Conference experience, a walk-though

Our Unity Southwest Region conference for 2022 is a Family Reunion!  Welcome Home, back to our long-time host hotel, the Embassy Suites in La Quinta, CA. 

Welcome Home for a Family Reunion

We’ll start on Monday evening with a gathering in the lounge, celebrating seeing each other with complimentary appetizers and drinks,

and then we’ll move into our ballroom for the opening ceremony. That’s where we’ll set the intention for our experience, with music from Posi Award nominee Gary Lynn Floyd.

On Tuesday morning, we’ll start with a complimentary breakfast in the lobby followed by music and meditation and then the Unity Worldwide Ministries report and Focused Leadership Workshop by UWM’s Executive Director, our own Rev. Shad Groverland. 

We’ll break for lunch and some more music from Gary Lynn Floyd before completing our workshop with Rev. Shad. And after a break, we’ll have the first of our retreat segments – a Taize service led by Gary Lynn Floyd and Rev. Jonathan Zenz.

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Taizé (pronounced: tay-zay) is a prayerful form of music known for its simple, yet rich and meditative character. Taizé music often takes the structure of an ostinato (a simple melody that repeats over and over) and is meant to serve as a kind of musical centering prayer.

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In the evening, we’ll have our gathering in the lounge and then move into our ballroom for the Alhambra Innovation Awards and Celebration.

We’ll celebrate with a dance party in honor of our Founding President Ken Harrison, with  DJ Rev. Ken Fendrick spinning tunes from across the decades to honor our shared family history. 

On Wednesday morning, we start with a healthy hearty complimentary breakfast once again and into music and meditation before our Region Business Meeting. 

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After we conclude our business, we will honor those who have made their transition since our last conference with an interactive memorial service, as we embody our knowing that they  continue to journey with us.

The Unity World Headquarters report comes later that morning, with a presentation by Rev. Linda Martella Whitsett.  Then, as part of the retreat experience, you will have a long break for lunch and free time. 

In the afternoon, we’ll gather for music by Gary Lynn Floyd and then the Keeper of the Flame for Unity Worldwide Ministries, Rev. Diane Scribner, will lead us on the first part of her retreat offering.  We know she will minister to the souls of our leaders with her embodied practice of “haven-ing”.  Haven on Earth: Let it Rise. 

In the evening after a break, we’ll gather at the lounge before entering the ballroom for our banquet, board installation ceremony and the presentation of the Family History of the Southwest Region.  

And then we get to enjoy a concert from Gary Lynn Floyd.

Thursday morning is that last morsel of retreat experience with our breakfast, music and meditation followed by part two of Haven on Earth: Give it Space, with Rev. Diane Scribner.  And then our closing ceremony will send us all off full of love. 

Updates from Unity World Headquarters

Our conference includes a Region Business Meeting as well as reports from Unity World Headquarters at Unity Village and Unity Worldwide Ministries.

We’re very excited that Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett will be in attendance from Unity World Headquarters (UWH).

Linda Martella-Whitsett is an inspiring, respected Unity minister and spiritual teacher. Linda’s message about our Divine Identity inspires people across cultures and faith traditions to meet life’s circumstances with spiritual maturity. Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett is Vice President of Unity Prayer and Practice at Unity World Headquarters, serving Unity’s 24/7 prayer ministry Silent Unity. For fourteen years prior, Rev. Linda was senior minister at Unity Church of San Antonio. She formerly served Unity Church of Omaha in many leadership roles over seventeen years. Rev. Linda is a highly regarded role model in the Unity Movement, she has taught classes at Unity Village, as well as other Unity churches. She has mentored other Unity Ministers in Unity’s Field Licensing Ministerial Training Program. 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, are available on Amazon.com.

In-Person Event Explained

This year we are presenting an IN-PERSON ONLY event. This is because we feel the need to be near each other after this time of distancing. We will be following protocol for the health and safety of attendees, and respecting each person’s level of comfort. From your name tag, people will know if you’re open to hugs, prefer an elbow bump or like to “let the winds of the heavens dance between you”, to quote Kahlil Gibran.

Our presenters have created experiences that can only be shared in physical proximity. Your conference team has a goal of “ministering to the souls of our region’s leaders”, so there will be less structured-sitting-and-listening and more movement and embodied connection. Because of this, we are not offering live-streamed or recorded options for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or any of our events.

Feel free to email unityswregion@gmail.com with any questions or comments.

We look forward to being in your presence!

Our Region Family Album

SHARE YOUR CHURCH HISTORY

We’re gathering our Unity Southwest Region history…and creating a family album!

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HOST A TABLE

Our conference planning team is also accepting sponsorships of $100 to host one of our tables to more fully display your center’s history throughout the conference.

Only 8 spots, so secure yours now! More info here

See some ideas below…

Charles Fillmore in Southern California, from The Household of Faith, Chapter XIV, “The Later Years”

On December 31, 1933, he married Cora G. Dedrick, who had for many years served him and Myrtle Fillmore as private secretary and at one time had been the director of Silent Unity. They were married at Lowell Fillmore’s home on Unity Farm.

The next day, the two left for California; and Charles Fillmore, who had always been trying the untried, was off on yet another new venture. He went on a lecture tour, the first of many that were to fill the remainder of his life and take him to every part of the nation.

The tour got off to an exciting start. The first lecture was in Los Angeles. Into the Shrine Auditorium, seven thousand two hundred persons jammed to hear him speak, while more than one thousand others were turned away for lack of room.

A few years later on one of his lecture trips to California, Charles Fillmore bought a house in the San Fernando Valley outside Los Angeles. Thereafter, he divided the year between his two homes, writing and lecturing in California in the winter and teaching at the Training School at Unity Farm in the summer.

In February of 1948, he was still making speeches at Unity centers in Los Angeles.

Awards & Dance Party

The Alhambra Foundation wants to keep the celebrations of togetherness going and will be hosting a dance party, DJ’d by our own Rev. Ken Fendrick just following the Innovation Awards on Tuesday night.

In keeping with the Family Reunion theme, we’ll be dancing through the decades!

Heavy appetizers will be served to keep your energy up, and we’ll have plenty of space to move in our main convention room space. No judgement, just joyful movement.

Disco ball may or may not be included.

It’s a Life Celebration

The Alhambra Foundation will be celebrating the life of their Founding President, Ken Harrison, with this dance party at our SW Region Conference.