Unity of Chautauqua

We are a presence of progressive Christianity at Chautauqua Institution and the surrounding community, promoting spiritual growth through Unity’s guiding principles. 

2020 Summer Program via ZOOM!

Beginning Sunday June 28th at 9:15 am for 10 Sundays via a Zoom link sent to your email and later posted on the Unity of Chautauqua Facebook page. Sign up for our mailing list to join! Video recordings from previous weeks are available on our Youtube channel.

Trusting the Process of Change
Using Life’s Changes for Spiritual Awakening

  • Understand the nature of change and the dynamics of the transition process.
  • Discover deeper meaning in the disturbing and unsettling events in our individual lives and in the world.
  • Navigate life’s changes and challenges using the Biblical Exodus story.
  • Bring forth our “best” selves as we allow a greater Reality to direct our lives.

Sunday June 28thThe Paradox of Change – Rev. Barbara Williams

“To live is to grow; to grow is to change; to change is to die to the old.” – Robert Brumet

Sunday July 5thRites of Passage – Rev. Barbara Williams

Transition may be uncomfortable yet is always meaningful. It’s an opportunity for a breakthrough into a new life. 

Sunday July 12th – Endings – Rev. Jesse James

If we do not deal with our endings, we carry the unfinished business of the past into our future. 

Sunday July 19thDeparture from Egypt – Rev. Barbara Williams

The biblical story of the Exodus lies within the collective memory of our culture; as such it is more than just history, it is the story that lives within each of us.

Sunday July 26thThe Void – Rev. Barbara Williams

The Void is a time to draw upon our deepest resources as we release the old while not yet discovering the new. Creation begins in emptiness.

Sunday August 2nd –  Everything Is Sound – Janine Chimera, Music Director

Sounds are an expression of Source. How do we consciously play our life songs? 

Sunday August 9thWandering in the Wilderness – Rev. Barbara Williams

We now step into the wilderness. We feel lost and vulnerable as did the Children of Israel. Yet we have a “Moses” within us – one who has had wilderness training.

Sunday August 16th  – New Beginnings: The Promised Land –  Rev. Jesse James

As we pray for guidance and divine order, trusting in God at work in our life, the New Beginning will occur at exactly the right time in the right way.

Sunday August 23rdThe Plan Unfolds –  Rev. Barbara Williams

Within each cell of our body exists a DNA molecule which directs the destiny of that cell. Likewise within each soul, a divine plan guides the evolution of that soul.

Sunday August 30thBeyond Change –  Rev. Barbara Williams

Everything that we see and touch will someday cease to exist and yet an inner voice tells us that there must be something that is changeless. Is there? And if so how do we find it?


Rev. Barbara Williams

Rev. Barbara Williams coordinates Unity’s summer program at Chautauqua Institution since 2018. She retired as the senior minister of Unity of Port Richey, Florida in 2016.  She also served as Director of Adult Education and Director of Youth and Family Ministry for First Unity Church in St. Petersburg, Florida. Prior to her ministry career, Barbara spent twenty-one years in the corporate world where she held positions of leadership in the Information Technology department of Duke Power.  Barbara has presented classes and workshops on Bible history and interpretation, compassionate communication and conflict resolution skills, self-discovery, world religions and parenting skills. Her passion is to support and empower others as they  uncover their divine essence.  She lives in Clearwater with her husband Dusty and their rescue puppy Sandra Dee. 

Rev. Jesse James

Rev. Jesse Aliene James was the Senior Minister of Unity of Greater Portland (Portland, Maine) from 2001 – 2011. Before that she was a mom, second grade teacher, and professional figure skater. More recently she has lived in Florida where she was Gammy to her Grand-daughter, Kylee, and shared her wisdom with the local Unity Communities. Since moving to N.W. Georgia she continues to share her love of the Unity teachings through guest speaking. Through all of these life incarnations she brings her playful, courageous Spirit. Her passion continues to be loving herself and others unconditionally into freedom. “In this simple way we can all celebrate our authentic expressions of Christ Light and live together in a world that works for all”. This is why her former congregation coined the name for her, “Outlaw for Love”.

Janine Chimera

Janine is our Unity of CHQ music director. She is a singer-song writer who was born and raised in Jamestown, but lived in Florida for 31 years. She has two married sons. With a master’s degree in Speech/Language Pathology, Janine worked in Florida school systems specializing in communication for non-verbal students. She provided music for Unity of Melbourne for 15 years, grateful for this community who grew her as a musician. Janine’s passion is for music and matters of spirit and of the heart. Combining these led her to dive into the worlds of therapeutic music, sound vibrational therapy, and group drumming. She also gives music lessons, and has used music to work with students with special needs. Janine plays guitar, piano, hand drums, and Native American flute. She recorded and published 2 CDs. Her greatest desire is for her music to be an instrument for peace and healing.

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Minister, Rev. Barbara Williams
Music Director, Janine Chimera
Board of Trustees:  
President & Treasurer, Kelly Mareri
Secretary, Virginia Richardson
Members at Large: Andy Jochum and Anna  Jochum