May 2021

May 2: Elaine Silver – music and message
Message: “The High Watch”
A celebration of infinite possibilities through music and lecture.

With her stunningly clear voice, and accompanying herself on guitar and the occasional banjo, Elaine Silver has performed in concert for hundreds of thousands at colleges, festivals, churches, clubs and children’s events throughout North America and Europe. Since moving to Florida in 2000, Elaine’s musical life has evolved into a Metaphysical Musical Ministry, where she often fills in for ministers at New Thought Centers such as Unity, Centers for Spiritual Living, Unitarian churches and other progressive centers. And she has worked with many best-selling authors in her field, including Alan Cohen, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, don Miguel Ruiz, Marianne Williamson, and Neale Donald Walsch.

“Faerie Elaine” brings magic, love and blessings to her concerts and appearances as a bright light sharing herself and her music with emotion and authenticity.


May 9: Bethany Gonyea
Message: “Mercies in Disguise” What if the challenges of this world are because we have expectations it was never meant to give?

Bethany Gonyea is the founder of Global Peaceful Cities, an outgrowth of the Albany Peace Project. GPC is now a world-wide outreach program championed with support from The Institute of Heartmath. It represents a growing movement to create a global community that utilizes a new social paradigm through heart-centered prayer and focused intentional meditation.


May 16 & 23: Rev. Jackie Hawkins
The month of May has long been a time when the Unity movement studies The Power of Power/Dominion/Mastery. On May 16 and 23, Unity in Albany will be focusing its Sunday services on this spiritual teaching. Rev. Jackie Hawkins will be the guest speaker on both Sundays. The title of her talks will be “Using the Power of Your Word” and “Using the Power of Spiritual Understanding.”

Rev. Jackie began her Unity journey at Unity in Albany in the mid-80’s, and was inspired to be ordained as a Unity minister. We are delighted to have her back as a guest speaker in our virtual environment.


May 30: Bob Sima & Shannon Plummer – music and message
We’re excited to welcome this dynamic duo back to Unity Albany! Bob and Shannon travel extensively offering concerts, workshops, experiential retreats, and one-on-one coaching and healing programs for those relentlessly seeking practical and inspirational tools for the journey. Their online content has inspired thousands of people wanting full potential living.
Bob Sima has been called “Eckhart Tolle with a guitar”. He is a troubadour, a guide, and a musical mystic offering the soundtrack to your inner work.
Shannon Plummer is a shamanic practitioner, coach, singer, and speaker. She weaves the ancient energy work of the Shaman with the modern skills of a board-certified coach into a cohesive approach for those seeking a catalyst for their healing and personal growth journey.


June 2021

June 6: Charley Thweatt – music and message
Charley Thweatt brings his gifts of warmth, humor, presence and ease to any gathering. He has been a favorite with Unity groups since the early ’80s, when he took a leap of faith from his budding architecture career into touring full time with his spiritual concerts and workshops. Charley has a talent for turning a room full of strangers into a connected family, by sharing his original music, his angelic voice and his insightful workshops. He has been a presenter for spiritual organizations and metaphysical conferences since 1981, in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Mexico, Peru, Fiji, Japan and 6 countries in Europe.


June 13 & 20: Rev. Polly Dozier
Rev. Polly is a Unity minister who has served various congregations, including a Unity church in British Columbia, Canada. She is also a life coach, an EFT practitioner, and she has served as an international mediator in Russia for the Russian government and the Russian Orthodox Church. These days Rev. Polly lives in Ocala, Florida. She has contributed to our overall Unity movement as both Regional Director and President of the South Central Association and as an elected Board member of the World-wide Association of Unity Churches.


June 27: Patricia Pearce
My spiritual orientation has been deeply influenced by the wisdom of the Buddha, the Tao te Ching, Torah, depth psychology, and shamanism. Having been raised in the Christian church, it is the stories and teachings of Jesus that are most deeply “in my bones.” I continually seek to understand Jesus’s message through the lens of non-dual consciousness, recognizing that for centuries it has been misunderstood by a consciousness of separation, and I am greatly indebted to A Course in Miracles, and A Course of Love.

She is the author of her compelling spiritual memoir, Beyond Jesus: My Spiritual Odyssey
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July 2021

July 4: Mark Shepard
Mark played a significant role in our music team for several years, writing many fine original songs for our services (which we still make regular use of) and offering not only his excellent musicianship, but also much wisdom as a fellow traveler and spiritual seeker, culled through years of his own inner work and exploration.


July 11: Peggy Kaufmann (Church in the Park – no live stream; more info)
Our current Board President, Peggy’s focus in life, with the support of her loving wife and partner (who shares her passion), is to be of service, at Unity, and in the community. In these difficult times, she finds it very important to work for positive change.


July 18: Amoda Maa
We are pleased to welcome back spiritual teacher Amoda Maa. Amoda shares a fresh approach to the age-old search for spiritual freedom. Her teaching features timeless truths in ways that are highly relevant and alive to this moment—for contemporary seekers willing to go to the raw edge where spirituality meets humanity. Since 2012 Amoda has been offering meetings and retreats to support and deepen the living of an awakened life.

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July 25: Mark Nepo
Mark Nepo is a poet and spiritual adviser who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over 40 years. With over a million copies sold, Mark has moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. A beloved poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” “a consummate storyteller,” and “an eloquent spiritual teacher.”
Mark’s message: “Inside Everything”
– Things always come together and they always fall apart. And every generation is faced with making it whole again. Now, it is our turn to re-knit the kinships that hold life together. When all else fails, we are called to turn to the eternal resources that are inside everything. MORE INFO

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