NDEr, Minister of Unity in Chicago and Near-Death Experiencer
Rev. Ed Townley is senior minister at Unity in Chicago, one of the liveliest and fastest-growing New Thought spiritual centers in the world. He had an intense Near-Death Experience in September, 1975, which was instrumental in his becoming a Unity minister. He studied at the Unity School of Religious Studies and was ordained in 1991, after earlier careers as actor, director and playwright in New York City, Chicago and elsewhere.
Before returning to his home congregation at Unity in Chicago in 1998, he spent seven years of ministry in Oregon, including five as senior minister at Unity of Beaverton. His twin passions for the creative process and for empowering ministry resulted in the founding of Spirit Expressing. In its early years in Oregon, the Spirit Expressing ministry included a weekly television program, quarterly magazine, acting classes, writing workshops and a performance company. Now an integral part of Unity in Chicago, Spirit Expressing today is an umbrella comprised of artists, performers, musicians, designers, technicians, writers, a quarterly newsmagazine, various creative arts classes and an active website that boasts, among other things, a weekly web program in which Rev. Ed interviews outstanding spiritual voices from throughout the world. He is also the author of Meditations on the Mount, a practical guide to Jesus\' Sermon on the Mount and his personal story is featured in Studs Terkel\'s latest best-selling book, Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
In addition to his ministry, Ed is a featured speaker in churches and other venues throughout the United States, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Association for Global New Thought. His Sunday talks, daily messages and interview program are available on the Unity in Chicago website at: www.unitychicago.org