Alicia Ortiz (a.LEE.cee.a) is a songwriter, vocalist and educator with a background in sociology and political community organizing. She is a dynamic group facilitator who leads trainings on a multitude of topics related to healthy professional and personal relationships. She performs music with consistently uplifting messages of resilience, growth and healing. Alicia has subscribed to Unity Principles since 2011, when she joined the Unity church in her hometown, Albany NY. She has been a member of the music ministry at Unity In The City (Brookline MA) for the last 6 years, and currently serves as the Music Director there. Her favorite Unity Principle is number 3: "I create my experiences by the activity of my thinking". As such, Alicia is passionate about cultivating emotional and mental wellness within herself, and by fusing her creative and spiritual practices with her social consciousness, she empowers others to do the same.
Robin Clark is a life-long Unity member. She has worked at Unity churches in Illinois (Fox Valley Unity), Massachusetts (Unity on the River), and New Hampshire (Unity of the Seacoast). She led vibrant youth education programs and served as the Spiritual leader of Unity of the Seacoast. Robin was also spent time at Unity Village as a contributor for the Youth Education manual distributed internationally by the Association of Unity of Churches. She also sustained a long career in the business world as a professional recruiter. She holds a Master’s degree from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Her focus there was the role of meditation on the psycho-spiritual development of youth. Robin has been married for 35 years and she and her husband have three adult children of whom they are very proud... and is grateful to her mother for finding Unity (and for still reading her Daily Word at the age of 91!.
Laura Derr received ordination through All Faiths Seminary International in 2016. She is a psychologist who has been in clinical practice in the Boston area for 30 years. While in grad school, she started a 20-year practice of Buddhism with Thich Nhat Hanh, and received ordination as a lay member of the community. She began reading A Course In Miracles ten years ago, which is closer to Buddhism than Christianity. it was instantly clear to her that Jesus is her personal teacher and that his Course was the connecting link between her Christian childhood and adult Buddhist practice. She has studied his teachings in The Way of Mastery, which connects her psychological and spiritual practices, and she has gone through the intimate experience of his teachings in A Course of Love. Through her practice with these three modern teachings of Jesus, her intuitive gift has flowered in richness and clarity. She has been drawn to the deeper meanings of the original Aramaic Lord’s Prayer and Beatitudes, which she has set to music. She has begun leading healing workshops using these teachings, joining her clinical and spiritual paths.