Schedule of Activities for Monday, October 5th
Morning Prayer and Meditation with Rev. Tony Cryer
10:30 am to 1:00 pm
LUT and LUT Candidates Training/Connections:
Frisbees, Sun Screen and Sand Castles: The Art of Adding Pizzazz to your Classes
Presented by Revs. Cher and Bil Holton, Rev. Paul Hasselbeck
and Amy Joslin, LUT, Eastern Region LUT Representative
Could your classes use more pizzazz and interaction? Are you looking for ways to more fully engage your participants in the content and make things more exciting? Are participants nodding off during the most critical segments or are you boring yourself? Do you panic when you need to use audio-visuals such as Zoom? Just one “YES” means this session is for you! It is designed to provide a wealth of tips and strategies to guide you in increasing your comfort, polish and adding value to every class or program you conduct … without necessarily using a lot of high-tech equipment! (3 CEU Hours)
Rev. Bil and Rev. Cher Holton
Combine a flair for the dramatic, a deep understanding of metaphysics, a commitment to a “bumped up theology,” an ability to think outside the box, and a knack for bringing scientific research and spiritual practices to life in practical ways—and you have defined the dynamic duo of Revs. Drs. Bil & Cher Holton. They currently lead a global on-line Unity-approved, Events-driven Alternative Ministry dedicated to helping people master the art of living as they walk the spiritual path on practical, positive, prosperous feet.
Rev. Dr. Paul Hasselbeck
Rev. Dr. Paul Hasselbeck is one of Unity’s leading Metaphysics authorities and has had a major role in bringing Unity’s Metaphysics into the 21st century. With a genuine passion for clarity, precision and making Unity teachings understandable. Paul guides people to awaken awareness and deepen their understanding. He is well versed in the published and unpublished writings of Myrtle and Charles Fillmore. Paul teaches and speaks around the United States as well as internationally. He has served as an adjunct faculty member for Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute; teaches for Unity School of Christianity of Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia and was a full time faculty member for Unity Institute; Dean of the Spiritual Education and Enrichment program for Unity Institute; retreat minister for Unity Village and Minister of Pastoral Care and Prayer for Unity Church of Overland Park, Kansas. Paul has a website: paulhasselbeck.com, a podcast found at metaphyscalromp2.com or on popular podcast sites and has written or co-written 9 books. His most recent book is Use the Truth You Know, Unity’s Principles and Premises. Interested in ordering a copy? Download the order form today!
10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Minister Training/Connections: The ‘Hope Tank’ Expanded: Where Do We Go From Here?
Presented by: Rev. Pat Bessey UWM Eastern Region Ministry Consultant with Rev. Milledge Mosby
It seems fair to say that church as we have known it is no longer the church we are experiencing today due to navigating the paradigm changes of COVID 19, issues of social justice and equality, ecological instability and more. Church growth leaders have been telling us for some time that change was needed, however it took a pandemic to get our attention.
When we first stopped in person services we scrambled to learn and set up the technology needed to keep us connected and spiritually centered. We had no idea at the time this would become a calling toward the wholeness of something greater waiting to be birthed in us and our spiritual communities.
We are truly living out the title of our conference “Our Evolving Consciousness” and we are inviting you to join us in the deep dive into the extraordinary ways we can capitalize on the opportunities to experience a universality of networking, community outreach and partnering that will expand our presence in our own communities and bring a greater presence of Unity in our world.
Join me and Milledge “Butch” Mosby for an expanded version of the “Hope Tank” leadership gatherings where we can share our experience, strength, hope, and ideas as we reimagine the spiritual experience we call “church” going forward.
(1.5 CEU Hours)
Rev. Patricia Bessey, UWM Eastern Region Ministry Consultant
Reverend Milledge ‘Butch’ Mosby from Unity Center of Light, Bowie Maryland
Milledge Mosby began attending Unity in 1973 at Detroit Unity Temple and continued at Unity of Washington DC in 1978. Milledge was asked by Reverend George Stone to work part-time for the church as the Business Manager and within six months the part-time position became full-time, and was the beginning of a long, transforming career. Under Reverend Amalie Frank’s tutelage, Milledge began teaching classes in addition to serving as Business Manager. To further prepare him for serving as a spiritual teacher, he began studying at Unity Village in Missouri toward becoming a Licensed Unity Teacher. Milledge was groomed by Reverend Frank to eventually become her assistant minister. He stayed in that position until 1991 when he pioneered the new ministry, Unity Center of Light in Bowie, Maryland, in response to a growing demand for a Unity church in that area.
He was licensed as a Unity Teacher in 1991 and was accepted into the Ministers’ Field Licensing program. He was ordained as a minister in 1997. Milledge has been in Unity for over 40 years, serving as an ordained minster for 20 of those years.
Milledge’s background includes 15 years in the corporate world and he has been a Professor of Marketing and Sales at Prince George’s Community College since 1980. His position as a college professor allows him to teach, in a college environment, a formula for combining spiritual and business principles. He is perhaps best known for the creative way he combines spiritual principles, which are usually perceived as abstract, with business and success principles, which are usually perceived as more concrete.
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Ethics: A Framework for Decision Making
Presented by Rev. Joy Wyler, J.D.
While the Code of Ethics presents a set of behavior standards, the pandemic and social upheaval challenges us to make a number of what we hope are ethical decisions in daily practice. What principles do we weigh as we grapple with the choices available and make a decision? Explore the broader framework of ethics in everyday decisions in this workshop.
Initially using Power Point and lecture, we will introduce basic ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence and nonmaleficence, fidelity, veracity, paternalism and justice. We will also introduce professional codes of ethics as guideposts and distinguish rules from ethical decision-making.
Engaging group discussion we will explore how these basic principles appear in the UWM Code of Ethics.
Breaking into small groups, allow exploration of decision-making utilizing relevant, current scenarios and applying 2 different ethical principles. Example: In deciding whether or not to require wearing masks, compare the outcomes depending on the weight given autonomy vs the weight given beneficence.
This session is approved for completion of mandatory ethics training for ministers and LUTs.
(1 CEU Hour)
Rev. Joy Wyler, J.D.
Rev. Joy Wyler (pronouns she/her) recently retired after serving as the minister of Unity of Lehigh Valley for eleven years. She currently serves on the board of Unity World Headquarters and previously served as president of our Eastern Region Board. With a Juris Doctorate from UMKC Law, Rev. Joy has taught courses in Ethics and Diversity since 2001. To see more from Rev. Joy, please visit her blog, Radical Wholeness on the web at radicalwholeness.blog or on Facebook. (photo caption: a White female upper body pictured with shoulder length, curly, auburn hair and burgundy dress with white/black flowers. She is smiling and turning slightly towards the camera)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
High Tides! Good Vibes! Getting Connected!
This session will get us connected to each other and to how and why we are coming together. The session includes a group interaction event that gets everyone up and moving, meeting different people, and generating excitement for the conference activities to come. Daniel Nahmod will then bring us on home with beautiful music and reflections so we can flow like water on into the rest of our fall conference. (2 CEU Hours)
Facilitated by Revs. Bil and Cher Holton, Rev. Paul Hasselbeck and Daniel Nahmod
Singer-songwriter and producer Daniel Nahmod (pronounced Nay-mod) is one of the most beloved and successful independent singer-songwriters in the United States today. He has sold over 110,000 CDs on his own Humanity Music label, and his music has been licensed by American Idol, The Voice, The Super Bowl, Saturday Night Live, The Today Show, and hundreds of cable programs on over 25 networks. Daniel’s charismatic and humorous stage presence, stunning 3-octave vocal range, exceptional musicianship on piano and guitar, and award-winning catalog of powerful and diverse pop-rock, folk and inspirational songs have brought acclaim at performances for over two million people in 45 U.S. states and Canada. Most recently, he was a keynote performer at the 2018 Parliament of World Religions in Toronto, Canada, for 10,000 activists and leaders from around the world.