This year we will be offering the following seminar topics:
New Directions in Ministry
Unity Principles in Action
Technology in Ministry
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Ministry Finance for Ministries and Ministers by Rev Bruce Verkruyse
This seminar will cover best practices for accounting and administrative policies that effect both ministries and ministers. Administrators, board members and ministers will benefit from attending.
Unity Principles in Action
Ways to Prosper Your Ministry by Rev Edwene Gaines
Applying “The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity,” to the abundance consciousness of our ministry, we will explore Ideas, techniques, and suggestions for expanding the vision and expression of our teachings. This seminar is based on the sharing of many ministers who have attended the annual Ministers’ Retreat offered free of charge at Rock Ridge Retreat Center.
If you are ready to learn and practice the principles of true prosperity, this workshop will answer your questions and inspire you to act.
Raising the Roof—Beyond Walls by Kit Holmes
A musical journey through the past, present and future of the New Thought Music Movement. Join award-winning multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter Kit Holmes for this inspirational seminar.
Bio-Spiritual Synthesis by Rev Udo Igwe
Psycho-analysts predict a coming age (Consciousness Processing Age) to replace the information processing age. They point at IT and the global village as necessary precursor. We can never therefore belabour the subject of consciousness. A closer look at ways to evaluate how tight or loose the coupling between one’s physical and spiritual makeup will help the individual take consciousness inventory. Here we will also proffer ways to take longer strides in the journey to full blown Christ nature.
Rev. Udo Igwe has been a Unity student since childhood, having come from Unity parents. He served Unity movement in Nigeria in several capacities notably as President of the movement 2006 – 2012. He has pioneered two Unity Centres. A celebrated speaker in workshops and seminars, he is currently Chairman of Registered Board of Trustees of Unity movement, Nigeria (UCPCN). He has wealth of civil service experience having retired as Director of Computer Services for Abia State Government, Nigeria in 2011. Rev. Udo has a Bachelor Degree in Statistics and also spent a couple of years in the United Kingdom where he studied for a Postgraduate Diploma in Systems Analysis and Design and for a M.Sc. in Information Technology Systems. Udo has lectured Information Technology courses in several Nigerian Universities. He currently lectures in the Unity National School Nigeria. In the January 2010 issue of Daily Word, he contributed an article titled ‘Rising Above Fear’ and is currently working on a book titled “Exploring Spiritual Altitudes
Technology in Ministry
Engaging Individuals with Technology by Rev Kristen Preud’homme and Allyson James
Technology is a powerful tool. Discover ways individual Unity ministries have used technology to share their message and support the work of their organization. This presentation will include real examples of online engagement with congregants: from online prayer chains to video messages, stories, memorial pages, retreat registration, texting services and more. Session attendees will participate in a real-time online texting scenario and witness the power of a personal connection via technology. The power of technology is exemplified by the data it generates. We'll take a look at how to capture and review data in relation to technology using tools such as Google Analytics, online surveys and online fundraising. Learn how to read and interpret the data to help you use your digital tools to reach more individuals in a meaningful way.
• This webinar will be full of real examples of the work that Unity communities have done, and will do, in the near future.
• The webinar will stress the importance of having a mobile (responsive) website.
• We will provide a practical group texting example during this presentation. All participants will be asked to text to a number and will get an automated text back with a call to action.
• We'll examine Google Analytics examples and explanations – and how to interpret the data to enhance your work.
• Discover Webform Data usage, and how it can serve your ministry.
• We'll discuss CRM, and see how CiviCRM has the power of capturing data over time and what a powerful tool it can be for your ministry.
Connecting via Social Media Level I: Novice by Rev Jacquie Lenati
This three part seminar is a hands-on social media intensive designed in three parts for the novice, experienced, and savvy user. Jump in at the level that suits you or take all three seminars. Participants will learn how to use Facebook, Twitter, and supporting apps for social media delivery and management.
Level I is designed for the social media novice and will begin with basic instruction. Participants are required to have a laptop, tablet, or mobile device with either a Facebook or Twitter app and account and be logged in at the beginning of the session. Embrace yourself as a spiritual being having a digital experience and learn how to connect and communicate effectively in digital spaces to build real life relationships. #UnityWorldwideMedia
Level I: This workshop will support someone who has just created a Facebook or Twitter account with limited or no activity. Instructions will cover the following: Privacy Settings, Facebook and Twitter vocabulary (hash what?; page vs profile; RT), Connecting: Friend, Follow, Post.
Thursday, June 16, 2016 1:30-3:00 p.m.
New Directions in Ministry
Unique Expressions of Ministry by Rev Deborah Frownfelter
Regardless of denomination, the Church in the western world is facing startling challenges, the likes of which have not been felt in several hundred years. Externally, radical changes such as new technology, globalization and new organizational structures have outpaced the assumptions and traditions under which most established churches operate. Internally, the structures that offered so much stability are aging, too.
So here is the sobering news: you can start an innovative worship service, hire an eloquent minister and renovate your building…and most people still aren’t going to come. They simply don’t see that church has any value for them.
This doesn’t make church obsolete. On the contrary, it means that you can help leverage the strengths of your church to start something new, something that will fit naturally into the community just beyond your church walls.
Unique Expressions is not about supplanting the church you call “home.” It is about a new form of ministry that can come alongside your congregation. Unique Expressions is about a creative, simpler, probably smaller group. A Unique Expression is a form of ministry for our changing culture established for the benefit of people who are not members of any church and not likely to come to church.
A Unique Expression of ministry begins with service and listening. It begins with nothing more complicated than loving people and wanting to embody the principles that Jesus taught. From that grow opportunities to invest in people’s lives, ways to serve them, conversations about things that matter and, after time, gatherings that emerge as a form of sacred time, learning, worship.
Come learn more about Unique Expressions of ministry, what is working in the U.S. and beyond and steps you might begin to take in this new direction.
50 Years of Ministry: Looking Back, Looking Forward Rev Ellen Debenport and Rev Ogun Holder
Let’s get together to talk about where we’ve been in ministry and, most especially, where we might be going. What has changed for Unity ministers in 50 years? Is anything left to learn from the past? If you have been in ministry anywhere near 50 years, please come chime in! Then, what about the future? Do we all agree “church as we know it” is dying? If so, what’s next? What new methods of ministry have you tried, and what’s working? Whether you’re on the cutting edge of 21st century ministry, or you’re doing church the way you’ve done it for years, this is a discussion we need to have!
Ministry: A Whole Systems Approach by Rev Toni Boehm
Does it interest you to know that ministry is a whole system and that ministry from this perspective is to be lived into from a place of balance? As the health of a human being involves all aspects of being, so does the same apply to a ministry. Carl Jung says, “Wholeness is achieved through the integration of all aspects of being, not by cutting them off."
Unity Principles in Action
EmPOWERing Prayer by Rev Linda Martella-Whitsett
About prayer with others, Myrtle Fillmore taught that our work "is only half done unless we give those unto whom we minister an explanation of the Christ principles that will enable them to demonstrate spiritual laws for themselves.” Support those who pray with others by training based upon Linda’s books, How to Pray Without Talking to God: Moment by Moment, Choice by Choice and Divine Audacity: Dare to be the Light of the World. Emphasizing our Divine Identity, inherent capacities, and empowered response to life’s circumstances.
Winner of 2011 Best Spiritual Author competition for her first book, How to Pray Without Talking to God, Linda Martella-Whitsett is an inspiring, respected Unity minister and spiritual teacher. Linda’s recently-released book, Divine Audacity: Dare to be the Light of the World, promotes humanity’s innate capacities with which to respond to life’s circumstances in spiritual maturity. Linda is the senior minister at Unity Church of San Antonio and a mentor for emerging leaders in New Thought. www.ur-divine.com
Action: the Cure for Fear by Rev Marjorie Linton
Fear is an inhibitor. It sometimes robs us of our joy, keeps us in bondage making us stagnant; unable to achieve our goals. The truth is however, we are not here to remain in one state of mind; we were given a mind to grow and develop into our greatest potential. In this seminar Marjorie shares her insights on how to overcome fear and experience our highest ideals by simply taking action
Marjorie Linton is an ordained Unity minister and an author. After serving for10 years in the United States Virgin Islands, she has now returned to Jamaica where she teaches classes and facilitates workshops both in the Caribbean and in the USA.
Technology in Ministry
Connecting via Social Media Level II: Experienced by Rev Jacquie Lenati
This three part seminar is a hands-on social media intensive designed in three parts for the novice, experienced, and expert user. Jump in at the level that suits you or take all three seminars. Participants will learn how to use Facebook, Twitter, and supporting apps for social media delivery and management. Level II is designed for those experienced in social media- perhaps you have been tweeting and posting on Facebook and are comfortable with the jargon but want to streamline your social media experience. Enhance your social media experience and take connection to the next level. Participants are required to have a laptop, tablet, or mobile device with either a Facebook or Twitter app and account and be logged in at the beginning of the session. Embrace yourself as a spiritual being having a digital experience and learn how to connect and communicate effectively in digital spaces to build real life relationships. #UnityWorldwideMedia
Level II: This workshop will support those with some experience using social media and will cover: Advanced profile settings and management; Common Account Problems and Limitations; FB pages; Twitter lists; Photo management; Advanced Location & Identification (Tagging, Checking in, @, #).
Thursday, June 16, 2016 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Unity Principles in Action
So You Think You Can Heal: A Deeper Look at Applying Unity’s Healing Principles by Rev Patricia Gulino Lansky
Did you know that Myrtle and Charles Fillmore practiced light hands-on healing? We will create a Unity Healing Circle, incorporating new scientific discoveries that verify and validate the Fillmores’ teachings. You will also gain new insights into the principles of healing taught by the Fillmores. This is an experiential seminar of the clearest, safest, and most powerful method of healing, the Unity healing method.
Rev Patricia Gulino Lansky was ordained in 2001 and has been the co-minister of Unity of Charlottesville in Charlottesville, Virginia for the past fourteen years. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and was in private practice for twenty-five years prior to ministry. With a keen interest in healing, she has training in Reiki, Heart Awakening, MariEl, CranioSacral Therapy/SomatoEmotional Release work and massage therapy. She has also co-authored and played the part of Myrtle Fillmore in a play entitled, “Myrtle and Charles Fillmore: Pioneering on the Spiritual Path.”
Patricia recently published her first book, Accepting Death, Embracing Life: How Death Teaches Us to Live, available in the conference bookstore.
Addressing Societal Transformation by Shariff Abdullah, J.D.
The Unity Urban Ministerial School sponsored a meeting at the 2015 Unity People's Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on how to address the unrest in the United States in urban communities through using the principles of Unity. The heart-centered discussion during that meeting brought about many excellent suggestions and also revealed an opportunity to nurture healing and increase diversity within our own congregations and community. Join us as the discussion continues in 2016, to further explore ways in which we can lead the world in healing racism and injustice, through practical, committed steps toward healing our own thoughts and being Unity in our movement, while teaching Unity principles to the world.
Shariff Abdullah, J.D., is a consultant, speaker, author and advocate for societal transformation. His life vision and mission are simple: we can create a world that works for all beings. Shariff believes we must release the status quo and transform our dysfunctional political, economic and social/cultural systems and structures. Shariff promotes heart-felt inclusivity, compassionate dialog, and a society based on visionary, localized and alternative economics and politics. Shariff’s work is practical, visionary, and also infused with a spiritual aspect that inspires participants to dig deep and aim high.
Using his experiences as a lawyer, an activist, a world-traveler and a student of many wisdom traditions, Sharif offers a combination of timeless wisdom and practical advice in:
- inclusivity and diversity assessment and enhancement
- authentic and effective leadership
- values clarification and application
- effective communication (eliminating internal filters and barriers, while honoring differing points of view)
- shaping organizational culture and politics
- conflict identification and conflict resolution
- decision-making, risk-management and turbulence assessment
- organizational systems and structure.
Sustainable Youth Ministry Programs: Practical Tools for Ministers by Rev Diane Venzera
This workshop dives into the fundamental needs of a youth ministry program from a minister’s perspective. We will address such questions as, how do I
• Build a youth ministry team
• Hire & work with a youth ministry director
• Create a children’s message
• Create sacred safety
• Fund the youth ministry program
As well as explore the major differences between a children’s program and a teen program. Bring your curiosity and your questions as we work together to create relevant and engaging youth ministry programs.
Living in the Present by Rev Josefina Obando Medina and Rev Eduardo Jaramillo Eastman (This seminar is presented in Spanish)
You can change the direction of your life. But the changes can not happen in the past or in the future. They only happen now. In every present moment exists an unlimited amount of possibilities that makes any time right for a new start. Life offers them to you, you simply have to accept them.
"What you sow today, you reap tomorrow". Galatians 6:7
Every experience brings in it a blessing. In this seminar you will learn how to recognize the blessings from the past to create a new project of life.
Choose to live in the eternal present, align yourself in the sake of God and enjoy the here and now.
Eduardo Jaramillo Eastman
He was born in Santiago de Cali, Colombia (current residence)
Doctor specialized in Biological Medicine and Nutritionist with 41 years of experience.
Member of the International Conference.
Ordained Pries of the Catholic Anglican Church of England for 10 years.
Ordained Minister of Unity in 2007. Training through the IMP
Currently: Associate minister at Center of Spiritual Light
Josefina Obando Medina
She was born in Santiago de Cali, Colombia (current residence)
Professional in Business Administration.
Licensed as Unity Teacher in 2006
Ordained as unity Minister in 2009
Director of Unity National School in Colombia since its beginning in 2004
Coordinator of Centro Luz Espiritual de since its creation in 2000 and appointed as Minister Director in 2009.
Technology in Ministry
Connecting via Social Media Level III: Savvy by Rev Jacquie Lenati
This three part seminar is a hands-on social media intensive designed in three parts for the novice, experienced, and expert user. Jump in at the level that suits you or take all three seminars. Participants will learn how to use Facebook, Twitter, and supporting apps for social media delivery and management. Level III is designed for the savvy social media user- perhaps you manage a few FB pages, comfortably push your posts across multiple social media platforms (or at least know what that means) and now you are looking to mainstream your multiple accounts and take your content to the next level. Participants are required to have a laptop, tablet, or mobile device with either a Facebook or Twitter app and account and be logged in at the beginning of the session. Embrace yourself as a spiritual being having a digital experience and learn how to connect and communicate effectively in digital spaces to build real life relationships. #UnityWorldwideMedia
Level III: : This workshop will support skilled social media users and cover topics including: scheduling posts, handling crisis, formatting photos for maximum viewing, multiple page/account/platform administration, third party apps designed to streamline multiple platforms, savvy content for the savvy admin.