WHO WE ARE
Wayfarers Unity Chapel exists to awaken every man, woman and child to their spiritual magnificence. We focus on the common threads of all religious and spiritual practices rather than the differences. Jesus is our master teacher and the Bible provides insights into the Truth to which he was awakened and shared. Our focus is not on his death, but on the universal principles he came to teach which had the power to heal and transform people’s lives.
We offer a non-judgmental, non-condemnational, loving, all-inclusive community which enables those whose desire it is to discover the ultimate oneness and unity of all that is. We recognize the Divine in all. We do not teach that we have the answer; we are showing you that you already possess the answers.
We welcome all who wish to come; there are no requirements except that you are seeking a spiritual home and family. It is our purpose to provide a nurturing environment in which you may grow.
Wayfarers Unity Chapel was founded in 1986 by Rose-Mary Hatfield, a certified Unity Teacher. It was her vision to have a Unity based center which would serve this mountain community along with the seasonal visitors who come here. Hence the name, “Wayfarers.”
The ministry began in a small cabin-like structure, which Rose-Mary had purchased and saved from demolition and moved to its current location beside the Estatoah River. Shortly after the beginning Rose-Mary was joined by Ron Lindahn who served as minister with Rose-Mary, and later with Denton O’Dell who joined their staff. Ron served Wayfarers Unity for thirty years.
It soon became evident that more space was needed, and through the prayers, contributions and sweat equity of their devoted members, a new and larger chapel was constructed. The original chapel was dedicated to Rose-Mary and a plaque bearing her name is prominent on the front of the little chapel. Now that building is primarily for small group use, the housing of the library and a welcoming and comforting spot for anyone desiring a place to meditate or pray or simply be quiet and listen to the water rushing by and the song of the birds.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Unity is based in Five Basic Principles:
- There is only One Power and One Presence active in the universe and all life, God, the Good, Omnipotent.
- Our essence is of God; therefore we are inherently good. This God essence was fully expressed in Jesus, the Christ, and is equally expressed in us.
- We are co-creators with God, creating reality through thoughts held in mind.
- Through affirmative prayer and meditation, we connect with God and bring out the good in life.
- Through thoughts, words and actions, we live in the truth we know.
WHAT WE OFFER
Our Sunday Service is held each week at 10 am. We begin gathering at 9:30 for coffee and fellowship, or you may wish to find a quiet spot to meditate. We enjoy a wide variety of gifted speakers to bring our message each week. There is an equally wide variety of music and musicians who are an important aspect of the Service.
In addition to the Sunday Service, there are learning and growing opportunities available throughout the week. A spiritual study group, a yoga class, a meditation class, community wide information classes, work groups, and special events are some of the offerings you will find available to broaden your spiritual life experience. We have an extensive library, and a tranquil, woodland setting where you can sit by the stream in the meditation garden and connect with nature.
Our Board of Directors functions in a completely transparent way. The Chapel is efficiently managed, and input from each member is encouraged.
We are pleased to announce that Wayfarers Unity Chapel will soon have a labyrinth on its grounds. Under the guidance of Mary Vaughn, work will begin very soon with the coming of warmer weather. Mary has a vast store of knowledge of labyrinths, and has installed one on her personal property.
At this time, we need rocks (about the size of a football) to outline the paths. This is a members’ project involving very little expense to the Chapel, so we encourage everyone to enjoy being part of the work. You may bring rocks you have collected and place them on the growing pile along side of the area marked for the labyrinth.
Having this on our grounds will enhance our spiritual journey and be available to all who wish to take advantage of it.
If you would like more information about how you may help, please call Garnett Nash 706-782-7234.