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Our 2014 Honorees

The Light of God Expressing in Unity Award

Rev. Wendy Craig-Purcell

Wendy is the Founding Minister of The Unity Center, a 1200-member spiritual community located in San Diego, California. She graduated from Unity School of Christianity and was ordained in 1980. She is an internationally recognized speaker and co-host of the Synthesis Dialogues convened by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. In 2009, she interviewed Deepak Chopra on a PBS television series and released her first book, "Ask Yourself This!" Her many service awards include the Gandhi Non-Violence Award from the Tariq Khamisa Foundation and induction into the Martin Luther King Jr. Preachers Hall of Fame.  

Wendy Craig-Purcell has been an active participant in the Association of Global New Thought (AGNT) for over 10 years and currently serves as its Vice President. She has participated in numerous AGNT events including the three AGNT-sponsored “Synthesis Dialogues,” with His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet, the “Awakened World” conferences, the Gandhi-King Peace Train and the Living Legends of Nonviolence Conference. Craig-Purcell has served as President and Treasurer of the Southwest Unity Region, District President of the International New Thought Alliance, and Chairman of the Association of Unity Churches Church Growth Committee.


The Light of God Expressing in Society Award

Gary Zukav

Gary Zukav's gentle presence, humor, and insightful wisdom have inspired millions to realize their soul’s greatest potential. A master teacher and the eloquent author of four consecutive New York Times bestsellers, Gary is dedicated to the current extraordinary transformation in human consciousness – an unprecedented threshold in the human experience. This transformation is no less than a Revolution of the Soul, one that touches the heart of all humanity and is based on spiritual growth, conscious choices, and a deep celebration and reverence for Life. 

His insight, thoughtful presence, and contagious enthusiasm have endeared Gary Zukav to millions of viewers through his 34 appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Six million copies of his books are in print and translations have been published in 32 languages.

Gary is a co-founder of the Seat of the Soul Institute with Linda Francis, Harvard graduate with a degree in International Relations, World Business Academy Fellow, Elder on the Council of Elders, Native American Earth Ambassadors, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Human Kindness Foundation.


The Charles Fillmore Award

Rev. Tom Thorpe

Rev. Tom Thorpe is an ordained Unity minister currently serving as senior minister of Unity Church of Independence. To help achieve the goal of making Unity’s teachings available to “more people in more places in more ways more often,” Tom focuses on developing and presenting courses and programs to help grow the Unity movement.

Tom is the author of "Through A Loving Lens: Gentle Observations About Life, Love and God", and has written for both Daily Word® and Unity Magazine®. Tom believes that because our potential for spiritual growth is infinite, there’s always value in exploring life’s challenging questions more and more deeply.


The Myrtle Fillmore Award

Rev. Susan EngPoole

Rev. Susan EngPoole says that every Unity minister should receive the Myrtle Fillmore Award.  Since 1984, Susan has served Unity in many capacities from being employed by Unity Worldwide Ministries, continuous service on peacemaking cases beginning when it used to be called conflict management, was co-minister with her husband Rev. Jack Poole in Evanston, Illinois, to serving as the region’s Judicatory Rep and Regional Rep. Thus, she has witnessed the dedication, love and light of Unity’s spiritual leaders and is inspired by who you are and how you serve.

Susan’s message is to own the work that we bring forth and express your Christ Self in fullness NOW! In June 2013, Susan retired after serving 11 years as senior minister of Unity of Louisville to go into “entirement,” to live and teach this quote from Myrtle Fillmore:

"So get busy using the Truth you know ... Bring forth your own joyous world of love, friendship, beauty, and plenty. God is giving everything required to build such a world. There is within you the God-given intelligence to build such a world. Get at it!"


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