Reverend Elizabeth Thompson
At Unity of Sarasota we know we have a connection to the Divine Source that links us to our Inspired and Empowered Self. We offer a supportive environment to learn and apply spiritual practices that make a difference in our daily lives. As Rev. Johnnie Coleman of Chicago is often quoted, “The principles work when you work them.”
As you contemplate your spiritual growth, we invite you to consider what the Unity Movement has to offer.
Our Unity movement teaches that beyond all theology, credos and dogma, there is One Presence and One Power in each of us that continually conspires with us to be enlightened, empowered and enriched on every level. This same Presence and Spirit connects us in a co-creative way with each other and our world, in ways that uplift and bless.
We teach in Unity that all paths lead to God. God is the Creative Presence and Power known by many names. We, as human beings have diverse understandings of our Sacred Source and the pathways that connect with God. Our relationship with our Creative Source undergoes an evolutionary process throughout our life’s journey. Unity’s mission is to provide practical ways and teachings that assist us along our sacred path. So, whatever path you took that brought you to this Unity Church, we welcome you and we commit beholding the divine in you through all the changes of your life. We seek ways of connecting with you from a place of unconditional acceptance of who you and where you are. We honor your understanding of God. Here at Unity of Sarasota you are invited to seek and experience a greater understanding to your relationship with God as a beloved son or daughter of God on a spiritual path.
The Unity Movement makes a bold statement that Unity of Sarasota wholeheartedly endorses: “We at Unity are dedicated to creating a world that works for all.”
The Unity Way of Life is a lifelong practice in day to day living that has been termed “Practical Spirituality 24/7”. We understand that when we express from our highest truth and deepest desire, then we will have a spiritually empowered life that results in an enriched experience. When you and I have a greater understanding of who we are, why we are here, then we can live from this understanding in wisdom and peace. We know that it is possible for all of humanity to more fully express the innate spiritual power in loving and joyful ways. You and I are here to awaken to our Authentic Self known by many names: God within, Spiritual Self, Christ Nature, etc.
We see ourselves as a trans-denominational movement that is centered in the Christ Based teachings. A central tenet is that the spiritual evolution we go through is uniquely ours. When the mind is open, the heart engaged, and inspired action is taken, then we truly begin to experience a world that works for all first hand. It starts with a simple and intentional choice to “BE THE WAY OF GOD.”
Rev. Elizabeth Thompson
Minister of Unity of Sarasota
Serving by Empowering People
and Enriching Lives
Matt A. A-Wilson
There has always been a profound feeling inside of me to help people. My career in Higher Education spanned 13 years and two countries, holding positions such as Dean of Students, Director of Student Welfare, Coordinator of Residence Life and Associate Director of Career Counseling to my current title as change-maker for the future. These positions taught me one thing that has proven to be very important in my life. That one thing is commitment. The career that I chose was one of a hands on dedicated helper of people. These posts required me to work 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and in those hours of engagement I learned how to handle extreme conflict as well as deliver stunning and life changing programs to groups and one on one sessions with my team and my students.
I have moved onto a new journey to broaden my skills and dive deeper into the healing nature of my soul. That endeavor has proven to be the most important decisions I have ever made. With the support of a loving family I have jumped off of the cliff, and believe me it was the scariest thing I have ever done, but the wind caught me and now I am soaring. It all stems from confidence in myself and my abilities and an understanding of the laws of the universe. The law of vibration, the law of attraction, the law of thinking and many more are things that have governed my life without me knowing it for the most part. Understanding the basic principles of how your mind works and how the world works around you is essential for everyone to achieve their highest and best aspirations.
I am passionate about helping, I am passionate about being ME, I am passionate about you being you.
Elizabeth A. A-Wilson
I want to learn! I used to talk about what I did int he past but I want to learn. I want to know about how the world works, about the path of life that I am creating, about the engagement, how much and how little, I have to do to understand my questioning of the universe. I am the thinker and I proclaim it because intellectualizing is my gift. I have placed myself at the center of the study of mind and consciousness and spirit for the past three years and I have come into a knowing of my higher self. Becoming more me than I ever thought I would become. Learning how to engage on many different levels both intellectually and feeling oriented as well. Understanding that the world around me is simply a manifestation of my thoughts, desires, wants and needs. I am an updated and ever changing version of myself. Since I have understood the way in which the laws of the universe work I have been guided in directions I never thought available to me. My life is a dream and one that I woudl not of shot for if it were not for my courage and tenacity to question.
I want to teach oyu this way or perspective on life and thought and creation. I want to guide you down a path of understanding and in a position of knowing, because that is what we all want. To know. I am passionate about who I am , and passionate about what I teach.
We are all unified by the desire to know something better, and feel something better. We want to teach you our ways on which we navigate life, and through the process we will all grow together.