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Special Seminars


This year we will be offering Tracks for the following:

  •      Ministers/Spiritual Leaders

  •      Licensed Teachers

  •      Board/Lay Leaders

  •      Youth and Family

  •      Spiritual Development for Congregants

  •      Nurturing and Developing your Ministry


Tuesday, June 9, 2015  9:00-11:00am


Ministers/Spiritual Leaders Track

Church and Minister Finance and Tax, What you need to know! By Rev. Bruce Verkruyse

Who should attend-- all Board Members, Church Administrators, Ministers and Spiritual Leaders that are involved with Church Administration and Finance.

Please join us for a complete overview of the essentials of Church, Accounting, Finance and Business practices, followed by a special session on Minister taxes and how to get the greatest benefit from using the current tax laws.

Bruce is the COO/CFO for Unity Worldwide Ministries.

Licensed Unity Teachers Track

Youth and Family Track

Board/Lay Leaders Track


Spiritual Development for Congregants Track

The Power and Impact of Vibrations by Rev. Gregory Guice

This seminar is designed to examine how our consciousness and the way we respond is effected by the vibrations and frequency we receive within our mind, our body and our heart.

In Unity we understand that everything in the Universe has a vibration. Each flower, plant, tree, mineral, rock, crystal or gemstone has its own specific vibration. Each type of cell, organ, and system in each living organism also has its own specific vibration. Each thought and emotions has its own vibration and each sound and color has its own vibration.

Participants will learn how to begin to raise their vibration and enhance their frequency to sustain spiritual growth.

Feeling the call to ministry, Gregory Guice was ordained at the Unity School for Religious Studies in Lee’s Summit, Missouri in 2000.  His goal is to prayerfully demonstrate and teach the principles of Truth as taught by Jesus Christ. Before becoming the Senior Minister at Detroit Unity Temple, Rev. Guice served with Reverend. Argentina Glasgow as Co-minister at the Temple. He was hired as Senior Minister at Unity of Lake Orion, and Unity Christ Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He has also had the privilege to serve on the Board Directors at Unity School of Christianity.


Thursday, June 11, 2015 1:30-3:00pm


Ministers/Spiritual Leaders Track

Youth and Family Track

Geek Speak by Rev. Dr. Jane Simmons

What are the positive and negative effects of technology on our young people? How can we best use technology in youth ministry? What safety measures and policies should we adopt in our youth programs? Join Rev. Dr. Jane Simmons to explore the pros and cons of the use of technology with our youth. Learn strategies for keeping youth engaged in our programs, as well as ways to communicate safely and effectively with them and their families in this techno age.

Board/Lay Leaders/Licensed Unity Teachers Track

TRP (Totally Responsible Person) by Daniel Lobb
This workshop will help each participant see themselves as someone who is responsible for how they handle any given situation and will be accountable to others, as well as themselves. Each participant will learn proven techniques to move beyond blame and judgment and gain the confidence and tools needed to interact with others in a positive, constructive and respectful way.
Presented with humor, the workshop is nonthreatening, yet has a profound impact on those who attend. It is fast paced and includes lecturettes, role plays, skits, video clips, group discussion and reflection.
Participants learn innovative and proven ways to control negative emotions, beliefs, or habits that impede cooperation and productivity.

Spiritual Development for Congregants Track

Talking Circles by Martha Paquin

Communication in Native American culture is quite different than the "usual" American competitive-style communication. Their style values cooperation over competition, which reflects in many areas of their lifestyles. When many Native Americans engage in conversation they listen intently, usually looking down and not establishing eye contact, until the person speaking is completely finished talking. Then the other person talks and fully expects to be able to completely finish their thought without interruption or before the conversation turns to another person.  A feather is used as a symbol for a talking stick.

·  The person holding the "talking feather" or some other Native American object is the only who has the right to talk. Even if it takes several minutes to think about what they wish to say or if there is a pause in the conversation. Whoever has the "talking feather" has the floor.
·  If someone in the circle wishes to express a view or comment on what is being said, it is limited to noises that can be made through the nose. This would be a faint grunt of agreement. Any comments, especially negative comments while someone is speaking are absolutely not allowed. In fact, they are banned. Each person MUST wait his or her turn.
·  When the "talking feather" comes to you, you may talk about "whatever is in your heart or on your mind." There may be an overall topic that the Talking Circle is discussing but you are in no way limited to discussing or commenting on anything anyone has said. A talking circle is not limited in topic content. You are free to say whatever you desire, without limitation or fear. Talking circles are safe environments and you should feel comfortable knowing that no one will interrupt or criticize you.


Thursday, June 11, 2015 3:30-5:00pm


Ministers/Spiritual Leaders Track

Infinite Connections: Growing Your Church with Small Group Ministry by Rev. Mindhi Audlin

This program explores the power of Small Group Ministry as a tool for engaging new visitors, as well as established members.  Participants will discuss case studies of churches of differing denominations to see how small group ministry is utilized in mega churches, as well as in smaller ministries.  We will discuss common reasons why small group initiatives fail, and how to train members to step into small group leadership as a means of increasing connection among members, better serving the spiritual needs of the congregation, and creating a healthier, more balanced congregation.

Participants will learn:

  • The difference between being a church "with small groups" versus being a church "of small groups."
  • The role small group ministry can play in fulfilling the mission of the church.
  • The hidden benefits of establishing an ongoing small groups program.
  • The most common mistakes ministries make when establishing small group programs.
  • Best practices for engaging your congregation in small groups that contribute to the overall vision and mission of the church.

Mendhi Audlin is the former pioneering Spiritual Leader of Unity Church of Wimberley in Wimberley, Texas.  She is the founder of Unity Online Radio, and hosted its first program, The Leading Edge.  She is a contributing writer on the topic of Small Group Ministry in Unity Leaders Magazine, and is the producer for SpiritualityToday.TV, providing DVD-based curriculum for Small Group Ministries in New Thought and the Executive Director of Spirituality Today, providing Small Group Ministry leadership development programs for New Thought churches.

Youth and Family Track

Board/Lay Leaders/Licensed Teachers Track

Creating Feedback-Rich Environments by Rev. Cynthia Vermillion-Foster

Do you find that your ministry, in an effort to keep the peace, experiences triangulation, lack of authenticity, suppressed concerns and other ineffective ways of dealing with everyday interpersonal challenges? Well, you’re not alone. This is one of the most frequent challenges I encounter in consulting with ministries Such behavior is learned and reinforced in our competitive, consumer oriented culture, but when ministries intentionally nurture new ways of being together, the real power and potential of community are released leading to greater health, vitality and engagement. This interactive seminar will enhance your ability to foster feedback-rich environments in which communication is fluid, ideas are shared openly and directly, and tension is embraced as an opportunity to learn and grow.

Cynthia Vermillion-Foster graduated and was ordained at Unity School of Christianity in 1997.  She then spent three years at the Association of Unity Churches serving in the Employment and Expansion Department.  She and her husband, Don Foster, served as co-ministers of Unity Life Center in Chantilly, VA from 2000 to 2006.  In September 2006, they relocated to Hamilton, ON to serve as the ministerial team at Unity of Greater Hamilton.

Cynthia has been serving as Canada's Regional Consultant since 2007 and is a Certified Peace Consultant and Transitional Ministry Consultant.  These roles have allowed her to interact with a number of ministries and leaders, supporting them in giving greater expression to Spirit.  She believes that Unity has an important role to play in awakening the world and is dedicated to supporting, nurturing and creating vital twenty-first century Unity ministries. 


Spiritual Development for Congregants Track

Dancing for Your Body and Soul by Rev. Johannys Jiminez-Hartog

Want to have fun, and lose some calories? Want to move a bit after sitting on chairs for hours? Want to learn some Latin rhythms and new steps? All with an uplifting Unity message?  DANCE!!!
In this class, Rev. Johannys Jiménez-Hartog uses her most recent CD, Un Pasito Mas (“one small step more”), to facilitate a dynamic, up-lifting, exercise/dance experience. With songs in Latin rhythms with Unity teachings, you will feel energetic, physically and spiritually, while learning to, or simply enjoying, dancing salsa, merengue, bachata and more. All skill levels welcome! Wear exercise or comfortable clothing.
An Ordained Unity Minister serving since 2010 as Senior Minister of Misión Unity (renamed “Unity de Miami”), Rev. Johannys has sung and conducted workshops at numerous Unity Village Spanish Retreats at the Unity Annual Convention. In addition to her religious studies at Unity, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s in Education in Mathematics. Prior to these studies, Rev. Johannys acted, sang and danced professionally, including on her own TV show in Puerto Rico.


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