Exploding Dogma, Exploring Divinity 3.0 Retreat-2018

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from past attendees! The "Kitchen Table" is open again! Another opportunity to be part of
a unique group of folks (who all consider themselves more spiritual than religious)
in a unique and dynamic environment of exploration, study, and fun!
Not a "repeat" -- All new content; same dynamic interactive format!

Join this amazing group of people who:

  • share your quest for spiritual enrichment,
  • eagerly embrace the opportunity to talk about science and spirituality,
  • question beliefs and dogma without shame or judgment,
  • know how to have fun in meaningful ways, and
  • have the audacity to explode current beliefs in order to continue growing and living as the Divine Beings they are!

Once again, we are meeting at the Retreat Center in the heart of Unity Village, the site of Unity World Headquarters! 

If you only do one thing for yourself this year, make it this retreat!
It will be a one-of-a kind experience you will cherish forever!

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Registration Information

Our goal is to keep the cost of this Think Tank Retreat as reasonable as we possibly can!


  • all retreat-sponsored activities;
  • all retreat materials; 
  • the following meals: Dinner on Thursday; Lunch and Dinner on Friday & Saturday; Lunch on Sunday. (Meals will be networking events you won't want to miss!) NOTE: A hot complimentary breakfast will be included with your room if you stay at the Unity Hotel and Conference Center.

Super-Early Bird Registration (through Nov. 23).........................$399

Early Bird Registration (11/24/17 through February 2, 2018)......$435

Regular Registration (after February 2, 2018).............................$475

Register before Thanksgiving to get the best rate. (We are thankful to know you are coming!)

To register for this one-of-a-kind retreat, click on this Registration Link. It will take you directly to the Registration Landing Page. (Click on the "Register Now" button.)

Travel and Lodging are on your own — rooms are being held at Unity Village Hotel & Conference Center — You may make your reservations by calling 866-348-6489 or 816-251-3540. Mention this Retreat when you call. (A block of rooms are being held until March 12, 2018 … after that date, rooms will be based on availability.)




What's it all about?? (The Back Story)

Some history of how it all started: We are six ordained Unity ministers who get together via Skype on a regular basis to stretch our thinking, challenge our beliefs, and dare ourselves to look at unquestioned answers! Five of us got together at Unity Village in August of 2015 for our own spiritual retreat -- and we blew the lid off our assumptions and beliefs!

thinktank-tower-web(That's us at the top of the Tower at Unity Village: L-R, Rev. Cher Holton, Rev. Paul Hasselbeck, Rev. Bil Holton, Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett, and Rev. Ron Fritts. Missing is our other Think Tank member, Rev. Sandra Kale -- who was unable to join us for the retreat, but contributed lots of input and ideas to make it powerful!)

Towards the end of that weekend in August, we thought what fun it would be to let other folks in on the excitement -- invite them to join us on our next retreat -- expand the discussions and stretch everyone's thinking! That led us to creating this very special, one-of-a-kind retreat!

Some of the participants from our 2016 Retreat

And on March 31, 2016, it happened! An incredible group of forward-thinking, open-minded individuals came together for four days of unprecedented mind-stretching discussions, challenging topics, interactive sessions, heart-opening meditations, informal networking, dynamic music, and opportunities to really get to know each other on a deeper level -- all within the beautiful and sacred grounds of Unity Village! Together we had an awesome time, weaving an experience none of us will ever forget!



Some of the Participants at the Dogma/Divinity Retreat-2017

Then ... we did it again in 2017 and had an amazing, enlightening experience together! And now ...


By Popular Demand, We Are Doing It Again:
Exploding Dogma, Exploring Divinity 3.0



It will not be the same material or the same experience -- because we create it together!
Fasten your seat belts!! It will be the ride of your life!
Join us around this amazing "Kitchen Table" experience! We'll see you there!


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ronfritts-nobkgdRev. Ron Fritts

Rev. Ronald L. Fritts was ordained as a Unity minister in 2011 through the Field Licensing Program. His introduction to Unity was when he served as director of music for Unity Temple on the Plaza in Kansas City. He served as the minister at Unity of Quincy, in Quincy, IL for 7 years. He has served as President of the Great Lakes Unity Region Executive Ministry Team, and has served on the Unity Worldwide Ministries Alternative Ordination and Credentialing Teams. He is a certified Ministry Skills Consultant for Unity Worldwide Ministries.

Rev. Ron has a B.A. in Religion from Anderson University, and attended seminary there. He was ordained as a Church of God minister, and served congregations in Indiana, Colorado, Ohio and Nebraska, from 1969-1982. Before becoming a Unity minister he had a 19-year career as a YMCA Director.

Rev. Ron and wife, Cindy have been married 29 years. They have 2 children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, an amazing son-in-law, and 7 incredible grandchildren. They have also been foster parents to 7 children, hosted several college baseball players in their home, and currently have a dog and 3 cats in their family.

Ron’s volunteer work has included being a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children, an assistant baseball coach for John Wood Community College, and directing and singing in a community chorus.

Rev. Ron has a passion for sharing the teaching of Unity which he says has transformed his life, and is what so many are looking for, but don’t know it exists.


paul-5x7Rev. Dr. Paul Hasselbeck

Rev. Dr. Paul Hasselbeck, formerly Dean of Spiritual Education and Enrichment for Unity Institute, is now a "Minister at Large." He speaks and conducts workshops at churches, SEE-in-the-Field events, and conferences around the country, and also serves as faculty with Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute. For seven years, Paul hosted Metaphysical Romp, a weekly internet podcast program, on Unityfm. He now co-hosts Metaphysical Romp II with the Rev. Drs. Bil and Cher Holton. It is all about mastering the art of living metaphysically: metaphysical theory, supportive science, and practical application. It airs on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Central Time on www.unity.fm. These thought provoking, mind-stretching programs are also available as downloadable podcasts.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Cincinnati, a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the Ohio State University, and is an ordained Unity minister through Unity Institute. He was a Navy dentist prior to establishing a successful private practice in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he learned to be functional in Spanish.

Paul discovered the Unity Movement in Puerto Rico while he was an avid student and facilitator of A Course in Miracles. Paul was one of the co-founders of the only English-speaking Unity Church in Puerto Rico--before he even knew much about the Unity movement. He also served at Unity Church of Overland Park, Kansas, as Minister of Prayer and Pastoral Care and as a Retreat Minister for Unity Village Retreats. In describing his move from dentistry to ministry, Paul figures he has gone from preventing tooth decay to preventing truth decay, and recommends mental floss over dental floss and meditation over medication!

Rev. Dr. Paul Hasselbeck is the author of several books, including Point of Power: Practical Metaphysics to Help You Transform Your Life and Realize Your Magnificence (published in English and Spanish); and Heart-centered Metaphysics: A Deeper Look at Unity Teachings. He and the Holtons have worked together on several books, including Get Over It! The Truth About What You Know That Just Ain’t So!, Get Over These, Too! More Truths About What You Know That Just Ain’t So; PowerUP: The Twelve Powers Revisited as Accelerated Abilities; and Applying Heart-Centered Metaphysics. His most recent book, co-authored with Rev. Bill Heller, is Unity and A Course in Miracles: Understanding Their Common Path to Spiritual Awakening.

Paul has a particular passion for using language in accurate and precise ways, bringing metaphysics fully into the 21st Century. His presentations have taken him around the country, where he is known for his mind-stretching content. Participants consistently applaud his ability to make the topics of metaphysics and spirituality practical and understandable.

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Paul now resides in Overland Park, Kansas. In his “spare time,” Paul enjoys writing, reading, fitness activities, estate sales, surfing the internet, and loving up his two sweet Yorkshire Terriers.

What are people saying about Rev. Paul?

From Unity San Francisco Publicity: Our leading Metaphysics authority, Paul Hasselbeck,  has had a major role in bringing Unity’s Metaphysics into the 21st century.  With a genuine passion for clarity and precision, Paul guides his students to awaken awareness and deepen understanding. This is a rare opportunity to learn from a master; mark your calendar now and plan to be here.

From publicity for a previous retreat: People have commented on how Paul makes the teaching more understandable and practical in daily life.

Visit Paul's website at PaulHasselbeck.com to view his schedule and read his blog, The Absolute Word, Unity's Daily Word re-written in the language of Oneness.


bil-cher-dancepose-smallRev. Dr. Bil Holton and Rev. Dr. Cher Holton

Combine a flair for the dramatic, a deep understanding of metaphysics, an ability to think outside the box, and a knack for bringing scientific research and spiritual practices to life in practical ways, and you have defined the dynamic duo who are at the heart of the Global Center for Spiritual Awakening online ministry. In addition, they speak and conduct their unique Spiritual Cafés across the country.

Revs. Drs. Bil and Cher Holton bring quite a background of experience and depth of knowledge to this special ministry. It all began back in 1984, when together they founded The Holton Consulting Group, Inc., which is still alive and well today! They have worked with clients in the U.S., Canada, Germany, England, and South America, with a mission of leading, guiding, and inspiring people and organizations to live productively and joyfully at the speed of life … one choice at a time. Their impressive client list includes Fortune 100 companies, healthcare facilities, universities, associations and government agencies.

As a subsidiary of their consulting firm, the Holtons created two publishing enterprises: Liberty Publishing Group (focusing on professional and personal development publications) and Prosperity Publishing House (focusing on books for spiritual enrichment and education). They have published over 50 titles, including The Manager’s Short Course to a Long Career (ISBN1-893095-00-2) which was selected by SoundView Executive Summaries as one of their Top 30 Business Books, and New Metaphysical Versions of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and The Book of Revelation – the first ever verse-by-verse metaphysical interpretations of this kind. YOu can check out their spiritual books on their website.

In 2004, the Holtons made the decision to follow their hearts, and entered into a spiritual training program that has led them to become ordained Unity ministers. After serving two churches in North Carolina, they are now committed to a more global ministry through The Global Center of Spiritual Practices. Their spiritual mission is to create an online Cyber community for people who are more spiritual than religious, helping them master the art of living as they walk the spiritual path on practical feet.

More About Bil and Cher

Rev. Dr. Bil Holton has been writing, speaking, coaching, and publishing for over 30 years. Bil has a solid reputation for his strength of character, engaging personality, and strong work ethic. His metaphysical teachings and his ability to bring spiritual Truth into such clarity that people are able to walk the spiritual path with practical feet put him in high demand as a teacher and spiritual coach. When he isn’t involved in work and research, Bil enjoys golf, travel, jigsaw puzzles, the theatre, and landscaping.

Rev. Dr. Cher Holton claims her name is an acronym for her personal mission: Creating Hope, Enthusiasm, and Results … and she brings her zest for living and her practical applications of Truth principles to everything she does. Her background includes being “Preacher’s Kid,” a Certified Speaking Professional, and a Certified Management Consultant, which make her a much-sought-after facilitator, speaker, and coach in the corporate world. When she isn’t involved in church work and study, Cher enjoys a good mystery novel, crossword & logic puzzles, the theatre, travel, and design work.

On a personal note, the Holtons like to push the envelop and maintain their zest for life by taking what they call “Indiana Jones Adventures,” such as white-water rafting, sky diving, and fire walking. American-style ballroom dancing is also in their DNA. Although they have retired their competitive dance shoes, Bil and Cher love to perform ballroom showcases and exhibitions. Their two sons, beautiful daughters-in-law, and six incredible grandchildren all live nearby. Their visits are always joyful.

You can learn more at their websites: www.YourSpiritualPractice.com and www.HoltonConsulting.com/


img_0094Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett

Linda is the recently-appointed Vice President of Silent Unity for Unity World Headquarters! She is the former senior minister at Unity of San Antonio, former Board Member of Unity World Headquarters, and a mentor for emerging leaders in New Thought. Winner of 2011 Best Spiritual Author competition for her first book, How to Pray Without Talking to God, Linda Martella-Whitsett is an inspiring, respected Unity minister and spiritual teacher. She speaks at churches and conferences across the country whenever her new position offers the opportunity!

Linda’s second book, Divine Audacity: Dare to be the Light of the World, promotes humanity’s innate capacities with which to respond to life’s circumstances in spiritual maturity.

Learn more about Rev. Linda at her website: www.ur-divine.com, and check out her media events and press attention here.


gileswhitsettRetreat Musician, Giles Whitsett

Singer, guitarist, and songwriter Giles Whitsett has been supporting Unity communities with his bluesy, gospelly, jazzy style for many years.  Omaha and San Antonio especially appreciate his renditions of classics such as Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” and Giles’ originals,  including “Agent of Change.” 

Retreat Schedule

Thursday, April 12

4:00 - 5:30

5:30 - 6:30

7:00 - 9:00

Registration/Check in at Hotel Lobby

Dinner at the Inn

Retreat Opening Session (Fillmore Chapel) Music; Dynamic Kick Off; Getting Connected; Beginning the Exploration and Challenging Unquestioned Answers!

Friday, April 13 (How cool to have a Friday the 13th during our Retreat!)

7:30 - 8:30

9:00 - 10:30

10:30 - 12:00

12:00 - 1:00

1:30 - 3:00

3:00 - 5:00

5:30 - 6:30

7:00 - 9:00

Breakfast at the Inn


The Explosion: What's it mean to "Explode Dogma?" (Fillmore Chapel)

Lunch at the Inn

Continuing the Explosion! Be prepared for dynamic discussion, interaction, and mind-blowing a-has!(Fillmore Chapel)

Is it possible to NOT have dogma? How to stay relevant, on the cutting edge, and exploratory!

Dinner at the Inn

Interaction & Fun: More details to come (Fillmore Chapel)

Saturday, April 14

7:30 - 8:30

9:00 - 10:30

10:30 - 12:00

12:00 - 1:00

1:30 - 3:00

3:00 - 5:00


5:30 - 6:30

7:00 - 9:00

Breakfast at the Inn

More Details to Come

What Happens When What I Believe Doesn't Seem to Work? (Fillmore Chapel)

Lunch at the Inn

Free Time for exploration/rest/labyrinth walk - Special Tour of Silent Unity and optional time in the Prayer Vigil Chapel (?)

Science, Spirituality, & Life: How science supports spirituality; spiritual practices to integrate into your life; Using Principles

Dinner at the Inn

Sacred Movement, Sacred Fun! (Fillmore Chapel)

Sunday, April 15

7:30 - 8:30

9:00 - 10:30

10:30 - 12:00

12:00 - 1:00


Breakfast at the Inn

A Group Closure Experience More Details to Come! (Fillmore Chapel)

Celebrating Our Divinity: Capturing our Take-aways; Closing ceremony; Walking Each Other Home

Lunch at the Inn. Retreat Ends with lots of new or deepened friendships, and incredible spiritual adventures ahead!