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.
Just in case you somehow missed the cheers and fireworks as we declared the Labyrinth ready to be walked (kidding on the fireworks); we dedicated the new and wonderful labyrinth on our property on Sunday, July 31, 2017..
Mary Vaughn graciously offered her labyrinth experience in designing the layout. The sweat equity was provided by a few dedicated and hearty souls…Garnett, Bob and Mereta Alspaugh, Sandy Thomas, and of course Mary and Boyd Vaughn. Many of us pitched in finding, hauling and unloading rocks (a special thank you belongs to Marie Dunkle who bought a ½ ton of rocks, delivered and helped to unload them!), buying landscape fabric, and in the very beginning of site preparation, Joyce and Crowe helped us locate, dig and relocate many, many native plants that were in the ground which would hold the labyrinth.
Still some little finishing touches are being done, but you may walk it now at anytime. It will be officially dedicated at our annual Founders Day which this year will be on Sunday, September 17th. You’ll hear lots more about that in the coming weeks.