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Unity offers Burning Bowl service, Kathy Savada in concert

Staff reports

Two special events are coming up at Unity Church in Genoa.

On Sunday, Jan. 2, at 10:30 a.m., members and guests of the Unity Church of Today will celebrate the ending of 1999 with their “Burning Bowl” service, which will be held at the Genoa Town Hall.

This service, which has it roots in antiquity and has been a feature of many cultures, is open to all who wish to shed the trials and tribulations of the year past, said spokesperson Floyd Hill.

The service, which will be led by minister Rev. Julie Johnson, consists of writing down the things and situations that we do not want to carry into the new millennium and burning them.

“Through the alchemy of fire, we send them into the universe as a different energy so they can return as new opportunities in the year 2000,” Hill said. A definition of forgiveness is “to let someone off the hook.”

“However, the reason we forgive is to let ourselves off the hook. The Burning Bowl service is about letting ourselves off the hook for all the mistakes, negative attitudes and behaviors that have kept us stuck this past year,” he added.

There will be no 9 a.m. service on that Sunday. All are welcome to attend and need not be members of the church to participate.

Unity Church of Today will sponsor a concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 7, 2000, at the Unity Church of Today, meeting in the historic community church in Genoa, by best-selling new age-contemporary recording artist Kathy Zavada.

“Zavada tours worldwide, sharing her music in concerts, retreats, workshops and church services as a means to inspire a deeper opening of the heart, a deeper sense of spirituality, to bring about healing and to encourage a united humanity,” said Floyd Hill, a church spokesperson.

The concert will feature songs from her new album, “I’m Right Here,” as well as songs from her other six releases.

“Her songs express the deepest longing of the soul, the immensity of God’s love and the joy and tenderness of life,” Hill said.

Zavada’s music has received outstanding reviews, receives national air play regularly and is available in most metaphysical bookstores across the country. She was recently featured in a PBS television concert. Tickets for the concert are $10 at the door or may be purchased in advance by calling the church office at 782-4429.