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
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!
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.
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):
"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.
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.
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.
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 youthed@UnityofPortland.org.
*Six months of regular attendance at Unity of Portland a prerequisite.
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.
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4525 Southeast Stark Street, Portland, Oregon 97215
10:00 am – 4:00 pm