News From Dean Ted

Dean Ted Collins

Summer 2014

It's a busy time in both the Education and Events departments. There are many great things happening here at the Village!

We held a wonderful graduation and licensing and ordination ceremony with this year's six graduates, and look forward to graduating 16 in the coming year! As part of the ceremony, we were also pleased to award our first Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree to Dr. Maya Angelou. She was aware of this award prior to her transition, and Rev. Pat Williamson and Rev. Lynne Brown were honored to present the degree to family members at her memorial service in North Carolina.

We are also preparing for a wonderful spiritual journey to Budapest, Prague, and Vienna in September. We hope you will register today to join us in September for the Heart of Europe trip with like-minded Unity friends. This, our sixth international trip, will be an educational and spiritual journey you won't want to miss.

We also had another successful Lyceum academic conference with Andrew Harvey and are accepting abstracts for next April's Lyceum, "The Contemporary Contemplative: Exploring the Contemplative Movement for the 21st Century.” Plan to be here next April for another enlightening forum.

Spiritual Education and Enrichment classes continue to be popular, and we are in the process of launching our new and improved online course delivery system. Be sure to register for a class on campus, online, or in a church or center.

We are also grateful for the wonderful support in response to Unity Institute’s annual Sustaining Fund brochure, Progress 2014. If you haven't checked it out, there is a wonderful story about Rev. Robert Brumet, student profiles, and an opportunity to get a free, signed copy of Rev. Brumet’s book, Living Originally. Be sure to see it at

Of course, our beloved Library and Archives is also busy with new digital uploads to the Charles Fillmore Collection, more additions to the Eric Butterworth page, and new offerings in books and online databases, including nearly 4,000 new e-books to make our holdings more accessible to our students and other patrons.

Finally, we are working on new possibilities for on-campus housing, and thrilled to have summer electives from Jackie Woodside and Gary Simmons. Remember, you can audit classes on campus or online any time you'd like to join us!

In the Events department, we have had nearly 100 wedding events, multiple charity events, and of course, Unity-related retreats with Awaken Whole Life Center. To plan your own Come Home to Unity retreat with your church or center, just contact Kelly Hatch and she will be glad to help you plan the perfect spiritual getaway.

And while you’re here, be sure to book a room at our LEED-certified hotel, and stop by the bookstore for this month’s Starbucks® special and a healthy snack, then grab a book or CD and simply relax.

We look forward to seeing you here at the Village, online, or on one of our wonderful spiritual trips this year! As always, thank you for the many ways you support Unity Village and our future spiritual leaders.