Rev. Kelley Becker

Rev. Kelley Becker is senior minister of Disciples Christian Church in Bartlesville.

.When I moved to Bartlesville almost six years ago, the beautiful space that is the Tower Center at Unity Square, between the Price Tower and the Community Center, was but a twinkle in the eyes of community leaders. Even as plans were shared with the public and construction began, having lived here only a short time, I wasn’t sure what to think about the project. I mean, Johnstone and Sooner parks are well-maintained, great public spaces to gather, play, and relax. I wondered if we really needed this new place.

Thankfully, community leaders had a vision beyond what I could see at the time, and that vision has become wonderful reality. Unity Square has it all: location, beauty, a stage with lighting and sound, plenty of space to watch a play or listen to a concert, have a picnic, or play in the water under the gorgeous glass flowers of the water feature. On the website associated with Unity Square, the inspiration for the flowers is explained, “This interactive art installation celebrates the unity of our community as our “Third Place” – an urban destination where every person is welcome…” One of the core values of the church I serve is “welcome,” so I know making a place welcoming to all people is a tall order.

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