Rev. Shawn Moninger, Minister – Rev. Shawn is an ordained Unity Minister. He has been the Senior Minister at Unity Center of Norwalk since September 2004. Rev. Shawn is the founding President of The Unity Church of New York in New York City. He began his spiritual journey in earnest in 1997 after a successful career as a lighting and sound designer in New York nightclubs. He has won four MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) and a Backstage Bistro Award all for outstanding Technical Direction. (Becoming a minister was the only thing left to do after that.)
Rev. Shawn and his partner David Friedman are in high demand as speakers in the New Thought and Unity movements. They travel extensively speaking at prominent events such as the International New Thought Alliance Conference, Unity Conference, retreats and leading churches throughout the country.
In 2015 Shawn debuted his solo stand-up comedy show "Because I Can” at the Metropolitan Room in New York City, for which he won a MAC Award for Male Debut performance.
Shawn’s mission in life, and in his ministry, is for everyone on planet Earth (including himself) to KNOW that he or she is Good. It is a simple task and a powerful journey.
Kenneth Gartman, Music Director - Kenneth has been playing piano and music directing in spiritual communities for over 25 years. He moved from Texas to New York City in 2000 to pursue a career in musical theatre. Here are a few of his credits. Theatre: Inner Voices III: Arlington (Off-Broadway); Bryan Putnam’s The ToyMaker (Eugene O’Neill Theater Conference, 2012); Zapata! The Musical (NYMF2012) and subsequent cast recording; Once Removed, a new musical with music by Graham Russell of Air Supply; Show Choir! the Musical (NYMF2010); The ToyMaker (NYMF2009) and subsequent cast recording; Trouble in Shameland (FringeNYC) and subsequent cast recording. Cabaret/Concerts: Rev. Yolanda’s Old Time Gospel Hour, Joshing Around, Unity Benefit Concerts, Concerts for City Greens, Cabaret Cares, The Salon Open Mic(Host/Co-Host), A Ballsy Christmas Open Mic (Host). Singer/Performer: Kenneth Gartman…Not Like the Other Cavemen (cabaret debut), National Tour of The Music Man; Side by Side by Sondheim; Simply Sondheim LIVE! (BBC Broadcast); and A New York Songbook: Way Off Broadway. For more information, visit www.KennethGartman.com
David Friedman has written songs of inspiration, love and hope that take on new emotional meaning in these challenging times. With 5 Broadway shows, his own Off Broadway Show , 8 Disney Films, 3 television series and recordings by such artists as Diana Ross, Barry Manilow and Nancy LaMott to his credit, David has, in recent years, come to realize that his true mission in life is to help heal and enlighten people in whatever ways he can. With this in mind, David recently wrote a book entitled The Thought Exchange – Choose a new Thought, Choose a new Life and spends a great deal of time travelling around the country lecturing, giving concerts and teaching Thought Exchange principles in workshops and private sessions.
Gigi Benanti - Gigi Benanti is an experienced Usui Reiki Master/Teacher. She became a Reiki Master in 1996 and is also experienced in Jikiden Reiki (Level 3) Gigi founded Angelic Healing Center in Norwalk, CT where she currently practices. She a member of International Association of Reiki Professionals and has been a Certified Reiki therapist with Masionicare Hospice since 2009. Gigi was recipient of the D.O.V.E Award in 2013 as volunteer of the year. For more about Gigi Benanti visit www.angelhealreiki.com
Carol Dubs - Carol has been involved with Unity Center of Norwalk since 1999 as a member, Treasurer, and Financial Director. A Connecticut licensed CPA and QuickBooks ProAdvisor, she enjoys helping non-profits and small businesses get financially organized and align their finances with their dreams.
Gloria Kitchen is the church Office Manager. Gloria has held many positions in administrative work and has served as office manager for several small businesses including the business she ran with her husband Doug. She also obtained a degree in visual communicattions and enjoys graphics. Aside from these skills, Gloria is a certified One Light Healing touch practitioner.