If you are looking for a loving spiritual community, you’ve come to the right place! The UBB community is made up of people, like yourself, who have been led to Unity by Spirit. We are all on a spiritual journey to become all that we were created to be. In Unity we don’t tell people what to think; rather, we offer tools you can use to create a life of meaning and purpose. This is an exciting time of positive, empowering transformation!
Unity welcomes people of all religious backgrounds and beliefs, all creeds, sexual orientations and social backgrounds. We make no exceptions!
Safe in-person services have resumed in our sanctuary, We also live-stream services and events. Please stop by or join us remotely. You will find a warm welcome awaits you, and we’ll support you in making friends and finding ways to have meaningful connections within the community.
We understand the uncertainty that often comes with entering a place for the first time, so we offer these words to help smooth the way for your first service at Unity by the Bay.
Dress is casual. Some of us wear comfortable business attire; many prefer jeans or shorts and sandals.
Please join us in observing public health guidelines by wearing a mask while you are in the building. Chairs in the sanctuary are spaced for social distancing.
You can park in any of our three parking areas. In the first area on the left as you come up the hill, spaces are marked for those who prefer a short walk (without stairs) to our sanctuary. When you enter the double doors on the lower level, a greeter will welcome you and show you the way to the sanctuary. Ushers will meet you at the double-door entrance.
Meditation starts at 10:15 on Sunday morning, so please enter the sanctuary quietly. The service begins at 10:30.
Our Sunday services are best summed up as “music, meditation, message.” The music varies between our in-house music director (Stefan Scaggiari) and guest performers/soloists and some congregation-wide songs (the lyrics will be projected on screen). The minister’s main message is next, followed by a guided meditation that lasts 3 to 5 minutes.
Near the beginning of the service, we welcome newcomers. If you’re comfortable raising a hand, the ushers will give you a welcome packet. If you prefer to not identify yourself as a newcomer, that’s perfectly fine!
During the pandemic, our children have been meeting online via Zoom on Saturday evenings. When in-person gatherings start again, your children are welcome to participate in our Youth and Family Program on Sunday mornings. A greeter will guide you to the classrooms on our upper level, where they will be signed in for the morning activities.
At the conclusion of the service, the children come into the sanctuary for a brief dialogue about what they learned that day. Please sign them out after the service.
Alternatively, your children are welcome to stay with you during the service.
When public health guidelines allow more indoor interactions, we will resume our social time after the morning service. We will invite you to join us for coffee and light refreshments in the social area next to the sanctuary. Here you'll have a chance to meet others, ask questions, and pick up materials about upcoming events and ongoing activities within our spiritual community.
Unity is a positive, practical, progressive approach to spirituality based on the teachings of Jesus and other enlightened teachers coupled with the power of prayer. We honor the universal truths in all religions and respect each individual's right to choose their own spiritual path.
Unity emphasizes the practical, everyday application of spiritual principles toward living more abundant and meaningful lives. Unity affirms the power of prayer and meditation in fostering a stronger connection with the Divine.
We offer opportunities for friendship and fellowship as we support each other in our personal and spiritual growth. Unity is committed to helping you find your way to your experience of the God of your understanding. Spiritual seekers often say that finding Unity is like coming home!
Reverend Baine Palmer is the minister at Unity by the Bay. In March 2020, Reverend Baine Palmer became the spiritual leader at Unity by the Bay, after serving as our transition minister for the preceding 16 months. We are grateful for the leadership that he provided after the retirement of our beloved Marianne “Mahala” Connally in November 2018. Baine is a visionary, an inspiring speaker, a skilled administrator, a team builder, and a compassionate communicator. He is a blessing to Unity by the Bay!
Baine was ordained as a Unity minister in 1986. Since that time, he has led congregations in Memphis, Tennessee; Eugene, Oregon; Greensboro, North Carolina; and Sartell, Minnesota. He has been affiliated with Silent Unity, which accounts for the peace that he carries and the warmth that he so generously shares.
We are delighted that you have found us, either in person or on our website! We invite you to get to know us, and we welcome the opportunity to get to know you.
Unity’s approach to the Divine, to the divinity that resides within each of us, is more spiritual than religious. We believe in one God and we honor the many paths that lead us toward our own understanding of the Divine.
Here at Unity by the Bay, we offer teachings that support each person’s spiritual journey. We provide inspiration and tools for spiritual transformation. We are a community that listens and cares.
Unity welcomes people of all faiths and beliefs. We welcome people of all creeds, of any sexual orientation, and from any social background. We celebrate our Oneness, in the many forms it takes in this earthly existence.
If you are looking for a loving, caring, supportive community of spiritual seekers, then you are in the right place. If you want to be surrounded by people who are possibility thinkers, who see what’s right with the world, and who will support you on your journey, you will feel at home at Unity by the Bay.
Please know that there is a place for you here with us! If I may serve you in any way, please contact me here at Unity by the Bay.