Treasures of the Archives

Unity founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore understood Christmas as a season of great joy and expectancy but also viewed it as a time for inner celebration when the Christ is born in human hearts.

“The Divine Man, which Jesus brought forth, must be born into the consciousness of the Higher...

Cora Dedrick, born December 15, 1876, was ordained a Unity minister in 1918 and married Unity cofounder Charles Fillmore in 1933. She contributed extensively to Unity thought with authored pieces. However, her diligent compilation of Charles Fillmore’s private papers may be her most notable...

Unity has historically viewed the season of Advent as an inner search of mind and heart.

Cofounder Charles Fillmore spoke of Unity and Advent in a January 24, 1923, radio broadcast called “Christ Mind, the Second Coming of Christ.” He shared his thoughts on his understanding that “Christ...

Unity cofounder Myrtle Fillmore called gratitude and thanksgiving “qualities of the soul.” The practice of thanksgiving, she said, should be observed in the home every day of the year, not just on the national holiday.

“Heaven and earth listen and respond to the soul that is quickened...

Unity founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore had three sons—Lowell Page, Waldo Rickert, and John Royal. Each would become known for his unique skills, personality, and contributions to the movement during his years of service.

Lowell was the oldest, born in Pueblo, Colorado, on January 4,...

Unity has become known for its beautiful and inspirational calendars since the first one was published in 1920.

While always carrying positive messages, the Unity calendars through the years would vary in size, design, themes, and languages—and also functionality. There have been pocket-...

The Fillmore Festival, an annual gathering of premier Unity scholars first held in California in 1967, has played a critical role in the Unity movement and its history. So has Rev. Joyce Kramer, a formidable Unity trailblazer who’s led the festival for the past 25 years.

This year marks a...

The idea for a World Day of Prayer was born out of a class assignment given to ministerial students at Unity Village in 1993. Rev. Earl Anderson asked his Prayer and Meditation class students to bring everyone together at one place on campus for the intention of united prayer.

Unity...

In commemoration of the August birthdays of Unity founders Myrtle and Charles Fillmore, the Treasures of the Archives series looks at the early lives of the Fillmores, and the importance of birthdays as expressed in Unity teachings.

“Remember that your physical birthday is a...

James B. Irwin and James Dillet Freeman

It was 1947 when James Dillet Freeman heard the words that would inspire his most beloved and widely known poem, “I Am There.” His wife Katherine was in the hospital after undergoing surgery for cancer.

It was a time of deep personal need, Freeman recalled. “I was in great anguish of...

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