Our Guest Speakers
Deacon Weechie Baker
Deacon Sharnetta "Weechie" Baker, is a self proclaimed metaphysical evangelist and dedicated mother. She holds an MA in Professional Mental Health Counseling, and is an adjunct professor of Sociology & Human Services at Post University. She is a seminary student with the United Metaphysical Churches. Weechie is a certified healer in the Schonhardt Integrative Healing Method, a spiritual counselor, medium and tarot consultant. She is currently establishing her healing ministry, in hopes to use her spiritual gifts, abilities and personal experiences, to assist others in fulfilling their destinies, as she fulfills hers. Born and bred in South Carolina Weechie prides herself in being a "country girl" and hopes she is making her ancestors proud. Deacon Weechie is a friend and former classmate of our beloved Rev. Carolyn Swift Jones and "loves Unity principles."
Rev. Christine Boylan
Deacon 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 a devoted member of Unity in the Foothills, having served our community by sitting on the Board as Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. She is active in many other areas of the Peace Center such as the Healing Ministry, the bookstore, and the Fundraising Committee. 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. As a Certified Reflexologist, Reiki Master/Teacher and Angelic Liason, Samantha's Healing Ministry ripples far beyond Sunday services. 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, & Madison.
Ed’s “regular” job is a full time square dance caller, which he has done for 50 years. He has called in every state in the USA as well as many countries in Europe and in Australia and New Zealand. He has three home clubs in Pittsburgh and currently travels throughout the USA calling square dances, giving lectures and leading church services.
Rev. Dr. Paul Hasselbeck
Paul Hasselbeck is a rock star in the Unity movement, widely regarded as one of the leading authorities on metaphysics. He is the author of eight books, including Heart-centered Metaphysics: A Deeper Look at Unity Teaching, the main text for the teaching of metaphysics by Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute. For ten years he was dean of instruction for the Spiritual Education and Enrichment program. He has also written extensively about the 12 Powers, interpreting the original concepts of Charles Fillmore for modern readers. An ordained Unity minister, Paul continues to teach and speak around the country and internationally, challenging students with a lively and engaging style and an infectious enthusiasm.
He publishes online “The Absolute Word,” a reconstruction of Daily Word using oneness language to better align with what he believes is Unity’s fundamental belief that there is no separation between the individual and the divine.
Paul cohosts Metaphysical Romp 2 podcast with the Rev. Drs. Bill and Cher Holton.
For more information, please visit Paul's website: www.paulhasselbeck.com.
Revs. Drs. Bil & Cher Holton
Combine high energy and effervescent joy, a deep understanding of metaphysics, a commitment to a “bumped up theology” they call MetaSpirituality, an ability to think outside the box, and a knack for bringing scientific research and spiritual practices to life in practical ways—and you have defined the dynamic duo of Revs. Drs. Bil & Cher Holton. As ordained Unity ministers with two pulpit ministries in their past, they currently lead a global on-line Unity-approved, Events-driven Alternative Ministry, Unity Center for YOUniversal Prosperity, dedicated to helping people master the art of living as they walk the spiritual path on practical, positive, prosperous feet.
On a personal note, the Holtons like to push the envelope and maintain their zest for life by taking what they call “Indiana Jones Adventures,” such as white-water rafting, sky diving, and fire walking. One of their favorite adventures is ballroom dancing, and they’ve received several National awards competing as an amateur student couple. They live in North Carolina, and enjoy their two sons, beautiful daughters-in-law, seven incredible grandchildren, and – believe it or not! – a great grandson!
You can learn more and sign up to receive their weekly Monday Musings inspirational email by visiting: https://unitycenterforyouniversalprosperity.com/.
Rev. Kelly Isola
Rev. Kelly is a citizen of the world, having spent her life visiting and residing in many countries, including the Middle East, Africa and Europe. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Archaeology, as well as a Master of Divinity, and draws from these rich and varied sources in her numerous forms of ministerial work. Because she grew up around the globe, she was exposed to other cultures and religions at a young age. This showed her the need for greater understanding between faiths, and their inherent oneness.
As an ordained Unity minister, she is a master at creating transformative retreats, rituals, ceremonies, alternative services using music, storytelling, laughter, tears and meditation as catalysts for spiritual transformation. She also facilitates board trainings and leadership development workshops and retreats. Rev. Kelly is sought after as a captivating, funny, inspiring and charismatic speaker and teacher. Rev. Kelly partners with faith communities and non-profit organizations to move through times of change efficiently, effectively and with sustainable results.
For more information, please visit her website https://www.kellyisola.com.
Mohammad is working to convey the message of love and peace in the Holy Land to all the world by receiving and meeting various groups tourists, peacemakers and visitors. He takes groups on tours through the Holy Land and shares his story as a Palestinian peacemaker. Mohammad contributes to other interfaith peace organizations in Israel and Palestine and works hard to generate more love and peace so he can make society livable and stable for all. Mohammad has written many beautiful articles and posts on social media, enlightening many people to the situation between Palestinians and Israelis people in the Holy Land.
Rev. Alicia Leslie
Reverend Alicia was ordained as a Unity minister in 1992. She served churches in Indiana, Virginia, and Texas, and pioneered a church in Connecticut. In 2012, she retired from pulpit ministry and moved her ministry online. In addition to her online ministry, Rev. Alicia shares the Unity principles through writing. She has written two novels, "Sour Grapes on Silver Platters," and "The Secret of Sweetwater Stream," and a nonfiction book, "Rise of the False Gods." She also enjoys writing campfire stories which she shares around campfires at the campground her sister and brother-in-law own.
Deacon Arthur L. Miller
Deacon, author, radio, and former television host, Viet Nam era veteran and veteran civil rights worker. Deacon Miller is the retired owner and president of A. Miller investments. Miller was ordained for the Archdiocese of Hartford in 2004. He recently retired as the director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministries. Besides his assigned parish, he is the Chaplin at Hartford’s Capital Community College and Adjunct faculty for Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford and Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center in Farmington, CT.
Deacon Miller was arrested and jailed during the summer of 1963 as he sat in silent protest over the sustained use of racial bigotry to separate black Americans from the imbued rights of all Americans. Continuing the struggle for those oppressed he was arrested in October of 2015 in protest against the same racial injustices that continue to sully the dignity of America. A nationally known preacher of God’s Holy Scripture, he has traveled throughout the country raising the need of conversion to “Radical Love”. The kind of self-denying love that can only be accomplished through the grace and power offered to us through Jesus Christ. Deacon Miller has preached throughout the United States, from New England to the Katrina ravaged gulf coast of Mississippi, from the Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico and Colorado, and the broad plains of Kansas, to the south side of Chicago, and the borough of Brooklyn in New York, he teaches and preaches Christ’s call to His life changing “Radical Love”.
At public forums, houses of worship, schools and universities across the country, Deacon Miller addresses issues of social injustice. With firsthand knowledge he speaks to his audiences from the perspective of an African American who grew up on the South Side of Chicago in the 1940s and 1950s. Deacon Miller was 10 years old in 1955 when his schoolmate Emmett Till, age 14, was brutally murdered in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman—an incident that energized the nascent Civil Rights Movement. His recently released book “The Journey to Chatham”, details the historic events seen through the eyes of Emmett’s friends.
Deacon Miller is a certified trainer in Dr. King’s nonviolence philosophy as well as a Certified Spiritual Director and is a board member for Connecticut Center for Nonviolence. To this day he continues to addresses 21st-century examples of the societal tendency to embrace violence. Echoing the thoughts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he believes that as part of the great human experience, no one can sit idly tolerant of the great injustices that happen anywhere in the world.
“If God were to give us an 11th commandment,” Deacon Miller proposes, “I believe it would read: Thou shall not be a bystander.”
Dr. Jon Mundy
Dr. Jon Mundy is an author, lecturer, the publisher of Miracles Magazine. He taught courses in Philosophy and Religion from 1967 to 2008 at the New School University and at the State University of New York with specialization in the History of Mysticism. Jon is the author of 10 books, including: Living A Course in Miracles, What is Mysticism?, Missouri Mystic, Awaken to Your Own Call, Listening to Your Inner Guide & Lesson 101: Perfect Happiness & Eternal Life and A Course in Miracles & A Course in Mysticism and Miracles. Jon met Dr. Helen Schucman, the scribe of A Course in Miracles in 1973. Helen introduced Jon to the Course and served as his counselor until she became ill in 1980. He also appears on occasion as Dr. Baba Jon Mundane, a standup philosopher comedian.
Singer/Songwriter, Producer and Humanitarian Daniel Nahmod has performed his profound, heart-opening original music for over one million people in 45 U.S. states and Canada since 1999. He is a well-known performer, speaker, and friend to the Unity movement. Daniel has presented his spectacular music and message for nearly all of the world's major faiths, including Christian, Catholic, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Bahai, and Mormom audiences.
Daniel's poetic and evocative message of peace, love, and compassion across all nations, cultures and faiths has found overwhelming acceptance wherever he has performed. He has worked with some of the most influential and brilliant speakers and leaders in the world. Daniel was a recent keynote performer at the Parliament of World Religions in Toronto in 2018 with his friend and collaborator Nimo Patel, and has been featured on numerous cable and radio broadcasts in over 90 countries; at cultural festivals, interfaith and environmental fairs, workshops and conferences, youth rallies, 9/11 services; and as a keynote musical presenter at benefits for such organizations as Habitat For Humanity, Operation USA, Achievable and Anti-Defamation League. Daniel has also performed for various U.S. governors and mayors, and for congressmen in Washington, D.C.
Please visit his website for more information: www.danielnahmod.com.
Rev. Violet Schonhardt
The biggest influences on Charley's spiritual path have been Unity, Centers for Spiritual Living, A Course In Miracles and seven years of touring with Alan Cohen's workshops and retreats. Charley has also been the musical opener for such other luminaries as Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Ram Dass and Louise Hay. He has appeared on national television and radio with his songs, with such titles as You're an Angel, Take Your Power Back and Dancers in the Light. You'll find his many CDs and more about his transformative work at his website: www.musicangel.com.
Rev. Brian Vaugh
Rev. Brian is a Buddhist Monk from the New International Buddhist Temple and meditation Center in New Hartford, CT. He has been a Spiritual Leader for 50 years. He has served as a Hospital and Prison Chaplain. As a Hospital Chaplain, he provided spiritual guidance for both hospital staff and hospital patients. However, being a grandfather to 7 and 3/4 grandchildren is the most rewarding job he has ever had.
In his spare time he likes to teach folks about meditation.
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.