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Unity Lincoln invites the public this weekend, March 16-17, as members consecrate their new church building at 1941 N. 68th St. and officially install the Rev. Toni Stephens Coleman as minister. The Rev. Donna Johnson, president and CEO of Unity Worldwide Ministries, will officiate.

Unity started as a study group in Lincoln in 1937. Christ Unity Church began in 1983, where it was located at 135 N. 31st St. for more than 30 years. In 2011, the congregation voted to change the name from Christ Unity Church to Unity Lincoln. Wanting to find a building more suited to their needs, in 2017 the congregation voted to sell the building at 31st Street and purchase a house in Bethany to convert into a facility that was both more handicapped-accessible and a better fit for their current and future goals.

Although Unity Lincoln moved to the new location in February 2018, it was not until Dec. 23 that the congregation held its first service in the new building. Members worked tirelessly to comply with building codes and convert the house into a worship facility. While the conversion was taking place, Unity Lincoln held its services at Gratitude Bakery & Café a few blocks away on Cotner Boulevard.

Leading the congregation in this effort has been Rev. Coleman. She became Unity Lincoln’s minister in January 2014, but in the rush of many events, including the move, she has never been officially installed as minister. That will be remedied Sunday, March 17, when the congregation hosts the community in celebrating her role as their minister and spiritual leader.

The Sacred Ritual of Consecration will take place Saturday, March 16, from 4 p.m. with a reception following. Worship and the installation service will be on Sunday, March 17, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. with a potluck afterward.

Throughout the weekend, the public is invited to tour the church and join in the observances. For more details, visit UnityLincoln.org or call the church office at 402-476-6887.

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Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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