2016 Inspirational Keynotes


Monday, June 13, 2016   7:00 p.m.

Opening Celebrations with Tim Alderman

Tim Alderman has been a Unity Student for over 30 years–and served in leadership roles including Youth of Unity sponsor, prayer chaplain, and past president of the board of three Unity spiritual communities: First Unity Temple in El Paso, Texas; Unity Center of El Paso; and Unity of Washington DC. Currently, Tim serves as the president for the Board of Trustees in Unity of Wimberley, Texas. Tim contributes a wealth of knowledge gleaned from serving as a human resources advisor for 37 years with the United States Army, The US Public Health Service and the Department of Defense. Currently, Tim serves as the project manager for the US Army Corps of Engineers Emergency Management Division, deploying retired employees to temporary duty at national disaster sites and for special assignments throughout the United States. He is also a trained mediator. Tim’s daughter (raised in Unity) and family attend and are active in Unity of Wimberley, as does his partner of twenty-five years, Baxter Lawrence, a retired architect, who currently manages the community’s bookstore.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016   1:30 p.m.

Keynote: Ellen Debenport

Rev. Ellen Debenport is minister at Unity of Wimberley, Texas, and author of Hell in the Hallway, Light at the Door, about the spiritual path through change and transition. She speaks frequently at churches and conferences; leads classes, workshops and retreats, and has hosted nearly 200 shows for Unity Online Radio.

Her first book, The Five Principles: A Guide to Practical Spirituality, is read and studied all over the world.

A former journalist, Ellen served nearly a decade at Unity of Dallas before moving to the Texas Hill Country near Austin. Her blog on reaches a growing international audience.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016  7:00pm

Keynote: Mary Morrissey

Speaker, best-selling author, and consultant for over three decades, Mary Morrissey's transformational talks and seminars have made her one of the elite teachers in personal development.

As a sought after expert on the “Spiritual Side of Success", Mary has spoken three times at the United Nations, facilitated 3 different week-long meetings with His Holiness The Dalai Lama and met with Nelson Mandela in Cape Town, South Africa to address the most significant issues our world is facing.

Mary has a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology, and an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters and is the author of two best-selling books, No Less Than Greatness and Building Your Field of Dreams, which became a PBS special.

Mary Morrissey is the founder and owner of Life Mastery Institute: The Premier Life Coach Certification Company in the world.

As a world-class inspirational speaker, executive coach, and corporate consultant, Mary has 30 years experience of empowering individuals in achieving new heights of spiritual aliveness, wealth, and authentic success.


Friday, June 17, 2016   9:00 a.m.

Keynote: Joan Borysenko

This distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine is a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international health-care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning, and the spiritual dimensions of life, as an integral part of health and healing. Eloquent and inspiring in settings that range from hospitals to hospices, from theaters to conference venues, and from boardrooms to houses of worship, she is a credible bridge between faith and reason. Her brilliance, humor, and authenticity—in combination with the latest research—make her a compelling and inspiring speaker and writer.

Dr. Borysenko’s warmth and credibility—plus her lively sense of humor—create a compelling presence. Her inspirational reflections are featured frequently on Hallmark Channel’s New Morning program, and she also hosts a weekly Internet radio show, Your Soul’s Compass, for Hay House. One of the most popular and sought after speakers in the field of health, healing, and spirituality, her engaging and well researched presentations are perfect both for professionals and for the general public.


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