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Reverend Rita Marie Johnson is Unity's New Minister

Unity Spiritual Center of San Jose Announces Reverend Rita Marie Johnson, Creator of the BePeace Practice, As New Minister

The Engaging Rev. Johnson is a Bestselling Author, Keynote Speaker, Educator, Award Winning Innovator and Metaphysics Award Scholar

SAN JOSE, Calif. – January 2, 2016 – Unity Spiritual Center of San Jose (USCSJ), an inclusive spiritual community that honors the many paths to God and helps people, of all faiths, apply positive spiritual principles to their daily lives, announced that it has hired Reverend Rita Marie Johnson to serve as its new minister.  Author of Completely Connected:  Uniting Our Empathy and Insight for Extraordinary Results, an Amazon bestseller, Rev. Johnson sees her mission at USCSJ as living from the joy of her ongoing spiritual transformation while inspiring the acceleration of spiritual growth in others.

Johnson served as Chief of Volunteer Services for the Texas Department of Health and as a professor at Austin Community College prior to becoming an ordained Unity minister in 1991.  After moving to Costa Rica in 1991, Rev. Johnson founded the Rasur Foundation, which has boosted the social-emotional intelligence of over 100,000 students there. Then in 2009, she founded a U.S. nonprofit, Rasur Foundation International, which sponsors BePeace Practice courses in spiritual communities and Connection Practice courses for the general public and in schools, nonprofits and businesses.

These scientifically based practices utilize a synergistic combination of empathy and insight for building social-emotional intelligence.  In this way, relationships can be enriched so that people can create a more peaceful world – something that Rev. Johnson sees as part of her mission in life.  She received the Ashoka Changemakers Innovation Award: Building a More Ethical Society for her creation of this unique social-emotional methodology, chosen from 79 projects in 32 countries.

“We are delighted to have such an accomplished minister as Rev. Rita Marie,” said Betsy Ross, President of the Board at USCSJ.  “Rev. Rita Marie pioneered two successful Unity churches in Latin America: Beacon of Light Unity Church in Puerto Rico and Unity-Costa Rica. Not only is she an award winner and thought-provoking author, but she taught the BePeace Foundations Course at the United Nations University of Peace, a graduate school for international leaders.  We could not be happier to have such an amazing woman serve as our minister.”

Recognized as a warm and welcoming community, USCSJ was founded in 1993 and moved to its current location at 175 Bernal Road, Suite 104 in San Jose the summer of 2013.  Rev Rita Marie will lead her first Sunday service from 10:00 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. on January 3rd, 2016.  The service will be focused around the “One Light Celebration.”  Together with members of the Board, Rev. Johnson will lead a ceremony to honor past leadership (such as the former minister, Rev. Lennis Baugh, who made his transition on August 30th of 2015) and to open hearts to a new experience in 2016.

"According to the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, Light is symbolic of divine intelligence, the wisdom that is always guiding us, whether we are conscious of it or not,” said Rev. Rita Marie.  “We will affirm, ‘I am in the flow of divine intelligence, the Light of my world,’ and on Sunday we will join together to create one Great Light at Unity Spiritual Center of San Jose that radiates out into the world, uplifting and healing all that it illuminates.  As the prophet Isaiah said, ‘The people who walked in darkness have seen a great Light.  Those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness on them has Light shone.’  We will let our Light shine brighter than ever in this beautiful new year of 2016.”

All are invited and welcome to attend this special ceremony and to participate in the potluck that will be held afterwards to welcome Rev. Rita Marie Johnson to her new home in San Jose.  For further details about this special service and about USCSJ, please visit:  www.unitysanjose.com.

About Unity Spiritual Center of San Jose

Unity Spiritual Center of San Jose provides a positive and practical approach to living.  It is an inclusive spiritual community that honors the many paths to God and helps people, of all faiths, apply positive spiritual principles in their daily lives.  Unity teaches that each person is a unique expression of God, created with sacred worth. Unity has no strict creed or dogma but offers a comprehensive teaching to all who are seeking a deeper understanding of their spiritual nature.  As a spiritual resource, Unity seeks to help people understand their relationship to God and the universe; to provide experiences for accessing guidance from the indwelling presence of God; to help individuals understand their relationship with themselves and with others; and to direct individuals in pursuing personal fulfillment and divine purpose through their unfolding spiritual nature.  To learn more, please visit:  www.unitysanjose.org.

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