About New Vista’s Virtual Classroom

Unity New Vista Learning Center is a progressive spiritual learning community which offers credentialed Unity SEE classes through virtual online classroom. In this manner, New Vista reaches many people who are eager to fulfill the requirements to become Unity ministers and teachers as well as center leaders. Others join the classes for personal spiritual growth and find themselves in a community of interesting, caring New Thought students who stimulate and encourage their growth across the miles.

As I envisioned this ministry, I imagined that it would become international. Then I launched the ministry June 15, 2015, and the first student to register was from New South Wales, Australia! We are literally a global learning community!

I am committed to offering accessible, affordable, engaging, personal professional Unity spiritual education and enrichment.

Why the name “Unity New Vista”?   

Unity Worldwide Ministries has asked all ministries to use Unity as the first word in their name, and the location of the ministry next. As a virtual ministry, it doesn’t matter where I am located, nor where my students are located. I could connect with you from my own home, from a vacation cottage at the beach,  or a bed and breakfast in Amsterdam!  So for the name of this virtual ministry, I was not confined by location.

I wanted to communicate a broad outlook, a fresh perspective, a new way of seeing ministry and learning:  Unity New Vista Learning Center.  In my creation of a virtual internet classroom, I am modeling  a new vision of training our future Unity leaders. Additionally, I am tweaking the SEE curriculum to incorporate the latest thoughts about science and religion as unity wingswell as the search for the historical Jesus.  Yet, I honor and extol the classic Unity teachings so that we can have a full perspective of our heritage.

I also suggest it is time to “see” the Unity movement with a new perspective, one that will be true to the consciousness of Unity’s founders and also relate to the awakening consciousness of the 21st Century. I have a keen interest in the study of the evolution of consciousness, particularly through the model of Spiral Dynamics. spiral_dynamicsThis model has given me a new perspective. It has helped me see the world through a new lens.  It has helped me understand trends in culture, politics, social changes, church dynamics, family behaviors, and my own self-awareness.

I think that if the Unity movement is to maintain relevance in the 21st Century, we must see our ministry within the framework of the evolution of consciousness. My desire is to invite Unity leaders to stretch themselves (to mature spiritually) into the “second tier” of consciousness, which requires continual conscious release of ego. Awakening is about evolving our consciousness. Maturing spiritually is expedited by exploring our understanding of the levels of consciousness. Our goal as spiritually mature beings is to perceive others’ consciousness with compassion, empathy and tolerance and acceptance.


How Does the Virtual Classroom Work?

New Vista’s classes are interactive real-time online classes.  We use video cameras so we can see all the participants who wish to activate their cameras. Seeing each other is crucial to spiritual and emotional expansion as a group.  We can talk with each other, and break into small groups: a perfect venue for establishing an environment of trust, which is essential for spiritual growth. We pray and meditate together, too.

I firmly believe that retention and assimilation of the material correlates directly with the student’s level of participation and engagement. With that in mind, I vary my modes of teaching and facilitating. I offer ideas and theories in short paragraphs, then ask for open discussion. I welcome your use of the chat box while I’m talking: it helps me tune into what you want to learn. We break into small groups for short discussions.

Students are very happy  to learn in this environment: ” I was hesitant about this since I’m not a techie. But it’s really easy and such a great learning environment!”  

“It’s so much better than the typical online class because it’s so personal!”  

“We really create community together, even though we’re many miles apart!”  

“I’m beginning to look forward to these classes every week! I’m definitely going to sign up for another course!” 

To fully participate, you’ll need internet connection. The faster the bandwidth, the better your reception and transmission.  You will also need a video camera and microphone on your computer.(they come standard in most of today’s computers.)

When you register, PayPal will send me a notice. Within 24 hours, I’ll  send you a welcome letter, the syllabus to the class. We use Zoom for our live sessions.  Zoom LogoI’ll send you a link to the classroom. Log in ten minutes before each class so you can activate your video camera and microphone.  (Your face and shoulders will show up in a little box on everybody’s screen, so you might want to wear a shirt and comb your hair!)

When you log in, I will be there to welcome you into the classroom and make sure we can see and hear each other. Once we’re all in, we’ll begin with a centering prayer, just like we would in any Unity class.  We can share through open microphone or through the chat box. Sometimes we break into small groups, or watch a video together, take a tour of another website.  I always have some PowerPoint slides to add to the visual learning experience. The platform is perfect for our type of learning: audio/video contact with each other helps us see non-verbal Member_bluecommunications, which is so important to spiritual/emotional exploration.

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18 thoughts on “About New Vista’s Virtual Classroom

  1. Hi Pat, I would very much enjoy this but have a standing Thursday commitment from 6:30-10 PM. so cannot be involved in anything live during these hours. Is this recorded and made into a CD or DVD? I would be happy to purchase it. I’m a retired Unity Spiritual Leader (71) and love to stay fresh and active in my thoughts. Any suggestions? Thanks, Joyce


    1. Thanks for asking, Rev. Joyce. I would love to serve you in this way! Of course, I offer classes on other nights as well. So you might look into the Monday of weekend classes. I have not yet considered making the courses into a CD or DVD. That would involve a much different type of teaching. My courses are very interactive, discussion-type learning. I believe that adults in a group teach each other. In other words, it isn’t a one-way or top-down interaction when I teach. Each session can be recorded, however, and , along with the PowerPoint slides that I share, someone could do a self-study of the course. I’ll consider this as an alternative and get back to you on that, if you’ll send your email address to newvistaunity@gmail.com. I also send out a e-newsletter, which you could subscribe to by email.


  2. Is there a way, that I can test out my pc to ensure that it will work with virtual class. I do not want to pay and not be able to see the class. Software on machines can have a mind of their own and I would like to see, if my machine and its software will work…if not I can start now to resolve. thanks for the consideration


  3. Pat, I just registered for Metaphysics 2. I cannot find this class on Unity’s website. Sorry for the hassle but is it possible to send link.


  4. Hi! My name is Stacey Warner and I have sign up for Development of the Unity Movement starting today and I do not have the link to down load the webinar plug in. I can’t wait to start!!


    1. Hi, Stacey. Thanks for registering for the course. I understand that this is confusing, but there are two places where you need to register. You registered at Unity Institute, which is where you register to earn credit for the course, toward LUT or pre-seminary. But you also need to register with me, at this site. When you do, I’ll send you the welcome packet, which includes instructions on how to enter the virtual classroom as well as the syllabus. Go to the tab labeled “Unity SEE Classes” at this site an register with PayPal. I’ll respond ASAP.


  5. Rev Pat, I need to have you please resend the email that contained the coursework assignments for class. I can not seem to find the email with the attachments in my email for some reason. Thank you so much!


  6. Hallo,

    i have done a renarration about the Gospel and the live of Jesus without myth. Same way than Jesus can be a men like you and me. The gospel is, that love is god. Love is our creater and he is the embodiment of this love. He is not a Whodini and the wonders are pictures and peoms, that can tell us much more inside of our mind. I like your picture from the quiet praying Jesus on your Homepage and woud ask you: Can I use this picture for the cover from my book “Der Gesalbte”?

    friedly Volker Wirths


    1. I love this picture, too! Most pictures I’ve seen of Jesus’ style of prayer show Jesus begging for mercy. My image of Jesus is an enlightened master, who sit in meditation as peacefully as does the Buddha.
      That being said, I am not the person to give you permission. In fact, I found the picture in a Google search and did not obtain permission to use it on my site. In a similar search today, I was unable to find the picture again, except under my web address.


  7. I have submitted the payment to paypal. I work evenings and my availablity to be online is somewhat limited. Are the realtime sessions archived so I can view them?


    1. I got your payment, Roberta, and sent you a welcome letter.
      I want students to be actively engaged, and prefer that you be there in real time, since we have discussions that are so valuable. This course has 9 people registered, so we’ll have wonderful discussions with the large group as well as breakout groups. But if you have to miss a session or two, the recording if available. I send a link the recording at the end of each session.


    2. Yes, every session is recorded so you won’t miss the discussion. When you’ll be absent from a live session, you’ll listen to the recording and write me an email with specific comments on points of the session.


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