Unity Background: Involved in Unity for approximately 40 years and member first at Unity of Ft. Pierce and now Unity of Stuart. Served on the boards of both churches; President at Unity of Stuart and V.P. at Unity of Ft. Pierce. Have served as a Sunday School teacher in both churches. Currently serving as a Platform Assistant and Usher at Unity of Stuart.
I have been a manager in various segments of pharmaceuticals and had considerable training in leadership, team building, coaching, strategic planning and managing a budget. Headed the Leadership Development Program for the region for several years. In these roles ran/facilitated several meetings/workshops towards productive outcomes. Prior to that was a Dental Hygienist and served as the President of the state association after moving up the chairs. In these roles teamwork, collaboration, budgeting and planning were key.
"I attended Unity service in 1996 to play special music on a Sunday, not knowing anything about the Unity philosophy. Little did I know how my life would change from that day forward.
The one principal - that our thoughts create our reality and that if you are not happy with your life, change your thoughts - was eye opening for me. Unity helped me see that I was responsible for the circumstances of my life. I have tried to create my own heaven here on earth ever since.
I have been involved at Unity of Stuart in some capacity (Music team, Board member, Fundraising, etc.) since I became a member because I believe the Unity philosophy is a way to a better life for the individual and for all in the world."
I attended Unity of Stuart for several years before becoming a member in June 2017. I am a member of the Prayer Chaplain Ministry. I videotape Sunday Lessons. I participate in the A Course in Miracles study group, Elizabeth Froehling’s Book group discussion and have taken several of Rev. Judes’s prosperity classes.
I am seeking to become a part of our Board of Directors. Unity of Stuart is an important part of the fabric of my life. I continue to freshen mu beliefs with new perspectives based on Unity principles. I am eager to learn as I go while remaining open to the exploration of my own talents.
I look forward to working with other Unity members who are devoted to the prosperous growth of our center and who stay committed to providing a spiritual sanctuary for all people who desire to gather in prayer, worship, and community.
Finally, and most importantly, I desire to give back what I am so richly receiving as a member of our center. Thank you!
Member at Large
"I have been a resident o f Martin County since 1961. I was a single parent for my daughter Carol until adulthood. I discovered my spiritual home in Unity (at Fort Pierce) in 1986 . Became a member and a board member for several years. I have been a member of Unity of Stuart from 1995 . I have served several terms as a board member, two terms as president. I was active in the planning and building of this church also active in many building and caretaking projects. I helped coordinate and show many films for over seven years as First Friday Flicks."
Mary Claire Dykema
Member at Large
Unity of Stuart has been my spiritual home for about 15 years, since the mid 2000s. I came, felt love, and have stayed.
I have volunteered my time, treasure and talent continuously since the beginning. I served previously on the board for six years, the last of which as President.'
I still feel the love, which is why I’m again running for the board. I was also Youth Coordinator for a number of years.
I have lived in Martin County since 2000.
I am presently married to Scott Dykema, also a member of Unity of Stuart.
I am retired since 2007. I was a teacher with Martin County Schools.
Now I volunteer at various organizations, includingHouse of Hope, the ArtsFest, the Air Show and United Way programs.
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