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Ordination Ceremony on Sunday, November 19

UWM logoOn Sunday, November 19 you are invited to attend the ordination ceremony for Rev. Carol Saunders. She will be ordained as a Unity minister at the Patty Turner Center after The Spiritual Forum.  Here is a brief history of her journey.


In 2008 Rev. Carol served as the interim Spiritual Director at Unity North Shore after her minister, Rev. Festus Umeojiego, left to serve another Unity church in Minnesota. She was a Licensed Unity Teacher at the time. After her interim role at Unity North Shore was complete, she spent every day in prayer listening for clarity and direction. On the morning of February 28, 2009, she received a very clear call from Spirit to start and lead a new Unity center. Over the next year and a half she laid the groundwork for this new center in partnership with a small team. The new center was approved as an expansion ministry of Unity Worldwide Ministries on February 25, 2010. On September 26, 2010 Abundant Life Unity Church (later named Abundant Life Spiritual Center) held its inaugural service at the Patty Turner Center in Deerfield, Illinois.

At the same time, Carol was enrolled in a two-year Interfaith seminary in New York City and was studying and working toward that program’s completion. In June, 2011 she was ordained as an Interfaith/Interspiritual minister, earning the title Reverend.

Rev. Carol has been the spiritual leader our our Unity center for over seven years, leading us through the many phases of our evolutionary process and supporting the spiritual journeys of those who have been a part of her ministry. This past September she was awarded ordination as a Unity minister by Unity Worldwide Ministries. This was a lengthy process comprised of demonstrated field ministry, demonstrated spiritual consciousness,  prior ministry classes, recommendations, interviews, and an extensive written application encapsulating her Faith, relationship with God, understanding of Unity teachings/principles, prayer consciousness, experience as a leader, vision for ministry, and more.

To celebrate this milestone, Rev. Carol is choosing to have her ordination ceremony in front of her community, She asked her mentor and dear friend, Rev. Festus, to travel from Minneapolis, Minnesota to be her ordination officer and conduct the ceremony.

That is the story behind what will be happening here next Sunday, November 19. Please come and be a generous witness. Then let’s all enjoy a potluck meal as we gather in Gratitude as a community.


Silent Unity


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