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Group Service Retreats at Unity

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Unity offers group service retreats—called Nehemiah Service Retreats—to Unity community members who wish to build connection and fellowship through hands-on volunteer service at Unity Village, the world headquarters of the Unity spiritual movement.

What Might I Be Doing at the Service Retreat?

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Nehemiah Service Retreats focus on work projects. Volunteers should be able to lift objects up to 40 pounds and climb up and down ladders. They should be able to work on their feet for as many as seven (7) hours each day, for four (4) consecutive days, with scheduled breaks and meals.

Work may include but is not limited to:

  • Painting
  • Landscaping
  • Cleaning
  • Furniture moving or event setup
  • Archives or office work

What Does an Average Day Look Like?

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The main part of each day consists of restoration and project work, while evening programs provide time for inner restoration through spiritual renewal and fellowship.

The Nehemiah Service Retreats begin at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday and include dinner and orientation. You are welcome to check in to your room as early as 3 p.m. on that day. The retreat officially ends on Thursday evening.

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What Is the Cost?

There is no cost to participate in Nehemiah Service Retreats. However, volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to and from Unity Village. Once you arrive, Unity provides each guest with a double-occupancy room and meals for the week. If you don't already have a roommate selected, our Retreats team will pair you with one.

Interested? Here’s How to Get Started

Because of the limited space and physical requirements, every volunteer must submit an application.

  • Register online or download the application form.
  • Press "Submit" on the online form or send in the downloaded forms (instructions below).
  • The Unity Retreats team will send you a confirmation letter.
  • Mark your calendar and make travel arrangements!
Group Registration Guidelines

Why Nehemiah?

Nehemiah, found in the Old Testament, was a Jewish leader who supervised the rebuilding of Jerusalem in the mid-fifth century B.C. after his release from captivity by the Persian king, Artaxerxes I.

Like Nehemiah of the Bible, our Nehemiah Service Retreats volunteers come together in sacred service to rebuild and restore the grounds and buildings of Unity Village for one week.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”—Mahatma Gandhi

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Upcoming Events and Retreats

2021 Nehemiah Service Retreat

See the full Retreats and Events Calendar for other opportunities for spiritual renewal and growth at Unity Village.

What's Happening

Whatever method you choose to send in your application, our helpful and friendly Customer Care Associates are available to assist you by calling 816-251-3540, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (CT).

Nehemiah Group Registration Guidelines

  • If you have a group that would like to serve at a Nehemiah Retreat, please review the following guidelines: Group size is limited to 20 people.
  • Each member of the group must fill out an individual application.
  • Each member must be able to meet the physical requirements in order to participate (outlined in the application).
  • Nehemiah retreats fill up quickly, sometimes a year in advance. Plan to apply as soon as you have a group that would like to attend. We only have space on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Once the first 20 slots are filled, other approved applications will be added to the wait list.
  • Single accommodations at the hotel during Nehemiah are limited. Church groups taking part in a Nehemiah Service Retreat will be requested to provide rooming lists for shared rooms.
  • Our recommendation is that the group should not make group travel and hotel arrangements until all members have applied and been approved.

Action steps: 

  • Designate a group leader.
  • Coordinate with your group to share rooms and prepare a rooming list for our Retreats team, due one month before the retreat.
  • The group leader should make contact with the Unity Retreats team at 816-251-3540, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (CT) to coordinate details.

For more information or to inquire about space for Nehemiah retreats, you may contact Heather Fuller at FullerHK@unityonline.org.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Because of the limited space and physical requirements, every volunteer must submit an application.

ONLINE FORM DOWNLOAD FORM

Please allow one business day for a response.

How to Submit Downloaded Forms

Send by fax: 816-251-3564

Email: unitycustomerservice@unityonline.org

Postal mail: 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO 64065-0001


QUESTIONS? Contact Customer Care at 816-524-3550, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (CT).