Unity is a positive , practical, progressive approach, to Christianity based on the teaching of Jesus and the power of prayer. Unity honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual's right to choose a spiritual path. Unity honors all spiritual paths
God is Spirit, the loving source of all that is. God is the one power, all good, everywhere, present, all wisdom. God is divine energy. Continually creating, expressing and sustaining all creation. In God we live and move and have our being. In Unity some other ways we speak of God are Life, Light Love, Substance, Principle, Law, Universal mind, and Source of all.
We believe that Jesus expressed his divine potential and sought to show humankind how to express ours as well. We see Jesus as a master teacher of universal truths and as our Way Shower. In Unity we use the term Christ to mean the divinity in humankind. Jesus is the great example of Christ in expression
Unity co founders charles and Myrtle Filmore, studied the Bible as history and allegory and interpreted it as a metaphysical representation of humankind's evolutionary journey toward spiritual awakening. In addition, Unity recognizes that the Bible is a complex collection of writing compiled over many centuries. We honor the writings as reflecting the the understanding and inspiration of the writers, at the time they were written. The Bible continues to be a valuable spiritual resource for us.
Unity teaches that each person is a unique expression of God, created with sacred worth. Living from that awareness transforms our lives and the world.
Unity emphasizes the creative power of thought in our life experience. We refer to this as the Law of Mind Action. When we take personal responsibility to choose life-affirming thoughts, words and actions, we experience a more fulfilling and abundant life.
Unity emphasizes the importance of applying spiritual principles in our daily lives.
Unity teachings continue to evolve as we identify, embrace and apply spiritual insights and the spiritual implications of new discoveries
Affirmative prayer is the highest form of creative thought. It Includes the release of counterproductive negative thoughts as well as holding in mind statements of spiritual truth. Through meditation, we experience the presence of God. Prayer and meditation heighten our awareness and thereby transform our lives
Charles married Myrtle in Clinton, Missouri on March 29, 1881, and the newlyweds moved to Pueblo Colorado, where Charles established a real estate business with the brother-in-law of Nona Lovell Brooks, who wa later to found the Church of Divine Science.
After the births of their first two sons, Lowell Page and Waldo Ricket Fillmore, the family moved to Kana City Missouri. Two year later, in 1886, Charles and Myrtle attended New thought classes held by Dr EB Weeks. Myrtle subsequently recovered from chronic tuberculosis and attributed her recovery to her use of prayer and other methods learned Weeks' classes. Subsequently Charles began to heal from his childhood accident, a development that he, too, attributed to following this philosophy and religion
A GROWING MOVEMENT
In 1889, Charles left his business to focus entirely on publishing a new periodical, Modern Thought. In 1890 they organized a prayer group[ that would later be called "Silent Unity" and in the following year, the Filmore's Unity magazine was first published. On December 7, 1892, Charles and Myrtle penned their Dedication and Covenant.
We Charles Fillmore and Myrtle Fillmore, husband and wife, herby dedicate ourselves, our time, our money, all we have and all we expect to have, to the Spirit of Truth, and through it to the Society of Silent Unity. It being understood and agreed that the said Spirit of Truth shall render unto us and equivalent for this dedication, in peace of mind, health of body, wisdom, understand, love, life, and an abundant supply of all things necessary to meet every want without our making any of things the object of our existence.
In the presence of the Conscious Mind Christ Jesus, the 7th day of December A.D 1892.
Dr. H. Emillie Cady, published a series titled lessons in Truth in the new Magazine. This material later was compiled and published in a book by the same name, which served as a seminal work of the Unity movement. Although Charles had no intention of making Unity into a denomination, his students wanted a more organized group. He and his wife were among the first ordained Unity ministers in 1906. Charles and Myrtle Fillmore first operated the Unity organization from a campus near downtown Kansas City. Unity began a formal program for training ministers in 1931
Myrtle Fillmore died in 1931 Charles remarried in 1933 to Cor G Dedrick who was collaborator on his later writings. Charles Fillmore made his transition in 1948.
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