About Our Associate Minister & Spiritual Director
Unity Church of Greater Rochester is happy to introduce our new Associate Minister and Spiritual Director, Rev. Barbara Adams.
Attending my first service in Unity Church of Greater Rochester, I was drawn to the positive message, and the notion that it was presented as a lesson truly hooked me. As a retired educator, I felt that I had found a faith tradition that spoke to my belief that inspiration could be shared in a communal, informative manner, topped off with large helpings of love. I became a member of the church in 2019. Now as Associate Minister and Spiritual Director I look forward to bringing a lifetime of experiences and interactions to this community.
A little information about my career path.
I hold C.A.S., M.S. Ed. and B.S. Ed. degrees from State University College at Brockport. My career in education was centered at East Irondequoit and Eastridge school districts as a health and physical education teacher and then as an administrator. During these years I also enjoyed being the Director of The Eastridge Performing Arts Program and Chair of the Chemical Awareness Team. I was honored to receive recognition as N.Y.S. Outstanding Health Educator – NYSFPHE and the Meritorious Teaching Award by East Irondequoit C.S.D. Board of Education
I offered a Healing the Inner Child workshop at the Eastside YMCA. I also offered this workshop, which was open to anyone, at Spiritus Christi Church. Trained by the National Coalition Building Institute, I co-led a diversity training workshop for teachers at a state conference.
Having completed the Train-the-Trainer intensives, I trained cadres of teachers in my middle school. As a result, we then trained every student, teacher, and student in the middle school. This tidal wave of training led to offering this powerful diversity training to every teacher and administrator in the district.
I am the author of two published children’s books, The Adventures of the Course Kids! Through Faith and Grace ©2014 and The Adventures of the Course Kids! With Grace ©2021.
From 2011-2018, I studied with Patti Fields, Teacher/Spiritual Mentor and Counselor in A Course in Miracles. In 2016 I became an Ordained Minister through The Pathways of Light Spiritual College. As a non-denominational minister, I honor the faith traditions and practices of all spiritual paths seeking to spread love, peace, and joy.
My new position at Unity Rochester is approved for part-time. My priority is to maintain the Sunday services. I plan to lead numerous series of lessons for the rest of the calendar year and on into 2023. On the Sundays that I am not leading the service, I will secure experienced guest speakers. It’s my intention to maintain continuity of our lessons, mission, and emerging vision.
The Board and I are committed to fulfilling the requirements set by the Unity Worldwide Ministries. To that end I am enrolled in and will complete a total of 18 S.E.E. (Spiritual Education and Enrichment) courses within the next two years. I am committed to this process with the intention of becoming a full-time Unity Ordained Minister
I will continue leading the A Course in Miracles study group that love so much! Also, it is my intention to be available for spiritual counseling on a limited basis. I am committed to helping lead our church to awareness abundance!