2019 - 2020 Unity of Oak Park Board of Trustees
Chairperson - Sheila Swann-Guerrero
Vice Chairperson - Morgan Schussler-Williams
Secretary - Lindsay Ambrose
Treasurer - Lori Kozon
Trustees - Radelya Brownlee, Stephen Hoxworth
We meet on the second Monday of every month at 6pm at Unity of Oak Park. All are welcome to attend.
If you are interested in becoming a Unity of Oak Park Board member, please submit your application by Sun., Feb. 3 (for a copy of the application, click here). See Jo Crawford or John O'Rourke in Friendship Hall after the Sunday Services in January if you have any questions. Election of new members to the Board will take place in early March. Read More
March: Thank you to everyone who attended the Annual Meeting. We thank JoAnn Murphy and Marilyn Joy for their service on the board and warmly welcome Radelya Brownlee and Lorraine Kozon as our new board members. We were delighted to have interviewed a new minister candidate, Rev. Dr. Jesse Tanner, on March 9. He came highly recommended from the Nominating Committee and upon our meeting him highly recommend him as our next minister. He'll be here on Sun., March 31, to give the message and to meet the congregation. We encourage you to attend so you have a chance to meet him too. We will have a Town Hall meeting the following Sunday, on April 7, after services in Friendship Hall. At this meeting, we'll provide overall updates and get feedback on Rev. Tanner's visit. We also will be reviewing all of our committees and asking congregants to step up and get involved in a committee so we can continue to to move forward in our mission as: A vibrant spiritual community creating a loving world through prayer, meditation, education and service. We'll be offering a website training as well. We plan to hold these meetings quarterly to provide updates and get feedback in our efforts to be a transparent as possible. Please continue to check unityoakpark.org for updates and information. We thank you for your support and service and look forward to our bright future together as members of Unity of Oak Park.
February: The Unity of Oak Park Board looks forward to seeing everyone at our Annual Meeting on Sun., March 3. We'll be sharing updates, reflecting on the past year and voting for new board members as we embark in this new chapter for Unity of Oak Park. We also would like to take a moment to thank those board members who will be moving on and remain very grateful for the service they have provided: JoAnn Murphy and Marilyn Joy. Now that our transition work with Rev. Phil is complete, we continue to look forward to connecting with any ministerial candidates that the hiring committee brings forth and trust that we will be connecting our new minister in divine right time. We thank Rev. Linda for her wonderful work as our temporary minister. We are grateful for her messages and her guidance. We hope you'll join us at the many events, classes, and opportunities to grow and connect that are taking place at UOP. Thank you for your commitment to Unity of Oak Park and wishing you all the best as we move into a brighter and warmer spring season.
January: Hope the start of 2019 is a beautiful one. We are thankful for Rev. Linda being here with us as our temporary minister for an additional 6 months as we continue our search for a new minister. With our transitional healing work behind us, we continue to move forward with our search for our new minister and ask everyone to hold in prayer and faith that the right person will be here with us in divine right time. We look forward to our Annual Meeting on Sun., March 3, and we hope everyone can attend. Please consider completing an application to run for one of the three open positions on the Board of Trustees as we work together to open up this new chapter for Unity of Oak Park. More information can be found in the Board Membership section on this page. With the launch of the new website, we are trying to go green and not use as much paper. Please continue to check in on the website unityoakpark.org and on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/unityofoakpark, as well as the information boards near the Book Room, Sanctuary and Friendship Hall, for updates and information on all classes, events, and any other activities. If you have any suggestions, comments or questions, please reach out to us anytime via email email@example.com. Thank you kindly and we look forward to serving Unity of Oak Park as best we can with light and love.
December: We look forward to a new year of peace, prosperity, and abundance for all at Unity of Oak Park and the world. Please note that we will be moving to one service at 10am beginning in 2019. We trust this will create more community and a positive vibe at our services and thank you for your support of this. This is an exciting time to be on the Unity of Oak Park Board and we encourage you to apply for one of the three open Board positions. We need people of all different skills and encourage you to serve and be a part of making Unity of Oak Park continue to thrive in the years ahead. We hold in our consciousness the arrival of our new minister and are excited to consider more candidates as we've finished our transitional work and are eager to find the right candidate for Unity of Oak Park. We thank Rev. Linda for her vibrant messages and work as our temporary minister during this transitional time. We hope you enjoy all the wonderful events of the season and have a blessed start to the New Year.
November: We are excited about a lot of forward movement at Unity of Oak Park. We thank everyone who attended our informal congregational meeting in early November. We are greatful for all the direction and insight Rev. Phil has provided us as the transitional minister. We will have our last workshop with him on Saturday, Decemeber 8, where will we focus on our mission, vision and values and we encourage all to attend. We are excited about the Cookie Walk and Bring a Friend to Church day on Sunday, December 9. Rev. Phil shared with us that 90% of new people come to church when they are invited by a friend. We ask that everyone consider bringing a friend and particiipating in this fun day. We are looking for volunteers to help in baking cookies and they can sign up in the book room. We will be moving to one service at 10am beginning January 1, 2019. We hope this will positively shift the energy at Unity of Oak Park and look forward to your support with this important decision. We hope you'll join us at our special holiday services that are scheduled. We warmly wish you and your families a healthy, happy, and prosperous holiday and joyous start to the new year.
October: We are grateful for the flurry of activity at Unity of Oak Park lately. From classes to workshops to Sunday services, we are grateful for all the involvement and dedication. We invite everyone to attend a Congregational Meeting with The Board on Sunday, November 11, after the 11am service in Friendship Hall. In an effort to keep up communication and transparency between the Board and Congregation, we will be holding meetings three times a year instead of just once a year as we've done in the past. We are moving forward with our updated website and look forward to sharing a preview of it then as well as an overall financial update and open Q&A. We thank you for your continued tithing that enables us to cover the building and operating costs to run our church, your support helps us remain a vibrant, abundant, and prosperous community and we are grateful. We hope to see many of you at our first ever Halloween Trunk or Treat from 1-3pm on Sunday, October 27. I believe we are still in need of volunteers so please sign up in the Book Room if you can help in any way. With light and love, The Unity of Oak Park Board of Trustees.