Licensing and Ordination Team Mission
Centered in God, the Licensing and Ordination Ministry Team assumes the responsibility for evaluating ministerial candidates, to assure that the Unity Movement is served by effective, spiritually conscious, committed ministers.
Rev. Mark Schindler, Chair
Unity of Auburn, Calif.
It is a privilege to work with the students and witness their commitment, spiritual growth and enthusiasm. I also enjoy being able to work with the faculty and staff of Unity Institute, who do such an excellent job of preparing our students to successfully step into ministry in our rapidly changing world.
Rev. Karyn Bradley
Unity of Palo Alto, Redwood City, Calif.
When I was going through the L&O experience, it was a difficult process as I put a great deal of pressure on myself. However, looking back and being on the other side, I realize that my committee, and all the committees, only wanted the best for the candidates. They wanted to send them out with much love, wisdom and appreciation for answering the call. And so do I.
Rev. Michael Brooks
Unity of the White Mountains, Show Low, Ariz.
I was invited to serve on the L&O team because I received much of the new curriculum offered at Unity Institute. I would like to help Unity to offer the world well-prepared leadership steeped in practical spirituality, as demonstrated by Jesus and other great masters.
Rev. Dana Cummings
Renaissance Unity, Bedford Heights, Ohio
Being in our seminarians’ presence, feeling their passion, learning their pathway to ministry, witnessing their spiritual insight and growth is inspiration and nourishment for my soul. My L&O experience is an ongoing demonstration of the truth of St. Francis’ words, “For it is in giving that we receive.”
Rev. Kurt Condra
Unity on the North Shore, Evanston, Ill.
From Myrtle Fillmore: “The success of teachers and healers and leaders lies in their being able and willing to bear witness to the Christ ideas active in the consciousness of those whom the Father draws to them, and not in their telling what they personally can do or have done.”
Rev. Vicky Elder
Unity of Monterey Bay, Monterey, Calif.
It is an honor to support the spiritual calling of our ministerial candidates, who represent the future of mainstream Unity.
Rev. David Elliott
Unity of Tacoma, Wash.
I enjoy staying connected with the education program, and I appreciate getting acquainted with and supporting the next generation of Unity leaders.
Rev. Lori Fleming
I have agreed to serve on L&O because my L&O experience was positive, nurturing, and filled with opportunities for growth. I want to help students move into ministry with all the tools they need to succeed.
Rev. Janie L. Kelley
Unity of San Angelo, Tex.
When I was a ministerial student, I had a “knowing” that I was called to do this work. I have a satisfying feeling that I am not only helping the student through this life-changing, sometimes deeply challenging process, but I am also giving back to our Unity movement as well.
Rev. Mary Lacalle
Unity Church of Roseville, Calif.
Serving on the L&O Committee is an honor and a privilege, as it provides me with an opportunity to give back to Unity. I was blessed with dedicated ministers from all over the United States who supported me on my journey to becoming a Unity minister. They inspired, encouraged, guided, and mentored me. I am eternally grateful to them for serving me—and the movement. Now, I hope to do the same for others.
Rev. Brad Langdon
Unity Church of Anderson, Ind.
I’ve chosen to serve on the L&O committee for a variety of reasons: to give back to the Unity movement which has supported me so lovingly, to be a non-anxious presence in the room, to extend love to each minister in training, and to bring kindness, caring, and compassion in support of their journey through seminary. I believe this atmosphere invites both their spiritual and secular knowing to flow more freely.
Rev. David Mosher
Unity of Loudoun County, Leesburg, Va.
Service on L&O is for me an act of love and support—love for Unity and the freeing truth we model, and support for our new ministers as they step into their call of love and support.
Rev. Debbie Taylor
Unity of Beaverton, Ore.
L&O was one of the richest experiences in my own education, but now even more so as a minister in the field. My commitment is to witness and honor the healthy sense of Self in every candidate. It is reaffirming work to recognize each one as they truly express creativity, intuition, growth, humility, and grace, all because they/we said, “Yes!” to Spirit.
Rev. Joy Wyler
Unity of Lehigh Valley, Emmaus, Pa.
Serving on the L&O team is an opportunity to support and be a part of Unity’s future.