Core Value Statements

Unity SW Core Value Statements 

Spirit Led

We are guided by Spirit in all that we do.



We welcome diversity and foster an equitable culture of oneness.    



We honor our heritage while intentionally seeking evolution and expansion.



We affirm lucidity in purpose and intent; we act with ease and grace.



We share our spiritual understanding, connecting in a manner that is current with today’s world.

2019 SW Region Conference details

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Hotel Address:   50-777 Santa Rosa Plaza, La Quinta, CA 92253 
Click for map and driving directions, other hotel info, and overall conference info
Click to download the Official 2019 SW Region Conference Schedule or view below

MONDAY, Oct. 7

3:00 – 5:00pm   Conference Check in
5:30pm   Evening Reception at the “Lounge”
  Complimentary appetizers & drinks 
7:00 – 8:30 Welcome, Conference Opening Ceremony, Community Building &
Intention Setting
Music with Harold Payne
9:00pm Friends of Bill


8:45am Morning Opening (Meditation and Music)
9:00 – 10:30 Region Business Meeting  (scroll down or click here for voting info)
10:30 – 12:00 Free Time
12:00 noon Buffet Lunch
1:15 – 1:30pm Music with Harold Payne
1:30 – 4:30pm Workshop with Jonathan Young – “Our Stories, Our Selves”
4:30 – 5:30 Free Time
5:30pm Gathering at the “Lounge”
Complimentary appetizers & drinks 
6:00pm Appetizers and Retirement Reception for Ken Harrison
7:00pm Dinner on your own
9:00pm Friends of Bill


8:45am Morning Opening
9:00– 10:30 UWM/UWH Presentations
10:45 – 11:45
10:45 – 12:00
Licensed Unity Teachers meeting – Board room
Free time
12:00pm Lunch on your own (Board Meeting in Board Room)
1:15pm Music with Harold Payne
1:30- 4:30pm Workshop with Jonathan Young – “The Inner Journey”
3:30 pm Break – Snacks donated by the Unity Church of Alhambra Foundation
4:30 – 5:30 Free Time
5:30pm Gathering at the “Lounge” Complimentary appetizers & drinks
7:00pm Banquet/ Board Installation/ Concert with Harold Payne


8:45am Morning Opening
9:00 – 12:00 Workshop with Jonathan Young – “Wisdom Tales, Magic of Storytelling”
12:00 Closing Ceremony with Music
Workshops from Psychologist and Storyteller, Dr. Jonathan Young
Available for Continuing Education Units
First Session: The Inner Journey
This presentation explores how familiar characters provide clues for our own
quests. We will follow Little Red Riding Hood on the path toward the old woman of the forest. The symbols in the tale can help us move toward personal awakening and strengthen our sense of interconnection. Dr. Young will draw on his work with Joseph Campbell to investigate what we can learn from the mythic imagination.
Second session: Wisdom Tales We Live By
This session presents personal applications of initiatory tales. We will revisit
Dorothy and The Wizard of Oz to ponder the gifts of the mythic quest. The format is storytelling with discussion of key elements, such as hearing a calling, and serving worthy goals. In a spirit of play, we will follow each stage of the adventure to find hidden riches.
Third session: The Magic of Storytelling
There is an enchantment in being told a story. Fairy tales reflect major events in our lives. We will use The Talking Eggs, a traditional yarn from the bayous, to explore telling a tale well, opening up key images, and framing discussions effectively.

Your 2019 Conference Committee:

Rev. Charli Tupper, Committee Chair  ·   Stacy Macris Ros, Co-Chair

Jacquie Hardesty, LUT, Conference Registrar   ·    Malayna Dawn, Marketing / Promotion

Rev. Kathy McCall, SW Region Board Liaison

2019 Region Business Meeting Info

Southwest Region Business Meeting Agenda – Tuesday, October 8, 2019 10:30 AM

  • Call to Order – Karen Epps
  • Opening Prayer
  • Welcome new Ministries
  • Approve Agenda
  • President’s Report – Karen Epps
  • Secretary’s Report – Arlene Meyer
  • Approve minutes from October 3, 2018 meeting
  • Treasurer’s Report – Richard Maraj
  • Approve Treasurer’s report
  • Election of Board Members – Lori Fleming
  • Family Ministry Liaison Report – Jacquie Hardesty
  • Regional Representative’s Report – Lori Fleming
  • Welcome LUT’s and LUT Report – Jacquie Hardesty
  • Alhambra Foundation Report – Foundation Board
  • Closing Prayer

Bios of those running for Regional Office:
Michael Schoonover    |     Lori Fleming     |     Richard Maraj

SchoonoverRev. Michael A. Schoonover, a California native, has attended Unity Way Church in Vista, California, since 2005. He became Minister in 2017. He holds a BA degree in Communications. Rev. Michael’s grandmother was a long-time Unity student. He started diligently studying Unity in the early 1990’s and became a LUT in 2012. Attended Unity Urban Ministerial School and was licensed in 2015 and ordained in 2016. He is fond of saying he is a loyal Fillmorian Unity Truth student of the Holy Invisible Ethers.

Rev. Michael assisted in background research material for the Unity-published book “The Many Faces of Prayer: How the Human Family Meets Its Spiritual Needs,” by Dr. Rev. Thomas W. Shepherd. He also had one of his questions submitted to Shepherd’s Unity Magazine column published in the Unity book entitled “Good Questions.” Rev. Michael sends out weekly inspirational Truth affirmations to over 300 people.

A meta-inspired Bible scholar, Rev. Michael has an extensive collection of originally signed Truth book editions and a massive collection of Unity-printed books, pamphlets, magazines, Daily Words, Weekly Unity, etc. And a loyal Truth student of famed Fillmore teachers, Emma Curtis Hopkins and Annie Rix Militz. He is a practicing meta-physician, lover of ancient metaphysics, and cherishes the healing histories of our beloved Unity School of Christianity movement.

Richard Maraj-headshot Rev. Richard Maraj inspires people to live better lives through his powerful spiritual teachings. His charismatic, relatable speaking style combines a depth of spiritual knowledge, sharp intellect, great sense of humor and contagious enthusiasm to touch and energize his audience into expanding their understanding of God, life and themselves. Richard’s positive, uplifting messages have helped many people experience greater joy, peace and prosperity through the practical application of basic spiritual principles.

For many years Richard worked as a successful motivational speaker who traveled throughout North America to address large Fortune 500 and other companies. During the early 1990s he felt a strong call to ministry, and was compelled to attend ministerial school. He was ordained as a Unity minister in 1998, and began his ministry as an Associate Minister in Raleigh, NC. Soon afterward he became Senior Minister of Christ Church Unity in Kansas City, MO, and quickly became a much sought-after guest speaker for churches throughout Canada and the United States. He is currently the Senior Minister of Unity of Phoenix, one of the largest Unity ministries in the world, where he has served since 2005.

Richard has a degree in political science from McMaster University and continues to have a passion for learning. He is a strong advocate for community service, and also enjoys a variety of activities and hobbies, which include performing as a stand-up comic. In addition, Richard is currently completing a book called The 4 Most Important Questions You Can Ask Yourself.

 LoriFlemingRev. Lori Fleming has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from the University of South Florida with a major on religious studies.  She is an ordained Unity Minister who graduated from Unity Institute in 2006 and has served at the Unity Church in Sarasota, FL, the Unity Church of Hawaii in Honolulu, HI, the Unity Church in Venice, FL, Unity of Chandler in Chandler, and Unity of Carefree Cave Creek.  She is currently the Pastoral Care Minister at Unity Phoenix Spiritual Center.

Lori was a Youth of Unity Teacher/Sponsor for more than fifteen years and in 1999 was awarded the Distinguished Youth Services Award from Unity Worldwide Ministries.   Her greatest passion is living and teaching Unity principles and watching people transform as they learn to use these principles in their lives.

Lori has served on Unity Worldwide Ministries’ L & O Ministry Team, Leadership Recruitment and Development Team, Annual Summit Team, Ethics Review Team, and Ministry Wellness Team.  She is past President, current Vice-President, and Regional Representative for the Southwest Region.

Lori lives in Cave Creek, AZ with her husband, Mark. They have three grown children and two grandsons.

2018 E-News Blasts


  • Jan 2018 – SEE in Mesa, Shad Groverland, Carolyne Mathlin,Larry and Denese Schellink, Margee Grounds
  • Feb 2018 – UWH at Tustin, Blair Tabor, Lori Fleming, Long Beach gathering, Q Process, Malayna Dawn
  • March 2018 – Gary Simmons in Mesa, Ethics event in San Diego, Robert Bright, Unity of Flagstaff, photos from Long Beach gathering
  • April 2018 – Key Leader Ethics registration, UWM Ethics call report, Unity Outreach, Mark Fisk Memorial Scholarship, Stacy Macris Ros, Michael Schoonover
  • May 2018 – Note and report from Regional Board, Financial Report, Donate button
  • June/July 2018 – Conference Info and Registration, People’s Convention review, Mario de Ferrari, Blair Tabor article, Unity of Verde Valley
  • July 2018 – New mailing address, conference promotional material, Uniteens and YOUers, Video Culver City gathering
  • August 2018 – Rev. Kelly Isola explains conference theme & workshops in a video chat, Scholarships and Savings on Conference Fees, Regional Financial Report, Video Promotion Workshop & Lunch Gathering in L.A. Area, “1 Unity” Helps to Unify Unity, Attend the Youth Educator’s Retreat,Rev. Mario celebrates
  • Sept 2018 – Conference Preparations: send photos to share, survey responses, Paperless Regional Info,bylaw changes, CEU, holiday scholarships, videos to share
  • Oct 2018-none sent
  • Oct/Nov 2018– Photos from Conference, message from LUT REp and gratitude message from YFM Consultant.
  • Dec 2018– Facebook ad to promote all centers in region for Christmas, Bolder Together: Living Room Conversations, Key Leader Event announced.