Rev. Edith Washington-Woods was licensed and ordained by Unity Worldwide Ministries in June 2009. She is also a Licensed Unity Teacher specializing in Adult Education. She holds a Masters of Divinity from Unity Institute, located at Unity Village, Missouri.
Rev. Edith earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Metropolitan State University in Minnesota, has been a Licensed Electrician for 19 years (in fact, was the first African American woman to become a licensed electrician in the state of Minnesota), as well as a certified practitioner in the healing art of touch therapy. The Reverend has training in Nonviolent Communication, HeartMath, BePeace, Mediation and Peacemaking.
Rev. Washington-Woods understands there are many paths to God. She loves to teach using books from Unity authors as well as from other spiritual leaders such as Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Eckhart Tolle, Wayne Dyer and Marianne Williamson.
Before coming to Unity of Syracuse, she was involved with Unity South Church in Bloomington, Minnesota, where she expanded a special fall program to include the youth ministry. She also organized discussion groups after each Sunday service and created handouts for study after the services and to take home. Rev. Edith believes this fostered opportunities for family discussion during the week.
Rev. Edith has an extensive background of service in anti-violence advocacy, addiction recovery groups and penal institutions. Her service work includes coaching and empowering leaders to create and maintain effective teams in churches, community organizations and on an individual basis.
She continuously participates in personal and professional courses that improve her communication skills, leadership abilities and her capacity to develop and empower effective, heart-centered leaders. Rev. Washington also has a daily prayer and meditation practice, which includes prayer partners from a variety of faith traditions.
The highlight of her participation in the community has been her work with elementary schools, the YWCA’s Girl Power Program, and participating in the Science & Industries' African Americans in Science exhibits. Rev. Edith is a lifelong learner committed to being of service to others.