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Convention registration closes Sunday, May 23, 2021. On Memorial Day we honor those who sacrificed for us. Check out the convention keynote speakers and musicians. View the ministry leadership development video. UWM is moving!
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Vision: A world powerfully transformed through the growing movement of shared spiritual awakening.
Mission: Advancing the movement of spiritual awakening and transformation
through Unity, a positive path for spiritual living.
Purpose: Develop, equip, and support Unity leaders and communities to grow in innovative, sustainable, and cutting-edge ways.

May 20, 2021
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Honoring Memorial Day. We thank all our veterans and those in active duty for their service. We remember and honor those who have “made the ultimate sacrifice.” Rest in peace and thank you.

 
Convention Registration Closes on Sunday, May 23, 2021. Don’t miss the registration deadline this weekend! The annual Unity convention for We Rise Above: Embodying Spirit and Principle is June 14–17, 2021. Because this is a virtual convention, held on the Whova app, we had to back the registration deadline up to process voting delegate information.
This convention will include all your usual favorites: keynotes, workshops, musicians, graduation and ordination, memorial service, business meeting, awards ceremony, exhibitors, plus time to network and just relax and socialize. This year we also have games with wonderful prizes, and online space for you to upload your photos and meet your friends! All the workshops will begin at their scheduled times. This year you will save on airfare, hotels, and meals. Registration is only $275 for the entire convention. We hope to see you there! Questions? Contact ConventionSupport@unity.org. See more convention information below in the Connect section.

Key Convention Dates

Visit the convention homepage for details.
  • Registration closes on May 23, 2021.
  • Delegate letters for non-minister voters need to be in by the end of May 30, 2021.
  • We will hold a training on June 2, 12:30 p.m. (CT) to help you discover and explore the features of the Whova app.
Ministry Leadership Development Video. Rev. Doug Duerr, Member Services Manager, shares information about ministry development in this enlightening video. Member Services is your partner in ministry and is here to coach, guide, connect, and support you. Are you looking at next steps personally or as a community? We guide and equip you through that process. Our aim is connection; our goal is building relationships based on trust.
UWM Is on the Move! Unity Worldwide Ministries is moving its offices at Unity Village from the Education building to the second floor of the Silent Unity building. Our mailing address is changing on June 1, 2021, to 200 Unity Circle North, Suite A, Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64086. (The Education Building is now called the 400 Building. The Silent Unity Building is now called the 200 Building.) Please update your records to reflect our new address. Look for photos in a later issue of The Pat. Our space is “in process”! (If you still have our old P.O. Box or fax in your records, kindly delete those.)
Dialogue Call: Retirement Investment Options Changed. We will be hosting a call with Wilborn Advisors on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 3-4 p.m. (CT). They will be going over the changes in our investment options for those participating in the UWM retirement plan. Visit our Connection Space webpage for the link and phone information to join the call.
Handy Video Tips. Our video production team has helped us to put together some guidelines for creating videos in your spiritual communities and for social media. We trust that you will find these tips helpful when planning, creating, and editing your videos.
Apply for Audio Video Grant. Unity Worldwide Ministries, with support from the John Templeton Foundation, is offering a few matching grants to ministries ready to expand their reach in sharing the practical, positive message of Unity. Learn more about our Audio Video Grant and apply by June 30, 2021, to be considered.

Connect

Providing Resources and Opportunities for Unity Leaders

Transitions


Rev. Elizabeth Fournoy Smith made her transition on November 20, 2020. She was the wife of the late Rev. Stretton Smith. She was ordained in 1984 and served Unity Church of Maui, Hawaii. Her life had many phases, from fashion model, to radio, to public relations, to minister. Thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing your joy, serenity, and grace.

Open Positions


Unity Worldwide Ministries, Unity Village, Missouri, has an opening for a part-time care and connections coordinator.

Unity Spiritual Center in the Rockies, Colorado Springs, Colorado, has updated their information for a full-time minister.

Unity of Vero Beach, Florida, has updated their minister’s listing to consider part- as well as full-time employment.

Unity of South Sound, Tacoma, Washington, is seeking a full-time minister.

Unity of Fox Valley, Batavia, Illinois, is seeking a part-time music director.

Unity of Springfield, Illinois, has a few part-time openings.

Celebrations


Congratulations, Candace and Charli! Rev. Candace Henry and Rev. Charli Tupper have completed UWM’s Consultant Education Program. Our UWM board certified them as Ministry Wellness Consultants earlier this month. UWM’s consultant education program, under the direction of Rev. Doug Duerr, continues to be on the leading edge meeting the changes and challenges occurring in the faith-based system. Welcome, Revs.! We’re glad you’re here to develop, equip, and support Unity ministries.

The UWM Board approved a new ministry:

•    Unity of Cherry Valley, Massachusetts, Leader: Spiritual Coordinator Shirley McAfee

The UWM Board approved two alternative ministries:

•    The Spiritual Gathering, Leader: Bonnie DeMartini, LUT
•    Unity at MargeBrown2020 Inc., Leader: Rev. Marge Brown, unitymargebrown2020.com.
 

Other News


From Rev. Francie Potter, Unity East of Atlanta, Conyers, Georgia: "We have sold our Olde Town location, and we will be building on our beautiful 15-acre Unity campus! In the meantime, we will have a temporary location at Wall Street Conyers, 2375 Wall St SE, Conyers, GA 30013, Building 2, Suite 240, Rm 45." Congratulations to Rev. Francie and Warren Potter and the Unity East of Atlanta community!
A listing of all current openings for ministers and ministry personnel can be found at UnityWorldwideMinistries.org/openings. No login is needed. Send questions/comments about ministry employment to Diane Pletcher.
Convention Keynotes. We have an exciting, inspiring, and educational lineup of keynote speakers for you at convention, June 14–17, 2021. John McMahon, UWM Board Chair, will welcome you on Monday and introduce Rev. Toni Fish. Toni will be speaking about seeing your connection to the larger picture. On Tuesday morning, Dr. Amanda Kemp will talk about transforming your racial bias, and John Wimberly will speak about the power of purpose and best practices. Wednesday evening, Rev. Myra McFadden will talk about walking through cancer with Spirit, and Thursday morning, Margaret Marcuson will encourage you with tips on how to sustain your ministry in a time of high anxiety. Register for convention before the end of Sunday, May 23, 2021.
Convention Musicians. What would convention be without music? Unthinkable! Our powerhouse musicians will greet, inspire, and entertain you throughout the week. You can look forward to hearing Claudia Carawan, Denise Rosier, Bob Sima and Shannon Plummer, and John Stringer. Prepare to be moved! Read more about each of them on our convention webpage.
Pre-Convention Event: The 6th Annual Small Group Leadership Summit. This live, online event is hosted by SpiritGroups Small Group Ministry Programs. The theme this year is Preparing Your Ministry for the Post-COVID Era. Register now and we’ll see you on Saturday, June 12, 2021, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (CT).
Register for IYOU Event. The virtual 2021 IYOU Event, Of Stories & Stars, is now open for registration! The Indies are planning an amazing event, and we are glad you will be able to join us on July 15–18, 2021! The registration deadline is July 8, 2021. Cost is $25/person. We suggest that you not wait until the last minute, as we will be mailing out supplies, and they might not reach you in time for the event if you wait.
EarthCare Newsletter Available. The spring issue of EarthCare Connections is now available on the EarthCare webpage. We hope you take advantage of the resources that the passionate EarthCare ministry team has assembled for you to assist you in making choices that care for Mother Earth.

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