Meet the Board Members

Karla Hill:  President  :

Jerry Neary :  Vice President: contact :  570-396-4398

Vera Scroggins:  Secretary:  contact:  607-237-9685, or

Nadine Martinez Schaub: Treasurer

Liana Railsback: Board Member

Sharon Shadduck: Board Member



This Week at Unity


now meeting at:

First Congregational Church

Corner of Main and Front Streets

Binghamton, NY  13905

at 11:45 AM in the Eden Room


Mailing Address:

72 Lewis St, P.O.Box 955

Binghamton, NY 13901

Visit our website at:

For information contact our Board Member, Vera Scroggins, 607-237-9685,

This Week At Unity

Come hear the week’s speaker on Sunday starting at 11:45 am.  in the Eden Room of the First Congregational Church, Binghamton, NY..  Each Week different speakers that rotate monthly.

Our Unity Prayer Request Box

We encourage you to make a list of all of your prayer concerns for both yourself and others, and to put it in the prayer request box either before or after the service on Sundays. Then, our Prayer Chaplain, will pray concerning them each day, and will send them on to Silent Unity where they will also be prayed about every day for 30 days.

Feel free to bring a new prayer list every Sunday.

Your Tithes and Offerings at Work

From time to time – due to what is going on in the world – we may choose to support other things as well, and we shall endeavor to keep you informed as to how your tithes and offerings are being used.

We are Developing a New Mission Statement!

 In a workshop led by Rev. Diane Sickler the participants from our congregation explored such questions as “Why does Unity in the Southern Tier exist in my life?”, “What does Unity in the Southern Tier stand for?” and “Who have I come here to be?”. Then we worked through the various lists that were developed, and we came to the point of determining this:

“The purpose of Unity in the Southern Tier is to provide a spiritual community that expresses Unity Principles and Universal Spiritual Law in an atmosphere of loving acceptance, healing, joy, gratitude and self-discovery.”

As we continue to explore our purpose and develop our mission statement then we shall keep you informed of when and where we will be meeting so that each of you can come and participate in this process.

A Message Worth Reading

“From childhood, we begin hiding our inner self away. We learn to adapt and survive in the outside world. Our families and peers teach us socially acceptable behavior. Our educational system teaches us the technical and social skills we need to sustain a material life. As adults, we are thrust into a society geared towards materialism and maintaining the status quo. 

Rarely, especially in the early formative years, are we taught inner development; with an emphasis on intuition, the subconscious mind, independent thinking, self esteem, self-confidence, psychic or inner spiritual growth.
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Is it any wonder the Inner Self becomes lost in the business of the outer world?

Yet, despite all this, the inner self does remain alive in everyone and many are ready to heed its call. That is why the mystical traditions exist today and have for centuries, offering people a way to realize their own infinitely powerful and divine nature.

Mysticism teaches cosmic laws and principles by which we are brought into closer consciousness of our divine power. The mystical experience of union with the One imposes upon the mystic a moral obligation — to use this knowledge for the welfare of others.” Rosicrucian Manuscript

This is also why the Unity Movement is in the world today.

Become a Licensed Unity Teacher!

Did you know that you can get credit for courses from Unity toward becoming a Licensed Unity Teacher or Unity Minister through the classes taught by Rev. Diane Sickler following the service on the first Sunday of every month.  Our youngest Board member, Kenneth Main, is one of the ones taking the class for credit so be certain to ask him about how this works.

Daily Word

Encouragement, affirmation and ideas to help you create a healthy life – mind, body and spirit. 


Unity Resources Worth Knowing About

Did you know that Unity has some publications that you can sign up for that will be delivered weekly to your email? Whether you are just interested in learning more about Unity Principles, or you are in a position of leadership in the congregation, then Unity has something to help you. Visit this link to subscribe to them today:

Youth and Family Ministries

Unity in the Southern Tier is now offering children and youth programs each and every week. Our young friends will join us for the opening hymn and greeting, after which they will be led to their classroom for their lesson. We are truly excited to finally be able to offer this programming as part of our new and expanding ministry. We hope you will pass this on to any of your friends or family that have not been able to attend Unity services because of child care issues. This is our opportunity to reach out into the community and serve all who wish to come. Thank you all for your patience as we worked on making this dream become a reality. 

Concerns and Suggestions

If anyone has any concerns about anything happening during or around our services, and of course suggestions on how to make them better, then please reply to this email, and share your thoughts with us. They will be sent to your Unity Board of Trustees, and we will do what we can to make things better for everyone. We may not be able to please everyone all of the time, but we endeavor to do so most of the time. And, we also encourage you to come and share your ideas with us at future board meetings.

Our Mission

Unity is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity 

based on the teachings of Jesus and the power of prayer. Unity honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual’s right to choose a spiritual path.

Silent Unity … May We Pray With You? 24 Hours A Day

1-800-NOW-PRAY (669-7729)

Need Some Inspiration? 

Dial-A-Thought: 607-757-0009

The Unity Worldwide Ministries website features resources of all kinds, from videos, online classes, books, to teachings and resources for ministers, Board Members, and much, much more. These resources are available to anyone. Log on 

Unity – A Positive Path To Spiritual Living



Unity in the Southern Tier Newsletter



meeting at:

First Congregational Church

Corner of Main and Front Streets

BinghamtonNY 13905

at 11:45 AM in the Eden Room

Fellowship & refreshments shared with FCC at 11:00 AM in the Parlor


This Week at Unity – 12-9-18

Speaker:  Rick Gridley

” For Unto Us A Child is Born”


Rick teaches information literacy to K-12 students at BOCES, yoga and Qi Gong for health and relaxation.  He enjoys exploring and discussing what it means to be a spiritually awake and engaged human being.  

So join us for another great Sunday message!!

Fellowship Hosting Second Sunday

Second Sunday, this month, it’s our turn to supply the refreshments for our fellowship time in the Parlor at FCC.  We will gratefully accept any food contribution you would like to make, typically in the form of light snacks, baked goods or fruit.  Fellowship is at 11:00-11:45 so please come early and join us as we share time and treats with the other congregations.

AFFIRM WITH US:  “Each day is an opportunity to make progress in my life.”

Upcoming Speakers:  

Sunday, Dec. 16:   Rev. Art Suggs

Sunday, Dec. 23:  Rev. Diane McCarty

Sunday, Dec. 30: Jamie Walters: “An Intentional New Year”


Vera’s Videos:

Latest Video link for Sunday Service Talk and Music:

Rev. Art Suggs on 12-2-18:  “Science and Religion”  :

Search on and then search on youtube for Vera Scroggins or

and find my videos of Unity in the Southern Tier Talks and Workshops sponsored by Unity and by Speaker’s name.


 Honoring Diversity:

   We believe that all people are created with sacred worth. Therefore we recognize the importance of serving all people within the Unity family in spiritually and emotionally caring ways. We strive to reach out to all who seek Unity support and spiritual growth.      Our spiritual community is free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, creed, national origin, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. 

The Courage To Imagine

The 2018 Unity yearly theme is The Courage to Imagine. It is through the power of imagination that we can transform our lives. Whatever outcome we envision, we can achieve. Using this gift, we can release limiting thoughts and realize our divine potential.

The 5 Basic Principles of Unity Teachings

Unity encourages you to explore and apply Unity teachings based on your own spiritual understanding. We believe this spiritual understanding is enhanced through reflective prayer and meditation. The five basic ideas that make up the Unity belief system are: 1) God is the source and creator of all. There is no other enduring power. God is good and present everywhere. 2) We are spiritual beings, created in God’s image. The spirit of God lives within each person; therefore, all people are inherently good. 3) We create our life experiences through our way of thinking. 4) There is power in affirmative prayer, which we believe increases our connection to God. 5) Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them.

Do You Know About the 12 Powers?

The Twelve Powers are core abilities within each of us that we are using whether we know it or not. We consciously use them to handle every life situation so we can be the best we can be. Each of our Twelve Powers has a focused use and purpose, and we use them together, in concert, to master the art of living. They are faith, strength, wisdom, love, power, imagination, understanding, will, order, zeal, elimination, and life.- Rev. Kelly Isola

Our Unity Prayer Request Box

We encourage you to make a list of all of your prayer concerns for both yourself and others, and to put it in the prayer request box either before or after the service on Sundays.  Prayer requests will be sent on to Silent Unity where they will also be prayed about every day for 30 days.  Feel free to bring a new prayer list every Sunday.


Silent Unity … May We Pray With You? 24 Hours A Day

1-800-NOW-PRAY (669-7729)

   Download the free mobile prayer app from Silent Unity

Hal Fischbeck’s Phone Ministry

Hal Fischbeck is essentially the founder and “Father” of our Church.  He has revitalized his phone ministry called Unity Thoughts, and the phone number is(607) 757-0009. He changes the message a couple of times each week. Call the number anytime you need a spiritual lift or a blessing.



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For information:  Jerry Neary  570-396-4398  or Vera Scroggins  607-237-9685


Mailing Address: 72 Lewis St,

                          P.O.Box 955

                          BinghamtonNY 13901


Send changes in contact information including email address to :


OTHER LINKS:  The Unity Worldwide Ministries website features resources of all kinds including videos, books, online classes and much more.  These resources are available to anyone.  Daily Word, published by Unity, offers insight and inspiration to help people of all faiths live healthy, prosperous and meaningful lives.