Tracking Time: The Unity Calendars

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-size calendars, special calendars inside Daily Word® and La Palabra Diaria, calendars with no dates, and desk calendars that included room for personal notes like a personal prayer list and special occasions.

The calendars would reflect the ornateness, fonts, artwork, and mottos from other Unity-published literature of the time. Nature was a frequent theme, which continues today in Unity calendars. Color symbolism, from The Twelve Powers of Man by Unity cofounder Charles Fillmore, also was used to enhance the written messages on the calendars.

For the April page in 1920, the calendar had an Easter quote by Phillips Brooks, an 18th-century Episcopal clergyman and lyricist of "O Little Town of Bethlehem,” as part of a design that combined green (for strength), yellow (for good judgment), and white (for Jesus Christ).

The 1926 Unity Calendar used bright orange to represent enthusiasm, blue for faith, and white again, carrying the subliminal call for people to enthusiastically express from their faith in Jesus Christ.

After creating calendars for a decade, Unity stopped doing so in 1930 because of the Great Depression and geopolitical strife leading up to World War II. It wouldn’t be until the mid-1960s before Unity started producing calendars on a regular basis again.

In 1965 Unity produced a yearlong calendar with no dates. It had an inspirational message with a different drawing of Unity Village in the background. Its brown tone was used to mean renunciation. The nod to the “built environments” across the Unity Village campus would become common practice in the calendars that followed.

In later years, the Unity Calendar added more functions and was seen as a tool for the organization, cited in Unity teachings as a key to prosperity. Lowell Fillmore promoted such with the creation of the 1967 calendar, “Unity Housebook,” which included a special prayer for each month, selected scripture, a special needs prayer list, space to write reminders, and commemorative days, such as birthdays and anniversaries.

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