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Unity men’s group sets retreat Saturday

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The men of the Unity Church of Today will be holding an all-day retreat and barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 22, in Washoe Valley. The theme of the retreat is “How to be Male and Happy in the 21st Century.”

According to Rick Arnold, retreat leader and chairman of the board of trustees of Unity Church of Today, the theme for the retreat came out of a book by Billy Mills Wokini, a Native American. Wokini’s book was published in 1990 and dwelt on working with the happiness in your life and your personal journey to happiness and self-understanding.

During the day, attendees will discuss the central ideas of the book and how to use Wokini’s approach in their own lives. Copies of the book will be provided to attendees.

The day will be filled with an opportunity for fellowship, study, fun and worship, said Arnold.

Attendees are asked to bring a chair, sun screen, a sack lunch and something to grill for dinner; everything else will be provided. In the evening, there will be a drum circle and singing, with attendees invited to bring along a drum or other musical instrument to play.

Hours for the retreat are from 9 a.m to 8 p.m. or later if the evening’s activities draw on. Participation is open to all, but reservations are required and directions to the site will be provided.

Call Arnold at 267-2385 or Denise Frueh at the church office, 782,4429, for reservations. There is no cost for the retreat, but a free will offering will be accepted.

Arnold is a retired Army major and Vietnam veteran and was decorated with the Silver Star and three Bronze Stars awarded for valor. He is chief executive officer of National Voter Outreach, a political consulting firm specializing in qualifying initiative and referendum campaigns, and has been involved in over 200 separate, successful petition drives in 36 states organizing the collection of more than 23 million signatures. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a master’s degree from San Diego State University.

Arnold’s role as an expert in the initiative process has been documented in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Roll Call and The National Journal.

His association with Unity began with membership in the Unity church in Carlsbad in 1989 prior to moving to Carson City in 1993 when he joined Unity Church of Today, which meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at the historic church in Genoa.

Arnold, 57, lives with his wife, Geneva, and their 10-year-old daughter in Carson City.

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