A Recap of New Items and Topics
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Dec 14, 2017
Tax Reform Call to Action. Please contact the Republican House and Senate tax reform conference committee members as soon as possible. We are advocating for a potential amendment to either maintain the current law exclusions for employer-provided moving expense, adoption assistance, and tuition reimbursements, or to limit the impact on clergy by excluding those benefits from SECA [Self-Employed Contributions Act] taxes. Here are draft emails to start you off.
Dec 1, 2017
UWM Has a New Fax Number. Please update your records to reflect our new fax number: 816.817.8355. Our old fax number is no longer operating. Anything sent to the old number will not be received.
Rapid Response Webpage. We now have a Rapid Response webpage where you can access information about Unity communities that have been affected by hurricanes and other disasters. We will be posting updates as we receive them. Check out the page to access information on our spiritual communities and visit the links to donate. Thank you so much for your prayers and generosity!
Prayers for Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey. UWM invites all our Unity members to hold all those affected by Hurricane Harvey in prayer. We acknowledge the presence and power of Spirit in the midst of this situation and know that all are loved, guided, and protected. We extend our loving support and healing energy to all. Watch a video message from our CEO Rev Donna Johnson.
August 17, 2017
Pension Participants: Empower Retirement Services updated their website in June 2017 to better serve you. Read a summary of the updates. Take a video tour to learn about these enhancements. Visit our retirement/pension page to see more resources to help you plan your retirement.
Welcome 2017-2018 UWM Board of Trustees! On June 14, new board members were elected at our Unity Annual People's Convention business meeting. Here are the members of our UWM Board of Trustees. Thank you for stepping up in service to our membership.
Social Action Position. Unity Worldwide Ministries and Unity World Headquarters at Unity Village have issued a joint Unity Statement on Social Action Position.
Annual Summit Introduction. Rev Donna Johnson welcomed all to the Annual Summit (Jan 30-Feb 3) and set the theme for the discussions: How are you evolving as an individual and as a spiritual leader? How does Unity stand in our Truth? How can we as a movement do this together? Are you ready for Unity to grow to the next step, and what is that exactly?
Department of Labor Overtime Ruling. Last week a federal judge in Texas said that employers are not required to follow the new $47,476 salary rule considering employees exempt starting December 1. This is a developing situation so stay tuned for further updates.
Prayer for Dakota Access Pipeline Situation. Rev Donna Johnson, President and CEO, has written a prayer for the ongoing DAP event. "Unity recognizes the divine Presence inherent in all people. When we choose to focus upon It and become receptive to It, this Presence expresses through each of us as ultimate wisdom, unlimited compassion, unfailing strength and impeccable right action; thus, our entire world benefits." Read the rest of the prayer.
Regional Conferences PowerPoint. Here is the PowerPoint that Unity Worldwide Ministries presented at our recent Fall Regional Conferences.
Updated Diversity Statement. The board of trustees of Unity Worldwide Ministries approved a new diversity statement as of August 2016.
4 for Education Materials Now Available! What if everyone attending a Unity ministry on Sept 18 gave $4 for education? We are providing materials for our 4-week (Aug 28-Sept 18) 4 for Education campaign designed to share how each person in our Unity community can make a powerful difference in the creation of Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute. Included on the webpage you will find a video, bulletin inserts, posters, PowerPoint slides and instructions. Share via your newsletters, bulletins, website, Facebook pages, and during your Sunday services from Aug 28–Sept 18.
Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute Audio Presentation. Listen to the audio of the education presentation given at convention 2016, including the introduction piece with "Father Guido." It is approximately 90 minutes long.
Mother’s Day Videos! Two videos featuring conscious folk artist Ellis are available to support you in Mother's Day services and promotion. Unity Worldwide Ministries’ new website UnityWorldwide.media is full of videos and motivational images available for download. New posters for social media are added every week and are featured on the home page. Simply click on the Member link and type in “uwmmember” for the password to download these great free resources using the shopping cart feature.
Restructuring Update. Dear Unity Friends, many of you have questions regarding the March 2 announcement of UWM staff restructuring. We have added clarifying information, including the names of those directly impacted. The additional information is in bold print. Please contact Bruce Verkruyse (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Donna Johnson (email@example.com) directly if you have questions, concerns or comments. We appreciate your prayers and continued support as we discern our next steps.
March 2, 2016
Restructuring. Unity Worldwide Ministries announces a restructuring to position itself for the new Unity Institute Worldwide Education Department and to acknowledge our changing priorities as an organization.
UnityWorldwide.media Launches! Watch this video tour of our new website UnityWorldwide.media. This website has been made possible by the Templeton Foundation grant to house all of the media resources, including posters and videos, that we are producing under the grant. All resources are free to members. The login instructions are at the 3:30 mark of the video tour.
Declaration of Interdependence. On December 23, 2015, Unity Worldwide Ministries and Unity World Headquarters at Unity Village signed a Declaration of Interdependence.
Media Resources for the Holidays. Check out our videos, banners, stills and more for you and your ministry.
October 22, 2015
Parliament of the World's Religions. Rev Donna Johnson was among the over 9,000 participants at the Parliament. She was impressed and encouraged by the progressive nature of the gathering.
Climate Change Action Resolution. The Unity Worldwide Ministries board of trustees has approved this resolution on climate change action.
October 1, 2015
Grants for Responsive Websites. As part of our recently awarded Templeton grants for disseminating Unity teachings, Unity Worldwide Ministries is providing matching grants to Unity ministries wanting to create or upgrade their websites to the newly released responsive website templates offered through OneEach Technologies. This grant is available to those in the Unity Identity Program. Apply for this grant. Submit your request by Oct 29 for consideration on the first round of matching grants. Next round to be offered in February 2016.
September 1, 2015
Bring It Home Fund. The UWM Board of Trustees has established the Bring It Home Fund to support the transition of the education programs to Unity Worldwide Ministries and has allocated $135,000 to kick-start this move.
August 3, 2015
Education Program Task Team. Unity Worldwide Ministries’ board has resolved to assume responsibility for Unity Institute’s educational programs beginning September 2016. We are now ready to begin the process of selecting members for the Education Program Task Team. Read more information about this team. If you feel called to serve on this team, please send a brief resume, particularly emphasizing anything that relates to the qualifications for team members, to Rev Deborah Frownfelter, Deborah@unity.org, by July 29.
July 9, 2015
Help Unity Grow (HUG) Fund. Unity Worldwide Ministries has established the HUG (Help Unity Grow) Fund to provide financial assistance to Unity ministries for expansion and growth of the individual ministry and ultimately the Unity movement.
June 25, 2015
Healing the Hatred: Read a letter from CEO/President Donna Johnson regarding last week’s act of violence in South Carolina which calls us to help heal the hatred that motivated these acts.
June 18, 2015
PowerPoint from CEO/President Donna Johnson's presentation at the convention business meeting
June 2, 2015
The UWM board agreed to this resolution after Unity World Headquarters at Unity Village announced its decision to relinquish responsibility for educational programming (Spiritual Education and Enrichment and the ministerial education program).
May 27, 2015 Major Changes to Unity Identity Program (Branding) Announced
March 25, 2015: Joint announcement from Unity Worldwide Ministries and Unity World Headquarters at Unity Village: Please read a letter from Donna Johnson and Charlotte Shelton.
May 21 (at 2:00 p.m. ET, 1:00 p.m. CT, Noon MT, 11:00 a.m. PT), Unity Worldwide Ministries will be hosting a national conversation with Unity leaders and all are welcome to participate. Learn more about how to participate from our website and listen to recordings of our previous calls.
Our new vision is: A world powerfully transformed through the growing movement of shared spiritual awakening.
Our new Unity Worldwide Ministries mission is: Advancing the movement of spiritual awakening and transformation through Unity, a positive path for spiritual living.
Read about our working vision, mission and plan for Unity Worldwide Ministries.
Many task teams are forming now. Contribute your ideas, skills, talents, sweat and joy in order to accomplish our intentions and goals. Find a task team that speaks to you.
From our CFO Rev Bruce Verkruyse: Read more about the Wisconsin ruling concerning IRS manse allowance. Right now this ruling has no immediate impact on our ability to process approved housing allowance requests.