Spiritual Leader & Music Minister
Rev Britt Hall is a Licensed Unity Minister and co-founder of Unity of New York, where he has served as the Music Minister since 1999 and Spiritual Leader since 2016. Credentialed as a Licensed Unity Minister and an ordained Interfaith/Interspiritual Minister, he is currently part of the Unity Worldwide Ministries Field Path program towards Unity ministerial ordination. Britt is revered as a leader in the New Thought/Unity Worldwide community and has shared his voice and insights around the country as speaker, presenter, vocalist and musician. He is a leader of the production team for the annual Unity Worldwide Ministries international conventions and led our very own Spiritus vocal ensemble as the featured musicians at the June 2018 convention in Kansas City. Unity of NY is grateful to Britt for his vision and leadership.
REV. SHAWN MONINGER
Rev. Shawn Moninger has been the Senior Minister at Unity Center of Norwalk since September 2004 and Staff Minister at Unity of New York since 2017. 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.
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.
Ashot came to Unity in 2016 through a referral from St. Michael’s, where he has worked as the bookkeeper since 2014. 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 Jersey City, NJ with his beautiful wife Lilit and their daughter, Vivienne.
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 facebook live, our website, and youtube. 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!
Sunday Volunteer Coordinator
Matthew Stewart has been an assistant at Unity of New York since 2012. In 2018, he stepped into the role of Volunteer Coordinator for our Sunday celebration services. Mathew also heads our Music Outreach program, scheduling performances at various venues such as senior centers and centers for people living with HIV/Aids, where he and fellow Unity singers share their talents. Unity is blessed to have Matthew as a member of our staff!