Our Board of Trustees
Rev. 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 Center for Spiritual Growth 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 Center for Spiritual Growth. 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 Center for Spiritual Growth 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.
Michelle Neas, Member at Large
I was introduced to Unity through a friend as I had been searching to find something more in my life while struggling with an ending of my marriage. Upon visiting the church’s website, I reached out immediately to Rev. Pat and she drew me right in with her wisdom and encouragement. Once I made the commitment, this community welcomed me with open arms and filled that void in my life. As I became more involved and more involved, I jumped in and joined some incredible groups to further strengthen the bond as a member of Unity Center for Spiritual Growth. While 2020 has been so challenging for so many of us, I faced the biggest challenge of my life with a cancer diagnosis. Again Rev. Pat and members of this community held me up so I could move through everything with grace and ease. USGC arms me with the tools I need to navigate my life on this Earth. I’m so grateful for UCSG, Rev. Pat and our 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 Center for Spiritual Growth 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.
Pat Paine, Alternate
I have been attending Unity for many years, but my spiritual journey started when I was in my 40s and I had a powerful awakening. I read everything I could about all religions and read books and took classes by many spiritual teachers. I learned to meditate and began teaching meditation.
I have also taken many of the classes Unity offers and made wonderful friends by participating in numerous volunteer opportunities.
Unity embodies everything I have learned and puts it into action. I am so grateful for this community and the ability to serve on the board with this incredible group of people and an awesome minister!
Jack Cole, Alternate
Throughout my life I have actively sought a deeper relationship to the divinity in many different communities. Some of these communities have been very strong in their opinion of what that should look like and how we are all to believe and practice our beliefs. Some of the communities I’ve attended did not match the relationship that I already had with the divine, so I felt a bit uncomfortable. I found the closest understanding of relationship that I found with God came from studying Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch. Then in 2009 I heard a nearby church was going to show his movie, and I wanted to go see it. So, I went. And I recognized somebody I had met previously through business connections who said I would be welcome to to come and attend the church service on Sunday.
I came to Unity and I found there people who seemed very accepting of the fact that my journey with the Divine was a little different than theirs – an openness to other paths and hearing about what mine had been like. I also found that the minister’s message was helping me go deeper into my own journey than I had ever been before. This to me provided a feeling of safety and acceptance of my own unique way of connecting with the Divine. I felt a true sense of coming home to this community and to myself.
Since that time, I have participated in many of their programs and have shared some of what I’ve learned and continue to learn. I also have shared what strength and energy I had to devote to this community. When I was afflicted health-wise, they came to my support, with prayers, healing treatments, and friendship. Having this kind of supportive community has made a world of difference in my own personal healing process. When you have this kind of loving and supportive community, you know you are home again.
Nowadays I may not be able to do all the things physically that I’ve done for them in the past, but they’re very accepting of what I can do, whether that is praying with people, listening to them, or supporting them in whatever way I can. It has become my spiritual home, and I hope others will find this, too. It is too great a secret to keep to myself. This community has so very much to offer to those who are seeking a spiritual home.