Light of God Expressing Award

The purpose of the Light of God Expressing Award is to honor those who have served our Unity movement or Society as a whole. This award is given to distinguished individuals, one to someone who is part of the Unity movement, and one to someone who is not. See the award nomination form for qualifications.


2017

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity
Rita Marie Johnson    

As an educator, author, and speaker, Rev. Rita Marie Johnson has been sharing her message of connection worldwide for over a decade. The Connection Practice methodology she developed has impacted more than 40,000 school children per year in Costa Rica (as SerPaz).

Johnson discovered that the synergy of connecting mind and heart, feelings and needs, and insight and empathy maximizes our social-emotional intelligence, builds resilience and enhances performance. The Connection Practice is now being used by individuals, schools, businesses, and organizations to enhance personal well-being, reduce conflicts and bullying, improve communication and collaboration, and boost performance. The fruits of this practice inspire hope in everyone it touches.

Her practice was awarded the Ashoka Changemakers Innovation Award, chosen from 79 projects in 32 countries. Rita Marie considers her book, Completely Connected: Uniting Our Empathy and Insight for Extraordinary Results as her greatest achievement since it received a Nautilus Award in the Psychology category.

“This practice that is so dear to my heart has helped me through lymphoma (twice), a divorce, the economic downturn that resulted in the elimination of funding for SerPaz training in schools, and the death of my father. It's also helped me to celebrate the day-to-day and major triumphs in my life. I am so very grateful for this wonderful, daily practice in my life.”

Johnson's vision is a world where every person practices the art of connection and passes this gift on to the next generation. Through the vivid examples she shares, she spells out exactly how that vision can be realized. She currently serves as CEO of Rasur Foundation International (RFI) and minister of Unity San Jose.

2016

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity
Norma Iris Rosado

Rev. Norma Rosado was ordained a Unity minister in 1983. Most of her ministerial career has occurred in Puerto Rico. In 1998, after being president of the Association of Unity Churches International, Norma moved to work at Unity Village as International Director for Spanish-speaking countries.

She co-hosted both Café Metafisico and Spiritual Awakenings on Unity’s online radio network at www.unity.fm. During each episode, the hosts use the power of the word to claim our divine heritage. Then demonstration of Beingness will start by virtue of our proactive actions and our reactions to any events in life.

Norma holds a master’s in education and currently is the senior minister at Unity of Caguas, PR.

 

2015

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity
Jackie Green    

Jackie’s personal mission statement: “To honor the past, celebrate the present, and vision the future.” Much of Jackie’s life is focused on her personal family that miraculously continues to expand.

Jacolyn Green, aka Jackie, has been a member of Unity since 1972. Beginning in 1973 as a volunteer with Unity youth, she evolved into serving as Youth Education Director and later Youth of Unity (YOU) sponsor with her husband, Wayne. In 1979 she was hired by the Northwest Region of the Association of Unity Churches to serve as Youth Education Consultant (YOU/Uniteens), a role that she continues to hold.

In 1981 Jackie expanded her focus when she was hired as Director of Youth and Family Ministry here at our center. In 1985 Jackie became a Licensed Unity Teacher. In 1993 she was certified as a Spiritual Educator (Director, Children, Uniteens and YOU). A graduate of the Association of Unity Churches Field Licensing Program, Jackie was ordained as a Unity Minister in 2004.
 

2014

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity
Wendy Craig-Purcell    

Affectionately called "The Rev" by her spiritual community, Wendy has been a force in the effort toward global change for more than 30 years.

A graduate of the Unity School of Christianity (now Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute), Wendy was ordained as a Unity minister in 1980. Just a few years later, she founded The Unity Center, a 1000-member spiritual community located in San Diego, California where she currently serves as CEO and Senior Minister.

In 1999 she was given the Gandhi Non-Violence Award from the Tariq Khamisa Foundation, in 2000 she was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Preachers Hall of Fame at Morehouse College and in 2014 she was presented with the Light of God Expressing Award, a life-time achievement award for her dedicated work in the Unity movement.
 

2013

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity    
Mary Omwake

Rev. Mary Omwake has served thriving Unity ministries in Overland Park, KS and also in Maui, Hawaii.  A founding member of the Association for Global New Thought, convener of the Synthesis Dialogues with his holiness the Dalai Lama, and the Season for Peace and Nonviolence, Mary has spoken at the United Nations as an advocate for children and was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers for her commitment to social justice and peace.
Mary lives in Maui, Hawaii. She leads retreats, does spiritual consulting, personal coaching and works for children and the environment. She is author of the book  “Essential Practices for the Awakening Soul”.

 

 

Light of God Expressing Award in Society
Dr. Roger Teel    

Meet Dr. Roger Teel…a life-transforming speaker, a gifted community builder, and a global spiritual leader. Known for his unique blend of storytelling, humor, and practical spirituality, Dr. Roger’s inspirational messages empower people to dynamically live their limitless potential.

Roger is currently the Senior Minister and Spiritual Director of the Mile Hi Church in Denver, CO. The church has thrived under Dr. Roger’s leadership, becoming the premier New Thought spiritual community. In 2008, Mile Hi opened its 15 million dollar state-of- the- art sanctuary, which serves as a spiritual home for a beloved community of more than 10,000 members and friends. In addition to its outstanding ministerial staff, Mile Hi hosts a variety of renowned speakers, which include many of his friends and colleagues such as Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, and Barbara Marx Hubbard. Dr. Roger’s Sunday messages are broadcast worldwide, shining a light of transformational power throughout the world.   

 

2012

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity
Robert Brumet

Robert Brumet is a teacher, a writer and a spiritual director. He was ordained a Unity minister in 1980 and founded Mindfulness Ministries in Kansas City, MO in 2004.
He is the author of four books, “Finding Yourself in Transition”, “The Quest for Wholeness”, “Birthing a Greater Reality” and “Living Originally”.
Robert conducts a variety of retreats, seminars and classes that focus on meditation, self-awareness and spiritual development. He has presented his programs at over one hundred Unity Churches throughout the US, Canada and the Caribbean.

 

 

Light of God Expressing Award in Society
Ambassador Andrew Young

Born on March 12, 1932, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Andrew Young Jr. became active in the Civil Rights Movement, working with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Entering politics, Young served in Congress, was the first African-American ambassador to the United Nations and became mayor of Atlanta. In 1981, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Young is currently a professor at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. He has remained active in Georgia's civic affairs. He served as cochair of the Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games and has been vocal on such issues as economic development and the state flag.. He has continued to foster economic development in the developing world as a business consultant and as chairman of the Southern Africa Enterprise Development Fund.   

 

2011

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity - Carmen Fe Figueroa
Light of God Expressing Award in Society - Leroy White

 

2010

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity -  Joann Landreth
Light of God Expressing Award in Society - Michael Beckwith
Light of God Expressing Award in Society - Rickie Byars Beckwith

 

2009

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity - Phillip Pierson
Light of God Expressing Award in Society - Bishop John Shelby Spong
Light of God Expressing Award in Society - Dr. Barbara King

 

2008

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity - Nicholas & Carole Griffin

 

2007

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity - Jim Rosemergy
Spirit of Service Award - Marion Schlobaum

 

2006

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity - Edwene Gaines
Light of God Expressing Award in Society - Dr. Marshall Rosenberg

 

2005

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity - Howard Caesar
Light of God Expressing Award in Society - Dr. Lawrence Carter
Spirit of Service Award - Greg Pomeroy

 

2004

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity - Edie Skalitzky
Light of God Expressing Award in Society - Jerry Jampolsky & Diane Cirincione
Spirit of Service Award - Louise Jones

 

2003

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity - John Strickland
Light of God Expressing Award in Society - Wayne Muller
Spirit of Service Award - Debbie Ball

 

2002

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity - Phil White
Light of God Expressing Award in Society - Millard & Linda Fuller
Spirit of Service Award - Betty Pilgrim

 

2001

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity - Glenn Mosley
Spirit of Service Award - Otto Arni
Business Practicing Spiritual Principles - Berrett-Koehler Publishers

 

2000

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity - Donald O’Connor
Light of God Expressing Award in Society - Dr. Robert Muller
Business Practicing Spiritual Principles - Foodland

 

1999

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity - Janet Bowser Manning
Light of God Expressing Award in Society - Frank Abraham

 

1998

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity - Charles Neal

 

1997

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity - Gladys Branscum

 

1996

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1995

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity - Ed Rabel
Light of God Expressing Award in Society - Wally Amos

 

1994

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity - Dorothy Pierson
Light of God Expressing Award in Society - Marcus Bach
Light of God Expressing Award in Society - The Dalai Lama

 

1993

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity - Mary Kupferle
Light of God Expressing Award in Society - Fred Rogers

 

1992

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity - J. Sig Paulson
Light of God Expressing Award - Johnnie Colemon

 

1991

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity - L. E. Meyer
Light of God Expressing Award in Unity - Charles R. Fillmore
Light of God Expressing Award in Society - Ruth Warwick

 

1990

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity - Catherine Ponder
Light of God Expressing Award in Society - Dr. Bernie Siegel

 

1989

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity - James Dillet Freeman
Light of God Expressing Award in Society - Norman Vincent Peale

 

1988

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity - Eric Butterworth
Light of God Expressing Award in Society - John Denver

 

1987

Light of God Expressing Award in Society - Mother Teresa
Light of God Expressing Award in Society - Sir John Templeton

 

1986

Light of God Expressing Award in Unity - Mary Kathrine MacDougall
Light of God Expressing Award in Society - John & Jan Price