Annual Unity People's Convention

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Taking place in Overland Park, Kansas

at the Unity Village

Theme: "Connecting Heart to Heartl"

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Monday, June 9, 2014

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. International Forum
12:00-1:00 p.m. Convention Ministry Team Meeting
3:00 p.m. Bus departs for Unity Village
4:30-6:00 p.m. First Time Attendee Orientation at Village
6:00-7:15 p.m. Opening Reception
7:30-9:30 p.m. General Session/Opening Ceremonies
Worship Service—Mary Masters

Special Music: Unity Worldwide Ministries' Music Team

9:30 p.m. Bus departs for Sheraton

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

8:00 a.m. International Breakfast
8:00-9:00 a.m. Associate Ministers Breakfast
9:00-11:00 a.m. Seminar Tracks:
    Ministers/Spiritual Leaders--Crucial Conversations by Bonnie DeMartini
    Licensed Teachers--Ethical Considerations by Nancy Little & Shirley Kennedy
    Board/Lay Leaders--Crucial Conversatins by Bonnie DeMartini
    Youth and Family--Heart/Brain Connection by Diane Venzera
    International--Conectando Mi Corazón a Mi Misión Ministerial by Esther Mantilla
    Spiritual Development--Healing Philosophy of Jesus by James Gaither
    11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
    11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Gay & Lesbian Ministries Lunch
    Licensed Teachers Lunch
1:30-5:00 p.m. General Session— Opening Business Meeting - Discussion of Annual Financial Support Plan led by Len Young
5:00-6:00 p.m. LRDT Meet your Candidates Session
6:00 p.m. Dinner on Your Own
6:00-7:00 p.m. Women Ministers Dinner/LUT Regional Reps Dinner

7:30-9:30 p.m. General Session
Special Music: Megon McDonough
Keynote: Mark Nepo
9:30-10:30 p.m. Fellowship
10:00 p.m. Friends of Bill Wilson

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. General Session
Second Business Meeting
12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
1:30-5:00 p.m. Business Meeting Continues
5:00-5:30 p.m. LRDT Ministry Team Meeting
5:00-5:30 p.m. Author Booksigning in Bookstore
5:30 p.m. Bus leaves for Unity on the Plaza
6:00-9:00 p.m. Reception and Jazz Concert at Unity on the Plaza

Thursday, June 12, 2014

7:00-9:00 a.m. Board Working Breakfast
8:00-9:00 a.m. Expansion Breakfast
9:00-11:00 a.m. General Session

    Special Music: Michael Gott
    Keynote: Donna Eden
11:30 a.m. Silent Unity Prayer Service
12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
12:00-1:00 p.m. Past President’s & Chairs Luncheon
1:30-3:00 p.m. Seminar Tracks:

    Ministers/Spiritual Leaders--Me to We by Pilot Ministries
    Licensed Teachers--Emotional and Spiritual Maturity by Deborah Frownfelter
    Board/Lay Leaders--Minister and Board, Of One Accord by Charline Manuel
    Youth and Family--Fund-raising or Prosperity for IYOU Chapter by Debbie Allen
    International--Las Emociones – Su Uso Práctico Rev. Beatriz E. Gallerano Bell
    Spiritual Development--Conscious Eating, Living &Being by Arlene Meyer

3:00 p.m. Break

3:30-5:00 p.m.
Seminar Tracks:
Ministers/Spiritual Leaders--Self Differentiated Leadership by Martha Creek
Licensed Teachers--Self Differentiated Leadership by Martha Creek
Board/Lay Leaders--Self Differentiated Leadership by Martha Creek
Youth and Family--Partnering with Parents by Kathy Kellogg and Jane Simmons
Spiritual Development--Unity & Animal Ministry by Natalie Lehman and Barry Terwilliger and Eden Koljord

Exploring Ministry and Cultural Change by Barry Vennard

6:00 p.m. Table of Faiths Reception/Booths
7:30-9:30 p.m. General Session

    Special Faith Traditions Music: Richard Mekdeci, Sue Riley & Friends
    Light of God Expressing in Society Award Recipient and Keynote—Gary Zukav

9:30-10:30 p.m. Fellowship
10:00 p.m. Friends of Bill Wilson

Friday, June 13, 2014

7:30-9:00 a.m. Regional Leadership Breakfast
8:00-9:00 a.m. Alternative Ministries Breakfast
8:00-9:00 a.m. LRDT Informational Meeting
9:00-10:00 a.m. General Session
Keynote: Sandy Diamond
Special Music: UWM Music Team
10:30-11:30 a.m. Board Interactive Session
12:00 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
12:00-1:00 p.m. FLP Luncheon
12:00-2:00 p.m. New Board Member Training Luncheon
1:15-2:30 p.m. Regional Meetings
3:00-4:00 p.m. Memorial Service
6:00 p.m. Social Hour
7:00 p.m.
Banquet/Awards/Passing of the Gavel/Dancing

Light of God Expressing in Unity Award Recipient—Wendy Craig-Purcell
Myrtle Fillmore Award—Susan Eng Poole
Charles Fillmore Award—Tom Thorpe



Keynote Speakers:

  • Opening Celebrations with Rev Mary Masters

    Rev. Mary Elita Masters, our Board Chair of Unity Worldwide Ministries, will offer an inspiring worship service Monday evening, June 9, at Unity Village.  She has been the senior minister at Unity of Buffalo since 2003 where she leads a ministry that is a spiritual and cultural arts center for Western New York.   Her passion for music, the arts, inter-faith and inter-cultural experiences is expressed through her ministry.  Having found Unity in Chicago in 1982, Mary has been a Licensed Unity Teacher and served as president of the Eastern Region for four years.  An important theme in her life is represented by the tradition of the Sankofa bird, meaning that to move forward, we must reach back and know our past.  Mary loves to laugh, tell stories and authentically share her experience, strength and hope.

    Mark Nepo

    For years, I’ve been trying to explore and understand: How can we, being forgetfully human, remember we are of one human family? How can we stay awake and authentic when our wounds make us numb and hidden? How can we minimize what stands between us and our experience of life? How can we make a practice of wearing down what thickens around our mind and heart? How can this practice of staying authentic serve and draw strength from the Universal Whole while we are ever immersed and entangled in the moment of our lives?

    As a cancer survivor, I have found myself like Lazarus, awake again, in the same earthly place but different. Everything has changed and nothing has changed. This wakefulness has led me to be a student of that vibrant edge where our inner life meets the world. Being a poet and philosopher, I find myself there with a particular set of tools to search with.

    But we all live on this shore between the depths of being and the dangers of experience. My work has become a journal of the challenges and gifts of being a spirit in the world. And now, after dying and coming back, it’s really not about my books, but about the voice beneath my name keeping the song going. These books and the voices that inhabit them remain teachers and intimates. They’ve helped to uncover sketchy maps into the quandaries of being alive. When struggling through my illness, I was bereft at how many of the books I owned were useless. Ever since, I have been committed to finding and creating books that can help us live. It is my devout hope that the work you find here can be of use, can help.

    Donna Eden

    Donna Eden is among the world's most sought, most joyous, and most authoritative spokespersons for Energy Medicine. Her abilities as a healer are legendary, and she has taught some eighty thousand people worldwide, both laypeople and professionals, how to engage their own energies for greater health and vitality. Her invigorating presentations are rich with audience participation and stunning demonstrations of simple methods for shifting the body's energies for health and vitality. Her book, Energy Medicine, is the classic in its field, with over 200,000 U.S. sales, available in some 20 languages, and the revised edition was named U.S. Book News 2008 Self-Help Book of the Year.

    Energy Medicine is a simple practice that works with energy as a vital, living, moving force that is at the foundation of our well-being. In Energy Medicine, you heal the body by activating its natural healing energies and also by restoring energies that have become weak, disturbed, or out of balance. Energy medicine is both a complement to other approaches to health care and a complete system for personal development. Energy Medicine draws upon ancient healing and spiritual practices (e.g., acupuncture, qi gong, yoga, and shamanism), combines them with contemporary scientific understanding, and applies them in thoroughly modern ways. Its applications extend far beyond the health care setting, into business, education, government, spiritual development, and family life - everywhere that people wish to be more effective, vital, and creative. It can address physical illness and emotional or mental disorders, and is also used to promote high-level wellness, peak performance, and joyful living.

    Gary Zukav

    Gary Zukav's gentle humor, sensitivity, and deep insights have endeared him to millions of readers and listeners. Through Genesis: The Foundation for the Universal Human, he participates in retreates, programs, and other events supporting the creation of authentic power and the experience of spiritual partnership. A master teacher and the eloquent author of four consecutive New York Times bestsellers, Gary is dedicated to the current extraordinary transformation in human consciousness—an unprecedented threshold in the human experience. This transformation is no less than a Revolution of the Soul, one that touches the heart of all humanity and is based on spiritual growth, conscious choices, and a deep celebration and reverence for Life.

    In 1979, The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics plumbed the depths of quantum physics and relativity, winning the American Book Award for Science. In 1989, The Seat of the Soul led the way to seeing the alignment of the personality and the soul as the fulfillment of life and captured the imagination of millions. It became the #1 New York Times bestseller 31 times and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for three years.

    In 2000, Gary wrote Soul Stories, another New York Times Bestseller, and then co-authored two more bestsellers with his spiritual partner Linda Francis. These co-creations The Heart of the Soul: Emotional Awareness and The Mind of the Soul: Responsible Choice were published in 2002 and 2003. In 2007 he wrote Soul To Soul: Communications from the Heart.

    Now, Gary Zukav reveals a revolutionary new path for spiritual growth in his book Spiritual Partnership: The Journey to Authentic Power. He outlines the steps to developing this profound new relationship dynamic which enables and empowers us to reach our full potential and create authentic power—and the fulfilling and joyful life that is calling to us all.

    Rev Sandy Diamond

    Rev Sandy was licensed and ordained in Unity in 1999 and served at Unity World Headquarters for her first ministry. She is originally from Chicago, calls Chicago home, and is a graduate of DePaul University. She decided to return home and served at Unity in Lincoln Park until 2013. Currently she is on ministerial staff at Unity in Chicago!

    Sandy has served as the Chair of the Future Trends Team for Unity Worldwide Ministries (2009-2013). This team researched and identified spiritual trends on a global level and reported back to the Board of Trustees of Unity Worldwide Ministries. She also serves as a valuable member of our Convention Ministry Team.

    She is a passionate, humorous speaker and teacher full of joy, love and spiritual insights. She is also a world traveler and has traveled to exotic far away places such as Bali & East Sulawesi and she loves to pilgrimage to England.


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