Our Minister, Rev. Nita Strauss
I grew up in California, the oldest of three kids. When I was very young, I read the Dr. Seuss book, “Horton Hears a Who” with my mom and realized, in a way that I could not articulate, that I had just experienced some type of spiritual awakening. Matters of Spirit have been at the forefront of my life ever since. I grew up, got married in 1977 to my very best friend, Jon, had a 20+year career in banking and then spent nearly 10 years in vocational education. Our son, Josh, is a UA grad with his Master’s degree in speech and language pathology, who works in a local hospital. We are, of course, very proud parents.
After leaving traditional church at the age of 12, I spent many years seeking Truth, and found much wisdom in Buddhism and Theosophy. While in my twenties, I discovered New Thought through the writings of Emmet Fox and Catherine Ponder. When I finally (as an exercise from “The Artist’s Way”) visited a Unity church, I had the same experience that many others have had: that of knowing that I had finally “come home”. I began taking Unity classes in 2000, became a Licensed Unity Teacher in 2009, and was ordained in 2014.
Along with my “soul sister”, Barb McLawhorn, and a core of very committed Unity friends, I pioneered Unity Spiritual Center of Peace in 2005. My passion is teaching Truth- my joy is seeing the Light of understanding become visible on my students’ faces. My intention for each class I teach is that we will each learn from each other, and I am never disappointed. I am deeply thankful and appreciative for the awareness of Truth, for the Christ within me and each of us, and for the privilege of doing this work. I am very, very blessed!
While attending classes at Unity Village, I was asked to find a Bible verse that states my intention as a teacher and Unity leader. I claim this aspiration of Truth for myself:
“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness [and Truth] is on her tongue.”
(Proverbs 31:26 NRSV)