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Unity North Builds Spiritual Bridges

By S. Mathur

Unity North is a non-denominational church in Atlanta GA, offering members a community of understanding, openness and acceptance. Spiritual Leader Rev. Richard Burdick explains that "Unity North is a safe environment whereby the spiritual seeker can explore their unique relationship with God. Our basic principles create a foundation on which a home of discovery, adventure and revelation can be built."

"We acknowledge the Oneness of all creation, the inherent goodness of all people and our shared ability to create through prayer, meditation and action. We honor the various paths to God knowing that Truth is not contained in one teaching or sacred writing but is universal. "

Unity North has some unique ministries in which members can participate. The Praying Paws services are held every month and honor the "furry four legged members of our earthly family". People can bring their pets along to pray together, and it's not surprising to see dogs and cats at the service, as well as an occasional pet rat or even a horse. The prayer shawl ministry meets every week to create shawls that deliver warmth and love "as a means of helping those in need remember they are not alone," says Burdick.

The Earth Ministry honors the earth and her beauty as "a gift of God. We regularly celebrate the cycles of our planet and create environments whereby we recognize our union with all creation. This is evident on our property in our organic garden and our labyrinth." The Body, Mind and Spirit Ministry offers a holistic approach to spirituality. Another unique ministry in Cobb County is the LGBTQ ministry, which has monthly gatherings, service projects and informational gatherings. Overall, says Burdick, Unity North promotes a Socratic view of spirituality: "Our community is not only a place to get your questions answered but a place where answers can be questioned." The openness is seen as the road to understanding.

Groups for children and youths include the Youth of Unity or YOU program for high schoolers and the Uniteen program for middle schoolers. There are separate programs for younger children as well and all classes emphasize meditation and prayer. Volunteers can work on projects that support charities like Family Promise, MUST, Common Grounds, Cherokee Domestic Violence Shelter, Alive Ministries, the YWCA and the Center for Children and Young Adults. Burdick says that for newcomers, "Volunteering within Unity is the quickest and best way to get connected."

In conclusion, Burdick offers an invitation: "As spiritual bridge builders, our mission is to 'recognize, demonstrate and share the Divinity of each of us.' We believe it is this consciousness that will bring peace to the world. If that kind of focus appeals to you, we invite you to visit, call or reach out to us." The address is 4255 Sandy Plains Rd. in Marietta, GA 30066. The web site is www.unitynorth.org and the phone number is 678-819-9100.

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