The Unity Movement has had a congregation in Santa Fe for 36 years. Unity Santa Fe has been under the joyful direction of Rev. Brendalyn Batchelor for the past twenty years. Rev. Brendalyn was called to the ministry while a member of Unity Santa Fe as the fulfillment of a life long calling to a deeper spiritual life.
In her own words, "I was brought up in a Free-Will Baptist church until I was ten years old at which time I moved with my family to Guam. No longer living among extended family, my parents decided to quit attending church. When I was 18 and living in Northern Virginia, I was confirmed in the Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) and attended for a year or so until I moved to Hawaii.
"A few years later I 'walked' into my first Unity church (on the slopes of Diamond Head) and I felt as if I had 'come home'-- dynamic, practical Sunday messages that raised my spirits and taught me that I was inherently good (regardless of how I was acting). I attended Sunday services irregularly (when it was convenient) and didn't participate in other available activities.
"Ten years later, in the midst of personal distress, I 'crawled' into my second Unity church (in Fairfax, Virginia) looking for the positive message and type of people I remembered from Unity in Hawaii. I began attending church services on a regular basis and immediately signed up for a Unity class - the first of many that would lead me first to being a Licensed Unity Teacher and then to being ordained as a Unity Minister.
"Even during the time when I had no spiritual community I was longing for what I found in Unity - God - and spiritual support, guidance and strength. Perhaps, you too, will find what you are looking for here. If not, I want to encourage you to find a Spiritual path that is right for you and a spiritual community that can support and nurture your spiritual growth. Then get involved! To evolve, you've got to be involved!
In all the world's religions are the seeds of Truth. Different religions are like spokes on a wheel with the hub being God. They may be set apart by a variance of beliefs, styles and approaches, but they are all seeking the one God at the hub of all life. Just as the spokes on the wheel come closer to each other as they near the hub, so, too, as each Path comes closer to God it comes closer to all other paths.