Are you bringing children?

When you bring your children to the 11 am service, 

the greeter will meet and direct you downstairs where children are signed into their special Sunday Soul Celebration. 

At the conclusion of the service, the children are brought into the Sanctuary

 for a brief time to be with us, sing the Peace Song and interact with us. 

They will go back downstairs so you can sign them out.  

Alternately, your children are welcome to stay with you during 

Youth and Family

At Unity of Portland, youth are a TOP PRIORITY.

We know that they are whole complete beings of Spirit.

Every youth has great value and worth.

Every  week our intention is to remind them of that, and to share with them  vital spiritual principles which support them on their spiritual  journey.

On Sundays there is time for them to remember the connection they have with God, each other and our world.

Our  specially designed curriculum shares spiritual ideas on a weekly basis  through the use of music, story, spiritual practices and art. This  curriculum is available for viewing in the youth ministry office.  

We  invite you to explore our Youth and Family Ministry through the  Mission, Events/Activities, Parent/Guardian and Volunteers links above  and we would love to hear from you! Our Youth and Family Ministry  Coordinator, Barbara Selvaggi, can be reached at: 503-234-7441 or  through contact form to the left. Blessings to you and your family!

TIPS for Sunday Morning

  • Youth 3 months-18years
  • Please  escort your children to the Youth Ministry area, in the lower level of  the church, no later than 10 minutes before our service start time.
  • Sign in and assist your child in finding their name tag.
  • Please help yourself to any parent hand-outs in the classroom.
  • Assist your child in considering a gift for our love offering.
  • Check for take home crafts or projects.
  • Please go to your child’s classroom immediately following the service to pick up your child. Thank you.

You are always welcome to spend the morning with us and experience our program for yourself.


We invite your questions and interest in our program. Come explore us on  line and you are welcome to contact our Youth and Family Ministry  Coordinator, Barbara Selvaggi. She can be reached at: 503-234-7441.

Our Mission

A Message from Barbara Selvaggi Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator


Every youth has great value and worth.

Our Mission

  • To empower and support our children, teens, families, and volunteers as they grow and develop spiritually.
  • To  provide a safe, nurturing, and unconditionally loving environment to  learn and understand who we are: Unique individuals here to express  Christ within.
  • To educate and encourage daily living of the 5 Basic Unity Principles and Universal Laws of Truth in all our relationships and activities.

I  am inspired every day to support a program which shares the Unity tools  for living a joyful, loving and prosperous life with our children and  teens.
What a gift to be nurtured and raised with the 5 Unity Principles (adapted for children and teens):

  1. God is all good and active in everything, everywhere.
  2. I am naturally good because God’s Divinity is in me and in everyone.
  3. I create my experiences by what I choose to think and what I feel and believe.
  4. Through affirmative prayer and meditation, I connect with God and bring out the good in my life.
  5. I do and give my best by living the Truth I know. I make a difference!

From Myrtle Fillmore, Unity’s Co-Founder

"Our  mission is not to entertain the children, but to call them out. To be  always entertained is to be dwarfed and dependent. To be ‘called out’ is  to follow the harmonious law of the soul’s unfoldment. Who meddles with  the rosebud? What fingers are deft enough to pry open the marvel of  that folded beauty? We are wise enough to leave it alone to follow the  glad law of its own unfolding, but our children! Have we dealt with  these buds of marvelous possibilities? Have we always remembered that  they, too, must quicken and unfold through the innate law of their own  genius?"

The Truth is that each of us has  EVERYTHING WE NEED within us. Our youth programs do not strive to “stuff  information in” but to create an opening for moments of self-discovery,  self-realization and self-empowerment for our youth and the volunteers  who are blessed to serve them. Our Youth and Family Ministry invites you  and your family to join us in celebration of the Divine within.

Barbara Selvaggi

Provocative Possibility Statement

As  the Youth and Family Ministry of Unity of Portland, we cultivate the  spiritual growth and transformation of all families: nuclear, extended,  spiritual, and global. To experience our total connectedness, we have  created opportunities that nurture the spiritual illumination of all  ages - wee ones to wise ones. We embrace the child in every adult and  the adult in every child. We serve all forms of family. Through  activities and experiences for children and adults, we bond, have fun  and recognize and celebrate the Truth of one another. With an  exceptional educational curriculum and powerful youth programs, we  inspire the spiritual growth of children of all ages. No Inner Child  Left Behind.

Walk Your Spiritual Path With the Youth.


Walk Your Spiritual Path With the Youth.

Our   active youth program is blessed with 35+ adult volunteers serving in   support of our Sunday morning activities! Have you felt the Divine  nudge  towards service to our youth and families? We welcome you and  we’re  eager to explore the possibilities for you in our Youth and  Family  Ministry! We offer opportunities in and outside our youth  classrooms.

Guide  young hearts and  minds in Unity Principles and be ready for a  fascinating experience!  Choose from a variety of opportunities including  implementing Unity  curriculum, facilitating a craft project, assisting  teachers, holding  babies, and more.

Classroom Volunteers

  • Curriculum, training, supplies, support and lots of appreciation provided!
  • 2 Sundays per month
  • 2-4 hours monthly to prepare for Sunday activities
  • New Volunteer Training
  • Quarterly Volunteer Trainings

Classroom not right for you? There are many ways to support our youth!

  • Song leader / Musical Accompanist
  • Mediation Leader
  • Family Visitor Host
  • Bulletin Board Designer
  • Scrapbook Angel
  • Childcare Angel
  • Special Events Volunteer


  • The joy and privilege of getting to know our Unity youth and families.
  • A deeper connection to Unity principles, your own spiritual life, and our church community.
  • A place for your inner child to play and let your Christ Light shine!


We   invite your questions and interest in our program. Come explore us on   line and you are welcome to contact our Youth and Family Ministry   Coordinator, Barbara Selvaggi. She can be reached at: 503-234-7441 or

*Six months of regular attendance at Unity of Portland a prerequisite.

Barbara Selvaggi

Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator

My name is Barbara Selvaggi and I am the Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator here at Unity of Portland. The most important piece of information that I want to tell you about me is that I Love, Love, Love! what I do here at Unity of Portland. I have been here for 12 years and have been a Truth student since 1975. I have been learning about and learning from children & teens for over 40 years. I started this journey with my own family, of 9 children, and having a differently abled child right in the middle.  I have been trained and served as a counselor/mediator for troubled/street teens with the Juvenile Court system in Missouri and created educational programs for Foster Care Parents state wide. I managed and ran my own Spiritual based preschool for 13 years; being the Director of 3 other major preschool/child care facilities here in Oregon. I have also served as a Youth Director in a number of Unity Centers across the United States. The quality I like best about me is my authenticity with children, teens, parents and volunteer teachers. Together we form a team that supports my lifelong dream for all children and youth on their spiritual journey; to foster the “knowing” of the “still small voice” within each of them as their greatest tool for a happy and successful life. 

Barbara Selvaggi is the Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator here at Unity of Portland.
Barbara Selvaggi is the Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator here at Unity of Portland.

Unity Resources

Have you read yours today?

The DailyWord.

 Every day hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life read DailyWord magazine as they affirm and apply spiritual principles in their lives.  

uPray App from Silent Unity.

uPray App

Wherever you are, whatever time day or night, connect to immediate prayer support with uPray from Silent Unity. Silent Unity is as close to you as your  mobile device. 

Unity Online Radio.

Unity online radio.

Explore the  latest in spiritual talk shows with Unity Online Radio. Unity Online Radio is your go-to resource for spiritual information and inspiration!   

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