Unity of Rehoboth Beach was approved as an expansion ministry under the umbrella of Unity Worldwide Ministries (UWM), a 501(c)3 nonprofit religious organization in 2014. Our leadership team consists of a spiritual leader and a Board of Directors.
Our Spiritual Leader, Sandy Souder, is the Licensed Unity Teacher who started this ministry. She organized initial resources and gave generously of her time, talent and treasures over the past few years by conducting classes and outreach. She found several like-minded people and formed the initial steering committee to help her establish a foundation for Sunday services.
The Board’s purpose is to facilitate the business of our nonprofit organization and grow our community towards full ministry status. Our first Sunday Service was held August 3, 2014.
Our new board
Unity of Rehoboth Beach’s Board of Trustees as of November 2017 are:
Karen Laughman as President, Nancy Haefeli as Vice President, Maddie Overturf as Recording Director and Diane Heydt as Treasurer. Leroy White and Celeste Montgomery are Members-at-Large.
About Karen Laughman
My Spirit aligns with the Unity teachings and principles about the nature of God, the nature of our goodness as human beings and our innate divinity as spiritual beings. I was introduced to Unity many years ago through the “Daily Word” and I begin every day with a Unity message that fills my spirit with positive energy and hope. I am grateful to have the opportunity to receive and give at Unity of Rehoboth Beach Spiritual Center.Professionally, I spent 40 years working with children and families in various capacities. I feel passionate about social justice and have worked in many ways for the equality and empowerment of all people. The worth of every person is an important value I hold deeply.
When I retired, I entered a time of spiritual reflection and was blessed to attend and graduate from One Spirit Seminary in New York, NY as an ordained Interfaith Minister. My Minister’s Vow is “To serve wherever I am called to help raise the consciousness of the world with peace, love and joy.” I have enjoyed a ministry of officiating weddings, baby blessings, memorial services and offering spiritual counseling.
I experience Unity of Rehoboth Beach as a loving, vibrant and inclusive spiritual community. In this time of my life, I feel called to help our Unity Spiritual Center thrive and grow. I feel I belong at Unity and am happy to contribute my time and talent in a way that serves our spiritual community and wider community. I believe our world needs our Unity message of oneness, peace and love, and all of us can make a difference!
In addition to my spiritual life, I feel I live a blessed life with my life partner, Dan, my family, including two delightful grandchildren, and a circle of many friends.
About Diane Heydt
That being said, I wanted to give back to URB and help in any way that I could. I currently work in the financial field and am well versed in many aspects of finance that I believe will be beneficial to Unity of Rehoboth Beach. I also spent 25 years in the education field. My career began at the college level and finished at the high school level. I have competed and coached at the national level, served as department chair, and have extensive experience mentoring and coaching individuals.
I believe I complement the current leadership. During the short time I have been involved in Delaware, I have been very impressed with the growth of URB. My goal would be to help Unity of Rehoboth Beach continue to grow and prosper as the spiritual haven that it truly is.
Spiritual Leader and Licensed Unity Teacher
About Sandy Souder
Sandy planted a seed many years ago and set out on a spiritual journey to become a licensed Unity teacher while working full-time as a Pennsylvania civil servant. Now, several years later that seed has sprouted and Unity of Rehoboth Beach turned two years old in August 2016.
So who is Sandy Souder and how did she get here?
By name, most people know me as Sandy, San, Sandy Souder. I’ve traveled life at various levels of consciousness. Fortunately, I have become more awakened. And it is my intention to keep at it, this lifetime and the next, and the next, and the next…You get the idea. I pray that I carry this level of consciousness to the next life so I can start where I left off instead of starting from zero!
I became a Licensed Unity Teacher for Unity Worldwide Ministries in May 2011. That came after a lot of class work, a lot of field work and a lot of soul searching. Much had to change from within for me to get to here. And much more is yet to be discovered.
What am I doing to grow and assist others? I work very hard to BE loving to all. To be compassionate. To be caring. To be patient (tough one for me!) I followed a calling and moved to the Rehoboth Beach area where I always felt that the energy would support a New Thought Ministry. So, here I am.
In January of 2013, I started classes to discuss ideas from a metaphysical point of view. We used the book, Discover the Power Within – A Guide to the Unexplored Depths Within by Eric Butterworth as a springboard to our discussions. Those classes are held on three different days, at three different times and three different places in an effort to accommodate as many people as possible who may be interested in this type of discussion.
While each class has been a success, we eventually released the Thursday morning class and am focusing on Tuesday afternoon and an evening class. The birth of Unity of Rehoboth beach came from those classes and climaxed at our first Sunday Celebration Service August 3, 2014.
There is much more to my ‘life’s’ story but the important thing here is how I came to be a part of Unity of Rehoboth Beach. I am sure as we get to know each other more, the ‘rest of the story’ will be told.
(Updates coming… Thanks for your patience!)
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