Dan Perin -- I have been a Unity minister since 1960, now retired. In 1960 I founded Unity Church of Bellevue, Washington where I served until June 1964. In January 1967, after serving two years as minister of Unity Church in Spokane, Washington, I was invited to become Director of Youth Education for the Association of Unity Churches at Lee’s Summit, Missouri. During my tenure on the Association staff I served as a faculty member of the Unity School for Ministerial and Religious Studies. I also lectured and conducted educational seminars for youth education workers in Unity churches throughout the United States and the Western Hemisphere.
Seeking to explore an inner leading toward new growth, I left the formal ministry and moved to Denver, Colorado where in 1973 I incorporated Whole Life Learning Center, as a non-profit independent wholistic education and counseling center serving a broad range students interested in alternative education, healing and personal growth practices. My personal interests have focused on meditation, psychic development, dream study and other altered states development. The Center was widely known in the Rocky Mt Region as a “safe” place to explore personal growth and development of the whole person. During this period I was also active in the Colorado Holistic Health Network and the Denver Free University, a large alternative educational institution, where I served as treasurer and a term as president.
After nine years of successful operation I turned the Center over to other staff members at the Colorado Springs branch of WLLC. I then entered the business community engaging in a variety of endeavors including special project accounting and consultant work and service through temporary employment agencies.
In August 1987 I rejoined the staff at Unity of Bellevue as administrator. In addition the business administration of the church, I also conducted a variety of classes. In April 1991 I resigned to pursue other ventures. After serving as a temporary employee with Safeco Insurance, a Fortune 500 company, I was invited to hire on permanently. I retired from Safeco after 11 years.
Like most folks, my life has been an experience of challenge and change. Sometimes the changes have been relatively easy to make. Other times they were not. In all cases, to the degree to which I was open to understanding the process, I have grown and become better prepared for subsequent opportunities. To me, an important part of my growth is concerned with how I can live successfully in a world that is torn by conflict and frustration, and make a positive contribution to improving those conditions. It is hoped that through the two Web Logs I am involved with that others will be motivated to reach out in their own lives to engage in positive actions that will improve our world.
I am divorced, have a son, David, and a daughter, Jennifer; four grandchildren and a great grand daughter and a new great grandson. I have self-published two books: LifeCentering: A Transformational Meditation Book, and Moments: In the Journey Through Life.
Lloyd Agte – I was born here on the western end of the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation in Northern Idaho in a house about 1/4 mile up the road from where we built our new house after I retired from Casper College in Wyoming in 2004, after teaching Engish, Film Studies, and Video Production there for thirty years.
My early labors were the typical small farm labors of feeding livestock, gathering eggs, working in haying season, packing wood, raising rabbits and ducks for purchase of a new bicycle, and so on. In high school I worked as a helper in a café-tavern, then in a Texaco service station and driving truck in area fall wheat harvest. After graduating high school in Plummer, my "home town," though we lived 4 miles away, I worked the season logging as a riggin' slinger on a jammer (hooking logs in the woods with tongs which a crude crane--the jammer--drug to a landing to load on a truck). Four days after I turned eighteen, I traveled to Seattle, three hundred miles away and became a final assembly aircraft inspector (on the B-52 at the time), where I worked for two-and-a-half years until I matriculated at the University of Idaho in the Fall of 1959, first in engineering but switching to English late in my Sophomore year. The first two college summers were spent in Seattle briefly working for Boeing again, then as a hod carrier and construction laborer, while the remaining summers were spent in Spokane and Plummer as a hod carrier, construction laborer, and a helper at an iron works fabrication business.
I graduated from the University of Idaho, B.A. English and a secondary teaching certificate, but chose to go to graduate school in Texas, Sul Ross State University, after which I became an Instructor at The University of Wyoming, marrying Barbara Becker whom I met at Sul Ross. We both left in 1968 to attend Kent State University in Ohio where we both had Teaching Fellowships. I became highly involved in the Vietnam anti-war protests there, which culminated in the Ohio National Guard killing four innocent students on May 4, 1970, after which my anti-war efforts doubled. We left there in the Summer of 1972 and I worked for the season as a carpenter's helper in Lewiston, Idaho, after which we spent the late-winter season until mid-summer season in Mexico in a van. I hired on as an Instructor at Casper College in 1973, completed the Ph.D at Kent State in 1980 and taught at Casper College until I retired, divorcing in 1992 and marrying Barbara Walter Sixbey in 1997. We moved into our new house in 2008 and have been living there happily ever after.