We Welcome Your Participation
(formerly Conversations with Unity Leaders)
It is our joy to be in conversation with you about ideas to explore, solutions you've discovered, topics of interest, and concerns you may have. We welcome you to participate in, share and learn more about what is going on in the Unity movement.
Connection Space: Support for You
Connection Space is designed to be a time of community and Q&A on a variety of timely topics. Each session will feature a specific topic and will be staffed by facilitators well versed in the subject matter. The facilitators will share their knowledge and then offer a time for Q&A. There is no need to register, just show up with your questions. Our intention is to offer a Connection Space on Thursday afternoons, as we can line up presenters.
Meeting time is 1-2:30 p.m. CDT.
- RESCHEDULED! Thursday, June 11, "Embracing Our Common Humanity: Supporting Healing & Justice"
In honor of George Floyd's memorial service on June 4, 1 p.m. (CT), in Minneapolis, we are rescheduling this event to June 11.
Panelists: to be determined
Recent events have shone a light on the acute pain of injustice and the need for healing. Join us for a connection space conversation to support one another through our heartbreak and explore ideas for responding to this situation with compassion, integrity, and spiritual principle.
- Thursday, June 18, "Hybrid Lesson Planning for YFM"
Panelists: Rev. Diane Venzera & YFM Regional Leadership Team
As we look to the time when we again gather together in-person, how do we stay engaged with youth and families who may prefer an online experience? Join us for a conversation on creating hybrid YFM lessons that meet the needs of both those gathered online and in-person.
To Join the Connection Space:
- We are using Collaborate Ultra for our Connection Space. Google Chrome is the preferred browser so either clicking on this link or copy and paste the link into Google Chrome: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/c2e8830cb42e4f5aacfb5057c6df2f75
- If you are unable to connect via the link above, you can join us by phone only using the following number: 571-392-7650 and then entering the Pin #: 534 960.6656. If joining by phone only, you will not be able to view the PowerPoint presentation and only 25 people can use the phone only option.
If you are new to using Collaborate, this short video explains the basics.
Link to our Rapid Response webpage
Connection Space & Webinar Recordings
Caring for Self & Others
- Webinar: "Building Rhythm & Resilience" (Facilitated by Dr. Michelle Robin, B.B.A, D.C, F.A.S.A, C.C.S.P, C.C.W.P.)
- “Keeping Connections Alive in Our Virtual World” (Facilitated by Rev. Pat Williamson, Rev. Myra McFadden, & Ellen Barron, LUT)
- "Providing Support Through Times of Grief and Trauma" (Facilitated by Rev. Richard Carlini, Rev. Bill Englehart, & Randie Jacobs)
- The following links are mentioned on the video and might be helpful resources: Death Cafe, Camp Erin Grief Resources, Your Life Your Voice, The Trevor Project, Kids Help Phone Canada, The Dougy Center, From Surviving to Thriving.
- Books: On Grief & Grieving, Finding Meaning, Healing Into Life & Death, Four Things That Matter, Spiritual Economics.
- Self Care (Facilitated by Dr. Nancy Little & Pami Parker)
- Self care topics covered include 9 Dimensions of Wellness: Spiritual, Physical, Emotional, Career, Intellectual, Earth, Social, Financially and Mental.
- The following links are mentioned on the video and might be helpful resources: The Energy Creators, HeartMath, Happify, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, Self-Compassion
- UWM Updates (April 2, 2020) with Rev. Patricia Bass, Interim CEO, and Rev. Toni Fish, UWM Board Chair
- Includes updates on possible online convention, business meeting, "Loaves & Fishes Fund," CARES Act, Central Office Resources, and Better Together focus groups
- Webinar Recording: The Road to Inclusion - Outreach, (Facilitated by Tracy Brown, www.StainedGlassSpirit.net | www.ITurnToPrayer.com | www.ReclaimJoy.com)
- Link to the book: Stained Glass Spirit
Ministry Going Forward
- Navigating an Unclear Future Together (Facilitated by: Rev. Patricia T. Bass, Rev. Carrie Kenyon, Rev. Doug Duerr, Rev. Cynthia Vermillion-Foster)
- "Leveraging Social Media in the Pandemic" (Faciltated by Rev. Jacquie Fernandez + guests)
- "Live Streaming" (Facilitated by Rev. Jean-Marie Schweizer & Owen Howson: Contact)
- "Making Online Giving Easy" (Facilitated by Rev. Richard Bunch, Rev. Becky Whitehead, and Rev. Dale Worley)
- Webinar Recording: Moving Classes from On-site to Online, (Facilitated by Diane Venzera)
Youth & Family Ministry
- "Virtual Youth & Family Ministry Resources" (Facilitated by Janell Renshaw, Trish Yancey, & Vanessa Martinez-Huff
- The following links are mentioned on the video and might be helpful resources: To find out more about the Eastern Region events, contact Janell Renshaw, Scribblio, Codenames, Jackbox, CCUOrlando Kids, Link to Trish's Book and Videos, Trish's Website, Kansas City North Children's Virtual Board, Kansas City North Teen Virtual Board, Object Lesson Ideas, Kira Willey Movement
- What's Next for Youth & Family Ministry (Rev. Diane Venzera and the Regional YFM Leadership Team)
Archives of Conversations with Unity Leaders
Check out the archives of Evolving Ministry calls too (formerly called expansion ministry).
Thursday, August 8, 2019, Topic: Prayer and Discussion on Gun Violence Video
Thurs, July 11, 2019, Topic: Group Insurance Plan Video
Wed, May 22, 2019, Topic: CSL Reciprocal Agreement Video
- We recently finalized a reciprocal employment and ordination agreement. It provides a simple path for Unity ministers to receive a CSL ordination while serving in a CSL ministry—and for CSL ministers to receive a Unity ordination while serving in a Unity ministry.
Thurs, March 21, 2019, Topic: New Bylaws Template Video
- We have a new bylaws template for Unity ministries. Ministries are encouraged to provide feedback to Member Services by Sept 1, 2019 - email Cynthia Vermillion-Foster at CFoster@unity.org. Effective January 1, 2020, ministries will be required to utilize this template, requesting preapproval from Member Services for changes.
Wed, Nov 28, 2018, Topic: Credentialing Update: Path to Ordination
Thurs, May 3, 2018, Topic: Bylaws,
Thurs, April 12, 2018, Codes of Conduct, Video
March 1, 2018, Recognizing and Dealing with Harassment
November 16, 2017 Dialogue Call about CEU's for Ministers
October 3, 2017 Communications with UWM (~55 second sound delay)
April 27, 2017 Identifying Your Ministry Online Voice (~30 second sound delay)
November 15, 2016 Promoting Ministry Activities & Electronic Event Invites
July 21, 2016 Unity Principles on Twitter
May 18, 2016 Create a Social Media Marketing Plan
January 21, 2016 Creating & Training a Social Media Team
November 11, 2015 Social Media Policy
July 2, 2015 Open Discussion
April 9, 2015 SEE and M&RS Transition Task Team
March 26, 2015 Credentialing: Ministerial Education
Jan 15, 2015 Licensed Teacher and Regions Voting
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PowerPoint of President Donna Johnson's convention 2015 business meeting presentation
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