Village Events and Voices

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Village Events and Voices

Program Overview

Unity Village is home to many exciting events including retreats, academic symposiums, speaker seminars and new book releases. Join host Ted Collins, vice president of Education and Events, as he talks with the many interesting people who are speaking, presenting and writing at Unity Village, and hear the latest news from Unity World Headquarters at Unity Village.


The ideas and opinions expressed on this program do not necessarily reflect the teachings of Unity. Unity respects a wide range of spiritual thoughts and beliefs, as reflected in the diverse range of subjects presented on Unity Online Radio.

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  • Original air date: Monday, March 12, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Listen in as hosts from Unity Online Radio talk about the upcoming event—Cruisin’ the Caribbean, November 10–17, 2012. Dean Ted will be joined by Revs. Kevin Ross, Temple Hayes, Paulette Pipe, Kelly Isola, and Paul Hasselbeck. You will learn about the inherent pleasures of cruising (extraordinary dining, warm sunshine, island excursions) and the transformative power of a large group of like-minded people coming together for music, message and meditation.
  • Original air date: Monday, March 05, 2012
    Episode Description:
    August 24–25, 2012, at Unity Village

    Many challenges in our lives today may stem from one cause: Losing our connection with Spirit. We may desire a breakthrough, but we're just not making the commitment to get there. Spiritual teacher Sonia Choquette, returning to Unity Village following this past summer’s wildly popular “Traveling at the Speed of Love” workshop and retreat, will teach the tools to tune in to your inner wisdom. In her upbeat, interactive style, Sonia will help you rekindle your connection with Spirit.
  • Original air date: Monday, February 27, 2012
    Episode Description:
    This upcoming retreat at Unity Village is the week your expansive nature has craved! Led by renowned motivator Rev. David Ault, this program will reawaken you to the fundamental truth that your solution already exists within you. By lovingly examining all the obstacles that prevent you from seeing how green the grass of your life experience is now, David leads you from the resistance of what is familiar into a realm of action and possibility.

    David Ault has traveled the world as a New Thought musician, keynote speaker and workshop/retreat facilitator. He founded the Center for Spiritual Living in Mobile, Alabama, and is currently senior minister of Spiritual Living Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Original air date: Monday, February 20, 2012
    Episode Description:
    What is the spirit of the laws behind each of the Ten Commandments? Take a closer look and rediscover the Ten Commandments as Butterworth reveals, in easy-to-understand terms, the deeper meaning behind the words.
     
    Rev. Tom Thorpe, (host of Discovering Eric Butterworth) discusses this classic text—reprinted in paperback for the first time. He also discusses the recent gift from the Butterworth Foundation to the Unity Institute® Library and Archives!
  • Original air date: Monday, February 13, 2012
    Episode Description:

    Presenters and hosts Salvatore Sapienza, Skip Sams and Jenny Hahn will share about the upcoming retreat, their roles, and the experience of community they each had at this past year's retreat. Sapienza, author of Gay Is a Gift; Sams, musician and inspirationalist; and Hahn, artist and co-owner of Creative Nectar Studio, are passionate about helping the LGBT community live and love more authentically … Out in the Open!
     

  • Original air date: Monday, February 06, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Keynote speaker Matthew Fox and Lyceum founder Rev. Thomas Shepherd will discuss the upcoming Lyceum presentations, papers and theme, “The Church in the Future.” The fifth annual Lyceum will take place at Unity Village from April 11–14. Matthew Fox, author of 30 books, including Original Blessing and The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, has a passion for reinvigorating Western ritual and worship!
  • Original air date: Monday, January 30, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Retreats manager Rev. Carla McClellan and Rev. Mark Fuss from Unity Institute® and Seminary will take a look at the 2012 retreats calendar. We’ll discuss the exciting speakers, musicians and scholars who will visit Unity Village in 2012! From Unity Institute’s Lyceum with Matthew Fox to the World Day of Prayer Retreat with Rev. Mary Omwake … There is something for everyone this year at Unity Village. Come on home …
  • Original air date: Monday, January 23, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Rev. Carolyne Mathlin is facilitating a Silent Meditation Retreat at Unity Village, May 27–June 1, 2012.
    Of all the spiritual practices you can engage in to change your life, the practice of contemplative prayer, also known as entering the Silence, is by far the most transformational. The Silence is the ground of all being. When you commit to the practice of Silence, you are really making a commitment to listen to the still small voice of God—a voice that is always speaking to you. The question is: Are you listening?
  • Original air date: Monday, January 09, 2012
    Episode Description:
    Unity Institute® and Seminary ministerial student Jackie Hawkins will share about several events sponsored by the Unity Institute Student Association in celebration of MLK Jr. Day. She will be joined by Sandra Campbell, who returns this year with a one-woman show telling the life story of Cathay Williams: Woman Buffalo Soldier.
  • Original air date: Monday, December 19, 2011
    Episode Description:
    In this episode, learn more about Rev. Felicia Searcy and her upcoming retreat at Unity Village February 23–26, 2012.

    Lent is a time of preparation—of getting ready for a new phase of living. What do you envision for yourself in this new phase? The old adage is if you continue to do the same things, you’ll get the same results. Why not go for more? In her book Do Greater Things, Rev. Felicia Searcy takes you on a journey with the master teacher to explore nine key spiritual practices Jesus modeled: vision, faith, prayer gratitude, forgiveness, humility, community, death and service.

    Felicia Blanco Searcy is a Unity minister, presenter, writer and a Life Mastery Consultant certified by Mary Morrissey, who is also her personal teacher and coach. For the past 15 years, her passion has been to assist people with accessing their power and potential as they live life full out. She is a national speaker and presenter, author of Do Greater Things: Following in Jesus' Footsteps (published by Unity Books), and regular contributor to the Unity Online Radio program Hooked on Classics.
  • Original air date: Monday, December 12, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Dr. Shelton will share news about our beloved Unity Village Tower and the many exciting things going on in Silent Unity®, Daily Word®, Events and Retreats, Unity Institute® and Seminary, and much more. Join us as we review 2011 and set our intentions for an amazing 2012 here at Unity Village. The best is yet to be!
  • Original air date: Monday, December 05, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Author Michelle Robin, D.C. (Wellness on a Shoestring, Unity Books, 2010), has been involved in wellness for nearly three decades. She is the founder of Your Wellness Connection, one of the nation’s most successful healing centers focusing on integrative healing disciplines such as chiropractic, Chinese medicine, massage therapy, energy medicine, counseling, nutritional and wellness coaching and movement arts.
  • Original air date: Monday, November 21, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Dr. Clif Christopher will be the featured speaker for Unity Worldwide Ministries January 2012 Midyear Meetings. He founded the Horizons Stewardship Company following a career in pastoral ministry and stewardship consulting. We'll discuss his upcoming workshop at Unity Village and his two books, Not Your Parents' Offering Plate and Whose Offering Plate Is It?
  • Original air date: Monday, November 14, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Unity Magazine® editor Toni Lapp and Daily Word® editor Laura Harvey are onboard for this exciting program. They will share information, writers' guidelines, history and exciting news about their respective Unity publications.
  • Original air date: Monday, November 07, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The Unity Village Chapel is a dynamic spiritual community on grounds at historic Unity Village. Their mission is to inspire spiritual growth and abundant living! Rev. Erin McCabe is the new senior minister, and she will be sharing what's going on at the Chapel and in her very busy life. The Village Chapel is an integral part of Unity Village and a longtime supporter of Unity Institute® and Seminary and its students.
  • Original air date: Monday, October 31, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Rev. Eric Page, archivist for the Unity Library and Archives, says a friend once told him, "You talk about dead people a lot!" An occupational hazard when you work in the Archives perhaps? Eric will join Dean Ted to share stories of the people from our Unity Village past, explorations of the hidden places and treasures of Unity Village, and yes … even a few ghost stories on this Halloween!
  • Original air date: Monday, October 24, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The goal of world peace is nothing new. But what does “world peace” mean? What does it look like? Is it really possible? If we set such a goal, could we create it? Mindy Audlin set out to find answers to these questions. Through interviews with 21 visionary peacebuilders, Mindy explored the inner journey and the outer commitments that are necessary to create a world that works for all. Find out how you can turn your purpose and passion into a conduit for peace in the world and join the new movement of modern peacebuilders!
  • Original air date: Monday, October 17, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Is it any wonder traditional Christianity is dying? In our evolving world, it’s hard to relate to the historical Bible—it contains no voices of women, no voices of people of color, and no voices from the last 2,000 years of Christian history. What’s more, many who claim religion use the Bible and other sacred texts to justify their own hatred and prejudices. Join Bishop Spong, Rev. Carla McClellan and host Dean Ted Collins as they discuss Bishop Spong’s November 10–13 workshop at Unity Village.
  • Original air date: Monday, October 03, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Meet current ministerial students, Unity Institute faculty, and Unity ministers who will share about fall term course offerings on campus and online, internship experiences, and their individual calls to ministry. You’ll also learn more about Unity Institute's transformational professional degree program leading to ordination as a Unity minister.
  • Original air date: Monday, September 26, 2011
    Episode Description:
    The mantra of many self-help books is “change your thinking, change your life.” However, negative self-talk and mindless chatter stem from a skewed self-image. Native Soul goes a step deeper, gently encouraging awareness of your true essence. Unity Books author J Douglas Bottorff is an ordained Unity minister and has served churches in Michigan, Missouri and Colorado for nearly three decades. In addition to Native Soul, he is the author of A Practical Guide to Meditation and Prayer, A Practical Guide to Prosperous Living and The Whisper of Pialigos. He has written extensively for Unity Magazine and has written and recorded two musical CDs, One World and Vision of Hope.
  • Original air date: Monday, September 19, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Dean Ted Collins as he welcomes Ian Lawton, executive minister at C3 Exchange, and Unity minister Rev. Carla McClellan to explore fresh ideas about Christianity and the possibilities of traveling a new road—one past the God of Theism. Hear insights into a new faith from these wise, witty and engaging leaders of the progressive Christianity movement as they discuss the upcoming retreat at Unity Village, November 10–13, 2011.
  • Original air date: Monday, September 12, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Dean Ted Collins and guests Rev. Mark Fuss and Arie S. Boris, editor-in-chief of CruiseGourmet.com Magazine, as they discuss the upcoming educational and inspirational trip with Unity friends. April 30–May 12, 2012, where we'll travel aboard Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam, visiting fascinating ports of call in Italy, Turkey and Greece. In this episode we'll share details regarding shore excursions, registration, our connections to some of the ports and our plans for this amazing trip of a lifetime.
  • Original air date: Monday, August 29, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Dean Ted and guests Rev. Paulette Pipe and Jack Fowler as they talk about the upcoming Unity Village Retreat Touching the Stillness, to be held October 13–16. Beautiful music, meditation and time in the Silence await during this popular retreat. If the thought of spending time in quiet makes you say, “I could never do that,” then this retreat will make a convert of you! It’s easier than you think, and more rewarding than you can imagine.
  • Original air date: Monday, August 22, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Dean Ted Collins and Rev. Dr. Thomas Shepherd as they discuss the upcoming Unity Village Retreat titled Unity Write Now, September 29–October 1, 2011. If you love writing and want to get serious about it, you'll want to know more about the first Unity Village writers' workshop. With guidance from Dr. Tom, Unity Magazine® columnist and author of six books, we'll look at all aspects of creative writing through a spiritual lens—from concept to marketing. They will be joined for this program by Dave County, co-founder along with Dr. Tom of a writer's group that meets regularly in the Unity Village Bookstore and coffee shop.
  • Original air date: Monday, August 15, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Dean Ted Collins and author Noelle Sterne, Ph.D., as they discuss her new book. In Trust Your Life: Forgive Yourself and Go After Your Dreams, new from Unity Books, Sterne guides readers to act on their most cherished ambitions—regardless of age, circumstances, state of their waistlines or any self-judged “wrong turns” in life. Sterne’s new book helps dreamers become achievers by recognizing their inherent, spiritually grounded creative power as molders of their own experiences.
  • Original air date: Monday, August 08, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Dean Ted Collins and his guest Rev. Jim Rosemergy as they discuss Rev. Jim's new book, The Gathering (Unity Books, 2011) and his upcoming Unity Village Retreat (Sept 16–18) by the same name. The Gathering is a practical way to deepen your spiritual life and to experience a more peaceful, meaningful human journey. You’ll see that prayer isn’t something you do; rather, it’s an experience of God’s presence. Experience the joy of knowing, without a doubt, that God exists and that you’re creating your own journey through life.
  • Original air date: Monday, August 01, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Unity created World Day of Prayer—the second Thursday in September—as a global effort to uplift our world in shared prayer consciousness. Since its inception 18 years ago, this sacred initiative has supported more than 15 million people with prayer. Join Dean Ted Collins and Rev. Lynne Brown, vice president of Silent Unity® and Development, as they share the exciting and moving events planned for this year's World Day of Prayer on September 8. They will be joined by Paula Coppel, Unity vice president of communications, to discuss the interfaith aspect of this year's World Day of Prayer.
  • Original air date: Monday, July 25, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Dean Ted Collins as he welcomes Richard Mekdeci and Sue Riley to talk about the seventh annual Sound Connections New Thought Music Conference, titled "The Heart of Harmony." They will be joined in the studio by musicians arriving at Unity Village for this awesome event.
  • Original air date: Monday, July 11, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Ted Collins and Rabbi Rami Shapiro as they discuss his upcoming Unity Village Retreat, The Bible Jesus Read. Known as the “Holy Rascal,” Shapiro is a popular speaker who brings fun, interaction and creativity to his presentations. Be ready to laugh, take time for introspection—and gain a new perspective on the Bible.
  • Original air date: Monday, June 27, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Ted Collins and Rabbi Rami Shapiro as they discuss his upcoming Unity Village Retreat, The Bible Jesus Read, September 22–25. Known as the “Holy Rascal,” Shapiro is a popular speaker who brings fun, interaction and creativity to his presentations. Be ready to laugh, take time for introspection, and gain a new perspective on the Bible.
  • Original air date: Monday, June 13, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Dean Ted as he welcomes author David L. Arnett. They will be discussing David's debut novel Messengers, recently published by Unity Books. David spent more than 30 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, representing the U.S. government in a variety of diplomatic posts around the world, the last as the head of the American Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Original air date: Monday, May 23, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Dean Ted Collins and guests as they discuss upcoming Unity Village Retreats. Author, healer and teacher Sonia Choquette will talk about her Unity retreat scheduled for June 3–5 and titled Traveling at the Speed of Love, and Carla McClellan will share her excitement about the Adults of Unity retreat this June 19–25. Come join the fun!
  • Episode: Lynne McTaggart
    Original air date: Monday, May 16, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Dean Ted Collins as he welcomes Lynne McTaggart, one of the pre-eminent spokespersons on consciousness, the new physics and the science of spirituality. Lynne is an award-winning journalist and author of five books, including the international best-sellers The Field and The Intention Experiment. Lynne will be discussing her latest book; The Bond: Connecting Through the Space Between Us.
  • Original air date: Monday, May 09, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Dean Ted Collins and guests Karen Drucker and Lori Sandstrom as they discuss the upcoming women's retreat at Unity Village. Learn more about the exciting plans for "A Woman's Time Out," July 7–10, with these amazing artists, musicians and friends.
  • Original air date: Monday, May 02, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Dean Ted Collins and guests Karen Epps, Brendalyn Batchelor and Carolynne Mathlin as they discuss the upcoming Silent Retreat, May 20-25, at Unity Village. These ministers share a passion for the practice of silent meditation and for "coming apart" from the world in silent retreat. Learn more about this 3-6 day retreat at beautiful and peaceful Unity Village and the meditative practices you can continue to apply throughout your life!
  • Original air date: Monday, April 25, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Dean Ted Collins welcomes Rev. Albert Wingate to share what is going on at Unity Village Chapel. Other guests will include Men of Unity president Jim Miner and Sisters of Myrtle past president Lou Elder. Drayton Riley will also join the conversation to discuss The Gardens at Unity Village.  
  • Original air date: Monday, April 18, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Dean Ted Collins and Next Generation of Unity consultant Rachel Simpson as they discuss the upcoming event Next Generation of SEE, August 7–13, 2011. They will be joined by several regional NGU reps as they discuss the idea and intent behind a week of spiritual exploration and inspiration designed specially for youth and young adults.
  • Original air date: Monday, April 11, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Dean Ted Collins and special guest Tom Taylor for an insider's look at Unity Village. Tom is the author of Images of America: Unity Village in which he selected historic images from an extensive collection of photographs and rare real-photo postcards from the Unity Archives to depict the growth and development of this unique Mediterranean-styled village set in the midst of Missouri cornfields. Ted’s other special guest, Rev. Tom Lee, manager of Unity’s facilities administration department and co-minister of Unity Southeast Church in Kansas City, Missouri, will talk about Unity Fountain Day on April 12, 2011, when the Unity Village fountains will be activated for the first time this season.
  • Original air date: Monday, April 04, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Dean Ted Collins and Unity President and CEO Charlotte Shelton as they share and reminisce about their recent trip to Egypt. This is the first of a series of educational, inspirational trips with Unity Institute® and Seminary. They will be joined during the program by Unity ministers who cruised the Nile and visited Tahrir Square with them during the time of unrest in Egypt as well.
  • Original air date: Monday, March 14, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Dean Ted Collins and Events manager at Unity Village Kelly Hatch to discuss opportunities for individual and group retreats. They will be joined by Mark Bieber, manager of Unity Village Lodging and Alich Dwyer, manager of Unity Visitor Center/Bookstore to learn about our Unity's campus and facilities.
  • Original air date: Monday, March 07, 2011
    Episode Description:
    If it's springtime at the Village it must be time for SEE Weeks (Spiritual Education and Enrichment). Join Unity Institute® and Seminary Dean Ted Collins as he talks with Dean Paul Hasselbeck (also host of Metaphysical Romp on Unity Online Radio) about our on-campus Spiritual Development classes, open to everyone eager for a journey in consciousness! They will be joined by licensed teacher coordinator, Shirley Kennedy.
  • Original air date: Monday, February 28, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Dean Ted Collins as he welcomes Mark Anthony Lord, director of Bodhi Spiritual Center in Chicago and creator/presenter of Liberation 2011 at Unity Village. They will discuss the upcoming retreat (April 7–10) and Mark's journey as a gay spiritual leader. Joining them will be Paula Coppel, vice president of communications for Unity World Headquarters, to discuss Unity's new online LBGT spiritual resource page.
  • Original air date: Monday, February 21, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Dean Ted as he welcomes Unity Institute and Seminary faculty member Rev. Robert Brumet and Lyceum 2011 keynote speaker Dr. Donald Rothberg. Dr. Rothberg, author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves, will discuss his work, book and upcoming Lyceum presentation.
  • Original air date: Monday, February 14, 2011
    Episode Description:
    What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to talk about weddings at Unity Village. Join us as host Ted Collins and wedding supervisor Sheri Alexander talk about the many gorgeous Unity Village wedding venues. They will also be joined by Chef Michael Willett, who will share delicious culinary options for your Unity Village wedding reception.
  • Original air date: Monday, February 07, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Dean Ted as he welcomes Unity Institute and Seminary faculty member Rev. E.J. Niles and Lyceum 2011 keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Paul Alan Laughlin. Dr. Laughlin, professor of religion and philosophy at Otterbein University in Ohio, will discuss his work, books and upcoming Lyceum presentation entitled "Play Mystic for Me: Unity Theology and Spirituality From an Eastern Perspective."
  • Original air date: Monday, January 31, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join us as Dean Ted welcomes Rev. Dr. Thomas Shepherd, faculty member of Unity Institute and Seminary, and the “Traveling Buddhist Monk,” Bhante Wimala, to discuss Lyceum 2011 Unity Village April 13–16, 2011.
  • Original air date: Monday, January 24, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join professors from Holos University Graduate Seminary to hear about the transformational workshops and unique graduate courses Holos has on the schedule spring for 2011. Psychologist and intuition expert Marcia Emery will talk about her workshop titled “Intuitive Dreamwork.” Biofeedback expert Patricia Norris will cover the history of biofeedback and her Holos classes “Perspectives in Transpersonal Psychology” and “Intentional Transformation.” Psychologist Noel Kilgarriff will talk about his classes “Principles of Spiritual Direction” and “Spiritual Direction.”
  • Original air date: Monday, January 17, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join guest Sandra Campbell as she talks to Dean Ted about her production of "Follow Your Dreams: The Bessie Coleman Story." Ted will also be talking to Toni Stephens Coleman and Jackie Hawkins, two Unity Institute students who chaired this years MLK Day celebration at Unity. Rev. Claudell County, faculty member at Unity Institute®, will also be sharing how diversity studies play a role in the curriculum at the seminary.
  • Original air date: Monday, January 10, 2011
    Episode Description:
    Join Dean Ted as he welcomes Rev. Carla McClellan from Unity Village Retreats to learn about the exciting events scheduled for 2011. He will also welcome Rev. Robert Brumet to talk about his new book Birthing a Greater Reality, published by Unity Books, and two Unity Institute® students—Terry Murray and Elizabeth Mora—to talk about what is happening at the seminary.

Host Bio

Dean Ted Collins
Ted Collins serves as vice president of Education and Events at Unity Village where he also holds the illustrious title of Dean of Unity Institute® and Seminary. He teaches at the Institute and is a member of Unity’s Publishing Board.

In addition to studying New Thought teachings over the last 15 years, he has been a professional speaker and facilitator for Bob Proctor’s Life Success seminars and recently served as vice president of the board at the Center for Spiritual Living in Kansas City. In his other world away from work, he manages his time as a single dad of three daughters (and two dogs), an active theater life on the stage, and traveling.

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