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2019 SW Region Conference details

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Click to download the Official 2019 SW Region Conference Schedule

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

Tuesday Oct. 8

8:45am Morning Opening (Meditation and Music)
9:00 – 10:30 Region Business Meeting
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

Weds. Oct. 9

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

Thurs. Oct. 10

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

Key Leader Event Feb 21, 2019 in AZ

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Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM MST
Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center
1500 E Greenway Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ 85022

$79 per person includes lunch and two topics

Morning Session: I AM Diversity — Workshop Leadership Course To explore our prejudice, bias and racism. Taking full ownership of our participation mentally and spiritually.

Afternoon Session: Music: Part of the Heart of Ministry – Are your song selections and themes beneficial to the ministry? Energy, resources, licensing, singalongs & more!


I AM Diversity — Workshop Leadership Course led by Gino Walker

This beautiful work is a soul call from within. The purpose to explore our prejudice, bias and racism.  Taking full ownership of our participation mentally and spiritually.

A personal journey, an awareness of our inner thoughts, beliefs and old stories that we have kept alive through our past experiences, media, family and social contagion.

Using Universal Principles, we will explore exercises that call us to a higher listening and meditative practice.

1. Take responsibility
2. Acknowledgment
3. Forgiveness
4. Release
5. Create New Feeling Pattern

“Your mission in life is where your deep joy and the world’s deep hunger meet” ~ Richard Nelson Bolles

We have arrived. It is our time to approach our diversity within ourselves. It is only then that we can let go of prejudice, racism, violence and hatred. Let us Be Powerful, Invincible and Loving on our Quest. – Gino

Elephant in the Room
The Elephant in the Room

The ‘elephant in the room’ represents our unresolved, possibly unknown, bias and prejudice. The elephant is sort of round, like the world, and in the folds of the elephant’s skin are words hidden. You have to look really hard to find them. The words are both positive and negative like: love, peace, joy, togetherness, healing, cooperation, tolerance, prosperity, hate, prejudice, bias, intolerance, segregation, anger, fear, separation. Our work is to acknowledge and examine what is present, and learn to talk about it to move forward together.

Music:  Part of the Heart of Ministry

Leadership Course led by Gino Walker (master musician) and Craig B. (Unity of Phoenix Music Director) to talk about:

  • The Energy of music and how to utilize it.
  • How to use Sing-a-longs.   
  • Is music a vital part of your ministry?   
  • Are your song selections and themes beneficial to the ministry? 
  • What resources are there? 
  • What about licensing problems?    
Both Gino and Craig will offer some musical selections.  
For more information, click to download these printable documents, provided by our workshop leader, Gino Walker

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.

Ethics Call: Conversations with Unity Leaders

Reported by your SW Region Communications Consultant, Malayna Dawn

The April 12, 2018 web conference call on the topic of Ethics was led by Cynthia Vermillion-Foster, UWM Member Services Director. About 20 people logged in via computer and phone to be part of the discussion.



Cynthia explained that a task team has been put together, following discussion at the last People’s Convention, to explore the concept of expanding the ministers’ code of ethics, with some adjustments, to apply to all leaders. The team was scheduled to meet just after the conference call to take what they heard into their next steps.



Rev. Denese Schellink, our Regi. Rep. confirmed that the most recent Code of Ethics is the one currently available online, which is dated 2012.

There are areas in which the wording in the Code of Ethics probably wouldn’t change, but opportunities to do work as a movement may be raised. In such cases, one can speak to Carrie Kenyon, Transitional, Employment & Evolving Ministries Coordinator. Continue reading “Ethics Call: Conversations with Unity Leaders”

Key Leaders Event – May 18 in San Diego


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Friday, May 18, 2018 at Unity San Diego

3770 Altadena Ave, San Diego, CA 92105

Cost:  $59 – includes light lunch

This workshop meets the new UWM requirements for Ministers/Spiritual Leaders to take at least one hour of Ethics and Boundaries Training each year.

Click to download the Southwest Region Key Leader Event Schedule and details

Register online by clicking here!

SEE in the Field and Gary Simmons Too

Early bird rate extended to January 21!

Unity of Mesa will be offering an SEE in the Field program February 4-9, 2018. You can access the flyer and registration forms using the links below.

As a special bonus this year, Dr. Gary Simmons will be offering his Mission-Centric Ministry seminar on Saturday, February 10th and his class, The Q Effect: The Art and Practice of Living with Nothing and No One Against You, February 11-13. Flyers and registration form for these are also available at the links below.

Also, you’ll notice that the Alhambra Foundation has funding available to support SEE in the Field.  You can click on the link below to access their updated application form.

SEE in the Field 2018 Mesa flyer

Dr Gary Simmons Registration

Q Process Flyer Unity of Mesa Gary

Unity of Mesa Mission-Centric Flyer revised

Alhambra Foundation Application for Funding

Conference Schedule 2017

Unity Southwest Region 2017 Conference

Click here for the updated SW Conference Schedule at a Glance

Click here to download a printable flyer to share with your leaders

Schedule at a Glance

Monday Oct. 16
3:30 – 7:00 Conference Check in
5:30: Evening Reception at the “Lounge” – complimentary appetizers & drinks
7pm – 8:30pm: Welcome, Opening Ceremony, Introduction to Integral Ministry Conversation Circles,  Music by Mark Welch

Tues. Oct. 17 Continue reading “Conference Schedule 2017”