Spiritual Leader & Music Minister
Unity of New York’s co-founder and Director of Music Ministry, Rev. Britt Hall’s work has received praise from around the globe. He is revered as a leader in the New Thought community and has shared his voice and insights around the country as speaker, vocalist and musician. He is not only an original member of our nationally recognized, dynamic vocal ensemble Spiritus, he is the director. Britt is also the creator/director of Voices In Unity, the powerful Unity New York choir. He has produced and directed a multitude of concerts and events at Unity of New York and beyond. Britt was also a member of the creative team of the inspirational book and recording, “Badge of Courage,” written by Barbara Raven, read by Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal, music by David Friedman, sung by Spiritus.
REV. SHAWN MONINGER
Rev. Shawn Moninger has been the Senior Minister at Unity Center of Norwalk since September 2004. He is the founding Board President here at Unity of New York. Rev Shawn 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 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.
We are delighted to have Shawn as our newest addition to the Unity of New York staff as our new Staff Minister!
ZOË LYONS NIEVES
After graduating from Northeastern University in 1991 with a BA in Business Administration/Marketing, Zoë Lyons Nieves moved to New York City to pursue a career as a professional singer. She found Unity in 1997 through the Artist group and became a member of Unity of New York in 2001. Zoë is grateful to be a regular soloist at the Sunday services and a former member of Spiritus and Voices In Unity choir. In addition to performing, Zoë worked as an executive assistant at a major television network for over 10 years. In January of 2005, she left that position to join the staff at Unity of New York. Zoë performs regularly, all while leading a double life as Unity of New York’s Administrative Director. To learn more about Zoë, please visit her website www.zlentertainment.com.
Ashot came to Unity through a referral from St. Michael’s, where he has been bookkeeper for over 2 years. Ashot graduated from City University of New York – Brooklyn College in 2014 with a BS in Public Accountancy. He also received a BS in General Economics from Armenian State University of Economics in Yerevan, Armenia in 2010. He resides in Brooklyn, NY and has been married to his beautiful wife Lilit since April 2015 and they’re expecting their first child in May 2018. He’s very excited to be working at Unity of New York and we’re thrilled to have him!
Leo has been working as Unity of New York’s Administrative Associate since February 2017. In addition to working part-time at the Unity office, he is our Sunday service “stage manager” and oversees the video team – making sure that our Sunday services are posted every week for all to see on our website. Leo brings his sense of style and his passion for creative expression into everything he does at Unity of New York – as you can see on stage every Sunday. We are so grateful to have him as part of our amazing team at Unity of New York!
Office/Sunday Service Assistant
Matthew Stewart has been the assistant at Unity of New York for over 6 years. He handles all of the office maintenance, monitors workshops, and assists the Volunteer Coordinators at our Sunday services. Mathew also heads our Music Outreach program and schedules performances at various venues such as senior centers and centers for people living with HIV/Aids. Unity is blessed to have Matthew as a member of our staff!