About Ellen

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I've been a writer since I attempted my first poem at age 8. Writing turned out to be the vehicle that carried me into different careers and arenas.

I first worked as a journalist for United Press International then the Tampa Bay Times in Florida. There, I was political editor, covering campaigns for president and governor. (Don't get me started on politics.)

I was based in Washington, D.C., when I began to feel guided into ministry. I argued with God about the guidance—as I so often do—but you know how that story ends. I was ordained in 1999.

It wasn't as big a leap as you might think from Washington reporter to Unity minister. For me, it was still about writing—taking ideas, then synthesizing and delivering them in ways that might be useful to people's lives.

Ellen looking at rainbowOver the next 18 years, I served at churches in Dallas and Wimberley, Texas, a wacky small town outside Austin. This picture is of me on the back porch at Unity of Wimberley, watching the most spectacular rainbow I've ever seen.

In 2017, journalism and ministry dovetailed in a new job at Unity World Headquarters near Kansas City, Missouri. I oversee the editors and managers of Daily Word, Unity Magazine, Unity Media Network and nearly all the messages Unity sends into the world.

A legendary writer, James Dillet Freeman, once said the heart of the Unity spiritual movement is “words that change lives.” That's what we try to do every day.

I've written two books along the way. The Five Principles is about the spiritual laws that govern our lives. Hell in the Hallway, Light at the Door is about the spiritual path through change and transition.

I expect I'll spend the rest of my life behind a computer screen, writing and editing, fashioning words in some way. It never gets old.

If you need a more official bio, here ya go:

Ellen Debenport's first career was in journalism, working as a reporter for United Press International, then as political editor for the Tampa Bay Times. She was posted in Washington, D.C., when she began to feel a call to deeper spiritual exploration.

Ordained by Unity Worldwide Ministries in 1999, Ellen served as minister at the 1,000-member Unity of Dallas church, took a year off to write, then in 2009 became minister at Unity of Wimberley, a delightfully wacky town outside of Austin, Texas.

In the summer of 2017, she took over as vice president of content and media strategy for Unity World Headquarters near Kansas City, Missouri. She oversees Daily Word, Unity Magazine, Unity Media Network and messaging for most Unity communications.

She is the author of Hell in the Hallway, Light at the Door, about the spiritual path through change and transition, and The Five Principles: A Guide to Practical Spirituality, which is studied in Unity centers around the world.

Ellen speaks at Unity churches throughout the country and hosted nearly 200 shows for Unity Online Radio. She also teaches classes, leads workshops and conducts retreats for other spiritual-but-not-religious seekers.

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