Conference Agenda




IAMU Conference Agenda 2017

Building Bridges…

Tuesday  Sept. 19, 2017

7:30–9:00 am       Registration

9:00–9:45 am       Opening Ceremony

Revs. Denise Creech and Ginny Roll,

Bright Lights® Lynda Salmon and Canda Lambert

Location: Sanctuary

9:45–10:00 am     Welcome—Rev. Marge Dale & Rev. Joyce Kramer

10:00–10:15 am   Break

10:15–Noon        Keynote/Workshop—Rev.  Anna  Shouse

Building Bridges to a Balanced Life

Location: Fellowship Room

Noon–1:30 pm    Lunch

1:30–1:45 pm       Building Bridges Through Music

Canda Lambert and Bill Brooks

1:45–3:15 pm       Keynote Speaker—Rev. Jim Lee

Building Bridges Within Our Church Community

Location: Fellowship Room

3:15–3:30 pm       PM Break

3:30–5:00 pm       Workshop—Mark Hicks

Building Bridges Through Digital Communication

Location: Fellowship Room

5:00 pm                Adjourn



Wednesday Sept. 20, 2017                                                            

8:30–9:00 am       Morning Meditation—Rev.  Julie Johnson

Location: Chapel

9:00–9:15 am       Break

9:15–9:30 am       Opening Prayer and Music

Location: Sanctuary

9:30–9:45 am       Ordination  Ceremony

Location: Sanctuary

9:45–11:00 am     Business Meeting

Location: Fellowship Room

11:00–11:15 am   Break

11:15–Noon        Business Meeting continues

Noon–1:30 pm    Lunch

1:30–1:45 pm       Building Bridges Through Music

Canda Lambert, Bill Brooks and John Sterling

1:45–3:00 pm       Business meeting resumes, if necessary, or Taize Music & Prayer Service

Canda Lambert & John Sterling Building Bridges to Our Sacred Self Location: Sanctuary

3:00 pm                Leave for tour of the A.R.E. (Association for Research and Enlightenment–Edgar Cayce) or Free Time

5:00 pm                Dinner at beachfront or on your own


Thursday Sept. 21, 2017                                                                 

8:30–9:00 am       Morning Meditation—Rev.  Julie Johnson

Location: Chapel

9:00–9:15 am       Break

9:15–9:30 am       Opening Prayer and Music

Location: Sanctuary

9:30–11:00 am     Building Bridges within Our Unity Community Jim Blake—Unity CEO

Rev. Donna Johnson—Unity Worldwide Ministries CEO

Rev. Marge Dale—IAMU President

11:00–11:15 am   Break

11:15–Noon        Questions and Answers with the CEOs

Noon–1:30 pm    Lunch

1:30–1:45 pm       Building Bridges Through Music

Canda Lambert & Rev. Bill Brooks

1:45–3:00 pm       Workshop Presentation—Rev. Eleanor Fleming

Building Bridges To Wholeness

Location: Fellowship Room

3: 00–3:30 pm      Break

3:30–4:00 pm       Conference Wrap-up

4:00 pm                Closing Ceremony—Rev. Bill Brooks

Canda Lambert & John Sterling Location: Sanctuary


Presenters and Musicians                                                   

Rev. Jim Lee

Jim is an inspirational, international speaker and uses power of Truth teachings to transform the planet. Prior to entering the ministry, Jim was a successful National Marketing Representative with IBM. During this time, he was very involved in community programs. His mis- sion for transforming lives began in 1986 with his position as Executive Director of Youth at Risk where he served the needs of inner city youth. Inspired to pursue ministry, he completed Unity School for Religious Studies in 1994 and served on the Board of Trustees for Unity Worldwide Ministries and was chair for one year.

He is a former leadership council member of Association of Global New Thought (AGNT) organized to give a voice to progressive spiritual- ity on the international level and to collaborate with other faith based organizations to promote healing.

For the past 5 years, Jim has been the lead organizer for the Com- passionate Cities of Southeast Michigan, an international campaign de- signed to establish the golden rule throughout every segment of culture. Jim is currently senior minister at Renaissance Unity, a progressive spiritual community with over 1600 members locally and internationally.

Rev. Anna J. Shouse, Ph.D.

Anna is a down to earth, well-respected spiritual leader who has experienced first-hand the power of God to transform lives. Her workshops, classes, and presenta- tions are known for bringing participants into deep un- derstanding of metaphysical principles and the ability to apply them to everyday situations. Ordained a Unity minister in 1995, Rev. Anna has served congregations in Kansas, Wash- ington, and Texas as a Senior Minister and as a Transitional Minister, and has been active in leadership in the Unity movement. She is dedi- cated to the development of healthy, vibrant relationship with God, self, and others and healthy sustainable community through the integration of inclusive New Thought Christian spirituality with sound psychologi- cal and recovery principles. She engages congregations in experienc- ing God’s presence in their midst, supporting them as they face change and develop effective ways of creating community. Rev. Anna is the Senior Minister of Unity of Austin, the founder of Soul Matters Consulting Ministry, the enthused host of Spirit of Recovery—The Place Where Spirituality and Recovery Meet at http://www.unityonlineradio. org. She is also a member of the faculty of the Unity Urban Ministe- rial School where she teaches courses in self-awareness and recovery. Rev. Shouse holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication and Human Relations from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in Addictions Counseling from the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies.

Mark Hicks, LUT

Mark is the founder of, a place for the study, practice and sharing of classic Unity teachings. TruthUnity provides live classes and online audio and video streaming of many great Unity teachers and founders. The site also offers novel ways to study Unity’s classic teaching through hyperlinking and multimedia. Over 1,000 people come to TruthUnity for 4-5 minutes each day for inspiration, study and online learning.

Besides developing TruthUnity, Mark makes his living develop- ing software in his hometown of Austin, Texas. In 2011 he founded the Unity Church of Georgetown and was its Spiritual Leader for its first seven months, averaging 65-80 persons in attendance each Sunday. Mar- ried for 38 years, he and his wife Marika have two grown daughters.

Rev. Eleanor Fleming

Eleanor served as the Associate Minister at Unity Church Universal for the past 13 years. It is lo- cated in Unity’s first world headquarters’ building in downtown Kansas City established in 1982. The auditorium served as a platform for Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, throughout their lives.

Feeling a great connection to the Unity tradition, Eleanor has par- ticipated in Fillmore festivals and taught classes in Unity history and Bible at Unity churches throughout the Kansas City area. Her classes have also been streamed through TruthUnity Ministries for the past three years. Eleanor earned a Ph.D. in energy medicine from Holos University which led to the development of a class in the Healing Oils of the Bible. Her study of energy medicine was also the inspiration for her educational ministry, New Foundation Unity, which offers the basic teachings of Unity—meditation and affirmative prayer—for a metaphysical understanding of the Bible for expanding and validating our own experience. Eleanor believes in putting Unity principles into practice and she found a booklet in the Unity archives, titled Methods and Ideals, completed the picture.

Canda Lee Lambert

Canda is a composer, singer, musician and four-time Regional Emmy winner in Broadcast Design. Thru her study of Neurobiology and the effects of music on the human body she brings her passion for the unifying, healing powers of music to Unity Church of Tidewater. She has also created and facilitated the heart opening Into the Infinite, a Taize inspiried New Thought sacred music and prayer event. She is co-founder of Bright Lights–Sacred Ceremonies and Workshops®.


John Sterling

John is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, where he received a degree in Piano Performance. John is the principal accompanist for The Sounds Of Joy, a 50 voice choir whose mission is to uplift and inspire. He is also the pianist, and a singer, at Unity of Tidewater in Virginia Beach, VA. John is the past music director for Unity Renaissance Church in Chesapeake, VA.



Lynda  Salmon, Ph.D.

Lynda’s extensive background in facilitating workshops spans 25 years. Her journey as an educator, published writer, and Gifted Education Specialist has resulted in a passion for teaching all ages. Her creative workshops reveal her basic belief that greater insights result from direct personal experience. Expanding beyond the field of education, she has facilitated prayer chaplain retreats, spiritual prac- tices workshops, women’s retreats, a youth education conference, and individual celebrations She is the co-founder of Bright Lights–Sacred Ceremonies and Workshops®.


Bill Brooks

Bill Brooks is a multi award-winning performer, voice talent and recording artist. He is one of the founders of Unity Church in Branson, MO. He cur- rently serves as Co-Minister at The Center of Unity in Grapevine, TX and is a guest artist for the IAMU 2017 Conference. Bill has performed in nearly 90 countries. Bill has been involved in Unity Teachings and Principles for over 40 years and gives freely of his spirit and musical talents which we are blessed to enjoy as he helps us to “Build Bridges through Music”.



  1. Sandi Angotti

    Edwin Williams, I am an LUT in San Diego. I plan to attend the business meeting on Wednesday and I noticed you are voting to determine if LUT’s can be members of IAMU. I’m unsure about registation fot the whole conference as an LUT. You show breakout groups daily for ministers and it appears seperate ones for LUT’s. How many LUT’s are attending? I really don’t want to sit in a sharing circle of one. Do you visualize in the future that even if you accept LUTs as members they will not be sharing with their minister colleagues, only in seperate settings? Thanks, Sandi Angotti


    • reved1

      Yes there will be breakout groups. Please send me a registration form so I may have a record of your attendance.


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