Minister: Reverend Terry Murray
Reverend Terry Murray has been serving as the minister at Unity of Olympia since the summer of 2012. Rev Terry is an inspirational speaker and a talented workshop facilitator, passionate about personal development through spiritual experience. She is a graduate of the Master of Divinity program through Unity Institute and holds a B.A. in psychology. She also has certificates in Peacemaking Skills, Compassionate Communication and is a certified Q-Coach for The Art and Practice of Living with Nothing and No One Against You. Rev Terry grew up in Federal Way and loves Olympia! Her personal statement is: “One with Spirit, I call others to join me as we claim lives of freedom and joy through personal development and spiritual experience.”
Chair: Nancy Carmenzind
I am married with children and grandchildren, and I work part-time for state government. On days off my time is filled with flute playing, folk dancing, walking/playing with my dog, traveling, and writing memoirs. I also love watching movies and dining out with my husband. I was raised Catholic but gave that up in early adulthood and moved on to positive thinking concepts. By the 1980's I was involved with Unity. I'm grateful for a positive and creative connection with Spirit on a daily basis, and grateful to be associated with like-minded people who attend Unity. I've been involved with the Ushers' Team and Sisters in Spirit. I look forward to working with the Council of Trustees.
Vice-Chair: Betty Bailey
Interest in my spiritual journey has guided my steps from Baptist, Congregational, Episcopal, Unitarian Universalist and now, to Unity. Throughout this progression, I enjoyed reading the Course in Miracles or other metaphysically oriented books, so I was a “closet reader” throughout my young adulthood. Educational pursuits took me from CWSU, PLU and WSU, then to University of New Haven, Antioch and Salve Regina University in Northeastern United States. My most enjoyable coursework was Holistic Counseling, my least enjoyable, yet profitable was the MBA. Throughout life I’ve experienced my work as ministry and have found myself in new careers every 15 years. Careers include: hospital administration, social worker/management of human services non- profits, and currently I serve others as a real estate agent (my most favorite career to date.)
Secretary: Mark Delaplane
I am a 60 year old retired Army officer, Washington State employee and a parent of two beautiful children; Nicholas, 18 and Katheryn (Katie), 13. God-given talents for which I have a passion include art, photography, music, technology and writing. I play the clarinet and Native American flute, enjoy landscape photography and digital painting. I am currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) Certificate in Creative Writing. My children re-energized my spiritual path sixteen years ago. Feeling led to provide Nicholas exposure to spiritual practices, I sought a spiritual home that would provide such exposure. In the process, I tried several denominations. None felt right. Eventually Nick, I and eventually Katie attended the Unitarian Universalist Church but it still did not feel quite right. In the meantime, my father and I had been studying A Course In Miracles. I asked what church most closely aligned with ACIM. My father said he attended the Unity Church of Morrison, Colorado and found it to be completely consistent. The next Sunday I attended Unity of Olympia, continued to attend and about two years ago made the commitment to be a member.
Treasurer: Tomi Helm
I have 5 children, 9 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. I worked 36 years with the State of Washington, retiring in 2014 as an Information Technology Specialist. Prior to joining Unity I spent 10 years studying Buddhism where I served on the first Board of Directors as Treasurer of my sangha, The Nalanda Institute.
Member: Delores Brown
Like Popeye, “I yam what I yam.” 67 year old barber, 90% retired and still learning. I have lived a life which gave me the experiences I needed to become what I am. And it’s not over yet. I’m still growing and changing and making mistakes and stretching myself out of my comfort zone. I married young, had 2 smart and well-behaved boys, divorced and was a single mother for 12 years. I went to barber school and became a barber at age 35. Later, I married Don Brown, a railroad engineer, and we moved to Shelton in 1992 and built our dream home. Don died of cancer in 1997. I did the only thing I could do. I cut hair and paid off the mortgage. Since retirement in 1991, I slowly reduced my work until I now only work 4 hours a week, which is plenty. I learned to paint when Don died and it is still one of my joys. And in the past couple years I’ve returned to sewing clothing which also is a creative outlet that keeps me busy.
Member: Dolly Hansen
My life changed because of Unity's 'Who have you come here to be' classes. In 2013, Idell Hansen (my birth name) went to Memphis, TN to the Elvis Tribute Artist contests. Randomly, my registration came back to Dolly Hansen. I went by "Dolly" that week and won a raffle to be "Queen of the World" and crown the new "Elvis" king. When I came home to the question "Who have you come here to be?" it was obvious, I have come here to be Dolly. Since that time, I have retired for a second time and moved into a mobile home in Colonial Estates. I live with my little dog, Buddy. My daughter and her three sons live in my former house in Lacey. My granddaughter and great-grandson live in Tacoma and another daughter and her husband live in Arkansas. I retired from the Department of Ecology in 2007, was widowed in 2009 and worked at the EPA until 2014. I am a native Washingtonian having grown up in Aberdeen. I attended college at Oregon State University, the University of California at Irvine and Pacific Lutheran University.