Eric Butterworth, (1916–2003) a Unity minister, is the author of hundreds of essays, articles, and numerous best-selling books including Spiritual Economics, Discover the Power Within You, and The Universe Is Calling.
H. Emilie Cady (1848–1941) was a true holistic pioneer. This turn-of-the-century homeopathic physician treated her patients both medically and spiritually. Her approach to healing was simple, clear, and rooted in her own experience. Her writings appeared in Unity Magazine and Progress Magazine. Cady's writings continue to instruct and inspire seekers of spiritual truth and the Christ-centered life.
Charles Fillmore (1854–1948) is a cofounder of Unity. He was an innovative thinker, a pioneer in metaphysical thought at a time when most religious thought in America was entirely orthodox. He was a lifelong advocate of the open, inquiring mind, and he took pride in keeping abreast of the latest scientific and educational discoveries and theories.
Cora Fillmore (1876–1955), an ordained Unity minister, married Charles Fillmore in 1933. In addition to Christ Enthroned in Man, she also compiled two books from the writings of Charles Fillmore, Keep a True Lent and Atom-Smashing Power of Mind.
Lowell Fillmore (1882–1975) began his work in the Unity movement while still in grade school by wrapping Modern Thought magazines on Saturdays. It was with the first issue of Modern Thought, published in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1889, that Unity was born. Lowell learned every aspect of the business of Unity, which included folding, binding, and posting the magazine; taking shorthand notes of Charles Fillmore's lectures; editing Weekly Unity; and making million-dollar financial decisions. In 1933 when Charles Fillmore relinquished active command of Unity to travel and write, Lowell took over. He was treasurer of Unity School and became president of Unity School of Christianity in 1948 and remained at its helm until his retirement in 1972. During that time he continued to write articles for Weekly Unity. He published three books of essays and a booklet of verse. He also originated the Prosperity Bank, one of the most helpful and popular ideas conceived at Unity.
Myrtle Fillmore (1845–1931) is a cofounder of Unity. For more information, visit the online Myrtle Fillmore Collection.
Frances Foulks (?–1936) was ordained a Unity minister in 1923 and later that year studied with the famous New Thought teacher Emma Curtis Hopkins. A close friend of Unity cofounder Myrtle Fillmore, Rev. Foulks compiled Mrs. Fillmore’s correspondence into a book, eventually titled Myrtle Fillmore’s Healing Letters. In 1924 Foulks retired from her staff position at Unity to devote herself full-time to writing, although she continued to be a guest teacher and lecturer at Unity School and at other Unity Centers. She wrote extensively for all of the Unity periodicals and published two books, All Things Made New (now out of print) and Effectual Prayer.
James Dillet Freeman (1912–2003) was a well-known poet loved by millions. His poems are on the moon. Born in 1912, James Dillet Freeman began writing verse at the age of 10. By the time he finished college, his poems had been published nationally. His affiliation with Unity School of Christianity began in 1929, at the invitation of Unity cofounder Myrtle Fillmore. Freeman served as director of the Unity ministerial program for 20 years. He also served as director of Silent Unity, was a member of the Board of Trustees, and first vice president of Unity School. In 1984 Freeman retired from his positions to devote more time to writing and speaking. His work has been translated into 13 languages, and it is estimated that published copies of his poems exceed 500 million. He has been published in The New Yorker, Saturday Review, The New York Times, Scientific Monthly, Reader's Digest, and many others.
Hypatia Hasbrouck, an ordained Unity minister, served as dean of the Unity ministerial education program and director of education for the Association of Unity Churches, and also ministered to congregations in Missouri, Kansas, and California.
Mary L. Kupferle was an ordained Unity minister. Since 1944, Mary L. Kupferle's articles have appeared in Unity Magazine, Daily Word, and other Unity publications. She has inspired millions of readers through her writings, including her other popular book, Trust in the Goodness of God.
Rosemary Fillmore Rhea (1925-2012) was an ordained Unity minister and granddaughter of Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, founders of the Unity movement. Rosemary was founder, director, and host of the Daily Word for television, and later coproduced The Word From Unity, which appeared on more than a thousand television and radio stations nationwide. She served churches in Delray Beach and New Port Richey in Florida and opened the Unity Myrtle Fillmore Center in Kansas City.
Charles Roth was an ordained Unity minister and prolific writer for Daily Word and Unity Magazine. During his career, he served congregations in Des Moines, Iowa and Detroit, Michigan. He also served as a member of the Unity Minister’s Association executive board, as editor of the Unity Minister’s Journal, as assistant to the editor of Daily Word, and as chairman of the Association of Unity Churches Educational Advisory Committee. He is the author of Mind: The Master Power and A Twelve-Power Meditation Exercise.
Elizabeth Sand Turner (1897–1979) served Unity as education director of the ministerial school, as a field lecturer, and as a minister of churches in Nashville, Tennessee, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She was ordained in July 1936. Elizabeth loved both the Bible and music, and she studied the former at the Peabody College in Nashville. She is best known today as the author of the trilogy of books that metaphysically interprets the Bible: Let There Be Light (1954), Your Hope of Glory (1959), and Be Ye Transformed (1969).
Imelda Shanklin (1865–1953) was one of the earliest leaders of Unity. Before coming to Unity, she taught school and wrote on historical and political subjects. In 1909 she began working for Silent Unity, the prayer ministry that had recently started. In 1918 Unity cofounder Charles Fillmore ordained her as a Unity minister and Myrtle Fillmore named her as a replacement editor of Wee Wisdom® magazine, the nation’s oldest magazine for children. In addition to What Are You? Imelda wrote five other books, now all out of print.
Winifred Wilkinson Hausmann (1922–2012) was an ordained Unity minister and the author of six books, including Focus on Living, published by Unity Books.
Ernest Wilson (1896–1982) was an internationally known lecturer, writer, and minister. He served many Unity centers including Los Angeles, California and Kansas City, Missouri. A prolific writer, Wilson wrote 17 books as well as many poems and articles.