Schedule of Activities for
Tuesday, October 4th
Extended Prayer and Meditation
Facilitated by Rev. Jim Blake
REV. JIM BLAKE
Jim Blake is the CEO of Unity World Headquarters, where he previously served as chief information officer and vice president of operations. Unity is a spiritual nonprofit founded in 1889 in Kansas City, Missouri. It helps people of all faiths and cultures apply positive spiritual principles in their daily lives.
Blake has held numerous executive positions in the corporate world, including as Director of Customer Operations for Landis+Gyr, a global leader in the utility industry, and as Vice President of Products and Technology for Rhythm Engineering.
Blake has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Central Methodist University and a Master of Divinity from Johnnie Coleman Theological Seminary, the academic arm of the Universal Foundation for Better Living. He was ordained as a Unity minister in 2021.
Read about Jim’s new book The Zen Executive, Gems of Wisdom for Enlightened Leadership.
10:20AM Comfort Break / Movement Break
One Unity: UWM, UWHqs, UUMS
Please join us as representatives from Unity Worldwide Ministries, Unity World Headquarters and Unity Urban Ministerial School connect and share with us the exciting news and updates from one Unity, all over the world. Through videos and messages from leadership at all levels, we will have lots to share and celebrate with our local communities. Invite your boards and/or leadership of all types to this session which is offered free of charge. (This could be a perfect opportunity to participate in a small group gathering in your local area.)
The Ethics of Healthy Boundaries
Facilitated by Rev. Joy Wyler
Utilizing specific provisions of the UWM Code of Ethics for Unity Leaders, we will tie them to ethical principles. We will explore not only the ethical foundations of the code language but also strategies for creating and maintaining individual awareness and boundaries. This interactive session will focus on positive strategies and try to avoid “war stories” that often arise in code of ethics discussions. In addition to the seven principles of ethics, we will reference sections II, III, IV and V in the UWM Code.
- Participants will be able to identify the seven principles of ethics and how they function in ethical decision-making
- Participants will articulate their current levels of self-awareness around topics in the UWM Code of Ethics for Unity Leaders
- Participants will develop concrete strategies for healthy boundaries in ministry work
Lecture will utilize both visual and auditory information sharing. In addition to a question/answer section, there will be interactive small group work.
Rev. Joy Wyler
Rev. Joy Wyler (pronouns she/her) recently retired after serving as the minister of Unity of Lehigh Valley for eleven years. She currently serves on the board of Unity World Headquarters and previously served as president of our Eastern Region Board. With a Juris Doctorate from UMKC Law, Rev. Joy has taught courses in Ethics and Diversity since 2001. To see more from Rev. Joy, please visit her blog, Radical Wholeness on the web at radicalwholeness.blog or on Facebook. (photo caption: a White female upper body pictured with shoulder length, curly, auburn hair and burgundy dress with white/black flowers. She is smiling and turning slightly towards the camera)
Building an Embodied Antiracist Community: From Yesterday to Tomorrow – Part One
Facilitated by Revs. Kelly Isola and Ogun Holder
We will focus on LOVING THE PRESENT, which means we must engage the past traumas, because it’s how we got to the present – and how we blow that trauma onto others. So our experiences and learnings will be how the past lives in TODAY, and how we see and understand today. Then we shift into taking the paradigms of today, and begin to learn to deconstruct them because we can’t imagine a new future through the current way we think and imagine. We must deconstruct our thinking and seeing and embodiment so we can unleash a future from a place we can’t even imagine at the moment because we would be imagining through the current systems of oppression!
In Part One and Part Two, we will allow space for more embodied, less traditional learning which includes listening to our bodies.
Rev. Kelly Isola
Rev. Kelly Isola, is a culture-builder and a catalyst for personal and organizational development, and co-founder of project_SANCTUS – a safe, brave, online space to discover and be our Holiest self, and in so doing, together, create a world of equanimity, justice and love for all. She is a transformative consultant, teacher, and author who shares her passion for living the two-fold path of an engaged spiritual life – embracing the inner path of wisdom and healing, as well as demonstrating the outer path of compassionate service. She holds several certifications in leading edge models of human and organizational development – focusing on how we create and relate to ourselves, each other and the world – as well as her specialty: the spiritual practice of conflict transformation through embodying paradox.
Rev. Ogun Holder
Rev. Ogun Holder is an ordained Unity Minister, a certified Spiritual Coach, and co-founder of project_SANCTUS – a safe, brave, online space to discover and be our Holiest self, and in so doing, together, create a world of equanimity, justice and love for all.
His many titles over the years include speaker, teacher, author, podcaster, blogger, musician, parent, social media consultant, a WEPSS Certified Enneagram Instructor, and a self-proclaimed geek.
Originally from Barbados, Ogun moved to the USA in 1994 to pursue a degree in Music Therapy. As a Music Therapist he worked successfully with a variety of populations in schools, hospitals, adult day-care facilities, and his own private practice. He is also an experienced church music director, having served multiple communities.
A humorous and engaging speaker, Ogun has been invited to speak and lead workshops at churches and spiritual centers across the country.