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Unity Basics Teaches Foundational History and Beliefs

Have you ever heard of Charles and Myrtle Fillmore? Unity Basics, one of the two classes required for membership, covers the story of how Myrtle Fillmore struggled with tuberculosis, an incurable but common disease in the late 1800s. Her journey of healing planted the seeds of what we now know as Unity.
Jennie Scott

Jennie Scott

Licensed Unity Teacher

Have you ever heard of Charles and Myrtle Fillmore? Unity Basics, one of the two classes required for membership, covers the story of how Myrtle Fillmore struggled with tuberculosis, an incurable but common disease in the late 1800s. Her journey of healing planted the seeds of what we now know as Unity.

 

Charles was glad for Myrtle’s healing, but he was more of a skeptic. He had studied a number of religious paths, and felt like if God was one with us, he should be able to “go to headquarters” and speak with it. As Charles came around, and with people knocking on the door of their Kansas City home looking for healing, he finally realized that Myrtle was on to something. In 1891, Unity began.

 

The early days of Unity were based on publishing magazines and holding prayer services in the Fillmore home. Myrtle also answered letters from many people requesting prayer. Soon their home was too small, and they moved to a larger building in booming Kansas City. Silent Unity and Daily Word were created to meet demands for prayer. Both of them continue today. And Unity still is based on positive, affirmative prayer, seeing the Divine Idea of wholeness, prosperity, Divine Order and faith.

 

The Fillmore’s never intended to create a religion. To this day, we say “the Unity Movement”, not the church. However, as Unity grew, there was a demand for a more unified belief system. H. Emilie Cady wrote Lessons in Truth in the early 1900s, and it is still a best seller. However, later teachers felt there was a need for a more simplified statement of beliefs. This began the 5 Principles. Here they are below:

 

  • God is good, everywhere present
  • Each of us is of God, therefore we have a spark of the Divine within
  • Our thoughts, our words and our feelings create our reality
  • Prayer and meditation are the tools we use to manifest our life
  • We demonstrate our beliefs by living the Truth that we know.

These five principles, though simple, are a bit more difficult when put into practice. Unity Basics goes deeper into discussion of each one, and how they can be applied in our lives. A daily practice of the 5 Principles can create a life of spiritual depth, positive thought, and wholeness and ease.

 

Unity still has a home in Kansas City, and Unity Village is now a destination for many Unity believers. The Kansas City Star once published an article “What Goes on at Unity Village?” because even locals don’t know. It is now the world headquarters for all the Unity congregations, education, and even boasts an LEED-certified hotel.

 

Focusing a little closer to home, Unity North has been our spiritual home for more than 30 years, and many of our congregants share stories of the “shopping center” days. Unity Basics talks a little about where we came from, where we are, how to get plugged in, and where we are going. Even now in the days of pandemic, there are ways you can connect with others in our community and be safe.

 

If this blog has you wanting more, check out Unity Basics by registering online HERE. You don’t have to be new to Unity, you can come for a refresher as well. If you have any questions, email Jennie Scott at EnergeticSpaces@aol.com or Brandy Morrow at officemanager@unitynorth.org

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