Rev. Carolyn Swift Jones
Reverend Carolyn Swift Jones, our Spiritual Leader, is an ordained minister with The United Metaphysical Churches, a spiritual organization that shares the same theological principles that the Unity Church holds dear. Reverend Carolyn is also a professional Spiritual Counselor, a practice she has been involved with for over thirty years working with many people around the globe to help bring them into closer resonance with their Higher Selves. Believing fully in the words of the Great Master Teacher Jesus when he referred to our ability to do the things that he did, she facilitates a meditational group called "Many Hands Make Light Work", the focus of which is healing for our sweet planet earth. She is thrilled to be the Spiritual Leader of Unity in the Foothills and beholds the Christ in each and every dear soul of our loving and growing community.
Jill Kamp Milton
Natural Healer Burke Lennihan, RN CCH
As an art historian, Rena Tobey recognizes how much art serves as a source of inspiration, meditation, insight, and healing. Since 2008, she has worked with art museum visitors, students, and participants in her programs to benefit from these built-in qualities. Rena also writes for Art Times Journal and www.ConnecticutHistory.org. Just for fun, she has created Artventures! Game--a cheeky party game on the adventures of art and art history. Visit www.renatobey.com to learn more.
Rev. Todd Glacy
Reverend Todd Glacy, MA, is an Interfaith Minister, Spiritual Life Coach and Sacred Sound musician who takes great joy helping people live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. He specializes in creating sacred space and offering transformational experiences which encourage and empower people to relax, tune in and reconnect with their truest and most authentic selves. Please visit his website at www.sacredsoundandliving.com.
Dr. Sami Shamma
Dr. Shamma is a chaplain at Cheshire prison and a professor at Hartford Seminary and holds many distinguished degrees from that same institution. He is a recent Doctor of Ministry graduate and holds a graduate certificate in Imam Education as well as an MA in Islamic Studies and Christian Muslim Relations. He also holds post masters in Islamic Chaplaincy. As prison chaplain, he has been very active in teaching Arabic to prisoners so that they could read the original text of the Qu’ran. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from the University of Houston. As well as electrical engineering from Damascus University.
Janine Thomas was raised in a Missouri Synod Lutheran Church in Cheshire CT, and attended Concordia College in Bronxville NY and Concordia University in River Forest IL where she studied to be a music teacher in the Lutheran school system. In 1973 in Los Angeles, having embraced the Baha’i Faith, her desire to be part of a spiritual global community was fueled by the principles that work is worship and our purpose in life is to know and love God. The belief in these principles has opened many doors of service over the years for Janine and her family including living in a developing country in the Eastern Caribbean for three years. She is currently a member of and working with the following groups and activities;
Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding, Hartford; God Talkers, interfaith group, Middletown; Artists for World Peace, Middletown; Team member for the relocation of a Tanzanian refugee family, Hartford; Co- host a continuing women’s gathering, South Windsor and South Windsor Baha’i Community Team member of Soul Food Sunday, a collective group east of the CT Riverfocusing on children and adult spiritual education in families and neighborhoods.
Rabbi Ilana Garber
Rev. Alicia Leslie
Deacon Sharnetta "Weechie" Baker
Deacon Sharnetta "Weechie" Baker, MA, NCC holds a BA in psychology and an MA in Professional Mental Health Counseling, and is a National Certified Counselor. She is a seminary student with the United Metaphysical Churches. She is a mother, a certified healer in the Schonhardt Integrative Healing Method, a Spiritual Counselor, and she recently relocated to Waterbury from South Carolina. Deacon Weechie is a friend and former classmate of our beloved Rev. Carolyn Swift Jones and “loves Unity Principles.”
Seminarian Samantha Dennison
As a seeker of truth, Samantha is passionate about helping others to embrace their Divinity. Always compelled to write, teach and counsel others allows her to share her personal healing with the knowing that if we want to heal our world, we must first heal ourselves. Creativity, patience and compassion are some of the energies that will be ignited as we walk together in love & light while affirming the best & highest good for ALL.
Samantha is also a devoted member of Unity in the Foothills, currently serving on the Board of Trustees. She is active in many other areas of the Peace Center such as the bookstore, volunteering with the Youth Service as well as a teaching assistant. Actively pursuing Spiritual Truth and ongoing healing, Samantha is enrolled at the United Metaphysical Church Seminary in Roanoke, VA and is in the Ministerial program. Currently residing in Winsted along with her beloved feline, Lynx, allows her to remain close to her family. Her passion and purpose revolve around spending time with her amazing children, Michael & Sabrina and her beloved grandbabies – Zoe, Liam & Nathan.
Rev. Catherine Ewing
Rev. Janet Lee Kraft
Rev. Robert Werme
Rev. Robert is an ordained UCC or United Church of Christ (Congregational) Minister, a multi-instrumental musician and singer, and an experienced workshop and drum circle facilitator. He has shared his music and other gifts with Unity in the Foothills since soon after Rev. Bonny Gilbert Ashe and Christopher Ashe began this Spiritual Center.
Reverend Scott Wesley Morgan
Reverend Scott Wesley Morgan is an ordained minister in Divine Metaphysics and runs his own communication consultancy in Washington DC. With 30 years of broadcast experience, Scott teaches media and communication strategy to many think tanks and international organizations. Scott graduated from the University of California, Davis and authored the book Speaking about Science published by Cambridge University Press (2006). He is finishing up a Masters degree in Spiritual Psychology at Columbia University and recently launched 3rdi, a levelbased app designed to bring mobile mindfulness to teens and young adults.
Rev. Tony has been a musician, healer, spiritual teacher and preacher for over twenty years, bringing his message of the Divinity of all people to several countries around the world. He has been an Ordained New Thought Minister for 24 years. Besides music, Rev. Tony has been a teacher of A Course In Miracles for 20 years. He uses that and Unity Priciples of Truth as a springboard for his inspirational message of awakening and illumination for all Humankind. Rev. Tony and his wife, Liliana live on Cape Cod Massachusetts and he is currently serving at Unity on Cape Cod. You can find out more about Tony and his wife on the web at www.miraclencounters.com, unityoncapecod.org and on YouTube Rev. Tony Cryer Channel.
Joseph FireCrow is one the top 3 Native American flute players in the world today. Echodisc said in a review, “Joseph FireCrow is quite simply one of the most gifted players of the Native American flute”. Another reviewer described FireCrow as a “national treasure”. FireCrow has released 8 solo albums to date, 6 internationally. His accomplishments include a GRAMMY™ in the New Age category as a guest artist on David Darling's "PRAYER FOR COMPASSION', a GRAMMY™ nomination in the Best Native American Music Album category, 7 Native American Music Awards; Songwriter of the Year, Best Instrumental Recording and Flutist of the Year (3), Artist of the Year, and Song/Single of the Year; as well as a Telly award. Please visit his website for more information: http://www.josephfirecrow.com/index.htm.
Imam Rafai Arefin
Imam Refai Arefin serves as the Assistant Imam of the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford. He pursued study of Arabic and Islamic sciences abroad for over ten years at Al-Azhar University and Qortoba Institute in Cairo, Egypt, at Balqa’a University in Amman, Jordan and under traditional tutelage in Fez, Morocco and Damascus, Syria. He has spoken at countless mosques, churches, schools and universities throughout the State of Connecticut on Islam, its spiritual underpinnings and social manifestations.
Ananta Kumar Giri
Ananta Kumar Giri is a Professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, India. He has taught and done research in many universities in India and abroad, including Aalborg University (Denmark), Maison des sciences de l’homme, Paris (France), the University of Kentucky (USA), University of Freiburg & Humboldt University (Germany), and Jagiellonian University (Poland). He has an abiding interest in social movements and cultural change, criticism, creativity and contemporary dialectics of transformation, theories of self, culture and society, and creative streams in education, philosophy and literature. Dr. Giri has written and edited around two dozen books in Odia and English, including Global Transformations: Postmodernity and Beyond (1998);Conversations and Transformations: Toward a New Ethics of Self and Society (2002); Self-Development and Social Transformations? The Vision and Practice of Self-Study Mobilization of Swadhyaya (2008); Mochi o Darshanika (The Cobbler and the Philosopher, 2009); Sociology and Beyond: Windows and Horizons (2012), Knowledge and Human Liberation: Towards Planetary Realizations (2013); Philosophy and Anthropology: Border-Crossing and Transformations (co-edited with John Clammer, 2013); Pathways of Creative Research: Towards a Festival of Dialogues (editor, 2015). For his contribution to knowledge and society, Dr. Giri was awarded the Barata Jyoti(India Glory) Award in 2012.
Dr. John and Margo Woodall
Dr. Woodall is Founder and Director of The Unity Project, a resilience-building program for youth working with former child soldiers in northern Uganda and in Newtown, CT where the Unity Project has its home. Formerly of the faculty of Harvard Medical School, he is a Board Certified psychiatrist with a special expertise in posttraumatic stress disorder and resilience. He was director of a USAID funded refugee relief effort in Croatia. He was the Convener of the “Resilient Responses to Social Crisis Working Group” at Harvard University and directed the Task Force for Accountability for War Crimes in the Former Yugoslavia at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is Co-Founder of the Healing Arts Project working with New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development after 9/11 to build resilience in the city’s children and developed similar resilience building programming in New Orleans and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina and in northern Uganda working with former child soldiers. Since the Newtown tragedy, he has launched the Unity Project at Newtown High School, 21st Century Conversation resilience building workshops for parents and PeaceBuilders for younger children. Dr. Woodall, with his wife, represents the Baha’i Community in the Newtown Clergy Association.
Barbara Schafer, LUT
- 2009 Chair of the International Coach Federation’s Membership Committee with membership of over 14,000 Professional Coaches Worldwide
- Past President / Director of the Windsor - Windsor Locks Rotary Club
- Past Member of National Speaker’s Association and the New England Chapter of the National Speaker’s Association
- A glimpse on the personal side, Jerry:
- Acted 10 years in Community Theater
- Taught tennis
- Studied Martial Arts
- Is a prize winning baker