Unity is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings 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 Worldwide Ministries is an association that includes Unity ministries, their leaders and congregants, our regions and our central office. Together, we provide practical teachings to help people live healthy, prosperous and meaningful lives. See how Unity Worldwide Ministries was formed on our history page.
The central office staff of Unity Worldwide Ministries works to support ministers, ministries, credentialed leaders, regions, the Board of Trustees and ministry teams. We are your partners in ministry. At the Unity Worldwide Ministries central office, we:
- Provide a central place for you to contact for resources, tips and encouragement.
- Facilitate minister placement.
- Develop communications vehicles such as the web, videos, social networking, publications, branding materials and our annual convention.
- Provide educational opportunities for spiritual growth and career development through Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute.
- Implement standards of credentialing for ministers and licensed teachers.
- Create products for ministry development such as the Transformation Experience, Enlightened Leaders, Thriving in Unity and Power of Prosperity programs.
- Produce curriculum and education products for all ages, including small group ministry.
- Provide ministries with administrative tools including bylaws, and ministers with pension opportunities.
- Guide the development of new ministries.
- Foster the production of uplifting, affirmative music.
- Organize the ministry teams and their meetings for our governance.
- Support all who contact us with prayer, etc.
A world powerfully transformed through the growing movement of shared spiritual awakening. (Take a look at our developing vision PowerPoint)
Advancing the movement of spiritual awakening and transformation through Unity, a positive path for spiritual living.
Spirit-Led – We are centered in God. Spirit leads our thoughts and actions as we co-create a world that works for all.
Generosity – Living in the infinite flow of God’s good, we draw from God’s inexhaustible supply and wisely use our rich resources to serve the world.
Transformation – We are a dynamic movement on the cutting edge of spiritual evolution. We teach universal spiritual principles that change lives.
Diversity – We believe that all people are created with sacred worth. We promote greater understanding among people in a spirit of unity.
Integrity – We act from a place of wholeness and are ethical in all our actions.We keep our word.
Unity – Loving, collaborative, respectful.
Born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Charles Fillmore founded Unity, a spiritual organization within the New Thought movement, with his wife, Myrtle Page Fillmore, in 1889. He became known as an American mystic for his intuitive guidance and his contributions to allegorical interpretations of Scripture.
An ice-skating accident when he was 10 broke Fillmore’s hip and left him with longtime physical challenges. In his early years, despite little formal education, he studied Shakespeare, Tennyson, Emerson and Lowell as well as works on spiritualism, Eastern religions and the occult.
He met his future wife, Myrtle Page, in Denison, Texas, in the mid-1870s. After losing his job there, he moved to Gunnison, Colorado, where he worked at mining and real estate.
Myrtle was the eighth child (of nine) of an Ohio businessman-farmer. Born Mary Caroline Page, she adopted the name Myrtle in early childhood and used it the rest of her life. Her parents were strict Methodists, but Myrtle rejected their puritanical teachings. She contracted tuberculosis at a young age.
At the age of 21, Myrtle enrolled in the Literary Course for Ladies at Oberlin College. After graduating in 1867, she taught in Clinton, Missouri. She spent the next 13 years there, with the exception of 1877-78, when she spent a year in Denison, Texas, hoping to recover from tuberculosis.
INTRODUCTION TO NEW THOUGHT
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 was later to found the Church of Divine Science.
After the births of their first two sons, Lowell Page and Waldo Rickert Fillmore, the family moved to Kansas City, Missouri. Two years later, in 1886, Charles and Myrtle attended New Thought classes held by Dr. E. B. Weeks. Myrtle subsequently recovered from chronic tuberculosis and attributed her recovery to her use of prayer and other methods learned in Weeks’ classes. Subsequently Charles began to heal from his childhood accident, a development that he, too, attributed to following this philosophy. Charles Fillmore became a devoted student of 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 Fillmore’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, hereby 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 an equivalent for this dedication, in peace of mind, health of body, wisdom, understanding, love, life and an abundant supply of all things necessary to meet every want without our making any of these things the object of our existence.
In the presence of the Conscious Mind of Christ Jesus, this 7th day of December A.D. 1892.
Dr. H. Emilie 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 Cora G. Dedrick who was a collaborator on his later writings. Charles Fillmore made his transition in 1948.