Join Rev. Shad Groverland, Executive Director of Unity Worldwide Ministries (UWM), will be offering a workshop designed for ministry leaders, future leaders, and those who train these leaders.
The world of ministry is rapidly changing and there is a chance we could be left behind, unless we can acquire tools that will keep us current, relevant, focused, impactful and enjoying the work we do.
Through presentation, group discussion, brainstorming and connecting with Spirit, we will learn these tools that create the foundation for a thriving modern ministry.
Gary Lynn Floyd is an American singer-songwriter who connects straight to the heart with his soulful style.
A native of Houston, Gary began picking out melodies on a piano at four years old, and he’s been making music ever since. Today, he writes deep and meaningful music and shares these songs to audiences across the country. His style is a mix of pop, rhythm, and blues, combining silky vocals with powerful lyrics.
It is Gary’s openness to divine inspiration that fuels his endless supply of musical ideas and creates his inspirational lyrics. That’s the light that shines through his performances. With his piano, Gary is a catalyst for positive change and raises the collective vibration through his music and his welcoming presence on stage.
Heaven on Earth with Rev. Diane Scribner, Keeper of the Flame for UWM
Wednesday: Let It Rise
Thursday: Give It Space
Raised in New Thought, Diane’s been a Unity minister for 25 years. She served as senior minister with Unity of Roanoke Valley, VA and Unity of Naples FL. Diane began Pray Attention Ministries with Unity in 2010, as an alternative non-profit, sharing down-to-earth spiritual ideas and maieutic practices with individuals, spiritual centers, and organizations to encourage and engage us all in listening to, and living from, Spirit within.
Diane’s background in theater and B.A. in English ground her in service to others. PrayAttentionMinistries.org offers free Daily Pray It Forwards, a link to purchase her Pray Attention book, her class thru illli (Institute for Leadership and Lifelong Learning), and FB Live Pray Attention with Diane, based on Unity’s Daily Word. Diane chairs Suncoast Unity Ministers Inc, was Co-Emcee for Unity Conventions, serves our Sabbatical Team, Avow Hospice, Naples Therapeutic Riding Center, Children’s Rights educational organizations in Mexico, South Africa, and Uganda, is delighted to be Keeper of the Flame for Unity Worldwide Ministries.
Tony Redhouse is a world-renowned speaker, sound healer, and musician who will be sharing some of his music videos with us.
From his youth, Tony was inspired by the sound of his father’s Native American drum. Rex Redhouse would sing traditional Diné (Navajo) squaw dance songs in the home using drums he would make in the back yard to provide the beat. For traditional Native American people, the drum is the central force that keeps the songs, dances, and ceremonies alive in the hearts of the people. “It unites the feet of our people in dance, and inspires us to sing our personal songs from within,” says Tony.
As his love affair with the drum continued, he went on to become a Navajo hoop dancer. This in turn fostered an interest in other indigenous drums as he became exposed to their sounds in the Monterey Bay area where he lived. “Listening to artists such as Santana and Mongo Santamaria changed my life,” says Tony. “I got excited about Afro-Cuban, latin-rock and urban-soul drumming, and their sounds and rhythms swirled around in my head when I was performing my tribal dances.” This fusion of ethnic musical styles during his youth formed the basis for the potent multi-cultural drumming that has become his signature style today.
“The vibration of the drum can go beyond the physical realm and touch the soul whatever state it is in, going straight to the essence of the person,” he says. “It can heal or release them. It also possesses the female and the male aspects of the universe. The female side represents the heartbeat of Mother Earth – a nurturing, meditative, unconditional love of the Spirit. The male side can summon ancestors and awaken us to the spiritual realm. The balancing of these two aspects of the drum can create a life of harmony within us; it can give us access to the power of Spirit to inspire us and to give us strength for what we go through in life.”
Tony has used the drum, along with the flute and the power of the human voice in chant, the three ancient forms of expression that appear across all ancient cultures, to take his listeners into meditation and to simplify and heal their lives. He works in prestigious healing facilities, spas, and yoga retreats, but feels just as comfortable in his community drug and alcohol rehabs, AIDS clinics, cancer hospitals, and counseling centers.
He also loves his work as teacher and cultural consultant in schools, colleges, and at corporate conventions. He always involves his audience by getting them to dance, releasing them to feel free like children again, to have fun and feel the strength and peace within themselves, and each other, so that they see a picture of the universe in harmony, a vision of the world coming together. Anywhere he can help people to heal, is where he feels right at home.