WEEKLY UPDATE April 2, 2024

Excerpt from "Death is Just a Door" by John Holland, Unity.org

Death is not something to be frightened of - it's really just a door.

When people talk to someone who is departed, many look up and say something like, “Hello, Mom,” or “Hello, God.” But they’re not up there in the clouds. The spirit world is all around us. It vibrates at such a high frequency that we can’t see it. I know this sounds sci-fi but there are many different planes of existence. Quantum physics tells us that there are four dimensions, but it’s really like 10. Science is just scratching the surface. The spirit world, heaven, is on many different planes, intermingling with our own. We’re in the densest physical plane here on earth.

We are both spiritual beings and physical beings.

Your soul existed long before it incarnated, and it’s going to exist long after it leaves your body. In reality, there is no death. Many people look at death as being incredibly sad, and they worry about their loved ones on the other side. They’re fine—we who are still here in the physical plane are the ones who aren’t fine.

More and more people are now open to the existence of the afterlife.

If I can say something in a reading that only the person who has passed could have told me, the person I’m reading for can go home reassured. I can’t take away their grief, but I can open their minds just a little to the reality that their loved ones really are okay. I then feel I’ve done my job.

However, you don’t have to go to a medium to hear from a departed loved one. After Death Communication (ADC) is a researcher’s term for signs from the other side to let loved ones know that the person who has passed is still there. Something touches your heart when this happens and you think, I just know that was my mother.

Most of us have had some form of ADC, but we don’t always know it.

ADCs can come in many forms, the most common being dreams. When you’re asleep, your conscious mind takes a break so it’s easier for those on the other side to slip into your subconscious. They often appear as younger, healthier, and vibrant.

Sometimes our loved ones leave shiny coins (especially pennies) in places where you had just been—on top of your pillow, in the sink you just cleaned, or on the desk you just left. Another common way to connect is through animals—a bird, a ladybug, or a butterfly, for example. Electronics are also big. Certain numbers may keep popping up. Watch for subtle signs like this because the more you start to notice them, the easier it becomes to recognize more of them.

When it happens, try not to talk yourself out of it. If you’re getting an ADC—whether it’s a smell, a coin, electronics playing with you—just acknowledge it because those on the other side want to know, “Can they feel me? Can they hear me?” After all, when people pass away, they don’t get an automatic instruction manual. They learn how to connect from the other side with those here. Some people ask me, “If my loved one is talking to me, does that mean that they’re stuck here?” No, they come and go. They temporarily lower their vibration, and you raise yours, to make contact.

A gentle meditation can help get you out of your head and guide you to an elevated space where you can invite loved ones into that vibration.

Experiencing the other side is not dangerous.

It can be a little startling because you’re not used to it, but it shouldn’t scare you. People have asked me about evil entities, but in the 20 years that I’ve done this work, I’ve never experienced anything like that.

You are a soul that comes with a body, not a body that comes with a soul.

You are a soul first. Be in touch with that. It’s there waiting; it never leaves you. Once you can connect with that part of yourself, you will discover a whole new world you never thought possible.

Unity Williamsburg Spiritual Center offers a

safe and sacred place for study, participation, fellowship,

support, and transformation as we awaken to

the joy of living!

We invite you to join us in 2024!

Unity Williamsburg Spiritual Center is a diverse, open and affirming community that embraces all people regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, ethnicity, age or physical or mental ability - without intent or attempt to convert. 

Calendar of Events

Tuesday, April 2

Reiki, Healing, & Meditation Service

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 7

Carylanne Steinberg, Guest Speaker

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Sunday, April 7

Potluck Luncheon

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 13

Support Group for Sensitives

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 14

Hearts for Orphans / Bob Osmon, Guest Speaker

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Sunday, April 14

Unity Q&A with Susan Cardozo

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16

The Sound of Soul (HU), with Michael George

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 21

Rev. Virginia Roll, Guest Speaker

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Sunday, April 21

Board Meeting

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 28

Rev. Reese Washington, Guest Speaker

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

We welcome Carylanne Steinberg back as our Sunday speaker this week. Carylanne is a seasoned Soul and Life Coach, Intuitive Spiritual Guide, Master Energy Practitioner, Motivational Speaker, Hypnotherapist, and Mindfulness and Meditation Leader with 28+ years of experience.

Her unwavering commitment is helping people awaken, heal, grow and evolve. To connect and align with the Presence within, embody their strengths, divine gifts and individual talents, learn to trust their intuition, love and accept themselves, to fully embrace and live their extraordinary lives. Carylanne believes love heals and in the practice of gratitude. She loves nature, art, movement, music and chocolate. You may visit her website www.Carylanne.com.

Carylanne always blesses us with timely talks and practical ways to incorporate spiritual practice in our everyday lives. So be sure to join us on Sunday to hear what she has to share!

Platform Assistant: Lynda Birckhead

Chaplain: Jane Siegel

Greeter: Jane Siegel

Openers/Closers: Christopher Shao & Amy Shao

For those who wish to tithe during the service, go to paypal.me/UnityWilliamsburg.

Chaplains Corner


WHAT ARE your first thoughts about the word growth? The gardener may say that it makes him think of the tender green shoots coming up in his garden. The teacher may say that growth is what she has seen taking place in the students she has had during the school year. The growth most meaningful to all of us is the growth that goes on in us. Another person may not be able to see how much we have grown; we may not be able to see how much another has grown. But we both know that we are growing.

Prayer helps us to grow. Prayer is to our spirit as rain is to the farmer's crop and as teaching is to the child's formative mind. Prayer stirs us to new growth and prayer insures continual unfoldment and greater spiritual understanding. Every prayer I speak nourishes my growth.

Unity Williamsburg Spiritual Center graciously accepts love offerings during Sunday Services and special events, online through paypal.me/UnityWilliamsburg and by check mailed to 624 Queens Creek Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Message from the Board

What an incredible Easter we had at UWSC! We welcomed so many new faces, had a beautiful service and enjoyed a festive luncheon afterwards. As always, we are blessed by an army of volunteers and helpers that bring all the pieces together - from the logistics, planning, and marketing weeks before the service to the setup and day of activities including our kitchen helpers and clean-up crew. We even had perfectly timed tulips among the other flowers in our lovely flower beds prepared by our gifted UWSC green thumbs. THANK YOU all for being the very foundation of "loving service in our community"! 

If you were not able to make it to our Easter Service or would just like a copy of Rev. Maria's message to keep for yourself, you can download that from this link. Thank you, Rev. Maria for all the time and love you put into sharing such a special message and meditation with us!

Peace be with you,  A

Amy Shao, President

Jane Siegel, Vice President

Lynda Birckhead, Secretary

Johan Wagner, Treasurer

Jude Eastman, Member at Large

Ray Whipple, Member at Large

Teo Feliciano, Alternate

(*To email a board member, click on their name above.)

Next Board Meeting will be April 21st.

Unity Q&A

Would you like to know more about Unity? Bring your questions and join us for our first Unity Q&A on Sunday, April 14 - facilitated by Susan Cardozo. 

We will meet at the back table in the Fellowship Hall after service. So, pick up a snack, bring your questions and join us as we find the answers together. 

Please visit our new Facebook home here or search @unitywilliamsburgspiritualcenter. We will be posting the Daily Word, affirmations, meditations, inspirational music and sermon spotlights daily. We will also post information about upcoming services and special events.

Our Sunday Services will be broadcast via Facebook Live every Sunday at 10:30 AM.

Please "Like" the posts and share content from the page to improve our online visibility. If you have suggestions from content, please contact Amy Shao or Jude Eastman.

Please join us on our Williamsburg You Tube Channel where you will find our Sunday services and other events. For our YouTube Channel click here where you can subscribe to our channel and share it with friends and family.

Volunteer Corner

We are in need of additional volunteers for our rotating schedule of Platform Assistants, Greeters and Closers. Platform Assistants read from a scripted order of service each Sunday to introduce songs and guest speakers and share affirmations. Greeters arrive 20 minutes before Sunday services to welcome people as they come in a pass out Sunday bulletins. Closers ensure the thermostats are reset to non-service temperatures, turn off all lights, ensure coffee pots are turned off and ensure that the building is locked and secured before leaving after Sunday service.

If you would be interested in being added to our rotation schedule for any of these positions or have questions about responsibilities, please contact Amy Shao or Jude Eastman.

If you know kids in need of service hours or projects for their scouting or school clubs, Unity Williamsburg would welcome their efforts! We can provide any needed signoffs for their reporting documentation. Please have them contact Amy Shao for more information.

Let's Stay in Touch

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checks mailed to 624 Queens Creek Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185.


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