Youth & Family Ministries, Marelu Marson Greco
Marelu knows she has landed her dream job getting to work at Seattle Unity with an awesome staff, incredible volunteers, remarkable parents and off-the-chart-great children and teens. She goes home each Sunday sometimes exhausted but always feeling fulfilled by her interactions with her Seattle Unity community. Her greatest joy is watching the children and teens practicing the Unity Principles and learning that they work. She joined the staff in Sept. of 2003.
Marelu grew up a Baptist since her grandpa was a Baptist minister. This was fortunate for her in that she got to learn all about the Bible—the stories, the characters, the history and the poetry. This proved very useful to her when she later discovered a Unity church and took a class on the metaphysics of the Bible. Wow! What a glorious awakening that provided.
In 1979 she walked into her first Unity church (in Bellevue) and knew she had found her spiritual home. Over the next five years she took every class she could, including two visits to Unity Village for CEP sessions. At Unity of Bellevue, she also jumped right in as a Sunday school teacher and then became a co-Youth Education Director. She also volunteered as Uniteen teacher and a YOU Sponsor.
During this time she also served as the NW Regional Children’s Ministry Consultant, a position that enabled her to visit most of the Unity churches in the Pacific Northwest. Her children were astonished by all the fun she was having and asked her repeatedly when she was going to get a “real” job.
In 1986 she was invited to Houston Unity and served as their Youth Education Director for three years. When she returned to the Northwest, she submitted a proposal to Unity Worldwide Ministries to write a manual for children’s ministry leaders. New Directions in Spiritual Education was published in 1993 and became the text book for ministerial school and youth education training. She also served on several Unity curriculum writing teams. In 1995 Marelu was awarded the Outstanding Youth Services award at Unity Village.
She returned to Unity of Bellevue as their Youth Education Director in 1994 and in 2000 joined the staff at the Seattle Center for Spiritual Living as Director of Youth and Family Ministries. She also served on the International Youth and Family Ministry Core Committee for the Centers for Spiritual Living.
Marelu has always been a teacher. Her first career was teaching high school English and later Junior High (Language Arts and German). In the ‘90’s she was a parent education instructor at Green River Community College in the Parent Child Studies Department working specifically with parents of preschoolers. Over the years she has taught parenting classes at churches and in the community, been a Virtues Project trainer and presently serves on the Northwest Unity Youth Services Team as a children’s ministry trainer. She travels a couple of times a year to NW Unity churches to train new Sunday school teachers.