Maxine Gill, Treasurer

Maxine has been attending Unity Center of Light since 2011. Her volunteer activities include ushering, Daily Word reader, platform assistant, bring refreshments, and helping out with World Day of Prayer. She has participated in the following classes: Metaphysical Bible Study, Lessons in Truth, Discover the Power Within You, Prosperity Plus.

Maxine explains her understanding of Unity as a movement that provides resources and teachings that allow your spiritual light to shine in and out through you, transforming your personal self and interaction with others. Unity teaches the Bible from a metaphysical perspective/standpoint of one’s evolutionary journey toward spiritual awakening.

When asked to describe some of the ways Unity principles are working in her life, Maxine says that she always know that God is the source and creator of all, but she didn’t learn how to tap into the source until she joined UCL. Prayer and meditation is paramount to anything else that is occurring in her life. Through her challenges, prayer and meditation have helped her overcome. Tap into the source, listen and follow the guidance.

Her experience and background: She is the current owner of College Nannies and Tutors. She has served as the Board President of Literacy Volunteers of America (DC). She has over 20 years experience in sales and marketing and an MBA in Marketing.

Herb Wolff, Trustee

Herb's daughter introduced him to a Unity service fifteem years ago in Fairfax, Virginia.  After five years of attendance at Unity of Fairfax, Herb and his family relocated to northeastern Pennsylvania where he joined a small Unity group in northwestern New Jersey.  While attending a new member's orientation, he was reintroduced to his long-forgotten thought of an intriguing early American naturalist, Henry David Thoreau.  Herb's mind then raced from Thoreau to the European philosopherWilhelm Hegel, and then to the book, 'Spirits in Rebellion' and its New Thought pioneers, including Emanuel Swedenborg and Phineas Quimby.  Herb had found a comforting new home for his thought.  Within a year of this reintroduction, Herb became a trustee at the Unity of Sussex County in New Jersey.  Periodically, Herb and his wife travelled to Owings, Maryland to visit their daughter and family.  'Our first few visits to UCL Sunday service provided just one more reason for us to again relocate.  And we‘re very happy to be here!‘  In all, Herb has been at home with New Thought and Unity Church for fifteen years. 

Herb expresses to others that All is inherently Good.  We are inseparable from the Good, and are empowered to create or manifest what we hold in Mind.  This inherent power requires action and practice to create Good.  Without action or practice, we may err.  Paradoxically, error may also directly serve the Good as demonstrated by the evolution of mind, matter and universe.  Knowing that all is Good is peaceful.  It transform Herb's experiences, particularly his experiences with Nature where he has flipped from being an observer and consumer of Nature to an admirer and believer in Nature as all that is Good. As an inseparable collection of individual(s), our Unity Center of Light is empowered to create Good within and beyond itself.  As with the individual, the inherent power of UCL requires action and practice to create Good, within and beyond its Self.

Herb has a B.A.in Mathematics.  He prefers to work with abstractions rather than numbers hence his personal interest in metaphysics, philosophy, and other pursuits such as large operating systemand network software development. 

Herb spent nearly thirty years in software research and development, and had experiences in nearly every aspect of software product development, both as a line manager and as a software engineer.  Herb enjoyed these experiences because he could always count on learning something new, or being surprised, every day.  Herb then decided that he wanted to be a user rather than a developer of software products.  It was quite an eye opener for Herb to now be wearing a different hat.  Overcoming his initial dislocation in thinking, Herb gravitated towards a new career path in what isknown in business as an enterprise architect.  This architecture work doesn't involve drawing buildings or bridges; rather, the work of the enterprise architect is to lead the integration work of several different internal businesses units (with their different hardware, software, and business processes) within a larger business.  It also involved research and evaluation of new products and technologies, tool acquisition and development, and RFI/RFPdevelopment and evaluation .  Herb retired ten years ago, and has since enjoyed his free time to develop his thought on the mystery of life and the purpose of the Good.

Herb is a volunteer for national outings/trip leader with the Sierra Club.  The purpose of the Club's Outings Program is to bring more people into the fold of protecting the Earth's ecology.  As the American Indians believe, Herb believes that Spirit penetrates All, including our Earth.  Herb is aTraining and Conservation Officer for the Sierra Club's Northeast Region committee.  He is also self-taught on environmental issues, particularly human-made chemicals and their impact on life; and, he's well informed on food and agricultural topics as they relate to health and life.  Herb believes that we can find wisdom within Nature to remediate our environmental ills, but we must first change our collective Mind's attitude towards Nature.

Pearl Green, Co-Secretary

Pearl has been attending Unity Center of Light since 2011. Her volunteer activities include ushering, serving as platform assistant, helping with a UCL Gala and with school back packs.

Pearl explains her understanding of Unity principles saying that Unity teaches the same Truths as other theologies, only in a different, more applicable language. This enables me to better understand my role and responsibility in my spiritual growth and overall development. I am being transformed by the renewing of my mind - thanks to Unity!

When asked to describe how Unity principles are working in her life, Pearl said they empower her. I am made in the image . . .  with all the attributes of God. Even with all my “stuff,” I am a “godling.” Another principle Pearl uses is mindfulness; knowing “thoughts are things” reminds her to keep the high watch in thoughts, words, and deeds.

When asked to explain what the mission of Unity Center of Light means to her, Pearl said it speaks to the still, small voice reminding me that I am never alone and I can turn within for guidance and answers in all things from the power of Spirit.

Her experience and background are centered around her wanting to serve others. She always seeks to make a positive difference; she says her energy inspires others to be optimistic and enthusiastic. She has served in a variety of care giving roles. She has a BS from Bowie State. Pearl is currently employed part time at Heartlands Assistant Living in Severna Park as a Concierge where she assists with life enhancement activities for 60 plus residents while also interacting with their families.

 

Willie J. Sutton - President

Willie has been affiliated with Unity Center of Light since 2004 and with Unity for 30 years. His volunteer activities include: Men of Unity (MOU), Usher Team Leader and Sanctuary Set up Team. He has participated in numerous Lessons series over the years as well as Prayer lessons.

Willie explains his understanding of Unity Truth Principles as follows: “Unity seeks a deeper meaning of the written word, rather than its literal interpretation.”

When asked to describe some of the ways in which Unity principles are working in his life, he answered: “The spirit of God working in and through me. I have inner peace. I am alive, alert, awake, joyous and enthusiastic.”

When asked to explain what the Mission of Unity Center of Light means to him, he answered: “To constantly call upon the indwelling divine potential.”

His experience and background: He studied Sociology at UMUC and understands the need for order, structure and discipline. He has dedicated more than forty (40) years working as a Chemical Addiction/Mental Health Therapist in the USAF and Arlington County, VA Department of Human Services. He is a National Certified Addiction Counselor II and a Certified Moral Recognition Therapist/Facilitator. Additionally, Willie worked at Family Health Center in Hyattsville, Maryland from 1999-2016 providing Addiction and Mental Health services to a diverse population. He is fully retired and enjoying many hobbies while continuing to give and assist others.

Olive Sampson - Trustee

Olive was first introduced to Unity principles in the mid 1980’s through reading Daily Word – a gift subscription from her aunt. She has been a part of the Unity Center of Light family since 2002. For many years she served in various volunteer capacities in the church community, attended a variety of classes and was recently invited to serve on the Board of Trustees.

To her, Unity principles provide a foundation for a gentle and centered way of life. She continues to work on grasping the full meaning of Divine Order; to seek it in the ups as well as the downs that life brings and to find true joy in all of the small things that comprise each day. 

In Unity Center of Light’s mission to “empower individuals to express their indwelling divine potential” Olive sees a warm and comforting message that every person is valued equally and that each of us has a very special place and purpose in the community of man. In a world of so many divisions, it is a mission and a message of healing and hope.

Olive has worked in International Relations for over thirty years and has had the good fortune to travel and meet wonderful people in many parts of the world.

Faye M. Dixon – Trustee

Faye has been affiliated with Unity Center of Light since the late 1990’s and with Unity for 38 years. Her volunteer activities include: Book Table, Pot Luck Dinner/Breakfast, Delivering food to the Bowie Food Pantry, Eastern Region – Unity Support Team and she has visited and assisted church members who were in need of assistance.  She has participated in numerous workshops including: Lessons in Truth, The Quest, 12 Powers/How to Use the 12 Powers, 4T, and Keep A True Lent.

Faye explains her understanding of Unity Truth Principles as follows: “Unity is a Christian-based religion that teaches us to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ in our lives. Unity is a practical, utilitarian religion that teaches that each individual is responsible for his or her own salvation and the life that we live on this earth.”

When asked to describe some of the ways in which Unity principles are working in her life, she answered: “I accept that God is always present in my life; that regardless of appearances, divine order is present. My prayer is that I remain steadfast in my faith and move through the challenges that I may encounter.” Thank God that I have been given the ability to see things “rightly”…the choice is mine.

When asked to explain what the Mission of Unity Center of Light means to her, she answered: “It means that I am empowered to live the life that I choose by practicing prayer and meditation and studying the teachings of Jesus. My life does not have to be shaped by that which is outside of me.”

Her experience and background: She worked as a teacher, social counselor, and academy director for 43 years. She is currently working with the Continental Societies, Inc. of Prince George’s County.  This is a group of women volunteers whose mission it is to bring positive experiences to students in the class rooms and to broaden and enrich their exposure outside of the classroom by taking them on field trips of various kinds.

 

Afi Harrington - Vice President

Afi has been affiliated with Unity Center of Light since 2010. Her volunteer activities include: Lending Library, Usher, Delivering backpacks for the “Back Packs for Kids” program. She has participated in numerous lessons series over the years.

Afi explains her understanding of Unity Truth Principles as follows: “Unity takes us beyond the traditional Christian concept of being 'saved' by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and shows us that Jesus was an extraordinary 'blueprint' to show us how we can all 'save' ourselves by embodying his teachings at the deepest levels.”

When asked to describe some of the ways in which Unity principles are working in her life, she answered: “Since joining Unity, I have implemented the daily practices of prayer, meditation, and gratitude journaling. The more I use these practices consistently and authentically, the more I see their impact in my daily life. I have grown in true acceptance that God is the Source of my supply, and I can go through every situation truly knowing that all is well.”

When asked to explain what the Mission of Unity Center of Light means to her, she answered: “UCL aspires to empower all who are open and willing to show up in the world expressing the Christ within themselves…demonstrating that Christ within is more powerful than anything you will ever encounter in the physical world.”

Afi’s experience and background: She is a Mathematician by educational training, as well as having earned a PhD in Operations Research. She has also become a Certified Advisor with a nonprofit group called the Organization for Entrepreneurial Development, which afforded her the ability to start her own advisory consulting business. She has also worked for several years as an analyst at NSA, the Navy, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In addition to her advisory consultant’s business she is now employed as an analyst for the FDA. Afi describes herself as innately responsible, analytical, and organized. Her life experiences have trained her to be an excellent consultant skilled at listening, problem-solving, and implementing solutions.

Andre Watson - Co-Secretary

Andre Watson is a resident of Upper Marlboro, MD.  He is a member of Unity Center of Light and has focused on his spiritual development for the past twenty years at Unity.  Mr. Watson currently serves as a Unity Board Member, Teacher with the Youth of Unity and also serves with the Men of Unity.  He is the author of a book titled “MAPS Toward Spiritual Enlightenment.”  He has a master’s degree in human resource development and is currently employed at the Prince George’s County Health Department and as an Adjunct Professor at Bowie State University. 

Pastor Milledge "Butch" Mosby

Milledge Mosby began attending Unity in 1973 at Detroit Unity Temple. He served as a volunteer at that church under Reverend Glenn Mosley and then under Reverend David Williamson. In 1978, the Mosbys moved to Maryland where they attended Unity of Washington, D.C., and soon thereafter, Milledge was asked by Reverend George Stone to work part-time for the church as the Business Manager. Within six months the part-time position became full-time, and was the beginning of a long, transforming career. After Reverend Stone left, Reverend Amalie Frank became the minister. Under Reverend Frank’s tutelage, Milledge began teaching classes in addition to serving as Business Manager. To further prepare him for serving as a spiritual teacher, he began studying at Unity Village in Missouri toward becoming a Licensed Unity Teacher. Milledge was groomed by Reverend Frank to eventually become her assistant minister. He stayed in that position until 1991 when he pioneered the new ministry, Unity Center of Light in Bowie, Maryland, in response to a growing demand for a Unity church in that area.

He completed his studies and was licensed as a Unity Teacher in 1991. He immediately applied for and was accepted into the Ministers’ Field Licensing program, a four-year process toward being ordained by the Association of Unity Churches. He was ordained as a minister in 1997. Milledge has been in Unity for 30 years, serving as an ordained minster for twenty of those years.

Milledge’s background includes 15 years in the corporate world and he has been a Professor of Marketing and Sales at Prince George’s Community College since 1980. His position as a college professor allows him to teach, in a college environment, a formula for combining spiritual and business principles. He is perhaps best known for the creative way he combines spiritual principles, which are usually perceived as abstract, with business and success principles, which are usually perceived as more concrete.

In his own life, he demonstrates what he teaches through his disciplined involvement in a variety of activities, such as: bodybuilding, jogging, cycling, tennis, golf, photography, and researching and learning. These activities help him to continue to grow spiritually, mentally, and physically.