Unity’s Fourth Principle
Prayer Is Connection. Affirmative prayer is the activity that deepens our connection with God-Mind, revealing truth, wisdom, and clarity.
Unity San Francisco is blessed to have a thriving Prayer Chaplaincy Program.
The program was implemented in September of 2009 under the guidance and supervision of our Senior Prayer Chaplain, Errol Roelofsz, with a graduating class of ten Prayer Chaplains.
What is a Prayer Chaplain?
- Someone who is available to support others on their spiritual journey
- Someone who creates and holds sacred space
- Someone who lovingly listens
- Someone who holds what is heard in the strictest of confidence
- Someone who prays with others
Prayer Chaplains are available after our Sunday Celebration to assist with your prayer requests. Please use the service they lovingly offer. See below for details on how to contact a prayer chaplain.
On Being a Prayer Chaplain – by Dianna Bohakel
Being a prayer chaplain has blessed and enriched my life in many ways; three are especially meaningful.
The first is that the prayer chaplaincy has helped me to grow into a greater understanding, a greater appreciation, of Unity’s teachings about Spirit, the Absolute. When I walked through Unity’s doors five years ago, I found the sermons and classes uplifting. The message was often that I had no limitations because Spirit, the Source of all love and power, is the Core of my being. However, when I walked outside the doors, I was stuck in old ways of thinking, feeling powerless, feeling that I would never be ready or worthy to experience Spirit’s Presence. Contact with the Source seemed unattainable.
Fortunately evolution is always at work in our lives, always providing opportunities to move forward, into greater being. It provided a means for my thinking to get unstuck, a means for my awareness to expand. The announcement was made that a prayer chaplaincy program would be started in our church.
During the training and thereafter I found praying with others to be an innocent, natural experience, soothing and satisfying. The more I prayed, the more my awareness of Spirit’s Presence as the Core of my being grew stronger. A special grace came into play in the very act of sitting down to pray. The words of prayer were vibrant and brought with them energies that enfolded the praying process with feelings of comfort and peace, clarity and strength. The praying process was enfolded with feelings of being loved and cared for in a deeply personal way. It was obvious that more was being provided through prayer than I alone was capable of contributing.
Spirit’s cleansing, healing, strengthening energies were brought forth through prayer because It was yearning to enter the world through me. Prayer prepared me to unite my consciousness to Spirit’s consciousness and to become a vehicle for Its flow. It’s wonderful to know that I am worthy to contact the Source at any time through prayer and to experience well-being.
A second way that being a prayer chaplain has blessed my life is that it has helped me to be aware of, and to honor, the power of thought and words. It has helped me to be a better guardian, a better steward, of what I think and say. It is reassuring to recognize that as I evolve, along with the rest of humankind, my thinking and speaking are becoming more life-supporting, nurturing and loving.
The third powerful blessing that I have received from the prayer chaplaincy is that it has given greater purpose to my life. Through the years, the people I admired the most had faith in the goodness of life and in their Higher Power. They saw beyond surface appearances and gave me hope and support and encouraged a vision of possibilities. Being a prayer chaplain allows me to carry on their work.
Every bit of prayer is valuable to evolution, to the progression of life. The more I pray, the more we all pray, the more Spirit’s Presence flows into our lives, the more spiritualized our world will become. Greater kindness and greater love will expand our hearts. All of nature will respond, the grasses, the trees, the animals, the water, the air, the ever changing environmental factors. A world growing in spiritualization is a world progressing toward fulfillment and Oneness.
For the blessings and enrichments and peace I have received through prayer, I will always be grateful. For the opportunities that prayer has provided to progress well-being, greater being, I will be especially grateful.
And so it is.
Unity SF Prayer Chaplain
Call 866-715-0090866-715-0090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our online prayer request page.
Leave your name and number for a prayer and/or visitation request.
One of our Prayer Chaplains will get back to you promptly.