News From Dean Ted

Dean Ted Collins

Winter 2014

We are starting the new year with growth in the Education and Events department. It is an exciting time here at the Village!

At Unity Institute and Seminary, we are looking forward to two spiritual and educational journeys, including the Heart of Europe trip in September. Join us as we travel to Budapest, Prague, Vienna, and more! This is a once-in-a-lifetime trip you’ll want to join with like-minded Unity friends.

We are also gearing up for this year’s annual Lyceum academic conference with Andrew Harvey, founder of the Institute for Sacred Activism. Join us April 3‒5 and engage in lively discussion about Religion and Social Issues: The Role of the Church in Today’s Society.

Spiritual Education and Enrichment classes continue to be popular, and we will be launching our new and improved online course delivery system later this year. Be sure to register for a class on campus, online, in a church or center, or even get some credits while cruising this March with SEE at SEA!

You’ll also want to watch your mail for more detailed information on UI in our annual Sustaining Fund brochure, Progress 2014. There is a wonderful story on Rev. Robert Brumet, student profiles, and an opportunity to get a free, signed copy of Rev. Brumet’s book, Living Originally. Be sure to check it out!

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 our current display on “100 Years of Unity World Headquarters.” As well, we are thrilled to have added nearly 4,000 new e-books to make our holdings more accessible to our students and other patrons.

If you can’t be here on Wednesdays, 4‒5 p.m. CT, to join us in the Fillmore Chapel for the student chapel services, please be sure to watch them on live stream and support our future spiritual leaders … they are doing some amazing work and you’ll be glad you tuned in!

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 Starbuck’s® special and a healthy snack, then grab a book or a 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.