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
Barbara Kowalska, Vice President
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 experience. Namaste!
Erin Conway, Secretary
From a very young age, I was attracted to the concepts of soul centeredness, non-violence, and leading a life of service. I grew up in a more traditional church and loved the community but didn’t always feel the church teachings spoke to me. Years of independent study and connecting with a variety of spiritual circles led me to understand that elements of truth seemed to exist in many disparate paths – I found that fascinating and still do. I love that Unity recognizes that.
I know that living through our struggles often leads us to our own expansion and growth; this has been true for me and has brought me to a deep understanding of forgiveness and gratitude.
When I first began attending Unity, I was struck with how the five principles articulated how I endeavored to live my life. It’s truly a spiritual home for me. I appreciate the rhythm of reviewing the principles every Sunday morning. It’s like a reset button. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and grow in this community.
Carolyn Sanford, Treasurer
Unity has been my spiritual home for the past 12 years. During this time I have grown spiritually in direct relationship to my serving of the community. I first started by serving on the Prayer Team, where I hold each person on the weekly prayer list in love, light and prayer. I then added to my service by also becoming a facilitator on the Healing Team, where at the monthly Healing Service I share my many years of healing training/studies by facilitating each person’s ability to heal themselves. I then added to my service by also becoming a Prayer Chaplain/Prayer Partner where I am privileged to pray with members of the community one-on-one after service, and now I am also saying “yes” to serving on the Board. Each service that I perform enables me to grow even more deeply in my relationship with the Divine within me and in relationship with the Unity community. In this new role of serving as a Board member I am looking forward to further spiritual growth, connections and service to this Community.
Sandy Hobbs, Member at Large
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.
Kim Cowperthwaite, Member at Large
When I attended my first Unity service in 1995, I felt a connectedness back to truth and spirit that I had not felt since I was a child. The Unity principles quickly became for me a practical, healing, and dynamic way to live my life. I began attending every Sunday with my young children and soon after directed the Youth Education program. My husband and I attended classes and starting learning more about metaphysics, prosperity, and new thought.
As our children grew and we moved a bit farther away, we did not attend regularly on Sundays, though we kept the Unity principles alive in our home. Seven years ago, I returned to Unity of Greater Portland for “Round Two.” When I walked through the doors again, I found Rev. Pat and Rev LeRoy at the helm, a new paint color on the walls, a few old friends and many new ones. But most of all I found the same familiar energy of love and peace that I believe is deeply rooted in this place.
It is my pleasure to now serve on the Board with such a wonderful and capable bunch! I view my Board position as a precious responsibility to hold the vision of those who came before us and to help carry us forward into a new and even brighter tomorrow.
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.