Our 2013 Honorees
The Light of God Expressing in Society Award
Dr. Roger Teel
Dr. Roger W. Teel is a life-transforming speaker and a global spiritual leader. Through storytelling, humor and practical spirituality, Dr. Teel’s transforming messages on Sundays, Wednesdays, as well as in workshops, classes, business and national conferences help empower people and lead them to their limitless potential to live dynamically.
He is backed by exceptional academics. Dr. Teel holds a degree in psychology and religion, a Doctor of Divinity and a Doctor of Religious Science degree. He has served pulpits in Oregon, California and in 1993 returned to his home church, Mile Hi Church, Colo., where he serves as Senior Minister and Spiritual Leader to over 6,000 members and friends.
As a global leader, Dr. Teel has served as Chairman of the International Board of Trustees for United Centers for Spiritual Living, and is Co-founder of the Association for Global New Thought. In 1999, 2001 and 2004, Dr. Teel assisted in facilitating the Synthesis Dialogues with acclaimed Global leaders including His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. He has served on the boards of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, and the Foundation for Affordable Housing.
The Light of God Expressing in Unity Award
Rev. Mary Omwake
Mary Omwake is a spiritual leader, speaker, former radio host and inspiring teacher. Ordained a Unity minister in 1989, Mary has served in ministries at Overland Park, KS, where she created the Love in Action sacred service program as well as the Unity Basics One curriculum as Minister in Maui, HI. A founding member of the Association for Global New Thought, Mary has spoken United Nations for the Season for Peace and Nonviolence, worked on the Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and worked within her community on numerous peace projects. She was inducted into the Martin Luther King Board of Preachers in 1998. She has served on many boards and committees, including Unity Worldwide Ministries and directed the church growth and development teams for both Unity Worldwide Ministries and International New Thought Alliance.
The Charles Fillmore Award
Rev. Eileen Goor
Rev. Eileen Goor first became acquainted with Unity during the early 1980’s while living on a farm in central Virginia. After supporting the work of several churches, she was called to ministerial school. She was ordained in 1993 and served as founding minister for New World Unity Church in Springfield, Va., for 12 years. She served on the Eastern region board for four years and then the board of Unity Worldwide Ministries for four years. Both roles gave her great appreciation for the dedication of these groups to the Unity movement. She has also served on the advisory board for the Association of Global New Thought where she gained an even greater appreciation for the power our teachings have in bringing peace to the planet.
The Myrtle Fillmore Award
Linda Lowery is currently volunteering as a minister in the Seasons Hospice unit. She is a trained Spiritual Caregiver. She works with doctors and staff as part of the “Circle of Care” to provide spiritual counseling, support, and compassionate touch in conjunction with the use of Young Living essential oils. Concurrently, she also serves in ministries in Canada, Ann Arbor, as well as nationally. Ordained as an inter-faith minister after graduating from Unity School of Religious Studies as a Licensed Unity Teacher in 2000, she established Phoenix Rising Ministries. The ministry was dedicated to establishing regular services at nursing homes. Recognizing the vast need for Spiritual Education and Enrichment classes, she concurrently offered her skills to all the churches in the metropolitan area and developed curriculum and power-point presentations to facilitate the teaching modules. She regularly teaches at several different churches during the week.