Nehemiah Service Week at Unity
Nehemiah Service Week is an opportunity for Unity community members to build connection and fellowship through hands-on volunteer service at Unity Village, the world headquarters of the Unity spiritual movement. Attendance is limited and these retreats fill up quickly; our waiting list is sometimes a year or more.
What is Expected?
Nehemiah volunteers work hard! Tasks include things like painting, landscaping, and cleaning, so there are some physical requirements. Volunteers must be able to lift 20 pounds, climb up and down a ladder, bend and squat to plant flowers or pull weeds. Volunteers work approximately seven hours each day for four consecutive days with scheduled breaks and meals. Each evening there is an opportunity for spiritual renewal and fellowship.
Nehemiah Service Week is typically held each spring and fall. Retreats begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday with dinner and orientation. Hotel check-in time starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday, and checkout time is Friday at 11 a.m., though work concludes on Thursday evening.
There is no cost to participate in Nehemiah Service Week. However, volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to and from Unity Village. Once you arrive, Unity provides volunteers with a shared hotel room and meals for the week. If you don’t already have a roommate selected, our Retreats team will pair you with one. If you are interested in participating, complete our online registration form. Church groups may contact Customer Care at 816-251-3540.
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. Like Nehemiah, our volunteers come together in sacred service to rebuild and restore the grounds and buildings of Unity Village.