Local Parish Celebrates 30 Years In Edinboro

The historical church building at 130 Meadville Street in Edinboro has been home to Unity of Edinboro since 1989. Originally built in 1863 by Methodists who installed the oldest continuously rung bell in Erie County. Unity continues to ring the bell every Sunday letting their Light shine into the Edinboro community.

Since 1989 Unity has had a profound effect on Edinboro, providing many activities serving the community and all of Erie County.

Unity has had many leaders over the years. After her ordination in 2010, Reverend Joanne Rowden continued to serve Unity in Edinboro, having been a parishioner and teacher in the parish for some time before that.

Reverend Joanne also traveled to Erie and Meadville to serve congregants in those areas, serving Edinboro Unity for 13 years. In 2014 she moved with her husband to Hinkley, Ohio to become Senior Minister at Unity Spiritual Center Westlake.

Unity’s current Spiritual Leader is Reverend Jenn Shepherd. She started speaking at Unity in 2015 on Sundays drawing on her extensive background and studies, including as a teacher.

Unity also welcomes guest speakers including Reverend Josh Dolecki and Mr Christen Sundberg that continue to inspire Unity members with practical and inspirational approaches to life.

Unity members have been working hard in recent weeks to complete some much needed maintenance on their historic building and soon workers will begin replacing the church roof.

Unity members recently had a 30 year celebration dinner welcoming past members and completing the weekend with a celebration service October 20th.

As with all the churches in Edinboro, for those looking for a new spiritual home, all are welcome to their services.

UnityinEdinboro.org (814) 314-9297

Reverend Jenn Shepherd and some of the Unity of Edinboro members.

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