are hearing the call of the universe and responding to it.” 

 

Facilitated by Rajiv Parti, (Licensed Unity Teacher in Training)

Wednesdays (in-person – refreshments provided). Love Offering

November 9, 16, 30; December 7, 14…noon to 1:30 PM

2022

Calendar

Thanksgiving Dinner

  • Sundays - Virtual  and In-Person church services on Facebook at Unity Monterey page.

  • Mondays at 7:00: Prayer Vigil (via Zoom) lead by Rev Molly Steele (on pause until further notice)​​

  • Tuesdays at 2:00: Spirit of Recovery, Unity Podcast with Rev Michelle Vargas 

https://independentpodcast.network/shows/mind-body-spirit-fm/spirit-of-recovery/​​​​

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  • Nov. 9, 16, 30, Dec. 7, 14 - The Universe is Calling Class

  • Saturday, Nov. 19 - Highway Cleanup

  • Sunday, Nov. 20 - Thanksgiving Potluck after the Service!

 

  • Sunday, December 18 – The Magical, Mystical, Metaphysical Christmas Story

  • Wed, December 21 –     Our Interfaith Winter Solstice Celebration 

  • Sunday, December 25 – A Christmas Morning Meditation

  • Sat, December 31 –     New Year Burning Bowl

  • Sunday, January 1 –       New Year White Stone Ceremony

Expand Your Spiritual Toolbox

 

If you’re looking for tools to support your spiritual journey, we have collected some of the most practical ways to nurture your divine spirit—whether you’re looking for an affirmation, a meditation, or simply silence.

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PRAYER REQUEST

We are looking for a Youth Church Aide to support Nicole - there is a modest monthly stipend available... If you know of someone who loves working with children, please encourage them to speak to Nicole, or Michelle, or Vicky. (Our policy is to have two adults present with the children at all times.) In the meantime, if you are willing to volunteer in times of need - please also let Michelle and/or Nicole know. 

 

We are also needing to create a Sound Team - now that Kyle is soon off to boot camp. If you would be willing to serve one or two Sundays a month - and learn the set-up and management of the Sound Board - please speak with Vicky or Robin or Larry. 

 

Other Opportunities to Serve

Youth Church Aide - We are looking for a youth church aide to work with Nicole (so that we meet our "best-practices" goal of two adults (at least 16) present at all times with our kids). There is a stipend available if that's an incentive. We could also use respite volunteers to give Nicole an occasional break. Speak with Nicole or Michelle if you are interested or have questions.


Sound Team - We need a team to cover the sound board and recording of the services. It's not too complicated - Robin will train. Multiple volunteers can make it a once-a-month commitment.


Sunday Ushers & Coffee - If you are looking for a way to feel more connected and involved in our commUnity - sign up to usher and/or make coffee once-a-month. See Jan Lindenthal-Cox with any questions.

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