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2017 Leadership Conference

October 16, 2017 - October 19, 2017

USCR Conference Intention: To create an environment for heartfelt connections and support through inspired leading edge offerings

Register online now

or call 325-315-0486 to register by phone or mail.

Special Guests

Howard Martin

Howard Martin

Jana Stanfield

Jana Stanfield

Howard Martin is one of the original leaders who helped Doc Childre found HeartMath. Howard has been with the organization since its inception in 1991, serving as a key spokesperson and executive.

In 1999 he co-authored with Doc Childre The HeartMath Solution, considered to be a classic and the definitive work on the intelligence of the heart. Howard is also a contributing author of the new book, Heart Intelligence: Connecting with the Intuitive Guidance of the Heart.

During his career with HeartMath and the Global Coherence Initiative, Howard has been instrumental in delivering practical and dynamic programs to tens of thousands of people in audiences worldwide. Because of his universal appeal, he has conducted keynote presentations and training programs for Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, all four branches of the U.S. military, school systems, ecumenical organizations and for publicly promoted events in over 50 cities on four continents.

Humorist, songwriter and educator Jana Stanfield combines laughter, wisdom, and her million-selling songs into an interactive experience that generates fun and positive action.You’ve heard her music on 20/20, Entertainment Tonight, Oprah, the movie 8 Seconds, and radio stations nationwide. Her compositions are sung by Reba McEntire, Andy Williams and others, and Jana has shared stages with fellow performers ranging from Kenny Loggins to The Dixie Chicks. She is our guest musician for the 2017 Unity South Central Region Conference this year!

Jana describes her music as “psychotherapy you can dance to.” With soaring vocals, acoustic arrangements, and meaningful lyrics, Jana Stanfield says that her goal is to use her music to give people a “faith-lift.” Her fans say the music is the ideal alternative to Prozac… all the mood elevation with none of the water retention.

Four Days of Events at Unity Village!

Nancy Little

Nancy Little

Monday, October 16

Licensed Unity Teacher Day – Learning, Living, & Leading with Love

USCR Board Licensed Unity Teacher Representative, Nancy Meade Little and others have planned an exciting, enriching and educational experience for LUTs.

Whether you are already an LUT or you aspire to become an LUT, join others from our region at Unity Village to be inspired and to connect with others pursuing similar spiritual paths. If you can attend only LUT Day, you will gain valuable insights, encouragement, and invigoration. However, you will derive the most benefit if you participate in the full USCR conference.

As an LUT, you will receive Continuing Education units for your attendance.

Two excellent presenters will offer a deeply moving musical, informative and heart-opening morning program titled “Spiritual Service: It Begins With You!” Session One starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m.. The two presenters are Rev. Annette Olsen and Katherine Guendling, LUT.

Session Two starts at 1 p.m. and ends at 1:50 p.m. The presenter for this session is Rev. Deborah Frownfelter, the Executive Director of Education at Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute. The topic is “LUTs and the Evolving Education Paradigm.”

Session Three starts at 2 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. The presenter for this session is Rev. Dr. Phyllis Hoover from the Unity Spiritual Center of Denver. The topic for this segment is “Experiencing Wholeness Through Tai Chi Gung.”

Make sure you make your reservations now to join Learning, Living and Leading With Love! What an opportunity! You won’t want to miss it!

Receive a copy of a required text for the new SEE class, Self Care, beginning in October 2017!

Contact Nancy Meade Little at 972-983-3033 or email her for more information.

OPENING RECEPTION Monday evening hosted by Unity World Headquarters

Michael Bernard Beckwith

Michael Bernard Beckwith

Wendy Craig-Purcell

Wendy Craig-Purcell

Jim Blake

Jim Blake

Tuesday & Wednesday, October 17 & 18

  • Business Meetings
  • Memorial Service
  • Special Music
  • Presentations by Unity Worldwide Ministries and Unity World Headquarters
  • Lunch & Learn with Rev. Kelly Isola — Disaster Preparedness for Faith Communities
  • SPECIAL RALLY WEDNESDAY EVENING from AGNT (Association for Global New Thought), 7 p.m. at Unity Village Chapel, with Michael Beckwith, Erin McCabe, Wendy Craig-Purcell, Roger Teel, Donna Johnson, Kenn Gordon, Temple Hayes, David Alexander, Kylie Renner, David Goldberg, Barbara Fields, Lola Wright, Kevin Ross and Jim Blake

Thursday, October 19

Special Workshops offered:


Rev. Sherrie Taylor-Jones

– Rev. Sherrie Taylor-Jones

This workshop is to aid spiritual leaders in tackling the issues of intolerance that is pervasive in our political and economic environments. The belief in “otherness” that is perpetuated by intolerance also impacts our communities. This interactive workshop will offer insights and practical techniques for participants to use to advance the dialogue beyond diversity and colorblindness into embracing the worldview of inclusivity, which holds that we are all inextricably linked. Participants will gain understanding of tools for recognizing biases and dominant societal narratives that open up a pathway for societal healing and restoration while minimizing the perpetuation of guilt and shame. Using heart-opening exercises, we’ll practice keeping the heart open to unity us and bridge gaps in our understanding of others.

Rev. Sherrie Taylor-Jones is an ordained Unity Minister. She brings a dedicated, enthusiastic and mature approach to spiritual development. Sherrie sees each of us connected to One Power and One Presence regardless of religion, spiritual identity, gender, sexual orientation, or race. Sherrie is the Senior Minister at Unity of Lawrence since 2016.


Rev. Diana Kennedy

Rev. Diana Kennedy

Jenny Hahn

Jenny Hahn

Jeniffer Hutchins

Jeniffer Hutchins

— Rev. Diana Kennedy, M.Div., Q Coach & Writer; Jenny Hahn, BFA Artist & Process Painting Facilitator; Jen Hutchins, M.Div., Artist and Founding Minister of Unity Arts Ministry; and Shannon Sleeper, MS, Art Therapy and Artist.

Infinite possibilities exist. What can we do to tap into the vast array of ideas and creative solutions available to us? How can we enhance our own creativity so that we can tap into innovative ideas as leaders?

Our time together will explore the answers to these questions, while also allowing time for participants to have hands-on creative play.

This playshop will focus on:

  • Calling upon Unity’s Power of Imagination
  • Drawing from the right side of the brain
  • Gaining life skills that can be applied in everyday life
  • Opening up to insights that will grow leadership skills
  • Time for creative exploration

Research indicates that creativity enhances organizational innovation. Come join us in this playshop and have fun while you re-wire your brain for creativity, compassion, innovation, and leadership!

Rev. Diana Kennedy is a Unity Minister, a Certified Q Coach, and an Artist of Life. Rev. Kennedy shares ancient wisdom through a modern message. The mission of her work is to provide you with support and encouragement for your spiritual journey. Her intention is to see your life with depth and awe. She offers support in purposeful living and showing up as who you have come here to be. She is also a Healthy Congregations Facilitator and enjoys painting and other creative endeavors.

“Painting is my connection to the mystery.” – Jenny Hahn

In 2011 Jenny Hahn co-founded Creative Nectar Studio, a safe haven for creative self-discovery, and facilitates workshops across the country helping people rediscover their wholeness using painting as a tool for mindfulness and self-discovery.

“I see art as a tool for understanding ourselves and our connection with the Divine Spirit that lives in us all.” – Jeniffer Hutchins

Rev. Jeniffer Hutchins is the founding minister of Unity Arts Ministry, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) dedicated to spiritual enrichment and creative expression.

Shannon Nattrass Sleeper, MS; Art Therapy & co-founder of The Unity Artist Coalition. Former Case Manager at CrossWinds Counseling & Wellness; Former Mental Health Paraprofessional at Ozark Guidance Center; Studied Art Therapy at Emporia State University; Studied at Kansas City Art Institute.


The United States, and many other developed countries, have been consistently dropping in the annual World Happiness Survey. In 2016, the U.S. had fallen to the 17th happiest country in the world. It has been proven that a person’s level of happiness directly impacts his or her health, abundance, relationships and success. This workshop is designed to provide Unity leaders with an understanding of the role of happiness and the causes of unhappiness as well as a few basic tools to take back to their congregations to help all people increase their levels of happiness.

Novella Webster

Novella Webster

Gordon Keyler

Gordon Keyler

– Novella Webster, LCSW, Mercy Behavioral Health Clinic; Gordon Keyler, Licensed Unity Teacher, Spiritual Leader, Unity of Joplin

Novella Webster is a social worker at Mercy Health Services. She has a Graduate/Masters degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in Psychology and a Graduate/Masters degree from the University of Kansas in Social Work. Please view Ms. Webster’s video here.

Gordon Keyler is a licensed teacher/spiritual leader at Unity of Joplin, Mo. He has been in Unity since 1979. He has served as a YOU sponsor, co-founder of Unity Spiritual Center of the East Mountains, Edgewood, NM; and LUT/Administrator at Unity Spiritual Center in Albuquerque, NM.

Registration Fees

  • LUT – $50
  • One-day conference cost: $100
  • Two-day conference costs: $200
  • Entire conference costs: $275
  • Banquet costs: $35

Register online now

or call 325-315-0486 to register by phone or mail.

Download the conference flyer, print it, and share it with your ministry’s leaders and members.

USCR Conference Meal Plan Options

Unity Inn will be open and serving based on our reservations. They do not offer individual meal tickets. We must turn in our meal ticket counts by noon Thursday, October 5. All meal plans include an 18 percent service charge.

1) Monday only – lunch and dinner — $56.65
2) Monday through Wednesday — $132.56
3) Tuesday and Wednesday meal options — $75.92

Continental Breakfast is served daily for overnight guests at the conference center hotel.

Banquet on Tuesday evening is provided with your registration.

There are local restaurants, but not within walking distance. Register here.

REGISTER for USCR Conference and/or PURCHASE A MEAL TICKET if you have already registered. If you have any issues regarding registering for the conference or have difficulties purchasing a meal ticket, please contact Mary Tufts, our administrative assistant at 1-325-315-0486. She will be happy to help you in any way in regarding registration and/or meal ticket purchase.

Conference Scholarships

If you are an ordained Unity minister, spiritual leader or Licensed Unity Teacher new to the region or leading a new ministry in the region, you are eligible to apply for free registration to the next regional conference plus $400 reimbursement for expenses. These scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis pending availability.
Download the Scholarship Application
For more information, please contact:
Rev. Janet E. Lang
USCR Board Scholarship Coordinator
Phone: 303-798-2295
Email the application to Janet


Unity Village Hotel and Conference Center is graciously offering a special discounted rate for our event. Make your reservations now. Call 888.377.0107. Tell them you are with Unity South Central Region so that you can get the special rate.



October 16, 2017
October 19, 2017
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