Sunday Service Guest Speakers

We are aiming for our services to be led by a recurring host of monthly speakers who will take turns leading services for a designated month in order to focus more in-depth on their topic. You can see a speaker schedule for the current month and learn more about each speaker as they submit their words and bios below. For a more extensive look at our upcoming speakers, visit our CALENDAR








DAY 6 13 20 27
SPEAKER Peter Strigham Stephanie Roy Stephanie Roy Rev Shipley

Sunday Sept 18, 2022

Shirley McAfee is the former Spiritual Leader at Unity of Cherry Valley, MA. Sharing Unity principles coupled with enthusiasm to motivate, educate, and inspire core root Truth is her passion. Most importantly Shirley loves to leave the audience with the tools to implement and live out spiritual truth principles.

Shirley is a dynamic interactive speaker and uses the power of “Singlish”; songs interwoven with spoken words, to inspire and motivate her audiences.  She has done hundreds of performances and has recorded several albums with the most recent “Platinum G” an original/cover album with a gospel blues edge.  She is also the author of a book “I Love My Life!” 

Shirley owns a spiritual health retreat in central MA called Evolve and has hosted many retreats that motivate change, improve health, and encourage participants to awaken to their divinity and Christ consciousness.  Shirley is a natural leader and visionary with a flair for making a difference and is delighted to share her voice, wisdom, and joy with Unity on the River.

Rev Paul Hasselbeck September 25, 2022

Rev. Dr. Paul Hasselbeck is a 21st Century Heart-Centered Metaphysician who is devoted to updating the language and the teachings of Unity. He is an international speaker, educator, workshop leader, and metaphysics coach. He is a minister, author and one of the co-hosts on Metaphysical Romp 2, a nearly weekly podcast.

Amy Joslin, LUT

Amy Joslin is a Licensed Unity Teacher and passionate Truth student. She currently serves as an LUT and prayer chaplain at Unity on the River in Amesbury, MA. She joyfully serves as the LUT representative for Unity Worldwide Eastern Region. Her mission statement is: "I am Divine LOVE here to be and provide a sacred vessel and as so allow those around me to feel and know the palpable presence of God both within themselves and as infinite possibility." Her Core values are LOVE, Christ Consciousness, Transcendformation, Dancing, and Gratitude. She humbly tries to live her mission and values to the best of her ever evolving awareness. 

Martine Bernard

Martine is a Science of Mind Licensed Practitioner, Unity Prayer Chaplain, as well as a Reiki Healer. She has performed in Europe as a professional singer and was co-host of an educational television show. Martine has used New Thought principles in her daily life to be reborn by the renewing of her mind. She has shared her lovely voice, meditations, and moving prayers for years at Unity Brookline and Unity in The City. And since June of 2019, many have been blessed to hear Martine share her wisdom on a monthly basis! Martine is now in her third year studying to be a Science of Mind Minister at the Holmes Institute. Her passion is sharing New Thought-Ancient Wisdom Spiritual Principles with others! "For God Has Not Given Us A Spirit Of Fear, But Of Power And Of Love And Of Power And Of A Sound Mind" 2 Timothy 1:7

Jackie Woodside

Jackie Woodside is a USA TODAY and four-time Amazon bestselling author, TEDx speaker, international trainer, expert guest on television and radio, and professional coach. She is the founder of the Curriculum for Conscious Living and the Conscious Living Summit, and trains coaches around the world to deliver this life changing work. Jackie is a certified professional coach and licensed psychotherapist with 30 years’ experience in both fields.  She has authored three best-selling books and 25 training curriculums. 
Her books are: 
  • Younger Self Letters: How Successful Leaders and Entrepreneurs Turned Trials into Triumph
  • Money Vibe: Your Financial Freedom Formula Whether You Have Money or Not 
  • Calming the Chaos: Managing Your Energy Rather than Your Time
  • Time for a Change: Essential Skills for Managing the Inevitable 

Stephanie Roy

Stephanie Roy is a New-Thought speaker and teacher with a varied spiritual background — she was raised Catholic, became a born-again Christian at 18, attended Bible College and missionary training in her early 20's, and has been a student of metaphysical Christianity since her late 30's. Semi-retired and living in New Mexico, Stephanie has also had a private practice in transpersonal psychotherapy since 1995 and has led various personal development workshops and retreats in New England, New York, New Jersey and Ireland. She has been closely associated with Unity churches for nearly 25 years.


Cyndi Swall

Cyndi Swall is no stranger to UOTR. A professional Coach, Speaker and BlissMentor, she has spent a number of years with our community as our beloved Consultant Guide through the Transformation Experience culture initiative. Raised in Unity and trained by Unity Worldwide, Cyndi works with a number of Boards and Ministers throughout the movement. Her recent book, Bliss In The Wild has been the theme for countless workshops and Women's Retreats across the globe. Self-proclaimed member of UOTR, Cyndi is thrilled to be back with us in support of this next phase of our transformation. 


Thomas Paolini

As a seeker for spiritual truth, Tom is a Licensed Unity Teacher, a Certified Life Design Coach; a Quantum Process Living Coach, (a concrete 21 day step-by-step, transformative process for people to use to stay connected to themselves, in times of discomfort); and certified in different modalities in mind/body awareness; such Hypnotherapy, REIKI, and Cathartic Breathwork. Tom’s personal mission statement is: “I illuminate the world as I co-ordain love, peace and generosity with all sentient beings” Tom and his wife Laurie have been married for over 30 years and have three grown children who are following their own calling in the arts.

Rev. Jeanmarie Eck

Rev. Jeanmarie Eck is an ordained Unity minister. Since 2014, she has served as associate minister at Unity of Houston, where she leads Wednesday Night Satsang services and is director of adult education. She holds a Master of Divinity from Unity Institute & Seminary and is a Licensed Unity Teacher in Adult Education. She is a spiritual director, SoulCollage® Facilitator, and a board member on the Unity Worldwide Ministries Board of Trustees. Jeanmarie has served at Silent Unity, Unity Village Chapel, Unity of New York, and is a regular contributor to Unity booklets. A lifelong professional performing artist, she holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Mississippi, where she was an instructor, and has shared her gifts on many regional and NY stages. Jeanmarie is passionate about sharing the power of Unity principles to transform lives and is grateful to share her life with her wonderful husband David, their five-year old daughter Felicity, and their rescue dog, Duchess. 
Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett

Winner of 2011 Best Spiritual Author competition for her first book, How to Pray Without Talking to God, Linda Martella-Whitsett is an inspiring, respected Unity minister and spiritual teacher.  Linda’s second book, Divine Audacity: Dare to be the Light of the World, promotes humanity’s innate capacities with which to respond to life’s circumstances in spiritual maturity. Her third book, co-authored by daughter Alicia Whitsett, launched March 1, 2021 - This Life is Yours: Discover Your Power, Claim Your Wholeness, and Heal Your Life. Linda serves as Vice President of  Unity Prayer Ministry including Silent Unity, Unity’s 24/7 worldwide prayer ministry. 


Rev. Aliza Bloom Robinson

Rev. Aliza Bloom Robinson, transformational catalyst, author, speaker and ordained Unity Minister is the Voice for New Humanity Now.  She is committed to ushering in a new consciousness of Universal All-ness. Aliza plays in the quantum field and with frequencies to awaken consciousness, power possibility and embody brilliance. She facilitates spiritual awakening through her programs, courses, and retreats. She is the author of a number of Amazon best-selling books, including, Shero's Journey – a Spiritual Adventure.


Rev. Meghan Smith Brooks

Rev. Meghan Smith Brooks, author of “Unraveling Grief: A Mother’s Spiritual Journey of Healing and Discovery,” is an Ordained Unity Minister having served spiritual communities in Kingston, WA, Mesa, AZ, Brea and Pasadena, CA, and Cincinnati, OH. She is a certified grief coach, speaker and grief healing retreat facilitator with 26 years’ experience in spiritual education. Currently living in Cincinnati, OH, Rev. Meghan is also the Co-Founder and Spiritual Director of alternative Unity ministry, Unity Awakening Ways along with her husband Rev. Michael Brooks.


Rev. Michael Brooks

Michael Brooks has spent the last 15 years serving ministries in Ohio and Arizona as an Ordained Unity Minister and spiritual leader. He is committed to his own personal growth while helping others along their spiritual path. He has an interesting and humorous story telling style of teaching that brings inspiration and education to his talks and lessons. Michael has completed the Lombard Mennonite Peace keeping and Mediation Skills Training in support of leading healthy ministries. He is also a certified Senior Dog Trainer/Mentor and an AKC evaluator. Michael currently partners with his wife Rev. Meghan Smith Brooks in a UWM approved alternative ministry Unity Awakening Ways.

Lesley Smith

Lesley Ann Smith has been unlocking the joy code and igniting the power of the heart to heal everything! Lesley is an extraordinary singing ventriloquist with a hilarious company of characters, each with a unique personality and message for our times. When not performing, Lesley works as a psychic spiritual healer with a global client base. Lesley is a founding member of Unity on the River, has served on the Board and as interim Music Director. Just imagine what happens when great music, meets comedy, meets inspiration!   

Rev. Denise Desimone

Rev. Denise DeSimone is an author, an interfaith minister, a spiritual mentor, a podcaster, documentarian and she is also no stranger to UOTR. Denise is one of the original members of UOTR from over 20 years ago. Having survived Stage IV throat and neck cancer in 2005, a journey which led her to author her book entitled From Stage IV to Center Stage, Denise’s work has helped many people around the world turn challenges into doorways of transformation. Denise is all about transformation and on September 21st, she is launching an exciting and rich digital program called Transform your L.I.F.E. & Live In Full Expression. She has also produced a powerful documentary by the same name as her book which you can find at her website or by going directly to Youtube. Denise will have her books and several CDs available after today’s service.
Rev. Denise recently created a fabulous new digital program that is based on the L.I.F.E. class she taught. She is so excited to bring this, new and very rich, self-paced program to people at this time of such deep transformation. We have all been forced into a transformation that we probably would not have chosen had we been given the choice. Now it is time to transform in a new way in this new world.