Unity History & Philosophy

Charles & Myrtle Fillmore

Unity was founded in 1889 by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, a couple who lived in Kansas City, Missouri. Both of them had physical challenges. Myrtle had a tubercular condition and had been given only a short time to live, and Charles was in constant pain with a withered leg caused by a childhood accident and inadequate medical treatment.

After a great deal of prayer, spiritual research, and study of the religions of the world, they formulated a philosophy based upon spiritual principles as taught by Jesus Christ. They practiced these principles and found that they worked; their lives were changed both physically and spiritually.

Others inquired about these principles, applied them to their lives, and they, too, were helped. From a small prayer group meeting in the Fillmore’s home during the late 1880s, a movement began that has encircled the globe.


The Fillmores believed Jesus taught the presence of God in every person and that God’s will for mankind is good. They believed that, as children of God, we are heirs to all that God is and that through prayer and meditation each of us can find God in our own way, at our own pace.

Through the practical application of universal spiritual principles, Unity has helped people around the world to live happier, healthier, and more productive lives. Unity is a way of life with no strict dogma or creed.

Unity is non-denominational and welcomes all people. It emphasizes the divine potential within everyone and seeks to help each person realize and express his or her divine potential for a more fulfilling and successful life.

In recent years, Unity has become more “Interfaith” in its expression, discovering and exploring the many ways in which the religions and cultures of the world have taught and practiced the universal principles embraced by Unity.