Reverend Rich discovered the Unity Movement over 25 years ago in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho where he attended the local church that was lead at the time by Reverend Marilyn Muehlbach. He found himself feeling very “at home” in Unity and quickly became a Truth student. He found himself teaching prosperity classes and became a member of the Board of Directors. During his time as treasurer on the Board, the church initiated a building fund campaign and built a new building on property owned by the Church.
After completing the unity Personal Development Program, he became a Chaplain at Unity Temple on the Plaza in Kansas City and then attended Unity School of Religious Studies, graduated, and was ordained in 2004. After ordination, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona and pioneered a ministry in Central Phoenix. In 2008, he moved to Seattle and became the Associate Minister of Adult Education at Seattle Unity. Rev. Rich has served on various ministry teams, taught multiple classes and is preparing to teach a class on Grief and Bereavement for the Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute. He has been a Registered Nurse for 44 years and has been involved in hospices nationwide for the last 25 years.
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Larry Schneider has a rich academic and professional background. He has earned two degrees: A Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health. His professional career includes serving as an Air Force medic, emergency medical technician, instructor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, public health administrator in the Florida State Health Department, and twelve years as senior minister at Unity of the Sierra in Nevada. Larry has taught numerous classes and workshops at Asilomar and SEE and served on Unity’s West Central Region Board of Trustees as a member, treasurer, and President.
Larry retired from church ministry seven years ago; however, he continues to serve as a guest speaker and teacher. Students describe him as knowledgeable, inspiring, mystical, caring, and light-hearted. Larry believes we all have a divine gift, and our task is to share that gift. One of his greatest joys comes when he is helping others discover and use their divine gift. Larry and his wife, Paula, are now fortunate to have far more time to read, take classes, teach, and travel together.
Paula Schneider graduated with a nursing degree from the University of Texas in 1976 and later received a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Texas in the early 1990’s. Ultimately, she worked as a Registered Nurse for 40 years, and her career included various nursing positions in Public Health and Hospice. She loves to write, has published a book, and wrote over 200 articles on death, dying, and spirituality that were published in Carson City’s (NV) newspaper, Nevada Appeal. She later conducted over 25 Discussions on Death and Dying in Nevada and California.
Paula currently spends her days studying metaphysics, specifically metaphysical Bible interpretation, practicing Fourth Way psychology, doing Zentangle (a meditative art form), sewing, and gardening. Her true passion is studying and discussing noble truths and ideas with her Unity minister husband, Larry. Together they read, discuss, teach, and lead classes, take classes via Zoom, and continue their decades-long spiritual journey through this life.