Guest Speakers

Senior Minister Rev. Ogun Holder typically delivers the 10am Sunday service talk.
Unity on the River is pleased to announce a variety of guest speakers throughout the year.
Please read more information about speakers by clicking their names.

2017-- 10am Sunday Speakers at Unity on the River

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Sun. Jan. 15-Rev. Carol Waleryszak

Rev. Carol Waleryszak, Owner of A Sacred Touch, is an interfaith minister who conducts such sacred ceremonies as weddings, memorial services, funerals, pet blessings, baby naming, and other rituals in Southern Maine, Southern New Hampshire, and Northeastern Massachusetts. Carol was ordained by The Chaplaincy Institute of Maine (ChIME) in 2011 and is committed to their vision of transformation of the self and planet earth through education, ordination, support, celebration and service.
Carol was Lead Chaplain at Unity on the River in Amesbury, MA, for four years. As Lead Chaplain, she and a team of thirty chaplains shared the responsibility of holding sacred space during services. The Chaplain Team was also available for prayer after services.



January 22, 2017: Ester Nicholson

10am Guest Speaker/Performer
12pm Workshop:
"The Forgivenss Process"

Private Sessions 9am-6pm, Monday, Jan. 23 (call the office to book an hour session [$175] with Ester)  978 834 7830

Ester Nicholson, daughter of a Baptist minister, renowned vocalist, former addict, teacher and author of Soul Recovery – 12 Keys to Healing Dependence – finally realized what her healing called her to: A mission worth living for.

Soul Recovery, the process that Ms. Nicholson developed to heal herself of a life-threatening addiction unifies the 12 Steps of Recovery with universally accepted spiritual practices—and has guided thousands to their recovery and higher purpose.


Read more about Ester.  View a Video of Ester's message

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January 29, 2017-Jackie Woodside

Jackie Woodside, CPC, LICSW is a best-selling author, TEDx speaker, radio and television personality and seminar leader who is passionate about the expanding the edge of human potential. Jackie has written two best-sellers, “Calming the Chaos: A Soulful Guide to Managing Your Energy Rather than Your Time” and “Time for a Change!” Jackie was featured along with Jack Canfield and Don Miguel Ruiz on the Wake Up! TV show in 2015.  More at

12pm Workshop " Living Your Soul's Purpose"



Sun. March 12, 2017-David Tomkinson

David and his wife Irene were among the early generation members of Unity on the River in the 90's. Dave was on the Board when the church expanded and built the current sanctuary. From 2004 to 2008 he succeeded the founding minister of Unity of the Seacoast. He was originally a Baptist minister in Rochester, NY before pursuing a career in  hospital social work. In 1989 he and Irene created Pathways to Personal Growth in North Hampton, NH where they still see clients.




Sun. April 23, 2017-Michael Mirdad: "Living A Spiritual Life" 

The popular guest speaker returns to Unity for his Spring visit.  Michael has worked as healer and counselor for over 30 years and is the author of the best-selling books, The Seven Initiations on the Spiritual Path, You’re Not Going Crazy…You’re Just Waking Up!, An Introduction to Tantra and Sacred SexualityHealing the Heart & Soul, Creating Fulfilling Relationships, and his latest book, The Heart of a Course in Miracles. More can be found at 

12pm Workshop:  "Achieving Love and Forgiveness" $40

Tues. April 25 at 7-9pm:  "An Evening of Miracles with Michael Mirdad"  $20

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Sun. May 14-Cyndi Swall  
"Doing Ordinary Things with Extraordinary Love:  Save the Drama for Your Mama"

On my resume, I am a Coach, a Speaker and a Bliss Mentor.  Yet before all that, I am a woman, a mom, a lover, a friend, body, mind and soul…and all the things that come with that.  That’s important because I coach from that place:  real world, kinda messy, super caffeinated problem solving in the wild!  You can read about my credentials and experience below.  But I will want to get to know you a bit as a person first.  Coaching is extremely personal and finding professional chemistry  is really important for building trust and credibility. Accredited in over 25 different coaching models, I also understand that no amount of action can make up for inaccurate or destructive thinking.  My coaching models and assessment tools include Hogan, PDI 360, Adaptiv Resilience, Marshall Goldsmith, DiSC, Human Synergistics, Daniel Pink’s Drive, Langevin Executive Presentations,  Situational Leadership, and GROW Coaching. Having facilitated over 4,000 hours of one-on-one coaching, I bring 15 years of professional coaching experience in support of your personal and professional goals. Keynote or workshop speaker for the International Unity People’s Convention, International Quality & Productivity Center, Association for Training & Development, International Coach Federation, Embarq Women’s Coalition, The Enlightened Leaders Series, H & R Block Executive Development Program, The Business of Writing for Entrepreneurs…to name a few.I love to write and have had articles published in the likes of Training Magazine, Harvard Student Review, Hay Studies, Contact magazine, Simply KC, Unity Leaders Journal and others.  More details at

12pm Workshop:  "Parent-Child Bliss Camp"

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Sun. June 4 Jackie Woodside
"Walking in Wonder"


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Sun. June 11, 2017-David Roth

David Roth strikes many chords, hearts, and minds with his unique songs, offbeat observations, moving stories, sense of the hilarious, and powerful singing and subject matter. As singer, songwriter, recording artist, keynote speaker, workshop leader, and instructor, David has earned top honors at premier songwriter competitions – Kerrville (TX) and Falcon Ridge (NY) – and taken his music, experience, and expertise to a wide variety of venues in this and other countries full-time for more than two decades.

David’s songs (“Rising in Love”, “Earth”, “Manuel Garcia”, “May the Light of Love”, “Nine Gold Medals”, “Spacesuits”, “Rocket Science”, “I Stand for Love”, “That Kind of Grace”, and many more) have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, the Kennedy Center, Peter, Paul, & Mary’s “Discovered” (Warner Brothers), the Kingston Trio’s “Born at the Right Time”, NASA’s Goddard Space Center (“Rocket Science” went up on the Space Shuttle Atlantis’s May 2009 mission to repair the Hubble Telescope), the classic folk song books “Rise Up Singing” and “Rise Again” (sequel), and 13 CDs on the Wind River and Stockfisch (Germany) labels. Winner of 4 Positive Music Awards and the 2015 Grace Note (Unity Worldwide Ministries) for Outstanding Contribution to New Thought Music, David has also been featured on many of Christine Lavin’s seminal Rounder Records compilations.  The former artist-in-residence at New York’s Omega Institute has also been a songwriting judge at Kerrville, Napa Valley (CA), Tumbleweed (WA), Eventide Arts (MA), the Avalon Festival (WV), and the South Florida Folk Festival.





Sun. June 18, 2017-Jim Goldstein

Dr. Jim Goldstein is a life coach and CEO of Powerful Partnerships. He will present his talk "Unity and the Spiritual Nature of Committed Relationships."  Dr. Jim Goldstein believes you are most powerful when realizing goals through an authentic connection with others. This is the essence of Powerful Partnerships.  Dr. Jim’s purpose is to coach you to live and act from a place of power in both your professional and personal life. The Powerful Partnerships program he created offers you the skills necessary to realize this purpose.  Powerful Partnerships equips you with the tools you need to positively transform even the most difficult relationships through effective self-expression. The result is astounding: increased joy and productivity for you, and those working with or for you.

12pm Workshop:  "Powerful Partnerships:  Dealing with Difficult People"

Private Coaching Sessions will be available with Rev. Goldstein on Monday, June 19.
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Sun. June 25-David Hulse

  David Hulse, C.V.S.M.T. (Certified Vibrational Sound Master Teacher) combines his 50 years of experience as a motivational speaker with years of research in metaphysics, science, sound and spirituality to bring you a unique and empowering experience. Participants in David’s workshops invariably comment that they had no idea how powerful the experience was going to be. David’s ability to gather all the fragments of truth from many different disciplines helps bring all of your experiences up to now into focus. Participants tell us that things in their life that seemed separate and fragmented suddenly come together after spending the weekend with David. We invite you to come and experience an empowering and inspiring weekend with David Hulse and experience the power of SomaEnergetics!

12 pm Workshop:  "The Match Game"

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Sun. July 8-Rev. Denise DeSimone