Memorial Service

It is our tradition to honor those from our region who have made their transition during the year since our last conference gathering. This year, in keeping with the theme of a family reunion, we will be holding an interactive ceremony to also acknowledge how those who came before us still walk with us on this journey, led by Rev. Sheryl Padgett.

Please bring copies of photos to share and place in a memorial space.

We know we will be including Rev. Flo Dibbley, Rev. Irma Oestmann, Rev. Brent Fletcher, Rev. Margee Grounds, Rev. Richard Meri Ka Ra Byrd and Ken Harrison.

If you know of someone else who has made their transition since October of 2021 who we have not included here, please let us know.

If you have photos or stories to share, please send them to us at unityswregion@gmail.com.

Taizé Service

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.

We will be having a Taizé service during our conference, led by our conference musician, Gary Lynn Floyd with Rev. Jonathan Zenz.

Workshop – Rev. Shad Groverland

4 General CEUs are available for attending.

Tues, Oct 25th, 10am-12pm and 1:30-3:30pm

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.

Music by Gary Lynn Floyd

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.

Click the image below to hear his new song!

Retreat Elements -Rev. Diane Scribner

Haven on Earth with Rev. Diane Scribner, Keeper of the Flame for UWM

Wednesday, Oct 26th, 2:15 – 4:30pm : Let It Rise

Thursday, Oct 27th, 9 – 11am: Give It Space

4 CEUs are available for attending. They can count towards Ethics or General.

During the come-as-you-are retreat during conference we’re going to experience a bit of Haven on Earth with Rev Diane, Unity Worldwide Ministries’ Keeper of The Flame. We’ve all been through a lot in our lives that hasn’t felt like “heaven;” so she’s bringing us some user-friendly ways to “haven” through it. Heads up high, shoulders back, heart forward… Diane says, It’s time for a holy shift. You deserve beholding ~ just as you are! On Wednesday, we’ll Let It Rise; and on Thursday, we’ll relax into our divinity and just Give It Space  Diane’s looking forward to sharing her Haven on Earth,with us!

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.