UPDATE:  2/1/2021 -  For the health and safety of our community, all services, classes, and meetings are temporarily postponed at Ocean Unity and we will reopen when it is safe to do so. Please check back for updates. We send our love and blessings to all of you!

Happy February !

Celebrating Black History Month

There is much to celebrate during the month of February, including President Lincoln’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, The Super Bowl, and even National Pizza Day. However, one of the most memorable and significant February celebrations is that of National Black History month, also known as African-American History Month. February was chosen as the celebratory month because both President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass were born in February, and the NAACP was founded on February 12, 1909. There are many outstanding African Americans to honor during Black History Month. Here are just two accomplished individuals who may be lesser known to some of us. 

DR. MAE JEMISON is an engineer, physician, and a former NASA astronaut. She was the first African American woman to travel into space when she served as a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor. Dr. Jemison also founded the Jemison Group, a technology consulting firm, and is dedicated to helping young women of color enter careers in the fields of technology, engineering, and math. She even starred in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation as Lieutenant Palmer and was the first real-life astronaut to appear in the television series. One of Dr. Jemison's memorable quotes says: "Science provides an understanding of a universal experience, and art provides a universal understanding of a personal experience."

GORDON PARKS was an American photographer, musician, writer, and film director. He became prominent in U.S. documentary photojournalism in the 1940s through the 1970s—particularly related to civil rights issues. He was the first African American to produce and direct major motion pictures—developing films relating the experience of slaves and struggling black Americans. Parks was the first African American to serve as a staff photographer for LIFE Magazine from 1948 to 1972. When commenting about his love of photography, he told LIFE Magazine: “I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera." 

To help ensure our community’s health and safety, Ocean Unity’s doors remain closed for now, but we are still open in spirit and want to remain connected with our community. To receive our electronic newsletters, send your name and email to our secretary/treasurer, Ann Baumgardt, at [email protected] 

For prayer support, we invite you to contact Silent Unity who serves people of all faiths. Call 1-816-969-2000 or visit online at https://www.unity.org/prayer/request-prayer to submit a prayer request. Or write to Silent Unity at 1901 NW Blue Parkway - Unity Village, MO 64065. If you wish to reach Ocean Unity, please write us at P.O. Box 1124 – Newport, OR 97365. 

Ocean Unity offers love and blessings to all of you as we celebrate Black History Month and share Unity’s Prayer for Protection: 

“May the Light of God Surround You. 

The Love of God Enfold You. 

The Power of God Protect You. 

The Presence of God Watch Over You. 

Wherever You are God Is.”