We celebrate a world awakened to the Creative Spirit inherent in all.
We inspire personal growth, healing and transformation through spiritual enrichment and creative expression.
Our Core Values
Creativity, Community, Compassion
“It has meant a lot to me to find a Unity ministry that focuses on spirit through creative expression–whatever form that expression might take. And that is the Unity Art Ministry. Imagine understanding Unity principles at a deeper level by expressing your inner experiences through creative expression! How cool is this idea for ministry! I love it.
I have found acceptance even on days where I show up an emotional mess. Rev. Jeniffer holds the space for me and hands me art supplies (or if we are on Zoom, makes gentle suggestions for art).” Barbara Hadley, Kansas City, MO
Who We Are
Unity Arts Ministry is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to the teachings of Unity with a focus on creative expression. Unity is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus and the power of prayer. Unity honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual’s right to choose a spiritual path.
Unity teaches that each person is a unique expression of God created with sacred worth. Living from that awareness transforms our lives and the world. Unity emphasizes the creative power of thought in our life experience. Choosing life affirming thoughts, words and actions, we experience a more fulfilling and abundant life.
What We Do
We combine spiritual enrichment with creative expression through local classes & workshops, Open Studio, and Unity Artists Coalition. We also provide guest speaking, creative workshops and special events for churches & retreats around the country.
Our dynamic website and social media engagement provide inspirational content to support you on your spiritual journey. We invite you to join our FaceBook group "Unity Arts Community" for supportive community; inspirational prompts; book studies; and monthly Artist Trading Card exchange.
Why Art Ministry
We believe creativity is our birthright—and art-making can be practiced by anyone regardless of experience or artistic talent for the purpose of self-expression, growth and discovery. The very act of creative expression can be healing on many levels by providing an outlet for mental and emotional release and bringing integration to the mind, body, psyche and soul.
Exploring art-making can awaken curiosity and childlike wonder, becoming a form of conscious play. It can also be a tool for mindfulness by sharpening our focus, deepening our awareness and bringing us peace, joy and self-acceptance. In fact–as creative beings–engaging our creative impulses and expressing them without self-judgment or comparison to others can lead us home to our deepest nature and truest self.
Meet the Unity Arts Ministry Team
Rev. Jeniffer Hutchins
Founding Minister / Guest Speaker / Workshop Facilitator
Rev. Jeniffer Hutchins, founder of Unity Arts Ministry, is an authority in the field of expressive art education and Unity ministry. She is an ordained Unity minister, art educator, professional artist, published author, and certified Reiki Master. Her mission is to inspire self-reflection and personal transformation through spiritual principles and the healing power of art.
Through Unity Arts Ministry, Rev. Jeniffer facilitates creative workshops, classes & retreat experiences; offers guest speaking services; and creative spiritual counseling. She has presented at spiritual centers across the country; is the host of the series "The Art of You" through New Thought Classics; and has been featured in magazine, radio and video podcast interviews.
Unity Artists Coalition Co-Founder & Events Planner
Shannon Sleeper holds a master’s degree in Art Therapy and a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art. She is co-founder of the Unity Artists Coalition which hosts monthly ArtsForum events on grounds at Unity Village, MO.
A curator of creative possibilities, Shannon brings spiritual ideas and creative resources together. Her focuses are on how art can nurture kindness and compassionate action in the world and how the arts can be a tool to explore concepts or process responses to ideas, objects, or people.
In addition to serving as the Unity Artist Coalition Events Planner, Shannon is a featured writer for UnityArtsMinistry.org.
Workshop Facilitator / Administrative Support
Jenny Hahn, BFA, is a professional artist and workshop facilitator who loves to help others tap their creativity using painting as a tool for mindfulness and self-discovery. She is cofounder of Creative Nectar Studio–A safe haven for creative self-discovery–and a supporting member of the Unity Artist Coalition at Unity Village.
She exhibits her vibrant acrylic paintings nationally and out of her studio at the Bauer Building in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District, opening to the public every First Friday. Her regular practice of insight meditation informs her creative process and teachings.
Jenny serves Unity Arts Ministry in multiple roles including: Administrative Support; Workshop Facilitator; and featured writer for UnityArtsMinistry.org.
Rev. Diana Kennedy
Workshop Facilitator / Social Media Outreach
Rev. Diana Kennedy is a Unity Minister, Q Coach, Creative Muse and Artist of Life. Her mission is to foster creative inspiration. From an early age, Diana lived “outside the box” and over the years has dabbled in dance, theater, writing, music, and painting. She is currently exploring the joys of acrylic painting, yoga and scarf dancing.
Diana considers her life to be a blank canvas and she draws upon Spirit to provide divine ideas in order to create a life of boldness and beauty. Her work supports both individuals and organizations in expressing a greater degree of creativity and inspiration.
Through Unity Arts Ministry, Diana serves on the Pastoral / Support team; offers "Playshops," workshops that integrate spiritual principles and creative expression in a safe and fun atmosphere; serves as a featured writer on UnityArtsMinistry.org; and offers her skills in social media outreach.
Rev. Robert Brumet
Robert Brumet is a teacher, writer and spiritual director. Robert conducts a variety of retreats, seminars and classes that focus on meditation, self-awareness and spiritual development. He has presented his programs at over one hundred Unity Churches throughout the US, Canada and the Caribbean. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Unity Worldwide Ministries Light of God Expressing Award for outstanding service to the Unity movement.
Robert is the author of four books: Finding Yourself in Transition (1995), The Quest for Wholeness (2002), Birthing a Greater Reality (2010) & Living Originally (2013).
Rev. Carla McClellan
Carla McClellan is an ICF-certified life coach and ordained Unity minister. She specializes in developing leadership and teamwork in churches and nonprofits and is a leadership development trainer with the Academy for Coaching Excellence. For the past four years, she served as Retreats Manager at Unity Village. Previously, she spent six years as Senior Minister at Unity of Independence.
Carla is passionate about helping people find clarity, focus, ease and grace so that they may have a more vibrant relationship with life and those around them. Carla hosts the Vibrant Living radio show on Unity Online Radio and is a life and spiritual coach. Her goal is to create a safe space where people can learn who they are, rediscover their passion and turn their dreams into realities.
Rev. Geraldine Colvin
Rev. Geraldine Colvin serves as senior minister at Unity of Northwest Indiana, where she has served for 17 years. has served two terms on the Great Lakes Unity Regional Board of Trustees as member of the Peace Worker Team; and on the Radio Media Ministry Team of Unity Worldwide Ministries.
Dedicated to lifelong learning, Rev Geraldine has extensively studied Organizational Leadership at Purdue University-Calumet; Bowen Family Systems Theory at the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center; completed the Unity Peace Worker Training; and is a Certified Trainer of The Q Effect. She is a Certified Trainer for Healthy Congregations and has completed the Thriving, Coherent, Integral Leadership Training. Rev has been a Facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie since 2004 and is a graduate of The School for the Work.
Office & Studio Location: 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO. 2nd Floor Admin Bldg. Entrance located at far end of the bookstore parking lot next to the portico. See Map.
Office Hours: according to workshop schedule or by appointment.
Mailing Address: 3929 SW Chartwell Ct, Lee's Summit, MO 64082