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Schedule of Activities for
Monday, October 7th

10:00 AM

Prayer & Meditation

Prayer and meditation are foundational to Unity, and our conference reflects that focus.

10:30 AM

Focus Group for Ministers and Spiritual Leaders

Facilitated by
Revs. Cheryl Fare
and Cherie Ruffo

(2 General CEUs)

All ministers and spiritual leaders are invited to join us as we come together in person for Fall Conference for the first time in five years. We will take this opportunity to start the conference off reconnecting with one another and then check in on where we find ourselves now and where we want to focus on going. You asked for this opportunity and we want to focus on what you want to focus on.

10:30 AM

Focus Group for
LUTs and LUT Candidates

Facilitated by
Janell Renshaw,
LUT and LUT Consultant

(2 General CEUs)

All Licensed Unity Teachers and candidates are invited to join us as we come together in person for Fall Conference for the first time in five years. Our new LUT Consultant Janell Renshaw wants to meet all of you and check in on where we find ourselves now and where we want to focus on going. This is a unique opportunity to discuss what we want to focus on as a group for our zoom gatherings and more.


Reverend Cherie Ruffo is the co-founder and Minister of Unity Radiant Light. Her journey with Unity began when she was 23 at the Unity Church of Honolulu. When she walked in, she felt complete unconditional love and acceptance and knew she was home. She soon found the Unity Ministries to be an open-minded, accepting spiritual community that honors all paths to God.

Leaving Hawaii several years later to return to the mainland, Cherie found herself settled in New England. In 2008, she made the decision to embark on a new career with Unity Worldwide Ministries and co-founded Unity Radiant Light in Providence, Rhode Island.

Cherie’s appetite for learning about spirituality is voracious. She is an ordained Unity Minister and is currently studying at Damanhur in Italy and with Universal Life Tools with Master Teacher, Simone Matthews, and many other schools of thought.

Cherie has a Bachelor’s Degree from Old Dominion University, is an ordained Unity Minister. She lives in Norwich, CT with her husband, Daniel, and three dogs.

Rev. Cheryl Fare

Cheryl Fare is an Ordained Unity Minister, InnerLifeSkills Certified Enneagram Coach, and a Master of Fine Arts. She has established herself as a leader with an artistic and spiritual voice of clarity as a speaker, writer, educator, actor, director, and producer.

As a writer she often focuses on real world topics, commenting on universal challenges as well as intimate, personal insights that give audiences a privileged glimpse of their own innermost virtues, fears and joys.  Cheryl’s style is direct, but subtly moving, using a quick wit and a wry sense of humor to shield readers while revealing the essence of life’s most sensitive topics. Cheryl is a leader with a strong voice of reason, encouraging professional and community groups to engage in meaningful collaboration.  As a dynamic speaker and educator, her insights provide sparks that expand the field of opportunity for artistic and spiritual discovery.

Cheryl serves on the Board of Directors for Unity Worldwide Ministries Eastern Region, and Free Jambalaya – a production company dedicated to the creation of original works.  She is a devoted soccer fan, loving mother, wife and friend.

Janell Renshaw, LUT

Hello! I am Spirit-led with extensive experience in youth-related environments and progressive skills in the area of Adolescent Behavior. I am professional, grounded and able to implement new functions and practices rapidly without compromising integrity. I am organized and meticulous with the ability to communicate effectively in a wide variety of situations. A quality educator who teaches from the heart with superior interpersonal skills, able to communicate expectations and policies clearly for the youth population, co-workers, and outside agencies. Extensive knowledge and personal experience of Unity principles. Best known for the ability to create instant rapport and understanding with youth and adults, thereby facilitating positive outcomes.

2:00 PM

Spiritual Direction: The Alchemy of Presence

Facilitated by Revs. Vicki Bunch, Ron Karstetter
and Angela Denton

(2 General CEUs)

We come together online as the “home and heart of Presence” with one another to bear witness to the sacred mystery of the soul’s evolution. Through the gift of Presence, holding sacred space, holy listening, and offering deep reflective and open questions, the sole purpose of spiritual direction is to accompany others in deeply aligning with their spiritual identity and their inner guidance.

This experiential session invites us into contemplative practices as tools for inner exploration. During this gathering, we have the opportunity to create harmonious connections as we navigate our personal and collective spiritual journeys.

Rev. Vicki Bunch

Rev. Vicki is co-minister and partner in ministry with her husband, Rev. Richard Bunch. She became ordained through Unity Worldwide Ministries in Lee’s Summit, MO in 2006. She is a spiritual director and instructor in the Unity Spiritual Direction Program. Her primary interest is to support and celebrate each individual’s personal and spiritual development through her messages and activities. She specializes in creative worship arts experiences, spiritual counseling, pastoral care and youth and family involvement.

She has spoken at numerous Unity churches offering workshops on personal growth, healing relationships and women’s issues, as well as trainings in board/team leadership, prayer chaplaincy and women’s spirituality. She has served on the Admissions and Credentials Team for Unity Worldwide Ministries International.

Rev. Ron Karstetter

Rev. Ron Karstetter is an ordained Unity Minister, Licensed Unity Teacher, and Spiritual Director.

He currently serves as the Minister of Unity of Lehigh Valley in Emmaus, Pennsylvania; and previously held the position of Associate Minister at Unity of Fairfax in Oakton, Virginia.

He retired from U.S. federal civil service in 2016, to move into ministry full-time, after a career in federal emergency management and Veteran’s healthcare administration.

Rev. Ron is a life-long Truth student, with a passion for teaching Truth Principles and contemplative spiritual practices as tools for personal and organizational transformation.

He has a contemplative leadership style, with a strong background in individual and group spiritual direction, visioning and strategic planning to foster community building and organizational excellence.

Rev. Angela Denton

Angela is the minister of Unity by the Shore (UBTS) in Neptune, NJ and has served as the spiritual leader of UBTS since 2015.  Rev. Angela is a compassionate individual who is zealous about spiritual growth and development and has been an active leader in the Unity movement for the past twenty-five years.  She has served on the Unity Worldwide Eastern Region Board of Trustees for six years serving for three years as president.  Prior to Angela becoming credentialed as a LUT and then a minister, Angela served as a lay leader on the UWM Board of Trustees for two years. 

Additionally, Angela has served on the UWM Eastern Region Conference Planning Team for the past 7 years and currently is a student enrolled in UWM’s Spiritual Director Certificate Program.  Two years ago, Angela became a certified Quantum Coach through the Quantum Living Training Program created by Drs. Gary and Jane Simmons and Dr. Rima Bonario.

Prior to serving as a minister of UBTS, Angela was a public-school special educator for thirty years. Additionally, for ten years Angela worked to support and empower individuals, couples, and families in private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist.  Finally, Angela has a BA in special education, a master’s degree in Psychological Services Behavioral Science and a postgraduate degree and Professional Diploma in Marriage and Family Therapy. 

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