Congratulations to our 2020 honorees.
See "Past Award Recipients" below for details on the honorees for the Light of God Expressing in Unity Award, and the Charles and Myrtle Fillmore Awards.
UWM Virtual 2020 Awards Ceremony
The Light of God Expressing in Unity Award
Rev. Dr. Jane Simmons
Jane is an ordained Unity minister and holds a doctoral degree in theology from Holos University. Since her ordination in 1999, Jane has ministered in four Unity churches in Canada and the United States, as well as serving as the Teen Ministry Coordinator for Unity Worldwide Ministries and adjunct faculty for Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute.
With a passion for heart-centered transformation, Jane is committed to helping bring forth a kinder, more compassionate world. She is the author of You Can’t Sleep Through Your Awakening, I of the Storm for Teens, and co-author of Who Have You Come Here to Be?
Jane currently serves at Unity Spiritual Center Spokane, Washington, implementing mission-centric ministry with her husband and co-minister, Dr. Gary Simmons.
The Charles Fillmore Award
Rev. Christopher H. Jackson
Chris is a third-generation Unity student with a lifetime of service in the worldwide Unity movement. He is former Executive Vice President of Unity World Headquarters, where he served for twenty-six years until his retirement in 2001.
Chris has been a keynote speaker at Unity events throughout the United States, and in Europe and Mexico. His writings have been featured in Daily Word® magazine and Unity Magazine, and he is a contributing author to the book New Thought for a New Millennium, published by Unity House.
He is the former minister of Unity of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida, and currently serves as senior minister at Unity on the Bay in Miami, Florida.
The Myrtle Fillmore Award
Rev. Xiomara J. Malagon
Xiomara is from the Dominican Republic (DR). She attended the Ministerial Education Program at Unity School of Christianity as an international candidate and graduated and became ordained in 1999. She returned to DR and served at all the Unity ministries there.
In November 2001, she was hired by the Association of Unity Churches, Inc., as worldwide support coordinator. In this position, she trained, counseled, and coached leaders of Unity National Schools, Association of Unity Leaders, emerging Unity ministries worldwide, and Spanish-speaking ministries in continental USA. She worked remotely from Atlanta, Georgia, from December 2010 until she retired in 2018.
Currently, she serves in the congregational care team at Unity Atlanta, Peachtree Corners, Georgia, offers lectures and workshops at Unity ministries in and outside of the United States, and officiates bilingual wedding ceremonies and other services. Xiomara resides with her daughter Annette and cat Coco in Dunwoody, Georgia.
Ruth M. Mosley Award for Outstanding Achievement in Urban Ministry
Sandra was the ﬁrst student enrolled in the UUMS online program in 2008. She graduated from UUMS in 2012 and was ordained by Unity Worldwide Ministries in 2013. Since that time, she has served as an instructor and on the board of directors. In 2017, she voluntarily ﬁlled the vacant executive director position, to which she was permanently hired in 2018.
Rev. Sandra is associate minister at Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri, and a member of Unity World Headquarters board of directors. She is well-known throughout Unity for her Courageous Conversations Initiative and as a gifted speaker, playwright, and storyteller. She and her husband, Phil, live in Lee's Summit, Missouri, along with her mother who, at this writing, is about to reach the century mark. The couple has two grown children and four grandchildren.