Lynnwood Unity Church names new spiritual director

LYNNWOOD — Unity Church in Lynnwood has named a new spiritual director, Richard Held.

Held previously served as the church’s administrator and as the music director. He now is focusing on expanding youth and family ministries, and arts programs.

Held, 48, moved to Edmonds two years ago from another congregation in Kansas. The Lynnwood church draws more than 100 people for Sunday services, he said.

To keep up with the times, the church wants to increase offerings for parents and families, he said. Parishioners today are living with issues such as blended families and aging parents, and in a world where divorce is more common. They need spiritual guidance, Held said.

“We are putting in that programming first,” he said. “It’s a major first step for us.”

Held also wants the music and arts programming to appeal to a wider range of tastes, so long as it has spiritual value.

Church music can be “whatever that experience is that transcends the spoken word,” he said.

“We draw from a wide variety of world cultures and genres,” he said. “We are just as likely to have an African drumming ensemble or a Celtic string ensemble as we are to have a song done in English.”

The church plans a five-week fall Sunday service series called “Unity of Life.” The public is invited to the series, which starts Oct. 27. Sunday services start at 10 a.m.

The series will “discuss major world religions and the beauty of each and the threads of truth that we perceive to run throughout,” Held said.

The church also plans an annual fundraising event, a “Festival of Abundance” wine and appetizer auction, at 6 p.m. Oct. 26.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.

Learn more

For more information, visit Unity Church in Lynnwood at 16727 Alderwood Mall Parkway, go to unityinlynnwood.org or call 425-741-7172.

More in Local News

Inslee’s budget solves school funding with help from carbon

His budget would use reserves to boost education, then replenish them with a carbon tax or fee.

Man, 29, injured by shots fired at Everett thrift store

The gunfire followed an argument in the parking lot of Value Village on Evergreen Way.

Police: He made an appointment, then tried to rob the bank

A lawyer is accused of donning a fake beard and telling a teller that a gunman was outside.

Lynnwood robbery leads to lockdown at Edmonds schools

Edmonds police said it was just a precaution as they search around Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Marysville 7-Eleven hit by armed robbers

Officers set up a perimeter and brought in a police dog, but the man couldn’t be found.

In adult court, four teens plead not guilty to murder

Prosecutors allege they worked together to plan and execute a drug robbery in Everett.

2 women struck, injured while crossing busy roads

The first happened Wednesday night in Everett. The second was Thursday morning in Edmonds.

Lives were on the line

After an estimated 350K emergency calls over 35 years, dispatcher Steve Williams is set to retire.

Drive-by shooting reported in Marysville neighborhood

Police said there was no evidence to indicate it was targeted at a specific person or property.

Most Read