Our Board of Trustees
Matt Purinton, President
The first service I attended at Unity was to attend a workshop by Jon Mundy. Not sure what to expect and after not darkening the doors of a spiritual home for many years, Jon’s workshop ended up being secondary. The message of acceptance, tolerance and finding your own spiritual path spoke to me deeply. When Pat talks about “you feel like you have come home”…she was right and this has been mine ever since.
Unity of Greater Portland is a wonderful place to find your spiritual center and offers ongoing opportunities for spiritual growth at whatever pace you like. I am glad to be a member and look forward to serving on the board to help Unity grow in its mission and vision in whatever way I can.
Pam Mills, Vice President
I found Unity in 1987 at a small storefront church in Key West. Since then my Unity community has supported me through many life changes. In doing so the community has provided me with many spiritual role models that have helped deepen my walk with Spirit. I am in awe of the consciousness that founded Unity and that keeps the inclusive spirit of our founders to this day. When I started attending Unity of Greater Portland regularly in 2004, I was very impressed with the Board Presidents that I met through the years. I never even had the thought that I would be Board qualified, so when the call came asking me if I would be interested I was absolutely shocked! My first thought was that I am not worthy, but then I realized that “not worthy” is not a Unity teaching. Being a part of the Board of Trustees means really, truly using Unity principles to support a community and its Leader in the physical manifestations of our beliefs. I am honored to serve in this way.
Barbara Kowalska, Secretary
Unity has been a constant in my life since 1988 when I joined a meditation group that met in the basement of Unity’s Columbia Road home. Every week, Audrey McGinness greeted me as I passed through her kitchen to go downstairs. She radiated something, and I wanted to know more about it. I started going to Sunday services. I was moved.
Inviting Spirit to participate in all of my life, I was waking up! I became a member, studied at Unity Village, offered classes and workshops. I served on the board during the selection, purchase and remodeling of the River Road property.
In 1994, I answered a request to pioneer a Unity church in Eaton, NH, under the
auspices of Unity of Greater Portland. What a joy! I was ordained as an interfaith
minister in that church with my friends, family and congregants joining in the celebration.
In 1997 I moved to California, where I found my next spiritual home at Unity of Cambria,
where Margaret Butterworth was the minister. Spirit gave me opportunities to offer
classes and become a regular Sunday speaker. My soul flourished.
It is my soul’s delight to be part of Unity of Greater Portland again. As one of the
facilitators of the monthly Healing Service, I join in supporting the expression of
wholeness that is present in each of us. Being a backup Greeter provides extra smiles
and hugs. Guided by Spirit, I offer the board and our community my energy, talents and
Sandy Hobbs, Treasurer
Spirit made it clear to me from the beginning that mine is a life of service and gave me everything I need to step onto that path with enthusiasm, expectancy and confidence. From an early age I felt and knew there was something bigger than me, which also lived within me, and would always be available no matter the circumstances of my outward life. That, of course, has proven to be true.
I believe that meditation/prayer and building personal relationships are the ways to a compassionate nonviolent world that honors all living things. The teachings and principles of Unity support this belief and offer me the opportunity daily to put what I believe into action. Serving on the Board of Trustees allows me to deepen my spiritual commitment in ways I could not have predicted. It is my privilege to serve with the leadership of this community.
Peter Clark, Member
Hello, I am Peter Clark and I live in South Portland. My wife, Rosemary, and I have been married for 45 years. We have four beautiful children – Billy, Amy, Jenny, and Dan.
My wife and I retired from our business two years ago and are enjoying our two-year-old grandchild Sofie and her parents. Thanks to Rosemary, I joined Unity about 10 years ago and later became a board member. I am in my third three-year term after sitting out for a year.
I love all of my fellow Unity members. God bless.
Nikki Pulsoni, Member at Large
I would pass by Unity of Greater Portland and always wonder what they were about. One night at a meditation class, a friend mentioned her church — the church I had always wondered about. Two weeks later I attended, and I have been here since. That was around 2012. Having been brought up in “church,” I had always had some doubts about what I was taught. Particularly the part where I was born a sinner! How could that be? At Unity, the 5 Principles really hit home with me. How awesome to have these principles my life! I’m so excited to be on this board. I’m proud and feel privileged to be a member and am excited to help take Unity to the next level.
Betty Gates, Alternate
I have been an active member for three years. I have served the community in various ways since the beginning of membership. Now I feel called to give my time and talents to the Board in a leadership position. I joyfully tithe my treasure.
I like the path UGP is on. We are open and inclusive; we are mindful of and aligned with Unity principles; we are reaching out and serving the greater community; we offer a wide variety of classes and educational opportunities; meditation has become an integral part of the Sunday services; silent retreats are offered throughout the year; there are many opportunities to serve; we are well organized through the Board’s work and Team Leadership; every person is valued. My Vision for Unity of Greater Portland is for continued growth and evolution, support for each person on his/her own spiritual journey, and finding new opportunities for expressing Love and Service.
Amy Cousins, Alternate
I found my way to Unity of Greater Portland over 15 years ago. I was immediately drawn to the Principles and the Truth found in Unity’s teachings. Before long I began working at UGP as the office admin, Minister’s Assistant and Sacred Service Coordinator. I have always been a spiritual seeker and was very drawn to Eastern teachings, but found Unity to be a welcome compliment to those teachings. The emphases on self-realization, on taking responsibility for how one shows up as a Human Being, on continuously challenging and growing beyond my comfort zone, have all served me well. I initiated the Prayer Chaplain program and the Prayer Shawl team, and now head the Silent Prayer team. I graduated from the Chaplaincy Institute of ME (ChIME) in 2010 and in 2014 I moved to Missouri to work at Silent Unity, which was a “bucket list” thing birthed out of my Prayer Chaplain experience. And now I have returned to ME, happy to find myself once again involved with this lovely and loving, truly special community. In my travels from ME to CA to GA to MO, I have been involved with many Unity centers, but UGP is my true spiritual home.