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Charles and Myrtle Filmore

Charles & Myrtle Fillmore

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

After a lot of prayer, spiritual research, and study of the religions of the world, they created a spiritual philosophy. It was 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 asked about these principles and applied them to their lives. As a result, the practices and prayers helped. The Fillmores went from hosting small prayer group meetings in their home, to starting a worldwide New Thought movement.

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

By applying these 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.  It seeks to help each person realize and express their own divine potentials to live a more fulfilling and successful life.

Religions and cultures of the world have taught and practiced the universal principles embraced by Unity. Because of this fact, Unity has become more “Interfaith” in focus and expression in recent years.

Unity Today

The Fillmores started a movement that began as a magazine and then later branched out into forming churches. There are over 1,000 unity churches, centers, and study groups worldwide. As an organization, Unity has expanded to include the Daily Word publication, which provides daily devotional readings, affirmations, and scripture lessons focused on living a positive life with God. They also have the monthly Unity Magazine, publish booklets, and books by leaders from the Unity movement. Finally, Unity provides prayer support through Silent Unity®, which accepts prayers by letter, phone, email, and text. Today, Silent Unity® receives 1.4 million prayer requests a year.