Meet Your Standards Ministry Team

Published on: September 1, 2012

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Standards Ministry Team Purpose:

To assure standards of professional excellence for Unity Worldwide Ministries to further our mission to create and support vibrant, diverse, spiritual leaders and communities that foster transformation and inspire people to make a positive difference in our world.

  • Act as a vehicle for feedback for the association Board of Trustees regarding the impact and implementation of association policies and procedures in the field ministries.
  • Review and/or develop and recommend policies and procedures.
  • Evaluate the professional qualification and competence of ministers and others who apply for “other paths” leading to ordination that are referred to the Standards Ministry Team.
  • Review and make decisions for ministers or ministries requesting restoration.
  • Act as a resource for the Future Trends Ministry Team, providing them with a regional perspective.

BesseyPat2_webRev Patricia Bessey, chair

Regional Representative for the Eastern Region, Unity of Greater Portland, Rangeley, Maine
I am blessed to serve with Regional Representatives from all regions that make up Unity Worldwide Ministries on the Standards Ministry Team. Service for me is an act of devotion to God and I am grateful to be able to serve Unity Worldwide Ministries in this capacity.

GrimesJudy Rev Judy Grimes

Regional Representative for the Great Lakes Region
Serving on this team has not only deepened my understanding of how and why Unity Worldwide Ministries functions with the structure and policies we have, but also reminded me to live up to the highest, most responsible standards and ethics I set for myself and expect from our colleagues. The members of this team simply do not renege on the commitments they make. Following through with balance, respect, and compassion describes our code of conduct.

OristaglioNancyRev Nancy J. Oristaglio

Regional Representative for the Southwest Region, Unity of Antelope Valley, Palmdale, Calif.
Serving on the Standards Team has been one of the most fulfilling and expanding experiences of my life! It is a privilege to serve at the national level and to come together with the other Regional Representatives in service to Spirit and to our Unity movement as we “co-create a world that works for all.”


SloanJoeRev Joe Sloan

Regional Representative for the West Central Region
My work with this team for the past twelve years has been some of the most successful and wonderful of my eighteen years in ministry. Our support to the association and the Unity movement has had a tangible and lasting impact in helping people to live their lives better.


TuckerMindyRev Mindy Tucker

Regional Representative for the Pacific Rim, Unity Church of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawai’i
I am thrilled to participate by representing the newly-formed Pacific Rim Region. I love and appreciate the many aspects of governance, and find bylaws, policies and rulebooks to be real page-turners.  How wonderful to wed my passion for order with love for the Unity movement!


Vermillion-FosterCynthiaRev Cynthia Vermillion-Foster

Regional Representative on the Ethics Review System Ministry Team, Unity on the Mountain, Hamilton, ON
This has been a fulfilling experience for me. I have the opportunity to work with individuals who are deeply committed to supporting our leaders and our ministries in thriving, growing and excelling. Our conversations are rich, inspiring and creative. They stimulate me to serve with greater integrity and to live our Unity principles in the midst of whatever shows up.


WilsonBarbaraRev Barbara Wilson

Regional Representative for the Northwest Region
I get to be a stand for healthy leadership in our movement, which simultaneously challenges me to show up authentically. An added bonus is the privilege to work with colleagues who have great integrity and deep commitment to Unity.


Bernadette Swanson
Bernadette Swanson is Communications Manager at Unity Worldwide Ministries. She works on The Path e-newsletter, Unity Leaders Journal online journal and She is a licensed Unity teacher at Unity of Independence, Mo.

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